892 posts • joined Friday 5th March 2010 16:20 GMT
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.
You miss the point.
Quite aside from Facebooks T&Cs mandating you don't open more than one personal account, what would the point be ? The entire raison d'etre of Facebook, is to connect people. As soon as an account has more than 3 or 4 connections, it's not going to be rocket science to work out who that person is - no matter what they called themselves. This isn't webmail, where you can knock up an ancillary email to hide yourself.
And if you aren't going to connect to people, why bother with facebook anyway ?
Re: A useful result
I think you are one the right track, but there is a list of fundamental questions, each connected to the previous:
1) Is the climate changing ?
2) Is it man made ? [*]
3) What will the effects be ?
4) What can we do ?
My beef with the AGW brigade, is their answer to question 4 seems to end up with the average joe having to pay a lot more money to everyone, which isn't actually fixing anything. An example is the pathetic provision in the UK of any meaningful public transport ... why is it easier - and cheaper - for me to fly to Glasgow than take a train ? And more importantly, why is it that will not change in the foreseeable future ? Yet I pay more for my electricity, so some chump with a shiny solar panel can rake it in ?
So my point is, that questions (3) and (4) are more important than (2). Because whatever the answer to (2), (3) and (4) won't go away. It's alittle akin to the fire brigade turning up at a fire, but before they deploy hoses and water, they spend 30 minutes trying to work out if it's arson, or accident.
but there is software to scan and block attachments for RegExs, we use it as part of PCI-DSS to prevent credit card details being exported ....
Re: Birmingham QE
well, the department I used moved there this year ...
The problem with the big bang approach is you tend to get big bangs. New systems should be run *alongside* the systems they are replacing, until you are confident they work, and any glitches are ironed out. That way, you have a fallback, and life goes on.
When our son was born, in the Birmingham Womens hospital, it had just undergone a £10,000,000 refit (1996). First appointment at the new facility, my wifes wheelchair would not go through the swing doors. In a fit of rage, I discovered they had spunked £25,000 on a "disablity consultant". They even had the cheek to suggest my wife did a tour of the new facility, but withdrew the offer when I said it would cost them £25,000 ....
And speaking of shit designs (not IT related, but I am sure we can picture the management minds that were responsible) whose idea was it to make the ONLY patient access to the refurbished Good Hope hospital a revolving door ? Try going through that in a wheelchair, or on crutches.
As usual, management obsession with "IT" leads to cock ups
The new Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Brum (less than a year old, and one of the biggest in Europe) has a fantastic self service system for outpatients. You go to one of 20 terminals, and either scan your barcoded appointment letter in, or just enter your surname, DOB and postcode, and the system will find your appointment, check you in, and direct you to the right area, where your name scrolls by on an airport style monitor, calling you for you appointment.
Except when I last went, the system was down, absolute chaos reigned because - get this - nobody had developed a fallback system. Each outpatient desk only holds details of appointments for their area, so patients were having to try each in turn ...
Surprised no one has seen the irony ...
Doesn't Facebook ask for your email account passwords (hotmail, gmail, yahoo) when you sign up, so it can "help" you find friends ? And dont' Microsoft, Google, Yahoo's T&Cs disallow that ?
Windows phone - dead and gone.
the market has spoken. Personally, I have no beef about Windows Phone (since I got saddled with one at work). But the complete lack of apps for it means it doesn't really deserve the "smart" label.
Yet another instance
where TPTB come up with some fruit loop idea, an uproar ensures, where the pitfalls are pointed out, then ignored, and then in 5 years time, when all the predictions are proved correct, some useless twat of a politician will go on TV and say "who'd have thunk it, we had no idea this could happen."
Re: "Charities" acting like business ... Am I the only one
*but* the collectors are not being paid by the charity. So there is no flow of money. What *is* happening, is the collectors are raising £xxxx (using the charities name, logo, and goodwill) and paying £xxxx-£yyyy to the charity, where it appears as a simple coroporate donation. So there is no visibility of how much the collection agency is making.
And I bet the contract between the agency and charity insists that in the event of the DD being cancelled, the agency *still* get their whack.
"Charities" acting like business ... Am I the only one
who feels very disgusted by this ? A few weeks ago, a couple of cars pulled up in our close, out got about 9 people, who then started ringing bells trying to get people to sign up a monthly DD for MacMillan trust. The guy who hit us was almost aggressive, and it was pleasure to shut the door in his face. Then, of course, you have the cold callers trying to get you to sign up for a monthly DD. These people are being PAID to sign people up. They've been allowed to use the charities name in a commercial drive. I have never been able to get a straight answer as to what %age of the DD goes to the actual charity.
It's fundamentally dishonest, and bad for all charities.