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If they allow copyright on APIs ...
then they should also make the following sorts of things proprietary and charge people a fee for building compatible parts: anything that uses a nut/bolt type thread; anything that uses an AAA battery; anything that uses a 3 pin plug; readers of books published in a new font; ...
The EU courts wisely say that APIs cannot be copyrighted. Hopefully the USA judges will take note.
Brilliant appropriate technology
I hope that they do well.
How far in advance ?
2 minutes ? Or something equally slim to avoid changes before it becomes law.
Back taxes ?
So will Amazon have to pay back taxes ? They might claim that they should not because they did not collect them from the consumer in the first place - but the tax man could deem that 10% (or whatever) of what was paid WAS sales tax so please hand it over (correction: they would not use the word 'please').
That might be an interesting tussle.
Good: I have too many old chargers from all sorts of things. The lack of a charger will save the environment and a few pounds. This is exactly why the EU mandated that all 'phones have the same USB connection.
Message to mobile operators
Just don't sign the Apple contracts. Apple need you more than you need them.
When a new iphone comes out put a message on your web site saying: we cannot sell you an iphone as we refuse to agree to Apple's outrageous demands.
If the meme catches on with several mobile carriers, they will not lose out to their competition and Apple will have some incensive to behave properly.
Oh no - more monkeys!
Good for sorting out problems where they can be given a simple procedure to follow. Hopeless when there is something unusual.
How much is El Reg being paid to push Who ?
OK: I do like the show but it is just a bit of fun ... will readers of this site make a significant change to viewing figures ?
Ood as foes ?
The Ood are more victims of other various baddies. If they have acted against the Dr it is because they were compelled to.
The title is wrong, rather than 'foes' put 'species' or 'characters' or something.
What about the direct feed to Cupertino ?
Forget malware, what about these things being tied to the Apple HQ? All the settings and other stuff that Apple ''helpfully backs up'' and so sucks down to its data centers. The NSA will have a copy of that! iWhatevers belonging to MPs, civil servants and industry top brass are going to be of special interest.
I have been yelling at my (Tory) MP about this since he got elected, the message has still only got partly there :-(
Re: alain williams IPV4 best for the general public
Wow! It is not just your head that is in the sand.
Dual stacking by adding IPv6 is not hard, I cannot see why you are afraid to do it. Google and Akamai (to name but two) support IPv6, they would not do so if there was little point. I respectfully sugest that they know more about it than either you or me.
Do not make excuses for inaction.
Your suggested solution of adding another couple of octets to the IPv4 4 octets would be just as disruptive as the move to IPv6 with not as much of the gains.
Re: IPV4 best for the general public
Sticking your head in the sand will only result in you getting sea water up your nose when the tide comes in. You might be fortunate that most of the web sites that you want to go to have IPv4 addresses, in the West we got allocated lots of IPv4 addresses, that is not true for, eg China. It will change.
BTW: Pinset Masons is reporting old news, that report has 2012 written all over it!
El Reg not IPv6
Indeed. My own external servers went IPv6 4 years ago; I went IPv6 at home a couple of years ago. It is not hard. Unfortunately I did need to change ISP - my old one did not know what IPv6 meant.
May I use this comment to offer my services to help El Reg implement IPv6.
Daily incremental backups
What is so hard about it ?
OK: I know that many do not do it, but no serious computer user can pretend that they have not been told to do it.
Having said that: it took an arson attack next door to their offices to get some customers to agree to my nagging to install a backup server.
Computer misue act ?
I thought that attempting to crack/access/... someone else's computer was an offense under the computer misue act ? Does doing it while working for the government make it OK ?
This is different from going to war and killing people while you do it. (Murder is against the law innit ?). The point is that sending troops to somewhere is very publically visible and needs a debate in parliament. The trouble with ''cyber troops'' going on the offensive is that I can see this being authorised by some minion, or perhaps a government minister, - but without oversight. I can see this being used many, many times a year to attack ''obvious bad 'uns'' ... but ''obvious'' to who ?
I can see this being abused/misued.
Bang the car, short the battery
It looks as if a tiny prang would bend it, short the battery and in no time at all the car will not move.
