87 posts • joined Wednesday 13th January 2010 20:08 GMT
Or as they say
Experience is the ability to recognize a mistake... before you make it again
More like sticking your head in, seeing that no one is home and then using the phone to dial everybody else in the neighborhood.
Re: So many choices...@Tank boy
My Mint laptop (an ancient IBM a21p) has become the backup web browser for the whole family (one wife and two pre-teens). There was a little resistance at first, but it evaporated when they saw it could do most of what was needed (surf, send mail). Learning curve was small to none (login, click here, select Internet and select Firefox). I also tried Puppy, Lubuntu and Xubuntu but found Mint provided the best hardware support.
Mind you, this laptop is nearly 12 years old (an Intel P III), and has a whopping (maximum) 512 MB of memory.
The box is way too old to run WIN7 and used to struggle with XP which is why I tried Mint, after a friend's suggestion.
Some assembly was required to make all laptop features work but this is also a great way to learn about Linux.
If your box is somewhere above that spec, you should be happy but I would try a Live CD trial first before going large.
In the interests of full disclosure, I do get a little more resistance when this laptop can't play the occasional You tube video.
It also can't run Chrome (because it runs out of memory) so FF only, instead. If anyone here can suggest a better browser for this venerable laptop, please do. I can't put anymore memory inside. It works reasonably well with HTML5 sites that do video.
But these are all hardware resource issues, not OS issues. Otherwise, no complaints.
I found one of the best things about MInt was the community of people who have made it run on a large variety of hardware platforms (old and new) and are happy to share their experience.
Go for it. !
Re: Mint is great but ...
Agreed, stay with the stable LTS Ubuntu version..... although Fedora and Redhat are pretty solid releases as well. I'm also a Mint fan.
A good sub note to this article would have been to talk about Linuxes for really small hardware like Puppy, Lubuntu and Debian squeeze. Some people like to install Linux to keep old under-powered boxes that can't run Windows as viable desktop units (Guilty...) A lot of people also don't know that it is remarkably easy to boot and run a working *nix right off a USB stick or CD, (try that with Windows).
Good article, most impressed by the number of commentards.... and the so-far non fanatical discussions.
Re: Small fine
What is this obsession with letting bureaucrats define market choices?
The world economy and in particular the EU have enough things to worry about without having to tax or fine every thing that moves. That is no way to rebuild the economy.
It's getting downright medieval and will only stifle trade and economic growth further. One of the many reasons the Great Depression became Great was because the major trading nations of the era decided that the best defense was a good offense. The resulting trade and tariff wars only worsened the situation further. It took a World War before the world economy could get off the ground again.
The best thing these clowns can do is get out of the way and let the market decide. Given the current state of affairs and most IT budgets, my money is on FOSS and lower cost, cloud based solutions. Bring it on, and may the best browser win.
Re: Teenage mutant Ninja turds
I started off fine, now I'm feeling a little queasy....
Re: i feel the same way!
Nice attempted bow shot from VMware and an equally nice retort from AWS. But I still think Amazon won on points.
Of course nothing beats actually understanding how to use the virty systems, the cloud OSes, the models and the related technologies effectively in the first place. Unfortunately, such people are thin on the ground or busy getting shouted down by entrenched luddite vendors or their customers.
As a result, people will continue to dump their server loads onto AWS (and pay too much) or shell out big bucks for VMWare (and still pay too much) either because
a) they haven't looked at alternatives
b) haven't correctly sized their public/private cloud requirement (if any) in the first place.
But reasons like a) and b) have spawned bad purchasing decisions for decades and will continue to do so.
Fact is, all these solutions have their attractions and warts,
ONE MUST CHOOSE the warts and attractions that best fit and respond to their particular situation(s).
A pinguin, because most of the really cool cloud deployments are running on "nixen anyway.
But I like Hyper-V too.
Blue Pill? Red Pill?
Except that there is so much more to the "cloud" than Microsoft Azure.
First of all, I do not like using the term "cloud". It is basically a marketing buzz word and means whatever people want it to mean. Unfortunately, we need some kind of shorthand term so cloud it is, at least for today.
Second of all
Cloud != the end of IT as we know it.
Arguing that this Azure meltdown invalidates all cloud solutions is like saying the Toyota brake system recall invalidates the internal combustion engine.
