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Firefox 31 Released

Jahta Re:Trash (170 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.

2 days ago

Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Jahta Re:Classic game theory ? (605 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.

2 days ago

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 two weeks ago

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 a month ago

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 a month ago

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 2 months ago

Wikipedia Medical Articles Found To Have High Error Rate

Jahta Re:Osteopath cred? (200 comments)

Like I am going to accept wisdom from a bunch of osteopaths???

My thoughts exactly. In 2010 the British Chiropractic Association sued Dr. Simon Singh for libel for suggesting (on his blog) that some of their claims and practices were dubious at best. The courts (which have tended to be quite plaintiff friendly in UK libel cases) initially found against Dr. Singh, though his legal team managed to get that overturned on appeal on the basis that his article was "fair comment". This smells like something similar.

about 2 months ago

UK May Kill the EU's Net Neutrality Law

Jahta Re:Good, time to kill net neutrality. (341 comments)

Net neutrality proposals needs to die and quickly.

You may have intended this as sarcasm. If not, I'd suggest you haven't fully understood the problem.

Look at the current UK government's record, for example. First they introduced mandatory "porn" filtering - which you must formally opt-out of - in the name of "saving the children"; of course, even in it's first incarnation, it was blocking things that were clearly not porn.

Then they swiftly moved to "leverage" that to block "extremist" material. The problem, of course, is that extremist is a nebulous term; UK politicians have described groups as diverse as the Countryside Alliance and UK Uncut (a tax pressure group) as "extremist", and it's these same politicians - not the courts - who are deciding what should be blocked.

Maybe you really do want to live in an internet bubble where the only things you see are whatever the government of the day has decided is "safe". But most of us would rather make our own minds up.

about 2 months ago

EU Court of Justice Paves Way For "Right To Be Forgotten" Online

Jahta Re:Mario Costeja González (199 comments)

You're missing the point of the xkcd. This *is* the government censoring my speech, so yes, it is censorship.

Eh, no. The point is there's nothing stopping you saying anything (and still isn't). But there's no magic amulet protecting you from the consequences of saying it either.

about 2 months ago

Your Old CD Collection Is Dying

Jahta Re:It probably depends on... (329 comments)

...the quality of the CDs and whether they were factory or home made since I have some factory made ones from the mid- to late 80s and they are fine.

Agreed. I have a *lot* of CDs, but only started buying them seriously in the 1990s and they still play fine. It does depend on how you store them though; things like direct sunlight and extremes of heat and cold can damage the discs. And for discs you burn yourself, a lot depends on how you burn them; YMMV.

about 2 months ago

RightsCorp To Bring Its Controversial Copyright Protection Tactics To Europe

Jahta Re:You're not in Kansas anymore Toto (196 comments)

The won't find it that forgiving in the United Kingdom either. There has already been a copyright troll like this who tried to operate in the U.K. They are barred from practice at the moment and bankrupt. I suggest you search for "acs:law" to see how well it panned out for the last person who tried this.

Fair point. I'd forgotten about ACS:Law. That said, there are still fans of draconian measures against file-sharers in the current UK government. For example Government "must consider" jail time for illegal file-sharers.

about 3 months ago

RightsCorp To Bring Its Controversial Copyright Protection Tactics To Europe

Jahta You're not in Kansas anymore Toto (196 comments)

From TFA:

I can’t give any specific dates, but we are getting a great reception from everyone we have spoken to [in the UK],” RightsCorp co-founder and CEO Robert Steele told TechWeekEurope.

It's significant, I think, that he singles out the UK which is becoming increasingly like the 51st state in legal/civil rights terms.

In the rest of Europe I'd suggest they won't find the legal and regulatory environment anything like as forgiving of their methods as the U.S.

about 3 months ago

Distracted Driving: All Lip Service With No Legit Solution

Jahta Re:There's no app for that (184 comments)

Not a tech problem, not a tech solution.

Just check your phone when you've arrived or pull over into a parking lot if you're that desperate. Seriously, how hard is that?

Apparently for some people it's a lot harder than you would think; Driver Dies After Posting Facebook Selfie.

about 3 months ago

One-a-Day-Compiles: Good Enough For Government Work In 1983

Jahta Re:1983 was not the "punched card era" (230 comments)

True. But things were still pretty basic in the 1980's. On PCs compiling and linking (memory overlays anyone?) could take forever. There was a "conspiracy theory" that compiler/linker suppliers were secretly owned by coffee companies! :-)

about 3 months ago

50 Years of BASIC, the Language That Made Computers Personal

Jahta Re:I liked BBC Basic. And Q(uick)Basic. (224 comments)

You both forgot to mention the BBC had a built in 6502 multipass assembler.

So unlike my spectrum I didn't have to reload the assembler every time I made an error and my code stomped all over ram.

Additionally, you had direct access to OS routines from basic, OSBYTE, OSWORD, OSCLI etc.

The BBC was and still is far ahead of anything else as a teaching machine. Simple enough to understand, complex enough to be useful and enough I/O to put a pi with gertboard to shame even today.

Good point. The built-in assembler was excellent too. The whole BBC Micro project was designed educate people about the computer as a powerful tool they could use, and not just a games machine. And, as you say, they did a damn good job.

about 3 months ago

50 Years of BASIC, the Language That Made Computers Personal

Jahta Re:I liked BBC Basic. And Q(uick)Basic. (224 comments)

The BBC Model B equipped with BBC BASIC was released in 1981. As well as the usual litany of BASIC like features (i.e. goto), it had proper named procedures and functions with local variables, which allowed structured programming. It didn't have proper block structured if though.

Yes indeed. I initially learned to program on a BBC, and I learned a number of good habits in the process.

about 3 months ago

50 Years of BASIC, the Language That Made Computers Personal

Jahta Re:Was FORTRAN really that hard? (224 comments)

Ob. quote from Real Programmers.

"Real programmers don't write in FORTRAN. FORTRAN is for pipe stress freaks and crystallography weenies."

Of course, it also says this about BASIC :-)

"Real Programmers don't write in BASIC. Actually, no programmers write in BASIC, after the age of 12."

about 3 months ago

Microsoft, Google, Others Join To Fund Open Source Infrastructure Upgrades

Jahta Re:hold the fuck up... (101 comments)

Leaving aside the fact that OpenSSL is not a "BSD package that kindly ported to Linux", I suggest it's rather more arrogant to assume that the world will rush to replace OpenSSL with Theo De Raadt's LibreSSL when (if) it becomes available.

OpenSSL is not fundamentally broken. It had a bug, albeit one with big consequences. Lots of people depend on OpenSSL and it needs to properly maintained. Paying people to work on opensource projects is nothing new and if this funding supports developers with the necessary cryptographic skills devoting quality time to maintaining OpenSSL then that's a good thing.

about 3 months ago

In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

Jahta Re:Obamacare as a cause? (311 comments)

I doubt it. In the UK (where there is a well established public health system) employers have been getting increasingly fond of zero-hours contracts over the last few years. If you want to talk "double whammy", these contracts not only do not guarantee you any hours in any given week (hence the name) but you are usually contractually forbidden from working for anybody else; you are supposed to be always "on call". So you aren't working many hours, and you're poor. Oh brave new world!

about 3 months ago



Record label sues YouTube user - Artist disagrees

Jahta Jahta writes  |  2 days 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.""

Link to Original Source

Oxford Internet Institute Create Internet "Tube" Map

Jahta Jahta writes  |  about 4 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."

10 Reasons Why Privacy Matters

Jahta Jahta writes  |  about 6 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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