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Vint Cerf: Google Shouldn't Require Real Names

TobascoKid Re:Perhaps, but (113 comments)

I'm not sure how difficult free pay as you go sims cards are to get in other countries, but they're easily available in the UK. Pop a "disposable" sim card into your phone, create a fake Google account and verify it with that number and then throw the sim card away.

about a year and a half ago
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Vint Cerf: Google Shouldn't Require Real Names

TobascoKid Re:Not really enforced. (113 comments)

As long as it sounds like a name you can use it.

Which is why the whole nymwars saga was a pointless waste of time. If anything, the only thing their policy achieved was to stunt the growth of G+.

about a year and a half ago
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Vint Cerf: Google Shouldn't Require Real Names

TobascoKid Re:Change My Youtube Username? Never! (113 comments)

YouTube seems to have finally stopped asking me to start using my real name, but it did ask me why I didn't want to use my real name.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: IPTV Service In the UK?

TobascoKid HD Homerun (78 comments)

You could get the DVB-T version of the HD Homerun and hook that up to the inconveniently placed aerial and then stream Freeview over your network, either direct to a device or to a MythTV box. One thing to note is that as it's only capable of DVB-T reception it doesn't actually get any of the Freeview HD channels.

about a year and a half ago
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Can the UK Create Something To Rival Silicon Valley?

TobascoKid Re:its called HUGE tax breaks for R&D (395 comments)

But Afghanistan never had warlike intentions towards other countries in the first place.

Which is irrelevant for the discussion at hand. I would assume that most countries invaded by a theoretical combined US, Russian and Chinese army in a quest to create a single planet wide totalitarian government would never have had warlike intentions either.

Have you actually read the complete thread?

about 2 years ago
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Can the UK Create Something To Rival Silicon Valley?

TobascoKid Re:its called HUGE tax breaks for R&D (395 comments)

But there are two big problems with a USSAC Empire -

1) Of countries most likely to stab each other in the back, the US, Russia and China top the list.

2) Both the US and Russia/USSR more or less failed at containing Afghanistan. If they can't contain a forsaken country like that, I don't see what hope they have of conquering the entire planet, even in the highly unlikely event that they pooled their resources. They could probably get away with pushing Europe around, but I think the rest of the planet would give them a lot of trouble.

about 2 years ago
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Can the UK Create Something To Rival Silicon Valley?

TobascoKid Re:its called HUGE tax breaks for R&D (395 comments)

But where is a military large enough to crush all dissent planet wide going to come from? How would it be paid for?

Also, unlike Tibet with China, some of those factions have nukes (and lots of them). There's not much point in having dominion over a dead planet.

about 2 years ago
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Can the UK Create Something To Rival Silicon Valley?

TobascoKid Re:its called HUGE tax breaks for R&D (395 comments)

But you won't get a single planetary government - some faction (or even multiple factions) will break out and try to screw over the rest.

They can't even manage to get regional government working - they don't have an ice cubes chance in hell at getting world government up and running.

about 2 years ago
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Can the UK Create Something To Rival Silicon Valley?

TobascoKid Re:Not being from the UK (395 comments)

Anyway, how is it for employers in Germany compared to England? Both Eurozone so presumabley similar ground rules for business and labour.

England (and the rest of the UK) is not in the Eurozone. We're in the EU, but we do not use the euro.

My understanding is that Germany tends to take employee involvement more seriously (so you get works councils and the like) but people are generally on lower wages.

about 2 years ago
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Can the UK Create Something To Rival Silicon Valley?

TobascoKid Re:But actually living in London is a challenge (395 comments)

and a disposable income that lets you enjoy life

Doing what? OK, London is expensive as hell but at least there's stuff to do.

about 2 years ago
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Can the UK Create Something To Rival Silicon Valley?

TobascoKid Re:Clueless politicians (395 comments)

How easy is it to register a new business?

It's fairly easy, especially if you get a company formation company to handle most of the work. Basically, fill in a form on a web site, pay around 30 quid (last time I checked) and in a couple hours you'll have a limited company.

about 2 years ago
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Can the UK Create Something To Rival Silicon Valley?

TobascoKid Re:Uk has better workers rights (395 comments)

Pretty much everyone signs away their working time directive rights away in order to get employed.

about 2 years ago
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Can the UK Create Something To Rival Silicon Valley?

TobascoKid Re:Stillborn (395 comments)

That is unless the government in UK is planning to get rid of regulations, taxes, labour laws and inflation of-course.

They're working on it. Be patient.

about 2 years ago
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Can the UK Create Something To Rival Silicon Valley?

