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Not so FAST: Another discount software broker BOOTED OUT

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Re: Value, what value?

I am a Chartered Accountant and that is broadly correct although it wouldn't be a liability. If an asset has a value to a business, that value should be reflected in its balance sheet. If it does not (either through use or resale) then it should be written off and treated as having zero value.

As an example, if a business were to spend £150,000 on Oracle GRC licenses and find that the product didn't do what it expected (e.g. because it didn't research the product properly in advance as a client of mine foolishly did) and the licences end up not being used, you cannot show any of that £150,000 in your financial statements unless you can resell the licences.

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You'll NEVER guess who's building the first Ubuntu phones in 2014

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Re: Hope the contract includes upgrading the website to mulitingual support

Sadly, neither have I but they should use the St George's Cross. That's the English flag and it's the English language. Apart from anything, the Cross of St George is one of the most attractive flags there is. The Union flag is a ugly mishmash and most UK citizens can't even tell which way up it should go.

If a schoolboy can't draw a flag in 10 minutes using no more than a ruler, a pair of compasses and a box of coloured pencils, it's a crap flag.

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Re: Hope the contract includes upgrading the website to mulitingual support

Flags may be wrong for some languages (although it's not clear to me which) but not for English. It's called English for a reason - i.e. that it is a language made up by the inhabitants of England.

They should show an English flag and if anyone doesn't like that, they are free to go and make up their own language and use that instead and stick their own flag next to it.

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

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Re: Sometimes, a telephone is just a telephone.

I wouldn't be that bothered if my phone (S4) couldn't make calls.

It's a camera, a satnav, music player, ebook reader, web browser, video recorder, calculator, email client, metronome, (instrument) tuner, compass, notepad, diary, address book, IM client, torch, magnifier, games console, video player, bike computer, barometer etc. Almost all of these features are ones I use daily and if not, at least weekly. All of this easily fits in my pocket.

Life is possible without a smartphone. Modern life is not.

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It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub

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Re: Well..

There are good reasons to doubt the attribution of BWV 565 to Bach but it is not true that it has been proved conclusively and the doubts over the attribution are certainly not universally accepted by Bach scholars.

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Re: Audiophile and Sonos mentioned in the same article?

Isn't that the point?

How much cachet would your absurdly over-priced equipment have if ordinary people had heard of it?

Audiophile = snake oil consumer.

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Satya Nadella is 'a sheep, a follower' says ex-Microsoft exec

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Buffoon

@Phil W

You are a buffoon. That is not a double negative but a perfectly correct use of the word "nor". It would be wise to learn English properly yourself before attempting to correct other people's English.

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Google's new Glass: Now with audio connection INSIDE the SKULL

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Re: Idiot tech?

Californian Law prohibits having a visible monitor on while driving. There is an exception for GPS though.

She is apparently appealing although I have no idea how successful that appeal is likely to be.

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Peak Apple: Has ANYONE at all ordered a new iPhone 5c?

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Re: I've ordered a 5C

I have a Galaxy S4 and an iPhone 5.

I hardly use the iPhone because I much prefer my S4.

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Speaking in Tech: 'I'm not a pimp just because I wear a fedora'

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Trilby not Fedora

I came here to show off my knowledge of hats, but I've been beaten to it no less than three times.

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Pair of complete tits sorry for pervy app

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Re: Idiots. @ItsNotMe

"Centuries"?

You have a poor grasp of evolutionary history.

You remind me of a women I heard on Radio 4 once referring to the oldest profession (using those words) as "going back to the dawn of time, even back to Victorian times".

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Give us a break: Next Android version to be called 'KitKat'

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Dismayed

Nestle has a terrible reputation for all sorts of things but its profiteering promotion of baby formula in the third world in breach of WHO guidelines in particular has led to the deaths and impaired health of tens of thousands of babies.

Does Google really want to be associated with a company like Nestle?

Calling the next version KitKat may be preferable to calling it Marlborough Lights or AK47 but not much. What an idiotic decision.

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Fandroids blow $200,000 on secret PANIC BUTTON for their smartmobes

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If you don't need one of these, feel free not to buy one.

I think is't a pretty neat idea and, if they end up making them, I shall probably buy one. I can think of lots of uses for something like this.

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Another big SAP project hits the rocks in Oz

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Re: SAP is for saps

In that case you have seen teeny weeny little projectettes.

No reasonable scale SAP project could possibly be carried out or even led by a single admin so that is a ridiculous comparison. Not that I am sticking up for SAP, which is an absurd behemoth that has a tendency to grow like a cancer. It is also hideously ugly and user-unfriendly, producing utterly incomprehensible error messages, often in German (although they aren't any more comprehensible in English).

