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I've got a new Linux box, how does it work... WOAH, only asking :-/

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unrar unrealistic

Some excellent points in this article, but would a Linux fan really use (un)rar by choice?

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Philip Morris seeks pay-per-puff patent to help you STOP smoking

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pay per puff?

Surely e-cig users are already paying proportionally to puffing for the liquid?

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UK reforms on private copying and parody come into force

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finally some sense

Finally some sensible changes to copyright instead of pandering to Big Media's whims, although I don't think this is fair: "making a private [backup] copy of a computer program is still be prohibited under the new framework".

Anyway, what chance do we have of getting durations rolled back to reasonable levels in the future?

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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Re: The road tax won't go...yet

"As the car's get more efficient, electrics get more popular, then tax collection drops. So they need some sort of permanent tax to screw everyone over equally."

You know the electric and hybrid cars pay £0 VED, right?

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Re: I concur

I'm fed up with the queues of stupid people in post offices on the first few days of every month. I think they should be required to run a separate queue for people renewing overdue VED, and serve them only when no-one is waiting to do anything else (including renewing VED on time).

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Re: I concur

"You can renew your car tax for up to 4 weeks before the renewal date, so there is no excuse for leaving it till the last day."

But try to use a Post Office today and you'd never know...

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Wide Open Data: NYC taxi dump catches strip club Johns

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Why is this covered by FOI?

Am I the only one who finds it strange that taxi logs are covered by Freedom of Information?

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IRONY ALERT: Former MI6 chief warns of 'mass snooping' - by PAEDOS

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jobs for pervs

I guess a spy agency would be the ideal place to work for looking at other people's dirty pictures.

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FBI opens Malware Investigator portal to industry

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state-sponsored malware

Of course this won't cover state-sponsored malware....

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Copyright thieves' cyberlockers slurp MILLIONS from honest creators, study finds

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Re: Hmm

"Copyright is just a discredited state granted monopoly privilege on ideas which serves no useful purpose for the public..."

That's an exaggeration. The public value of a copyright system is determined by the long-term improvement to the public domain (in quality and quantity) compared with the baseline (no copyright, which was the situation for most of human history). Current "Mickey Mouse monopoly forever" copyright law does have zero value for the public, but a good copyright system with short durations would be beneficial (as it was in somewhat recent history).

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Re: Appendix A is great!

"But you're not willing enough to pay for Sky TV, who were actually giving it to people are more than happy to pay?"

Some people have ethical problems with supporting part of Murdoch's empire.

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Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE

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Re: Speedo?

The people who claim speed limits are dangerous because they have to keep looking at the speedometer instead of the road are the same people who are trying to drive as fast as they think they can get away with.

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Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians

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big obstacle to spying

people developing morals!

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THREE QUARTERS of Android mobes open to web page spy bug

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The telcos should be required to provide current OSes to all their users.

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Microsoft splurges 2½ INSTAGRAMS buying Minecraft maker Mojang

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well...

I enjoy Minecraft. I hope Microsoft doesn't run it down the toilet like Skype.

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BBC Trust candidate defends licence fee, says evaders are CRIMINALS

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Re: Independence?

"It was Andrew Norfolk (at a hated 'Murdoch paper') that pursued the story."

Murdoch employee allowed to pursue a story that might help undermine public services -- no surprise there.

I don't think anyone has claimed that since Murdoch took over the Times, all the employees started lying all the time.

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Re: Hmm..

Without the profits from BBC Worldwide, the licence fee would be 10-20% higher so "we" get a share of those profits by them being re-invested back into the BBC.

I'd much rather see the profits reinvested in a public service than trousered by private interests.

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Re: Evil

"The telly tax in Britain is a flat tax, and means that poor people can't afford to have a TV set,"

A better idea would indeed be to fund the BBC with a tax on cable, satellite, and other subscription TV services. I don't count anyone forking out £20+/month to Sky as "poor people".

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Re: Harassment

"It's a great shame that prosecuting the BBC for the behaviour of their licence department isn't really possible."

That behaviour is a perfect example of what happens when you force a public service to put functions out to privateers.

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Re: The BBC...trading in a reputation for quality it lost a long time ago.

To the extent that quality has declined, it's because the BBC has been pressured to pander to ratings. The most important sentence in that editorial was "an unregulated TV market involves a race to the bottom" -- we need a public service to counteract the damage done by Murdoch et al.

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Re: Independence?

"The telly tax simply ensures loyalty to the government of the day, not independence."

The current gov't complains the BBC is against them. The previous one said the same thing. The one before that.... If whoever is in power complains about the BBC's bias, that's a good thing.

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Forget silly privacy worries - help biometrics firms make MILLIONS

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compromised fingerprint?

You can change your password if someone gets it, but you can't change your biometrics.

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'I think photographers get TOO MUCH copyright for their work'

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"Copyright is a basic property right."

"Copyright is a basic property right."

No, it isn't --- that's a recent myth pushed by Big Media. Copyright is a privilege that the state can (but does not have to) grant in order to promote the public good by getting more and better stuff into the public domain in the long run. The value of a system of copyright law should be measured purely by the quality of the public domain that results. Under the current "Mickey Mouse forever" system, that value is zero.

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PCI Council wants YOU to give it things to DO

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stop pushing contactless cards on the unsuspecting public

Require card issuers to make contactless payment opt-in only; they should not be allowed to send me a replacement debit or credit card with Wavepay unless I agree to it first.

