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Community-sourced news site,, goes live

janrinok Re:It's alive (18 comments)

One advantage on the other site is that you have a say in what the site is eventually named. Did DICE ask your permission to force Beta upon you?

No, I thought not... Asked for comments - then ignored them.

about 7 months ago

Iran's Hacking of US Navy 'Extensive,' Repairs Took $10M and 4 Months

janrinok Re:False flag? (147 comments)

Its still $10M that could have remained in the taxpayers' pockets. Penny wise, and all that....

about 7 months ago

Community-sourced news site,, goes live

janrinok Re:good news, everyone (18 comments)

I found the task easy - my job was to stand on the side-lines and shout encouragement. But the guys doing the hard work pulled it off brilliantly, and are probably unaware of my support! As you said - welcome to our new home.

about 6 months ago

The Individual Midnight Thread

janrinok Farewell (40 comments)

Farewell slashdot, at least for the slashcott.

I hope everything turns out well for us all but, if not, thanks for all the good times

about 7 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

janrinok Its all been said before..... (2219 comments)

The thing that I find amazing is that despite the feedback somebody at /. still thinks that this change is a good idea. Unless you are prepared to share with us 'why' the change is so important and 'what' we will have once it is complete that we haven't got now, we are unlikely to accept that ANY change is necessary. But, to reiterate, fix the bugs, keep the text density high, remember that the comments are more important than TFA (which we are not even obliged to read!), and we are NOT AN AUDIENCE. Other than that, it doesn't need changing until you have convinced us that it is necessary for OUR benefit, not for the benefit of someone who wants to sell me something that I don't want.

about 7 months ago

Apple To Discontinue Mac Pro In EU Over Safety Regulations

janrinok Re:Apple only cares about consumer gear now (371 comments)

It is interesting that you seem to place the blame on the EU - if you read the second link of TFS it finishes by pointing out: 'This standard has been approved as a National Standard of Canada by the Standards Council of Canada, and has been approved as by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an American National Standard.' It is, if I understand it correctly, an International Standard that the EU is obeying. I cannot imagine why the US or Canada, for example, is not also complying.

about a year and a half ago

Skype Hands Teenager's Information To Private Firm

janrinok Re:The new paradigm (214 comments)

Didn't this happen in Holland? What has it got to do with the US Justice system?

about 2 years ago

Lenovo Ordered To Refund 'Microsoft Tax'

janrinok Don't apply US conditions to Europe (475 comments)

Exclusive contracts are not very common in Europe, at least not in my experience. But perhaps I shop more wisely than others...

more than 2 years ago

Music Industry Pushing For BT To Block Pirate Bay

janrinok Sauce for the goose... (175 comments)

Of course, we've never had a case of TFS using such acronyms as MAFIAA, SCOTUS, DOJ, DOD, RIAA or POTUS, which mean very little at first sight to many /.'ers who live outside the US. And if you had followed the 2nd link, which you already would have read if you had been following this story, you would have known the answer immediately. Come on, we all have to learn as we go through life. True, the summary would have been clearer to all if BT had been expanded but its not the end of the world. None of my British friends use the abbreviation BT to mean BitTorrent, we simply say 'torrents' or the 'BitTorrent' depending on context. Additionally, CO, CC NB and CoW do not appear to be recognised abbreviations or acronyms anywhere in the context of TFS.

more than 2 years ago

Controversial Cybercrime Bill Introduced In Australia

janrinok Re:Australia - more backwards than the US (103 comments)

Ah, the 3 strikes law.... I am currently living in France (and have for quite a few years now) and have not heard of anyone being prosecuted under that law (HADOPI), nor am I aware of anyone having had their internet connection withdrawn. I'm sure it must have happened, but it is not the doom and gloom that others seem to think that it is. I do know lots of people who regularly download films, music and pornography but none have experienced any trouble nor do they show the slightest concern for that particular law. It seems to me that the HADOPI law has put more fear into people who don't live here than it has in those who do...

about 3 years ago

China Calls Out US On Internet Freedom

janrinok Re:Hah! (338 comments)

I think that you might be missing the point....

