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Eric Raymond revisits his biggest mistake, updates 'Pilot' language after 20 years

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Re: Software luminary?

He's also a notorius gun-nut and sent this to Bruce Perens

Damn straight I took it personally. And if you ever again behave like that kind of disruptive asshole in public, insult me, and jeopardize the interests of our entire tribe, I'll take it just as personally -- and I will find a way to make you regret it. Watch your step.

Quite the charmer.

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US govt pleads: What's it gonna take to get you people using IPv6?

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Allow me to answer those questions US.gov

Benefits related to implementing IPv6: given we already have a working IPV4 network, none

Anticipated return on IPv6 investment: none (see above)

Anticipated costs: a full audit of every network connected piece of hardware or software (the full stack, not just the OS) to ensure they function correctly. Failure to do so correctly will likely open our organization up to security breaches which, due to a lack of in-house knowledge of IPV6 will be harder to identify or remedy. Dollar value unknown but makes Y2K look like a pound-shop special offer.

HTH

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Unlucky Luckey: Oculus developers invoke anti-douchebag clause, halt games for VR goggles

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@Updraft Re: Americans, again not realising there's a world outside them

Although I disagree with your conclusion, it's fair to say any conclusion is going to depend on which metric and news sources you choose.

If you're interested in who the victims of gun violence actually are, rather than who you think they are, you won't get much better than piece in the Guardian by Gary Younge.

He picked a random day and wrote about every child in America killed that day by guns. There were ten, by the way. No massaging of statistics, no editorial opinions, no selective quoting. Just a typical day in America. He's a superb writer but it's a tough read.

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BBC to demand logins for iPlayer in early 2017

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Re: BBC ??

Ha, quite right - real intelligence, BBC, what a laugh. I get all my content from ITV and Sky news..

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Ever longed to be naked in Paris? City council votes TODAY

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Naked Yoga

That might fly in a London gym, but not where I went. A thousand times no.

(aside: a mate finally left the nudist colony he lived in for three years after following an old man up a ladder on their way to repair a roof. There are some things you just can't unsee)

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UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

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There's nothing preventing you from being director of your own company, and given you've seen how it can be tricky for someone with a previous conviction to get a job, forming their own company and working for themselves might be the only option they have. The restrictions on directorship are to prevent people using their company (in particular, the limited liability bit) to defraud.

There's no "us and them" here at all: owning a small company is nothing special, I'm on my seventh I think, and three of those never did a thing. Half the people posting here will have at least one.

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Re: "He'd better make sure he never drops the soap"

> I'm a vegetarian and like to spend holidays on Scottish islands. Sounds like fun to me!

Home Office would be one step ahead I expect: you'd be incarcerated in Leicester Square McDonalds.

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Oracle confirms Java EE 8 is delayed for 'major enhancements'

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Re: Please just let JAVA die....

I'm not sure you understand the process.

Java 8 wil run almost anything written for earlier versions. The differences (which we look for in minute detail to ensure compatibility for our products) are minimal and usually relate to security issues, which - in practice - means applets or JavaScript.

If you're running an applet you are basically out of luck. The technology is already dead after being starved of love by Sun/Oracle over the last 5 years.

For anything else (like Java EE that this article is about) Java is healthy and useful. And backwards compatibility is excellent compared to every other language I have ever worked in. There are methods deprecated in the late 90's that still work in Java 9.

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Latest F-35 bang seat* mods will stop them breaking pilots' necks, beams US

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Re: minimum weight

> Does this imply that they are all lard-arses?

Or that no pilots are affected because they're not doing any flying due to a lack of planes.

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Hackers hijack Tesla Model S from afar, while the cars are moving

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Re: Why

Pure speculation, but I would imagine it could go something like this:

1. Web browser allows access to something innocuous - I don't know, turn on the stereo.

2. Buffer overflow found in the handler for this action in the webbrowser

3. Buffer overflow exploited to load executable code onto the computer.

4. exploited code sends specially crafted CAN bus message targetting the systems on the same bus as the stereo.

