115 posts • joined 30 May 2007
Re: "like any business, it is entitled to lobby in a democracy"
And I think you nailed the problem.
In Chile the FOSS movement does not have a one and only voice, and of course can not hire a press agency or some experts to talk for them.
Our politicians are the most common of the lot: they don't really know what they are talking about, but get to make laws about it anyway.
To bridge that gap, they are supposed to gather information and use consultants or hire experts, something for which they have a special budget.
But of course, they don't.
The amount of money we could have saved was in the range of USD60 M/year (EUR46.5 M, GBP37 M). May be is not a big lot of money for developed countries, but for a small economy like the Chilean, it is.
Anyway, that is not the main point of the matter.
And this is not a left leaning or right leaning kind of thing.
As was eloquently expressed by Peruvian congressman Dr. Edgard Villanueva in his letter to MS representatives in Perú**, is a matter of accessibility, proprietary formats, security, interoperability and the fact that we are being held hostage by a company.
It is a shame that our congressman did not read that letter.
** article in El Reg with the letter of Dr. Villanueva: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2002/05/19/ms_in_peruvian_opensource_nightmare/
The really sad part for me is that was the first thing that I thought...
Man I'm getting old...
You will be missed.
Thank you for all the articles.
Re: A Win Win solution!
On behalf of all South American people:
Now there is something for Tim Cook to brag about
Oh the simplicity...
"so the team simply slid the old one out and replaced it with a spare unit."
Yes, very simple... just go out in the vacuum, hanging from a cable, exposed to radiations, working with gigantic gloves... yes, simple indeed.
Re: Danger Will Robinson
Yes, the legal aspect is a problem.
Specially this part: " Of course, you may well have one on a sticker on your PC case or knocking around somewhere.".
Most probably, the sticker on your PC case is an OEM license, which according to the EULA:
"1.2 SOFTWARE as a Component of the COMPUTER - Transfer. This license may not be shared, transferred to or used concurrently on different computers. The SOFTWARE is licensed with the COMPUTER as a single integrated product and may only be used with the COMPUTER. If the SOFTWARE is not accompanied by HARDWARE, you may not use the SOFTWARE. You may permanently transfer all of your rights under this EULA only as part of a permanent sale or transfer of the COMPUTER, provided you retain no copies of the SOFTWARE. If the SOFTWARE is an upgrade, any transfer must also include all prior versions of the SOFTWARE. This transfer must also include the Certificate of Authenticity label. The transfer may not be an indirect transfer, such as a consignment. Prior to the transfer, the end user receiving the Software must agree to all the EULA terms."
In other terms, you can't use an OEM version of XP in any computer, except the one where it was first installed.
So yes, be careful.
To me, the problem is really simple: the guy wants to be left alone.
Did he invented the maths behind bitcoin? May be. May be not.
It doesn't matter.
Why the insistence on exposing someone to the world?
Leave the guy alone!
Journey to the center of the Earth
The Chinese are learning. And if we look back, they learn VERY fast.
This mission may not have been succesful, but there will be others, and others... They are nothing if not persistent.
On the other hand, I have never enjoy this kind of human effort failing.
I would really like to see other nation/states focusing their efforts on this kind of technology and everything it implies.
Sigh... sadly, is true.
Our beers are still, like our country, in development.
Not that there are not good beers, but they are not easy to find.
But it is also true that our wines are some of the best.
Take them to cleaners!
(Sorry, could not help it)
"South american presidents"
As a South American, I believe that you should be better informed before grouping us with the likes of Kim Jong Un or other kind of dictators.
Most of South America enjoys a healthy democracy, which has been very hard to get and that most of the citizens care deeply for.
Chile, my own small country, was the first country in the world to establish a "net neutrality" policy, three or four years ago.
Not to be picky, but the bug that caused the malfunction of HAL was something that caused it to not to be able to resolve what appear to be contradicting instructions.
The AE35 unit malfunction never happened.
In fact, HAL was predicting a failure of that unit (the prediction itself was a lie).
Re: The best way to keep your system stable
I do not agree completely with your statements:
> If MS supply an A/V - the others shout "Anti Trust"..
if MS supply a FREE and COMPETENT AV, then the others would shout "Anti trust".
They are not shouting, because it is free, but not really competent
> If MS do not supply an A/V - the other others shout "Insecure System".
For years before and after Security Essentials, MS operating systems have been considered insecure.
