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If I'm the driver, I like to go ...

ddrichardson Re:5 Over (717 comments)

I like to drive under the speed limit in the UK. It makes me feel like some kind of subversive - not giving money in speeding fines from the damn Gatso cameras everywhere.

more than 3 years ago
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US Twitter Spying May Have Broken EU Privacy Law

ddrichardson Re:And if they "breached" the law... (342 comments)

I'm not American and I understand that although these are part of the same overarching conflict they didn't occur simultaneously. My point was that the GP suggested Europe as some warless utopia, it had a long running civil war in the Balkans in recent years. One noted for war crimes.

more than 3 years ago
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US Twitter Spying May Have Broken EU Privacy Law

ddrichardson Re:And if they "breached" the law... (342 comments)

The Bosnian War was justified and humanitarian? Serbia attacked Bosnia - how is that justified? Ethnic cleansing - humanitarian?

The SFOR peace keeping mission was European but so were the protagonists.

more than 3 years ago
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US Twitter Spying May Have Broken EU Privacy Law

ddrichardson Re:And if they "breached" the law... (342 comments)

You're saying the US started three seperate conflicts in Europe? Or are you letting us all off with invading Iraq?

more than 3 years ago
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US Twitter Spying May Have Broken EU Privacy Law

ddrichardson Re:self-contradictory (342 comments)

In Europe, police would be able to get this information without any judicial oversight, without anybody being informed, and without anybody being able to object.

Bollocks.

Europe is not a nation state, European Law is a collection of treaties at best and despite claims in Luxemburg, not all member states recognise its supremacy. National judicial systems vary greatly too. There is no single "police" either (Europol is an intelligence agency), so there would be no need for oversight.

As for "beating up on America", thats going to get an MP here nowhere, given the current climate of massive tax increases and political corruption scandal people are too busy with their own politicians

Modded insightful indeed - your first paragraph seems sensible but given that you opened your mouth and let your belly rumble on the last but one paragraph calls your entire argument into question.

more than 3 years ago
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US Twitter Spying May Have Broken EU Privacy Law

ddrichardson Re:And if they "breached" the law... (342 comments)

Uncommon? Apart from the Bosnia, Macedonia or Kosovo then?

There are several European nations in Afghanistan (UK, Danish, French and Estonians among others) not to mention damn near every nation in Europe was in Iraq!

more than 3 years ago
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London Police Credit CCTV Cameras With Six Solved Crimes Per Day

ddrichardson Re:Categories (280 comments)

In the UK (as with most of Europe) pedestrians always have right of way on a public road over wheeled vehicles.

You may well be correct about Europe but that's not strictly true in the UK. While the Highway Code makes provision for pedestrians, it is not criminal law but can be the basis for civil law. Section 38 of the Road Traffic Act 1988:

A failure on the part of a person to observe a provision of the Highway Code shall not of itself render that person liable to criminal proceedings of any kind but any such failure may in any proceedings (whether civil or criminal, and including proceedings for an offence under the Traffic Acts, the Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981 or sections 18 to 23 of the Transport Act 1985) be relied upon by any party to the proceedings as tending to establish or negative any liability which is in question in those proceedings.

IANAL but I think this confusion comes from rule 170 in the highway code:

Watch out for pedestrians crossing a road into which you are turning. If they have started to cross they have priority, so give way.

more than 3 years ago
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London Police Credit CCTV Cameras With Six Solved Crimes Per Day

ddrichardson Re:Categories (280 comments)

Jaywalking isn't a crime in the UK, except on a Motorway (where pedestrians aren't allowed).

If I had to guess, I'd guess they were drink related - vandalism, fighting, etc.

more than 3 years ago
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Scientifically, You Are Likely In the Slowest Line

ddrichardson Re:What's so new about single line queue? (464 comments)

Some places yes but I wouldn't say its "the norm" - certainly none of the supermarkets does it and that's where it pisses me off. Stand for 15 minutes in a queue only for someone to open a new till for someone who's hasn't waited at all.

I think as a nation, Britain has a real etiquette about queuing and I know I feel a real injustice when someone gets to skip it.

more than 3 years ago
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UK Goverment IT Chief Backs Open Source Suppliers

ddrichardson Disclosure (72 comments)

the government does follow this route, the real bonus would be better transparency. Procurement in general in the public sector is poor - those of us working in defence often seriously question the choices that are made, not to mention the massive overspends and delays.

That said, the average person in the UK is more interested in what celebrities are doing than how their government spends their taxes.

more than 3 years ago
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The Advent of Religious Search Engines

ddrichardson Re:I'm a pervert (583 comments)

Yes: Booble, NudeVista and the excellently named "Mr Stiff". You can Google them. ;-p

more than 4 years ago
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Anti-Product Placement For Negative Branding

ddrichardson Re:What? (130 comments)

See this is the problem with Wikipedia references.

I haven't seen the show, I'm in the UK, but I know the reason Italian-American interest groups are offended is because of a recent incident where "Snooki" was punched by a man who fits the stereotype they object to.

The interesting thing is MTV's hypocrisy over dealing with the issue, they blacked out the assault when shown on TV and offered a link to a support line after the show but showed a male being assaulted during another show about teen pregnancy.

more than 4 years ago
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Windows 95 Turns 15

ddrichardson Re:I remember putting it on a 486 (461 comments)

Must be all about the memory, I had it running on a DX33 with 8Mb. It was fine but I remeber having a terrible time with a driver for the Avance Logic graphics card that it had fitted. Things like the clock (when you double clicked the time) as the hand swept round the screen wasn't redrawn.

