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Google Ordered Back To UK Parliament To "Explain Itself" Following Investigation

Angostura Re:Why explain himself? (176 comments)

Because in this case the large companies aren't actually doing anything illegal. In most cases they are using a very detailed understanding of the law to stay within the letter of it, if not the intent.

Much as I dislike the way Google, Apple, Microsoft et al operate in this regard, it is up to the legislature to create their laws precisely and carefully - and in this case clearly the tax laws need to be amended.

about a year ago
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What's Actually Wrong With DRM In HTML5?

Angostura Sorry to be contrarian, but.... (447 comments)

When the W3C charter includes making: "the benefits of the Web 'available to all people, whatever their hardware, software, network infrastructure, native language, culture, geographical location, or physical or mental ability." that also includes making the benefits available to folk who would like to get paid for the content they create.

about a year ago
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The Coming Wave of In-Dash Auto System Obsolescence

Angostura Re:Apples to oranges (445 comments)

Thank you for that. Useful stuff.

about a year and a half ago
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Coffee and Intellectual Property

Angostura Re:When are people going to learn (198 comments)

Clearly something exists since it does exist and have value. So either your argument is over the nomenclature, or the philosophy. If the former, fine - invent your own nomenclature. If the latter, you have to recognise that people labour long and hard to produce 'something'. The question is whether those people should have any ability to take ownersship of the 'something' that they produce. If no, then you've just consigned a number of people to penury.

I think it is perfectly fine for people to create things that they want to create and then let other people use those creations by agreeing to the terms that the creator determines.

about 2 years ago
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Google Doubts Apple Will Approve Its New Maps Application

Angostura Where's the beef? (347 comments)

Why not link to the original article? http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/nov/05/google-maps-doubt-iphone

The problem that I have with this article is that Google seems to studiously avoid the question "Have you actually written and submitted the app?" If they haven't it seems rather like politicking on Google's behalf. This isn't the world's most complex app - just submit it and **then** complain if it is rejected.

about 2 years ago
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Would You Put a Tracking Device On Your Child?

Angostura Re:Just buy them an iPhone with a strap (610 comments)

The thing is though, it depends how you and your kid see the device. If it's coercive, sure they'll turn it off. If it's a device you both agree its worth using so that the kid can have a bit more freedom and 'it stops Dad worrying', then turning it off really isn't an issue.

I have 6 and 9 year old daughters and I live in East London. We're lucky enough to have a nice large open area close to the house, with woods and fields. I don't have a tracking device for my kids, but I do give them a walky talky. It means they can go climbing trees and mucking about on their bikes without me feeling I have to helicopter too much. I've *asked* them to just give me a buzz every half an hour or so just to say their OK and they're perfectly fine about it. They can roam further than I would normally feel comfortable letting them go solo, they get a feeling of independence and responsibility.

Win, win really.

about 2 years ago
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Will EU Regulations Effectively Ban High-End Video Cards?

Angostura Re:Just ship with a low-draw driver (303 comments)

This is akin to the way that kitchen appliance manufacturers work. Ovens, dishwashers and washing machines all have an 'Eco' setting - all of which will get the machine the coveted excellent energy rating but which will, in most cases never be used. I've seen something similar on a car.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Ask College To Change Intro To Computing?

Angostura Before you write a letter... (337 comments)

Why not have a chat to the people who are teaching the course, explain your concerns, find out who devised the curriculum and when it was last revised. You may find that you have allies in the faculty, who also feel that it needs updating and they will be able to advise in terms of who the most effective people to write to are, and how you should couch your arguments to get the best effect.

about 2 years ago
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FDA Approves HIV Home-Use Test Kit

Angostura Re:It's only 92% accurate ... (186 comments)

Precisely. The false negative rate is sufficiently large to make it pointless. Would anyone here have unprotected with someone on the basis of this test's result?

more than 2 years ago
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Google Blockly — a Language With a Difference

Angostura Re:As a teacher, I'd put my money on "no" (141 comments)

Let me introduce you to my 8 year old daughter. She had quite a lot of fun trying to solve the maze problem and come up with an algorithm to do it. She was interested in the problem, trying to teach her the syntax of a programming language would have made the problem less accessible, I doubt she would have enjoyed it.

more than 2 years ago
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MorphOS 3.0 Released: Refusing To Let the PPC Desktop OS Die Gracefully

Angostura Re:Another weakness (214 comments)

My wife's pretty happy with her iBook running 10.5 and an old version of Office v.X - she doesn't use it regularly, but gives her what she needs when she's off at a conference or whatever.

more than 2 years ago
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UK "No Tracking Law" Now In Effect

Angostura Re:You maniacs! You blew it up! (208 comments)

Actually a new interpretation of the rules from ICO last week changes this. Presumed consent is now OK-ish.

more than 2 years ago
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UK "No Tracking Law" Now In Effect

Angostura Re:Idiots (208 comments)

Where to start on this post. Let's kick off with DNA retention. Firstly it was the European Court of Human Rights that ruled on this - and that court is not an EU body, and has nothing to do with the EU. Secondly the UK Supreme Court has also ruled against the UK government on this one, and the government is **still*8 dragging its feet, so by your definitions, presumably the UK is not part of the UK since the UK government dissed a UK court.

Tobacco imports? As far as I can tell the UK is not breaching any elements of EU law on imports and indeed last time it came up the EU courts ruled in the UK's favour http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2006/nov/24/news.retail

more than 2 years ago
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UK "No Tracking Law" Now In Effect

Angostura Re:Idiots (208 comments)

You might like to Google the relationship between the European Court of Human Rights and the EU.

In the meantime, I'll give you a hint - the ECoHR is not an EU body.

more than 2 years ago
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Fox Sues Dish Over "Auto Hop" Ad-Skipping Feature

Angostura Re:I wonder if YOU would be shocked to hear (578 comments)

Well in that case, don't watch it or record it; it's not mandatory. Personally I like free-to-air ad supported TV and I'm not surprised that a TV company has at least tried a court challenge for a device that is explicitly designed to skip ads. Ad prices already factor in the fact the people may close their eyes, switch over, go boil the kettle or manually fast foward.

more than 2 years ago

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Dice Holdings buys Slashdot and other Geeknet websites for $20M

Angostura Angostura writes  |  about 2 years ago

Angostura (703910) writes "Dice Holdings Inc. said Tuesday that it acquired Geeknet Inc.'s online media business, including its Slashdot and SourceForge websites, for $20 million in cash.
The New York-based careers website company said the acquisition of the technology websites is part of its strategy of providing content and services geared toward technology professionals."

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Amazon explains why S3 went down

Angostura Angostura writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Angostura (703910) writes "Amazon has provided a decent write-up of the problems that caused its S3 storage service to fail for around 8 hours last Sunday. It providers a timeline of events, the immediate action take to fix it (they pulled the big red switch) and what the company is doing to prevent re-occurrence. In summary: A random bit got flipped in one of the server state messages that the S3 machines continuously pass back and forth. There was no checksum on these messages, and the erroneous information was propagated across the cloud, causing so much inter-server chatter, that no customer work got done."
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Angostura Angostura writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Angostura (703910) writes "An Apple spokesperson has contacted InformationWeek to clarify the statement by an official that ZFS wouldn't be included within Leopard according to a comment to the original story posted by West Coast Editor Michael Singer. The official was meant to say that " ZFS would be available as a limited option, but not as the default file system." The site is preparing a follow-up story with more details."

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