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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

gronofer Re:So what qualifies? (297 comments)

However the Communcations Act of 2003 is interpreted, is seems. See Wikipedia:

Malicious communications

Section 127 of the act makes it an offence to send a message that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character over a public electronic communications network.[8] The section replaced section 43 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 and is drafted as widely as its predecessor.[9] The section has controversially been widely used to prosecute users of social media in cases such as the Twitter Joke Trial and Facebook comments concerning the murder of April Jones.[10]

On 19 December 2012, to strike a balance between freedom of speech and criminality, the Director of Public Prosecutions issued interim guidelines, clarifying when social messaging is eligible for criminal prosecution under UK law. Only communications that are credible threats of violence, harassment, or stalking (such as aggressive Internet trolling) which specifically targets an individual or individuals, or breaches a court order designed to protect someone (such as those protecting the identity of a victim of a sexual offence) will be prosecuted. Communications that express an "unpopular or unfashionable opinion about serious or trivial matters, or banter or humor, even if distasteful to some and painful to those subjected to it" will not. Communications that are merely "grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or false" will be prosecuted only when it can be shown to be necessary and proportionate. People who pass on malicious messages, such as by retweeting, can also be prosecuted when the original message is subject to prosecution. Individuals who post messages as part of a separate crime, such as a plan to import drugs, would face prosecution for that offence, as is currently the case.[11][12][13]

Revisions to the interim guidelines were issued on 20 June 2013 following a public consultation.[14] The revisions specified that prosecutors should consider:

whether messages were aggravated by references to race, religion or other minorities, and whether they breached existing rules to counter harassment or stalking; and
the age and maturity of any wrongdoer should be taken into account and given great weight.

The revisions also clarified that criminal prosecutions were "unlikely":

when the author of the message had "expressed genuine remorse";
when "swift and effective action ... to remove the communication" was taken; or
when messages were not intended for a wide audience.

10 hours ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

gronofer I hate to say it... (357 comments)

Seeing as most 'potential' human beings never make it, I don't quite share the moral dilemma in choosing the best of the best.

Raising not only humanities average intelligence but much more importantly the lower end seems a phenomenal gain to me.

You are assuming that parents would choose the embryo with the highest IQ. I'm wondering if a lot of people wouldn't be more likely to pick the one in the middle, because they don't want their child to be a "nerd".

3 days ago
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Snowden's Tough Advice For Guarding Privacy

gronofer Re:Is this counting Apple's new encryption scheme? (209 comments)

I'm not sure whay "key" means in this context. If I encrypt a file archive, I need to enter a pass phrase, preferably over 20 characters and not easily brute forceable. This pass phrase is they key, as far as I know. What is the equivalent on Apple's devices? Are they encrypting with a 4 digit pin?

about a week ago
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UK Copyright Reforms Legalize Back-Ups, Protect Parody

gronofer Re:But amateurs can't keep up any more... (68 comments)

Somehow I think society would survive without new big-budget productions like Lord of the Rigs et al. The benefits from making all of the world's information readily available, by no longer treating it as property, would far outweigh that loss. However the question is somewhat academic, since it seems that there's roughly zero political interest in any country that I know of for trying out alternatives to ever increasing copyright terms and ever more draconian attempts to enforce it.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

gronofer Re:Safe deposit box (268 comments)

Not entirely reliable, because if a file becomes corrupt on your Mac, you'll copy the bad file to the backup drive.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

gronofer Re:Offsite. (268 comments)

Good advice, but I think calculating an SHA-1 hash would be more reliable and quicker than viewing them.

about a month ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

gronofer Yet another attack on Anonymity (579 comments)

I suspect that forcing women to make their real names available to the Wikipedia "community" wouldn't be universally acclaimed either.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

gronofer Women crave Feedback (579 comments)

Assuming you are logged in.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

gronofer Women crave Feedback (579 comments)

Untrue. Take a look at the page history. Every edit has a "thank" link.

about a month and a half ago
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Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

gronofer Re:Is this unaffiliated substantial coverage? (239 comments)

Looks like a bunch of blogs and other unreliable content by various trolls and people who don't know much. You'll need to find something in one of Rupert Murdoch's publications, or wait until Fox News cover it.

about 2 months ago
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Financial Services Group WCS Sues Online Forum Over Negative Post

gronofer Re:A point that is missing. (112 comments)

It is later claimed in the legal action that advice from fellow Whirlpool users had allowed âhomemadecookâ(TM) to avoid using WCS Group. Why does this sound wrong?