Who is the NHS contracting to store this info ?
Because if it is a USA company (or has ties to the USA) then it will be grabbed by the NSA using the Patriot Act. I don't have any embarassing diseases, but I still don't want the USA gov't noseing around in my privates.
Do they know what ''science'' means ?
''The 2013 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences''
Economics is not a science, the closest that it gets is to be a branch of psychology. In spite of what the egg head bean counters want you to think - you can only make vague predictions and forget the notion of rigorous repeatability.
Is it really worth the effort ?
How much CPU time does it take to generate a typical facebook response ? How significant is that CPU time compared to disk/network delays ? What is the cost (build & maintainance) of putting machines in oil ? Would they not be better just installing a few more machines ?
Overclocking is good for long running heavy CPU situations where extra paralellisation does not help; weather forcasting comes to mind.
What is the fall out cost
of all of this to innocent business/individuals that have to deal malware and other crap that these people throw around ? Where do we send a bill ?
Re: In which case ...
BTW, I keep hearing that US sysadmins of multinationals now should not be allowed into data centres in other nations - anyone know why?
Because such sysadmins must obey the laws of the USA. This means that they can be ordered by their government to spy (copy data, insert backdoors, ...) from where they are employed, even if their employer has nothing to do with the USA.
If you handle anything remotely sensitive you should not use a USA citizen. I find this amusing, when I were a lad you would not employ a citizen of the USSR for much the same reason; how the world has changed!
Re: Hunting trolls? You're doing it wrong!
You want to get rid of trolls, FIX THE FRIGGIN' SYSTEM!
Far more fun would be to let the large USA gun lobby have a go!
Pictures or it didn't happen
Thus providing an excuse for an e-Reg hack to flex their corporate credit card...
Protect you much as does your local mafia rep ...
''that is a nice little data center that you have there, it would be unfortunate if it were compromised''.
OK: they don't want your cash[**]; my point is more about use of English, claiming to do one thing while doing something very different. Those who want to believe it will do so and loudly shout that they are the good guys.
[**] well, not directly. They get it indirectly via the taxes that you pay.
What a legacy we will leave
if we remove leap-seconds. OK: it probably will not have any real impact on my kids or grand kids, but as the centuries roll on the clocks will ever get more out of sync with that yellow thing upstairs. When they do come to fix it the problem will be huge: several hours to shift and computer systems which are based on the idea that there are always 86400 seconds in every day without exception.
I am sorry that the real world is more complicated than some would wish - but that is how it is.
Better to get used to it now than have our great, great, ... grandkids curse us for idleness.
I had better hurry and sell my house ...
cash in while there is still someone who may want to buy it before it is destroyed.
Re: Speaking as an MS.. fan.. well long term user
the only problem i would see is getting the users use to Linux.
Most users don't care, they don't really know what the difference between Linux and MS Windows is; they are only interested in what their machine will do for them: can they read email, browse the web, edit a document and print - that covers 90% of non game functions.
Don't even talk about applications: most users don't understand or care.
The NSA has to claim that Snowden was 'brilliant'
Because if it becomes known that he was an ordinarily skilled sysadmin then they will be shown up as incompetent but not dealing with the common (or should be expected) case of a disaffected worker. As we have seen many times with these sort of people their primary interest is in protecting their own back sides and laying the blame elsewhere - just remember how they pursued Garry McKinnon who had the 'genius' idea of using default passwords to access systems.
I do not know how clever Snowden is, however I suspect that it did not need genius level skills to do what he did, just a bit of determination.
The GPL obliges you to give a copy of the code to anyone to who distribute a binary. If someone just uses the code remotely (eg a web application) you don't have to give the code since the binary/script runs on your own machine.
The AGPL is GPL + you need to make available a copy of the code to those who use it remotely (eg web).
This is a good license to publish under since it means that if someone uses your code in a public way (eg web site) they need to give enhancements back.
Re: 200 Employees?
It is isolated enough to need accomodation, a canteen, etc. So there will be maintainance, cooks, ...
The law sys you have to hand over your passwords. Otherwise you go to jail.
