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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

Jahta Re:Ticket ToS (226 comments)

What terms of service do you agree to when you purchase a ticket and attend the event? Do you agree not to take and post videos of the event?

The ticket ToS specifically forbids any posting of match content. In fact you cannot bring any dedicated "audio, visual, or audio-visual" equipment into the ground. You can bring your mobile phone with you but, if you use it to capture any of the action, nothing you capture "may be published or otherwise made available to any third parties including, without limitation, via social networking sites."

The copyright angle is pretty moot. By buying your ticket, you've signed up to these terms and conditions.

about two weeks ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

Jahta Re:Picking nits.. (341 comments)

First off TFA is about as weak on details as it is in verb conjugation. And we just clip and paste without editing?

What is proper insurance cover(age)? Are the limits too low, or not commercially based? Or not vetted properly?

TFA was clear enough. Licensed taxi drivers (certainly in most EU countries) are expected to demonstrate a level of competence and suitability to operate as a commercial driver; e.g. must not have a criminal record, must pass an advanced driving test, must pass a medical, must have proper commercial vehicle insurance, etc. And it is illegal to transport passengers for money without a commercial license and commercial vehicle insurance.

Uber's position is that anybody who downloads their app can call themselves a taxi driver and, if they don't meet the licensing standards, well it's the drivers's problem not Uber's. That is disingenuous. Uber are operating as a "driver for hire" service but trying to avoid any of the responsibilities being a "driver for hire" operator. Uber could easily resolve this by verifying that anybody signing up with them has a valid commercial license and insurance. But they seem strangely reluctant to do that. That's neither good competition nor good for the consumer.

about two weeks ago
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Gartner: Internet of Things Has Reached Hype Peak

Jahta Re:Gartner cynic here - enlighten me (98 comments)

Anyone want to argue against my cynicism? Are Gartner reports actually useful to some people?

Cynicism yes. But healthy skepticism is always good!

In my experience Gartner have some good people - recognised subject matter experts - and if they are working in topic areas important to you then the reports are worth it. As mentioned by others, the reports carry weight with PHBs and if you can show that Gartner agrees with what you are proposing it can be a huge help. Of course, not everybody is at that level. YMMV.

For the same reason, the Hype Cycle is useful for positioning new technologies. It's interesting that TFA's title is actually very misleading. The Gartner graphic shows cloud computing entering the "Trough of Disillusionment" (where reality bites the folks who drank the kool-aid) and not "going mainstream".

about two weeks ago
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Patents That Kill

Jahta Re:pharmaceutical patents (240 comments)

Overall, I agree that patents don't help much with innovation. However, I think pharmaceutical patents, unlike most other patents, do, in fact, encourage innovation. The fact that they encourage the wrong kind of innovation (minor variations on existing drugs) is not a problem with patents per se, it's a problem with the costs and risks of FDA approval: it's much safer to develop a small variant of an existing drug than to develop a completely novel drug for untreatable diseases.

Sorry, guys, you can't have it all: lots of innovation, safety, and low cost. Pick any two.

No offense, but you don't know much about the pharmaceutical industry. Ben Goldacre's book Bad Pharma is a good place to start. And this article explains how, contrary to being great innovators, the big pharmaceuticals are running down their own R&D in favour of cherry picking the work of small biotech outfits and publicly funded researchers and rebranding it as their own.

about two weeks ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

Jahta Re:"Anything more than a runtime and a language" (371 comments)

He wants new features, new syntactical elements, gamechangers like generics, enums, and closures. He wants fun things to learn while sticking with the "same" language, things which will hopefully let him use even higher layers of abstraction.

Which is not in itself a bad thing. If Java doesn't add new useful features it'll get replaced by something that has them. But I'm not sure Java has a lot of room left in its complexity budget to add new stuff without becoming too confusing to stick with (assuming it hasn't already, which is debatable :) It may be best to let Java coast for a bit.

The funny thing is that new features (like closures) have been appearing much more regularly since Oracle took over. The author of TFA seems to forget that after Sun released Java 6 (in 2006) there wasn't major release for years, and Java developers despaired as useful proposed new features got mired in the JCP.

Since Oracle took over we've had two major releases - Java 7 (in 2011), and Java 8 (in 2014) - as well a multiple minor releases. Java 9 is targeted for 2016. It's hardly a language that is stagnating.

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

Jahta Re:Homeschooling is... (421 comments)

And they don't learn anything that you don't know (or don't want them to know).

about three weeks ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

Jahta Re:"Anything more than a runtime and a language" (371 comments)

What else does this article's author expect Java to be? A programming language and a runtime are exactly what Java is supposed to be.

