... I don' t see that happening in Western countries.
Who told you not to see it?
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... I don' t see that happening in Western countries.
Who told you not to see it?
... they have Coventry postcodes, and claim to be part of Solihull
The posh parts of Coventry all claim to be somewhere else - the poshest say they're in Warwick
> Osborne has made me agree with Andrew Orlowski...
No, I think tabloid misinformation has made you agree with Orlowski.
> I'm really tired of listing to people whine about systemd.
Well, you should follow the strategy of the systemd developers, and just never listen.
> ... people wouldn't buy it
Hmmm... maybe techies wouldn't, but people? People went for the soldered-on (i.e. non-expandable) option big-time in phones, why would you think otherwise for computers?
> So did home taping kill music in the end or not?
No, the record companies killed music.
Just to be absolutely clear, none of this funding would go to musicians anyway. It would go to record companies, vanish into "hollywood accounting", and so on.
... and no-one can get anything at all done, or find out who can fix it, or is authorised to?
I ask from bitter experience with an organisation who thinks glossy marketing brochures for such products are enough to base the purchasing decision on.
> ... "free, gratis and for nothing"
At least that's a valid form of emphasis by repetition, even if it is very, very irritating.
> ... t the number is not in service, and wipes it from it's database.
There is no database or list, they seem to dial numbers at random. Or in sequence. Or something.
> Confirmation Bias IS Normal Human Error.
Yes, confirmation bias is normal human error, but it is not the only normal human error. Other human errors exist, and some of them are not biased.
> ISP's have to log activities because YOU voted for the idiots who made that a law that they collect the info...
Blaming the politicians here is superfluous - notwithstanding the law, that snooping has been going on without oversight for ages. The crooks are the ones who are scamming politicians into believing the law is needed.
> Still at least you didn't copy the bit from the Daily Telegraph's "science editor" who described the incandescent filament as emitting black-body radiation...
In the visible and IR spectrum, the filament does indeed emit radiation that is very close to the black-body spectrum. So there's no need to be be snarky about the "science editor"!
> It's already in production in some halogen lamps, albeit in a simplified form.
Yes, the generic term is dichroic.
> Labour - all flavours - are instinctively every bit as authoritarian as the Tories
Much more so, historically. It is easy to forget - given the ranting that ensues about anything the current government does - that in the grand scheme of things they are essentially centrist (as were Labour before Corbin started pushing them leftwards).
> It may pump your PC with malware
If you're on Windows, you've got malware. Just get used to it.
touchscreen tombstones, presumably
Proof at last that smartphones aren't actually smart, they just seem that way compared to the people who use them.
Hooray, another person who thinks Python is a half-century leap backwards! (Although not *quite* as bad as makefiles, where it mattered whether the indentation done using TABs or SPACEs).
Neither indentation nor comments are necessarily as useful as is widely believed - for example, most languages have pretty-printing available, after all.
In fact, the best you can hope for is that the comment/indentation is not inconsistent with what the code actually 'means' to the computer.
A really dumb idea. The 3%/3year requirement means only big investors will get a say. And what do big investors want? Big profits, short term.
> ... very difficult for them to figure out how much they lost ...
No it isn't, they lost nothing. The set of people who pay to watch movies is pretty well completely disjoint from the set of people who don't.
> ... MS really are quite good with interoperability ...
What? No, definitely not.
Except, as many commentards have already pointed out, this stuff has observably had no effect on security. So, it's not a "security matter" and they're free to comment (unless they have something else to hide).
> 'you should not mind being spied on if you have nothing to hide'
Yes, have an upvote, and here's a suggestion - publish the names and address of all intelligence and police staff (and contractors, just in case). If they're not doing anything wrong, they have nothing to hide.
No publication => obvious deduction.
> Can you imagine the data rate you'd get in the middle of the South China Sea?
Fast 4G, if you're near enough to Hong Kong, presumably.
