752 posts • joined Tuesday 10th April 2012 23:53 GMT
Re: Poor Guy
"Well if you do try to cover up killing unarmed civilians in helicopter attacks [never mind the rest of the things you cover up] there'll eventually be someone with a conscience"
Yes and if they're a member of the armed services, they will be tried for treason. If Bradley sent the stuff to wikileaks then by the defination of the law he is guilty of treason and the punishment for treason is the firing squad. As a soldier, right or wrong it's not his place to decide what the public should or should not know. He has to obey orders and he didn't. He knew what he was doing and knew the consequences and felt that it was worth the risk. Now he has to face the consequences. No good deed goes unpunished.
Now on the other hand, it get scarey that the Amercians want to charge Assange with treason and stick him in the cell beside Bradley. Assange isn't a member of the US armed services and isn't even an American so I'm not really sure how he committed treason against a foreign government (or if that is even possible)
Bradley has to face the US legal system but Assange shouldn't. The governments of the world really need to bitchslap the US legal system back to the US. US law is not world law.
"I'm curious about Visa payWave and Mastercard payPass. Are these more / less secure than chip'n'pin?"
The problem with paywave is someone can walk past you and scan your paywave card (as I understand). Yes it might be small amounts but how many $30 transactions can you do before the bank notices?
Re: Levels of card fraud are at their lowest since 2000.
"The bank will work on the assumption that you made the transaction and are lying about it, and will probably do their best to prosecute you. Since they are responsible for covering the fraud rather than the merchant, you won't get the easy "we don't care, here is the money" attitude you get with cardholder not present fraud."
Not in Australia. The banks make the merchants responsible. They take the money from the merchant's account and put it back in the card holder's. The back doesn't care who the victim is as long as it's not them.
Re: I see what you did there!
The problem with linux is fragmentation. It's both linux's strength and weakness. Valve can make games for linux but which flavour and distro?
It's almost like linux need a java/emulator type solution. Build a game engine platform and give it to the distros to get running and include, then release the standard engine/platform to the game developers to make the games.
I have enough problems trying to get android software working between version let alone trying to get stuff to run on my PC. Most users expect to install the software and just have it work.
Re: Farcebook being awarded a privacy patent...
"...is like Hitler being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize."
Just like the song
"Every day, I'm out there trying to make the world safe. For Germany.
I don't want war. All I want is peace. Peace. Peace!
A little piece of Poland. A little piece of France
A little piece of Portugal and Austria perchance
A little slice of Turkey and all that that entails
And then a piece of England Scotland lreland and Wales
A little nip of Norway. A little spot of Greece
A little hunk of Hungary. Oh what a lovely feast
A little bite of Belgium and now for some dessert
Armenia Albania and Russia wouldn't hurt"
She snooped his phone and he snooped her email. Jail them both for wasting everyone's time
Re: The real story is
It's catch 22. You needs the apps to sell the phone and you need to sell phones to get the apps. It doesn't matter if it's better or worse. You need to either get the apps before release and/or have something radical that makes people want one even if there isn't the apps yet.
M$ could have done this but didn't. If I could have a phone/pad and take it home and plug into a screen/keyboard/mouse and suddenly use it as a normal computer, I'd buy one. They didn't.
All M$ has done is shoehorn a touch interface into a non touch PC environment, move everything around so you can't find anything anymore just so their three OSs will cosmetically look the same. Everyone will avoid it and stick to win7 (just like XP and Vista or 98 and ME) and avoid the phones because there is no apps.
Maybe people don't want to upgrade Skype because the new version is suppose to insert popup ads into your conversations so you and your friends can discuss them......... Stupid M$
Re: Have these people not watched 'Sharktopus'?
A movie called "The Jelly Rat" doesn't inspire much fear
"In Deep Water, nobody can eat their cheese"
Re: an alsacian, restaurant
"I draw the line at Whale \ Dolphin meat"
Whats wrong with whale meat? I have more issues eating a dog than a whale.
And dolphin tastes like tuna.
“We cannot check one by one. So we hope people will actively report to the communication and information minister if they find a link to negative web site.”
The real issue is when you find a link to a positive site that has been banned. Of the million or so new banned site, how many are innocent?
Re: Firearms, personal liberty and the USA...
"If it takes thirty minutes for them to respond to your location"
Try an hour and a half assuming they bother to turn up at all where I live. There is a local cop but when he's on duty, they station him outside of the area.
Re: @Aaron Em The last tale...