It's not necessarily the case that you can control your brakes with a web browser, but could be that the devices the web browser is controlling are on the same comms bus. I have no knowledge of Tesla's internals, but most modern cars use a bus system and I presume something as electrically complex as a Tesla would do too. Running N individual wires to N devices back to a single control unit simply isn't practical.

That said, I believe aircraft have their entertainment systems on a physically separate wiring harness. Not a bad idea all up.

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Microsoft thinks time crystals may be viable after all

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Re: More on MS Copy

Not a programmer I take it?

progress = byteswritten / totalbytes

estimatedduration = totalbytes / byteswritten * elapsedtime

For copying one or more files, that's it. The longer it runs the more accurate and stable it becomes. And it will never, ever go backwards. Fucking this one up is bad enough, but leaving it that way for twenty years is what really beggars belief.

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Tesla driver dies after Model S hits tree

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Re: @AndyS

I'm not sure if the Tesla uses LiFePo4, but they're likely using a variant which is similarly stable. You can optimise for stability or power density, and car batteries are typically optimised for stability - these are not the explode-in-your-pocket cellphone batteries.

If you need convincing, This video is worth a watch, if only for the bit where the guy unloads a gun into the battery. He doesn't even have a high-vis vest on, try doing that in Europe. It's from Sinopoly, one of the largest manufacturers of LiFePo4 cells.

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Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

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Re: If one compared companies to countries

The first and probably last time a comment beginning "In Soviet Russia" was actually amusing.

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World eats its 10 millionth Raspberry Pi

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Re: I thought I'd buy one to try when they first came out..

> If you are doing something that intensive on the USB bus (unfortunately that includes the Ethernet port), the Pi is not for you.

I'm going to give this qualified agreement. But it can be done. I have five hubs and fifteen USB device plugged in right now and working - fortunately there's nothing realtime (I had to drop audio due to packet loss), but otherwise it's long term stable.

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US Marine Corps to fly F-35s from HMS Queen Lizzie as UK won't have enough jets

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Re: Sad state of affairs

I believe the game plan for the European forces in the event of a Russian attack at the end of the cold war was to keep them as far east as they could until the yanks arrived. Life expectancy for a tank crew was 90 seconds of combat, due to the expected use of tactical nukes. This isn't from reading Tom Clancy, this is from a mate that drove tanks at the time.

Europe doesn't have tactical nukes, which was why the reliance on the US.

And yes, there was talk of the Ukraine joining NATO. I was surprised by this as I'd made the same assertion, but was forced to eat my words. It's here:

"May 2002: President Leonid Kuchma announces Ukraine's goal of eventual NATO membership and at a NUC meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland, foreign ministers underline their desire to take the relationship forward to a qualitatively new level."

This has been heavily qualified since 2002, but given that Russia had a long history of wanting a thousand miles of land between them and their aggressors to the west (thanks Napoleon), this was shortsighted in the extreme for anyone to suggest. You might not like the bear, but there's no reason to prod it with a stick.

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Re: "...as the crash record of the Harrier showed..." @not.known@this.address

I read Ledswingers post as making that point exactly. Even with the best planes and the best pilots, we will lose a proportion due to training, pilot error and technical failure. And presumably like normal UK military, half of the rest will be grounded having been cannibalised for parts.

So far so normal. It's only a problem when you start with twelve planes.

I pity the first pilot to bail out of one during training and survive - I imagine the Defence Minister will personally lead the firing squad.

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Microsoft's maps lost Melbourne because it used bad Wikipedia data

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Byline?

Is Andrew on holiday?

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Billion-tonne IceCube: Sterile neutrino does not exist

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Re: Back of the envelope calculation = awesome

Much obliged. That lead me to this: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1002.2442v1.pdf which describes the setup. Very cool, at many levels.

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Back of the envelope calculation = awesome

A billion tonnes of ice is about a billion cubic meters which is about a cubic kilometre. And they have 5160 detectors, which is 193,000m³ per detector. If they're placed in a grid, that's about one every 58m.

Can anyone tell me what sort of detector can spot a flash from a single subatomic particle collision through 29m of solid ice? Presumablhy a CCD of some sort, like on a digital camera - these react to photons. But the photon has to hit the CCD, and at one per 193,000m³ the odds seem a bit thin.

