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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

Gonoff Re:Contacting BBC, via VPN (362 comments)

The BBC is essentially a well-funded mouthpiece of the British Government.

They didn't use to be. During the run up to the illegal invasion of Iraq, they actually did their job well and royally p'ed off Tony Blair who muzzled them and did damage to their freedom that could take decades to recover from - if ever.

I find it best to ignore them and look for less-biased news sources.

Feel free to ignore them but they are about as unbiased and global as you are going to get.

(Or at least to counter-balance the news with sources that don't have British affiliations.)

When I was at school, I tried listening to some alternative news. The funniest one was from Russia. What I have seen of RT shows that little has changed. Their presentation is slicker but they still talk b******s.
Late at night, the BBC news channel pairs up with a US channel and it is so parochial and uninformed that it is sometimes funny. That is not a counterbalance.
Sometimes I have been known to turn to Al Jazeera. They have their own biases but the main reason I don't watch it the whole time is that it can be depressing. That probably means that it can be quite accurate at times.
I'm going the stick to the BBC for most news and No Agenda for editorials with a US slant.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Gonoff Re:Rock. (635 comments)

My sheet of paper beats your rock.

about two weeks ago
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UK Prisons Ministry Fined For Lack of Encryption At Prisons

Gonoff Re:Ironic... (74 comments)

No. It's not illegal, or even remotely so,
In many business situations, it's pretty close to mandatory. For the rest of us, encryption has caught on because of dodgy newspapers and Nigerian street markets.

In a lecture, a couple of years ago, I was asked what the best way of removing data from old drives. My answer was "a 10 year old with a lump hammer". Once that has been done with gusto, no spook or criminal News International employee will get much out of your stuff!

about three weeks ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

Gonoff Re:Mandatory panic! (421 comments)

...Sadly, England would be able to do the most damage,..

The problem with that statement is that England does not have any armed forces. The Royal Air Force is British, The Royal Navy is British and even specifically regionally English army units are in the British army. It is uninformed statements like yours that has caused so many of my fellow Scots to want separation from the UK.
(Hopefully this will fail like their last attempt, despite the fiddling that has been done.)

about three weeks ago
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Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

Gonoff Re:Not going to happen again any time soon (211 comments)

Get this: Hussein installs a black guy in as NASA chief,...

I'm not from the USA so I don't understand your country but your joke? confuses me. Hussein is dead. His fellow Iraqis hung him after a lengthy trial. Also, it has not been seen as a common role of anyone from the USA to help Moslems feel good about anything. You have it in your constitution to keep church & state separate. That's why nobody would get elected president if they were an atheist or anything but a follower of a western variant of Christianity.

about 2 months ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

Gonoff Re:Political background (151 comments)

Whether you like it or not, the tide of history is moving from smaller to larger groups.
Once it was small groups of humans led a hunter gatherer life. Then the groups got bigger, people settled and the villages turned into towns and so on.
We have seen that progress. Most city states are now subsumed into nation states and the trend over the last 50 years has been for voluntary association of nations into larger units. The UK is in several of these units including NATO and the EU. There will always have been people harping back to the "good old days" and we certainly have some of those. Scotland has escaped too much attention from UKIP and other xenophobes because they are often seen as specifically southern English. When we want ignorant statements about people on the other side of a line on a map,or speak differently, we have our own.

I really could not care about how the UK was not created well. It can work well nowadays. 1745 was a long time ago. It is good for tourism and film makers but I do not work in either of those industries. Like many people, I benefit from being in the EU. It means that, as part of the United Kingdom, I am part of an economic grouping that is bigger than North America. Despite what the SNP tells us, if Scotland leaves the UK, it leaves every alliance the it is in. It will be able to apply for entry but this is not a fast process and meantime, we are outside.

The UK is not perfect but neither is my car. I won't make my car work better by sawing bits off. We need to fix things, not land the entire population of England perpetually under Conservative government because we have taken our MPs out of parliament.

Lets move the capital of the UK to somewhere near the middle of this island and away from the cleared swamp that is a drain on the whole country. How about York?

about 2 months ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

Gonoff Re:Political background (151 comments)

Scottish Independence a media stunt? or isn't going to happen???

As a Scot, I really hope it won't happen!

about 2 months ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

Gonoff Re:Cynically I expect (151 comments)

Still no. It's "whiskey" if it's from the USA and its colonies or Ireland. It's "whisky" in the rest of the world.

about 2 months ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

Gonoff Re:Rather far north. (151 comments)

I went to boarding school in St Andrews and used to watch planes take off from Leuchars and wonder how they managed to cope with the wind!

about 2 months ago
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On 4th of July:

Gonoff On Earth this year (340 comments)

We called it Friday.