Azure is a public "cloud" service that offers storage and compute resources for rent. For many companies, that can be incredibly useful and cost effective. Microsoft is one of multiple companies offering the same service. It is using technology that is readily available to private IT shops. This market is growing by 40 % annually.
Although Azure just failed at providing that service (for about 12 hours based on recent reports), it doesn't mean cloud services and technology can't be used successfully by people who know what their doing.
With the proper staff and know-how you can build your own Azure cloud and still save money. You may even do it better than MS (or not).
Like all tech, when used properly cloud solutions can save money and even generate new business.
But a LOT of people just can't or won't grok this.
I suspect that weavers and carriage drivers also refused to accept steam engines and cloth looms, but hey, whatcha gonna do?
Refusing to understand mega trends is a very counter-intuitive approach in a market where there is a massive shortage of people with cloud skills but clearly no shortage in ostrich techies.
A business needs IT systems that help them make and save money . This fundamental rule still applies to even the most "special" environment, particularly during a bust economy
You also imply that managers choosing cloud options have never thought about the risks. But I fail to see how managers can even assess these risks without some knowledge.
When was the last time a manager asked you about the risks associated with this or that redundant power supply, server clustering technology or the company's off-site backup strategy ?
Would "never", "once" or "hardly ever" be right answers?
Imagine if these same managers then asked their IT people about the cloud and were effectively told it "it is too risky and it sucks". Then next weekend, one of their country-club drinking buddies explained how cloud services saved their company 1,000,000 USD on last year's IT budget.
I suggest you at least learn about cloud options so you can explain them to PHBs, otherwise someone else will.
It really is that simple.
Re: This doesn't kill "the cloud" for me
Good points cpreston,
Microsoft Azure is not the only cloud service available. And I have never seen or heard of a data center that has met a 100 % SLA. Not in my past 25 years in the business. We will have to wait for Skynet Singularity and the deletion of all humans before that happens.
All these big cloud players must have at least one MAJOR fail on their books (look at AWS in Northern Virginia, FFS) as do .... *cough" .. most, if not all ,privately managed data centers.
Some of these massive failures make the news, and some ... don't.
Statistically, they are most often caused by human error.
Afterwards, failure can be measured economically (the right way) or by the degree of exposure and ensuing media frenzy (the most common way).
I will admit this is a rather SPECTACULAR fail because of the company, number of data centers, customers and zones involved. The apparent simplicity of the reason for which it happened just makes it juicier (but when is there ever a good reason?).
"Too big to fail" might work for banks and investment houses. But that 21st century oxymoron will never apply to data centers, networks, nuclear power plants, ATC systems, etc. Some things just can't be covered up. Hidden or ignored flaws have a way of finding you, usually late at night , when you are sleeping, on vacation or having a coffee break.
Whilst some of us can still rush in during that bank holiday weekend and bring the payroll system back to life before Monday morning (after a long-ignored, "too expensive to fix", SPOF finally pukes all over the system) and leave quietly with no one the wiser, that doesn't make us particularly smarter, it just makes us lucky.
Fortune 500 managed systems proposing 24/7/365 availability are obviously held to a higher standard. I suspect some highly-placed corporate dweeb-bonehead-ms-drone-bean-counter (choose all that apply) decided that automatic cert renewal might be too *expensive*. Which could also explain the magnitude of the policy error.
School boy mistake indeed.
Personally, I would call it a hanging offense, at the very least worthy of a hefty and vigorous b*tch slapping followed by 4 year re-assignment to an Alaskan data center. Pity the poor fool who ends up taking the rap.
Full disclosure: yes I did see this happen (once) in our shop, to a little-used web service.
We were lucky and smarter afterwards. Policy put in place, etc. forgiven and forgotten, bla
IMHO cloud computing will become a much healthier and more viable eco-system when it is no longer dominated by a handful of big players. Accidents like this will improve cloud deployments in the long run, particularly if companies start hiring and listening to talented people again.
Remember there is more than one way to do cloud, here are just a few:
1) Go public all the way, preferably with non-core services first until you gain confidence. There are many options out there, just go look at them.
2) Set up your own private cloud first and think about what you can peel off to a public cloud, when and if it becomes economically justifiable
3) Some hybrid of the two.