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If you use ‘smart’ Bluetooth locks, you're asking to be burgled

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Re: <sigh> @Rob Crawford

I certainly hope you're a policeman. If not, you should move neighbourhoods.

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Londoner jailed after refusing to unlock his mobile phones

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Re: Well?

Oh good, Big John is back with more balanced and not-at-all racist comments.

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Re: Hmm

> 15% are by law enforcement in the line of duty and justified

So the police kill 3,500 people a year, and that's justifiable? Sweet Jesus. Roll on Megacity One.

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All roads lead to Rome as Irish seminary gripped by Grindr scandal

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Re: Filth

That quote predates Hitchens by some time. The rest of your comment is a little over the top, and I say that as someone who was raised in the catholic church and detests it. There are some very rotten eggs, but there are many more decent individuals than bad (note I refer to the individuals, not the institution). A statement that applies equally to some of the other major world religions you may have seen in the news recently.

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WikiLeaks fights The Man by, er, publishing ordinary people's personal information

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Delicious Irony

Amusing that you have to give your SS number and passport details, so they can ensure they're scrupulously honest in how they manage the obscene sums required to buy your way into a run for office. I imagine people of all political persuasions agreed with Bernie that campaign funding needed some serious reform.

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Facebook deleted my post and made me confirm pics of my kids weren't sexually explicit

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Re: Enough @BigJohn

"I'm not sorry I'm a racist, I'm only sorry you found out about it."

One of your earlier posts. Guess you're not sorry anymore.

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Philando Castile death-by-cop vid mysteriously vanishes from Facebook

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@Zap

Look up "Police By Consent". I know the UK police are far from perfect, but at least the intention is correct.

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@Long John Baldrick

You cannot possibly be trying to find a way to justify the actions of this officer, can you? He shot a man who was following his instructions, four times, while he was not under threat.

Cops shot black people way more than white people. It's not a statistical aberration, it's not an accident, he wasn't asking for it and the fact some other idiot with a gun shot ten police officers doesn't change any of this one little bit.

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Re: Police are officer or constable ...

You don't have to go through LAX more than a couple of times to realise "Sir" is a four letter word in America.

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You can be my wingman any time! RaspBerry Pi AI waxes Air Force top gun's tail in dogfights

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Re: 2 points

1. Have they tried using one AI against another AI ? Seems likely that using AI v AI would lead to stalemate.

They did, but it turned out the only way to win was not to play.

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Sea of outrage after 'migrant-spotting app' turned out to be bogus

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Re: I don't understand

Ad agency: "we're thinking of building an app that would help people rescue refugees"

MOAS: "that sounds like a good idea"

Press release follows. Easy.

I see you're a yank, if you were in the UK you would see this sort of selective quoting and misrepresentation being currently played out on electoral posters all over Britain whenever the facts are deemed inconvenient.

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Virgin Media goes TITSUP* in South London due to painful piles

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Re: loved the sample tweets

Amen brother (er, sister). Virgin Media are my single biggest correspondent by a long shot, despite not being a customer. I tried sending them back return to sender, I tried calling and asking for removal. Nothing. If they can't manage that, they're never going to land me as a customer.

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Apple quietly launches next-gen encrypted file system

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Re: checklist

I broadly get your point but it's not as simple. Turkish, for instance, has the upper case version of "i" as "İ" - that's "Upper case dotted i", or U+0130.

To be fair this is the only example I can think of off the top of my head, but there might be others. You might roll your eyes at this (thank you, I'm here all week) but if you want case insensitivity in filenames, you have to specify the locale too.

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India launches hypersonic space shuttle precursor

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5% of drivers want Nigel Farage to be their in-car robo butler

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It's not European maps you want to worry about

Even better, the Nigel Farage voice pack will always advise you if <a href='http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/dec/07/nigel-farage-blames-immigration-m4-traffic-ukip-reception">immigrants are blocking the M4</a>

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New solar cell breaks efficiency records, turns 34% of light into 'leccy

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@Faux Science Slayer

Back again? I thought you'd been sectioned?

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Re: In terms of watts per dollar...