Exactly. You would think that a self-proclaimed "Strategic Developer" would know that! :-)

about three weeks ago
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Yahoo To Add PGP Encryption For Email

Jahta Re:And Google Cannot Follow (175 comments)

Can you imagine Google doing this? It would ruin their business model entirely as they could not use keyword based ads.

You don't have to imagine. They are already working on it.

about three weeks ago
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Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

Jahta Re:PRS-500 owner (172 comments)

I have a Sony reader too, which I still use and like a lot (I much prefer e-ink displays to backlit displays). But I never used the software that came with it. I got bitten before by the software that came with a Sony MP3 player which was a bloated piece of crap (I need a service running all the time just to occasionally copy music onto the player - really?)

So I used Calibre from day one and, when the Sony eventually dies, I'll continue to use Calibre with whatever replaces it. There's a lot to be said for having the software independent of the device.

about three weeks ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

Jahta Re:Bye bye US cloud (502 comments)

Microsoft always sold their cloudservices in the EU with the argument that the data is physically located outside the US so the Patriot Act doesn't apply. Now that this has been proven false, EU-based cloudfirms will use this argument to choose a non-US based firm even more in their commercials than they do already. Good for the non-US based firms.

Yes indeed. In my current job, we are currently looking at cloud providers. We'll be watching this case (and the appeal) with great interest!

about a month ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

Jahta Re:Disengenous (306 comments)

If you can find what you want, then it's just about price, no? At least, it is for me.

There's a lot of people who would disagree; like shoppers in the UK last year who bought supermarket ready meals only to later discover that they contained horse meat instead of beef or pork.

Seems like we agree. Those buyers didn't find what they wanted. That's also why it's important that there are 3 or more.

Eh, no. You seem to have missed the point. Those buyers got something they definitely *did not* want as a result of aggressive price cutting by the retailers. The mantra of "cheaper is always better for the consumer" is simply not true.

about a month ago
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HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port

Jahta Re:The right tool for the right job (136 comments)

There are applications that VMS does very well in. Clustering under VMS is unsurpassed by anything else.

Amen to that! It's disheartening that many more modern clustering technologies can't do what VMS could do 20+ years ago.

about a month ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

Jahta Re:Disengenous (306 comments)

Why? As long as there are 3 or more, why care about anything but price and selection? If you can find what you want, then it's just about price, no? At least, it is for me.

There's a lot of people who would disagree; like shoppers in the UK last year who bought supermarket ready meals only to later discover that they contained horse meat instead of beef or pork. The supermarkets tried to blame the suppliers. But in reality it was the supermarkets themselves, abusing their position and power in the supply chain to relentlessly push supplier prices down, that was the problem.

Many consumers fixate on price, but don't seem to make the connection between price and quality ("How come my £1 beef lasagne contains no actual beef?"). Suppliers can't sell their wares below cost; they'd just go out of business. So when relentlessly pressed on price they use lower and lower quality raw materials, employ fewer/less competent staff, move production to the 3rd World, etc. And quality suffers. Ultimately you get what you pay for.

Letting dominant (or monopoly) retailers set the agenda purely based on price is a recipe for a race to the bottom.

about a month ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Jahta Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

Did they now?

Perhaps you should read other propaganda than you normal intake and see what other parts of the world is thinking.

Right now Israel is facing a lot of problems, it seems like they very well knew that Hamas in fact did *not* sanction the kidnappings; also Israel seems to have left out important informations regarding the kidnapping in order to step up the conflict with Hamas.

Quite so. And furthermore, rather than doing the normal criminal investigation thing (collect evidence, arrest likely suspects, bring them to trial, etc), Israel decided that they "just knew" who did it and sent the Israeli Airforce in to flatten their neighbourhood. Israel was very quick to jump on the bandwagon of George W. Bush's "war on terror"; label all your enemies as terrorists and use that to justify whatever you do to them.

To put that in some context, how would the international community have reacted if the British government (during the Irish "troubles") had sent the RAF to bomb neighbourhoods in Belfast or Derry because "we think there are some terrorists there"? It wasn't acceptable then and it's not acceptable now.

about 1 month ago
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Firefox 31 Released

Jahta Re:Trash (172 comments)

I would welcome with open arms and tears of joy a Firefox release that could survive a day -- heck, even half a day -- without crashing. It's such a joy to come back from grabbing a cub of coffee or lunch to find that I have to restart effin' Firefox and reload all my tabs again.

Have you considered that maybe it's you, not Firefox? Have you got flaky plugins installed? Or flaky extensions? Some extensions have been known not to play nice with others.

I use Firefox heavily every day (always on the latest release) and I haven't had it crash in literally years. Nor have I found it a memory hog. As I type this I have 10 different sites open and Firefox is using ~400 meg.

about a month ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Jahta Re:Classic game theory ? (619 comments)

Soviet communism, and marxist communism in general, operate (wrongly) under assumptions of the economy being a zero-sum game, so it's not really a surprise it has an effect on the ethics of its 'players'.

