136 posts • joined Friday 13th July 2007 02:38 GMT
I think it's the same as any other tech: it's all in the hands of the user. People will configure and use it in their individual ways, many of them doubtless unexpected. You're not going to prescribe, predict, or control that.
Actually, what Google should do (and probably will) is develop the platform, then FOSS it, Android-style. They're not really in the hardware business, they're certainly not in the shades business. It'll be 'Oakley - powered by Google'.
"Although the public has expressed a strong interest in the investigation and prosecution of Mr Swartz, that fact does not bestow upon his estate the right to disclose criminal discovery materials…"
The kid is *dead*.
If I had been close to him, if I had anything to do with his estate, 'disclose and be damned' would be the order of the day.
So, use an overseas VOIP provider based somewhere with reasonable laws… Iceland was looking good IIRC...
The phrase you're looking for is 'unconscionable contract'.
Phone companies do NOT want to hear that phrase anywhere near a court of law.
A few years ago, I returned from a 3 day trip to Iceland, involving light internet use. T-Mobile USA sent me a bill for $7,000. They swore left and right, back to front, that this charge was perfectly correct, very reasonable, accurately reflected the real cost of providing the service, and was indeed a bargain - and of course I had to pay it.
As soon as I mentioned 'unconscionable contract' they waived the entire bill…
Mount St. Helens was a fart, in the great scheme of things.
Pinatubo was much more significant in its climatological effects; that's the example you're looking for.
Rape IS a hard crime to prove...
...let's face it, it's often a 'he says / she says' situation.
But, it seems to me there's plenty evidence for any number of charges in the area of production and distribution of child pornography in this case, and a significant number of people who could and should be so charged.
Convictions for THAT are the next best thing to a conviction for rape.
Good to see a few mentions of it. Here's mine:
Interesting thing about these small ones: you turn the key in the back to the 'unlock' position, and a little motor lifts the *whole perspex cube cover* up in the air, exposing the innards... style! :-)
You missed the best...
I am shocked and unimpressed.
How can you have any list of 'ten sexiest computers' without the Connection Machine at the top of it?!
(and perhaps an honourable mention for something *very* obscure; the Panda Archistrat:
Fire 'brand manager', admit screwup, beg forgiveness.
How on earth is it going to help, making shell companies liable for costs if they lose? Limited liability, folks!
They'll still try shakedowns, they'll still (occasionally) go as far as the courtroom steps - or even into the courtroom.
Lose? Want to give up? Shaken down enough?
No problem. They'll just let the shell company go through bankruptcy and start again with another shell.
This will fix *nothing*.
Reg. has it right; only cure is rollback Lehman and everything he did. Congress giveth patents, congress can take them away.
"installing a BitTorrent client is proof that an individual is sharing files illegally"
When these guys say things like that it makes we want to go and start sharing my entire frickin music collection.
My righteous anger is reserved for the evil (sensu stricto) prosecutors who seemed determined to make an example of this guy, piling charge upon charge until the likely sentence was starting to push his life expectancy, in a case where the 'victim' *didn't feel it merited criminal prosecution at all*.
It was clearly personal; the prosecutors can therefore hardly be surprised when they face personal consequences in the fallout from this.
"The fix was first applied as a client-side patch to PCs by sysadmins..."
PCs? With sysadmins? On ARPANET? In the early 1980s?
Goddess help them...
...if they ever come for me.
They'll need at least two 40-foot containers, and a forklift... I've just moved the Corestore collection from New York to New Zealand, and the total weight was something in the region of 35 tons... most of it IBM mainframes!
And they won't get diddly squat without a rubber hose; nothing much less will get them anywhere with Truecrypt, let alone RACF!
Re: How it happened... my guess anyway....
I had a couple of those.
"Oh, you want to log in to my *server*?"
"Sure... OK, I'll talk you through it. First, fire up your tn3270 client..."
(Where's the dinosaur icon when you really need it?!)
Bugger in the air...
