* Posts by Topperfalkon

27 posts • joined 6 Oct 2011

Have I Been S0ld? Troy Hunt's security website is up for acquisition

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Re: I tip my hat

If he's already close to burnout he's not going to have capacity to evaluate potential suitors

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Re: I tip my hat

I suspect it's labelled as an acquisition rather than a sale for a reason.

You also can't really have responsible disclosure with a wholly open source project... because it's open.

What he needs is an established business already comfortable operating in this space willing to take on a service that may have fairly low commercial profitability.

Is Google's Pixel getting better, or just more expensive?

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Funny, I've not had any issues so far

GCSE computer science should be exam only, says Ofqual

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Re: Oh, please...

Did you read the whole article, or did you just tilt after reading that line?

Because they mention that the conditions imposed weren't a realistic way of assessing real-world ability in a field that is typically collaborative.

Leaked memo: No internet until you clean your bathroom, Ecuador told Julian Assange

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Re: @SVV Please, someone set up a GoFundMe

The Embassy don't want to pay for his upkeep any more. Which is fair given he's been a bit of a nuisance since he's arrived

You want to know which is the best smartphone this season? Tbh, it's tricky to tell 'em apart

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I'm almost surprised I've never bumped into AO. Waterhouse Square is an absolutely stunning building, I hope you keep using it in your phone comparisons.

Smart meters: 'Dog's breakfast' that'll only save you 'a tenner' – report

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Re: Benefits

"Nobody is suggesting that we can't apply to rejoin after we've left, but right now we have already left and living two final years under the rules of membership is merely to give everyone time to adapt to the change."

This is the most wrong statement I've seen about Brexit in some time. Congratulations. No, we have not yet left the EU as the Article 50 process has not concluded. The two years are the time we get to bargain over what our future relationship with the EU is, whether there's going to be a "cooling off" period where we pretend to be basically members of the EU still without having the rights of an EU member state, in order to give ourselves time to set up things we'll need when the EU stops providing them, and whether we have ongoing obligations (unhelpfully being referred to as a "divorce bill", whereas it's more like a contract abandonment penalty). It's also been made clear that the EU will probably be receptive to us walking away from the whole "leaving the EU" idea if it starts sounding a bit too crazy to us.

And yes, we could rejoin the EU at a later date, but we'd be in a significantly poorer position than we're already in, because we'd have to fight again for all the exceptions we sought in our years of membership, and the EU is unlikely to be convinced that giving extra benefits to an already unreliable member is worth their while.

WikiLeaks a 'hostile intelligence service', SS7 spying, Russian money laundering – all now on US Congress todo list

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Re: Do you realize...

The whole point of whistleblowing is that you need to protect sources from a state liable to react vindictively towards them for leaking something that is uncomfortable.

Unfortunately, Wikileaks seems to have moved further away from that mission to becoming an extension of Assange's anti-state mentality.

Facebook fake news: Sort it out yourself, readers

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You seem to have forgotten...

Facebook also launched functionality recently to alert users if a link to a news story had been reported as false by fact-checking organisations. So they're not entirely shifting the burden

Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

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Firefox and Web Driver

Firefox used to have a web driver component built in, but with the new version of Selenium they all use the standard stand-alone. You'll want geckodriver for it to work with Firefox these days

Ubuntu Core Snaps door shut on Linux's new Dirty COWs

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"rooters"

Uh, I don't think that's what you meant.

China's Great Firewall inventor forced to use VPN live on stage to dodge his own creation

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Re: Is someone checking the checkers?

You live in part of a British person living in China? How does that work?

UK can finally 'legalise home taping' without bringing in daft new tax

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Re: Still Waiting

The Government absolutely can take rights away. It's their prerogative as the UK's legislative body.

For a subset of those rights we defer to the EU and/or the ECHR however, such as in this case, where it's the Gov'ts job to argue that their legislation is allowed and/or challenge existing EU legislation.

And regardless on your opinions on format shifting, implementing a levy on copying media to "compensate" a limited group of people seems completely unjust, as it's a targeted tax on a media that may not even be used for the activities for which these people want to be compensated.

For example, in a hypothetical UK where such a levy is introduced, I would expect that if I used any such media to make a copy of a work that has waived its copyrights (for instance, any non-commercial copy of Linux, or any FOSS software), I shouldn't have to pay a levy, or I should be able to claim back against the levy. Also, I don't understand how the levy would really work, given that most writeable media these days can make multiple copies.

