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Government's 'Google Review' copyright rules become law

arrbee

Re: I invent a cure for cancer.....

Yes, but these new regulations don't change any of that as far as the large copyright holders are concerned, since they have the clout to make sure they get paid. This is aimed fair and square at individual "creatives", i.e. everybody, and its intent is to enable companies such as Google to use any and all material they can find for whatever purposes they wish without having to worry about irrelevancies such as ownership. The only thing they can't do is sell the stuff for cash.

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British Lords: Euro 'right to be forgotten' ruling 'unreasonable and unworkable'

arrbee

Maybe if Google had opposed this specific issue in the lower courts, rather than seeking a declaration that they were immune from European laws, this could have been sorted out by now.

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Arrr: Freetard-bothering Digital Economy Act tied up, thrown in the hold

arrbee

So if there is no protection then any corporate can just grab whatever new stuff they think looks promising, repackage it & sell it as their own, drowning out any attempt by the actual creator to even associate themselves with it and hence gain any benefit from their creation at all ( where "sell" would be to benefit the bottom line, i.e. not necessarily directly for cash ).

Or, even better, have your creation used as part of some propaganda to promote killing handicapped kids - who could complain about that when they know that it means that they're not trampling on the peoples' god-given given right to not pay for stuff ?

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

arrbee

Makes sense to me. Both copyright cartels and ISPs get useful market data on things like:

- rate of false positives

- effectiveness over time of telling people they've been 'caught'

- overall customer reaction, especially to erroneous messages

and they get people who never use the internet themselves to help pay for it.

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New Russian law punishes online 'extremism'

arrbee

Re: How long

quid pro quo for support from the Orthodox church

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What is ex-NSA spyboss selling for $1m a month, asks US congressman

arrbee

Re: Apdsmith AC Military Industrial Congressional Complex

I'd have said that the current situation in Iraq and Syria is another example of how the Saudis have been running rings round the US and its allies for the last 15 years.

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If Google remembers whom it has forgotten, has it complied with the ECJ judgment?

arrbee

Re: Pointless...

All internet corporates, including the other search engines, are affected by this judgment, since what it said was that doing business in the EU means that you are subject to EU laws, irrespective of where you claim to be based. Having failed to win the legal argument Google are going all-out to negate it via political lobbying, no doubt encouraged by a lot of truly pissed fellow corporates.

With regard to the current example of the effect of this judgment, anyone can get any search engine to excise a URL from their search results by merely showing that :

- it refers to themselves

- it harms them unfairly

- it is in nobody else's interest to have this information preserved

- they have a legal order from an EU court or national data commissioner agreeing that the URL should go

At which point the search company must either appeal the legal order or arrange for the URL to be removed from their search results.

If only Google are affected so far then maybe they should proclaim the fact since it could be because their search results are so much more comprehensive than those from anyone else.

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Missiles-on-rooftops Brit spy Farr: UK gov can slurp your Facebook, Twitter ... What of it?

arrbee

Re: Dangerous terrorist plots..

"I don't understand how the terrorists don't ever attack officials of state and only ever go after ordinary members of the public."

Professional courtesy.

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Internet of Things fridges? Pfft. So how does my milk carton know when it's empty?

arrbee

I think you're all being unambitious.

What is needed is a per-dwelling system which tracks every item once it has entered the house/flat/yurt until it leaves, including in/out fridge, into bin, etc. Of course for the best results, and to handle flat shares (*), you'd also need to tag all the people in the house, and any animals, in order to properly track (and then predict) consumption patterns.

(*) excluding student flat shares, lets not be silly about this

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USA! USA! ... Aw, screw it. Motorola to close Texas smartphone plant

arrbee

Re: Great Thinking

You could always try the UK approach - turn yourselves into an international tax haven.

( I see that as a result of the latest tax changes Vodafone are now applying for a GBP 17 billion, sorry BEEELION, tax rebate )

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

arrbee

It would be nice if at least 2 of the computer systems I use at work used the same key for delete.

