* Posts by Dr Stephen Jones

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Australian ISPs agree to three-strikes-plus-court-order anti-piracy plan

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: But...

"How do I avoid being held responsible for the actions of other adults"

You have no authority in your own household. And somehow this is someone else's fault?

Wow.

If your children have been brought up not to tell right from wrong, then it sounds like you deserve everything that's coming to you in life.

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Re: Blimey!

"Top plan. So we'll have bankers, lawyers, politicians and media company excecutives out sweeping the streets pretty much all the time then? No?"

Sounds fine to me, although you are very soft on bankers. The punishment should fit the crime.

Piracy is largely conducted by the middle class and destroys working class jobs.

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Re: Blimey!

"When did Australia become a fascist state? So it's not just the UK whose politicians are a bunch of limp-wristed, greedy arseholes."

I dunno. You could try not stealing stuff? And paying for what you use?

With copyright infringement, the punishment should fit the crime. The economic damage is quite small in the individual action, but large in the aggregate. It is reasonable when most people pay to take some kind of action against repeat offenders.

Maybe a points system plus community service for people who ignore warnings and keep on stealing.

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Google gets my data, I get search and email and that. Help help, I'm being REPRESSED!

Dr Stephen Jones

@Andrew Orlowski

What's your inside leg measurement?

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Net neutrality: Someone WILL sue. So will the FCC's rules hold up?

Dr Stephen Jones

"You could make the case that in 2015 and with the internet having changed the telecoms environment so dramatically in the past 20 years that such a legislative effort would be timely. "

And you could equally make the case that by explicitly treating the internet differently in 1996 - regulating it as an information service, and not as a 1930s Bell telephone company - Congress changed the telecoms environment for the better.

The problem is lack of competition for lazy incumbents like Comcast. It isn't established that 1930s price regulation is the answer. Unless you're an activist who thinks all regulation is good.

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FORCE Apple to support BlackBerry hardware, demands John Chen

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: I think this is the wrong sort of burden

"Packets are inherently have equal priority"

Arts Graduate Alert!

No they don't. Netflix and VoIP wouldn't work if they did. Like most people commeting on Net Neutrality you don't know how the interwebs work.

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EU copyright law: Is the Pirate Party's MEP in FAVOUR of it?

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: No surprise - Pirates want free stuff.

"I want ... I want ... I want". Sort of proving my point, for me.

Justifying criminal hacking and theft because you couldn't wait for a shitty fratboy movie doesn't really help your cause. More hugs needed.

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FAIL

No surprise - Pirates want free stuff.

And kick and scream like spoiled brats when they can't get it.

Maybe they didn't get enough hugs when they were children?

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EU net neutrality: Don’t worry, we’re now safely in the hands of … Latvia

Dr Stephen Jones

So Eurocrats want to control the internet

Because there isn't a thing they want don't want to control. Net neutrality sounds lovely but it's a gift on a plate to these corrupt idiots.

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Arrr: The only Pirate in European Parliament to weigh in on copyright

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FAIL

@Fluffy Bunny

1998 called. It wants its argument back.

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BT to gobble EE for £12.5bn – BTEE phone home

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@annihilator

"Remember when we owned that company?"

Yes I do. It took six months to install a line and you had a choice of two phones.

BT's pension liability is a black hole today. I am very glad that this is not my problem as a taxpayer.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

I usually enjoy Lewis and Andrew's stories even when I disagree with them.

Can we also have a filter so I don't need to read whiney easily-offended commentards like Mahatma Coat?

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Yes, Obama has got some things wrong on the internet. But so has the GOP

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FAIL

Definition of a "useful idiot"

"You will find few folks, except those with intellectual property interests, to disagree with this sentiment."

People with "intellectual property interests" include:

a) anyone posting a photo to Flickr

b) anyone posting a photo to Instagram

c) songwriters and musicians

d) any inventor

... to name a few. Which actually leaves only a few "folks" left. People who don't use the internet.

The genius of the corporate tycoons is persuading people they will be happier and more free once they have surrendering their economic power to the tycoons.

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'I don't NEED to pay' to watch football, thunders EU digi-czar

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Good point. But somebody has to make it available in Estonia first.

No, wait. They do:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_4_%28Estonia%29

Looks like another Euro moron needs educating.

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Joke

Re: Good luck on that one.

You forgot the free beer.

It's bloody outrageous I can't get beer for free either. Who let THAT happen?

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Net neutrality: EU's three-headed beast now at war with itself

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FAIL

Don't stop there A/C

They should also buy everyone free beer. And lashings of ginger beer, too.

