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Judge Demands Email and Facebook Passwords From Women In Sexual Harassment Case

Rhodri Mawr Thirteen? (218 comments)

Am I mistaken in thinking that Facebook's terms and conditions require you to be thirteen or older? And therefore, did the school not have a valid concern?

Behaviour on social networks is clearly relevant to a sexual harassment case, the only question is whether the provider should provide the information given that there would be security concerns about revealing a password to anyone, regardless of whether they are court appointed.

about a year and a half ago

With one-time-only use of a cloning machine, I would:

Rhodri Mawr Re:one option was pet (350 comments)

But only in Newcastle.

about 2 years ago

Why We Love Firefox, and Why We Hate It

Rhodri Mawr Re:Menus? (665 comments)

Right click near the top of the screen and put a check next to "Menu Bar". Problem solved.

about 2 years ago

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Review

Rhodri Mawr Re:2.3.5 here (255 comments)

Firefox is merely following Google's example with Chrome. For reference, Chrome is currently version 20 on my machine and still looks remarkably similar to version 1.

about 2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 Face Unlock Tricked By Photograph

Rhodri Mawr Re:Not Intended to be Industrial Grade (174 comments)

They've added some little things like requiring some movement in the face (eg, blinking), so it's mildly surprising that a static photo can trick it.

Given that my son's camera consistently detected the Mona Lisa blinking, I'm not surprised at all.

more than 2 years ago

Subject To a "Stop and Frisk"? There's an App For That

Rhodri Mawr Re:They're just targeting those who commit crimes. (201 comments)

Probable cause? Odour, pupil dilation, behaviour. You can smell a dope user from a distance and you don't need to be a trained sniffer dog to do so, either.

more than 2 years ago

Nokia Faces Class-Action Suit Over Windows Phone Deal

Rhodri Mawr Re:Another ridiculous lawsuit (257 comments)

...and if you'd read my comment you'd have seen that I acknowledged this and differentiated what Apple did with the iPhone in aiming for mass market with what Nokia did with the N900 in aiming for or marketing to a niche.

more than 2 years ago

Nokia Faces Class-Action Suit Over Windows Phone Deal

Rhodri Mawr Re:Another ridiculous lawsuit (257 comments)

The difficulty with the N900 was that they introduced one phone. As an N900 user (still) I know that the N900 is not for everyone, and was targeted more at the tech-savvy user than your bog standard just-want-a-phone-that-works user. Not everyone wants a built in keyboard or a phone that large. In fact, one of the reasons I haven't changed phone is that it is so difficult to get a decent phone with a slide-out keyboard, similar the the N900. Suggestions welcomed...

Nokia needed to produce several phones around a similar theme aimed at different users, or do what Apple did and produce one phone to a very high standard aimed at the average user, not at a niche market (80/20 rule). Doing what they did was narrow minded and poor business sense.

Nokia's support for developers was, frankly, not an enjoyable experience. This is where being part of the Windows universe will be an advantage to Nokia as that will be Microsoft's responsibility, not their own.

more than 2 years ago

12 Ways LibreOffice Writer Tops MS Word

Rhodri Mawr Re:LaTeX (642 comments)

...and in the darkness bind them?

more than 2 years ago

After 60 Years, Tape Reinserts Itself

Rhodri Mawr Re:Sci-Fi is Reel again (312 comments)

They might not be explosive, but magnetic tapes burn at an extremely high temperature, circa 1000 degrees C. If you have a fire in your server room and there are tapes in there, even ones that are in protective containers, the fire brigade will not let you in for several days as it takes that long for the burnt remains of a tape to cool down to a safe temperature.

Having tapes in your server room is likely to delay your disaster recovery substantially. Tapes remain the cheapest solution, but the idea that they are the appropriate solution for mission critical data is a flawed one.

more than 2 years ago

European Law Could Give Hackers Mimimum Two-Year Sentence

Rhodri Mawr Re:Minimum or minimum maximum (147 comments)

From the first linked article:

Cyber attacks on IT systems would become a criminal offence punishable by at least two years in prison throughout the EU under a draft law backed by the Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday.

