* Posts by veti

3015 posts • joined 25 Mar 2010

EU data bosses order Google to sort out privacy

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I remember before Google was Evil

But now, given a free choice between the two companies, I'd actually prefer to deal with Microsoft. At least when they ask me for money, they tell me what they're charging me and what they're offering in exchange.

How much is Google making from me, and who's paying them for it, and what precisely are they getting in return? There's simply no way of finding that out.

'Hypersensitive' Wi-Fi hater loses case against fiendish DEVICES

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Re: Inquiring minds...

At 2W it is working on 900Mhz. It is at 33,33cm. So the radio wave it self is too big to harm you, your cells and your DNA.

Non sequitur. My radio antenna is considerably less than 1500 metres long, but it can still receive Radio 4 on longwave.

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Re: @Grikath

@Tom 38: you challenge Grikath to share his "plenty of evidence", but you don't cite any of your own "plenty of studies that say the 'electromagnetically sensitive' are no better at detecting EM fields than flipping a coin".

"The body is sensitive to various forms of EM emissions" - seriously, are you disputing that? Why do you think the microwave shuts off when you open the door? Ever hear of 'bioelectromagnetism'? Heck, ever hear of 'sunburn'? That alone establishes the point you're disputing.

(Yes yes, ionising v non-ionising, I know. But the time to make that distinction was before wading in with your broad-brushed scoffing.)

I'm not saying this 'hypersensitivity' is a real thing. I'm just fed up with armchair scientists loudly demanding that the other side "cite or GTFO", while vaguely claiming to have mountains of uncited studies on their side.

Juries: The only reason ANYONE understands patent law AT ALL

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Re: The Jury

Actually, quite a few countries use juries in at least some cases. And not just the usual suspects (USA, Australia, Canada etc.) who inherited the idea from English common law: they also exist in various forms in places such as Norway, Belgium and Brazil. (Check out the Wikipedia page on 'Jury' for references.)

Many other countries, including Italy, Germany and France, also have provision for lay people to have a role in deciding cases alongside trained judges - a watered-down version of the jury idea.

Of course 'Twelve Angry Men' has a happy ending. (The original play was written in 1954, so the women were in the kitchen, obviously.) How many police shows do you see in which the cops fail to catch the criminal, or fabricate evidence to fit up the wrong suspect? If you judge reality by Hollywood standards you will be disapponted, period. In that respect the legal system is exactly like every other part of life.

As for the jury being wrong - how would you know, if the film ends with the end of the trial? That wouldn't come out until years later, in the sequel. But you could try checking out the 'miscarriage of justice' film genre, which is pretty healthy in its own right. (e.g. 'The Fugitive'. See also 'Runaway Jury'.)

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Re: Juries are ignorant and kept ignorant

Not entirely true. Juries are allowed to ask questions (through the judge, who is expected to frame it in somewhat more diplomatic terms than you just described).

But they rarely do so, for several reasons. Many may be intimidated by their surroundings, and afraid to confess ignorance. Many more may be simply bored with the whole process and want to get it over with. And quite a few probably don't even know that they have the option - AFAIK there's no procedural step that explicitly tells them how to do it.

Windows 8: Never mind Office, it's for GAMING

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The story makes it sound like Microsoft is setting itself up for another Zune moment - making strategic decisions based entirely on its palpable envy of Apple. Ballmer wants every PC to be indistinguishable from an iPad.

Yeah... not gonna happen. The iPad is so good precisely *because* it's *not* a general-purpose computer. There's a tradeoff between functionality and usability, and for 30 years Microsoft has consistently shown itself unwilling to face up to that, always trying to have it both ways.

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Re: Balmer plays the sceptic

Sorry, but it's simply not true that Android is 'far more popular' than iThings. For phones, iPhone and Android sales have jockeyed each other for top spot with each major release. Given that Android has a significant price advantage, that means the iPhone is pretty damn' popular.

And for tablets, no Android rival has come close to touching the iPad in sales, despite the cost advantage. And if you look at the two side by side, in real use scenarios, it quickly becomes obvious why that's the case. My wife has an iPad and her father has a Galaxy tablet. One of these things you just switch on and select the app you want; the other, you switch on, wait for it to boot, check for updates, select the app you want, wait for *it* to check for updates, drink your tea, and only then are you ready to do anything.

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Re: @RICHTO

Well, yes.

