* Posts by Dr Stephen Jones

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The Lonely Pirate MEP's Holocaust copyright stunt backfires

Dr Stephen Jones

Copyright terms

Along with fossil fuels, are the root of all evil.

</sarcasm>

Copyright terms could be shorter in some cases, or longer in others (I prefer shorter) but either way it doesn't really matter. If you can't protect your work when you publish it on the interwebs from being scraped or pirated, then copyright does not really exist. See the tree falling in a forest problem.

Andrew freetards like Ms.Reda will only get this when they lose a major F/OSS case. Then, miraculously, they will be in favour of strong copyright that you can defend without calling on an expensive lawyer.

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Ireland's tech sector fears fallout of Brexit 'Yes' vote

Dr Stephen Jones

Vote what?

"If it remained straightforward to move between the two countries despite Brexit, Paddy O’Connell anticipates more British IT contractors working in Ireland due the attractions of the stronger euro."

So much for the headline.

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EU: We're splashing out €6.7bn on a giant scientific cloud

Dr Stephen Jones

What could possibly go wrong?

Mature commodity cloud services are available in the shape of Azure, AWS and Google. Given the EU's reputation for efficiency and value-for-money, how do you think this will compete?

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Brexit would pinch UK tech spend but the EU wouldn't care – survey

Dr Stephen Jones
Holmes

Re: Last chance

I agree but reform isn't likely unless something drastic happens, like a major economy leaving either the Euro or the EU. Ironically even if you believe strongly in the ideal of the Union, you probably should be voting Leave to save it. Nothing else will work.

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Google ads probe blow

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Maybe Google should "strike"

Interesting advice.

You want a gigantic corporation to intimidate an elected official. So the gigantic corporation doesn't get investigated.

Are there more where you come from, AC? How's the Brown Shirt fit?

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Labour: We want the Snoopers' Charter because of Snowden

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: More and more . .

You mean you hadn't guessed how the government views the governed from the plans for an ID card or the Snooper's Charter?

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Tech biz bosses tell El Reg a Brexit will lead to a UK Techxit

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Freedom of movement.

"Leaving hurts us more than 'them'"

It depends who the "them" is. Not the citizens in the EU. The EU is in a lot of trouble - the Eurozone is in depression and right-wing/fascist parties are on the rise.

If Brexit makes halts the march to an "ever closer union" and makes it more democratic and accountable, then the UK leaving will have done the other 27 members a massive favour. Britain has saved Europe from fascism before.

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Sick and tired of modern Windows? Upgrade to Windows 3.1 today – in your web browser

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Not that hard actually.

Correct, although Windows 3.0 preceded Windows 3.1. They were identical.

The author seems to have a very limited knowledge of the personal computer history.

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Send tortuous stand-up ‘nine-thirty’ meetings back to the dark ages

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: So when do we actually get time to work?

DevOps is a middle management conspiracy.

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Free science journal library gains notoriety, lands injunctions

Dr Stephen Jones

Will it be enough to change Elsevier's business practices?

QTWTAIN of the day.

Of course not, but a solid open access alternative to El$evier, one that publishes good work, will diminish their rent seeking abilities. Prestige journals will always be that: prestige. Most journals are not prestige journals however.

Progress comes from creating a working alternative, not from the mass theft of property, as the author seems to believe. Authors of papers should assert their rights and remove the power of academic publishers to milk the Universities for millions.

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Facebook cares about you, yes you, so much it won't give up on India

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Facebook cares about you ...

Well, duh. Of course they are. The profit motive is not yet illegal however, and not sufficient reason in itself to ban something.

India's middle class elites have just kicked the poorest Indians offline, as The Register pointed out yesterday. The caste system seems in India to be alive and well.

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Sorry slacktivists: The Man is shredding your robo responses

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Meanwhile back in the UK

"Murdock"

It's spelled "Murdoch"

Your comment says it all really, being illiterate, ignorant and anonymous.

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Five reasons why the Google tax deal is imploding

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Think about it...

@Lee D

"Google has £100bn just sitting there. Earning interest... As tax, they could pay for roads, hospitals, police etc. rather than sitting as a number in a corporation account."

