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UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

grahammm Re:Starting with him? (329 comments)

And also repeal the official secrets act and make public all communication between civil servants. After all, what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. Governments need to remember that they are the servants of the people not the other way round,

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

grahammm Re:Car analogy (437 comments)

But there is a difference between "Not supported" and "Actively preventing it from working". If a country is 'not supported' then it should mean that you are on your own and the official support channels will not provide help if you have problems. Not that they actively block you from accessing from that country,

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

grahammm Re:Cat and mouse... (437 comments)

It's all about the cash. Different markets have different rates because they can/can't afford a single worldwide rate..

True. But that does not stop them providing the same shows/movies etc worldwide but charging the appropriate local rate for access. I wonder how much of this "pirating" is to get cheaper access to content which is available locally, and how much to get access to content which is NOT available locally and therefore can only be obtained by 'pirating'? I suspect that the latter is more common than the former.

about three weeks ago
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2015 Means EU Tax Increase On Cloud Storage, E-books and Smartphone Applications

grahammm Re:This is nothing new for me. (164 comments)

One slight problem with that. When it has been passed to the payment processor it is too late. In many (if not all) EU countries, the law requires that the tax inclusive price is shown to the buyer when the buyer is a consumer (ie not a business to business transaction). So the appropriate VAT rate has to be known before the buyer is shown the selection of goods/services on offer.

about three weeks ago
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Would Twitter Make President Obama 'Follow' the Tea Party If the Price Is Right?

grahammm Following != agreeing (121 comments)

Just because you follow something on Twitter or Facebook does not mean you agree with or support it. Surely it makes sense to also follow the enemy/opposition/competition just to get more of an insight into what they are doing. So, it would make sense for Obama and/or his staff to follow the Tea Party.

about three weeks ago
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Sony Sends DMCA Notices Against Users Spreading Leaked Emails

grahammm Small emails (138 comments)

They must be small emails if someone can send them in tweet.

about three weeks ago
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United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

grahammm Re:Airlines could surcharge for the actual journey (349 comments)

There have been at least 2 well publicised cases of this in the UK, but on the railway not airlines. In the first, someone had a very cheap point-to-point fare and when they got off the train one stop to early they were charged as though they had no ticket. The second involved someone with an advance (ie allocated seat, specific train etc) ticket who got a lift to the stop after the origin shown on the ticket and again they had to pay full fare for the journey actually made.

about a month ago
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United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

grahammm Airlines could surcharge for the actual journey (349 comments)

One way round this issue, from the airlines point of view would be for them to charge the passenger for the actual flight taken - NY to SF in the case outlined - if both that flight would have been more expensive than the one booked and the passenger does not use the extra leg(s). I suspect most flights are booked with credit cards, so the airlines could do the same as hotels are just make an extra charge if the final legs are not used.

about a month ago
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Bank Security Software EULA Allows Spying On Users

grahammm Re:How crazy (135 comments)

That is not the only way that (some) banks are incompetent at security. Their 'secure' internet banking sites only support SSL3 & TLS1.0, they prefer RC4 ciphers and do not offer any ciphersuites using PFS.

about a month and a half ago
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Study: There's a Wi-Fi Hotspot For Every 150 People In the World

grahammm Hotspot handover? (63 comments)

As the article states, currently you have to log in to each hotspot individually. Are there ant plans to implement the protocol which enables you to migrate between hotspots in the same way as you move between cell towers, with each hotspot handing over your connection to the next? This could be useful for pedestrians in city centres, shopping areas etc and would relieve the load on the 3G networks in areas where lots of people are using data connections on their mobile phones. So that as you move between shops you do not have to keep logging in to a different hotspot.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Useful Are DMARC and DKIM?

grahammm Re:DMARC and Google: multiple foobars (139 comments)

No, the solution is to only check SPF and DKIM at your external borders (ie incoming mail on servers listed in your MX records). Internal servers should not be checking SPF or DKIM,

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

grahammm Re:I'm surrounded by morons (613 comments)

By the time DST starts, it is already light past the time for getting home for work, and when DST ends it is starting to get dark at go-home time. During the summer it would be light during both morning and evening commute, and in winter it would be dark irrespective of DST. It is only during the few weeks around the clock changes that it affects whether the commutes are in daylight or darkness. Also as others have pointed out, the clock changes are at the time of year when it is getting light/dark during the morning/evening commute which leads to having to two periods each years of suffering the sun just over the horizon during each commute.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

grahammm Re:I'm surrounded by morons (613 comments)

No. Most of (Western) Europe should be on GMT/UTC. The timezone system is based on the sun being at its highest point within 30 minutes of noon local time, with it being at exactly noon at the 15N degree longitude lines. So it is continental Europe that should change to the 'natural' timezone rather than the UK changing to CET.

about 3 months ago
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

grahammm Re:WTFBBQ (217 comments)

So just have 2 sets of doors and arrange so that they cannot both be open simultaneously - ie an airlock type system. The first set of doors is open and the second closed. People pass through the 1st door, the door closes and the 2nd door opens to allow the people to exit. The second door will not close (and the first remains closed) while there is anyone in the area between the doors. This means that if someone does try to go the wrong way, they will have to turn back and exit through the door they entered by.

about 4 months ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

grahammm Do not do geo-blocking (363 comments)

If VPN use impedes the enforcement of geo-blocking then the answer is very simple - do not try and use geo-blocking. Restricting where content may be viewed is a concept which should have passed its 'sell by date'.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

grahammm Re:customer-centric (419 comments)

Once Office is gone, Linux on the desktop is in. Office is the reason why businesses need windows on client, and exchange servers on the back end. Game over man, game over.

Why do you need Exchange Server on the back end to handle office? Office works fine on a standalone PC, SOHO users just have it running on a single PC or use windows shares (without a domain controller) to share documents. Office documents can be stored on any shared file system and sent/received by any email system. So exchange server is not needed to support office.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

grahammm Re:customer-centric (419 comments)

But could they order that the unopened box be shipped to the USA, where it will be forced open by US law enforcement and the contents examined?

about 5 months ago
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BBC and FACT Shut Down Doctor Who Fansite

grahammm Re:Anyone know what, exactly, was the issue? (186 comments)

If BBC iPlayer were to have the old episodes available, rather than its usual habit of removing programmes N days after broadcast, then there would be no incentive for fan and torrent sites to 'pirate' them.

about 5 months ago
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Netflix Now Works On Linux With HTML5 DRM Video Support In Chrome

grahammm Re:Why is (201 comments)

True,. If you distribute a Linux binary then as long as the user is running the same library .so versions as it was linked with, chances are that it will run with no problems irrespective of the distribution.

about 6 months ago
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Linux Kernel Shuffling Zombie Juror Aka 3.16 Released

grahammm Arch not the first (63 comments)

The article suggests that Arch will be the first distribution to have 3.16, but Gentoo got there before it,

about 6 months ago

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