But by announcing it, and then delaying it (effectively, announcing it again), they deter competitors from taking the time and trouble to develop it. And if any rival company isn't deterred, they'll find that a whole tranche of their potential customers *are*, and now they're "waiting for the next service pack of Windows, which will have this function built in".

Windows 8: Life in a post .NET world – speak your brains TODAY

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Re: It's the Ribbon all over again

Five years on, I still loathe the ribbon with an undimmed passion. Menu technology was perfected with the invention of keyboard shortcuts, circa 1980, but Microsoft just can't stop messing with it. First it was the toolbar, then the customisable toolbar, then customisable menus, then the infamous "menus with disappearing options" of the late 90s. (And that's not even the dumbest of their decisions. Anyone remember "Why not detach your menu bar from the top of the window and put it handily in the middle of your screen? Or make it disappear completely?")

And then came the ribbon. To this day I still get a steady trickle of support requests of the form "Where the hell is the control for 'blah'?" (And I can't blame them. Quick, how do you change the footer size in a Word document? Answer: the controls are split between the 'Page Layout' and 'Design' ribbons, the latter of which isn't even visible until you click on the footer itself.)

I have no firm opinion on Metro, but my gut feeling is that it's another case where Microsoft has solved a problem that the rest of the world has long since learned to work around, to the point where the workarounds themselves have come to be regarded as key functionality.

As for 'post .net' - I wish. If only .net would go away for good, the world would be a cleaner, faster and hugely more efficient place. Sadly, it's with us for a long time to come.

Profs: Massive use of wind turbines won't destroy the environment

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Re: He is not quibbling over 2%

@nsld:

I don't have a plan. I don't know how much efficiency you get out of the wind turbines in practice, or how much you might be able to improve that in principle. I was just pointing out why Lewis's figures are meaningless. He's comparing apples to marrows. And I'm pretty sure he knows it.

In fact, as I understand it, the average efficiency is irrelevant, because the paper is talking about the effect of taking that much energy out of the atmosphere - so the '7.5 TW' must refer to the average power output, not installed capacity.

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Re: He is not quibbling over 2%

There's a considerable sleight-of-keyboard that Lewis engages in here. (He's not alone, almost everyone elides this, I'm not sure that half of them even know they're doing it, though Lewis surely does...)

There's a huge difference between "electricity" and "energy". Global *electricity* production amounts to about 22 PWh, or 79-odd exajoules. (Source: http://www.bp.com/sectiongenericarticle800.do?categoryId=9037156&contentId=7068663 ) Global *energy* production (consumption) is much higher - the '490 exajoules' that Lewis talks about - because that includes all the power that never gets converted into electricity, such as the natural gas and biomass that's burned in stoves and boilers, the petrol in cars and planes, etc.

7.5 TW of installed wind capacity, operating at an average efficiency of about 35%, would replace *all* the world's current electricity generation, including the 13% that's already generated from renewable sources (not including nuclear). If the 7.5 TW is meant to be the *average* power output, then global *electricity* consumption could increase six-fold, and the wind generation would meet 50% of it.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

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Memories, like the corners of my console...

You are aware the game was re-released for the 3DS, right? No need to get an antique console for it.

I think it's a mistake to characterise Zelda titles as either 'roleplaying' or 'adventure'. They're basically puzzle-solving games. At every point, you have to identify the right tool (eight times out of ten, the newest toy you've acquired) and work out how to apply it - and then you can't really go wrong. The big selling point is that the puzzles are tied together with a strong central storyline.

My personal favourite was 'Twilight Princess' (stronger story than most), but I know I'm in a minority on that. 'Ocarina' was also a fine game.

And what I like most of all is the voice acting. It's amazing how much meaning you can convey with no distinguishable words. I just wish more modern games (Bethesda, I'm looking at you) would try it.

Office 2013 to eat own file-format dog food

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Translation for English speakers

"Most people have now got accustomed to .docx, the plain .doc format is now an insignificant market segment to us. So it's time to 'upgrade' the file format again, in order to force our users to upgrade Office again.

"Small incompatibilities will make the new files painful to use with earlier versions of Office. It'll take 15 minutes to convert and open that spreadsheet, and when you view the Word file you'll see the bullet points are slightly out of alignment. Things like that are bread and butter to us.

"But it will be fully interoperable with any third parties who have correctly implemented the open standard, we swear! The open standard is so clear and unambiguous that it's literally impossible for two interpreters to render it in different ways. Just like HTML 4.01. So no need to worry there, not at all.