A question though, how is it that for 364 days you use a backasswards date format that is set to confuse the rest of the human race but this one day you put the day number before the month like everyone else?

about 2 months ago
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Google Reader: One Year Later

Gonoff Sort of (132 comments)

The thing that was seriously useful was Google Listen that took podcasts from Reader. I have found nothing that does podcasts as well as Listen did.
I currently use Pocket Casts and it is adequate.

I tried Feedly but found it very demanding. If I left it, I would be told about the number of new things and it was just too much hassle. I will probably go back from time to time and clear the huge amount of "new" items and see how it goes for a while.

Dropping Reader was not a great thing for us "users" out here but I'm sure it made sense to someone at Google. However, I have No Agenda...

about 2 months ago
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Google Reader: One Year Later

Gonoff Re:"L" (132 comments)

It looks interesting but is it real or just a generic place holder for someones feed reader of choice?
That's assuming it's real. Where did you find this?

about 2 months ago
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Can the NSA Really Track You Through Power Lines?

Gonoff Not location but time (109 comments)

I think I saw this on the Discovery channel a couple of years ago.

An AC grid does not keep perfect time. It will vary by a few hundredths of a HZ when certain things happen, like increased load during commercials, dropped load as people go to work and even when wind speed suddenly increases making the wind turbines contribute more.
All these things make a unique time signature for that mains hum on any given power grid. If you have a nationwide grid, as found in most developed countries, this is the same everywhere but if you are on just a regional one, that will narrow it down for the spooks and they will know you are in that particular region too.

about 2 months ago
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Google Starts Removing Search Results After EU Ruling

Gonoff Re:I wonder... (138 comments)

It just needs a link to the US Google website that won't redirect to Earth.

about 3 months ago
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Google Starts Removing Search Results After EU Ruling

Gonoff Time to code then (138 comments)

I suggest a differential search. It needs to show what is not on, for example, Google.co.uk but is visible on the Google.com site. People in anything from business or healthcare to news or politics will need whatever has been suppressed to be brought to their immediate attention.

about 3 months ago
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Continuous System For Converting Waste Plastics Into Crude Oil

Gonoff Re:Ocean garbage patches? (139 comments)

Which, if you've never heard of it, is a place in the Atlantic where a bunch of ocean currents sort of cancel each other out...

I've not heard of one there but I understand that there is a huge one in the Pacific.

Now if it became worth money can we expect various countries round there to be rubbleized to make them free to give away all their resources?

about 3 months ago
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Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

Gonoff Re:HALLELUJAH! :D :D :D (649 comments)

There is rather strong evidence that it is a personality-defect instead, one that comes from inability to master one's fears.

Feasible but not the problem I am referring to. To have a proper discussion, we need more than one viewpoint.

I understand that the RC Church has what they call a "Devils Advocate" when discussing possible saints. Their job is to put forward a different opinion. The advantage(!) of having conservatives around is that some of them really believe what they say. This can/should lead to a better consideration of problems.

about 3 months ago
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Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

Gonoff Re:Yep. (649 comments)

He certainly talked about it - Mt 26:52. That does not sound like aproval.

about 3 months ago
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Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

Gonoff Re:HALLELUJAH! :D :D :D (649 comments)

... politics only with an outside-view.

Then where will you get your conservatives in the future? Disagreement is a good thing in a free society.

about 3 months ago
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Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

Gonoff Re:Yep. (649 comments)

It's not like they have a foreign doctrine...

Many US Christians seem extremely bizarre over here. They sound very right wing, seem to have forgotten about the New Testament, xenophobic and some even carry guns.
Yes it is a doctrine foreign to us.

about 3 months ago

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Do Frames Still Suck?

Gonoff Gonoff writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Gonoff (88518) writes "Last year, I decided to broaden my abilities a little and started an evening, 2 year, university course. This year a major part of what I am doing is web development and I will be creating a website.

I had never used Dreamweaver before so I expected to have to learn but what caught my attention was the huge dislike I see the course leader has for frames.

I had already read Jakob Neilsens material but being keen to learn, I read it again. Much of what he put in seems completely out of date now.
The only browser I have that can't do frames is Lynx.
All major development packages do them a lot better than when that article was written — Dreamweaver, Frontpage or even Open Office do them fine. I find that it is not too hard in a text editor either...

Obviously, I will do it the way that I am instructed. I just can't see wanting to do it this way for real afterwards. Templates and layers seem much more complicated and I suspect that they are less simple to maintain once a site goes live. I know the need for maintainable source code. Surely maintainable HTML is the same?

What do other people think? Forget aesthetics and coolness. Can people convince me that this is a better way to work?"
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Gonoff Gonoff writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gonoff (88518) writes "The BBC tells us that a court in China has found in favour of a search engine that gave links to where people could find, supposedly illegal, .MP3s.

Is this a case decided on its merits, or is it the result of "guidance" from further up? If it is the latter, will it be a precedent? If the decision was made on its meris, will the authorities allow it to stand?"

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