Of course, step 0 is to conclusively prove that any proposed cloud option(s) are less expensive and troublesome to run than by using your conventional data center. That is not always easy to do. But as soon as you have that proof, ît is time to to consider cloud services and solutions in the same way you consider any IT purchase. Of course, some research, assembly and homework will be required.
Remember that as long as it's cheaper and easier to do cloud options, companies will.
Although some companies may be CAREFULLY re-thinking that Azure subscription (or at least re-negotiating it).
A self -confessed, mildly obsessed, fanboi, cloud-tech lover
Re: I can see both sides... YEAH But
Unlocking your phone and technically breaking your contract with Joe Telco is a bit naughty, particularly if you signed or clicked on a document saying that you wouldn't.
However, I don't think it deserves the draconian penalties provided in the DCMA. In fact, I can't even see how the DCMA applies. What started out as a not too bad but slightly outdated law, now just looks like a charter for corporate, copyright holder oppression.
Before the world went insane, breaking contractual terms (like those you might sign with a mobile provider or those implicitly agreed to when you bought a magazine or book) were private, civil matter.
So were copyright issues. I would like to know why jail breaking a phone is now on a par with capital crimes and major felonies in terms of real punishment.
Why should a quasi monopoly with lots of money be able to criminalize its customers and put them into orange jumpsuits? Most of these fecking contracts are only worth 20 bucks a month.
I'm still trying to understand how it got this bad.
People need to vote with their feet, technology AND their wallets....
If a good cloud mobile phone solution with un-restricted access (and free device unlocking existed) consumer choice would soon put monopolist turds out of business.
Class-action suits', massive boycotting of firms that restrict your consumer rights , followed by some serious trust-busting wouldn't hurt either. Instead, we are still giving them money.
I seem to recall there were laws against this kind of boorish corporate behavior, but they aren't being used anymore. What ever happened to people like Ralph Nader? Or common sense?
Laying down and taking this crap will just encourage monopolists to take your first born, next time.
Re: eh heh heh heh
Various IP location services now map it in Wichita Kansas.
On opening day, it was mapped a block away from the White House.
The fat man may not understand digital economics as well as you Andrew, but he certainly understands irony.
Re: 352 million PCs
Recently bought four old dell T300s for about 200 bucks apiece on Ebay. .These boxen have E5 2.8 Ghz x64 procs and can host multiple virtual servers and desktops. They can be built up to use 8 TB of disk space and 24 GB of ram. I now have a cheap server farm which can be used for testing, real work or hosting virtual desktops for many of my aging client systems which have a network connection. Why buy a new PC?
In fact it's almost a waste of time and money to buy any new kit at all, unless I just want to look flash on the train (or get mugged). And the flood of trailing edge hardware on the gray market just keeps getting bigger. I might be tempted to buy a tablet or very cool smartphone, when they become even cheaper, otherwise forget it.
I suspect this trend will accelerate, PCs are just too last millennium
Re: I can claim the fist phishing then?
My favorite was to go to an unattended (but logged in) DEC VT and change the users' login prompt to
Heh heh! Hours of fun.... and much more powerful and effective than a thousand "lock your terminal, you silly git" security reminders!
Ah yes, those were the days,,,,,
Re: State funded is a bad thing?
The arguments you put forth are sound (although I don't like the state-funded part, very much). In general, the state doesn't do a very good job of regulating anything, and the internet is no exception.
The most obvious consequence of the internet's impact on the entertainment industry is that there are now many more outlets for creative content distribution i.e. netflix, spotify, Itunes, streaming radio and of course, bit-torrents and pirate bays. For the most part, consumers are flocking to these outlets because they get what they want, not because they don't want to pay. All attempts to stop this natural market progression are doomed to fail.
Simply put, the business model of stamping content onto bits of plastic and charging for each physical unit's consumption is on its deathbed
What is not dead is the need to continue paying artists and creators for their work.
As a consumer, my wish is to consume music, film, television and news anywhere and everywhere without having to open my wallet every time I consume.
Given that the internet is the shared medium by which this all happens, it is clear that billing (if there is to be any) must happen here, at what is essentially the point of sale.
So, logic (as well as human economic behavior) dictates that we will move ever closer to centralized internet distribution models where customers can pay a flat rate and artists should get a fair percentage of that rate payment.