...when are they going to do something about those jobsworth little Hitler security cretins who think they can give you a hard time during the hours it takes you to pass through immigration and pick up your bags once you're back on the ground? What possible danger is there in an immigration queue or baggage hall?! "No phone calls! No text messages! Who do you think you are, you can't use the internet HERE?! One more email and I'll have you arrested!" Errr yes, you and what army, and on what charge my dear?
Last time I checked you needed some pretty serious grounds for holding someone incommunicado, and there's no signing warning you lose your first amendment rights when you get off a bloody plane!
z/OS - or more likely, z/TPF...
Re: Duties and powers
Well the whole thing is rendered moot by the revelation that, out of principle, they have declined to try even verbally to urge him to surrender.
But I still submit it's force majeur if the procedures of bail are trumped by the statute law that recognises the embassy as inviolate diplomatic territory; the law and the principle here is that you can't be held accountable or responsible for a situation you don't control and are expressly forbidden by law from interfering with - i.e. the embassy.
Duties and powers
The judge seemed to be of the opinion that those involved had a 'duty to ensure' Mr. Assange complied with his bail terms and surrendered.
But do they have any *power* to carry out that duty? Does their status as providers of bail 'immunize' them against possible charges of assault, kidnap, etc?
Even if was the case that it did, it could well be argued that they would be prepared to carry out the duty the judge claims they have - e.g. bundle him into a car and whisk him round to the police - but are frustrated by the fact that the embassy is diplomatic territory and they would face arrest if they tried to carry out their 'duty'.
Isn't that force majeur?
I very much doubt if they can be made to pay for something so completely outside their control.
"You can't sell that book once you've read it! You can't even give it to a charity shop! You thought you owned it? You don't own anything pal, read the small print, you just bought a restricted right to read it where we say you can read it"
How on earth do they expect to get away with this kind of attitude just because a computer is now involved? I've seldom heard a better argument in favour of piracy.
Possibly the most egregiously stupid, disproportionate conviction and sentence I have ever heard of.
This wasn't criminal justice, it was legalised hostage-taking.
You can add the Sexual Offences Amendment Act 1993(?) to that list. That's the act that they're attempting to grossly misuse in relation to the Ched Evans rape case tweets. The wording of the act, and the intent when it was passed, was very clear: it was about controlling the broadcast media under editorial control - newpapers, radio, and TV. It was never intended to apply to gossip, which is what Twitter is the electronic equivalent of.
Not defending the abusive twit(er)s, but this is pretty disturbing.
I've written further about this: http://www.corestore.org/LC.htm
...is why we in the USA have the 2nd amendment.
Can you imagine a lawyer daring to try to pull this crap in a society where most of their victims have firearms?
Mohawk my arse!
That's a belter cut!
it will be interesting...
...to see how the stats will look next year, after the Ched Evans / Lauren Crawford rape case tweet prosecutions; if the 17 or so test cases they are currently bringing are successful, literally tens of thousands of tweeters could be faced with their information being handed over and prosecutions following - given that 'Lauren Crawford' was trending on Twitter at one point, the number must be of that order. The UK could shoot to the front of the standings by an enormous margin!
Yes, great, but...
So much for the reactor and the containment... what about the bloody fuel pool? That's where most of the nasties are. The one Really Bad Thing that *didn't* happen at Fukushima was a fire in the unit 4 fuel pool. Nearly, it got hot, it wasn't good, but no fire.
A burning fuel pool would release much more than a meltdown and breached containment.
Bugger 'breach of privacy'...
In the cases where police information has been involved, it's much more serious - it''s an OSA matter. Plod stands to go to jail for breach of OSA, journalists stand to go to jail for conspiracy to breach OSA.
I'm surprised this hasn't been discussed more; every plod signs the OSA when they join. A lot of people could be going to jail for a long time over this.
Heh heh heh
There you go... we DO have a Nielsen box :-)
I can't get Sky; there's a bloody great hill in the way. And even if I could there's no way I'd bother putting up a dish and paying a whacking great monthly sub for something that's always been free to air (I'm not a footy fan). What am I supposed to do? How is this progress?