I though that you had to EITHER provide passwords or provide them with plain tex of what was encrypted or controled access by a password.
I just hope that he changed all his passwords everywhere as soon as possible; although I suspect that they rummaged through his email and accessed whatever machines remotely before he could change them.
Groklaw dead ?
Pamela Jones, a voice of relative sanity on US legal issues in IT, shut down the Groklaw blog this morning.
Really ? I have just been to http://groklaw.net/, it is still there.
What she does say is something very different:
The owner of Lavabit tells us that he's stopped using email and if we knew what he knew, we'd stop too.
There is no way to do Groklaw without email. Therein lies the conundrum.
What to do?
''given the unconstitutionality of these laws in general, I'd be very tempted to also ignore the illegal gag order''
Illegal or not - they will do you over.
Re: Only a matter of time
''No, a phone without a base station transmits at ZERO power. It LISTENS for the cell search, ...''
But it probably needs to reply to any base station at high power as it is a long way away.
The best way of reducing transmitted power could be for every plane to have a set of dummy base stations that the 'phones could lock on to, and being close would not need to transmit at high power. Because everything is low power it should not interfere with the real base stations outside of the airplane. Several would be needed for the various networks that the 'phones are subscribed to.
A workable idea or complete cobblers ?
What about the war criminals ?
OK: the have found Manning guilty, what about the war criminals who he exposed - when will they put them on trial ? I note that they are still chasing people from World War II, so the stuff that Manning exposed cannot be too old can it ?
Where does he go to next ?
Presumably Putin is hoping that he will cease to be his problem by disappearing for a couple of weeks before smiling from somewhere in South America.
It is not so much wifi passwords
as these can be relatively easily broken, but all the other stuff: like my list of phone contacts that is now in the hands of the NSA. I would be happier if I could back up these settings to my own server.
More worrying that wifi passwords are email login passwords; it would be interesting to set up an email account that is not used anywhere, configure in the android phone and see what loggs in from where.
Re: 13 inches
Why did someone vote that down ? Read the article:
"Apple in recent months has asked for prototype smartphone screens larger than 4 inches and has asked for screen designs for a new tablet measuring slightly less than 13 inches diagonally, they said."
You mean diagonally, not across.
It just adds to the costs of ISPs, etc.
It is related to the 100ml limit on water taken through an airport -- supposedly to stop people making bombs on airplanes, but not really effective. What it does mean is that the politicians are seen to be doing something.
Re: The ISPs have rewired everything
"Like every device in your house has a separate bloody internet connection from your ISP."
That is called IPv6 -- every device has it's own unique address.
Why is the court secret ?
I can understand that some evidence might need to be secret, but why does the court itself need to be secret ? Also: where is the order, why cannot we see it (maybe with some parts redacted) ?
This especially so when they are slurping everyone's data, ie it is not a targetted set of naughty boys. The only possible justification would be real, imminent threats ... maybe it has to be secret so that we don't know that there is, in fact, little justification.
Is he keeping the interest ? Even at 0.5% the interest earned on that amount for a few hours would have made him a rich man.
Re: She's right
but she could try working for Balmer.
At least Linus has not thrown a chair at her ...
There is also a world of difference between the occasional (justified) outburst and continual vilification. When the people do what they are supposed to be doing he is not not rude.
Who makes the list ?
Ie what should be on it ? Will the list grow to contain things that are, by some, deemed ''bad'' ?
I assume that it will contain sex sites, but what about other things that can damage young minds, eg: violence, astrology, suicide, anorexic encouraging, religion ??
I could add: BNP, taliban & facebook since some would regard those as damaging ?
Daily Mail readers will never agree with Guardian readers, so best to leave it down to the individual household and what they see as right for their kids -- ie their prejudices.
How did Google get this data ?
How many people are aware that their decisions like this are reported back to google ?
This is a privacy scandal.
How about this for a travel itinary:
acquire temporary Russian passport
Trans Siberian express to Vladivostok
Boat to Nicaragua
Mean while, occasional rumours of plane tickets bought from Moscow ...
I feel very uncomfortable about talk of secret laws. It goes against all sense of what we have been told our country is all about.
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