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Chrome 33 Nixes Option To Fall Back To Old 'New Tab' Page

Darkon Should be a public API for this (125 comments)

Doesn't help that the new tab page lives inside a protected "chrome://" namespace which extensions are almost entirely prevented from touching, and uses private APIs for things like showing the most used pages, meaning that anyone wanting to put it back how it was by writing an extension has to reimplement everything from scratch.

about 7 months ago

Universal Uses DMCA To Get Bad Lip Reading Parody Taken Down

Darkon It's only fair use if you go to court... (298 comments)

...and argue that it is, which a private individual rarely has the resources to do.

Got to love the legal system.

more than 2 years ago

British ISP Ordered To Block Links to Pirate Site

Darkon Re:No appeal? (157 comments)

To protect their interest, they are trying to enforce laws that are currently being broken. Seems reasonable to me. Hopefully, this will deter the casual downloader who isn't particularly aware of the illegality of what they are doing.

It's a slippery slope though. How long before Ryan Giggs or someone like him demands that they block Twitter to protect his super injunction?

more than 3 years ago

British ISP Ordered To Block Links to Pirate Site

Darkon No appeal? (157 comments)

Disappointed that BT are rolling over on this. It's the thin end of the wedge, and once they make it known that they are willing to censor one site then every special interest group and their dog will be getting court orders to silence parts of the web they don't like - well in the UK at least.

more than 3 years ago

German Parliament Backs Nuclear Exit By 2022

Darkon So when are... (364 comments)

...we going to see an earthquate and tsunami in Germany to justify this fearmongering?

more than 3 years ago

Thrifty, Anonymous Benefactor Backs Up BBC Websites Before They Go Dark

Darkon Re:author makes no reasonable point (159 comments)

the BBC isn't a public body in the sense that is, say, the British Army. The Army is funded by a general, compulsory taxes on income and other trade. The BBC is funded by a licence which you only need to pay if you choose to watch (possibly time-shifted) live broadcast television

A tax doesn't have to be universal, unless you're also going to argue that the tax on cigarettes and alcohol aren't really taxes because only smokers and drinkers pay them. The licence fee is a compulsory tax on anyone who watches broadcast TV, whether or not they consume or even care about BBC services. Now I'm not saying that I don't enjoy BBC output, or even that I necessarily resent paying the licence fee, but please don't try to use weasel words and pretend it's something it isn't. It might be a special purpose tax and the money it generates might be ring fenced, but it's a tax and the BBC is a public body.

more than 3 years ago

Thrifty, Anonymous Benefactor Backs Up BBC Websites Before They Go Dark

Darkon Re:author makes no reasonable point (159 comments)

Look, we can all observe an assault undique to neuter and privatise the BBC.

We can? In case you hadn't noticed there's a recession on. Why should the BBC be exempt from making the same cost savings that all public bodies are having to make?

more than 3 years ago

British ISPs Respond On Filtering

Darkon Re:This whole "outweigh the benefit" nonsense (163 comments)

Furthermore, does anyone buy the argument about kids stumbling across pornography by accident? I've never seen teh boobies anywhere online except when I was looking for them.

more than 2 years ago

The Future of OpenSolaris

Darkon OS going away, or just "contractual support"? (307 comments)

To be honest I didn't even know they provided "contractual support" for OpenSolaris, but surely the fact that they won't support you in using it doesn't nesessarily imply that it's being canned. Maybe it'll just be an unsupported "unstable" version that you can play with before getting "real" Solaris.

more than 4 years ago

Wi-Fi In a SIM Card

Darkon Expensive? (126 comments)

share the 3G HSPA connection with various Wi-Fi clients as an instant access point

Great... I can has cheap 3G data access now? Don't know what it's like in the US, but this side of the pond I'm looking at at least £1 per Mb.

more than 4 years ago

Man Fined $1.5 Million For Leaked Mario Game

Darkon Re:Indecent Proposal (287 comments)

the exact money figure is mostly a distraction from the issue. If he's done something *actually wrong*, then the fact that he can't pay the fine shouldn't mean that he gets off scot free.