This is what the entertainment industry should try to develop, if it wants to survive. I (and I am sure many will agree with me) would happily pay a bit more for my monthly bandwidth connection if it let me watch the latest blockbuster films (in my favorite language), play all my oldies but goldies and listen to the latest music offerings, without shelling out 20 bucks and discovering that it is crap.
Those who want to sell me content should make my life easier, not harder. I don't have any trouble seeing that extra revenue I spend each month go back to the people who provide that content.
Re: Profit != Turnover
But these are MPs, and they sometimes struggle with real-life accounting principles, unlike the businesses that help pay for their nice offices. chaffeurs and stately homes.
Re: The problem
Free markets tend to drive prices down and encourage innovation. When the US automotive industry last used Congress to crack down on lower priced, economical (and better quality) Japanese imports, the US auto industry stagnated for decades while the Japanese proceeded to dominate world markets.
I would like to believe we learned a lesson from that last big clusterf*k but this latest debacle doesn't help convince me.
Trade wars and protectionism killed too many people and jobs in the last Great Recession, it really is time to move on.
I've been using DNT in three browsers (chrome, FF and IE) for months and here is my verdict
a) anything that stops advertisers or other parties from tracking people's online activity is a good idea, YAY Microsoft.
b) DNT works reasonably well under Chrome, great under FF, but breaks IE9 every 5 minutes. The IE10 upgrade will be installed on my box, if it performs as advertised. Otherwise, I will be sticking with its competitors
c) As pointed out, there is a difference between advertising and tracking. I don't want ads all over my page, but accept that they help web site operators pay the bills. What I do resent is people hoovering up where I have been and what my favorite pages are etc and then monetizing it or worse. A Minority Report life experience is not really what I want for myself or my kids.
We need to fight back before privacy becomes a quaint old-fashioned notion. This will help set the example
The good old days.... yeah I remember those
My grandfather worked most of his life for a Fortune 500 where he enjoyed a very successful career. He even wrote a book about it. He strongly believed that treating employees like human beings was the secret to building a successful company.
But before that golden era, he spent a brief, dark period working as a clerk in an accounting firm. This was back in the 1920s, BTW.
One of his favorite stories was about their accounting office manager. This martinet insisted that employees lift their finger (just like in primary school) whenever they needed to go to the loo. You can imagine the rest of that dickhead's management style. The fact this behavior was considered asinine even in the 1920s kind of says it all.
Personally, I believe this McManager fellow is representative of the new/old dysfunctional-economy McManager. McManagers don't buy into any of this touchy-feely "people-management" human stuff but can still quote and apply a mean rule book. They are great people to have on the team, particularly if you are trying to destroy a team.
I suspect there were also many such no-style, no-imagination guys around during the years leading up to the Great Depression. But people like him are not really fit to manage a customer service organization because their management style eventually trickles down to the rest of the staff. Eventually this leads their companies and shareholders into ruin, unless they are removed first.
In the 1930s, people called them "spotters" I have no idea what they are called today but I am sure fellow Reg-readers can provide a few choice epithets.
McManagment proponents need to be weeded out now, before the rot grows and they start giving employee-management seminars.
After flipping a few thousand burgers, some might even learn humility and become fit to manage.
Personally, I hope that Ms. Finch gets a lot of money and promoted and that McManager gets relieved of his cushy franchise job.
Ideally, he would first be sent to a personal awareness course where people dressed as HamBurglers catch him while he is falling...... probably his worst nightmare...!
Re: Disabling Java add-on in IE doesn't actually disable it...
Trevor's article was just the push I needed .
I have now taken Java off each home system running it. Can't say the same for my previous employers, but hey... we can't be everywhere at once now, can we ?
It will be interesting to see how much nasty more malware pops up before October 16th (and no doubt after)
Go to surfthechannel.com and read his side of the story
If one-half of what this man says is true, then this is a sorry, sorry day indeed for British Justice
Tried it last night and loved it
Only wish it had more of my apps but I sent in my suggestions
Here is my solution: make the poll part of the boarding process
Here we go:
1) For counter and travel agent passengers, first ask the routine security questions.
2) Then ask questions about how well the TSA is doing its job.
3) Use the same process when the tickets are booked online.