If I post some recipes on the forums, will I get sued by Australian restaurants for helping people make their own meals and avoid their services?

about 2 months ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

gronofer Re: Pinch of salt needed (226 comments)

Conditions of entry don't have any effect on copyright law, as far as I know. Copyright will still be held by the person making the video, and any action by the organisers would need to be on some other grounds (such as contract violation.)

about 2 months ago
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I'd most like to (personally) explore:

gronofer Re:Cities (246 comments)

Entirely money. A few months in an expensive city (I could add Melbourne, Hong Kong, Berlin) would cost a fortune. I'm not good at making money, especially since I quit being an employee.

about 2 months ago
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I'd most like to (personally) explore:

gronofer Cities (246 comments)

Various cities. New York and Paris would be a good start.

about 2 months ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

gronofer Re:first up let's get one thing straight. (241 comments)

Agreed. Any program can be broken down into a sequence of mathematical operations. It's generally not the type of mathematics that would be of any interest to a mathematician, but it still falls within the domain.

about 3 months ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

gronofer Re:The Heartland Institute (552 comments)

lolololololololol, were you expecting anything else?

"libertarian think tank Heartland Institute". I'd like to know why libertarian organisations even have an opinion about climate change. From what I've seen, their opinion is always hostile to the idea that it's actually happening. It seems to be completely off-topic to their mission, which is purely economics. If they want to be climate scientists, why don't they do it properly and publish their research in peer-reviewed journals?

about 3 months ago
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Australian Electoral Commission Refuses To Release Vote Counting Source Code

gronofer Re:Could it be Micro$oft ... (112 comments)

The previous poster was me... For some reason it came through anonymously. Sorry about that. But, while I'm at it, I'd like to clarify that there are separate systems at play for 1) tracking votes and 2) tracking vote results. These are separate problems and you do not want the same system doing this. Why? Because there's something uncomfortable about a system that tracks who you are, where you are and how you voted. :)

So why do you think they are so strongly resisting the release of the code? It sounds like having extra people examining it for errors could only be a good thing, assuming accuracy is all you care about.

about 3 months ago
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New Zealand ISP's Anti-Geoblocking Service Makes Waves

gronofer Re:Will local rights holders sue? (153 comments)

Geo-locking content has been declared illegal in New Zealand, thus the rights holders don't have any stand to sue.

I'm surprised the studios haven't forced technical counter-measures by now, i.e., making Netflix et. al. blacklist the proxy servers / VPNs from access to their streaming servers.

about 3 months ago
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US National Archives Will Upload All Its Holdings To Wikipedia

gronofer Deleted (108 comments)

Notability isn't required on Commons.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Runs Out of US Address Space For Azure, Taps Its Global IPv4 Stock

gronofer Re: OR (250 comments)

Not to mention all those home and small business routers that don't support IPv6. I know mine doesn't, but then it's at least 10 years old. The last time I looked, maybe 2 or 3 years ago, it was actually hard to buy such a router with IPv6 support. Maybe things have improved since then.

about 4 months ago

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NZ botnet mastermind released without charge

gronofer gronofer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gronofer (838299) writes "Owen Thor Walker has been released without charge after pleading guilty to charges relating to an international cyber-crime ring. He was ordered to pay $9526 in reparations for damage caused to the University of Pennsylvania and $5000 in costs. Justice Judith Potter said she did not think he was motivated by criminal intent and did what he did to show that he could. She acknowledged his high level of skill and said a conviction could jeopardise his prospects, saying he has a potentially outstanding future ahead of him. The court heard he had received job offers from overseas companies and there was a possibility of him working for NZ Police.

I think it's nice to see somebody given a second chance instead of being locked up for 50 years."

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