"..all passengers board without clothes and carry on.."
Great idea, no need for millimetric wave perv-scanners in that case. Just the occasional 'invasive' procedure.
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"..secretly captured more than 58,000 images of students .."
"..50,000 of those images were taken after the computers had been recovered,.."
"..More than 400 images were secretly snapped of Blake Robbins,.."
That is bad enough...... then..
"..report found no proof that anyone deliberately set out to spy on students,.."
"..or that once captured, the images were downloaded..."
"..although the report said none of the images included nudity..." Oh, how do they know that unless the report authors checked by looking at downloaded images???
I'm not sure who is the most freaky here, the school IT people or the report writers.
This is a whitewash job with a big, thick brush.
After many years, the Linux 'community' seems to be a well established and nicely working 'machine' that can turn out very good operating systems, and much more.
Why can't they put their enormous combined brain power into developing an audio and video encoding/decoding/storage system that is truly FOSS? Is it harder than writing an entire operating system?
Yes, I know there is Theora, etc; but it seem that Theora is treading on someone's patent toes. Are FOSS supportive lawyers checking patent texts and seeing if there really is a breach of IP with all this?
Why not get together in an organised way and develop the ultimate, free, working codec and give it as a gift to the world. Instead of arguing and worrying and messing about, just say 'sod it, we're starting from scratch and we're going for gold'. Or would that result in 'splitism' and sectarian arguments about what colour scheme the installer should present to the user?
"...on the grounds that he had failed to notify it when took his vehicle off the road (SORN)"
Why should it matter if you take your vehicle off the road??
If I take my vehicle off the road (e.g. park it up in my garage for months, for whatever reason), then what harm does that do to anyone if I don't formally tell them? The only situation in which you should need to inform the DVLA or 'prove' anything is if you are using the SORN procedures to claim refund of vehicle tax or exemption from it.
Have I misunderstood the situation in this case, or is there an aspect that I've missed?
"Smith wants to see mandatory notification in cases where personal data might have been exposed but not in situations where an encrypted laptop was lost, for example. He also wants to see private investigators who used trickery to obtain confidential records jailed. "
"MIGHT have been exposed" who will decide if it 'might have'?
"ENCRYPTED laptop" what is the definition of 'encrypted'? (I use ROT-13 so it's ok to lose the laptop and not report it)
"used TRICKERY to obtain.." what is 'trickery'? how is it legally defined?
If you thought he situation was bad right now, wait until these ideas get written up as law.
I laughed in disbelief at £70 for the Logitek wireless optical mouse.
Go to PC World and spend £18 on the PC-Line wireless keyboard and wireless optical mouse kit.
It may not be stylish and the keyboard action is clunky (it's slim and small and neat though); but it does the job very well and it's only £18 for keyboard and mouse !!
I often use this arrangement at home with my netbook connected up to a 19" LCD monitor. Apart from the speed of the netbook, it's just like using a real computer :)
"..if the found item is valued over $400 .."
Ah,... so what is the retail price of this item?
The person who 'sold' it on to Gizmodo was not selling the phone itself, He was selling an opportunity to an author. After that author had finished a session of deep admiration of the item, he returned it to its original owner. There was never any intention to deprive the rightful owner of the item and many efforts were made contact the owner and make arrangements to return it.
It was the owner's responsibility to go to trouble of making proper enquiries and then traveling to pick it up from the finder, not the other way around.
I don't know how to spell Eyjafjallajökull either, I just copied and pasted from your article into my scareware mail-shots.
The way I see it, I have few competitors on this one so it's a good opportunity.
(I know, I'm assuming that El Reg has got it right, but who would check it anyway?)
By specifying the 'leftmost' foot, this ensures that people with any number of feet can be dealt with under standard procedures and leads to simpler development of procedures and processes.
Otherwise, people with one foot, or three, four, etc feet would have to be dealt with as an exception. In an emergency, you don't want physicians and para-medics having to make up new procedures on the fly because that would be prone to error.
However (as some of you will have noticed), this does not deal with the case where a patient has no feet. In order to deal with this case, the definition of the word 'foot/feet' must be clarified or replaced and agreed by all. I would suggest "The leftmost lower extremity of the body".
Even more interesting/amusing; after the Kindle/'1984' fiasco, I found out that '1984' is out of copyright in Australia. So I went to Gutenberg's Australian server, downloaded a copy from there and read it on my Sony PRs-505. Go for the .txt file every time and format it up as you like using Calibre (it's free).
Apparently, my actions in doing this are 'illegal'; or am I 'only' liable to a civil action by the UK copyright holders? It's all very confusing.
"...the software shall not contain any code that does not support a software requirement AND weakens the security of the application..."
I think the 'AND' should be 'OR'. As originally written, a 'coder' could put an easter egg in the application as long as it didn't weaken the security.
The sentence would also benefit from a few brackets to make things clearer. If they can't get the basic requirement written properly then what hope is there?
Why do users have to stay below decks when within 12nm of the shore? Is it something to do with making sure their mobile phone doesn't log into a land based network?
Will ferry and cruiser security staff be patrolling the decks when the vessel gets within 12nm to make sure no sneaky, cheapskate passengers/crew are making 'cheap' calls by using any accessible land based networks as they approach the shore?
Thunderbird will access LDAP servers (according to the appropriate page in its Options), but I've never tried that so can't comment on it.
Thunderbird is an e-mail client, not an e-mail server, hence it could not be an 'Exchange Killer' but may be an 'Outlook Killer' in the right circumstances.
I've used Thunderbird/Lightning (2.0.23) on all my PCs to replace Outlook and am quite happy with it so far, but it does seem slow to draw pages (when switching from Mail view to Calendar view for example). However, this may be because I store the mail and calendars on my home network NAS box, which is not the fastest NAS box around.
"Code licensed under the current MPL can be copied and modified as long as it's then redistributed under the MPL, .."
I believe that this statement is not correct. Please bear with me as I rewrite it........
'Code licensed under the current MPL can be copied and modified and then, _IF_ it is redistributed, must be redistributed under the MPL'.
Lawyers jump onto subtle things like that and sink their teeth in deep and hard.
(I'm sure that Cade does know this and that internally he had a conditional assumption in his mind when he wrote that. However, he didn't write the condition down......lawyer food! )
A question for you all :- What does the word 'redistributed' mean? You know what it means and I know what it means, but how do we know that we both mean exactly the same thing by that word?
I can think of many graded examples which open up arguments about the word 'redistributed' but I won't set them out here.
I think that many large (and small) companies avoid 'Open Source' because of the potential legal minefield caused by interpretation of wording of the various licenses. It's easier to sup with the devil.
I think a 'ringworld' would be much easier to build at first (and very much easier to get planning permission for). Then you could get the builders in, to make extensions on the edges and so work your way towards a Dyson sphere.
If the extensions were small enough, you wouldn't need planning permission for each one and so you could sneak your way to having a Dyson sphere over a long period of time.
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