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Pirate Bay Founder Warg Being Held in Solitary Confinement

Motor Re:are you kidding? (192 comments)

Free Kevin!

Oh wow... sorry... had a slashback to like... 1999.

about 7 months ago
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DRM In HTML5 — Better Than the Alternative?

Motor Re:Oh the horror! (268 comments)

No... I'm right.

Try this

You need to look at what this scheme actually is... not what they say it is.

It's standardising breakage... as I've already said, let the content companies and their flunkies do their own work. It shouldn't be part of HTML 5 and it is fundamentally at odds with open source browsers.

about a year ago
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DRM In HTML5 — Better Than the Alternative?

Motor Re:Oh the horror! (268 comments)

You've put the layer into the browser... and insisted that the browser be closed source.

And that's not pushing the infrastructure onto us?

Not thought this through have you?

about a year ago
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DRM In HTML5 — Better Than the Alternative?

Motor Re:Oh the horror! (268 comments)

You can put what you want on the web.

But why do you expect everyone else to pay the technical cost of it (the DRM infrastructure, lock in and lack of choice and innovation)?

If you want DRM... then you maintain your own infrastructure and the associated costs.

about a year ago
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UK Government To Spy On Computers of the Jobless

Motor Re:overly dramatic. (278 comments)

1. The UJ site works like Monster.com. In fact it's run by monster.com. Cookies are not an issue.

2. The part of UJ that is controversial is the tick box when you create a profile that says "Allow the DWP to access this account". Your Jobcentre plus personal adviser can then access the UJ account and look at any CVs you've uploaded... what jobs you've applied for via the site and any free text notes you've recorded, and any feedback from employers you've had. Ticking the box is voluntary and it can be unticked later. Whether you tick the box or not - you are required AS SOMEONE GETTING JSA to show what you have done to look for work when you sign on every two weeks. Whether you do it via UJ or via a written form called an "ES40JP" is up to you. Nothing has changed in that regard.

about a year and a half ago
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Secret BBC Documents Reveal Flimsy Case For DRM

Motor Re:Entrenched Interests (199 comments)

This isn't about piracy.

It's about all the legally made TVs/videos having to obey bullshit rules - unskippable bits, not allow you to record a show, only keeping it for X amount of time.

It won't do a damned thing to stop copying. If you make TVs you'll need to sign a legal agreement in order to "decrypt the content" however trivial that encruption is. It'll just allow content companies to ensure that THEY control the people who make TVs - and will sue any of them who don't hop into line. They make the rules - and the BBC is a content company

more than 2 years ago
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UN Bigwig: The Web Should Have Been Patented and Licensed

Motor Re:Impressive (411 comments)

Head of Intellectual Property at UN thinks Intellectual Property makes things better.

Pope thinks Catholicism makes the world better.

News at 11!

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon Disables 3G Web Browsing For New 3G Kindle Touch

Motor Re:heh (206 comments)

You are making the same mistake that a lot of people make. The Kindle (the e-ink reader) isn't a computer/tablet/PDA... it's for reading books. Buy it for that... and it's brilliant. The keyboard on the Kindle 3 was always a bit pointless.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: 802.11n Bake-Off Test Plans?

Motor Re:"Bake-off" (125 comments)

I've been around on slashdot long enough to remember this bit of idiocy from way back. The top comment still makes me chuckle every time I hear "bake off"... even 10 years later.

more than 2 years ago
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Type Safety Coming To DB Queries

Motor Re:Gibberish - wrapped up as geekspeak (128 comments)

Nobody is assumed to have knowledge about "every bit of web bullshit".

Well actually, the author of the submission did.

No-one is talking about an encyclopedia entry - just a bit of context for those of us who don't spend our time fetishising the latest nosql data bucket with holes in it.

more than 2 years ago
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Activision Reveals Call of Duty Subscription Plans

Motor Be realistic (184 comments)

Activision won't be done until their entire customer base loathes them and thinks they are greedy control-freak imbeciles.

They are modelling themselves on Sony.

more than 3 years ago
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Duke Nukem Forever Gets Delayed - Again

Motor Re:i remember duke from childhood (222 comments)

So DNF is still among the remaining great "unsolved problems" of slashdot? Much like Hilbert and his famous list of math questions, this list echoes through the generations.