Whereas capitalism, in contrast, is a tide that "raises all boats". Oh, wait.

about a month ago
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Asteroid Mining Bill Introduced In Congress To Protect Private Property Rights

Jahta Re:thank goodness (181 comments)

i was afraid that privateers were running out of things to rape here on earth

Yeah. It's not exactly "boldly going where no man has gone before", is it?

about a month and a half ago
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EU High Court To Review US-EU Data Safe Harbor Agreement

Jahta Re:The problem with safe harbor (60 comments)

No, the trouble is that the jurisdiction of the Patriot Act (and all other US laws) ends at the US border; regardless of what agencies like the NSA like to believe.

Got bad news for you. It is NOT illegal for the NSA to spy on foreigners.

Any more than it is illegal for the espionage agencies in your country to spy on foreigners.

That is, in fact, what espionage agencies are for - to spy on people.

Got bad news for you. While the activities of the NSA may be technically legal *inside* the US, they are certainly not legal anywhere *outside* the US. The same is true in reverse; the US certainly doesn't operate a "live and let live" policy towards foreign espionage agencies operating inside its borders.

In any event, the point here is that US companies operating in foreign countries can't use the Patriot Act (or any other US law) as an excuse for flouting local laws. The personal data of EU citizens is protected under EU law. If US companies want to do business in Europe then they must abide by those laws.

The US wouldn't tolerate foreign companies breaking US law in America. What makes you think other countries should tolerate US companies breaking their laws?

about 2 months ago
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EU High Court To Review US-EU Data Safe Harbor Agreement

Jahta Re:The problem with safe harbor (60 comments)

The trouble is that facebook et al are subject to the patriot act - this means that all the govt of the USA needs to do is say ''give me this data'' and they have to do it. The data can be anywhere in the world, if they can access it they need to give it to the NSA/... upon demand and can be stopped from telling anyone what they have done.

No, the trouble is that the jurisdiction of the Patriot Act (and all other US laws) ends at the US border; regardless of what agencies like the NSA like to believe. If US companies won't (or feel they can't) abide by the laws of the foreign countries in which they trade, then they'll just have to stop trading in those countries.

The economic impact on US tech companies of Prism, the Patriot Act, etc. is not exactly news; NSA's Prism Could Cost U.S. Cloud Companies $45 Billion - InformationWeek.

about 2 months ago
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3D Printed Gun Maker Cody Wilson Defends Open Source Freedom

Jahta Re:What if the costs are too great? (354 comments)

Can the social costs outweigh the right or privilege? Do other countries where there is broad acceptance of restrictions on gun ownership, such as the UK, have any right 'not to hear' this free information?

Has any analysis been done as to the feasibility of the oppressed in obtaining suitable 3d printers and the 'correct' material for printing, then using these weapons to defeat their oppressor versus the ability of criminals to do likewise and use the weapons in the pursuit of their crimes?

Well there has been analysis done that shows there is a direct relationship - worldwide - between the level of gun ownership in a country and the level of gun related fatalities; High gun ownership makes countries less safe, US study finds. And the US is top of the list.

Most countries in the western world have decided that any putative "right" to own a gun is far outweighed by the social cost.

(And before somebody says it, yes I know you can stab somebody with a chisel or beat them to death with a hammer. What you cannot do with either of those things is stand in a crowded space and kill people as fast as you can flex your finger; that requires a gun.)

about 3 months ago

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Record label sues YouTube user - Artist disagrees

Jahta Jahta writes  |  about a month ago

Jahta (1141213) writes "Ultra Records, which has musicians Kaskade, deadmau5 and Calvin Harris on its books, is suing Michelle Phan claiming that she has used about 50 of their songs without permission in her YouTube videos and on her own website.

But one of the artists whose work she is alleged to have used has said he supports Ms Phan.

Kaskade, whose work features most prominently in the record label's complaint, said: "Copyright law is a dinosaur, ill-suited for the landscape of today's media.""

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Oxford Internet Institute Create Internet "Tube" Map

Jahta Jahta writes  |  about 5 months ago

Jahta (1141213) writes "The Oxford Internet Institute has created a schematic of the world's international fibre-optic links in the style of the famous London Tube map. The schematic also highlights nodes where censorship and surveillance are known to be in operation."
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10 Reasons Why Privacy Matters

Jahta Jahta writes  |  about 8 months ago

Jahta (1141213) writes "Why does privacy matter? Often courts and commentators struggle to articulate why privacy is valuable. They see privacy violations as often slight annoyances. But privacy matters a lot more than that. Here are 10 reasons why privacy matters."
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