That's not how it's done. The money is Google's property not the Crown's, and we stopped using "I want that, so I'll have it" that as a philosophical basis for seizing property when the Magna Carta was signed.

What we need is a fair and efficient tax system. Not backroom deals.

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AI pioneer Marvin Minsky dies at 88

Dr Stephen Jones
Headmaster

Re: Sad Times

"which in turn produced the basis of all IT culture"

I suspect you are an MIT graduate.

It's as if Britain never existed. In fact, Britain had a computing lead until IBM's marketing muscle killed it off. Once an American bigot, always an American bigot, though.

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EFF wants Cisco in front of a judge over tech for China's 'Great Firewall'

Dr Stephen Jones

+1

This is showboating by the EFF.

It must have been a slow news day.

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Spotify mulls Swift change of policy – we can stream Taylor, but we'll charge

Dr Stephen Jones
Thumb Up

Go Taylor

I am with Taylor Swift and every artist who has had the balls to defy their big record label and tell Spotify to take a hike.

It is obvious from the pathetic royalty statements that Spotify and the others exploit the artists who will earn them billions when they IPO. If Ek wants her music he should pay the going rate. And she should be able to set it.

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14 strikes and you’re out. Or not. Emails reveal how Cox lost Safe Harbor

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: The judge could be totally wrong!

"It seems Cox did implement a DCMA take down procedure, as required, and adhered to it."

The Register should have an award for "Commentard who Most Totally Failed to read or understand the article"

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Hate your broadband ISP? Simply tell your city to build one – that'll get the telcos' attention

Dr Stephen Jones

Taxpayers subsidizing hipsters?

Great idea. What could possibly go wrong?

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Why Microsoft yanked its latest Windows 10 update download: It hijacked privacy settings

Dr Stephen Jones
Facepalm

Re: "we will restore those settings"

Correct, if you requested anonymity and installed the update, you have lost it.

Anonymity is like Virginity. You don't get it back once you've lost it.

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Blocking out the Sun won't fix climate change – but it could buy us time

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Key Homo Sapience species trait

The threat to Bangladesh is poverty not "climate change". A modern industrial society has a resilient infrastructure. New York City took a direct hit from Hurricane Sandy without one single fatality. (Rural upstate NY is where there were fatalities).

Stopping poor countries from developing, by denying them fossil fuels, will ensure many people die who didn't need to die. But maybe that's the plan.

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Google, didn't you get the memo? Stop trying to make Google+ happen

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: They did their dash with me

"I am 100% positive that Microsoft have done the same thing, and more."

A Shorter Pott:

"I don't know what I'm talking about so will speculate...'

Seems to work for almost every Trevor Pott comment.

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Dr Stephen Jones

Re: They did their dash with me

Pott:

"Google probably aren't "selling your data" to advertisers. That's actually silly, from an economic point of view. They are probably selling advertisers access to individuals who meet certain criteria. "

A Shorter Pott:

"I don't know what I'm talking about so will speculate...'

Google does exactly that. It has that Trevor Pott spreadsheet. It sells your Gmail history to advertisers. Yes, those health problems, STDs, clandestine affairs, complaints about your workplace or friends - it's part of your profile. This determines the price you will pay for things in the future.

We are talking about degrees of shite here - but Apple or Microsoft have other income streams, Google only really has advertising. Of course it is going to do more evil than Apple or Microsoft with your personal data.

Pott: "Here, I am more comfortable with Google's handling of these issues than I am Microsoft's."

Because Stockholm Syndrome has affected you. If you were better informed, you wouldn't be anything like as comfortable. But then you don't want to get informed and spoil it. You're happy as you are.

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We’ve got a leak of the European Commission's copyright plan

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Futile cowards

Without strong copyright there would be no open source or free software. You would not be able to enforce a license.

Orlowski gets this but I am not sure the freetards do.

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Millions of people forget to cancel Apple Music subscription

Dr Stephen Jones

No Android version yet

This is a solid start - Spotify should be worried. Spotify's conversion rate is not great.

Apple has promised an Android app but not delivered it yet, so that should add some numbers.