"Did I mention: CHA-CHING?"

Hello nasty, don't use my music: Deceased Beastie Boy to admen

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Re: Very strange behaviour indeed

European and international law, in the form of the Berne Convention, establishes something called "moral rights", which is what Mr Yauch is trying to assert in this case. An author in Europe and most other countries could insert a clause like this in their will and have it upheld by courts - assuming someone was willing to take the case to court.

Despite the US's accession to Berne, US law to this day still doesn't recognise "moral rights". There is no such thing, in US law, as an "inalienable" right: everything is for sale. (Even the famed "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" can be, and frequently are, signed away.) What that means for copyright is that if you pass your copyrights to your daughter, then your daughter owns them entire, lock, stock and barrel. And she can benefit from them in any way you could have done while you were alive.

So this clause will not be enforceable. At best it creates a bit of moral pressure on his heirs.

Office for ARM will lack features, report claims

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Re: More Important than missing functionality is....

Meh, this problem was solved 15 years ago, when Word macro viruses were popular. Most Word users on Windows can (very likely, do regularly) open documents containing macros, and the macros just don't run. I doubt if one user in ten even knows how to enable them if they want to.

Whether to ignore them or strip them out - well, that's determined (on Windows) by the options with which you save the file. If you want to include macros, you have to save as a .docm (or .dotm), rather than the more usual .docx. How hard can it be to port that functionality?

Personally, I think MS Office without VBA is - well, basically, something between OpenOffice and Google Docs. I wouldn't install it on any machine of mine unless you paid me handsomely for the disc space.

Nintendo 3DS XL review

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How many reviewers wrote this?

The reviewer seems to suffer acute schizophrenia.

"Nintendo has begun to realise that... bigger is better". Then a few paragraphs later: "the package as a whole feels... slightly too clunky to carry around comfortably." Which do you want: big or compact?

Then there's "There's no doubt 3DS fans will prefer this new model, so long as they don't mind the smoother more rounded design, which didn't appeal to me much, truth be told." - which swings two ways within a single sentence - "there's no doubt that fans will prefer this new model, except for those who don't".

Please, if you're going to give out advice to Nintendo, pick a position and stick to it. At the moment you're just cancelling yourself out.

Anonymous declares war after French firm trademarks its logo

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Re: Errrrr....

@shooter: Every time you buy an item of clothing, you pay royalties to the designer, unless the designer was some no-name wage slave.

And if you try to take someone else's design and use it for your own commercial purposes, damn' right you'll pay royalties for it.

@Tom Maddox: you'd have a point if the mask were actually a replica of a portrait of Guy Fawkes. It isn't, it's a highly stylised design loosely based on him.

@Dave 126: film be damned, the mask design is part of the artwork for the original comic book.

Euro Parliament kills ACTA treaty before court can look at it

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Re: [Citation needed]

Andrew, if the idea is to prove that Article 27 is harmless by quoting it, then you really needed to quote *all* of it.

"Each Party shall ensure that enforcement procedures [...] are available under its law so as to permit effective action against an act of infringement of intellectual property rights which takes place in the digital environment, including expeditious remedies to prevent infringement and remedies which constitute a deterrent to further infringements.[...]

"[...] These procedures shall be implemented in a manner that avoids the creation of barriers to legitimate activity, including electronic commerce [...]

(Yes, I'm selectively quoting as well.)

And don't get me started on the pointless convolution it adds to existing international treaties on DRM...

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[Citation needed]

Where does Mr Orlowski get his information that "the treaty lost its copyright liability provisions"?

Certainly, from what I can see from official sources (e.g.http://register.consilium.europa.eu/pdf/en/11/st12/st12196.en11.pdf), the dreaded Article 27 is still very much part of the text. The Commission's argument for keeping it in (http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2012-002136&language=MT) is basically that it won't make any difference anyway, which seems to me a stronger argument for taking it out.

I know El Reg sees itself as a counterweight to the huge swathes of freetard websites and propaganda out there, but sometimes I wish it could act just a smidge more like a reputable source and less like a tabloid.

UK's brazen copyright land grab sneaked into Enterprise Bill

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Re: "Daily Mail readers are all Paedophiles and the BBC kill kittens"

No, those statements aren't libellous or slanderous. (They're sufficiently vague that no one person could credibly stand up in court and say "This is aimed at me!", which is one of the hurdles you have to clear to bring a libel action.) If you want to deface your images with slogans like that, no-one will stop you.