Solved

Releasing the code for slashdot (free slash!) DONE

Releasing Kevin Mitnick (free kevin!) DONE

Unresolved questions/problems

How to petrify Natalie Portman in an undressed state - UNSOLVED

Does it run Linux (default answer must be YES) - UNSOLVED

"Why were these stories rejected?" With a list of obscene article titles - UNSOLVED

The whereabouts of OOG THE CAVEMAN - UNSOLVED

The whereabouts of Jon Katz - UNSOLVED

The ultimate fate of the "slashdot cruiser" offered as a prize and never delivered - UNSOLVED

The assassination of "Signal 11" - NOT YET COMPLETED

more than 3 years ago
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Planned Nuclear Reactors Will Destroy Atomic Waste

Motor LFTR (344 comments)

The article doesn't make it clear which technology they are referring to... however this google tech talk on LFTR is absolutely fascinating.

more than 4 years ago
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Self-Healing Computers For NASA Spacecraft

Motor Re:The 9000 Series has a perfect operational recor (70 comments)

The first thing I thought when reading the story was: "I know, I'll post a comment about the AE-35 unit."

Then I read down, and yours was the top comment. It just reminds me that I don't belong in the company of normal people. The Slashdot social leper colony is my true home. I know my place!

more than 5 years ago

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ARM investing heavily in Trusted Computing

Motor Motor writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Motor (104119) writes "Doubtless most of slashdot is familar with Trusted Computing — a package of anti-consumer hardware measures that allow software makers to ensure that you are only running approved code that has been digitally signed by them (along with remotely attesting to that fact), and also encrypt their code so that it is only decoded and run within the processor itself. Ross Anderson's FAQ from 2003 still applies, even if the code names are now a little out of date.

It's a controversial idea — with some security benefits, but enormous potential for abuse. It an idea that Intel/Microsoft in particular have worked towards since the late 1990s. It has generated a lot of heat for them... so much so that they still tread carefully in the area. Not so ARM — they are going full steam ahead to ensure that your devices are properly locked down against any unapproved use by you.

Aren't you glad that Intel has some competition?"

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UK man jailed for "offensive tweets"

Motor Motor writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Motor writes "A UK judge has jailed a man for 56 days after he posted offensive comments on twitter about a footballer who had a heart attack during a game. He's also been thrown out of his university degree course weeks from graduating. His comments may have been offensive... but do they really justify a prison sentence and ruining his life?"
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UK Goverment pushing for 'Trusted Computing'

Motor Motor writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Motor (104119) writes "As has long been expected — we are now beginning to see governments pushing for the use of so-called 'trusted computing'. Chips installed in all computers that effectively remove control of the PC from its owner. While there may be security advantages to some of the ideas — few can doubt that it represents a fundamental shift in the IT world. A radical move away from an open technology landscape and towards a system that denies all access unless you have the right credentials. Governments will demand the right credentials to access their services — meaning approved software stacks (i.e Windows) with the right digital signatures. Vernor Vinge had it right ."
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Motor Motor writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Motor (104119) writes "Boing boing has a post about Apple possibly dropping the use of TPMs in their newest Intel Macs. I'm skeptical given Apple's refusal to discuss the secretive TPM hardware at all in the past... and IMO, it's too soon to start recommending Apple hardware again... but if it is is true, it could be a small victory for the forces of openness.

Trusted Computing hardware is controversial given its strong links with DRM technology (and indeed its birth by Intel/Microsoft/Compaq specifically to bring anti-piracy hardware to the PC), and also its ability to make previously Free software non-Free through the use of code signing and not trusting anything that has been modified (without allowing the user control over that process). So this move by Apple, if true, would seem to be a good thing."
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Motor Motor writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Motor (104119) writes "According to The Inquirer, the BBC has gone Microsoft, which will effectively end any legal use of Free software to listen to their publicly-funded content. One wonders whether the gutting of the BBC technical divisions and the sell off to commercial operators is partly behind this. Whatever the reason, the BBC is a major player in the streaming market... and the move to Microsoft is bad news if you happen to be a license payer who doesn't also pay the Microsoft tax."

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