Most of the time, the problem is with the OS, and the AV just provide a safety net against known threats that exploit it before they are patched.
Re: Yep, it does
4G in Chile a couple of years back?
The closed tests for a handful of users of 4G started a couple of weeks ago in Chile, with the first trials in last November.
(in spanish: http://www.latercera.com/noticia/nacional/2013/03/680-512439-9-claro-inicio-marcha-blanca-de-red-4g-en-santiago-que-involucrara-a-100-usuarios.shtml)
"Silverlight is widely used as an alternative to Flash"
Re: boffins with brains the size of planets
Actually, the telescopes themselves are named in the Mapudungun language:
ANTU (UT1; The Sun ),
KUEYEN (UT2; The Moon ),
MELIPAL (UT3; The Southern Cross ), and
YEPUN (UT4; Venus - as evening star)
Yes, you are right.
I used the wrong word.
Re: Please use other sources to research the actual case before posting more idiocy
@AC 15:58 GMT
The innocence of Mr. Swartz has not been proved, and sadly it will never be.
All that we have now are several opinions from different quarters, but not a legal ruling.
I don't know if there are political or personal motivations behind the acts of Mrs. Ortiz and nobody else but herself can know it.
If there are illegal or too far reaching acts from the side of Mrs. Ortiz, then there are legal ways to restrict them, but public lynching is not the method to ensure that they will not be repeated.
Your words about "no difference between her holding a gun to his head and pulling the trigger" are really too emotional to be worth considering.
I, personally, think that there was a violation of the law (maybe I'm right, maybe not).
But I also think that the law itself is wrong, unfair to the citizens and completely out of proportion in the punishments it allows.
Hence, my recommendation to the American citizens of do something about them.
I really believe that the public outrage for this suicide is pointing to the wrong person.
A civil servant has several duties, the first among them is to withhold the law.
Because of that, Mrs. Ortiz could not turn a blind eye to the acts of Mr. Swartz and let them slip under the radar.
The real problem, in my opinion, is that the law needs several adjustments to be really useful in protecting intellectual property while still allowing access to it.
So, if the Americans really are enraged by this sad story, please do something concrete.
Call, write or email your representatives and pressure them to change the law.
Stop complaining while doing nothing.
Not the first, I think
The first thing to note is that America != USA
So, with that in mind, there are several Windows XP in aboriginal languages, including Quechua (Bolivia) and Mapundungún (or Mapuzungún).
"Brain" worked on DOS, not Windows
Somtehing worst than greasy fingers...
Is when the cleaning staff, well, "cleans" my desktop monitor.
They use a... I don't know what it is, would say rag, sponge, paper towel, really don't know.... with some kind of liquid.
The next morning I usually spend at least fifteen minutes getting the opaque, nasty and disgusting residue from the screen.
My solution: put a letter-sized warning on the screen, kept in place with scotch-tape.
Is also available
In Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
This email warning will surely make a great job of lifting staff moral.
Pen and paper have a great lot of advantages over electronic voting systems:
- cheap: incredibly cheap.
- Does not need technical personnel
- Is portable. You don't need to wire remote locations just for the elections.
- The ballot boxes are usually transparent or with big windows, which make vote stuffing hard
- political parties and common citizens alike can watch the vote-counting procedure
Last week here in Chile was a big election. Each city elected their mayor for the next four years.
And there are several cities where the process has been objected.
Solution: have a manual counting of ballots.
The confront that account with the data held by the officers in charge, the voting local officers and the political parties officers present in each voting local, who in almost all the cases took pictures of the voting totals published in each local and of each voting station, in addition to their own manual counts.
Is a simple process, with many observation points.
True, is boring and sometimes just plainly disappointing. Especially if, as is my case, in charge of a voting station for 9th time.
But, as your Winston Churchill said:
"Many forms of Government have been tried and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."
But for that sentence to be true, a very secure and tamper proof system is needed.
What have always baffled me is the distance.
If you put a big laser in space, which as pointed in the article, is a major engineering challenge, would it be useful?
Doesn't the inverse square law applies to the laser beam?
At a distance of, say, 2000 kilometers, for a low earth orbiting satellite, you need a lot of power to inflict damage.
And that is assuming the target is right below the satellite. Add to that the atmosphere.
And to that, add the precision of the mechanism to keep the beam on target... mmm.
Nope, laser beams orbiting the earth are, in my opinion, worthless as weapons.
