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The Promo Bay Blocked By UK ISPs

LordAndrewSama Re:hum..... (132 comments)

It's working now :S

about a year ago

The Promo Bay Blocked By UK ISPs

LordAndrewSama Re:hum..... (132 comments)

I get 'Error - Site blocked' and I'm in Sydney.

about 2 years ago

Backdoor In RuggedOS Systems: Infrastructure, Military Systems Vulnerable

LordAndrewSama Re:Nothing is 100% secure. (154 comments)

There's a difference between "Nothing is 100% secure" and "Why yes sir, I will lay out the welcoming mat for you".

more than 2 years ago

Dropbox Can't See Your Dat– Er, Never Mind

LordAndrewSama Re:the love of cloud (333 comments)

I'm curious though, how does the law view their access. I mean, they don't keep copies on their servers, so if I use dropbox to transfer dodgy_file.jpeg to another machine, then after the fact the scary law enforcement peoples make a legal request of dropbox, does dropbox have the file on their server, or do they have to access my machines with the file on it? One of those is Dropbox behaving legally and handing over potential evidence. The other is Dropbox going onto my machine and taking it to hand it over, which could be argued as stealing and invalidate the evidence. It all depends though, does dropbox keep a copy of every file?

more than 3 years ago

Office Robots of the Near Future, Gearing Up

LordAndrewSama Re:Robots in the office - not (100 comments)

They should form a union. Get weekends off, overtime pay, pensions. Or, if they're smart, scheduled hardware upgrades and all the free robot porn they can download off the company network.

more than 3 years ago

UK Asks News Outlets Not To Publish WikiLeaks Bombshell, US Prepares For Fallout

LordAndrewSama Re:What does Wikileaks get from this? (606 comments)

My theory of why there are so many US postings on wikileaks is that the US is the "land of the free" and a nation that is, generally, held to a higher standard than others. We expect Pakistan/North Korea/China to treat people like shit. When the American, Hell let's just say Governments of the Western World behave badly we should be outraged and tell them to sort their shit out.

more than 3 years ago

Tandberg Attempts To Patent Open Source Code

LordAndrewSama Re:i love patents (187 comments)

Step 1) Patent a process by which members of an organization transfer a circular container amongst themselves, incrementing the capital value within the container after each transfer.
Step 2) Sue church for profiting from your patents for the last thousand years.
Step 3) Profit
Step 4) Damnation.

Of course, there's always the slim slim hope that this will show the ridiculousness of the patent system and it will be overhauled.

more than 3 years ago

UK Police Force Posts All Its Calls On Twitter

LordAndrewSama Re:So (66 comments)

When I first saw that, I wanted to know why the fuck my fellow countrymen decided to burden the police with knowledge of the sand bag instead of picking it up, moving it off the road, and carrying on with their lives. Maybe they could send the police an email about what they'd done if they felt the need.

more than 3 years ago

UK Scientists Leave Labs To Protest Expected Cuts

LordAndrewSama Re:Hate to say this... (315 comments)

How about we cut the welfare budget? Let people get what they earn, rather than what the govt gives them. That'll save 200bn a year.

more than 3 years ago

European Parliament All But Rejects ACTA

LordAndrewSama Re:Wait, what? (248 comments)

If by 34% you mean 65%.

Also even if voter turnout was 34%, I would call 34% a democratic mandate. Nothing stopped the hypothetical 66% from not voting, and their abstinence is impartiality.

more than 3 years ago

European Parliament All But Rejects ACTA

LordAndrewSama Re:So, can I sigh in relief now? (248 comments)

As I understand it, the EU parliament now has a bit more authority and can stand up to the commission. not sure though, so don't quote me.

more than 3 years ago

Google Officially Brings Voice To Gmail

LordAndrewSama Re:To remove the annoying phone icon (179 comments)

Not if you consider Gmail's purpose to be facilitating communication. I think it's getting better. bigger, and clunkier, and I'd rather some features were separated out, but it's still improving as a means of communication.

about 4 years ago

RIAA's Tenenbaum Verdict Cut From $675k To $67.5k

LordAndrewSama Re:So (253 comments)

Look where oil company liability got BP.....

more than 4 years ago

UK Video Game Tax Cuts Sabotaged?

LordAndrewSama Re:We did give them a tax cut! (123 comments)

We have to be this generous to attract talent, it's not like people move here for the weather or civil liberties :)

more than 4 years ago

Google Remotely Nukes Apps From Android Phones

LordAndrewSama Re:Still doesn't bode well (509 comments)

I agree with "needs to be able to protect their customers and their business" and disagree with "did something to my goddamn phone without my express permission".

How about a compromise? A notification that says "WARNING - This App is malicious, we recommend you remove it. [Uninstall App] [Cancel]"

Protecting their users without having the ability to remotely alter my phone without my permission. win-win.

more than 4 years ago

HTC Android Smartphone Stores Browsing Screenshots

LordAndrewSama Bookmarks. (179 comments)

The HTC Hero has a bookmark widget that uses screenshots of the websites as the buttons with a small label underneath(which is the websites title text I think). Since these images are called bookmark_thumb, I'm going to propose it has something to do with that...

more than 4 years ago

In Ukraine, IT Freelancing Under Threat

LordAndrewSama Re:Notice anything? (359 comments)

As a programmer, I speak for all of myself and no-one else. but let me say this: fuck unions. fuck them. Seriously. If a company starts treating me like shit, I find a new job and they lose my skills. what's difficult about that? Even if I can't line up a new job instantly, I'll survive. I'll do freelance work(heh, I'm not ukranian) or become a taxi driver or something if I run out of savings while jobhunting.

I don't need or want a union to look after me(for a fee that might as well be another tax). I'll do it myself, thank you very much.

As I said, speaking only for myself here...

more than 4 years ago

Restraining Order On Commercial Spyware Lifted

LordAndrewSama Re:Use in the workplace (97 comments)

They have this sort of thing in Taiwan, I was working for a company in South Africa that bought the license to sell it. Here it is: Ip-Guard Basically, the software is scarily powerful in what it records and can do.

In south african law it's legal only if the employee is aware of it, so if it's in the employment contract. I think.

The company I was working for charged too much, didn't make enough sales, went tits-up. Classic case of greed before the fall.

more than 4 years ago



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