458 posts • joined 13 Sep 2011
"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).
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.
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.
big obstacle to spying
people developing morals!
The telcos should be required to provide current OSes to all their users.
I enjoy Minecraft. I hope Microsoft doesn't run it down the toilet like Skype.
"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.
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.
"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".
"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.
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.
"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.
You can change your password if someone gets it, but you can't change your biometrics.
"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.
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.
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?
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.
The journalists in the Guardian Newspaper's Money section should now do the same.
Um, they're paid by The Guardian, aren't they?
"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).
Hybrids are pretty good, though.
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).
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.
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.
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.
good news if
As long as they are programmed so they can't tailgate or overtake badly, I'm in favour.
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.)
what it takes?
Low morals. Gentlemen don't read other people's mail.
It's TNT in Minecraft.
and when the NSA does it...
Will the Mounties get them?
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.
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.
You seem to have misunderstood. You have not "bought" a book. You have licensed a copy.
Has Big Media bought or licensed the laws?
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!
"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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"[H]inder innovation to the detriment of businesses and consumers", fooey, more like hinder existing business's chances to shaft consumers and innovators.
Why are texts within the EU cheaper now, because of the great telecom businesses? No, because of regulation.
Will users have proper control of their phones?
Will the Ubuntu phones as shipped give users proper control of their own hardware, or will they have to root/reinstall in order to control apps permissions, ad-blocking, etc.?
Re: Cue cross-dressing lumberjacks
"Oh Bevis! And I thought you were so rugged."
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.
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