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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

Richard_at_work Re:Salesmen (157 comments)

Even if there are alternative ways of doing something, that doesn't mean you should just give up on all security completely.

Imagine having to copy two or three at a time of a companies contact list which may be thousands long - thats going to take a while and fewer people are going to bother than if you could just take the entire thing in one go.

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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

Richard_at_work Re:There ought to be a law... (227 comments)

And what happens when there is no reasonable probability of conviction? When all there is is suspicion but no evidence? That is why prosecutors have leeway in prosecuting, otherwise we have significant sums of public money wasted on pointless cases.

2 days ago
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Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

Richard_at_work Re:Time for medicare for all in the usa (166 comments)

I never said it was free, but we all pay taxes while only some of us don't have to fork out ridiculous additional sums for medical cover.

For example, I will never be hit with a bill for medical treatments my insurance won't cover. There isn't a moment I have to worry about getting charged for my stay in hospital. I don't have to worry about whether my insurance will cover the drugs my doctor has prescribed me, the most I will pay is £8.05, even if the drug costs £10,000 a course.

2 days ago
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Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

Richard_at_work Re:Time for medicare for all in the usa (166 comments)

What unemployment thing? We are a few tenths of a percentage point behind the US on unemployment, nothing major.

2 days ago
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Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

Richard_at_work Re:bass akwards (166 comments)

Moving to the UK's system means no insurance company, and your employer et al do not have access to your medical records. In-fact, most doctors do not have access to your medical records - they are only now bringing in a system where your medical records are shared on an on-demand basis with other hospitals and surgeries. Walk into an A&E department and they won't have your medical records.

2 days ago
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Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

Richard_at_work Re:Time for medicare for all in the usa (166 comments)

I am so glad I live in a country where the most I will ever pay for non-elective medical care is the price of the prescription (currently £8.05). Heart attack with a week in intensive care? Won't cost me a penny. Broken my leg, need a cast and physiotherapy? Won't cost me a penny.

2 days ago
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Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

Richard_at_work Re:Bitcoin credibility? (267 comments)

You must have missed the part where bitcoin sells for hundreds of dollars per bitcoin, and is used to buy and sell real-world stuff, and exchanges buy and sell bitcoins.

The same can essentially be said for cat shit coffee...

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

Richard_at_work Re:PL = Honorable Institution. (226 comments)

When you are in another country, you abide by that countries rules. When you play in a football league, you abide by that leagues rules. Suarez abided by neither, and thus deserved his punishment.

And again I suggest you actually investigate what he said, because "negrito" is far from the sole term he used, and it most certainly was not used in the same manner as his grandmother apparently uses it.

about a week ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

Richard_at_work Re:US Fair Use Exception rule, quote (226 comments)

In the US, they have no right to stop you from making a vine of it. But that may not apply to England.

It might not even apply in the US - "fair use" is a defence, not an exception, and showing only the goals or other significant action in a football match could violate the "substantial" clause depending on how well the arguments are made to the judge.

A violation of clause 4 is also a potential due to the resale value of goal footage for round up sports programs etc.

about a week ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

Richard_at_work Re:probably BS (226 comments)

You still aren't allowed to distribute a derivative work without the original copyright owners permission outside of fair use or expiration of copyright.

Also note my other posts on performance rights in the UK.

about a week ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

Richard_at_work Re:PL = Honorable Institution. (226 comments)

"Blackie" in the UK is a racist and offensive term - he is employed and works in the UK, so he is subject to UK laws and levels of standards with regard to his actions in the UK. Oh, and he said a lot more than just calling Evra a "blackie" - I suggest you refresh your memory of the incident...

Besides, Luis Suarez should be permanently banned from professional football for his various issues over the years. He is uncontrollable and has absolutely no conscience with regard to his past actions.

about a week ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

Richard_at_work Re:Ticket ToS (226 comments)

Standard terms of copyright for a performance in the UK - if you video it, you own the copyright on the video, but the performer owns the copyright on the performance so you still cannot legally distribute your video without infringing on the performers copyright.

about a week ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

Richard_at_work Re:Competiton, good for everyone? (340 comments)

The legislation existed before Uber but they ignored it - there is no elimination of competition going on here, there is competition failing to compete by the same rules and restrictions as their competitors.

Imagine a company being founded along the same lines as Uber, but their service being "build a house" - they may be cheap, but they get there by ignoring local building codes... No one is going to bitch about local government enforcing those pre-existing codes, so why should they bitch about pre-existing transportation laws being enforced here?

about a week ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

Richard_at_work Re:Uber is quite retarded (340 comments)

sure, if you don't equate commercial transport license to "Taxi medallion more costly than the car itself".

