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Assange's Lawyers: Follow Swedish Law, Interrogate Him In the UK

djmurdoch Re:or stop hiding... (377 comments)

If he'd really thought that he wouldn't have run off to hide in an embassy - he'd have waited for any indictment then played it out in court THEN gone to an embassy if things looked bad.

You do know that the British courts have already decided to extradite him to Sweden, don't you? He didn't run off to the embassy until his appeal of the extradition failed.

about 6 months ago
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Assange's Lawyers: Follow Swedish Law, Interrogate Him In the UK

djmurdoch Re:or stop hiding... (377 comments)

or, how about stop hiding like a baby

... said the anonymous coward.

about 6 months ago
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Oil Companies Secretly Got Paid Twice For Cleaning Up Toxic Fuel Leaks

djmurdoch Re:Why gouv pay for it in the first place? (113 comments)

Its not their mess, its tanks owned by third parties:

So why would they receive insurance settlements?

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Online News Is Worth Paying For?

djmurdoch Re:Giant Bomb (361 comments)

they aren't going to publish things just to make one advertiser happy

I was referring to the fallout from the giant bomb that hit GameSpot

Doesn't that support my claim? That is, GameSpot did adjust its editorial policy just to make one advertiser happy, and it imploded. Hence no *rational* company would do that.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Online News Is Worth Paying For?

djmurdoch Re:Conflict of interest (361 comments)

If the newspaper has more than one subscriber, it has a conflict of interest. Your interests won't match the other subscriber's.

They aren't going to publish things just to make you happy; they aren't going to publish things just to make one advertiser happy. We're talking about the NYT, not some trade magazine that depends for all its revenue on one sponsor.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Online News Is Worth Paying For?

djmurdoch Re:NYT for me, but paying somewhere is important (361 comments)

if we don't pay for it, who will?

Advertisers?

who ever pays for it gets to decide what goes in

You said you pay for the NYT. Do they let you determine what articles to include? Only to the extent that if they do a bad job, you won't renew your subscription. If advertisers were paying, the same would be true: they won't get eyeballs if they don't have content that attracts them.

about 6 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: Any CLA Is Fundamentally Broken

djmurdoch Re:WTF... (279 comments)

But coming back to the beginning of the thread: Even though the GPL2 is perfectly valid, the FSF has declared in GPL3 that it is not a compatible license. Through their required copyright transfer, they are able to change the license on their projects from GPL2 to GPL3, thereby putting pressure on other GPL2 projects to relicense as well. That's not promoting freedom, that's promoting control.

about 7 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: Any CLA Is Fundamentally Broken

djmurdoch Re:WTF... (279 comments)

There is no "or later version" clause, nor does there need to be. The GPL2 license was perfectly valid at the time.

about 7 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: Any CLA Is Fundamentally Broken

djmurdoch Re:WTF... (279 comments)

GPL2 code is not GPL3 compatible. That's inconvenient. If a copyright holder of something that is GPL2 licensed doesn't agree to relicense it, then you can't use any GPL3 code in it. That's a GPL3 rule, not a GPL2 rule.

about 7 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: Any CLA Is Fundamentally Broken

djmurdoch Re:WTF... (279 comments)

Canonical vs the FSF is a matter of degree, it's not incomparable.

If the FSF didn't require copyright assignment, then most GNU stuff would still be GPL2 licensed, and that would make my life easier. Moglen says they need the copyright assignment in order to defend the copyright, but really it has mainly been used as a club to try to force people to switch to GPL3. It's about power, not about freedom.

about 7 months ago
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Solar Lull Could Cause Colder Winters In Europe

djmurdoch Re:Not the sun (320 comments)

Okay, so I read the story there about flooding in Somerset. The article itself is pretty reasonable, but many of the replies to it met the characterization of "only one cause":

"The EA was taken over by environmentalists years ago."

"The UK EA ... was created by Blair to promote the myth of CAGW."