> It's possible I may be overthinking this.
Indeed, on the Isle of Wight, 1938 was only a couple of decades ago!
> after the Empire was taken down, there would be a significant period of chaos, where major programmes like warship building would probably be put on hold.
Possibly more to the point, the Empire was much more miltaristic (or at least had a much larger military budget) than the Alliance.
> ... but I don't react to poison ivy
Is that just because you aren't growing so much of it?
> Doesn't it take more calories to digest celery than it contains?
I recall once hearing that about eggs as well. Probably in relation to hard-boiled eggs, I expect.
> ... encountered in normal vehicle operation ...
In other words, *not* in a test. So the regulation you quote means that what VW are alleged to have done is actually OK after all.
> ... The latter is fraud.
By that argument, so is revising for an exam.
> Microsoft had 'smart phones' a dozen years ago, and even they weren't first.
Surely that should read "...and they weren't even smart"?
> Freedom and tolerance will win through. It has to.
Unfortunately, though, it doesn't "have to". We'd very much like it to, but the whole of recorded history suggests the odds are against it.
> The assumption is that people, left to their own devices, will do bad stuff.
And - for emphasis - the people who do the most, and the worst, bad stuff are governement agencies.
> I think Mr Orlowski underestimates the number of people affected
I think he has no interest whatsoever in the people, only in the income of the distributors ("rights holders" or whatever).
> ... harm users in developing countries
Hmmm... what would really harm users in developing countries is being dragged into the mess that is facebook.
I think they're refererring to West Island
Slightly a tangent, but I think it's very likely that I've heard some of Taylor Swift's songs. The fact that I can't remember them makes spending actual money on that product a questionable choice.
> Back when I used to own CDs I'd easily spend more that $10 a month on music, and I've have to buy an entire album and then sometimes discover it was shite - that's wasted money.
Except you could sell it on, because under that model you were acquiring "property".
Sky TV? No.
AA Membership? No.
TV License? Tax, not optional.
Etc.. etc.. etc..
> Practically no artist in the music business gets paid a big advance. What they get up-front is spent on recording/filming videos etc. and it all has to be paid back before the artist makes any money.
Yes, the "advance" is a scam. The money is provided (nominally) to the artist - who, as you say, immediately has to spend it on record company activities. When it comes to royalties, however, the record company takes a cut ... to cover record company activities.
> ... another excuse to bribe a perfectly good project
I think the word you need is "extort", not "bribe", but still a good point, the whole thing comes across as a protection racket, pure and simple.
> ... there are less stupid people
And fewer stupid people too, I'd guess.
> ... an all-powerful omnipotent being ... Would be able to stand up for him/herself
Indeed, but since there are no such beings, we must call upon eco-protestors to help.
PS all-powerful == ominpotent, BTW
> ... the reason for the halt to building was the lack of due process
My reading is that that was the judicial excuse to get the mouthy protestors to shut up.
> Perhaps you missed the ...
... fact that the post was about how eagerly some articles pick out android as the root of the world's evils, not about the malware itself.
Selfie-stick (n): A stick for hitting people who are taking selfies.
Seems a much better idea.
No SMTP, no IMAP! So, not actually an email client, then.
What on earth does DAV have to do with email? It's not part of IMAP or SMTP, after all.
> Lync ... actually works and is good.
Agreed that SKype is dire, and far worse since "Back Door Man" (apologies to the Doors, for whom it meant something quite different) engulfed it. But I definitely don't agree about Lync, now with the logo (but nothing else) changed to read "Skype For Business" sometimes.
We use Lync here, or, should I say, try, struggle, and generally fail to use it here. Is there anything quite so odd as being told that you've missed a call whilst still in the middle of that call? Par for the course with Lync, evidently.
> the same EU that implemented the anti-trust case against the microsofties over IE bundling...
...but didn't bother enforcing it for more than about 10 minutes? Yes, that EU.