The maximum penalty to be imposed by Member States for these offences would be at least two years' imprisonment, and at least five years where there are aggravating circumstances such as the use of a tool specifically designed to for large-scale (e.g. "botnet") attacks, or attacks cause considerable damage (e.g. by disrupting system service), financial costs or loss of financial data.

At first glance these two paragraphs do appear to be contradicting each other - but it isn't clear which of these paragraphs is an EU press release and which is the journalist's interpretation. The article (and as a result the slashdot summary) may be misinterpreting the press release.

"maximum" may be a misprint here, or, the EU may, as usual, be trying to obfuscate the intent of their legislation.

more than 2 years ago

Solar Power Is Booming — Why Do We Want To Kill It?

Rhodri Mawr Re:oil (415 comments)

Selenium is not available in anything like the required quantities for a start.
Selenium is neither cheap nor easy nor green nor particularly safe to mine. Almost all solar electric devices currently use Selenium.
Calling Solar energy green whilst we need to use Selenium in solar cells involves imitating an ostrich. Hopefully the next generation of Solar cells will not require Selenium.

more than 2 years ago

13-Billion-Year-Old Alien Worlds Discovered

Rhodri Mawr Re: Ford Prefect (302 comments)

Time is an illusion. Lunchtime, doubly so.

more than 2 years ago

UK Man Jailed For 'Offensive Tweets'

Rhodri Mawr Re:WTF? (922 comments)

As a UK citizen, I have to question the sanity of this judgement. The gentleman in question is suspended from Swansea University at present (and, of course, unable to attend as he is in jail). He has admitted being very drunk when he tweeted. He has admitted initially claiming that his twitter account had been hacked after realising what he had done.

It is hardly a good use of a prison place, or cost effective, or a deterrent to put a drunk student who has done something stupid in jail. If we did that to every drunk stupid student just in Swansea, we'd have jails overflowing even more than they are now, every night of the week.

A long period of Community service and a requirement to do a meaningful race relations awareness course and, perhaps, a ban from social networks and alcohol would have been more than sufficient. Jail? It serves no useful purpose in this case and is ridiculous, and I say that as someone who is usually for longer prison sentences for proper (meaning violent) offenders.

It now transpires that in fact, what I've just written, if it is considered to criticise the judiciary, may well be breaking the UK Law: Now I hate Peter Hain as much as the next man, but that's law's more of an ass than he is.

more than 2 years ago

UK Man Jailed For 'Offensive Tweets'

Rhodri Mawr Re:WTF? (922 comments)

What blasphemy laws? Please do enlighten us...

more than 2 years ago

The Blistering Hot Exoplanet Where It Snows

Rhodri Mawr Re:Weather forecasters (68 comments)

There's a reason that jokes start "An Englishman, a Scotsman and an Irishman walk into a bar..." - the Welshman was already there from the night before.

more than 2 years ago

The Blistering Hot Exoplanet Where It Snows

Rhodri Mawr Weather forecasters (68 comments)

I don't know. I travelled all the way to HD 189733b, I was promised snow showers, wispy clouds, high winds. But, just my luck, it rained. It must be because I'm Welsh.

more than 2 years ago

German Law To Make Google Pay For Snippets

Rhodri Mawr Re:Yeah, that's fine. (117 comments)

Bloody Germans, shutting down Google in Greece. How low will they stoop? Is this another condition of the bail-out?

(the German TLD is .de BTW)

more than 2 years ago



Twitter is down again

Rhodri Mawr Rhodri Mawr writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Rhodri Mawr (862554) writes "Twitter is down again. Twitter's homepage is reporting:

"Something is technically wrong.

Thanks for noticing—we're going to fix it up and have things back to normal soon."

Techically, what's happening is that there is an infinite loop occurring on twitter pages redirecting back and fore between

Perhaps they've been hacked?"

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