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Son of ACTA pours fuel on IP trade fire

arrbee

Re: No!

"our representatives" will be the same civil servants that do such a sterling job negotiating & managing PPI contracts etc. A combination of being out of their depth and concentrating on personal development.

At the end the politicians will be presented with volumes of dense text with nicely coloured graphs showing what wonderful things will happen while they're still in power (that last bit is important). The media will just regurgitate the PR releases.

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UK.gov data sell-off row: HMRC denies claims it'll flog YOUR private info

arrbee

Just ask them how much money has been allocated for monitoring those who receive this data to ensure compliance, including on-site spot checks etc.

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Up to 500 GP practices to test plans to share patient data

arrbee

So will previous opt out letters be honoured by these (unidentified) trial surgeries ?

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

arrbee

The trouble with any plan that involves "invest for 40 years" is that it usually fails to allow for the 2 or 3 times during that period at which a large chunk of your investment will mysteriously transfer itself to City institutions.

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BSkyB, CityFibre, TalkTalk pull clear of bigwig BT's bundles – plan to set fibre to York

arrbee

Presumably they picked York so that BT can see if this approach allows them to compete with Virgin who are already entrenched there (via NTL as was). If they've got any sense they'll ignore the 'historic centre' and concentrate on the new builds around the edges.

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Technology is murdering customer service - legally

arrbee

Working for a software company we tend to be pretty strong on customer service - after all, the alternative would be to make us write proper user documentation...

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

arrbee

Re: Secure forever for you and close relatives?

Following on from this - what are they doing with the data of people who have died since GP records were computerised, and what will they do with my opted-out data after I've popped my clogs ?

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MtGox boss vows to keep going despite $429 MILLION Bitcoin 'theft'

arrbee

Re: Hands up who's shocked?

Anyone who expects, say, the UK government to provide real compensation if one of the major banks were to go under is in for a nasty surprise.

The process would be to reconstitute the failing bank by agreement with its creditors, which would involve first emptying all savings/investment/current accounts (savers are legally not creditors of a failing bank) and then issuing shares in the new bank to those who lost their money. These shares will have a notional value that meets the requirements of the relevant compensation scheme, although it may be years (if ever) before they can actually be cashed in for that value. This allows the government to say they've met their promises without having to pay out large amounts to the wrong sort of people.

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Prez Obama cyber-guru: Think your data is safe in an EU cloud? The NSA will raid your servers

arrbee

So that kills off the NHS England 'care' database then.

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Ill communication delays NHS England's GP data grab for six months

arrbee
Black Helicopters

Any bets that current opt-out declarations will be (quietly) declared invalidated by this delay ?

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UK libraries trial free access to scientific research

arrbee

Presumably its a 2-year trial because thats how much longer they expect the public library system to last.

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Britain's costliest mistake? Lord Stern defends his climate maths

arrbee

Surely this is hardly news - fiddling these 'discount' rates to justify some action/inaction has been standard civil service practice for many years; it is low risk since it involves 'best estimates' and is rarely challenged later on when the numbers turn out to be badly wrong. Recent examples have included PFI, various BoE actions, new inflation measures such as CPI and CPIH, etc.

The mainstream media have never been interested in challenging this stuff, possibly because it involves numbers, but then I guess thats why the civil service keep doing it.

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Andrew Fentem: Why I went to an arts quango to fund pre-iPhone multitouch

arrbee

Re: So, Why did he go to an arts quango to fund his pre-iPhone multitouch?

Ah, but it wasn't officially an arts quango - hence the S and T in the acronym. The mistake (with 20/20 hindsight) was not to realise sooner that they had no capability or interest in understanding the technology and were effectively useless.

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Vodafone dodges UK corporation tax bill - AGAIN

arrbee

Nope, the case was never decided because they reached a deal with HMRC.

However they had made provision for a substantial payment in their accounts...

