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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

grahammm Re:Customer service? (872 comments)

Where there are allocated seats (which is not the case in this story), why would anyone want to pay extra to board first? In many other situations, the more important, or higher ranked, the person the later they have take their seat. For example in the Navy, the most senior officer is the last to board a transport and the first to disembark. When there are state occasions (such as a Royal marriage), the "ordinary" people have to arrive first and sometimes be in their seats hours in advance, whereas the VIPs arrive at the last moment.

As a business, or first class, traveller, which would you prefer - staying longer in the first/business class lounge and boarding last or boarding first and having to sit on the plane for longer before it departs?

3 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

grahammm Re:Damn I used to like southwest (872 comments)

I get the impression that you have about equal chances of getting a rude gate agent no matter what airlines you fly with.

Probably because the gate agents are not employed by the airline but by a third party contractor who provides the agents for all gates irrespective of the airline.

3 days ago
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"Internet's Own Boy" Briefly Knocked Off YouTube With Bogus DMCA Claim

grahammm Re:There is supposed to be a penalty. (157 comments)

Maybe apply the 'three strikes' doctrine and make it that after N false take-downs all of the copyrights they do own revert to the public domain.

about two weeks ago
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"Internet's Own Boy" Briefly Knocked Off YouTube With Bogus DMCA Claim

grahammm Re:Sorry... (157 comments)

And those doing so should be also charged with perjury, as allowed for by DMCA. Claiming to own the rights to something to which you do not own the rights should be treated as being far more serious that copying (or distributing) something without permission (so called 'piracy').

about two weeks ago
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Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

grahammm Re:Idiots (147 comments)

Why not? Here the OTA terrestrial TV is a mixture of 'free to view' and encrypted 'subscription or pay-per-view' channels all using the same spectrum. The encrypted and unencrypted channels not only use the same spectrum but also share the same MUX..

about two weeks ago
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Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

grahammm Re:Idiots (147 comments)

Or they could encrypt the OTA transmissions and require viewers to use a CAM to decode them.

about two weeks ago
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UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

grahammm Re:Seems appropriate (353 comments)

Yes, you turn over they keys to the safe and inside they find sheets of paper with what appears to be random letters and numbers written on them. Can the court compel you to disclose the "meaning" of what is written on those documents?

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Could Be Classified As a 'Cybersecurity Threat' Under New CISPA Rules

grahammm Re:If Netflix, then DRM too (125 comments)

As do territorial rights/restrictions - you cannot access this information because of where you are (or where geolocation of your IP address thinks you are). Or "we do not support the browser/OS you are using.

about a month ago
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Wireless Industry Lobbying Hard to Keep Net Neutrality Out

grahammm Re:Of course they do ... (85 comments)

Why should ISPs not be regulated the same as phones? They both do basically the same thing - provide the infrastructure for party A to connect to party B and exchange information. The only real difference is that a phone line only (normally) allows communication with a single peer at one time but communication to multiple peers can be multiplexed over the connection to an ISP.

about a month ago
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Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

grahammm Re:FYI: remove from Youtube not from 'Google' (364 comments)

The agreement protects google against legal action arising from hosting copywriter content.

Do not forget that someone owns the copyright on every video posted on YouTube, whether it is a private individual posting a video of their cat playing with a ball of string or a TV company posting a complete TV show.

about a month and a half ago
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What qualifications should the 'driver' of a fully autonomous car need?

grahammm Re:Driver and user licenses (301 comments)

The same as if any other vehicle (whether it is car you are driving or a vehicle in which you are a passenger) breaks down. You (or someone else) calls for assistance and either the vehicle is towed, a mechanic does a roadside repair or another vehicle is dispatched for you to continue your journey.

about 2 months ago
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Mozilla Offers FCC a Net Neutrality Plan With a Twist

grahammm Re:conflict of interest (123 comments)

Yes, but we can do that without restricting them from providing other services.

Why not? It seems to work for the landline and mobile telecom companies. Basically you can dial any number from any phone, including one which connects to a competitors service. The way they handle it is in the charging structure. If they provide service X then access to this is included in the basic charge. If you want to connect to service X provided by a competitor then you will have to pay the call charges. Translating this to ISPs would mean that access to the service provided by the ISP would either not be metered or would not count towards any data caps or allowances.

about 3 months ago
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Mozilla Offers FCC a Net Neutrality Plan With a Twist

grahammm Re:There's no financial incentive to play fair (123 comments)

So maybe there needs to be legislation which requires these ISPs to operate a "Chinese Wall" between their content provider and customer connectivity operations.

about 3 months ago
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Facebook Data Miner Will Shock You

grahammm Re:link (164 comments)

What is the purpose of restricting it to US only? Do they think that people outside the US would not be interested in seeing what could be mined about them from Facebook?

about 3 months ago
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Aussie Attorney General's War On Encrypted Web Services

grahammm Perfect Forward Secrecy (151 comments)

So they would ban the use of Perfect Forward Secrecy. Using PFS it is impossible to decrypt the intercepted content even with the Certificate's private key.

about 4 months ago
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Chrome 33 Nixes Option To Fall Back To Old 'New Tab' Page

grahammm Was it picked up in Beta? (125 comments)

Chrome 33 was in Beta for a while before being released as stable. So these issues should have been picked up/highlighted then. How much negative feedback on the new 'new tab' page was there during the beta cycle? I am using Chromium beta cycle and soon got used to the new 'new tags' page.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

grahammm Ask Brains (478 comments)

You will have to ask Brains of International Rescue.

about 5 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

grahammm Re:Why? (2219 comments)

This type of thing predates the internet. Back in the days when hobbyist electronics/radio construction was reasonably popular and 8-bit (6502, Z80, 6809 etc based) were becoming available, most of the magazines were pretty 'light' on the technical/theoretical side of the hobby. Then a new magazine was launched with a much higher technical level. This high technical level did not last long as lots of people wrote in asking for it to be dumbed down and despite other letters pointing out there were a number of other magazines catering for the less technical reader the published 'caved in' and lowered the technical level to that of the existing magazines. It folded soon afterwards.

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

grahammm Re:Fuck Beta (2219 comments)

Slashdot is one of the very few sites on which I have clicked on an advertisement and actually followed through and purchased what was being advertised.

about 6 months ago
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The UK's Internet Porn Filter and Fighting Censorship Creep

grahammm Re:This is why I like being old (234 comments)

And I'll let Linda know that I'll be wankin' it to much of that aforementioned content. While smoking weed.

Linda: The blocked content includes child pornography sir.

What will you do now?

Reply, "so sign me up to the filter which ONLY blocks child pornography."

about 7 months ago

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