Strangest thing was that the card worked fine in Slackware.

more than 4 years ago
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Smart Trash Carts Tell If You Haven't Been Recycling

ddrichardson Re:Recycling is Bullshit (622 comments)

...eh? That's rubbish.

I thought that was funny.

more than 4 years ago
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Portal On the Booklist At Wabash College

ddrichardson Re:Americans with Disabilities Act? (203 comments)

Perhaps a concern in future presentations but FTA:

Deploying a game for an entire cohort to play at the same time requires more problem-solving than you might expect. We ultimately decided that hardware, installation, and licensing issues were complex enough to dissuade us from teaching Portal in all sections of the course this year; so I and a group of eager colleagues will play the game in our sections to work out the kinks. I don't want our first college-wide experience with a game to be plagued with problems.

I'm sure when the issue of accessibility will be identified.

more than 4 years ago
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Sony Charges Publishers For DLC Bandwidth Usage

ddrichardson Re:Not sure if this is best for the consumer (127 comments)

I'm not blaming Sony and I didn't say I was. I said that if PSN was subscriber funded it would encourage Sony to put pressure on developers to fix bugs IF PSN started losing subscribers.

You can only mute in game, not in the waiting areas.

more than 5 years ago
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eBay Describes the Scale of Its Counterfeit Goods Problem

ddrichardson Re:If anything, too active... (124 comments)

100% legit e-meters

Never thought I'd see that on Slashdot!

more than 5 years ago
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Sony Charges Publishers For DLC Bandwidth Usage

ddrichardson Not sure if this is best for the consumer (127 comments)

What I find with PSN is that a lot of games, big titles too (Call of Duty 4 and 5 for example) have some horrendous bugs that ruin online play - such as the (now patched) CoD5 Castle level where you could get under the play area and kill but not be killed.

If Sony pays the bills with content providers and not from its customers subscriptions then there isn't the direct incentive to put pressure on developers to fix games quickly that there would be if the customer base withdrew funding.

They also seem to care less about there customers online experience - PSN really needs the ability to kick some players - I'm all for freedom of speech but I'm sure it doesn't include the right to whistle in your headset or sit right in front of the TV creating the feedback loop from hell. I'd pay for that.

more than 5 years ago

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Apple restricts iTune video

ddrichardson ddrichardson writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ddrichardson writes "Apparently Apple's iTunes video download service will not be available for iPod's manufactured before September 2007. Apple's site doesn't mention the generation being an issue but users are confirming it on the forum.

The article suggests that this may be a DRM issue:

For now, the most likely suspect has to do with what some have deemed the "analog hole" present in 5-G iPods. Previous generation iPods have an analog video output that works with standard video cables. As some have observed, this theoretically makes it easier to copy rented movies, by plugging the iPod into a camcorder or other video-recording device.
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BBC's Linux figures innacurate

ddrichardson ddrichardson writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ddrichardson writes "Following an earlier story, BBC's Ashley Highfield has changed his mind on the number of Linux users accessing the BBC's website. It would appear to be more like 36,600 and 97,600. Interestingly, he hasn't changed position:

We'll try and get a more accurate picture: over 30 thousand Linux users is a not insubstantial number, but we do have to keep this in context with the vast majority of users who use either Windows or Macs to access bbc.co.uk.
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BBC iPlayer to be cross platform

ddrichardson ddrichardson writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ddrichardson writes "The BBC iPlayer service is no longer to be tied to Windows only. Following a scucessful online government petition, the BBC trust in conjunction with Ofcom have decided to make the system cross-platform. From the Government response:

The BBC Trust made it a condition of approval for the BBC's on-demand services that the iPlayer is available to users of a range of operating systems, and has given a commitment that it will ensure that the BBC meets this demand as soon as possible."

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HSBC U-Turn following facebook protest

ddrichardson ddrichardson writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ddrichardson (869910) writes "A facebook protest concerning HSBC's plan to charge graduate students interest on overdrafts has resulted in a u-turn by the bank, from the article:

A student campaign using the social networking website Facebook has forced an international bank into a U-turn over charges. HSBC is to abandon plans to scrap interest-free overdrafts for students leaving university this summer.

The HSBC bank said it was not too big to listen to its customers."

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Microsoft fine overturned

ddrichardson ddrichardson writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ddrichardson (869910) writes "Following up on an earlier story, Microsoft's $1.5bn fine in the case with Alcatel-Lucent has been over turned. Microsoft are claiming a "victory for consumers". From the article:

A US court has overturned a decision ordering Microsoft to pay phone firm Alcatel-Lucent $1.52bn (£777m) for infringing music patents. The federal judge in San Diego reversed a jury's decision which had ruled that Microsoft's Media Player software infringed on two Alcatel patents."
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ddrichardson ddrichardson writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ddrichardson (869910) writes "Fresh from thier victory over Lik Sang, Sony seems to ready to change the way video games are sold by introducing licencing to console software:

From the article:

"High street games shops have been told by Sony that there will be no PS3 pre-owned sections in their stores as it will be illegal for customers to sell any next-gen PlayStation games that they've bought".

With pre-owned games being a large income source for stores and many customers only buying second hand, how successful can this stance be?"

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