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European Parliament Votes For Net Neutrality, Forbids Mobile Roaming Costs

RotateLeftByte Re:Touristy places will be in for a surprise.. (148 comments)

It does happen and sometimes the costs can be severe.

There is a small costal village in Kent that for a while had no UK mobile coverage. Instead they were connected to a French Carrier 22+ miles away. The uproar foced at least one UK carrier to put a basestation in the village. This ruling will eliminate the charges if you happen to connect to the french carrier

I've been in Basel on the Swiss side yet my mobile insists on connecting to one of the French networks. This ruling won't stop roaming charges if your phone is registered in Switzerland.

about two weeks ago

'The Color Run' Violates Agreement With College Photographer, Then Sues Him

RotateLeftByte Re:Logic (218 comments)

Typically it costs a lot more to 'Pay' to have your brand mentioned than it is to give away some kit for free.
That costs you only the cost price of the items and is often tax deductable as a promotional expense.
Also, in many places giving kit is not considered a bribe whereas paying $$$$$ for some placement is the opposite.

Simple really.

about 2 months ago

NSA and GCHQ Target "Leaky" Phone Apps To Scoop User Data

RotateLeftByte Can you hear me now? (144 comments)

Why are you listening?
Do you understand me now?
Why are you still listening?
Do you think I have something to hide?
Remember, I'm on your side
So bugger off like a good man
and snoop on the Taleban

about 3 months ago

How Silicon Valley CEOs Conspired To Suppress Engineers' Wages

RotateLeftByte Re:Anti-Capitalistic (462 comments)

In the end if say Google and Apple were in a salary war the ultimate lose would be the employees.
because they would soon shift their positions to lower cost economies.

Don't price yourself out of a job. The Union in one place I worked did just that. That company is now a mere memory and the old site a supermarket.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: It's 2014 -- Which New Technologies Should I Learn?

RotateLeftByte None of the Above (387 comments)

There really is no future in IT. The bubble has burst and Everything 'IT' is in danger of becoming just another commodity.
If you aren't already a manager then just don't bother.

Take up a new career NOW before it is too late.
I've been writing software for 40 years ranging from cobol on Punched Cards through C, C++ , Java and onto to more modern things like Ruby, PHP and NOSQL.
I'm just hoping that I can hold on and keep employed until I retire in a couple of years.

Or you could slap on some makeup and pretend to be an H1B Visa holder. I'm sure you will get a job quickly but you will have to drop your salary expectations but hey, at least you are still employed.

about 3 months ago

Linux 3.13 Released

RotateLeftByte Re:configuration languages (141 comments)

Because once a Python wraps its body around you, you are done for.

about 3 months ago

U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

RotateLeftByte Re:Yup (635 comments)

Unless you work for Yahoo and a few other companies who have stopped that nasty practice.

about 3 months ago

Heat Waves In Australia Are Getting More Frequent, and Hotter

RotateLeftByte Re:Climate change is now worldwide (279 comments)

It does not seem to have stopped raining here in Blighty for about a month.

The climate is changing. We are seeing more and more extremes of Cold, Hot, Wind, Rain, Sun and Snow just to name a few.

about 2 months ago

Hackers Gain "Full Control" of Critical SCADA Systems

RotateLeftByte Re:The Internet of Things (195 comments)

Have you never heard of Firewalls and VPN's?
As part of my job I login to sites all over the world via VPN (actually two VPN's). None of the systems I connect to are visible on the internet. Good job too.
Putting all sorts of devices directly on the Internet as all those IPV6 advocates are so fond of reminding us that there is plenty of address space to do it is just stupid and will eventually cost a lot of lives. Perhaps it will take a major catastrophy to wake people up to the dangers of doing this.

Having been involved with computer networks since 1974 I feel that some of these 'connect everything' advocates need to be taken outside and given a good seeing too in the hope of making them see sense.

about 3 months ago

Hackers Gain "Full Control" of Critical SCADA Systems

RotateLeftByte The Internet of Things (195 comments)

could someone a lot wiser than me please explain why we need to connect everything and anything to the internet?
I expect the hackers are rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of being able to hack all sorts of things. Imagine all the havoc they could cause by making all the freezers in a country suddenly defrost?

Frankly, I think this drive to connect everything is totally misguided.


about 3 months ago

Amazon Reveals "Prime Air", Their Plans For 30-minute Deliveries By Drone

RotateLeftByte Target Practice (397 comments)

These things would be just the job for that in some parts of the US given the number of holes you see in road signs.
A few 12bore blasts and they would be landfill.

with the millions of guns available and people not wanting Big Bro spying on them these will soon bite the dust in more ways than one.


about 4 months ago

Italy Investigates Apple For Alleged Tax Fraud

RotateLeftByte Re:Netherlands has the same situation. (175 comments)

No tax evasion here.