Thank you for pointing out usually overlooked fact that what is "best" depends on where in the world you are. Blanket statements without some sort of geographical reference point are going to be just plain wrong for a lot of people.

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Nuisance caller fined a quarter of a million pounds by the ICO

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I'm a bit rusty on my corporate law, but I think a director is only personally liable if they have defrauded the company or done similar un-directorial acts. Receiving an "unexpected" quarter-million pound bill would shut a lot of small companies, and they would leave a lot of debt.

Whatever assets remain, you an be sure HMRC will get first dibs on them, and they do have a right to go after assets transferred away from the company to directors, shareholders or to linked companies/individuals immediately before insolvency too.

I'm not sure how much of this process will be part of the public record.

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Re: Lovely, lovely publically available information.

You can be banned from being a director if the Insolvency Service deems you unfit. There's even a form for reporting such an individual.

Again, a suitably motivated journalist might get some mileage from asking the ICO if they have been arsed to make such a report. I'd be interested to hear the answer.

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I had a similar situation a few years ago, when I found my name and address listed in 118800 (another grubby bottom feeder, long since shut down). They'd bought my details from a middleman, Data Media And Research, a subsidiary of known all round good-guys The Daily Mail Group, who had got them from an online car insurance quote company - quotelinedirect.co.uk in this case.

Naturally they were adamant I had checked the "please email me bullshit offers" box, whereas I was sure I had not. Either way, if you've ever applied for insurance online there's a good chance that's where it came from.

A data protection letter is cheap to send and the response might make for interesting reading.

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Lovely, lovely publically available information.

Just out of curiousity, I've done a bit of basic digging on this one. The director for the last two years until the time of liquidation was "Hassim Iqbal" - the company went into liquidation on 15 March. A man with the same name and birthdate (born March 1983) and the same service address is a director of three companies, none of which are in liquidation:

Pension Shield Ltd

HS2 Medicals Ltd

Aviya Group Ltd

Pension shield has a website. A quick google shows that they have done this sort of thing before, and presumably will continue to do so.

HS2 Medicals is wholly owned by Hayes Medicals, a medical claims company, who are at the same address as Pension Shield. They're on Linked In, and apparently work "closely with solicitors" on medical injury claims. Hayes Medicals was bought in 2012 by Aviya Group. I imagine a suitably motivated journalist would be able to ask some interesting questions of one of the Solicitors they work with about their connection.

Aviya Group have Mr Iqbal as a director, but not a shareholder. However they're clearly in the same line of business: here is a job advert posted by them for a familiar sounding role.

What a grubby little nest of vipers.

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Compression tool 7-Zip pwned, pain flows to top security, software tools

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Re: so....

Another option on UNIX systems is to use tar and xz.

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Ubuntu kernel patches land

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"don't we all just love ALSA?"

Ever tried to get PulseAudio working on a headless machine?

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Database man flown to Hong Kong to install forgotten patch spends week in pub

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@boltar

Currently the votes on your comment are 9 to 5. Coincidence? I think not.

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Google AI gains access to 1.2m confidential NHS patient records

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Re: This has health privacy implications far beyond just the affected patients...

Really? I have news for you. You ought to *really* examine US law, and you'll find that there are no real barriers for any random agency to get hold of that data once Google las gotten its hands on it

Before you go off the deep end, try actually reading the agreement from the original article.

Data will not be transferred outside the EEA. The NSA do not have free access to european data centres. If you believe that they do, then the data would be unsafe regardless of whether it was google or not.

Way, way too much hyperbole in these comments.

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Re: This has health privacy implications far beyond just the affected patients...

Jeez, you people. At risk of sounding out-of-step with the groupthink here I'm not sure I see the problem.

First, what difference does it make if the researchers are British or not? Second, provided the safeguards on the data are adhered to, then all the big-brother-doom-and-gloom scenarios in the comments just don't happen. The fact Aunty Mabel has a fondness for heroin is not going to wind up in a search engine, because there are specific contractual safeguards on the data to prevent this. If the safeguards are adhered to, it's fine.

