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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

jonbryce Re:my ipad 2 still works (281 comments)

If you turn off some of the animation stuff that has been added in iOS 7, it is fine.

4 days ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

jonbryce Re:my ipad 2 still works (281 comments)

What I find with my iPad 2 is that some websites have a lot more Javascript than they used to, and the iPad 2 isn't really fast enough to cope with them. Previously, those websites would have used flash, which didn't work at all, but generally you could still use the website without the flash plugins.

4 days ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

jonbryce Re:I still can't understand this insanity. (183 comments)

Suppose I did a search for "ReekRend", and found an article that said you had been arrested for a suspected child porn offence. That might hypothetically be true, but what that article doesn't say, because it happened a bit later, is that the police dropped all charges after they found that someone else had stolen your credit card and used it to buy child porn. You probably wouldn't want the original article appearing every time someone searched for your name.

4 days ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

jonbryce Re:Institutional hypocrisy (183 comments)

You could also use this directive to get the source removed, but only if the publisher is based in the EU or in another country that has similar laws.

4 days ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

jonbryce Re:Slippery Slope (183 comments)

You are entitled to get incorrect information removed. That is not new and not controversial, that is why it isn't considered newsworthy.

4 days ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

jonbryce Re:Slippery Slope (183 comments)

The adverts I see on google.com are exactly the same as the adverts I see on google.co.uk. They tend to be for British companies or companies that sell to people in the UK.

4 days ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

jonbryce Re:And? (195 comments)

The Eurostar between London and Paris / Brussels does 300km/h (186 mph), and that is a normal scheduled service. It isn't even the fastest scheduled service in France.

about two weeks ago
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US House Passes Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

jonbryce Re:November? (148 comments)

The tax I was referring to is on the service fees. Sales tax on products purchased online is at the same rate as for products purchased offline. Of the sales tax, 0.33% goes to EU funds and the rest goes to the country's own general funds.

about two weeks ago
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US House Passes Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

jonbryce Re:November? (148 comments)

There is VAT (sales tax) on telecommunication services in every country in the EU, ranging from 15% in Luxembourg to 27% in Hungary. The average rate is around 20%.

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

jonbryce Re:World Cup 2018 (151 comments)

Dasani is not available here because it doesn't comply with EU drinking water standards, so it would be Evian.

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

jonbryce Re:Must vote remain underlings (151 comments)

Students from Scotland get free tuition. Students from other EU countries get free tuition. Students from other parts of the UK and from outside the EU have to pay for tuition.

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

jonbryce Re:Cynically I expect (151 comments)

No, the distilled malt barley drink is called "whisky" if it is made in Scotland, or "whiskey" if it is made elsewhere in the world.

about two weeks ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

jonbryce Re:AI is always (564 comments)

Machine based learning means following instructions about how to construct a database of past events, and then following instructions about how to process and use that data in future events.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon Fighting FTC Over In-App Purchases Fine

jonbryce Re:Apple forced cc and password for free apps (137 comments)

I opened my apple account with an iTunes gift card. That way my maximum loss is limited to whatever is left of the £15 balance on the card. I have purchased a couple of apps with some of the credit.

about three weeks ago
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London Regulator Says Uber Is Operating Legally

jonbryce Re:Expect the Republicans... (105 comments)

Sinn Fein are a republican party, but very different to the US Republican Party. They are the second largest party in Northern Ireland, and want Northern Ireland to be part of the Republic of Ireland rather than the UK. They sit as part of the European United Left–Nordic Green Left in the EU Parliament, so very much to the left of the US Republicans.

about a month ago
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BlackBerry Back In Profit

jonbryce Re:Outside of North America (67 comments)

The school kids on my bus in the morning used to spend their journeys using BBM on their blackberries. Now they have cheap Androids and converse on WhatsApp.

about a month ago
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Continuous System For Converting Waste Plastics Into Crude Oil

jonbryce Re:Oil - Plastic - Back to Oil? (139 comments)

We are making the plastic anyway, so the only thing we need to consider the the energy cost of converting it back into oil once we have finished using it.

about a month and a half ago
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US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

jonbryce Re:I hope they get whatever they can for them (232 comments)

Legal tender means that it must be accepted as settlement of debt. The IRS will in practice accept checks and bank transfers as settlement of tax liabilities, but that does not make them legal tender.

about a month and a half ago
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US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

jonbryce Re:I hope they get whatever they can for them (232 comments)

When the Feds bust a normal street-corner drug dealer, they get "legal" property, such as cars, and illegal property such as their inventory of drugs. The illegal property is retained as evidence until the court case is concluded, then destroyed. The legal property gets sold off.

The Silk Road bust is subject to the same laws as any other drug-dealer bust, so by auctioning off the bitcoins, they are declaring that they are legal property.

about a month and a half ago
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US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

jonbryce Re:Initial Offer (232 comments)

There are lots of people with $600[1] in the bank who could bid for one bitcoin. There are not so many people with $1.8m in the bank who can bit for a block of 3000 bitcoins. Therefore they will probably sell for less than market value, and the winning bidders will likely make a profit from selling them off individually.

[1]$600 is based on the current prices quoted on Bitcoin Charts rounded to one significant figure.

about a month and a half ago

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ACS Law found guilty of misconduct

jonbryce jonbryce writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jonbryce (703250) writes "ACS:Law the law firm involved in a campaign of "speculative invoicing" against alleged copyright infringers has been found guilty of breaching the solicitors' code of conduct in the Patent County Court in London.

The firm closed its doors earlier this year following a disastrous court hearing. The latest ruling means that the 27 defendants in the copyright cases can claim wasted costs of around £90,000 each (approx $150,000).

The head of ACS:Law, Andrew Crossley, faces an hearing at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal later this year, and could potentially be banned from acting as a lawyer."

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Pirate Bay prosecutors suffer legal setback

jonbryce jonbryce writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jonbryce (703250) writes "Swedish prosecutors today dropped the most serious charges against The Pirate Bay after failing to prove that the illegally distributed files had been distributed from The Pirate Bay's website.

This means they have been found not guilty of the more serious charge of assisting copyright infringement, but they are still being tried for the lesser offence of "assisting making available copyrighted content".

Clearly the prosecutor doesn't understand bittorrent technology, and this hasn't helped him in this case.

This case is getting pretty good coverage in the European mainstream media. In addition to the Manchester Guardian report above, it has also been reported in the Times (London), and the Independent. VNU Net describes it as a farce."

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English courts allow software patents

jonbryce jonbryce writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jonbryce (703250) writes "The court of appeal in England has ruled that companies should be granted patents for "complex" software products. In this particular case, Symbian had written something that makes mobile phones run faster.

The court case has received very little attention because of the bank crisis, but it can be appealed to the House of Lords and then the European Court of Justice."

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