"Google believes that voters have a right to use the internet to freely express their opinions about candidates for political office, as a form of full exercise of democracy, especially during electoral campaigns."
That's a funny one.
I'd like to see Google try the same in China
I think it would be nice to include a link to the source, to check the data for ourselves.
He obviously doesn't have a medical degree nor medical training or biological knowledge.
Of course, a lot of illnesses can be deduced from watching a set of data and the "mental process" of a doctor is very akin to that of an "expert system".
But medicine is much more than prescribing drugs or handing treatments.
There is a no minor part of doctor - patient relationship.
There are a lot of problems that are more psychological than physical, yet still produce detectable symptoms that if observed just by themselves would yield a completely different diagnostic.
Speaking of MDs as "voodoo doctors" shows not only ignorance, but a lot of petulance.
Apple was accused of something similar, not exactly the same, but similar.
Will they be suing Samsung?
Maybe Google is going for the same strategy used by Teddy Roosevelt ar the beggining of 20th century: speak softly and carry a big stick.
Surprised that no one has mentioned "Greek fire"
just to get rid of the lame, obvious joke, let me be the first who says "that's no moon..."
(blame this lame comment on the lack of sleep)
I read "Martian Chronicles" when I was about 7 or 8... can't remember for sure.
But it contained two stories that gave me a perspective that for a child were astonishing: "August 2026: There will come soft rains" and "April 2026: The long years".
They both talked about the fast and brief time that is human live, how we can be survived by our creations and the incredibly ridiculous that our problems can be when they are seen from that point of view.
"There will come soft rains" contains a very brief and powerful poem by Sara Teasdale, that gives its name to the story:
There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;
And frogs in the pools singing at night,
And wild plum trees in tremulous white;
Robins will wear their feathery fire,
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;
And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done.
Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree,
If mankind perished utterly;
And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn
Would scarcely know that we were gone.
R.I.P. Mr Bradbury
"and has signed a deal with Gree"
Sorry, but read that as "and has signed a deal with Greed"... and I think is more adequate.
Re: Your MS Social Network Data Lives in ... Chile?
Yes, the law is enforced (I live in Chile and work in IT).
But it just the domain that is registered here.
A quick visit to the site shows that the server is in USA.
And if you read the "Tern of Services" (https://www.so.cl/app/terms), you will note a paragraph that says:
"Unless otherwise specified in the service, the service is intended for use within the United States only. "
What I really liked...
about this camera (or whatever this is) are the status lights .
I suppose they will work as well as a pedal powered wheelchair
Re: I'm with the above (2) posters
Just to add a "me too".
I remember that the public unveiling of the results was something along the lines of "we know that the most probable cause must be an error somewhere, so we are publishing this results in order to get more people to help us find it".
They never made any claims of superluminic, time shifting, theory smasher neutrinos.
So why punish him?
It looks like and XB-70, just need a canard ...
"Apple told El Reg"??
That would be the second time in the last year that Apple spoke to El Reg, if my memory serves me well.
You must be doing something wrong.
And don't forget Neil deGrasse Tyson
"Nevertheless Google has implemented the tweaks and defended the move by saying that halting it at this stage would "confuse" the firm's userbase."
No, not confusing at all. A simple text saying something along the lines of: "We can't implement our new policies on Europe until they adhere to EC law".
Of course, that would make the users think that Google may not be the technological knight-in-shiny-armor they pretend to be, so this is just wishful thinking.
Re: EASY TO BLAME THE PARENTS...
Making them responsible, which is very different.
Of course our kids will run circles around us, as we did with our parents.
But you have to show interest, give them time.
Easy? Nope, not at all. Rising children is getting harder everyday.
"There is no need to worry"
Those are quite foreboding words...
> 0%I really believe is not that simple. Foxconn has a dark history when it comes to the conditions offered to their workers. Check this article: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/10/10/foxconn_abuse_report/ So, the possibility of a suicide, massive or otherwise, is more than 0%, based on very recent history. R
Like a cold beer on a warm summer day
This kind of news is one of the reasons I read El Reg.
- Review Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. How about... oh, your battery died
- Review + Vid Apple iPhone 6 Plus: What a waste of gorgeous pixel density
- +Comment EMC, HP blockbuster 'merger' shocker comes a cropper
- Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia
- 46% of iThings slurp iOS 8: What part of this batt-draining update didn't you like?