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Japan's unwanted IT workers dumped in 'forcing-out rooms'

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Re: How strict are gun laws in Japan ?

Fortunately this sort of behaviour is largely limited to the US.

Japanese people are too polite to do something like this.

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Webcam stripper strikes back at vicious 4Chan trolls after year of bullying

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She is right. Anyone who posts bile-filled messages to someone they don't even know is the epitome of a sad, bitter and pathetic individual whose life is so meaningless and empty that the most useful thing they can do is to try to make someone else feel like they do.

They are utter scum and this sort of behaviour is starting to make me wonder whether anonymity on the internet isn't almost entirely a bad thing. These miserable little worms wouldn't have the courage to insult anyone to their face. Most of them have probably never even spoken to a women in real life who wasn't related to them.

My contempt for these worthless individuals is almost unbounded.

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Chubby-chasing SEX TROLLS ran me offline, says fashion blogger

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Re: Welcome to the real world, kid.

We don't because a far higher proportion of men are arseholes than women.

If I think back over my whole life and all the people I have ever known, far far more of the arseholes were men. The simple fact .is that prisons are full of men not women, obnoxious, threatening and violent behaviour is almost always perpetrated by men and all these cretinous trolls on the net are men.

It may be true that we (men that is, yes I am one of them) handle it differently but then we hardly have to as we encounter almost no unpleasantness from women compared to the barrage of unpleasantness many women have to tolerate from men.

I'm sorry to say it, but men suck.

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Cultivated dope-smoking Welshman barred from own shed

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WTF?

I think one can reasonably conclude from this that that no real crimes happen in this country, otherwise the police and courts would be spending their time dealing with thieves, rapists and murderers.

I count myself lucky that the most useful way that the law enforcement authorities can spend their time is prosecuting small producers of a relatively harmless drug. People clearly worry about crime unnecessarily in the UK.

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Jailed LulzSec hacker Cleary coughs to child porn images, will be freed soon

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Re: Under UK Law

This is simply untrue. It is NOT an offence to delete material accidentally downloaded and it certainly is not tampering with evidence. This is just scaremongering.

Section 160 1(c) of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 provides that it is a valid defence "That the photograph or pseudo-photograph was sent to him without any prior request made by him or on his behalf and that he did not keep it for an unreasonable time." Therefore deletion of such material actually strengthens the accused's position.

We have one of the best and fairest legal systems in the world. It is not perfect, but it comes to the right result in the vast majority of cases.

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WTF?

What's the matter with you lot?

I completely fail to understand why so many of you are making excuses for someone who had images of "penetrative sexual activity between children and adults" on his computer.

Given the rest of the story it is reasonable to assume that these were not planted on his computer. That being the case, I have no sympathy with him at all.

How would your opinion change if your young son or daughter had been sexually abused in order to create images for paedophiles or don't any of you actually have children?

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Whitehall grants freetards safe haven until 2015

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Re: ?

You are spot on as section 1 of the Theft Act makes abundantly clear. Anyone who calls it theft is an idiot and a legal ignoramus.

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YouTube beats off $1bn Viacom copyright case once AGAIN

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YouTube vs TPB

Much as I dislike the legal attacks against TPB etc, YouTube does have substantial non-infringing uses whereas TPB doesn't. The reality is that YouTube was set up for people to share their videos. Many people but not most post infringing content. TPB, on the other hand, exists solely to facilitate piracy and has almost no non-infringing use.

I still don't think that TPB, which is really no more than a search engine, shouldn't be allowed to carry on fairly much unfettered, there is a clear distinction between the way YouTube and TPB operate.

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Gnome cofounder: Desktop Linux is a CHERNOBYL of FAIL

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Sadly, he's right

I have used various forms of Unix as my main OS almost all of my computing life. After I left uni, I briefly ran MS-DOS 3.1 on an IBM PC but as soon as I had a 286-based machine I moved back to Unix and have stuck with it through Coheren't, Minix, ESIX SYSVR4, Solaris, Linux (starting before Slackware was even thought of), OpenBSD (for a firewall) and BSD-based MacOS X. I am completely in favour of the simplicity of design of Unix and also the broad aims and ethos of open source.

I am even typing this on a Linux laptop but I cannot help but agree that the whole experience of using MacOS (I also have a MacBook Pro) is much more pleasant. I bought my non-techie wife a Mac and she loves it. I didn't even consider giving her a Linux laptop. Linux has never been driven by usability or attractiveness and it shows.