The taxi medallion is more costly than the pants the owner wears as well, but it still doesn't mean shit.

The medallion is a license - the car is the tool. The two have no link other than you use the tool under the license.

about a week ago
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Giant Greek Tomb Discovered

Richard_at_work Re:Meh (164 comments)

Then why go public now?

about a week ago
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Soccer Talent Scouting Application Teams Up With Video Game Publisher

Richard_at_work Re:Sad state of affairs (39 comments)

Your comparison stands true for a lot of entertainment orientated people - singers, songwriters, actors, screen writers etc etc etc all get paid more than the average university professor.

But the reasons are easy enough to uncover - a university professor can never come close to the audiences that pro or even amateur sports athletes can generate. When was the last 90 minute long lecture that commanded 50,000 seated attendees, a televised audience of tens of millions, and a further extended audience of hundreds of millions? Not even the recent series by Neil deGrasse Tyson can command those sorts of figures...

about a week ago
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Giant Greek Tomb Discovered

Richard_at_work Meh (164 comments)

Complete lack of photos or any actual indication of size (other than the burial mounds size) or layout.

about a week ago
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Student Bookstores Beware, Amazon Comes To Purdue Campus

Richard_at_work Re:How long before Amazon... (95 comments)

If you are referring to the Hachette spat, you might want to reexamine your understanding of the situation - no Hachette books have been removed from sale, you can still buy every Hachette book that you could before. What Amazon did do is remove pre-orders from unreleased Hachette books - you can still buy them when they are released, they just aren't allowing you to preorder - they are under no obligation to allow preorders on books either.

about a week ago

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Federal Aviation Administration To Investigate Boeing 787 after safety scares

Richard_at_work Richard_at_work writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Richard_at_work writes "The FAA announced this morning that they were initiating an indepth investigation into both the design and construction of the Boeing 787 aircraft after several safety scares in the past few months. The Boeing 787 has been in operation for less than 2 years, but in that time it has seen fuel leaks related to build quality issues, electrical problems and a fire related to the new all-electrical approach.

The review will involve a broader investigation than those systems involved in recent scares, and is a significant event for both Boeing as the manufacturer and the FAA."

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Possible security breach at Dropbox?

Richard_at_work Richard_at_work writes  |  about 2 years ago

Richard_at_work writes "In a thread that has now been ongoing for almost a week, the evidence has been mounting that Dropbox has possibly had a security breach, with many users reporting spam being delivered to Dropbox-only email accounts.

Dropbox has denied this so far, but with the forum thread on the issue now surpassing 250 replies with most users reporting the same sort of thing (spam email for the same "service" all coming in on email addresses only used for Dropbox, and in many cases aliases specifically created for Dropbox with no spam hitting the catch all addresses for the same domains) the likelihood is that something is going on here.

Users were first reporting it as being limited to German Dropbox users, but it has gradually spread across a fairly representative sample of users across the globe now.

With disparity of ISPs, email systems and locations involved here, could there be any other explanation?"

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Assange loses latest round in extradition fight

Richard_at_work Richard_at_work writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Richard_at_work writes "After losing his appeal to the UK Supreme Court a couple of weeks ago, Assanges lawyer was given leave to seek a reopening of the case on particular grounds — the UK Supreme Court has now rejected those grounds and upheld its earlier ruling that Assanges should be extradited, which could happen in the next few days."
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AFA Director: 1st Amendment Doesn't Apply To Islam

Richard_at_work Richard_at_work writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Richard_at_work (517087) writes "Bryan Fischer, Director of of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association, has come out saying that the First Amendment is a privilege and not a right when it comes to Islam, and that "The First Amendment was written by the Founders to protect the free exercise of Christianity. They were making no effort to give special protections to Islam." as well as going on to say "Islam has no fundamental First Amendment claims, for the simple reason that it was not written to protect the religion of Islam. Islam is entitled only to the religious liberty we extend to it out of courtesy. While there certainly ought to be a presumption of religious liberty for non-Christian religious traditions in America, the Founders were not writing a suicide pact when they wrote the First Amendment." Quite a fantastical claim!"
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Wow! Its been 30 years....

Richard_at_work Richard_at_work writes  |  about 7 years ago

Richard_at_work writes "Thirty years ago today, the Big Ear radio telescope recorded a 72 second long signal that perfectly matched the expected signature of a signal that was not of local origin. This became known world wide as the 'Wow!' signal after the comment its discoverer, Dr. Jerry R. Ehman of SETI, scribbled in the margin of the print out, and while it has never been detected since, it has fueled arguments on both sides as to the existence of extraterrestrial life ever since."
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