The only "cost" is the so-called "profits" of drinks companies, so what?

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Ex-EU digi supremo Steelie Neelie's net neutrality bid in tatters?

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Facepalm

Was never going to happen

http://www.laquadrature.net/en/faq-0

"We believe that it is impossible to effectively control the flow of information in the digital age by the law and the technology without harming public freedoms, and damaging economic and social development. This is what we call squaring the net."

"For the record, according to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, squaring the circle is a classic problem of mathematics appearing in geometry. It is one of three major problems of the ancient world, with the trisection of the angle and the duplication of the cube."

"In the oldest mathematical text found, Rhind papyrus (~ 1650 BC.), The scribe Queen Ahmose already proposed approximate solution of the problem. However, we had to wait until 1882 for the German mathematician Ferdinand von Lindemann to show the transcendence of π, proving the impossibility of solving the problem of squaring the circle: it is impossible to construct, using only a ruler and compass, a square whose surface is exactly equal to the surface of a disk."

Yep, they look sane and sensible to me.

The nurse will see you now.

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New Euro digi tsar 'H-dot' Oettinger to host sort-of-live Twitter chat

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: It gets better...

It employs more people that way.

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European Commission decides it won't have a science advisor after Greenpeace pressure

Dr Stephen Jones

Post-modern science: choose the bits you like

Greens wanted a "Chief Scientist" who said the RIGHT things about climate change, but not the WRONG things about GM crops.

There's only once solution to this crisis in policy-based evidence making: appoint Steve Bong!

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Why Comrade Cameron went all Russell Brand on the UK’s mobile networks

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FAIL

Fantastic idea, Dominion. Nurses and teachers will be well chuffed that their pay gets cut to pay for infrastructure costing billions a year.

You can always tell when the Guardian readers turn up - they're the ones who need to take their shoes and socks off to count past 10.

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Weekend reads: Russell Brand's Revolution and Joy Division's Ian Curtis gets lyrical

Dr Stephen Jones

Johann Hari?

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Meet Mr Gamification: He's got a NUDGE or two for you

Dr Stephen Jones

A "Gamification" PhD?

I feel I missed out.

Being able to speak fluent bullshit and agree to authoritarian social policies means you will never go hungry. The stupid, it hurts.

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Economics prof denies digital pirates plundered €20bn from EU coffers

Dr Stephen Jones

Freetardonomics

Steal what you want, nobody is harmed.

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CONSUMERISM IS PAST ITS SELL-BY DATE: Die now, pay later

Dr Stephen Jones

LSD-onomics

"For a government in a fix, tax revenue could be increased by encouraging consumers to borrow,..."

How exactly? Where would it be levied? If overall tax revenue were to increase, it would need to exceed the tax revenue lost from decreasing VAT, fuel duty, stamp duty etc as people buy fewer thigns, and the lower corporation tax as lots of companies (except banks) as businesses collapse. Presumably this would come from taxing savings. Well, this year VAT is £101bn, corporation tax £40bn, fuel duty £26bn. There isn't enough money to save to generate the interest to generate the tax to fill this shortfall.

"...so it should come as no surprise that previous, and sensible, restrictions on borrowing were relaxed."

Non-sequitur.

"The symmetry that requires the debt-ridden government to create consumers goes beyond evolving from the static to the dynamic at both ends of the process..."

More suicide-by-metaphor.

"...It follows that in order to be a better consumer it is necessary to borrow, so the banks also win at both ends of the system."

It doesn't follow at all, credit was relaxed so people spent more. We all know that..

"... necessary to borrow, so the banks also win at both ends of the system."

So the banks should have won. But these are the same banks that "won" by going bust, and are still indebted after central banks printed $1 trillion of money to wipe out their debts.

"Whoever coined the term Homo sapiens was way off the mark."

You said, it Mr Watkinson.

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Dr Stephen Jones

Re: I for one look forward to this

@TimWorstall

Correct. This is a category error so fundamentally if a 16 year old used it a GSCE paper they would fail the exam.

I suspect LSD has had a large influence on the author's thinking.

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Dr Stephen Jones

Satire?

" Secondly, in the long term, indefinite economic growth is not possible as it violates the Laws of Thermodynamics"

John Watkinson, you are Steve Bong and I claim my £5.

Or maybe this is Bong's weird uncle?

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Want to see the back of fossil fuels? Calm down, hippies. CAPITALISM has an answer

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Oil subsidies...

Oil and gas are enormous net fiscal contributors, they are not in any sense "subsidised". We put duty on the fuel, and tax their profits. If you removed fossil fuels overnight, taxes would have to go up, or drastic cuts would need to be made, or some combination of the two.