I still use a bash shell and vi almost daily but if I want a graphical OS I usually use MacOS these days.

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NRA: Video games kill people, not guns. And here's our video game

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Re: Curious morals

Spot on.

The brief visibility of Janet Jackson's nipple was the most complained about event ever broadcast on US TV. God forbid that children (for whom, of course, nipples were designed in the first place) should see a nipple. Regular intense violence is fine though.

This is warped beyond reason.

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Linux kernel dumps 386 chip support

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Re: 386?

Minix and Coherent did both support the 286. I remember them both fondly.

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US drops ‘net regulation bombshell, threatens WCIT exit

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US rather than Russia and China

The US is far from perfect but US control over the internet has resulted in what we have today, and I think it's pretty good.

Am I comfortable with the level of power the US has over the internet at the moment? No, I'm not.

Would I feel more comfortable if some of that power were transferred to Russia and China. Definitely not.

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Kim Dotcom shows off new mega service

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Re: Pseudo-random?

Radioactive decay is a good (possibly even perfect) source of randomness but not one widely available. In any event this has been largely replacement by Zener diode noise as a source of randomness but this also requires hardware.

Mouse and keyboard movements are not predictable as long as the resolution is high enough. The exact movements to the pixel measured in milliseconds are not truly random but are really almost as good as one of the above sources for all but the very highest security requirements. Linux has been using an entropy gathering daemon for at least 10 years based on these sources and I have never seen the reliability of this seriously challenged.

Most pseudo RNGs are not sufficiently cryptographically secure but the EGD is as good as any private individual is ever likely to need.

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His Holiness Benedict XVI to tweet to his Catholic flock

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Re: 1.2 billion followers

The difference being that, for better or for worse, most of the Pope's 1.2bn followers actually take some notice of what he says.

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Re: Religion in 140 chars or less

Already done more than 7 years ago.

Not quite the literary highlight that was the KJV but each to his own.

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Pirate cops bust LITTLE GIRL, take her Winnie-the-Pooh laptop

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Re: Age of Criminal Responsibility?

My knowledge of Finnish Law is pretty limited but if this were in the UK then yes she would be below the age of ciminal responsibility. However, what this means is that she could not be convicted. It doesn't mean that the police wouldn't or couldn't investigate the alleged crime.

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Re: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Which legal jurisdiction do you live in? Please quote the specific legislation that defines the act of theft in your jurisdiction.

If what you say is actually true (which I do not believe) then you cannot live in the UK.

The Theft Act 1968 s.1 says "A person is guilty of theft if he dishonestly appropriates property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it; and “thief” and “steal” shall be construed accordingly."

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Re: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Anyone who downvoted this post (Orlowksi, I'm thinking of you) is simply wrong.

Read the Theft Act and the definition is very clear right at the beginning of the Act and is pretty much exactly as this post says. Copying something cannot be theft in English Law.

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35 US states petition for secession – on White House website

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Say no to magic underwear

Like most (but I recognise not absolutely all) people outside the US, I much prefer Obama to some looney would be plutocrat who wears magic underwear so I was pleased at Obama's decisive victory.

However, what I am much more pleased about is reading the lamentations of Donald Trump, Rush Limbaugh and a 1001 other Republican cry babies. You lost, tough luck. That is how the democratic process (which you all supported two weeks ago) works.

If the inaptly named GOP doesn't realise that bigotry is no longer fashionable, they will consign themselves to history. What a great shame.

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Virgin Media spanked for 'we've already cabled up your house' mailshot

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All ISPs are a bunch of liars but I am very happy with my VM service.

Technical support is useless but I almost never need it so I don't really care.

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No GPS in the iPad Mini Wi-Fi: People are right to criticise

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Unhappy

You are right. For some reason I thought it had because the location services seemed to work well but now I have checked, I find that I was mistaken? You live and learn.

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WTF?

My wifi only iPad 2 has GPS. Also, there is a reason to use it with online maps. I have a wifi 3g modem (much better than paying for a contract that I can only use on my iPad) but even if I didn't, I could use my phone as a hotspot.

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Why James Bond's Aston Martin Top Trumps the rest

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Re: Top Gear's Clarkson, a gentleman and a scholar ;-), on the DB5's top speed

There was an article in Autocar about 15 years ago on the original Autocar & Motor (as I think it was) test on the E Type. The test car did get to 150mph but it had been tweaked and was not standard. According to the article, Jaguar admitted this but not until many years later.

Not that it matters, it was an absolute stunner no matter how fast it went.

