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School District Hit With New Mac Spying Lawsuit

eldurbarn "He's in it for the money" (330 comments)

From the blurb:

"Lower Merion agreed to pay Blake Robbins $175,000 and cover $425,000 in court costs."

So... an egregious breach of trust has occurred. Who gets paid?

more than 3 years ago

Why Has Blu-ray Failed To Catch Hold?

eldurbarn In short: user experience (1162 comments)

I live in a country where the amazing American Netflix download/watch is not a practical option.

I also live so far from any rental place, that rent-rip-return is my best practical approach: wait for a time when I know that I'll be making two trips within the same week, bring home a stupid big pile, r-r-r, and watch them over the next six months.

But I went and got a blu-ray player. I turn it on. Go to the bathroom. Hit the eject button. Fix lunch. Put in the disk. Go out and garden while the bluddy can't-go-past-this-crap runs. Then watch the movie.

I'm better off with "Starz" and a TiVo!

more than 3 years ago

Anxiety and IT?

eldurbarn Personally... (347 comments)

When I was in that position, I would wake up each morning, go to the washroom and throw up into the toilet.

Then things got worse and I landed in the cardiac care ward.

While out on disability, they fired me.

I'm now unemployed and the lack of stress is WONDERFUL!

about 4 years ago

Another Stab At a Canadian DMCA

eldurbarn The left had doesn't care what the right hand... (237 comments)

One branch of our government works hard to ensure Canadian content. They are charged with ensuring that we are not overwhelmed by the colossus that is the US media industry. They fear that our culture could be eroded when all that's available in the public media forum is someone else's culture.

Another branch of government is bowing to pressure from the US: "Adopt our style of enforcement or we will stop supplying your people with vast quantities of 'entertaining' material that extols the obvious virtue our culture." (Notice that I neglect to even address how this supply is designed to make money flow from other countries to the US.)

I see such a simple solution here: keep a nice, free copyright environment here in Canada that encourages new, creative and vibrant work, which is the stated purpose of copyright in the first place, and let the US worry about not overwhelming us.


(YMMV, IANAL, and other disclaimers apply)

more than 4 years ago

Massive Power Outages In Brazil Caused By Hackers

eldurbarn Independent System Operators (462 comments)

The Independent System Operators (ISOs) exercise real-time control of the grids. I can't speak for others, but I do know how the New England ISO does things. Yes, there's a lot of automation... but the entire system is designed to have a "man in the loop". Add to this the fact that there are two completely independent systems for monitoring the Area Control Error (ACE) (the amount by which generation doesn't match load) and you get a situation where a hacked system would become very obvious, very quickly.

The uber-emergency last ditch ACE monitor is an un-networked box that monitors analogue signals sent to it over microwave relays. As of today (as far as I know) you can't hack a box that you cannot connect to.

Yes, it's possible for a cyber attack on an ISO to create a measure of chaos, a degree of frustration and a burning desire to "get rid of" that hacker, but these men and women are dedicated professionals and they engage in a process that has been honed and refined over the last few decades. I shan't say that it's impossible, but I honestly believe that it would be highly unlikely that meddling in the data stream (SCADA) or accessing the control computers would bring about massive failures.

For that sort of thing to happen, you need a perfect storm of failures.

more than 5 years ago

DoJ Defends $1.92 Million RIAA Verdict

eldurbarn It's a lottery, in reverse (386 comments)

Deter? What makes them think it would deter anyone?

It's like a lottery, in reverse.

Download & benefit. Download & benefit. Download & benefit.

Multiply this my thousands... or millions.

And one poor, unlucky sod gets smacked with a fine for the same kind of money we see in lotteries.

Do the math. Do you feel lucky?

Hell, yeah.

more than 5 years ago

New BigDog Robot Video

eldurbarn Send this Kid to Camp (193 comments)

Actually: send this robot to Mars.


If the developers can get a high enough reliability, this gizmo has wheels beat all hollow!

more than 6 years ago



Canada a top copyright violator, U.S. group says

eldurbarn eldurbarn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

eldurbarn (111734) writes "According to this CBC article, "Canada has joined Russia and China as the biggest violators of U.S. copyright law, according to the U.S.-based International Intellectual Property Alliance."

The story goes on to say that, "The group's report is the latest to urge the U.S. government into pressuring Ottawa to reform copyright laws." As previously reported on Slashdot, the current Conservative government had planned to introduce a new copyright law, but dissent from the privacy commissioner and a groundswell of public protest delayed that action.

What makes this story so important, now, is that this pressure is being applied at a time and in a manner that may force the Canadian government to fall, forcing an election."


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