On the other hand, there's a saying about cutting off one's nose to spite one's face.

Who runs UK? 'Tories, Lib Dems and Google' says Labour

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Re: Hmm

I remember Altavista, and Altavista, sir, was no Google.

The big difference is in ranking results by counting backlinks. Altavista returned a huge number of results, and was very good at interpreting AND, OR and NOT, but there was simply no quality ranking by backlinks.

Apostrophe’s cause problem’s in e-health system’s

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Re: Crap coding standards are endemic these days

"Shared backend classes" my arse. What you mean is "opaque layers of dynamically generated files in which errors can only be detected by testing, and even that probably won't work half the time".

I'm prepared to bet that whatever technology Accenture threw at this project, it wasn't PHP.

Ten... alien invasions

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War of the Worlds deserves a place in history

In 1953, when the first movie version of 'War of the Worlds' was made, it had the distinction of being the Only Film in the History of Hollywood in which US Marines were defeated.

But what I'm more upset about missing from this list is daleks and cybermen...

Breaking: Megaupload seizures illegal says NZ High Court

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Re: BAU for the US then?

Just to clarify: nicking the server clones was a violation of New Zealand law.

That doesn't mean it was against US federal law, and it certainly doesn't mean the evidence can't be used in a US federal prosecution. We're talking about a jurisdiction that publicly defends kidnapping people from foreign cities in order to get them in front of its courts, if it finds that extradition is too much like hard work.

Fraudsters phish for NatWest clients with 'Stephen Hester' email

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Cure with one line of SQL...

Yet another story highlighting the inherent folly of giving your e-mail address to your bank.

Seriously, why would you do that? E-mail is too insecure for anything sensitive, and too slow for anything time-critical. What exactly would you want to receive that way?

I use internet banking all the time, but none of it goes through my e-mail system.

So if any bank never wants its customers to be phished again, the fix is simple:

UPDATE customer SET email = ''

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@Ben Tasker

The parent was talking about First Direct. Phoning them is not like phoning any other bank - you get through quickly and simply to a reasonably trained operator.

Seriously. I've been using them since 1990.

'Kindness of America' snapper shot himself in 'act of self-promotion'

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Re: America Strong!

Yes, American governments quake at the thought of their armed electors. Heaven help them if they should try to bypass the constitutional protections against, for instance, punishment without due process, or unreasonable search and seizure! No president would dare!

If "clear changes in government and social policy" are the aim, here's a thought: try campaigning. Try marching. Try petitioning. Heck, as a last resort you could even try voting.

US culture to spread worldwide by means of Kindle, not iPad

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Re: How much greasing was required here.

"The best solution", of course, depends on what the requirements are.

If a core requirement is that the range of accessible content should be strictly controlled and tightly locked down by a central authority, then obviously FOSS is completely out of court before you even begin. Kindle is definitely the way to go.

After all, the point is to spread "American culture". We don't want any nonsense about "freedom" or "participation", do we?

Kogan 'taxes' IE7 users

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Re: IE7 isn't so bad

IE6 isn't so bad. At least there's a valid reason to still be using it (you're running XP).

IE7, on the other hand - the only reason to be running that is that you have taken a decision not to upgrade. That's a valid reason to target IE7 in particular for termination.

Pints under attack as Lord Howe demands metric-only UK

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Reg units

Unfortunately, the Reg unit system is woefully incomplete. It lacks units for - among other things - energy and force. Okay, we could derive those, but "mass" and "time" are pretty fundamental, and it's missing those too.

For mass, the obvious candidate is the Bulgarian Airbag. Too obvious and too crude. Instead, how about the mass of an average rhino (1 Rh = 1900 kg)? (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/06/24/tram_rhinos/)

For time I suggest the Siriturn (St), the time required for a Cupertino-based corporation to fix an embarrassing search result returned by one of its gimmicks: about 1.37 days.

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Re: At Least

As Ronald Reagan once said: "A billion here, a billion there - pretty soon you're talking real money."

I've seen no evidence that the last government knew the difference between the national budget and a hole in the ground.

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Re: The 'mercans seem to be doing OK with feet, inches and funny sizes gallons.

Yes, base 12 is great. If we used a base 12 number system our lives would be so much easier, and we'd probably have reached our present state of technology in about 1000 AD (that's 1728 in decimal, or 1B8 years ago). By now we'd have time machines, and we could go back and admire the glory of the Babylonians, who knew this.