No it should mean that the punishment reflects both the harm done and his ability to pay, unless you're saying that what he did really does merit the punishment of lifetime bankruptcy. It should cut the other way too: if he'd been rich he should have been fined more.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Tweaks Browser Ballot As EU Deal Nears

Darkon corporate users (187 comments)

Microsoft may offer tools for volume license customers that prevent the Ballot Screen update from being installed on all computers covered by the license.

I'm still waiting for some confirmation on this. I do not want this thing appearing on my carefully locked down staff and lab desktops, which incidentally all use Firefox anyway in case you're thinking I'm an IE astroturfer.

more than 4 years ago

The Machine SID Duplication Myth

Darkon I'll miss NewSID (201 comments)

Not that I ever used it to generate a completely new SID, but what I did find it invaluable for was to set a machine's SID back to its old value after a re-install. This did away with the need to change the ownership on all of the user's files still on the hard drive and meant that most of the time their user profile would just keep on working as if nothing had changed.

more than 4 years ago

Why Microsoft's EU Ballot Screen Doesn't Measure Up

Darkon Re:I'm more concerned about... (283 comments)

This only happens on new installs

Well, according to what I read here:

The browser ballot screen is a web page that will be shown to any European Windows user who has Internet Explorer set as their default browser. It will appear:

  • following a new installation of Windows 7 during the first automatic update
  • during a future automatic update of Vista and XP, and
  • whenever the user chooses to return to the web page.

more than 4 years ago

Why Microsoft's EU Ballot Screen Doesn't Measure Up

Darkon I'm more concerned about... (283 comments) and to what extent this "ballot screen" is going to be forced on people. I manage a lot of Windows computers at work and the last thing I want is an automatic update suddenly presenting my users with the invitation to choose a new browser, which they won't be able to take up anyway because they lack the administrative privileges to install one.

Here's hoping there's a quick and easy way to disable this with group policy or registry tweaks. What makes sense for Joe Sixpack or Granny Crabapple is not necessarily wanted in a corporate/managed environment.

more than 4 years ago

Lori Drew Cyberbullying Case Dismissed

Darkon Silly question? (408 comments)

So does that mean that if I break a web site's terms of service then my access is still 'authorized'? Authorized by whom?

about 5 years ago

Microsoft Agrees To EU Browser Ballot Screen

Darkon Utterly stupid (438 comments)

Who gets to decide which browsers are included in this "ballot screen"? Based on what criteria?

If it's simply going to be the top 5 or whatever based on current market share then this is simply cementing the status quo rather than helping competition and innovation, and if any any every browser gets a look in then what's to stop SuperSpywareBrowser2009 from appearing in the choices?

more than 5 years ago

Oracle Top Execs Answer Sun Employee Questions

Darkon Re:Here's praying... (207 comments)

What the fuck are you talking about? Solaris IS GPL.

Nope, OpenSolaris is released under the CDDL, a license similar to the Mozilla Public License and widely believed to have been deliberately selected for its incompatibility with the GPL.

more than 5 years ago

Canadian ISPs Speak Out Against Net Neutrality

Darkon Net Neutrality vs QoS (213 comments)

Rogers, one of Canada's big ISPs, also chimed in and explained that new regulations might limit its ability to throttle P2P uploads

No. Net Neutrality ensures no discrimination based on traffic source or destination. This has nothing to do with Quality of Service filtering, which is discrimination based on traffic type. They can still throttle my P2P all they like, they just can't throttle my access to YouTube because YouTube didn't pony up some "high traffic site fee".

more than 5 years ago



UK Minister backs 'two-speed' internet

Darkon Darkon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Darkon (206829) writes "UK Culture minister Ed Vaizey has backed a "two-speed" internet, letting service providers charging content makers and customers for "fast lane" access. It paves the way for an end to "net neutrality" — with heavy bandwidth users like Google and the BBC likely to face a bill for the pipes they use."
Link to Original Source

School flexes Muscles over Teacher's Thong Photos

Darkon Darkon writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Darkon (206829) writes "UK Teacher Natasha Gray faces disciplinary action after posting revealing pictures on a modelling website. While some may agree with the school's opinion that the material was "completely inappropriate" it was also not against the law and produced in her own time outside of work. To what extent should our employers be poking their noses into what we do at home and should legal activities conducted in private be grounds for censure at work?"


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