Bradley Manning might have committed a crime, but Wikileaks hasn't. Bradley Manning stands accused, but is innocent until proven guilty. If it is all so obvious to the US government, why haven't they put him on trial yet? What they are currently doing is certainly inhumane treatment which isn't justified until at least he has had his day in court.

China is citing the US treatment of Wikileaks and JA, although thank you for bringing Manning into the equation. Yet another fine example of the US doing the opposite of what they often tell other countries should be done.

more than 3 years ago

US Copyright Group — Lawsuits, DDoS, and Bomb Threats

janrinok Re:I think we know exactly where all this is heade (365 comments)

That smart-ass bomb threat going to get them classified as a "terrorist group."

And perhaps that is exactly what is hoped for, precisely as you have suggested. Foreign governments (i.e. non-US) might not put much effort into tracking down someone who 'might' be remotely linked to someone else who 'might' have been involved in a DDos, but they would have a hard time resisting US pressure to help catch the 'terrorists' who are threatening to use bombs.

I'm not suggesting that this is necessarily the reason behind the claims, and I don't think that my tinfoil hat is too tight, but it wouldn't be the first time that a Government has 'manufactured' evidence or made false claims in order to garner public support for what would otherwise be an unpopular action.

more than 3 years ago

The Recovery Disc Rip-Off

janrinok Not allowed to test it? it will be their loss.... (551 comments)

If I cannot test it - I will not buy it. Don't worry, as soon as you explain that you will be forced to buy from a competitor they will open the box for you.

more than 4 years ago

DHS Wants To Monitor the Web For Terrorists

janrinok Re:Tools are already in place, but not used (285 comments)

"...being an Islamic extremist."

I'm not sure if I've read this correctly, but I thought that they knew that he was a Muslim but not that he was an extremist. I'm not American but I don't think that it has yet been made illegal to follow any specific religion - nor should that ever be the case! An individual's religious beliefs has nothing to do with the State. Many of those close to him DID know that he held extremist views but, apparently, they did not take the necessary steps of raising the matter with anyone who could assess his suitability for either his post or for buying firearms. There were lots of mistakes made but I don't think that the FBI were to blame for them. It wasn't the case that the FBI 'had no problem' with the person that you describe - rather, they we not aware of the facts because nobody bothered to tell them.

Not being an American, I might have missed some critical reporting but that's how I recall it being reported here.

more than 4 years ago

Turning Attackers' Tools Against Them

janrinok Re:walled garden version for the rest of us? (75 comments)

"Now go back to using your Windows: Linux Edition (sorry, I mean Ubuntu) and stop turning every thread you can into a baseless battle of the OSes."

Why have YOU turned this into a battle of OSes? There is nothing intrinsically wrong with Ubuntu. It might not be your distro of choice but for many thousands of people, it is exactly that. The fact that it is user friendly and works out-of-the-box makes it more popular but no less of an OS than whatever you might choose to use.

more than 4 years ago

In EU, Google Accused of YouTube "Free Ride"

janrinok Common carrier status (449 comments)

"Common carrier status"

As far as I know, there is no such thing in Europe - it is an American status, not one that is applicable worldwide.

more than 4 years ago

Hacker Will Try To Restore Linux Support On PS3

janrinok Re:And Sony will respond by... (468 comments)

Alternatively, you could just fight back by not buying any Sony products in the future but contacting them now to tell them of your decision. After all, the PS3 is a luxury item and not a necessity. This is the only thing that will get their attention (i.e. it affects their profitability!). The message will not get through overnight, but it will dawn on them eventually.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Wins Windows XP WGA Lawsuit

janrinok Re:Good. There *should* be consequences for using (307 comments)

Except that you don't 'accept' the EULA until it asks you to do so, which is usually at home after the purchase. So the OP was correct in saying that in the UK the EULA cannot be enforced - although this, to the best of my knowledge, has not been to court yet. The agreement with the seller is usually for a computer system. There is no requirement for you to formally accept the software that is installed. This applies not only to the OS, but also to all of the junk, er 'Value Added' items that are also stuffed on the hard drive.

more than 4 years ago

Study Says OOXML Unsuitable For Norwegian Government

janrinok Re:Remove one and unanimity is impossible (145 comments)

He didn't say the EU - he said Europe. Norway remains a part of Europe regardless of whether it decides to join the EU or not.

more than 4 years ago


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