3) Run the survey for six months to get a decent sample, have the process monitored and results collated and collected by a reasonably neutral third party like a passenger interest group or IATA.
4) Publish those results.
The chance to vent might even make some people look forward to flying again
Re: What is that legal term to preempt such things so business may go on?
I believe the term you are groping for is an "injunction".
However, I am pretty sure it can only be filed against a specific party. In other words, you would need to file a lot of injunctions to protect yourself against the opportunists (although I am certain some are legitimately aggrieved parties m'lud) who are firing out take-down notices on a grand scale.
Might be fun to watch what happens though, if you can afford the legal fees.
And it could create an entire new revenue stream for ambulance chasers.
Re: First client: SCO
Here's a secret MS DOS command I prepared earlier, complete with source code (sic).
@echo Copyrighted 1978 by Digital Reseach Inc. Author Gary Kilman
Copyrighted 1978 by Digital Reseach Inc. Author Gary Kilman
I reckon Gary was just having a little fun with a mildly gullible science fiction writer after a few beers.
And who says legends can't have a sense of humor?
Re: against the grain
That's a very reasonable question. But I think we all know what would have happened. Said shouter would have been quietly (or noisily) escorted into a small room where he would have been:
1) severely reprimanded and humiliated
2) strip searched
3) roughed up a bit
4) arrested and maybe convicted
5) all of the above or worse (pick your country of choice).
Mind you, shouting "threats" in a public place is a different kettle of fish altogether, as it could have easily led to a panic, with people getting harmed in the process (similar to shouting "fire" in a crowded theatre). Therefore not very funny and best discouraged. I would humbly submit the "don't say bomb in a airport" law was primarily passed for this reason and on the grounds of public safety. Unfortunately, the more power given to twats, the more likely such power will be abused. This is the current state of play and it is getting worse.
For me the scarier part of this story is that someone, somewhere is scanning and reading everyone's tweets and that the case went as far is it did. It just shows once more how much freedom we have actually given up for some illusory degree of protection and is much more reminiscent of a place like China.
Hence the real significance of this entire case and how much more unfunny it would have been if the poor SOB had actually been convicted. Egads, when will it all be over? Please wake me up when it is.
The author forgot one detail
I have an Iphone (inherited a 3G) and like it OK, except for one or two annoying things:
1) I can't upgrade a lot of games and apps I previously paid for unless I buy a more recent Apple shiny (maybe I will after I win the lottery).
2) After reading the article, I decided to give the ICloud its day in court. However, it seems I will need to go through some (many) hoops to run it on this officially unsupported device. Fortunately, I love a challenge.
Backwards compatibility is one thing that Apple seems to have deliberately or inadvertently engineered out of its products. And it is most annoying. On the other hand, I can easily use my iphone as an initial calendering input device, upload these events to my Google calendar and then see them happily (and automatically) sync with Tungle Me. Can I sync backwards fom the cloud from Google et al? Dunno, but I think not. So still no temptation to shell out big bucks for another Iphone, but that doesn't seem to stop Apple from selling them
Apple (and many others) still does not get the cloud. And I don't think my next mobile (or any) device will be from Apple. This designer fad stuff can only run so far. I am still debating about whether or not to put Icloud on my PC.
Re: Non.Hypothetically speaking
New sites would spring up in their place or IP addresses would be used instead of URLs to get to blocked content. I would love to see how the Danes plan to make this all work. Will they stop all internet access inside and outside of their country after the blocking order takes affect.... sheesh.
What people lack now is vision
The kind of work environments described by Dominic are the logical outcome of a world that is being increasingly run by mediocre HR drones, clueless execs, accountants and banks. No risk taking, no entrepreneurship, no balls left on anyone really. Success is measured by how many dollars are (or appear to be) wrung out of customers and staff.
This will not change until all of the talented people walk out, provide a better service and let cr*p consultancies and companies wither on the vine. If anything, today's world is full of opportunities for talented and skilled people. One of these is to locate these same customers who are busily getting reamed by their suppliers and propose and deliver something better.
I've also felt the sting of being too good at my job. Worked happily for years with people I knew and trusted, did great things and made the company a lot of money. I then watched a new CIO (I stood for Idiotic) come in, over-staff the pace with his cronies and kick out everyone else who had built him this lucrative money pit. Pretty soon, my services were no longer needed. To be fair, the new implementation I put into place no longer needed me to run it. But a company run by sentient human beings would have said great.. thanks, here's another challenge, get on with it.