Still at least some people will be able to see the races; the last couple of GPs weren't shown *at all* in New York...
Why the heck...
...would they take him all the way from Scotland to bloody *London* to question him? What an utter waste of time and resources. Are there really no cop shops between Shetland and London?
Better, haven't they heard of Skype?
If you want a matt screen...
...put an anti-reflective coating or screen protector on it.
Glossy gives you the choice; you can make a gloss screen matt, but you can't make a matt screen glossy. Apple got that right.
If Apple want to impress me...
Where's the damned Apple 4K Cinema Display they loaned to Intel to demo Thunderbolt when it launched??
*That* I would get in line at the Apple store for tomorrow, if the price was half reasonable. And that's something you won't hear me say very often!
No problems here
Just pulled it down - nearly 4GB in a bit under an hour. Not bad at all.
... I installed the bloody app!
/Applications/Utilities/smcFanControl.app/Contents/Resources/smc -k F1Mx -w 22f8 does it for me.
Was there anything about my post which made you think I didn't install the app? Or did you just make foolish assumptions?
As for 15 mins, next time I do it I'll put a bloody video on Youtube! The only bit that's remotely fiddly is getting back in the LCD torx screws that sit next to the glass magnets; the magnets are bloody strong and the screws want to stick to the magnets not go in the holes. So had to grab a haemostat and pop them in their holes that way, then tighten them up.
I've been in the IT business for twenty years, so wind your sceptical patronising neck in already. I'm NOT claiming the average user could do it in 15 minutes, but then the average user wouldn't dream of trying to upgrade their iMac! But it can be done.
I've just upgraded the drive on my 27" iMac and it was a piece of piss. Sucker to pull the glass off, 8 x Torx screws and a couple of cables and the LCD is off, couple more screws and the drive is out. Worked first time no problems, job done in less than 15 mins.
'Very complicated'? Fah!
May the best bot win
Apparently, it did.
I'm lucky enough...
To have one of these in the Corestore Collection. And, it's one of the original ones - the Fairlight 1. Very rare to find those, even rarer to find one with the software, and most unusual for it to still work perfectly! See:
Awesome machine, one of the greatest hacks ever. What they managed to screw out of such primitive hardware is nothing short of amazing. Thanks for running the story!
(of course there are two sides to every story; there are a fair number of people who would say this was the Ferrari; for the Rolls Royce you would have to look at Synclavier...)
There's an error in these lists...
...or eles someone REALLY doesn't like Julian May. I'm damn sure I remember 3 or 4 nominations at least for her Exiles/Milieu cycle (one of them mine), but she hasn't even made the list that *didn't* make the poll.
This needs fixing. I'm afraid you're going to have to start over with the poll.
You don't say...
"It seems just as easy to draw the conclusion that mere use of an IP address shouldn't be grounds for armed police to raid a person's home"
Plus 100... I'm old enough to consider the provision of an unsecured network a public service; a matter of good neighbourliness. Of course I have a second, secured, network for our own private use.
Definitely a case for severe education of law enforcement; the cops in this raid clearly acted as though he had already been convicted - note, it was him they arrested, not his wife, they *assumed* it had to be him. Lawyers who pursue file sharers are already learning this the hard way. Lawyers who pursue cops are probably already salivating.
Didn't SD describe Angus as a 'bloated toad'?
Kate could be Morn tho, yes absolutely.
And James Hong ("I only do eyes" in 'Blade Runner') probably has to be Hashi.
Min Donner? How about Mira Furlan; she has form as a kick-ass female...
Anything from Known Space
The Mote in God's Eye - possibly the best SF novel, ever.
Donaldson's 'Gap' universe - pretty gritty
Another vote for Julian May - Exiles/Milieu
Heinlein - 'Friday'. An entertaining romp.
And most of all...
ENOUGH ALREADY WITH THE REMAKES!