There's no possibility that the lack of dredging is due to budget cutting or a lack of a need for dredging now that the rivers aren't used for barges any more (I don't know if they ever were), it's the AGW proponents who caused it. And there's no possibility that the floods have multiple causes, not just the lack of dredging. For example, places that used to be swamps tend to subside as the water is taken out.

about 7 months ago
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Solar Lull Could Cause Colder Winters In Europe

djmurdoch Re:Not the sun (320 comments)

Why don't you link to a post in one of the major climate skeptic websites

Pick one.

about 7 months ago
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Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

djmurdoch Re:what i've always wondered, as a non-medical per (1038 comments)

Not at all. Blackmail is where you threaten to reveal something that the victim doesn't want to be known. The USA is quite open about the fact that it executes people.

This is more like shunning. You're doing something I don't like, so I won't deal with you.

about 7 months ago
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Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

djmurdoch Re:what i've always wondered, as a non-medical per (1038 comments)

No, it seems like an effective way to apply pressure. If you're going to use our drugs to murder people, we won't sell them to you, even if you also use them for good purposes. All you need to do is to agree not to murder people.

about 7 months ago
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Google Glass User Fights Speeding Ticket, Saying She's Defending the Future

djmurdoch Re:Would of been impressed if (464 comments)

I don't understand why the court is using assumptions (i.e. "we have no evidence of this person using Glass while driving"), when they can simply figure out the truth by sending a subpoena to Google to request that information (given that Glass is surely phoning home all the time).

It's not the court's job to collect evidence. If no evidence of use was presented, then there's no evidence, and the ticket is dismissed.

So why didn't the investigating officer collect this data? It's a distracted driving ticket, not a murder investigation.

about 7 months ago
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Man Jailed For Refusing To Reveal USB Password

djmurdoch GCHQ is incompetent (374 comments)

The password he used was the same as one that he had previously divulged, but the incompetent investigators at GCHQ and the police didn't think to try it.

about 7 months ago
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How To Make 96,000lbs of WWII Machinery Into High-Tech Research Platform

djmurdoch Re:WW2 machiny and WW2 units of measurement (150 comments)

96,000lbs = 48 tons, just a little less than 96,000 tons...

Feels the same when you drop it on your foot.

about 7 months ago
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How To Make 96,000lbs of WWII Machinery Into High-Tech Research Platform

djmurdoch Re:WW2 machiny and WW2 units of measurement (150 comments)

I very much doubt you know what 96,000lb "feels like" either.

It feels quite a bit like 96,000 tons, but quite a bit different from 96,000 grains.

Or in metric: it feels pretty much the same as 96,000 tonnes, but different from 96,000 mg.

about 7 months ago
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Canada Quietly Offering Sanctuary To Data From the US

djmurdoch Re:Meaningless (184 comments)

US territory is tainted in the eyes of the world now.

That's the main point. The article is about Canada trying to convince companies to move, but it's pretty unlikely that Canada is the only country doing that.

about 7 months ago
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Carmakers Keep Data On Drivers' Locations From Navigation Systems

djmurdoch Re:All across America (189 comments)

The summary (and the report it quotes) is inaccurate. Car owners *can* demand that the companies destroy the data.

The only problem is, the companies will just ignore the demand.

about 7 months ago

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Cisco and US Authorities found in collusion

djmurdoch djmurdoch writes  |  more than 3 years ago

djmurdoch (306849) writes "The Vancouver Sun reports that "The giant computer company Cisco and U.S. prosecutors deceived Canadian authorities and courts in a massive abuse of process to have a former executive thrown in jail, says a B.C. Supreme Court judge." Peter Adelkeye was arrested last year as he was testifying in a special hearing in Vancouver. It turns out he was there because US authorities would not grant him permission to enter the US to testify in a civil case between him and Cisco. The Canadian judge said that almost nothing in the US Attorney's letter was true, and has overturned his extradition order. Slashdot discussed this case in April."
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djmurdoch djmurdoch writes  |  more than 7 years ago

djmurdoch (306849) writes "From the Globe and Mail: Germany and Canada are the best defenders of privacy, and Malaysia and China the worst, an international rights group said in a report released Wednesday. Britain was rated as an endemic surveillance society, at No. 33, just above Russia and Singapore on a ranking of 37 countries' privacy protections by London-based Privacy International. The United States did only slightly better, at No. 30, ranked between Israel and Thailand, with few safeguards and widespread surveillance, the group said."

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