Unfortunately, companies are often run by people who provide little or no inspiration to their work force. Eventually, tech people and customers will see through this deception and move on. If you are smart, experienced and skilled, you might be one of those people who will help fix things and get them back on track. In the process, you might as well charge what the market will bear even if it doesn't feel good.
Until people go back to first principles and start to value honesty, hard work, knowledge values and performance again it will only get worse.
Re: Finally the future is here.@Minophis
Couldn't agree more.
One of the first paybacks from encouraging people to work from home and/or take public transport is the immediate reduction in their personal consumption of fossil fuels. A staggering percentage of the planet's petroleum consumption is used to move people and goods around (50 to 70 %, depending on who you believe).
I would profess that this is still one of the biggest problems confronting the human race/planet. Excess oil consumption is causing wars, pollution, GW, economic upheaval and traffic congestion to boot. If everyone could significantly reduce their transport needs (by staying home,car-pooling or taking a train) it would probably have a greater impact on the energy problem than any number of windmills, government grants or hybrid motor designs. I am only saying this because the percentage of overall oil consumption used for personal transport has hardly budged since the 1970s. Whatever we are doing, it isn't working very well.
Reducing consumption is one of the simplest and most effective approaches to the complex problems generated by the over-consumption of a dwindling natural resource. Unfortunately, to do it, we would all have to change our lifestyles and workstyles. If conservation really caught on, it would also dramatically reduce the whacking great tax revenues that governments collect at the pump. So this simple and effective solution is the one most unlikely to be adopted, I guess, until oil has cracked the 400$ a barrel ceiling. Then we will all adjust, for sure.
Although flying cars sound fab, RDP will get me to work much faster and for a lot less money, today. Call me old-fashioned, but I honestly believe that if everyone could bite the bullet and take the same conservative approach, we might even save enough money to produce something really nifty like Star Trek transporter technology.
Re: What does it mean to 'break the internet?
I think "the internet" is google code for "our profitable business model" as in:
It will break our profitable business model.... as indeed it would.
Great article, great debate... you are definitely onto something Andrew
and have gone right to the crux of the biscuit.
Re: They could go the whole hog but HR beware....
I'd take it a step much further, FB needs apps that can safely "UP" all of your social profile status employment pointers. A bit like SEO but for job-seekers. Said app should spontaneously seed your profile with comments that make you look like a god to any trolling recruiter. Comments must be remotely tweakable, on demand and must interface with any automated job site trolling app. Why not call it .... Recruiting Wars or Fake Refs?
I mean FFS, if recruiters can completely automate the hiring process why can't we automate the applying process ?
Re: "the Sun may be headed into a lengthy quiet period"
And thus the flaring begin so as to separate the true believers from the climate warming skeptics....
Re: Private Clouds are Getting small enough for all
It highlights the fact that "cloud technology", be it private or public should just be considered another hammer in the tool chest, and used when it is suitable for getting the work done. Unfortunately, the never-ending cloud hype makes it difficult for decision-makers and PHBs to see through the vapor.
In my last job, we deliberately chose not to build the new infrastructure with virtualization in mind. Then some bright spark decided to check out Hyper-V. Before we knew it we were happily running 65 virtual machines (on a pool of 72 blade servers) and suddenly had more spare hardware than we knew what to do with. Of course we had to re-configure the storage, buy more memory and so on, but it was far from being a dramatic wrenchng change and actually went quite smoothly
Fact is the tools are getting better, cheaper and easier to use. Cloud architecture may very well become the first choice for any new start up, and private cloud the option par excellence for people who are too worried about security and availabilty to trust their goolies to public cloud providers.
Re: Surely most 32 bit computers won't run Win 8?
Not supporting 32 bit would be a bad move commercially. There are just too many users (and even businesses) out there that will insist on clinging to their good old P4s until they finally melt down (or the owners can afford to replace them).
On the other hand, these same folks might still be tempted to cough up 79$ for the latest version of the OS, even if it doesn't run optimally or provide all features.
Backwards compatibility is almost invariably a win-win for the software vendor.
Re: IMO 2 are to blame, but....