I'd be against a general fund that pays into the industry for copying "compensation" as this money will get caught up in middlemen and the current schemes these companies use tend to disproportionately favour bigger creators (though admittedly I'm basing this off testimony from The Indelicates from a few years back). I'd sooner have some kind of funding available through the UK arts and culture funding that is applied flatly to all artists for any of their works. That would act as an incentive to keep creating.

Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

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Re: Have you actually used PowerShell to automate GUI operations?

Good luck doing that if you have more than one hard drive.

Took me a while of searching when 8.1 first came out that it was that causing the upgrade to fail, because the actual error returned by the installer was absolutely useless

iPhone 6 will make you fork over with Apple Pay if you want to BONK

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What, you mean like the uses Android have found for it?

Whitehall grants copyright pirates safe haven until 2015

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Facepalm

I'll refer you to a reply I made further up.

There is no evidence to suggest that copyright infringement has an impact on sales of media. In fact, OfCom research suggests the opposite is actually true.

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Re: Still waiting for that legal alternative that is as good as the illegal offering..

I think you mean copyright infringement.

Unless you're accusing some random on the internet of going into a store and stealing physical media.

In which case that could be libellous.

Enjoy :)

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Re: ?

But they don't take a hit.

In fact in research commissioned by OfCom, it has been shown that infringers may well spend more on legal products than non-infringers. And certain categories of infringers may spend far more than non-infringers and other types of infringers.

Needless to say, this supports what many have thought for some time now. So, tackling copyright infringement may actually cause a negative impact on sales, rather than improving them. (Of course that won't happen anyway, infringers will just use VPNs instead.)

Source: http://consumers.ofcom.org.uk/2012/11/online-copyright-research/

Nobody knows what to call Microsoft's ex-Metro UI

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Facepalm

Yes, it does have a name already.

I'm pretty sure they're happy with 'Modern UI', which was the term picked up after Metro was dropped (which was due to, as other commentors have noted, it being the name of a German market chain).

Asus: we ship a million Google's Nexus 7s monthly

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Re: Nope

300 PPI? Surely it should be 320 PPI? That'd put it in the XHDPI bucket, as per Android standards.

Kickstarter kindly allows Brits to channel 95% of their money through it

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Re: Hmm...

No, the sole owner of LucasFilm and LucasArts was George Lucas himself. That's why he was able to sell it to Disney so easily, he didn't need any approval.

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Re: Hmm...

In answer to the first, you're kidding right? We're still struggling to get politicians to force the banks to lend to small businesses at the moment. Banks surely prefer to make low risk loan investments to protect them from their casino investment strategies in stocks and properties.

In answer to the second, it's easier to pay back a loan with a negligible value product that retails at the same or higher rate than the initial investment, than to pay it back in cashy-money plus interest.

German Pirate party punters 'don't pay their membership fees'

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Re: "Saying this out loud"

'Piracy', or copyright infringement to give it it's proper name, is not stealing. The Theft Act relatively specifically states that theft is the taking or depriving someone of a physical, tangible item. Copyright infringement is the infringement of a person's exclusive right to make copies of a work. Note the work itself is intangible, so therefore it isn't theft.

So yes, 'you wouldn't steal a car', but if it were possible you'd probably copy it if you could. And yes, you'd probably spare a moment's thought for the manufacturer who missed out on a purchase, before remembering the reason you didn't go to them in the first place. The service they offer at extortionate prices is worse than no service and simply making a copy.

If labels were more concerned with making decent music and sending acts on tour rather than fiddling with our already fragile legislation, if software companies offered software at decent prices without layers of innocent consumer confounding DRM (which doesn't appear on pirate copies, funnily enough), if movie producers were concerned more with gripping stories than production values and special effects, then piracy would cease to be the issue they feared. Sure, it wouldn't get rid of it, but it wouldn't really matter either.

'Zombie bullets' fly off US shelves after wave of undead attacks

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Simples...

All you need to do is borrow the HMS Astute. Kick off the possibly infected crew and run a skeleton crew. Only come back to shore when you need food supplies and/or fuel rods.

Oh, and don't let the skipper beach it on a bloody sand bar...

Atari and Square Enix cough to exposing users' privates

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Black Helicopters

Of course, these days there's a subtle ironic giggle that must be had when El Reg reports on any leak of private details, having had such a leak caused by a Layer 8 fault themselves...

'Hey, Tories, who knows what a nontrepreneur is?’

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I heard Tweetdeck is pretty popular these days...

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It shouldn't be treated as handling stolen goods because by law they're not stolen.

If you make a copy of something and distribute that copy it's categorically not stealing, it's copyright infringement at most.

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