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Re: What has it got on its serverses?
In all seriousness, I wonder if they'd be able to get Google to tell them exactly where in the world the data was stored, and where BigTable ran? If the answer to both is "in the UK," then what's the problem?
If Google has the data, the US has the data. And the US will misuse foreign medical data:
Disabled woman denied entry to U.S. after agent cites supposedly private medical details / A Toronto woman is shocked after she was denied entry into the U.S. because she had been hospitalized for clinical depression.
Re: So what they are saying is
the US government quietly went away deeply apologetic and didn't do anything in revenge?
Sure, like we could trust the DVLA to reserve its database for legitimate law-enforcement purposes, and not sell anything to private parking pirates.
Not just that, they've been using CCTV and spying to catch people who don't pick up their dog's shite.
So what? Those people deserve it.
Re: Joys of Capitalism
It amuses me that people consistently vote for "business friendly" governments
I don't know anyone who voted for those. There's plenty of evidence that big businesses are buying business-friendly governments, though.
oh boo hoo
In other news, evil shops use cameras and security tags as a money-making exercise!
Re: Coudn't agree more
Nothing annoys me more than a site that won't actually operate without me allowing code to be executed on the machine I'm using. A site should be able to offer it's core function without JS and this isn't actually that hard to do.
quality of legitimate/illegitimate products
From Cory Doctorow:
Buy this because paying money will deliver high quality
Some bootlegs are unreliable or of poor quality. I once had a well meaning friend give me a pirate Rolling Stones cassette for my ninth birthday; the bootlegger saved money, squeezing the 45-minute album onto a 30-minute tape by fading out each song two-thirds of the way through. In some instances, this matters – you want what you acquire to be a faithful copy of the work you're after. But inferior packaging and labels are unlikely to bother most purchasers, who are likely to stick the media on a shelf and forget it, possibly ripping it first if it's especially good.
But this pitch only works to the extent that the paid-for item is indeed of high quality. When anti-copying restrictions are added to media, it actually lowers their quality relative to the illegitimate item. I often hear from parents who download unauthorised cartoons for their kids because the DVDs come with long, unskippable (or difficult-to-skip) adverts, the worst of which deploy "pester power" tactics intended to get kids to nag their parents to buy something. As far as these parents are concerned, spending money gets them a product that much worse than the free version.
Re: Everything you need to know ...
The idea that the NHS can make money from selling data to drug companies is ludicrous. The NHS will make a little money in the short term and end up paying it back, along with drug company profits and everything else, later (to buy the drugs). We should consider nationalizing the pharmaceutical industry, or at least regulating its profits tightly.
Wealth creation bogosity
Consider this quote from Bertrand Russell:
The war showed conclusively that, by the scientific organization of production, it is possible to keep modern populations in fair comfort on a small part of the working capacity of the modern world. If, at the end of the war, the scientific organization, which had been created in order to liberate men for fighting and munition work, had been preserved, and the hours of work had been cut down to four, all would have been well. Instead of that the old chaos was restored, those whose work was demanded were made to work long hours, and the rest were left to starve as unemployed. Why? Because work is a duty, and a man should not receive wages in proportion to what he has produced, but in proportion to his virtue as exemplified by his industry.
This is the morality of the Slave State, applied in circumstances totally unlike those in which it arose. No wonder the result has been disastrous. Let us take an illustration. Suppose that, at a given moment, a certain number of people are engaged in the manufacture of pins. They make as many pins as the world needs, working (say) eight hours a day. Someone makes an invention by which the same number of men can make twice as many pins as before. But the world does not need twice as many pins: pins are already so cheap that hardly any more will be bought at a lower price. In a sensible world, everybody concerned in the manufacture of pins would take to working four hours instead of eight, and everything else would go on as before. But in the actual world this would be thought demoralizing. The men still work eight hours, there are too many pins, some employers go bankrupt, and half the men previously concerned in making pins are thrown out of work. There is, in the end, just as much leisure as on the other plan, but half the men are totally idle while half are still overworked. In this way, it is insured that the unavoidable leisure shall cause misery all round instead of being a universal source of happiness.
Can anything more insane be imagined?
It's fairly predictable that any article here about the BBC will bash either the BBC itself or its funding system. (It's unfortunate, because it's not that way about most topics.)
Re: Easy solution...
1) Not a license payer - then Adverts or you pay to access the site.
As soon as you introduce advertising, you corrupt the whole thing. Remember that for commercial TV, the viewers are the product and the advertisers are the customers—this is even true for subscription commercial channels, because they make more from advertising than from subscriptions. A public service TV system is an important antidote to the "race to the bottom" effects that advertising introduces.
If it's so great then why are they so afraid of selling their product rather than having the government force people to buy it?
Because if it has to pander to the market, it will no longer function as a public service and quality will drop.
but I know a lot of people who dont watch BBC and would love to get out of this TV tax
I know a lot of people who are not in school but education is an important public service.
Re: I'm amazed people use premium rate numbers
Rather that why can't those who do just call a friend who has internet access or just plan in advance?
Because it would annoy their friends?
Re: Nail, head.
As Mary so rightly points out, the presence of a known NSA stooge doesn't make everyone else clean, they have many employees.
Time for the all the employees' names in the "Snowden files" to published, so we can identify them and give them the distrust --- and total social ostracism --- that they deserve.
Re: better information - better treatment, yeah right
I'll spare you the details but on that occasion the real problem turned out to be my new bicycle saddle (there's a reason padded is bad - my subsequent diagnosis)
Just curious -- what kind of saddle did you switch to? (I got a Brooks a year ago & it's been great.)
Re: GP's Opening Hours
@ Synonymous Howard
Thanks for the useful links.