A better way would be to pop up one of those cute little IE messages.
Something along the lines of:
This web site is ignoring your browser's current security settings and attempting to bypass them.
Allow this Report this Cancel
Might keep everyone a bit more honest.
We need SOME regulation, Minister
How we might lose our rights is the real question. sir.
Here's a handbook for killing them:
1) Weaken data privacy rights.
Solution: Data laws against preventing cross-indexing, retention limits and consent to strengthen privacy. Tough titty if you must be careful with people's data.
2) Create draconian powers that can quickly fetter sites without due process.
Solution: Allow only when fettering is clearly in the PUBLIC interest (think child porn, clear and present danger....). Exceptions are defined by search warrants and court orders. The web is now the new media. Apply old-media rules/concepts that protect freedom of expression, access to information, and civil liberties when "regulating" the web. Don't burn media or printing presses (pun intended).
3) Prevent citizens from gaining access to their public record/biz-collected data.
Solution: Don't let it happen. Make personal data access easy and legal.
4) Prevent citizens from calling public officials to account when they champion narrow interests vs public interest.
Solution: Civic action, i.e. bitch and vote: And if the narrow/public distinction is unclear Congressman/Senator/Minister, please say and do nothing, that usually works best.
Remember that the public is watching.
So how is the US/UK doing so far on a scale of 1 - 5
(1: very bad ---- 5: very good).
Here's my entirely unscientific scoreboard.
1) I give us a 2. Will improve when data-retention and privacy laws are more universally respected, understood and applied
2) Jury is out but, I'll give us a 3 (neutral)
3) Another 3, maybe a 4
4) A little better, we could be holding onto a 4 (but for how much longer?)
Average score: 12-13/4 = 3 -3.5. Not brilliant, but holding neutral. I'd rather see a clear 4-5 world and leave that to my kids. nurtured with constant vigilance. What sayeth thou?
Your comments are welcome, and a little up and down voting never hurt anybody
Re: Semaj....You are Doing it Wrong
Naughty....naughty.... we should be happy they consulted some experts (unlike in America where experts are not allowed into the meetings).
And for the record, I DO like a dose of irony and sarcasm as much as the next commentard, but I DO find this story surprisingly good news. Such sensible juducial behavior is worthy of a little applause
Re: Plus 1..... some sanity at last ?
I have now read the court's judgement and it seems the ECJ has made one decent case law judgement and re-established one principle: that global scanning/analysis/filtering of people's data is bad, an invasion of privacy and violates current European data protection law.
In my opinion, that is a good opinion. And this is how the system is supposed to work, Pass good laws and if necessary enforce them in court.
The plaintiff tried to force Netlog to assign a global filter (no saying how that was supposed to work) so that Netlog users could not link to the plaintiff's billable content. Fair enough beef, but anyone in their right mind should realize this is a pretty futile approach and will never work.
It is up to the plaintiff to protect access to their content with their own technology/methods. Requiring people who might link to it (i.e. the whole world, from the looks of it) will not work. If users were posting passwords to the plaintiff's server, etc. then those users would undoubtedly have violated some T and Cs and can therefore be legally bitch slapped. Otherwise, no.
We might just have the beginnings of a sensible legal argument against future SOPA/ACTA/PIPA take-over lobbying.
In the same way that free speech does not allow you to shout "Fire" in a crowded theater, the existence of copyright infringing material does not give you the right to slash and burn all internet user's rights to privacy and/or freedom of expression.... m'lud. Surprisingly lucid decision, really. The ECJ judges are obviously paying attention..
WIth more judgements like this one, copyright trollers and their legal hit.squads may now need to find less intrusive, Big Brotherish catch-all legislation to fulfill their demands. Or maybe just live with existing legislation? Novel thought.
Let's hope so.
Here is another suggestion
In the drop down box, which lists posts in oldest newest thread order, what about a link to "your latest post" or something? Might make it easier to jump to ones own comments, when part of a long and tedious thread
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My vote goes for the Do Ron Ron Ron.
Failing that, a limit on the number of times the "Re:" string is generated in the title (how about once?)
I've always relied on the irony of strangers (for a good laugh)
Well, I graciously welcome our new, obscure, mysterious, oriental, claim-filing, I-trademark-bearing overlords !
