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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

Richard_at_work Re:Not good enough (289 comments)

That's skirting around the issue - this wasn't a purchase, so it shouldn't have been distributed that way.

yesterday
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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

Richard_at_work Re:OT, but best sci-fi books i read recently... (175 comments)

Neal Asher, Peter F Hamilton and James S. A. Corey (pen name of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck) - all do extremely good scifi series.

yesterday
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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

Richard_at_work Re:What bullshit (175 comments)

Really? I'd love to see scifi adventure stories written before 1730, when Colonel C. F. von Geissler introduced them into the German military... and thats not even the earliest use of rockets if you want to go as far back as the Chinese.

yesterday
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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

Richard_at_work Re:Here in Massachusetts (145 comments)

Interesting to see that version of history making the rounds - the pilgrims weren't kicked out of England for anything, they left because they felt they didn't have the freedom to oppress their group members under English law. So they went somewhere with no laws.

yesterday
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

Richard_at_work Re:It's a bad sign (223 comments)

Both the Libertarian Party and Green Party have promised to put a stop to the spying.

Of course they have, its called pandering to the masses. The masses want the spying to stop, so promise that. These parties know they will never have to actually do anything about it because they know they will never make the landslide gains needed to actually govern - but then their goals are not to form a government, but to increase the parties reach, so even a single additional seat does that.

And you are falling right into their hands.

5 days ago
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China's Island Factory

Richard_at_work Re:By Country (199 comments)

Escort carriers were indeed used in the North Atlantic, but they most certainly did not render the u-boat threat "impotent/extinct", as they attacked convoys mostly at night. They did provide more protection, but they did not eliminate the threat.

about a week ago
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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

Richard_at_work Re: well of course they did! (296 comments)

Odd, I cancelled an Amazon order yesterday, 6 hours after I placed it with Prime delivery. Cancelled just fine, even tho it was in "preparing for shipping", they just don't guarantee that it will actually be cancelled until it is.

about a week ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Richard_at_work Re:I was promised "some sort of open source" (368 comments)

Good luck taking some vague hand wavy statements as evidence in any court case or consumer complaint. So, did he ever outline what a "minimum time" would be? 10 years? 50 years? His lifetime?

If its not written into the license you received when you purchased the product, its all too easy to dismiss in court.

about a week ago
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China's Island Factory

Richard_at_work Re:By Country (199 comments)

No - carriers played little role in the defeat of Nazi Germany, as their Navy was largely confined to ports during the bulk of WW2 through the might of the Royal Navy. Anti-submarine patrols were conducted by long range aircraft from bases in Canada, the US and Ireland rather than carriers in the Atlantic.

about a week ago
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China's Island Factory

Richard_at_work Re:Might want to tighten the bolts on those sabers (199 comments)

How close it is to which country should play absolutely no part in ownership - there are enough overseas territories of countries like the US, Canada, the UK, France et al to show that.

about a week ago
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Under the Apple Hype Machine, Amazon Drops Fire Phone Price To 99 Cents

Richard_at_work Re:Why buy Amazon hardware? (134 comments)

You can argue that all you want, buts its an incredibly twisted argument - basically your argument boils down to "Amazons hardware is more restrictive because Apple doesn't release stuff for it" which, while its true that Apple won't ever release it, doesn't mean they cannot do it (its fairly trivial to write something for the Fire series, its an Android device!).

about a week ago
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Under the Apple Hype Machine, Amazon Drops Fire Phone Price To 99 Cents

Richard_at_work Re:Why buy Amazon hardware? (134 comments)

I can buy an iPad and buy music and books and merchandise from Amazon. I cannot buy a Kindle and buy music from Apple. So I have less restrictions buying the Apple hardware than the Amazon hardware because Amazon software and content will run on more platforms.

Yeah, that isn't *ever* going to change because it would require Apple to do it, and they won't as you point out. So I don't have it backward at all.

about a week ago
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Under the Apple Hype Machine, Amazon Drops Fire Phone Price To 99 Cents

Richard_at_work Re:Spoon (134 comments)

I disagree with you on the walled garden argument - I can read Amazon Kindle books on the Kindle ecosystem series of devices, Apple devices, Android devices, Windows 8 devices, Windows Phone devices, Macs, Windows PCs, Linux PCs, Blackberrys and others.

I can read Apple iBooks on ... Apple devices and Macs.

I can view Amazon Instant Video content on various Kindles, Apple devices, Android devices, Windows 8 devices, all the major consoles, tonnes of TVs natively, and of course Windows PCs and Macs.

I can view Apple iTunes video content on ... Apple devices and Macs.

My content purchased from Amazon certainly seems to be available on a much wider range of devices than content purchased from Apple...

about a week ago
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Satoshi Nakamoto's Email Address Compromised

Richard_at_work Re:WRONG! (65 comments)

Why is it negligence on part of the email provider? What obligation do they have to take out email addresses permanently just because you can't be arsed to log into the account?

Does your logic carry over to domain names? Company names? Phone numbers? Addresses?

Your post shows an all too common insistence that third parties should protect you, rather than you protecting yourself.

about a week ago
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Feds Say NSA "Bogeyman" Did Not Find Silk Road's Servers

Richard_at_work Re:Seems unlikely to me (142 comments)

The issue seems to be not one of what IP address you give it, nor whether its public facing or not, but that he was leaking data via some other means (captcha call back or license file?) which exposed the real servers location rather than the Tor hidden one.

about a week ago
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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

Richard_at_work Huh? (314 comments)

Why the hell is a GUI system dependent on a low level system control daemon?

about two weeks ago
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Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

Richard_at_work Re:well... (246 comments)

After - Boeing received tax breaks equivalent to over $8Billion for siting the 787 production in Washington State.

about two weeks ago
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NVIDIA Sues Qualcomm and Samsung Seeking To Ban Import of Samsung Phones

Richard_at_work Re:Here come the Samsung fanboys... (110 comments)

That only applies where the patent owner is the one selling the item, which is not what we are talking about here - check out the following line from that Wikipedia article:

A patent gives the patent owner the right to exclude others from making, using, selling, offering for sale, or importing into the U.S. the patented invention during the term of the patent

See the emphasis I have added.

Where a patented item is being sold by a third party to another third party, no exhaustion of rights exists - both parties are liable because both parties are individually breaching the patent holders rights.

about two weeks ago
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NVIDIA Sues Qualcomm and Samsung Seeking To Ban Import of Samsung Phones

Richard_at_work Re:Here come the Samsung fanboys... (110 comments)

You need to brush up on your understanding of patent law - people and entities merely using infringing items most certainly can be sued...

about two weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

Richard_at_work Re:Mod up 1000+ (448 comments)

There are loads of sources of evidence of the Iranian F-14s being very effective in the Iran-Iraq war, and they still fly to this day.

about two weeks 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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