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Snowden: I'll swap you my anti-NSA knowhow for asylum ... Brazil says: Não

arrbee

Hmm, lets see; he has lost his job, lost his pension rights etc, he is at risk of losing his liberty, and none of the appropriate authorities are doing anything about his claims, preferring instead to "play the man".

Sounds like a bog-standard whistle-blower to me, thats exactly how we treat them in the UK (especially if deaths are involved).

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Looks like Google may ask you to PAY for YouTube music - report

arrbee

Re: I'd pay...

Hmm, picks a CD from the shelf...

"The phonographic copyright in these performances is operated by <company> on behalf of the artists, with whom it resides."

I guess you gotta pick the right Man.

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Vint Cerf: 'Privacy may be an ANOMALY, now over'. And it's no secret I think that

arrbee
Black Helicopters

Re: One does have some choice

Providing false data is the only approach that has any chance of obfuscating your details - expect it to be made illegal in the next couple of years (probably in order to protect the children).

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Delia and the Doctor: How to cook up a tune for a Time Lord

arrbee

Thanks for this - what a dramatic contrast to the Doctor Who "specials" on BBC 3 which have been clear evidence that there are still plenty of people at the BBC that hate the program.

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QUANTUM COMPUTER in WORLD RECORD qubit stunner

arrbee

Re: The *big* point is 39 mins at *room* temperature

Quantum Forth - the programming tool of choice when coherence wont last.

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MANUAL STIMULATION: Whack me with some proper documentation

arrbee

The problem with meaningless icons is down to recent designer fashion that decreed that representations of real-world objects or symbols were holding back the progress of the digital society.

That *might* make sense if all your software comes from one source with a consistent set of icon designs, so I guess it reflects the walled-garden aspirations of our current crop of major software producers

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ULTIMATE ELECTRIC driving machine? Yes, it’s the BMW i3 e-car

arrbee

Hmm, anything that implies 8 years and 100,000 miles are in anyway similar limits is probably not for me.

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Yet ANOTHER IE 0-day hole found: Malware-flingers already using it for drive-by badness

arrbee

I'd like to nominate this for "most unconvincing post of the day" - and I think I speak for most posters here when I say that this is no small achievement.

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Blighty promises £49m to get more British yoof into engineering careers

arrbee

If the government were serious about improving the situation they'd start by diverting a small fraction of the hundreds of billions of our money they're passing to the banks, but I guess they have to get their priorities right.

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UK.gov forks out £250k to rescue EROTIC novelists and pals from PIRATES

arrbee

Re: Utterly missed the point

I have a vague memory of hearing something about companies that make lots of money tending _not_ to pay lots of tax to the UK government.

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Cameron pledges public access to list of who REALLY owns firms

arrbee

Given that the UK (ok, the CoL) is a world leading tax shelter and money launderer that is knee deep in legal and financial rules designed to enable tax avoidance and avoid detailed scrutiny I somehow doubt this will make any real difference whatsoever.

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Infosys set for $35m fine over US visa naughtiness

arrbee

Re: Typical behaviour?

Not that shocking given that management consultancies over here have been doing that for the last 30 years.

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You're more likely to get a job if you study 'social' sciences, say fuzzy-studies profs

arrbee

In the UK you're not really borrowing the money, you're agreeing to pay an additional tax for a fixed period, after which the tax payer picks up the bill (something like GBP 30 billion per year at current prices).

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Google: Thanks for the billions in revenue, UK. Here are your taxes, that's ... £11m

arrbee

Given that we're busy turning the UK into the world's largest tax haven with all the benefits that provides (*), I don't see that we have much to complain about in these cases.

(*) such as boosting London property values, so keeping our finance corps nominally solvent

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One year to go: Can Scotland really declare gov IT independence?

arrbee

If the Scots do vote for independence (unlikely IMO, especially once the FUD effort gets serious), I suspect the one thing most of us will envy them for is their independence from the malign economic influence that is London.