Although Proview has a pretty outrageous trademark claim (reminds me of the VAX vacuum cleaner debacle), it is fun to see the tables turned on Apple's legal team who just can't stop claiming ownership of every tech innovation to hit the tablet/phone interface space in recent years. Last I heard, the jury is still out on the alphabet (except for the letter I) and the wheel.... but give them time.
Perhaps these new shenanigans will cause the Cupertino legal team to reflect, call time-out and chill for a while.
You really couldn't make it up.
@Mephistro et al.
Honestly, don't you think Dad was humuliated by her posting? I know I would be if it were my daughter. He taught her a valuable lesson on how not to use social media, at the very least.
PERSONALLY, I think Dad should get a medal and become rich selling motivational videos on teen parenting. His lesson-giving was as flawless as it gets, particulary when you read about the heart to heart he had with his daughter later. I'd like to meet him in person.
And I always thought the BOFH was a fictional character
Although it pained me a little to see that freshly installed laptop at the wrong end of a .45, the guy does get extra points for his highly targeted parenting skills (and the grouping wasn't bad either).
Nope, I think all parents can learn something from this guy.
Preparations for cyber war defense ?
Maybe they are trying to see just how good of a handle they have on their "national" internet. If they can successfully "break" all encrypted https traffic and sites that rely on it, perhaps the next step will be to selectively (or globally) shut down all other site traffic (except for approved "ayatollah-state" traffic). They might even be working on some kind of kill switch.
However unless they completely unplugged the country, this too would be circumvented quickly enough once the manure hit the proverbial..... (time to start marketing sat phones).
The Iranians have had plenty of opportunities to watch how neighboring dictatorships attempted (and failed) to shut off their own internet during periods of unrest. Perhaps they are working on their own silver bullet. Could be interesting to watch.
And before I forget, remember that WW III has been scheduled for December 2012 (just after the election, that is). So that doesn't leave these boys much time. And you certainly can't make an omelette without breaking eggs.
Perhaps the auction loser can register .muzak, instead
I like this scenario better: Music industry gets the .music TLD and no one goes there, therefore kerflop!!
This does open up all sorts of NEW and COOL music TLD possibilities. I mean think about it: .pop, .rock, .punk, .grunge, .garage., .techno, .disco, .indie...etc. are they taken yet?
A quick look at the ICANN page says no.
My guess is the music industry can only conceive of one hierarchical level/domain (!= total control, BTW). So this could be the "technological" solution to their current supply problem. With luck they will also register.bland, .pap, .cover and any other applicable TLDs as they wil surely need them. No time to "wallow in the mire" (sorry, Jim).
The music and media industry might even learn how the internet works and perhaps abandon their folly. Or even funnier, they might try to make new .TLD registrations illegal after claiming ownership of all genre labels (to save money, coz gTLD reg is expensive). Or perhaps they will all just fade away like a flash-in-the-pan single (complete with canned laughter)
Could be fun.
The bigness of that difference would most likely depend on the country....
Deliberately circumventing controls and viewing "bad" content could trip you up in a lot of jurisdictions (demonstrated "intent" can be quite damning). For example, taking a detour to a kiddie porn site will be very dimly viewed in most countries, such as the USA-Europe where the Police are getting quite good at back-tracing ip-addresses. What would be the penalty for looking at a friend's you-tube video where he performs "Nights in White Satin" without paying any royalties? The mind boggles.
OTOH, viewing dissident blogging sites or CNN might be good enough for a quick trip to gulagville in some countries (or a very nasty interview with mustachioed gentlemen holding cattle-prods).
I also don't like the assumption that this kind of malarkey might only be restricted to repressive countries with poor human-rights or press freedom records. Would it? What would it take to restrict the Pirate Bay for US surfers using the same technology? Not much.... I reckon. Once SOPA or ACTA get passed, I suspect we will all be learning how to use TOR and muck around with packet headers.
Such a waste of energy...
- Geek's Guide to Britain INSIDE GCHQ: Welcome to Cheltenham's cottage industry
- 'Catastrophic failure' of 3D-printed gun in Oz Police test
- Game Theory Is the next-gen console war already One?
- BBC suspends CTO after it wastes £100m on doomed IT system
- Peak Facebook: British users lose their Liking for Zuck's ad empire