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UK ISP Filter Will Censor More Than Porn

TheBogBrushZone Re:What a surprise (329 comments)

Given that they are keeping the blacklist secret surely WikiLeaks is already going to be on said list.

about a year ago
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UK ISP Filter Will Censor More Than Porn

TheBogBrushZone The Law or the Implementation? (329 comments)

The ORG surveyed ISPs on what they will be implementing rather than what the government is asking them to do which (and I think this sets a far more worrying precedent) is not subject to public scrutiny and, given the lack of information even from 'rebel' ISPs, may well be classified under the Official Secrets Act as it is in Australia.

about a year ago
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California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

TheBogBrushZone Re:Regulation of tools? (856 comments)

Who needs tools? A heavy stick can be a formidable and lethal weapon and can easily slip through a metal detector. I suggest the immediate registration of everyone who owns or has access to a tree or bamboo plant.

about a year and a half ago
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UK Passes "Instagram Act"

TheBogBrushZone Re:That's great (230 comments)

Considering how many on-line references there are for music lyrics, old games and movies it would be very difficult for any moderately popular work to become orphan. Stripping meta-data off, say, an MP3 of Wonderwall by Oasis wouldn't make it suddenly unidentifiable. Nor would removing the credit sequence at the end of Blade Runner.

about a year and a half ago
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Amazon Patents 'Maintaining Scarcity' of Goods

TheBogBrushZone Re:Sorry, but... (240 comments)

This is maintaining the scarcity of digital goods - i.e. when you lend someone an eBook or music track you can't use it yourself or lend it again until the original borrower has returned it.

about a year and a half ago
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Instagram Wants To Sell Users' Photos Without Notice

TheBogBrushZone Re:Stockphotos (313 comments)

Do I need to point out the irony of that statement or was it intentional?

about 2 years ago
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Instagram Wants To Sell Users' Photos Without Notice

TheBogBrushZone Re:Stockphotos (313 comments)

Odd that everyone is complaining about their land-grab of photographs and very few are mentioning their permitted use of your username and likeness which seems a lot more objectionable to me. Facebook is full of invasive and misleading ads for dating sites that would just love a cache of readily available real names and profile photos to attach to their fake users. I'd much rather they nicked my spur-of-the-moment snaps than used me to defraud lonely and desperate people.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft To Apple: Don't Take Your Normal 30% Cut of Office For iOS

TheBogBrushZone Re:We are the 30% (724 comments)

But then again, what would the Microsoft do if they were in their position, suddenly play fair?

Microsoft have been in a very similar position when the BBC wanted to put their iPlayer video streaming app on the XBox 360. It took an awfully long time for Microsoft to agree not to put it behind the XBox Live Gold pay-wall (a sticking point because the BBC is expressly forbidden from charging a subscription to UK viewers) but in the end they allowed it.

about 2 years ago
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Google Sync Clobbers Chrome Browsers

TheBogBrushZone Re:Chrome crashing is nothing new for me. (102 comments)

You're not the only one with issues. Chrome crashes every 5-10 minutes on one of my laptops (a Windows 7 64-bit machine) which is down to a known compatibility problem with a DLL that's part of the Killer NIC drivers and some other software (bfllr.dll). This problem has been knocking around for a while but Google have done nothing to address it and Killer just try to blame it on browser extensions and ignore the problem.

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Changes Host File Blocking

TheBogBrushZone Re:Another reason... (1030 comments)

I suspect the most popular use for hosts is actually to stop pirate software *cough*Photoshop*cough* from dialling home.

more than 2 years ago
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Copyrights To Reach Deep Space

TheBogBrushZone The Question is (247 comments)

When the aliens finally discover Voyager 1 and want to see what's inside... will they have to slide something to unlock it?

more than 2 years ago
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The Wretched State of GPU Transcoding

TheBogBrushZone Re:Lack of standards, quality. (158 comments)

I used the first version of Badaboom which was pretty good until I upgraded to an unsupported nVidia GPU and then had to wait several months for a new, almost abandonware version that would cost me again. The focus was definitely on speed rather than video quality. PavTube is a good replacement since it supports Blu-ray as well as DVD though there isn't much of a speed difference apparent between GPU transcoding on a GTX580 and CPU transcoding using a 3.2GHz i7.

more than 2 years ago
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Is Siri Smarter Than Google?

TheBogBrushZone Re:Yeah but? (366 comments)

Siri is considerably less intelligent outside the USA too. I've never had any problems searching for a local business using Google. After spending 10 minutes trying to over-pronounce the name of someone I was trying to call and being told that a pair of random words do not exist in my list of contacts I wouldn't rate its speech recognition particularly capable when there is road noise in the background compared with Android's equivalent.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Purchases 650 AOL Patents From Microsoft

TheBogBrushZone New product range (93 comments)

Now Facebook will be able to mass produce drinks coasters with impunity.

more than 2 years ago
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Asus Transformer Drops Quad-core In Favor of Dual-core

TheBogBrushZone Misinformed (207 comments)

They announced two Infinity models. Once of them has LTE/3G and the dual-core S4, the other is Wi-fi only and is still toting a 1.6GHz Tegra 3.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Launches New Legal Attack On Samsung

TheBogBrushZone Search for information by voice (490 comments)

Does this mean that I owe Apple £0.10 every time I mutter to myself to help me remember something?

more than 2 years ago
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Fifth of Android Apps Expose Private Data

TheBogBrushZone Look to the source (286 comments)

This report is hardly independent. If you ignore the CNET reporter looking for controversial pulp to post on a blog you'll find that this report comes from smobilesystems, a little-known mobile security company who conveniently have a new piece of Android security software to sell that will stop all these non-existent rogue spyware apps. You can argue all you want that users install these apps with full knowledge and consent. They know that it's BS; they just want to use FUD to convince the unwary and paranoid that their software (which if it actually does anything, probably just checks the installed apps against a package name blacklist) will keep them safe from an imaginary raging torrent of malware on the Android platform.

more than 4 years ago
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Company Trains the Autistic To Test Software

TheBogBrushZone Re:Aspiritech? Specialisterne? (419 comments)

Ever notice how much bigotry is put into the mouths of other people by someone hiding behind satire? Happens all the time here in the UK when people are speaking about The Duke of Edinburgh. He's earned a reputation for making racist gaffes on his various public visits but for every one he's ever made there are 50 put into his mouth by comedians trying to score a cheap laugh, often much worse than anything he's ever said. I always have to wonder exactly how much is satire, and how much is a way of disguising their own prejudice with sarcasm. Which is more disparaging, naming companies using the words "aspire" and "specialist" or describing employed autistics as "short bus staff"?

more than 4 years ago
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Bing Cashback Can Cost You Money

TheBogBrushZone Re:"Is this legal" is the wrong question (333 comments)

It might well be specifically legislated against in the UK within a year or two. The OFT (Office of Fair Trading) is currently undergoing a market study into potentially misleading advertising and pricing practices including this specific area of artificially inflating reference prices to exaggerate the value of discounts: http://www.oft.gov.uk/news/press/2009/126-09

more than 4 years ago

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