TobascoKid Re:its called HUGE tax breaks for R&D (395 comments)

You won't get an entire planet of high taxes - some countries will have low taxes to try and screw over other countries.

about 2 years ago
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Can the UK Create Something To Rival Silicon Valley?

TobascoKid Re:its called HUGE tax breaks for R&D (395 comments)

My previous employer had a non compete clause, but then they were an American company (though they waived it when they moved our dev jobs out of the UK and made us redundant). My current employer (which is British) doesn't, and I don't remember any British company that I worked for having one.

about 2 years ago
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An Android Tablet Victory May Be Problematic For Free Software

TobascoKid Re:Why can't we have standard fedora + gnome 3.x (208 comments)

You could try an Allwinner A10 based tablet. Apparently they can be flashed with a version of Ubuntu

http://forum.doozan.com/read.php?6,8491

If they can be made to run Ubuntu, then they can be made to run Fedora. Not sure how well Gnome 3 runs on them though.

more than 2 years ago
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TomTom Flames OpenStreetMap

TobascoKid Re:Why would it need studies? (345 comments)

"Imagine if some of those 'self-driving cars' would use them."

If a self driving car was using the data from my Garmin GPS, then it would merrily drive me down single lane country roads (with high hedges on either side) at 60 mph instead of the nearby (though theoretically slower) main highway. That would be pretty much guaranteed to end up in disaster.

With OSM data (especially the tagging bit) it would be a lot easier for the self driving car to think twice before choosing those routes.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Developers Still Prefer iOS To Android

TobascoKid Re:Proof some iOS apps are never ported to Android (614 comments)

I would like to agree with you but one of the most popular apps for the iPad is called GoodReader.

Your argument does agree with the parent poster. In GoodReader's case, finding another hit is easier than porting GoodReader to Android. The find another hit vs difficulty of porting ratio is going to be different for each app (and each developer). I'd be surprised if you couldn't find an Android app that is so tightly tied to Android that porting to iOS would be more or less impossible.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Developers Still Prefer iOS To Android

TobascoKid It won't matter what devs prefer (614 comments)

In much the same way that desktop devs may prefer to develop for the Mac or Linux but end up writing code for Windows. If the people in marketing decide that it's better to go where the mass market is then you're going to end up having to develop for it, like it or not.

If you're a small developer you can probably get away with continuing to be iOS only, in much the same way there have been small Mac only developers since the Mac was first released. I can't see many medium to large developers remaining iOS only, no matter how much it pains them, in exactly the same way that companies like Adobe started releasing Windows products.

more than 2 years ago
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Ballmer Slams Android As Cheap and Overcomplicated

TobascoKid Re:Blamer (645 comments)

That's the point, really. M$ is a PC OS company trying to make phones.

I always think of them as a games company with a side line in developer tools, trying to make PC and Phone OSs and Office software.

more than 2 years ago

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Ask Slashdot: Why is software copyrightable in the

TobascoKid TobascoKid writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TobascoKid (82629) writes "I was looking at the Open Hardware wiki and I came across a page about how hardware is protected by patent and not copyright and quotes Section 17.102(b) of US Copyright law In no case does copyright protection for an original work of authorship extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied in such work. Seeing as software is patentable in the US, how is possible for it to be protected by copyright as well? Why doesn't if fail the above test?"
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Microsoft Sponser The Apache Software Foundation

TobascoKid TobascoKid writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TobascoKid (82629) writes "According to this post at port 25 (Microsoft's Open Source blog), Microsoft are now a sponsor of the ASF. Apparently, it's not signaling a move away from IIS (with version 8 under development) but it is a "strong endorsement of the Apache way"."
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TobascoKid TobascoKid writes  |  more than 7 years ago

TobascoKid (82629) writes "The BBC have launched a prototype web app for the public annotation of radio programmes, called "Find, Listen, Label". At the moment, only BBC Radio 4's All In the Mind is annotatable, but the people behind the project hope to add more programmes over time. The app is described as "a wiki for annotating radio programmes" where "BBC radio listeners go online and mark-up and annotate segments of radio programmes, creating better navigation within the programme by providing segments or chapters and enhancing the findability of the programme by annotating it with descriptions and tags about the content.""
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TobascoKid TobascoKid writes  |  more than 7 years ago

TobascoKid (82629) writes "According to this LinuxDevices article, a security software company called PC Tools has a patent pending on booting into Linux in order to fix an infested Windows installation. From the article: 'PC Tools calls its Linux boot image "alternative operating system software" (AOSS), and says it has a patent pending on the technology. It characterizes booting into Linux as "putting PCs under anaesthesia" to remove stubborn spyware.'"

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