If they're not, then there's a data leak then heads will be on spikes, and I will personally help put them there. But that would apply to any firm with any private data for any one of the hundred NHS projects that are running, not just this one. And there's no particular reason to believe it will happen.

There is a lot of data. Properly processed it may help diagnosis, which will keep people alive. This is a good thing. The NHS doesn't have the expertise for this in house so hires in outside consultants with expertise in managing large datasets. This is OK, provided the data is properly safeguarded. You might well object to your data being used like this, fine, but I don't see why this project gets your hackles up any more than any other.

If this article were rewritten with Fujitsu or HP instead of Google, would there be as much outrage? I doubt it. If anything Google are less likely to run five times over budget and not finish the job, which is what you'd expect from a normal NHS IT project.

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Colander-wearing Irishman denied driver's licence in Pastafarian slapdown

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Shurely he should point out that the ultra-orthodox pastafarians believe the holy colander(*) is only to be worn at home?

* works on many levels.

(edit @kryptonaut: snap)

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Quite right too. Everyone knows Saturday is the only acceptable day for a religious holiday. Or maybe it's Sunday? I'm not sure if I'm honest, but whatever it is I am certain that Friday is completely unacceptable.

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Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods

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Re: This FF22 guy/gal

Tell you what Alexander, as you are clearly very busy and important., I'll save you the effort and quote this for you:

"(22) The prohibition of storage of communications and the related traffic data by persons other than the users or without their consent is not intended to prohibit any automatic, intermediate and transient storage of this information in so far as this takes place for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission in the electronic communications network and provided that the information is not stored for any period longer than is necessary for the transmission and for traffic management purposes, and that during the period of storage the confidentiality remains guaranteed. Where this is necessary for making more efficient the onward transmission of any publicly accessible information to other recipients of the service upon their request, this Directive should not prevent such information from being further stored, provided that this information would in any case be accessible to the public without restriction and that any data referring to the individual subscribers or users requesting such information are erased."

I presume this is the definition of storage you refer to?

Perhaps you could share some of your wisdom with us on paragraph 25?

(25) However, such devices, for instance so-called "cookies", can be a legitimate and useful tool, for example, in analysing the effectiveness of website design and advertising, and in verifying the identity of users engaged in on-line transactions. Where such devices, for instance cookies, are intended for a legitimate purpose, such as to facilitate the provision of information society services, their use should be allowed on condition that users are provided with clear and precise information in accordance with Directive 95/46/EC about the purposes of cookies or similar devices so as to ensure that users are made aware of information being placed on the terminal equipment they are using. Users should have the opportunity to refuse to have a cookie or similar device stored on their terminal equipment. This is particularly important where users other than the original user have access to the terminal equipment and thereby to any data containing privacy-sensitive information stored on such equipment. Information and the right to refuse may be offered once for the use of various devices to be installed on the user's terminal equipment during the same connection and also covering any further use that may be made of those devices during subsequent connections. The methods for giving information, offering a right to refuse or requesting consent should be made as user-friendly as possible. Access to specific website content may still be made conditional on the well-informed acceptance of a cookie or similar device, if it is used for a legitimate purpose.

Maybe I just can't be arsed again, but it looks like that could apply to JS used to "analyse the effectiveness [,..] of advertising", and that allowance is specifically made for "website content may still be made conditional on the well-informed acceptance of a cookie or similar device".

Asking the user to remove an ad block is asking for consent to show ads, wouldn't you agree?

If I understand your argument, you say the storage of the script which asks the user to remove add blocking itself requires consent? But surely asking for any form of consent requires a script, which requires storage, which requires consent? I refer you to my reductio ad absurdum argument above.

If you could spare a minute to enlighten us hoi polloi further that would certainly further the conversation, don't you think?

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Re: This FF22 guy/gal

Given this topic is now four days old, and that the same point has been made several times already, perhaps you would consider sharing with us great unwashed the benefit of your many years of experience on this topic, and provide us with links to some of these answers you cite?

After all this is your area of expertise, and they are fairly central to your argument. You probably have them to hand, as no doubt you will need to cite them as part of your impending challenges.

Until then you are very welcome, and I anticipate once again basking in the warm glow of your haughty response.

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