Unfortunately that's not the way history panned out, and we're stuck with base 10. It's what kids are taught from the age they begin to read. It's just simpler to stick with one base than trying to switch between many.

And the hardest part of the Imperial system has always been, not working in strange bases, but remembering which particular base applies to which calculation. 3, 12, 16, 20, 24, 120...

Quick, how many ells in a perch?

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Re: "Recently"?

People keep trotting this out as if no-one had ever done it before.

The Canadians have done it, and they've got a road network way bigger than the UK's. The Australians have done it, the Kiwis have done it. In each of these places, mass confusion, panic, road chaos and national bankruptcy followed in short order.

Oh wait, no it didn't.

How much dumber are British drivers than their colonial cousins, that they somehow couldn't cope with a changeover?

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Re: Year Zero

Wow, 4 posts to Godwination. (Okay, technically "Mao and Pol Pot" isn't the same as "Hitler", but I argue it's close enough. Maybe the metric equivalent.)

Seriously, could you get any more ridiculous? "Metrication equals genocide" isn't even disguised as a rational argument, or even an emotive one for that matter, it's not an argument at all.

Watchdog tells Greenpeace to stop 'encouraging anti-social behaviour'

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Re: I had quite a fun discussion about global conflict,.....

Sure, because Lewis is about to be arrested for inciting hatred against hippies.

"Abusing people" for any reason whatsoever shouldn't be a crime. If I choose to go up to a black one-legged lesbian single mother and start haranguing her to go back where she came from, the correct response is for me to be beaten up by passers-by, have the video posted on YouTube and become a global pariah. Not to be arrested.

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Re: Historical Cost of Nukes

The construction of Fukushima was taxpayer-funded, as are effectively all nuclear power plants ever built anywhere. Yes, even the Americans.

Part of the justification of such funding has always been that research and experience would allow *future* plants to be built cheaper. For at least the first 30-35 years of commercial nuclear generation, that completely failed to happen - despite repeated promises that the designs would improve, each one cost more to build than its predecessor. It wasn't until the mid-80s that they started even to claim they'd got their arse into gear commercially. However, between TMI and Chernobyl, by this time they were PR poison, so that claim was never actually tested - because designs had to be remodelled *again* in the light of those disasters.

It's not clear to me why the same reasoning shouldn't apply to renewables now.

Square miles of land, worldwide, rendered uninhabitable or unusable by renewable power? Zero. Casualties arising from renewable power? Okay, some idiot falls off a roof while installing his solar panels - there are a few, but let me know when it begins to approach one Chernobyl. Requirement for expensive monitoring equipment, regulatory oversight or highly trained maintenance staff? None, slight and slim, respectively.

Sorry, Lewis, I get what you're saying, but by any reasonable measure solar, wind, wave and tidal power are vastly safer than nuclear.

UK's '£1.2bn software pirates' mostly 'blokes under 34'

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Re: @h4rm0ny

Indeed, an alternative way to spin this result would be:

"UK residents benefit from 1.2 billion quid's worth of software they don't have to pay for, thus improving our national standard of living at the expense of rapacious American corporations."

Casablanca to screen for free on Facebook

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It's the Copyright Bugbear again

According to UK copyright law, Casablanca is still under copyright until 70 years after the death of the author - which is ridiculous, and makes the copyright term really hard to calculate.

In US copyright law, the case is clearer - the film is covered by copyright, and can only be shown with permission and appropriate royalties paid to the copyright owner.

But in New Zealand, for one country, copyright in a movie expires 50 years after it's first shown to the public, so it seems likely that Casablanca (being 70 years old) has been out of copyright for a while, and anyone who could be bothered could freely broadcast it, burn it to DVDs and rent or sell them, or distribute in any other way they see fit.

Oddly enough, though, they don't.

UK milk wastage = 20,000 cars = actually completely unimportant

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What's worse than 'Wings'?

Answer: "Paul McCartney and the IPCC"

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Re: Unfortunately, the facts are otherwise

You want to "pay for" your state pension and healthcare yourself - only because you haven't thought about what "paying for them" means.

It's not about the money you put aside now, it's about who's actually going to do the work. When you're in a nursing home and you fall out of bed in the middle of the night and press your alarm button, you can be as rich as you like but it won't help if there's *nobody to monitor the alarm*.

More mundanely, if you go down the pub to enjoy a nice game of dominoes with your fellow retirees, you'd probably like the pub to be able to sell you a pint of beer. That means somebody has to be still working, making and distributing beer.