The real subsidies and crippling drain on the taxpayer arise from inefficient and uneconomic energy technology. Those wind installation literally would not be there without the subsidies. The oil rigs and gas plants would be.

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Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?

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The ECHR predates the EU, it is not part of the EU, and so leaving the ECHR does not require leaving the EU.

Are all your observations on current affairs this good?

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Euro chiefs: Hi Google. Here's how to REALLY protect everyone's privacy. Hello? Hello?

Dr Stephen Jones

Unfortunately, the world is full of useful idiots.

Pharmaceutical companies already have data by the boat load. What you will soon get is just-in-time insurance price hikes.

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Comcast: Help, help, FCC. Netflix and pals are EXTORTIONISTS

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Comcraps and Crime Warmer should BOTH be broken up

"Where is Google when you need them?"

Helping the NSA.

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Bubble 2.0? Moneybags VC Andreessen warns profit-free startups: 'You will be VAPORIZED'

Dr Stephen Jones

"Now, when he talks, people listen."

You mean, people have stopped laughing at this?

http://ianmurdock.com/cloud/windows-as-a-poorly-debugged-set-of-device-drivers/

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Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Pffft

"A film with an August cinema release doesn't appear on Blu-ray/DVD until Christmas. How many people with a desire to buy and cash on the hip will wait that long?"

Pathetic.

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British boffin tells Obama's science advisor: You're wrong on climate change

Dr Stephen Jones

"if correct"

What do you expect? The prediction was made by Nick Stern, one of the biggest snouts in the climate change trough.

The same Lord Stern who got his numbers wrong, double counted the costs and didn't count the benefits.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/09/04/beyond_stern_climate_morality/

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Kim Dotcom: You give me proof of govt corruption in my case, I give you MEELLIONS

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: UKIP ranter I expect

@Mad Mad Mad Mike:

I have just explained to you that tax evasion and tax avoidance are different. I'm sorry you still can't acknowledge that you confused the two, but at least now you may be a little wiser.

"The music and film industry have beyond any reasonable doubt broken many laws, including computer misuse (see Sony above), cartel operations etc.etc. I'm not saying Dotcom is any better, but he certainly isn't any worse."

Yep. Mad Mike's jaw is still moving. It must keep moving. It has to keep moving...

Mike, you're drawing a moral equivalence between industries that pay their labour, and pay their taxes, and Kim Dotcom, who doesn't pay the labour and doesn't pay the taxes.

You've just had the ethical emptiness of your argument handed to you on a plate, but you still think repeating the same argument you started with is going to work. Wow. Admit it, you're in new territory here aren't you?

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Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Both Sides Wrong

"So, who is the crook.....both. Who is the bigger crook....the studios."

You so badly need that to be true, to find moral equivalence between the two, it hurts.

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Dr Stephen Jones

Re: UKIP ranter I expect

"insulting is generally a sign of having no argument"

This is true, I have been very unfair.

1. Most 13-year-olds are capable of distinguishing between something that they can do, and something that is morally justifoable. Just because something is easy to do, that does not compel somebody to do, nor does it make that act ethically defensible.

For example: "It is easy for me to steal from Granny's purse. Because I can, I will, and it is OK". Most 13-year olds know this is not morally defensible. Similarly they will not justify theft because something they want is "too expensive".

So I apologise unreservedly to any 13-year old for comparing them to copyright activists.

2. Most UKIP supporters appear to have spouses, girlfriends and families, and have achieved some measure of career success. It is very unfair to imply they are socially maladjusted nerds who haven't got a girlfriend.

So I apologise unreservedly to any UKIP supporters for comparing them to copyright activists.

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Dr Stephen Jones

Re: UKIP ranter I expect

@Mad Mike

I'll explain it simply for you. A "tax dodge" may either be legal, an entirely legitimate attempt to minimise tax within the tax code, which every company tries to do, or it may be illegal. The former is called tax avoidance, the latter is called tax evasion. Dodge is a generic term. Legal tax avoidance is not criminal, and it is certainly not "stealing from the taxpayer". In addition to defrauding artists, Mega defrauded the tax payer.

The point you are trying to defend here is that an industry that operates within the law and remunerates its labour is morally equivalent to an industry that does not pay the labour from which it earns enormous profits.

@Mad Mike: "You don't work for them by any chance do you?"

You have noticed that I disagree with you, so therefore I must be being paid. See - it's a ZanuLieBore CONSPIRACY!

Thanks for illustrating my point - that copyright fighters are the tech world's foaming-at-the-mouth UKIP nutters - so nicely for me. Please post again. And try and work in "EUSSR" this time.