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Daily Mail caught on hooks of Angler exploit kit

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Typo in article..

@Steven Raith

You can't win many arguments in real life. Or here.

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Understand 'Safe Harbor', Schrems v Facebook in under 300 words

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Again will this have any effect on MicroSoft?

Why don't you sue Facebook instead, for tracking you without consent?

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Scary Trans-Pacific Partnership trade treaty signed off

Dr Stephen Jones

"Any politician signatory to this sham has intentionally and knowingly sold his country's sovereignty to foreign corporate powers and should be charged and tried for high treason."

Why?

You sound like David Icke.

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Read our lips, no more EU roaming charges*

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Could the UK leave the EU?

Since the BBC has admitted it got coverage of immigration and Europe wrong, maybe you can too.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11493144/BBC-coverage-of-European-Union-is-biased-and-letting-down-viewers-MPs-find.html

Negative coverage of immigration by dwindling circulation newspapers is generally negative. Coverage by the BBC, which has a statutory obligation to be impartial, and which dominates 70 per cent of news consumption in the UK, is overwhelmingly positive.

You can look at opinion polls to find what the No.1 issue concerning voters is.

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Dr Stephen Jones
Headmaster

Re: Could the UK leave the EU?

"The problem is that most of the advantages are hidden to vast swathes of the UK voting public."

Not really. They are in plain view. The advantage of EU membership to the UK is cheap labour, which benefits services industries most, and the middle class. The disadvantages are depressed wages, crowded schools, hospitals etc.

"there are no media voices regularly shouting 'specific' reasons why we need to be in the club"

Apart from the BBC, The Guardian, the FT, the CBI, "third sector" groups, you mean?

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Junk patent ditched in EAST TEXAS

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Good idea, but that still allows the troll to start the procedure

That's a very bad idea. Yes, it would nip trolls in the bud. But established companies could trade patents (as they do today), while startups which have no revenue would be permanently shut out of the market.

Inventors could only work for huge corporations and never hope to have their own startup.

Is it obligatory when posting a Comment about patents to post the dumbest thing that comes into your head? It seems to be the rule around here.

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Dr Stephen Jones

Re: A river of tears

"If patents were subject to public scrutiny"

They are. Very few patents are not.

Since you call for public scrutiny but are not prepared to do any public scrutiny yourself, and prefer instead to whine about trolls, you've got the patent system you deserve

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US watchdog POKES STICK at Google's Android over rival-blocking allegations

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: How dare you!

The intellectuals have arrived.

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Controversial: The future is data integrity, not confidentiality

Dr Stephen Jones

"You have no privacy get over it"

Another variation on Scott McNealy. This time from a country that couldn't keep its citizens data confidential.

Why would CloudFlare pay someone to say confidentiality doesn't matter? What first attracted you to the millionaire Paul Daniels?

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EE is UK's biggest loser on customer broadband gripes – AGAIN

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: This honestly doesn't surprise me

@wowfood

"I don't know any facts for sure but am going to speculate madly anyway"

Oh. And RTFA.

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11 MILLION VW cars used Dieselgate cheatware – what the clutch, Volkswagen?

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: DMCA

@frank ly

You are right. The DMCA speculation is wrong and came straight from the ambulance chasers at the EFF.

Every EFF claim will find its way into one of Ian's stories eventually.

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Let’s hear it for data scientists! Making our lives more and more frictionless

Dr Stephen Jones

Frictionless?

A "frictionless life" sounds about as appealing as frictionless sex.

No thanks.

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Megaupload extradition: Rotund web baron Kim Dotcom appears in court

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime

"From what I've heard about megaupload (never used it myself), but conceptually how different is it from being able to use Google to find infringing material?"

Good fuckin' grief. Conceptually it's a website like Google. That's as far as it goes. Practically (and I hate to break the news to you but reality matters in the Court Room) it was a criminal operation, scraping material, paying for stolen material, and profiting from it.

Comments like this are why there's a retard in the word freetard.

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Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Getting Interesting now

"They've been acting as patsies for the FBI"

The opposite is true. Dotcom was already convicted a convicted fraudster, the NZ authorities knew what he was doing with Mega, but he'd bribed his way into their good books.