If the order is fulfilled from the servers that reside in Eire then you pay the VAT applicable for Eire.
There is a space on the VAT form to record the VAT you have collected on behalf of other EU countries.
I have the same gripe with Adobe. Buy a DVD and you pay 20% because it is shipped from Scotland(I'm in the UK). Download it and you pay 23% because their servers are in Eire.

about 5 months ago

Why Is Broadband More Expensive In the US Than Elsewhere?

RotateLeftByte Re:Population density? (569 comments)

There is competition ALL over the UK. There are basically TWO levels. Nationwide using the BT infrastructure to the ISP
Then there is what we call LLU (Local Loop Unbundling)
This give the right for an ISP to put their kit inside a BT exchange and take over the operation of your phone + internet completely. If the line between your home and the exchange goes wrong then your ISP calls BT to fix it under contract. This is all regulated.
I live in a town of some 50K people. I can choose between at 6 different LLU providers and one Cable (Virgin Media).
BT have put Fibre into the local distribution cabinet so I get

80Mbits down/20Mbits up/250Gb per month 08:00-23:59, unlimited for the rest of the day + phone with all calls for approx $50/month including 20% VAT.
Most of the people who live near me are on Virgin Cable so I downloaded Window 8.1 the other evening at 5.5Mbytes/sec.
I can't complain really.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Do You Use Markdown and Pandoc?

RotateLeftByte Re:$EDITOR (204 comments)

Welcome to the 1970's.

Seriously 7-bit Ascii?
Hard Wrap at 72? Are you still using punched cards? I stopped using them in 1974!

Get with in MAN. Use UTF-8.

about 6 months ago

NSA Spies On International Payments

RotateLeftByte Re:Pay cash !!!! (314 comments)

How to you reconcile the many, many intermediate transactions that one banknote could go through between its exit from a bank/atm and its re-entry once more?

You can't. Pure and simple.

Are you saying that if I pay in $50.00 at a bank the teller scans each note so that the S/N is read before the next person in line can receive any of the notes I deposited?

One can't wonder if you have been drinking a little too much of the conspiracy theory cool-aid over the weekend.

about 7 months ago

Joining Lavabit Et Al, Groklaw Shuts Down Because of NSA Dragnet

RotateLeftByte Re:Good riddance (986 comments)

you mean the ones who use 'Anonymous Coward' as their sig? (like you perhaps?)

I've disagreed with PJ over many things but I've always respected her argument and I've never been censored when I've put forward differing views to hers.

Her research into a topic is excellent and puts many lawyers to shame.

I for one will miss her and Groklaw.

about 8 months ago

First Portions of Aaron Swartz's Secret Service File Released

RotateLeftByte Re:14500 pages? (89 comments)

I suspect there will be page after page of

suspect woke up at 06:55. Alarm played I'm Free by the Who
suspect entered bathroom at 06:56
suspect farted
suspect got dressed Jeans (faded levi's) and white T shirt at 07:04
suspect descended stairs at 07:05 and yawned
suspect said good morning to

etc etc etc

He must have been a 'very naughty boy' (with homage to Monty Python) to have made the feds take that level of interest in him. It is a pity that in doing do, they took their eyes off of other even badder people in the Boston Area.
joking apart and honestly,
I can't see what was so serious/life threatening/treasonable that caused the Feds to take that level on interest in him. However, I do suspect that having done so, they saw that this pretty innocious charge of copying was the foot in the door and they needed to show the bosses in DC that there was some return on their investment so they put the squeeze on the DA to throw the book at him.
no proof but why else would she keep saying we are going to press for the maximum sentence?
If found guilty, he could well have spent more time in jail than a murderer. How can his crime be regarded as being more serious than that? The US Justice is IMHO anything but Just.

about 8 months ago

Despite Global Release, Breaking Bad Heavily Pirated

RotateLeftByte Re:commercials (443 comments)

Well said.

Back in the dark distant days of the past, the Guinness adverts on British TV were works of art. They never mentioned the product yet you knew what the product was. No 'in your face' branding here. They were subtle and actually required a modicum of brains to appreciate them

Sadly with everything being dumbed down to lower than even below average intelligence these days are long past.
The result is as far as I am concerned
1) I never buy anything that is advertised to me ( Cold Callers and Virgin Media especially )
2) I never watch TV stations that have adverts live. It all goes on my PVR
3) When watching 'stuff' on my PVR I skip over the adverts. If I can no longer skip the adverts, I will just stop watching.

Yet I still go out and buy 'stuff' but it is what I really 'need' rather than some advertiser telling me what I 'want'.

about 8 months ago

"Piracy Filter" Blocks TorrentFreak for 4 Million Sky Customers

RotateLeftByte Re:Custom Hosts files get you around DNSBL's (122 comments)

Yeah but....

I've now come upon two separate Windows 7 systems where the \windows\system32\drivers\etc (the etc) bit was suddenly now a hidden directory.


Is this MS getting into bed with the Gov and hiding the very place where you can 'fix' your system to bypass the filters....?

about 8 months ago


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