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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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GSMA: EU net neutrality reforms are the enemy of business

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oh bull

"[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.

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Dying for an Ubuntu Linux phone? Here's how much it'll cost you

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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.?

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Show more CANADIAN-MADE PORN, insists Canadian government

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Re: Cue cross-dressing lumberjacks

"Oh Bevis! And I thought you were so rugged."

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Triple-headed NHS privacy scare after hospital data reach marketers, Google

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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:

U.S. Border and Immigration Officials May Have your Mental Health History

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.

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Microsoft: NSA snooping? Code backdoors? Our hands are clean!

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Re: So what they are saying is

the US government quietly went away deeply apologetic and didn't do anything in revenge?

Qwest.

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Pirate Bay becomes 'Research Bay' for three days

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Re: Eh

Hah and not forgetting the anti piracy speil "You wouldn't steal a car, so why steal a movie?"

But sharing is against the law!

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NHS England tells MPs: 'The state isn't doing dastardly things with GP medical records'

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"trust me"

Sure, like we could trust the DVLA to reserve its database for legitimate law-enforcement purposes, and not sell anything to private parking pirates.

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Snowden journo boyf grill under anti-terror law was legal, says UK court

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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.

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Steelie Neelie 'shocked' that EU tourists turn mobes off when abroad

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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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CCTV warning notices NOT compliant with data protection laws – ICO

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oh boo hoo

In other news, evil shops use cameras and security tags as a money-making exercise!

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JavaScript is everywhere. So are we all OK with that?

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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.

Any website that requires you to enable javascript should be liable for any damage (e.g., drive-by downloads) caused to your system.

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Blocking BitTorrent search sites 'ineffective': Pirate Bay ban lifted for Dutch ISPs

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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.

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http://www.theguardian.com/technology/gamesblog/2011/apr/20/digital-free-persuade-pay-cory-doctorow

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GP surgeries MUST DO BETTER on data handling, says ICO

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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.

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Google bus protests are Kristallnacht against the rich – tech VC legend

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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?

http://www.panarchy.org/russell/idleness.1932.html

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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Re: SVV

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.)

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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.

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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.

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Re: Oh?

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.

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BT 118 phone number fee howler lands telco giant with £225k fine

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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?

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Campaign to kick NSA man from crypto standards group fails

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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.

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NHS carelessly slings out care.data plans to 26.5 million Brits

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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.)

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@ Synonymous Howard

Thanks for the useful links.

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