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Skydiver Baumgartner in 128,000ft plunge from brink of space

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Absolutely brilliant

This was one of the most exciting things I have watched for a long time.

It was a fantastic achievement and is one of those things I know I won't forget seeing like the moon landing, which I am just old enough to remember and certainly haven't forgotten.

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Why is solid-state storage so flimsy?

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Cloud backup

All drives fail and usually fail in the most inconvenient (or even disastrous) way. The only solution is proper backup and, although I do take local backups to another HDD, there is a lot to be said for a reliable cloud backup solution.

I use Crashplan and I have been very happy with it. It's reasonably cheap but operates quietly in the background with no user intervention (which is particularly useful for the rest of my family who resolutely refused to back anything up no matter how many times I warned them). It would be a pain to try to restore 1.5TB over the net but I can prioritise and at least I know it's highly unlikely to go wrong at the same time as my HDD and local backup.

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Ex-HP boss Mark Hurd's $53m gold parachute approved by judge

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He isn't that bad looking so he must really be a prize dick (like you needed me to point that out).

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iPhone 5 adaptors goldrush begins

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FAIL

Re: More ideas for Apple

And even then, they fluffed it.

I'm no Apple hater (I shall refrain from listing the assortment of Apple devices we own as a family, but it's lots) but this is annoying. Come on Apple, use micro USB like everyone else.

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Judge: Apple not liable for dropped, broken iPhone screens

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Re: Missing the point maybe....

The way they tricked everyone by not telling them that it was made of glass was disgraceful. It must have come as a real shock to all those people who bought iPhones only to discover that they were made of glass when they got them home. How could Apple have done that to its gullible customers.

If only all those punters had known that the phone was made of glass BEFORE they bought them, how different things would have been.

Oh, wait...

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Re: Frackin MORON JUDGE! WOW!!!

Actually no.

You were downvoted because your posts were stupid. Everyone knows glass shatters including you. Stop being so vacuous.

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WTF?

It's glass - what's wrong with you lot?

The front and back of an iPhone are made of glass. It doesn't make any bloody difference what sort of glass it is. You knew that when you bought it so don't pretend you are so stupid that you didn't know that glass breaks.

How this idiotic case ever got before a judge mystifies me. I think it's about time that contingent fees were banned in the US and this preposterous and frivolous litigation would stop overnight.

What a waste of everyone's time and money (except for the lawyers of course).

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Bitcoin exchange shuts after heist

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Re: think of the real world

When that bank is the Central Bank for that currency, that is precisely what happens.

No amount of security built into the actual currency will make up for the fact that the institutions that are central to the existence of Bitcoins such as the exchanges, are not reliable. If people are concerned about liquidity, Bitcoins will have a very slow take up. At the moment I would not dare to hold more than a few pounds in Bitcoins in case I got stuck with nothing but a few worthless numbers.

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Re: Bitcoin

You have been downvoted for objecting to bigotry :-(.

Shame on you commentards.

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Re: Education has failed, not Bitcoin

In a way Bitcoin has failed.

There have been several (at least three to my knowledge) instances where thefts of Bitcoins have resulted in liquidity issues. All currencies have in their favour is the trust of the people who use them. If users cannot keep their Bitcoins safely or trust third parties to convert them to real money at any time and at a fair and predictable rate, they won't use them.

It is far from unlikely that the entire Bitcoins edifice will collapse with no-one trusting or wanting them.

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You'll be on a list 3 hrs after you start downloading from pirates - study

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Re: What a waste...

I see that you have sensibly decided to protect your reputation by posting your ill-informed bilge anonymously.

Piracy (of the copyright violation sort at least) is not a crime. Not everything that is against the law is a crime. Try reading The Idiot's Guide to the Law - you may learn something.

Let me know if some of the long words are a bit hard though, I'll help.

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Re: Not hard to get around...

You are quite right but if you use something like Truecrypt, you can have two levels of protection. You hand over the password to one but not the other. It is not possible to prove that there is a second encrypted container so you cannot be done for not revealing the password because no-one will know or even have reason to believe it's there.

It's all a lot of faffing about for very little risk though. BitTorrent has always published the IP addresses of all the peers and that information is there for all to see. If it were possible/practical to use this data (which, don't forget, is just a list of IP addresses that are not personally identifiable without access to ISP records and that requires a court order) to stop piracy, the rights holders would have done so long ago.

There is only one solution to the issue of piracy and there only ever will be one solution. Offer a good service at a fair price and the public will beat a path to your door. It has worked for Apple.

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Re: BitTorrent = Honeytrap

Nope, your IP address is still visible and you would be a leech into the bargain.

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