855 posts • joined Friday 5th March 2010 16:20 GMT
Not yet ...
but bear in mind the "designer high" model, the UK has "pioneered" and which has sparked the interest of other countries (so we are told).
You'll soon hear the record companies wailing that new sites are springing up faster than they can go to court over, and pushing for new laws which allow the government (probably the Home Office, who are feeling a bit low after having to split off the Justice Department) to block given sites *before* they have been deemed """"illegal"""", "just in case".
And, like the new powers to ban substances before they have been analysed, how many sites do you think will be unblocked after proven to be innocent ?
Growing up in the 80s, with "just say no" and Grange Hill warbling away in front of Nancy, it seemed then the "war on drugs" was a pathetic joke, and the few civil libertarians who criticised it were just secret tokers. However, it's clear in hindsight, that they were right. It has allowed the government to amass power over the population that it just can't resist using elsewhere now. First the child protection industry cottoned on, and now look at how many laws there are to "think of the children".
I predict, before the year is out, some MP will call for powers to block websites without scrutiny - in the name of "rights holders". The only good thing, is we know how impossible that is.
Re: Haa haa haa
I wonder if there are any laws being broken by chaning your DNS servers away from your ISPs ?
Or if your ISP could add a clause (prompted by UK law) to make it a breach of contract to change your DNS servers ....
Re: Double standards
The thing is, for the average Joe, on PAYE* it is pretty damn IMPOSSIBLE to avoid paying tax. Even if you wanted to. But as soon as you move into the league of the Masters Of The Universe, you can set up companies, pay yourself in dividends, in foreign currencies (and accounts) etc etc etc.
That is why the man in the street hates tax evasion so much.
Re: Another blow to the public.
The thing is, a lot of data collected and held by public bodies, is in situations where a subject had NO CHOICE. I have to register with my local authority for Council Tax, HMRC for PAYE, my GP for healthcare, or HMG for the census.
I *can* choose whether to give my custom to the FuckUp bank of Whocares, or ShittyBonk corp inc.
Also (as this case demonstrates) public bodies tend to hold *very* sensitive data. Personally I couldn't care 2 hoots if people saw my Amazon shopping list. But I would be very upset if my medical details were sprayed to all and sundry.
Amazon are a shining example ...
of how an eTailer can adapt to it's growing and changing customer base organically.
It really is.
Having used them since 1998, I've seen them slowly add value to the Amazon site, so that it is so much more than a glorified shop window. Reviews. "People who liked that like this". Wishlists. Developing the marketplace, so that Amazons marketing clout can benefit smaller outfits. While world+dog was going Flash crazy in the early noughties, Amazon was working on slow, incremental changes.
I hope courses in online marketing are using Amazon to show how "right" looks.
Once again ... it's the APPS
or lack thereof. There isn't a week goes by when I notice a new app which I might like, but which isn't available for WM7 ....
No matter haw good WM7 is, they really should read the history of Betamax. (Readers under 40 might have to look that one up)
Military use ?
Wasn't there a suggestion a while ago to try and use successive hi-res overhead pictures to try and spot areas of disturbed ground in Afghanistan, which might indicate a recently laid IED ?
Since such devices are mainly roadside based, with a bit of processing, this sat could snap targetted areas (roads) today, do the same tomorrow, and look for tell tale signs ?
Please stop stealing my thoughts
... Maggie Philbin ...
Why did I have a memory
of Multi-Coloured Swap Shop ?
Re: Keep the population scared
It's quite chilling to read Nazi statements, and realise how far we have gone down that road.
"Not every item of news should be published. Rather must those who control news policies endeavor to make every item of news serve a certain purpose."
"The war made possible for us the solution of a whole series of problems that could never have been solved in normal times."
"Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
"All propaganda must be so popular and on such an intellectual level, that even the most stupid of those toward whom it is directed will understand it... Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise."
"The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed the subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the supply of arms to the underdogs is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty."