"To have even *touched* a gun at age 5 means you live in a crazy, f&cked up country."
Why? I was brought up on a farm and was taught gun safety and gun use at an early age. In rural areas it's quite common to prevent gun related accidents.
Of course if the bleeding hearts get their way, kids won't get training because it's much safer to prevent kids from handling guns and thus make them more interesting.
The simple fact is that any household with guns, everyone should do basic use and safety training.
Re: The last tale...
"They teach drivers' ed in US high schools; that's where I had it. Why not shooting lessons in elementary?"
Cause leftie bleeding hearts might have a cry about it.
How many gun deaths are caused by trained users verses gun deaths by people who learned everything they know from movies (AKA how to pop a cap in yo pimp ass)
"The next judge may be more pliable!"
I don't think so. When you have one judge publically call the US the enemy and quit, the next can't hardly refer to "Our American Friends" without a massive public backlash. It's too public a case to keep quiet and any judge that approved the extradition or even agrees with the us will face massive scrutiny. The US has done too much in the way of dirty tatics to win. Their only hope is to break him before they lose.
Re: Why would anyone trust a British satellite expert?
Lets be realistic. Nobody has met an alien (at least without the help of mind altering substances) and therefore nobody really has any idea of whats out there.
Re: those aren't her ideas
I thought she stole the idea off the Skylandro in Star Control 2. With the floating gasbags and blinky lights, she's clearly a Star Control 2 fan.
Re: The main reason I don't use eBay...
"...is the enforced PayPal tie-in. PayPal's idea of customer service is as palatable as Bob Diamond's idea of his own entitlement. Horrible company."
Paypal support employs monkeys. There isn't anyone there with common sense or authority to do anything useful. Had a payment go to the wrong email address (typo) and I didn't want to cancel the payment and make the customer do it again. Rang paypal. They can't help me as I have to either cancel or make the account and then transfer to the right account.
I make the account. Can't transfer, have to verify the account by linking to a bank account even though I want it to go to the right paypal account and not the bank account.
I link the bank account and verify it. Still can't transfer it. Have to send copies of my driver's licence, utility bills, DNA, shoe size and favorite sexual position to prove who I can before I can transfer to a paypal account that I had already done that.
Six weeks later I make the one transfer and delete the wrong account. Yes the typo was my fault but my god did Paypal make it hard to fix the mistake. Their support was totally useless and unhelpful.
"Which is why he must step down. Can't have judges who know stuff about what they are judging, they might influence the outcome of the trial all 'wrong'."
Can't have a judge that thinks the US' case is total crap before the case starts. They're only allowed to think that the case is total crap by the end of the case.
What they need to do is give Kim back his money and then let the US go through the court system. They might actually try to put up a real case or drop the matter instead of trying to break Kim financially by wasting time in court.
The fact that one judge called the US the enemy and quit doesn't bode well for the US' case
Re: it is better
Actually it can. The problem is it's a catch 22. You need users to get a user base and a user base to get users.
You can have the greatest product in the world but if nobody is using it, it will fail. It's like the old VHS vrs Beta tapes. Beta was the better system but failed because more people used VHS.
The key for G+ is to get users without requiring a user base, which means bringing people there for things other than social. Need things like games, news, specials, jokes, forums etc to get people in and get them use to logging in daily.
"I'd pay actual real money* to go to an illegal backstreet hippy vs hacker cage fight and watch them beat the shit out of each other."
Na not worth it. Hippies are all love and peace so won't fight and the hacker will be cowering in the corner because their not use to leaving their bedrooms. You'd have to spike their jolt cola/hash brownies with steroids and gorilla juice just to get any sort of action.
As Cartman's says "Drugs are bad because if you take drugs, you're a hippy and hippies suck"
Re: Users prefer Google+
The problem is you have to have the users to get the users. What they need is things to get people in and using the system without talking to their friends.
I think games are the way to get people in and then they'll link up and bring more people in. Build the social side once you have a user base.
Re: Joss who?
I have to agree with you Homer. All the content you like should be DRM'ed up the wazoo and Batman and the Avengers should be left alone.
"I can't watch the Notebook or the Lakehouse on my iPad!! NOOOOOOOOOOO"
"I dunno, the third one seems like a bit of a reach as a "jaw-dropping tale of Darwin Award-worthy madness"
The first one is an honorable mention at best
The second one was impressive to see but doesn't rate a darwin
The third was a dumb kid and an unlucky girl
Re: I disagree with your assessment
"So giving an eight-year-old kid a gun isn't stupid?"