That's why you're going to be dependent on the younger generation, no matter how much you "pay for" your own retirement.

Britain prepares for government by iPad

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Terminator

Try investing in an envelope and stamp. I've never failed to get a response from my MP that way.

With email, you'll be lucky to make it through their spam filters.

'Apple will coast, and then decelerate' says Forrester CEO

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I'll miss it

Apple is already feeling the effect of losing its legendary Reality Distortion Field Generator. Since Jobs died, I estimate it's seen at least a 200% increase in unfriendly headlines. Look at all the sarky talk about "the new iPad"'s lack of a proper name, for instance - that would never have happened if Jobs were still around to put his spin on it.

Personally I don't get the Apple hate. Nobody is forced to buy an iThing, and the Things themselves, with the exception of the venerable iMac, are not sold as general-purpose computing devices. To complain about your iPad being locked down is like complaining that you can't compile C++ on your stereo.

And Apple still gets a lot of credit from me for fighting the good fight against DRM. Five years ago, it was the only major commercial company willing to stand up in public and say "DRM is stupid because it pisses off your customers". I noticed, because I was putting together a submission to Parliament on the subject at the time, and it was great to have one household-brand name to reference in support of my case.

Oracle v Google could clear way for copyright on languages, APIs

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Re: The great land grab of the 21st century

Spot on: it's a land grab.

And the best, the very best thing about it is, it doesn't involve any actual *land*.

So up-and-coming, hungry young people and businesses can be allowed to control as much of it as they can get away with, and the richer, older people who own the actual land don't have to give up an inch of it. It's a way for the Establishment to co-opt people who might otherwise make trouble for them.

It's no accident that the modern mania for "intellectual property" has coincided with the growth of inequality in our societies. One trend is providing cover for the other.

Matt Groening reveals location of Simpsons' Springfield

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Re: The odd episode is still funny

Err... no. They simply need to stop making the programme.

There are still some traces of talent in the creative team. Let them go somewhere they can do some good, not keep flogging the same dead horse.

CSIRO patent-trolls ALL OF AMERICA!

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Re: Speaking from Oz....

... What?

The first "Mortein" was invented in the 1870s, 50 years before CSIRO was created. The first aerosol fly spray (based on an earlier design by a Norwegian chemical engineer) was marketed in America in the 1940s, at least ten years before the first spray-can versions of Mortein.

Neither CSIRO nor Mortein mentions the other on their respective websites.

tl;dr: Where are you getting this from?

Oz to review copyright law for digital age

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Clueless

Sigh. Yet another copyright "reform" that specifically precludes any mention of the real villains of the copyright world: publishers. As long as we keep arguing about "content creators" versus "users and the public", we're missing the point. It's *publishers* who are playing off those two "sides" against each other.

On a sidenote: "to ensure the they serve the nation..." , "draft terms of reverence...", "The announcement draft also mentions..."

Is it asking too much for El Reg to proofread these stories before posting?

Vote now for the WORST movie EVER

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Unanswerable

How many voters have seen all 20 of those films?

How many of those people are still within screaming distance of sanity?

That's how many people are really qualified to answer this poll. Everyone else is just venting their spleen.

Nintendo DSi sends child abuser to the slammer

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Re: My 3DS makes a sound when it takes a picture,

Well yes, they would when they heard it.

It's a distinctive noise something between a click and a flap, very much like a camera lens shutter.

Paedophiles ‘disguise’ child abuse pages as legit websites

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Re: "digital path"...

Do give people a little credit, please.

If you enter www.something.com/smut into your address bar, you'll see only relatively innocuous smut.

To get the hard stuff, you have to arrive at something.com/smut via a link from www.evilredirection.com/nothingtoseehere/certainlynotkiddies, and that link in turn will only appear if you come to that page via a link from www.whyareyoulookingatme.net, which can only be accessed via paymenow.biz.

Now CHINA complains of surge in cyber-attacks

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Talk about overcomplicating

Why would the CIA, MI5, Mossad be involved in hacking websites, when there are approximately 20 million script kiddiez out there who are positively eager to spend their time doing it for free?

All you need to do is allow a few thousand Chinese-speaking students into your country, and make sure no-one's enforcing a strict bedtime on them. Next thing you know, thousands of Chinese servers will be hacked, websites defaced and data stolen. You don't need to do a thing - unless you have a specific target in mind, in which case you might have to buy them a few drinks.

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