Does AdBlockPlus count as security software now?
some good points
There are some good arguments in this editorial, but...
The claim that the NSA is democratically accountable is ludicrous. All their snooping was done secretly, without proper judicial or legislative oversight, and they probably would have terminated Snowden with extreme prejudice if they'd known what he was going to do.
The conflation with copyright and "property rights" at the end is just silly. The whole point of copyright is to encourage dissemination and get more work into the public domain in the long term --- exactly the opposite of privacy.
Stuffed using it where I live in the UK.
Someone mentioned sunshine?
Just park it near that curved skyscraper in London.
Re: Ban them entirely
What would be easier would be to have a law that says it's legal to punch anyone who uses a phone on a plane.
Can we have this on trains and buses too, please?
Re: Mobile Calling Area
What about some soundproof enclosure for each passenger.
Something like a 1950's hairdresser dryer thing on each seat
The "cone of silence" from Get Smart?
opportunity to be squandered
This ought to be an opportunity to enshrine fair use, legalize private copying, and roll copyright terms back to a reasonable 7 or 14 years. But of course, Big Media lobbyists will ensure it's a race to the bottom.
Re: This proves
A. Because men have worse memory.
This shows why we shouldn't allow bare binaries to be copyrighted, unless the source code is lodged with a trusted organization that can publish it when support is withdrawn.
Windows 2000 (as well as XP soon) illustrates the point even better. Malware writers are reverse-engineering the security updates for supported systems in order to infect unsupported systems, which people are still running (they shouldn't have to buy a new OS when the one they have still works), so the internet is worse for all of us. If the source code were available, independent developers would be able to produce security updates and the public as a whole would be better off.
Schmidt also had a few words for the NSA, claiming that “with sufficiently long keys and changing the keys all the time”, encryption can be a decent foil to snooping spooks.
Um, not when sleazy companies are slurping up and retaining all the data they can find for marketing purposes, with the side effect that it's then available to the spooks.
Re: right vs privilege error again
It doesn't really matter what you think IP is, or what I think it is. It's a property right in Berne, in WIPO, in many other treaties and conventions - and in over 100 national statutes.
Best of luck changing all those.
We all know those conventions and statutes contain the results of corruption, which you ought to be criticizing.
You've made the same error the IPO made, in pretending that IP wasn't a property right... and finding the reality whacks you on the head.
You're arguing circularly that whatever the law currently says must be right.
Re: right vs privilege error again
It's true that technology (printing, recording and what followed) have provided practical mechanisms by which artists could make independent livings, but the copyright systems that back this up have simply created another class of patrons (publishers/producers).
Copyright used to be a very good deal for the public and the artists: printing required expensive equipment and special skills, so trading away the natural right to copy was a very small loss for the public; in effect, copyright gave a privilege to artists/authors at the expense of publishers.
Now, it's a bad deal, giving privileges to publishers at a great cost to the public's natural right to copy --- and with extensions to terms on existing works, the public is getting absolutely nothing in the public domain in return!
right vs privilege error again
That’s because the UK’s IPO doesn’t think intellectual property is any kind of property.
So IP isn’t an absolute right - few things are. But again, the problem is the IPO’s fantasy view of copyright as something that isn’t a property right.
That's because it isn't any kind of property, or any kind of right; "intellectual property" is a totally misleading term. This article makes some valid points, but once again fails to understand that copyright is not a right at all but rather a privilege that the state grants in order to get more into the public domain in the long run.
Personalized plates are for suckers. How much would it cost to have a custom bumper sticker made?
We should be more concerned about letting our kids read the Dirty Diggers' pseudo-news.
It's interesting that the companies who have complied the most with the NSA requests have seen continued success and growth (Google, Facebook, Amazon, Verizon, AT&T, Yahoo, etc.), yet those that fought back have been decimated. Free enterprise my ass.
Qwest. Enough said.
Re: war room
You can't let the commie in here! He'll see the big board!
Re: Winter is coming
I'll stand down by the door
And catch the grey men
When they dive from the 14th floor
Re: Oi Google..
I used a trackball years ago and am thinking of going back to one --- any recommendations?
Re: Mute Ravi, mute!
while he attempted to "pass a difficult motion"
Did you shout, "I second that motion!"?
Re: Remember when this stuff was meant to be "empowering"?
And now with tracking apps they know exactly where you are.
And from how long you've been sitting there, they can infer #1 or #2.
Regardless of what one thinks of Assange personally, Wikileaks apparently still has its uses.
"dog eat dog"?
Also "dog eat dog food"!
Re: not entirely fair
The main question, however, is whether being a complete berk is merely necessary, or both necessary and sufficient, to be an executive, porn-surfing or otherwise.
You don't have to be a psychopath to succeed in business or politics, but it helps.
Copyright education could be a good idea
We could teach children that copyright is not a right but a privilege granted by the state in order to obtain a greater public good (more stuff in the public domain in the long term) by trading way public rights (the natural right to make copies).
Re: Careful what you wish for.
If everyone really did become a 'responsible creator' I can already hear Big Media screaming about 'home creativity destroying the professional creation industry' because people are too busy exploring their inner selves to buy the mass-produced version..
New slogan: "Home music is killing music!" Umm, wait a minute.
Re: Ads? what ads.
My Firefox currently has Adblock Plus, NoScript, Ghostery, BetterPrivacy, RefControl and Collusion (Lightbeam) add-ons. If I visit the Daily Mail, for example,
You sound like a smart guy ... why would you visit the Daily Mail?
No effect on chromium?
This has no effect on chromium, right?
What was the saying, something like "we're not reading your e-mails, just scanning them"?
Good "poke" pun. Can we have a "peek" in part 2?
What do they have to hide?
If the cabinet members have nothing to hide, they have nothing to fear!
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