"What luck for the rulers that men do not think"
Re: Is what he found
Wasn't there a story a few months ago, where researchers suggested that the clitoris was actually a much bigger structure, that went deep inside the vagina ? Sort of 9/10 below the surface ?
As long as they are *honest* in their marketing, and replace any reference to "buy" with "license", and ensure that the use of the word "own" applies to the license, not the product.
Re: Unfortunately, the UK courts are now in a bind
The problem with *your* stance is that it eventually gets morphed into "the end justifies the means".
Presumably, you'd be happy for people to be tortured to get at the truth ? Or are you not willing to go that far ? If so, where's your line.
Mine is where the law is.
Oh dear, I feel old ...
nobody remembers this (SFW)
Unfortunately, the UK courts are now in a bind
It is extremely rare for UK courts (i.e. the judge overseeing a case) to refuse to admit unlawfully or illegally obtained evidence. (Unlike the US which takes the 4th amendment very seriously, and will exclude evidence obtained unlawfully ... and evidence derived from such - look up "fruit of the poison tree").
They can include a "report this link"
but that would imply a resource dedicated to analysing the reports and assessing the validity of each one. Quite aside from the fact that such a feature would be held up as a tacit admission that RS *is* capable of vetting content.
"Amazon may be big but it's not big enough to support innovation and experimentation on its own..."
having used Amazon happily since 1997, I would say their innovation has been an exemplar to all online suppliers. No overnight rebrands, organic and intuitive introduction of features, and a steady emphasis on informing the customer as much as possible.
given cannabis is non-toxic
what would you die of ? Boredom ?
Common sense and government policy
have never been comfortable bedfellows. Alcohol kills 30,000 a year, tobacco >100,000. Cannabis 0.
Now, place those substances in order of penalties for possession and distribution.
You see ?
Already too late
What will happen, is hardcore infringers will simply form closed communities, requiring a nominal subscription, and then upload the requisite media, chopped up into many pieces - each piece RARed (and maybe encrypted to boot) and then distribute the links to these files in forum postings.
Re: Septics and Teletext
or Shermans .. YMMV
what story is going to top this for a Friday laugh ?
The delicious irony, of the past decades of political snobbery towards any form of technical or scientific learning, is that the current crop of politicians, and their bondsmen civil servants, just simply do not "get" the internet. I suspect some of them think it's just a bigger, better version of the old dial up bulletin boards, from the 80s.
If I were a politician, to be honest, I really wouldn't worry about the dangers of the internet. Like modern day TV and music, there is so much shite out there, you get tired of looking ....
what I predict ...
is that Supermarkets will swallow up the Currys, Comets. of this world, and you'll have a "Currys@Tesco" section in the corner of your terastore.
Septics and Teletext
I'll never forget watching a US equivalent of "Tomorrows World" in New York in late 1990, to see a piece about how US scientists and engineers had devised a way to use the 4 blank lines in a TV picture for digital data, and were excited about the possiblities it offered ...
Being horribly jet lagged, it took me a few moments to realise they were describing Ceefax. Mind you, on the same trip, I had a US sailor explain how the US gave Britain radar in 1942.
Isn't it about time we taught the people we already have to think?
Depends what you think is going on around you. If you believe that the state acts in a rational manner, for the good of all it's citizens, then you'd be right. If, on the other hand, you believe the state acts to maintain a very self-selected elite in the style to which they have become accustomed, then you'd be wrong.
The powers that be have always been terrified of a populus that has any degree of learning. Because once you realise that most of the world around us can be explained in rational, sensible terms, you start asking why you need politicians (or, in days of yore, priests and shaman) to manage it on our behalf.
The howling irony is that given the tools of instant communication, and sharing of ideas and beliefs that the internet has given us, instead of becoming MORE enlightened, we are, as a nation, becoming LESS so. Those select few have realised the risk that open debate poses to their standing, and have manipulated the public into rejecting anything remotely approaching rational debate. Look at the ChildPornTerroristCopyrightInfringingAdultcontentPublicdisorder "initiatives" that are being tabled right now.