If New Zealand doesn't want to be an international cesspit it should stop falling over for bottom feeders like Dotcom. Harboring fat boy has harmed its reputation.

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Lessig to NZ court: Dotcom charges would fail in the US

Dr Stephen Jones

The facts and the evidence are on the USA's side.

Which is why Dotcom has been trying to delay this for three years.

Your icon gives you away.

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Why the 'Dancing Baby' copyright case is just hi-tech victim shaming

Dr Stephen Jones

"The process is the punishment"

I have wondered why Google or Twitter threaten dire consequences and promise to make my private personal information public when filling out a DMCA form. I am sure this no accident. Having your details posted on Chilling Effects means you will attract a lot of trolls.

Victim shaming is about right.

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Google watchers react furiously to ad flinger’s competition case defence

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: What a bullshit response from the Turkeys

Writes a man who doesn't know what the case is about.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/06/29/google_harms_consumers_and_is_strangling_the_open_web_study/

People like you basically ensure no European tech company will ever be able to compete with Google.

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Google Images: EU Commish opens new front against Chocolate Factory

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: "Google has succeeded in [...] created a captive environment "

You're totally missing the point. The owner of the images wants Google to use them fairly, and not prejudice its commercial business, or crush competition. Getty seems happy with fair use, thumbnail style.

Can you see no middle ground between Getty blocking any use of the images by Google, and Google doing whatever it wants with Getty's images? If you can't, I feel sorry for you.

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Dr Stephen Jones

Re: I'm curious what the actual issue is.

It's going to be hard to beat this for Idiot of the Day.

Only one question matters: is Google breaking competition law?

Do yourself a favour and find out what it is.

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:12008E102:EN:HTML

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Net neutrality: How to spot an arts graduate in a tech debate

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: @DavCrav - take the road network for the UK.

Road metaphors are what arts graduates (like Al Gore) use to describe packet networking. Road is suitable for phone networks but not packet networks. There is no analogy for a road that dynamically reconfigures itself. The capital cost of a new dedicated toll lane has no analogy in multiplexed networks.

Sorry, but you are ignorant and have just proved the premise of the article.

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Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Windows 8 isn't a good comparison

"I'm having a sweepstake at work to guess the number of downvotes this will get... "

It's a pity I can only downvote you once.

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Sprint: Forget all we said about strangling your web video streams

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Is it because they oversold the bandwidth and capacity they have

Cluestick:

All ISPs oversell the bandwidth and capacity they have. Just like gyms do. If everyone tries to go to the gym at once, not everybody can get in. If everyone maxes out the ISP's bandwidth, it will go slower. It's a limited resource.

Do you think the internet grows on trees? Just curious.

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'Watered down' net neutrality rules could mean 'almost anything'

Dr Stephen Jones

How does anyone know?

The EU has issued a press release but not the actual text of the Open Internet part of the Telcomms agreement.

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-15-5275_en.htm

http://www.politico.eu/newsletter/morning-tech-europe/politico-pros-morning-tech-net-neutrality-confusion-crowdfunding-greece-uber-trial/

So nobody really knows what it is in it. In which case, why would I care what any Big Telco lobbyist or loony student activist thinks? They don't know what it says - so why even bother asking them?

Give me news not opinions please El Reg, you are wasting our time.

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California über alles? Is MEP Reda flushing Euro copyright tradition down the pan?

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Limit the Term.

"A 20 year term is plenty to reward the creators of a work."

When the Green Party suggested this it lost almost all of its supporters. It then had to lie and say it didn't really mean it.

Shorter copyight terms are popular on the internet but very unpopular in real life. Listen and learn.

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It begins: Time Warner Cable first ISP accused of breaking America's net neutrality rules

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: "Peer"?

Your reply is factually correct and too sophisticated for people who get their information from John Oliver.

Remember: any time an ISP refuses anything to any one it is being "evil". Repeat until brainwashed.

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Dr Stephen Jones

Yes

Net Neutrality was all about getting a free ride.

If you don't give me a free ride I'll get the Government to force you to.

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