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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

Richard_at_work Re:Funny, however.. (154 comments)

If that were to happen, you could say good bye to more than 99% of all mass produced content as most is created for the non-commercial consumer and has no comparable alternative commercial consumer.

6 hours ago
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HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

Richard_at_work Re:Should be free (180 comments)

Why? Works fine on my Surface 2 RT.

yesterday
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Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

Richard_at_work Re:How important is that at this point? (183 comments)

You ignore the fact that there have been many many in-depth criticisms of GIMP over the years, from people who have taken the time to ensure they understand that its the tool that is lacking rather than their understanding.

yesterday
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

Richard_at_work Re:Which users? (260 comments)

Having followed your posts on Slashdot now for years, you never needed an excuse to bash Microsoft so why use one now?

yesterday
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

Richard_at_work Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (260 comments)

From Windows 98 onward you had the shortcut bars which you could create on the task bar - thats where the majority of my most often used applications were started from.

That morphed into pinning applications to the task bar in Windows 7, and became much more useful as pinning an application and running that same application took up no more room on the task bar, so you could have more.

These days I pretty much have all my applications pinned to the task bar, and I hit the start menu probably once or twice a week, if that. I can lock the computer, minimise all windows, start applications, open task manager, get to the control panel and lots of other things via either interaction with the task bar itself or via keyboard shortcuts, where as before I had to use the start menu for a lot of that.

yesterday
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Microsoft Revives Its Hardware Conference

Richard_at_work Re:This was the point (47 comments)

Try getting the equivalent Mac OSX product...

yesterday
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Richard_at_work Re:I always read these stories as (460 comments)

The problem with these style of arguments (including the buggy whip one) is that blacksmiths etc saw their products stopped being in demand, while in most of the discussions where those arguments are used here on Slashdot the product is still in demand, people just don't want the producers...

People do not want the electricity grid to go away, because then they couldn't use it as a cheap and easy "storage" mechanism for when they aren't generating their own electricity.

yesterday
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

Richard_at_work Re: Oh dear - money grows on trees... (491 comments)

Why can we remove network costs and VAT from calculations? Removing them only supports my argument - they both become representative of costs which were hidden from the end price charged to the consumer.

And other costs subsidised includes the UK coal and natural gas industry, which was costing the Treasury billions in subsidisation as coal and natural gas purchased from abroad was cheaper and easier - but then we get into the thorny topic of Thatcher...

2 days ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

Richard_at_work Re: Oh dear - money grows on trees... (491 comments)

Inflated wholesale? You mean the market that Ofgem has said there is plenty of competition in and is working fine?

Network costs are pretty much the same for every energy company, since both the gas and electricity networks are independent of the generation and consumption side of the business, so no energy company can inflate their costs there...

4 days ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

Richard_at_work Re: Oh dear - money grows on trees... (491 comments)

What you seem to have missed from my original point is that I specifically said "on residential business". EDF made money last year from its commercial business (selling to high consumption businesses) and selling power from its generation side to the grid.

If they lose money in the residential market, why shouldn't residential rates go up? That was the point of the post I replied to - rates going up.

4 days ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

Richard_at_work Re:Ars Technica speculates? (208 comments)

So anyone not agreeing with your ideology is a sociopath? Don't you get the irony in that?

4 days ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

Richard_at_work Re:Issue with FSF statement... (208 comments)

The OP you mention is actually the FSF.

It doesn't change much but its pretty easy to get access to the Windows codebase if you work at a university, and you can submit bug fixes.

4 days ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

Richard_at_work Re:Issue with FSF statement... (208 comments)

The difference between Savage Rabbits post and the FSFs statement is that the above post isn't a blanket one.

4 days ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

Richard_at_work Re:Issue with FSF statement... (208 comments)

The fact that its a blanket statement makes it inaccurate, when I can use and contribute to Katana, Kudu, Entity Framework, Asp.Net MVC, Helios, WebAPI, vNext and a host of other things on the MS side, or LLVM and others on the Apple side. Microsoft support of open source is the same as Gnu and FSF - they both support their own pet things and ignore hosts of other things.

Patent license revenue is entirely an aside to this and has fuck all to do with the point at hand. Just because you are an open source project doesn't make you above patent law.

4 days ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

Richard_at_work Re:Issue with FSF statement... (208 comments)

I'd be interested to hear why the down modder thinks my points above are trolling. Can you actually defend the FSF statement as written? Is it not a poor and flawed blanket statement? What are your arguments in support of it? Or did I just hit a nerve?

4 days ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

Richard_at_work Issue with FSF statement... (208 comments)

Everyone using Bash has the freedom to download, inspect, and modify the code -- unlike with Microsoft, Apple, or other proprietary software.

This comes across as scaremongering, as its a blanket statement professing the openness of bash compared specifically to Microsoft and Apple, while both those companies have huge collections of open source projects where I can do just what they are trumpeting with Bash and the GPL.

Its a perfect example of why blanket statements should be studied very carefully before being used, as it can just distort your perceived stance when people call you on the flaws of your statement.

4 days ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

Richard_at_work Re: Oh dear - money grows on trees... (491 comments)

That's because energy companies in the UK struggle to make a profit on residential business - take the bill I have in front of me from EDF Energy, it breaks down the £57.85 charge for gas and electric covering the period of 01/08/2014 to 08/09/2014 as follows:

Electricity: 5% VAT, 12% Environmental and social obligations, 17% Operating costs, 24% Network costs, 42% Wholesale costs, 0% Profit.

Gas: 5% VAT, 5% Environmental and social obligations, 16% Operating costs, 20% Network costs, 54% Wholesale costs, 0% Profit.

Their electricity sources are broken down as: 17% coal, 73.7% nuclear, 8.3% renewable, 1% other.

What people fail to realise (or just outright ignore) about pre-privatisation is that the costs were hidden and subsidised by the Treasury.

4 days ago
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Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

Richard_at_work Re:Someone's going to complain (208 comments)

Or just houses - shacks and the like. You think shanty towns have planning permission or generate property taxes...?

5 days 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  |  more than 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  |  more than 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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