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Catch cack-handed baggage handlers in the act with Ericsson's SPY SUITCASE

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thrown around, wet

That's all very nice, but when are the liability limits and rules for baggage handling going to be updated to the modern era?

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Creepy battery-operated TEDDY BEAR SEX TOY. Sadly, this is for real

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checked luggage charges

"No experience in this, but wouldn't you pack the toys in your checked in luggage rather than the carry on luggage?"

Even many of the airlines that used to be reputable are now charging for checked luggage.

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Wikipedia insists paid editors reveal their bits in public

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Re: Good

The journalists in the Guardian Newspaper's Money section should now do the same.

Um, they're paid by The Guardian, aren't they?

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How practical is an electric car in London?

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"allowing electric cars to drive in bus lanes"

Ridiculous. A car with one person in it in a big city is probably wasting road space (unless you have to carry tools and parts to do your job, and then you'd probably need a van anyway).

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Silent, spacious and... well, insipid: Citroën's electric C-Zero car

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Re: Nope

Hybrids are pretty good, though.

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correction needed

Please correct "road fund tax"; this term has been wrong since 1937. I'm sure the author didn't mean it maliciously, but terms like this and "road tax" are misused by those who wish to bully non-motorized users off the roads. "Car tax" is acceptable (but "VED" is the correct term).

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Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

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some words of wisdom

I especially like this bit:

"That said, I think people should have some way of getting exposure to it, just so that people who find that they enjoy it and have the aptitude know about the possibility," Torvalds said. "Not because everybody will want to or need to learn, but just because it is a great vocation, and there may well be lots of people who never realized that they might actually like telling computers what to do."

That could equally apply to the arts, music, and many other fields that are being squeezed out in the government to push to turn education into a factory for making employees.

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UK govt 'tearing up road laws' for Google's self-driving cars: THE TRUTH

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Re: I'm against it at this time. here's why...

"The road traffic conditions here are vastly different to those in the USA; our roads are generally more congested, the driving standards are variable at best,"

All the more reason to reduce the scope for human error, the number 1 cause of collisions.

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How to strip pesky copyright watermarks from photos ... says a FACEBOOK photo bod

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Re: Wait a minute -- what??

It's not theft if you wouldn't ever have paid money for it? Does that even make sense?

Copyright infringement is not theft.

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California gives green light to test self-driving cars on public roads

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good news if

As long as they are programmed so they can't tailgate or overtake badly, I'm in favour.

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'My house is on fire m8 lol' ... 911 texting tested in the US

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Re: What about support for photos and video?

It would be nice to be able to send the police "real-time" photos of people phone-driving. (I mean when I'm on foot, of course.)

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Scariest NSA revelation yet: Spooks are RUBBISH at CIPHERS

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what it takes?

Low morals. Gentlemen don't read other people's mail.

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Denmark dynamited by cunning American Minecraft vandals

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not dynamite

It's TNT in Minecraft.

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Mounties always get their man: Heartbleed 'hacker', 19, CUFFED

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and when the NSA does it...

Will the Mounties get them?

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Over half of software developers think they'll be millionaires – study

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Re: Ha ha ha ha ha ha

That delusion is dangerous to society --- it's why these otherwise smart people support right-wing quasi-libertarian nuttery.

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Internet is a TOOL OF SATAN that destroys belief, study claims

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Re: Should have used perl

Lisp hacked together with Perl

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Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month

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password issue

I used to use DynDNS (paid), but I wasn't happy about the fact that the client password was the same as my account management password, so that if my computer were stolen, the thief would have access to my account. I complained about this and was told to switch from a $25/year account to a $25/month one if I wanted this feature!

No-IP provides the option of separate passwords with their basic paid account. I'm now a happy customer there instead.

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No, Minister. You CAN'T de-Kindle your eBooks!

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Re: Unacceptable

You seem to have misunderstood. You have not "bought" a book. You have licensed a copy.

Has Big Media bought or licensed the laws?

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Re: Pointless wrangling

...Calibre, which is available for Apple, Linux, and Windows, and use an unofficial add-in which is available in a set of tools maintained by several people and provided by Apprentice Alf.

Thanks for the useful tip!

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"forbid contract law from over-riding the new legislation"

"forbid contract law from over-riding the new legislation"

What's wrong with that? It's how the Sale of Goods Act and the Consumer Credit Act protect the public's rights.

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SmartTV, dumb vuln: Philips hard-codes Miracast passwords

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Re: What autoplay video with sound?

"Noted: Have NoScript running to prevent embarrassing autoplaying internet video on a work computer. And also when around other humans."

I have NoScript running and still got the problem.

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"The DVD encryption was defeated by checking the RAM for the key while a DVD player program was running."

Fortunately for consumers, in that case.

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Autoplay video with sound? nice.....

Indeed. I heard some crap coming out of my headphones lying on the desk, because I read El Reg by opening a bunch of tabs in the background and working through them.

Please, Reg, do not do that again.

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Research bods told: Try to ID anonymised data subjects? No more CASH for you

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Re: It's a *start*

Financial penalties are a start. How about prison sentences for the directors of any company found doing it? That will keep their minds focused.

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Beastie Boys settle with toy maker over Girls copyright dispute

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Re: "encourages stealing from others."

"I really like the hipocrisy in that statement, since stealing from other works one of the fundaments of rap music."

There's a big difference between using others' work to make derivative works for art's sake and using others' work in (spit) advertising.

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Re: The hidden beauty of U.S. copyright law.

This is about advertising. I don't think advertising should qualify as protected free speech, never mind as parody.

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