Ummm I'm pretty sure that he might have gotten the gun from Mum's boyfriend but I don't think Mum's boyfriend actually gave him the gun.
Re: Christian fondleslabs
But is it alright to fondle my Christian fondleslab mini?
Re: Thorne contributes: "The Islamic one explodes"
The Scientology one is made by Alienware
Can't forget them wacky Scientologists
Re: Thorne contributes: "The Islamic one explodes"
"Uh, Thorne ... I think that over time, the Christians have exploded more ordinance than the Muslims. "
Ah yes but they're the ones strapping a bomb to their ass at the moment so all bomb jokes will be directed at them. When the Buddists start blowing themselves instead of the Muslims the target of bomb jokes will move.
Actually we should start a list of all the religious features.
The Christian one is child friendly, very friendly
The Islamic one explodes
The Jewish one is on sale
The Buddist one use to be an iPad in a previous life
"How about providing some references as to how the Americans can get a person extradited without any evidence? Given that this was probably the most comical piece of 'wing nut' anti US extradition conspiracy theory I have seen posted."
I don't know. No proof isn't stopping them from trying to extradite Kim Dot Com. He asked for the evidence for his case and was told he can see it after he's extradited. Warrants were all illegal as was the seizing of his assets but none of that is stopping the US.
Extradition needs to be sorted out. If I commit a crime on US soil and flee back home, I should be extradited. If I have never set foot on US soil, I should not. The US companies and/or government should come to my country and sue me under my countries laws, not drag me back to the US to face their laws.
"Understandable, I used to believe in the tooth fairy."
What??? The tooth fairy isn't real?
"No it doesn't that is for the trial to decide, extradition is equivalent to arrest and a police charge."
Yeah except how is an Indian peon going to afford a US lawyer? He'll end up with a court appointed one who might be able to talk the death penality down to life in prison.
Of course the US software companies want it tried in the US. Odds are it's either not illegal or a 20 rupee fine. They can't apply for the death penality in India.
If you not a US citizen and not living in the US, then you shouldn't be subject to US laws. If you want to sue an Indian then go to India and do it through Indian law.
Re: celestial backup
"But if you read Exodus 34, the "celestial backup" is totally different from the original. It seems that even then tech-support messed up the backup files."
Not messed up, upgraded.
Re: 27 translations of the bible?
"There must be something about gay marriage in at least one of those, eh?"
There is. It's accompanied by words like buring, hell and eternal suffering. There is nothing more caring and understanding than religion.
Re: Battery is optional
"Those of the Jewish faith I presume will know where to "get a good deal" on one."
The Islamic one explodes
The American patent office needs shooting. How the hell do you patent the idea of simplifying something?
Patents should only exist for inventions, not discoveries or ideas. The patent office hands out patents like lollies and doesn't even read them first. Idiots
Re: I wonder
"Is rooting a mortal sin?"
Only if you haven't married your devices beforehand
Re: ... cost it around $20m in lost donations
"Its seems that WikiLeaks is a nice little earner. I wish I had thought of it."
Yeah you could then spend your $20M on lawyers so you don't end up in GitMo.
Re: Told you so
The key to winning is to take his money off him and close his business while in court, then cost him a fortune in legal fees by wasting years in court until he files for bankruptcy and can no longer fight it in court so is forced to plea bargin an end to it all.
If I was Kim, I'd want it in court as soon as possible as it will fail. If they let it drag out, he'll bleed to death first
So far the plan is working
"You broke the law. You know it."
Who's law? NZ's law? America's law? Hong Kong's law? Germany's law?
Is it illegal to own a file sharing company? Did he actually pirate material himself? What's the difference between Megaupload and Youtube?
At the end of the day he supplied a service that others were using illegally. No different to the ISP who supplied net access or google who linked to it.
This won't ever really make it to court because the case will fail because he isn't responsibile any more than car companies are liable for speeding and gun stores are for robberies
Re: No information economy without intellectual property
Yes thats all wonderful and such but where does IP protection end?
Look at Kim Dot Com. Not an American citizen. Not living in America. Hong Kong company. Somehow he broke American law, got locked up, had his money confiscated and currently is in the process of being extradited to America because the hosting company he owned had pirated material on it loaded on by third parties belonging to American companies.
Is ACTA, SOPA and the rest going to make the world a better place or is it going to make US law the defacto world law?
Team America World Police 2 will be about hunting down overweight pirates hiding in foreign countries
"Spottswoode: Great job, team. Head back to base for debriefing and cocktails.