So the roadmap is clear. Dumb down the indigenous population, so they are docile and compliant, and come to heel when the dog-whistle words of "terrorism" or "child abuse" are mentioned. Then exploit (as you have done for hundreds of years) people from less-developed countries into being serfs here.
Not able to go directly to a top-level posting ?
(unless I am being very thick)
When I view my list of posts, where I have REPLIED to a post, the little curly arrow acts as a link to take me directly to my post in context. However, if I merely add a comment (at the "top level) then I have no such link, and have to trawl through the comments, to see my comment (and hence if anyone has replied to it).
I'm sure you used to be able to do this. If so it's a feature that has been lost in the upgrade.
Isn't this a bit like
Leo Fender, or Les Paul trying to claim that all music played on one of their instruments belongs to them ?
Franking, Hucking and Pfaffing
reminds me of a met police joke ...
"Why is Q division the dirty squad ?"
"Because they cover Hampton, Feltham, and Staines"
it was when I heard that I realises a life in uniform was not for me.
Tin foil hat time
Learning to code has nothing do do with C,C++,C#, PHP, Ruby, Python, VB, et al, and everything to do with developing a logical view of the world, and problem solving. Two activities successive governments have tried to breed out of the population. Keeps them docile, you see. As long as they are fed their diet of "celebrity" gossip, soaps, and "reality" TV, they won't be thinking about revolting too much. I believe the Romans had a name for it.
Meanwhile, if you actually need people to do the logic and problem solving, then why not bring in non residents (who will be too busy working to revolt) or offshore the work ?
Given the level of mainstream debate on most issues requiring a bit of scientific knowledge, I'd say it's pretty much mission accomplished.
Re: Patented API's
I think you're referring to the antitrust case, which had nothing to do with patents or copyright, and everything to do with Microsoft trying to have it's cake and eat it. Basically MS were publishing one set of APIs, but then using additional "undocumented" or "unsupported" calls in IE, to make it part of the OS, and give them an unfair advantage over Netscape (as 'twas).
Re: No precedent for programming language copyright?
BUT, IIRC, the Z80 was completely compatible at the *binary* level with the 8085. So much so, that I was able to take a project I wrote for an 8085 at Uni, and load it into a Spectrum (using a self-written Hex editor) and it worked perfectly.
*Slight* sympathy ....
apps are getting more and more crafty at teasing credit card details out of people ... usually under the guise of "age verification".
Re: Enjoyed that
isn't that an old charter, or something ?
Thorium nuclear power anyone ?
seems to rarely get mentioned ...
Depends on Canadian law ...
the UK position would be just because the T&Cs says so, don't necessarily make it so. There are many big companies who have tried to use T&Cs to disadvantage consumers, only to see the Office of Fair Trading shoot them down in court. It's entirely possible a UK court could find one, some, or all of Facebooks T&Cs unfair, and therefore invalid.
Re: Tough one...
But there is an argument (which I am not neccesarily making, just highlighting) that to obtain a patent, something must be "innovative". The problem with the minspeak is it wasn't really innovative. A point which is underscored by the fact that with very little effort, someone was able to duplicate it's functionality with off-the-shelf hardware, and a little bit of software.
With tablets, smartphones, and things like the Raspberry Pi flooding the market, any piece of kit which relied on a dedicated computer is at risk, if all the "innovation" was to ruggedize it.
Re: What have you missed ...
OK, why the downvotes ?
What have you missed ...
A FALSE NEGATIVE could result in a real atrocity.
Bring it on ....
and when they are drowning in data, and bemoaning the ludicrous number of false positives, let's hope none of the false negatives actually does something
Re: "Possible" is not the same as "Possible in my lifetime"
Most succint is:
pick any two.
try that where I work (using their IT kit) and you'd be shown the door too.