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Re: UKIP ranter I expect

"Avatar? Harry Potter? Star Wars (New, not sure about old)? All lost money, officially."

That's a tax dodge. Everyone involved in making those movies got paid. Now tell me how much of the $175m in revenue Mega returned to camera grips, writers, composers, sound men etc.

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Re: UKIP ranter I expect

Ranty AC: "As a note I don't actually defend Dotcom and I do agree he's probably guilty."

Your is that "two wrongs make a right". Kim Dotcom made millions and got very fat and rich by leeching from the work of artists, who he didn't pay or compensate in any other way. Mega turned over $175m in advertising revenue.

What you have forgotten is that Hollywood studios generally do pay the people who do the work. (Clue: the workers go on strike when they don't). So do publishers and record labels. Most often in the music industry at least, it's the managers who rip off the artist.

So you are trying to invent a second 'wrong' and give it moral equivalence to Kim Dotcom's wrong. Which means that paying people is bad, but not paying them is about the same - equally bad.

If you don't like Hollywood, you should support independent studios, independent publishers, independent labels, independent film-makers and so on - rather than ranting like a socially inadequate (and probably autistic) 13-year old idiot on the internet.

If something is too expensive then don't buy it, you asshole. Borrow one off a mate. Nobody makes you buy stuff. All round your argument is completely morally bankrupt.

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Report: Climate change has already hit USA - and time is RUNNING OUT

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Marvin would love this news

"Through the well meaning advances of medicine the Darwinian concept of the survival of the fittest has been negated."

So you're going to get poor Africans to run a death race? Or are you volunteering to strangle a few yourself?

That suggestion, coming from a smug wealthy white guy, is pretty interesting. Eugenics Guy bought a computer.

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Evidence-based Tweets will SAVE the WORLD - and your waistline

Dr Stephen Jones

"Obvious parody site by denialist nutters is obvious."

Al Gore taught you science.

Yoda taught you English.

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Re: I ususally 'get' iBong!

It's like the real thing, only more so. Google for "sustainability and psychology" or "climate communication" - and if you're feeling really brave, chuck in a "praxis" too.

It's your taxes being well spent.

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ITU says IT industry must become 'resilient' in face of climate change

Dr Stephen Jones
FAIL

Re: No problems here

"You seem to want us all to do nothing"

Meaningless. There is no such thing as "doing nothing". Literally.

The most cost effective response to climate change will be some combination of adaptation and mitigation, whichever produces the highest cost-benefit. Mitigation encompasses both long-term strategies, like low carbon fuel sources (eg, fusion) and short-term panic measures like putting up wind turbines which need gas backup, and which fall down ten years later. The latter option very expensive. As for adaptation, it falls within general operating budgets - ask the Dutch about how they cope living below sea level.

So if by "doing nothing" you mean "doing more adaptation than expensive mitigation" they duh, yes. Because that will probably produce the most effective cost-benefit outcome.

"...on the off-chance that the IPCC's 95% probability is actually only 90%? "

The IPCC's 95 per cent figure is not a forecast of catastrophic future climate change. It is a probability estimate that "the main cause" of warming since 1950 is man. This is not news, and it is certainly not a prediction.

So. This is actually what a rational argument looks like strum.

If you want to play with the big boys, try and learn from it.

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Fix capitalism with floating cities on Venus says Charles Stross

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Weights and Measurements

"He's also One Of Us"

An angry bald man?

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Dr Stephen Jones

Read your Piketty

All capital becomes income, eventually.

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Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Weights and Measurements

Or Charlie Stross, who isn't quite as bad as Dan Brown to be fair.

Seriously, was this rambling drunken blog post really worthy of a Register article?

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BSkyB broadband growth chopped in HALF

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: no sympathy

Do all Murdoch-hating Guardian readers have a mental age of 9?

I don't care much for any businessman, it's how good the service is that decides whether they get my money or not. I'm not marrying them. Perhaps you need to go for a walk.

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Twitter's got a new UK public policy wonk... 'You are the product' Big Brother Watch bloke!

Dr Stephen Jones

@AC "Oxymoron"

The Classical Liberal tradition - which you seem to know nothing about - advocates personal freedom and laissez faire. The Tories always had more Classical Liberals than the Whigs.

Since the mid-20th Century, the modern Tories have had a hang 'em and flog 'em brigade of party members from the Shires. Boot camps and national service.

Today Tories love regulations, banning things and spunking taxpayers money on vanity projects like HS2. So any onfusion is understandable. Although with Stewart Lee, he's probably just thick.

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