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Anti-drone bods haul MoD to court over SECRET KILLER ROBOTS

arrbee

"...harm relations between the UK and another State"

The other State here would be the USA, and the harm would be revealing their expensive technology is unreliable and inefficient, hence jeopardising future export sales (and exposing UK MoD purchasers to questions they'd prefer not to answer).

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London Underground cleaners to refuse fingerprint clock-on

arrbee

One problem with these things is that they don't implement the unspoken assumption that finger print matching provides reliable identification. This is because they're designed for convenience, not accuracy, and will be biased to accept 'iffy' matches in order to minimise complaints about incorrect rejections.

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Don't tell the D-G! BBC-funded study says Beeb is 'too right wing'

arrbee

I'd suggest that any political bias at the BBC is becoming less relevant as they become less able (or is it less willing) to challenge politicians in any meaningful way - listening to the "flagship" news programs on Radio 4 its noticeable how much the politicians are in the driving seat. I think the rot started with Blair (in many ways) and the Gilligan surrender.

( as an aside, I'm sure there is a program to be made about Blair and Brown and what made them so desperate for acceptance from Bush and the City respectively that they lost all sense of, err, sense )

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Brit music body BPI lobbies hard for 'UK file-sharers database'

arrbee

Presumably Spotify will be on the list, since last I heard they were still providing unlicensed music tracks.

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Apple tops target list for litigious patent trolls

arrbee

Re: Whatever happened to the English language?

I thought the whole point of public school was to excel in communication - with ones peers, of course.

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UK gov dials 999 over Serco prison escort fraud claims

arrbee

The financial justification for all of these outsourcing contracts has been very shaky - to the extent that they have had to include various fiddle factors to make them look even marginally cheaper than keeping the work in-house. This started with Major, ramped up with Blair, and, despite initial promises, has continued with Cameron; as I can see no real political advantage to the party involved I guess it comes down to money.

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3D printed guns are for wimps. Meet NASA's 3D printed ROCKET ENGINE

arrbee
Black Helicopters

So next time someone wants to support a group of freedom fighters they can just send them a printer with different levels of remotely-enabled authorisation ('defensive use only', 'small arms', 'larger calibre', anti-tank, ...)

Actually from this story the main benefit may come from redesigning components to make them printable.

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Nissan promises to sell self-driving cars by 2020

arrbee

I guess we'll end up with fewer driver profiles, but still more than one - in fact one per release per software product (and maybe per car model).

Some scenarios will be interesting:

- a number of towns have areas (typically touristy bits where people wander about) where they've removed separated pavements as this has been shown to slow down cars since drivers have to concentrate harder;

- roadworks close one lane, at which point do you merge, how does this work with different vehicles running different software;

- will the problem with lorries taking several minutes to overtake on dual carriage ways get worse as they will know their relative speeds to a fraction of a mph;

- will the government require access to be able to track/regulate car behaviour (of course they will).

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Ha ha, Osborne, these Gov 2.0 web wranglers have wiped out UK debt

arrbee

Re: Does the DH (NHS) number not look suspiciously small to anyone?

Remember these figures will exclude PFI deals, which means all significant capital expenditure and the swingeing regular payments to the various overseas hedge funds that have acquired these deals from the original contractors (see for example the recent moves in the NHS to close non-PFI hospitals such as Lewisham to try to cover the escalating PFI costs).

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Comrade! If you dare f$%^ing swear on the internet, WE'LL SHOOT

arrbee

Its just a convenient way to justify blocking sites you don't like; once you've got this kind of law accepted then people will assume that if they can't see a web site that it contains 'bad stuff'.

The approach to these things is always incremental, one slice at a time; while such a proposal would be laughed at in the UK today, lets see how it goes down when our current & proposed laws have gone through 2 or 3 more iterations over the next 5 or 6 years ( I assume the election will be irrelevant in this context ).

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