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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

Richard_at_work Re:Embrace (209 comments)

Actually you are wrong - the cross platform .Net Core is a new implementation entirely separate from Mono (the demo they showed running in a Docker Linux container involved no Mono code at all, it was all MS inhouse stuff), although MS are working with Ximaran to expand their development tools and support the Mono platform.

13 hours ago
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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

Richard_at_work Re:Embrace (209 comments)

I'm confused - what does Microsoft see as being able to "extend" or "extinguish" by open sourcing their own products? Sure, that may be a goal if they get involved in third party products, but its pretty hard to extend and extinguish other products by being actively involved in the development of their own.

At the moment my .Net stack is looking more and more open each day, but that doesn't harm PHP, Python, Java etc because it doesn't affect them in the slightest. All it means is I'm less likely to use them because my current stack looks better and better.

If you mean they wish to extend and extinguish the entire open source movement, well thats just ridiculous - you can't force people off Python, Perl, PHP, Java etc, you can't force communities to switch wholesale to your platform, they will always go on until the platform is irrelevant, but to achieve irrelevancy in a competing product yours has to be better.

yesterday
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ODF Support In Google Drive

Richard_at_work Re:This is huge (40 comments)

Why must it play catch up? MS Office in later versions opens ODF files just fine.

yesterday
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BT To Buy UK 4G Leader EE For £12.5 Billion

Richard_at_work Re:That's a lot of acronyms, isn't it? (39 comments)

Odd, since I rang up EE the day after getting my pay monthly contract (I switched from O2) and had them enable roaming without any issue - wasn't on hold for all that long either, a couple of minutes max.

The only limit they had was that they wouldn't unlock the phone until I had been with them for three months, to reduce fraud (where someone takes out a phone in a stolen identity, has the phone unlocked, and then ships it to Africa before the first bill hits the victim).

2 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Richard_at_work Re:Zoning laws are tyranny (593 comments)

How about we don't just assume its an "either/or" situation, where you either don't let people do stuff or you let people go nuts?

Here in the UK you are by default not allowed to effect major external changes to a property, including changing its use. But we don't have zoning laws, instead we have a system called "planning permission" - you write all of your proposal down and submit it to the local planning authority (which is part of the local council). Your plans are then advertised in the local news and around the neighbourhood you are submitting plans for, and feed back is invited. The planning body then makes a determination as to whether you can proceed with your plans as-is, proceed with them in an amended fashion, or cannot proceed with them at all.

It works very well, and prevents high-traffic shops being erected in the middle of quiet neighbourhoods for example, unless the local populace is supportive of the plans.

2 days ago
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BT To Buy UK 4G Leader EE For £12.5 Billion

Richard_at_work Re:That's a lot of acronyms, isn't it? (39 comments)

You are assuming they are all acronyms - BT is not, it used to be an acronym for British Telecom but that changed ages ago as the company was colloquially known as "BT" and thus chose to change its name to BT. EE also isn't an acronym, but again it used to be for "Everything Everywhere" but again the company renamed itself.

The "UK" is, but 4G arguably isn't, its the common name of a technology.

2 days ago
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The GPLv2 Goes To Court

Richard_at_work Re:Why not ask the authors of the GPL Ver.2? (173 comments)

Problem is, what it was intended to do means sod all when it comes to determining what it actually does - the court won't hold you to the spirit, it will hold you to the letter.

Which is why the fine print exists in those other agreements. But it doesn't exist here beyond the wording of the GPL itself. So asking the creators of the GPL in this instance will get you nowhere because their opinion on the matter lacks any weight, its what the actual wording says which determines what you are beholden to. They dont get to have a second bite of the pie by saying "well, what we actually meant was..." - they had that chance when they wrote it originally.

3 days ago
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The GPLv2 Goes To Court

Richard_at_work Re:Why not ask the authors of the GPL Ver.2? (173 comments)

No, the creators will tell you what it was intended to do, the court will tell you what it actually does. Potentially huge difference there.

3 days ago
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Why Didn't Sidecar's Flex Pricing Work?

Richard_at_work Re:Duh. (190 comments)

You mean some selfish posters are ruining certain articles for others, who don't particularly mind if Bennett Haselton posts or not...?

If you don't like him posting, SKIP OVER HIS FUCKING POSTS. No one is requiring you to click on that link to read his post, SO DONT FUCKING DO IT.

Coming in here and posting drivel because you dislike him and his is nothing more than you thinking you own this fucking place and your opinions matter more than everyone elses - its as bad as the bullshit "bring back classic" posts which did the same - yeah, ruin it for everyone because you don't personally like it.

How about you go fuck yourself?

3 days ago
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9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

Richard_at_work Re:Valid release (158 comments)

Im not missing anything of the sort, the post I was replying to was commenting that *Google* would be the one who had to verify that all the paper work was in place, when that is patently not true - they accept a declaration of compliance from the poster, and then they accept a declaration of infringement from a third party. Google doesn't verify anything at all, they let the two parties deal with it between themselves while hosting the video in a manner that conforms with the law (eg the DMCA allows for a counter claim from the poster to be made which allows Google to legitimately reinstate the video and not suffer any legal issues by doing so).

Google wouldn't verify anything in that scenario, they just receive legally binding declarations from both parties and then it moves upstairs in the legal process.

3 days ago
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9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

Richard_at_work Re:Valid release (158 comments)

Why would Google have to do anything? If the producer wants it to be listed, they have to have all their ducks in a line - Google just has to remove it each time its shown that those ducks are not in line and put it back up each time the producer says they are.

Google doesn't have to check to see if those ducks are valid or not, they go by the assertion of the person putting it up.

3 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Richard_at_work Re:Don't worry guys... (871 comments)

Does that mean we can describe the Muslim invasions as a backlash against the prior Roman occupations?

3 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Richard_at_work Re: Don't worry guys... (871 comments)

Wow, that's quite a rewrite of history you have there...

3 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Richard_at_work Re:Check your math. (871 comments)

So the fact that Peter James Knight was a fanatical Christian who strongly believed in the Bible and his faith, and was described during his trial as "obsessive, fanatical about certain matters [...] including your faith" means his action wasn't at all motivated by his faith...?

3 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Richard_at_work No (1039 comments)

Don't remove the exemption, just exempt the people using the exemption from being able to frequent public areas without protective clothing (protective as in protecting others from them, not protective as in protecting them from everyone else).

Its illegal to be naked in most public places, its illegal to knowingly infect others with dangerous illnesses, so why shouldn't it be illegal to knowingly be in a public place when you are much more open to infection from dangerous illnesses and thus to infect others with them...?

about a week ago
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GCHQ Does Not Breach Human Rights, Judges Rule

Richard_at_work Re:One hand washes the other (81 comments)

A non-political body called the Judicial Appointments Commission, the 15 members of which include barristers, judges, normal everyday people and legal professionals. The government have no say in appointments, and have no power over the commission - its completely independent.

about two weeks ago
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GCHQ Does Not Breach Human Rights, Judges Rule

Richard_at_work Re:One hand washes the other (81 comments)

Except that in the UK, Judges have the ability to nullify a law if they consider it onerous or wrong, without being specifically asked to look at the law itself.

One of the many reasons I trust the UK judicial system - its very independent of the current Government.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Introduces .NET Core

Richard_at_work Re:Minor revision? (187 comments)

That's because it is a minor version bump - the main difference is in how projects consume it.

about two weeks ago
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NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

Richard_at_work Re:Woohoo, let's explore (140 comments)

Not even that, its a Delta V Heavy which has been flying for a while now.

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 2 years 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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