Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

jonbryce Re:it was 2 years ago (126 comments)

It is still available in China, but not for much longer, hence the announcement.

2 days ago
top

Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

jonbryce Re:customer-centric (397 comments)

No, it is owned and managed by an Irish company which happens to have only one share holder which is an American company.

2 days ago
top

Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

jonbryce Re:customer-centric (397 comments)

The directors of Microsoft Operations Ireland Ltd are obliged to follow Irish law, not US law. The US parent company could vote them out of office at the next AGM of the Irish company, but if they were sacked for refusing to comply with Irish law, they would have a claim against the company for wrongful dismissal.

2 days ago
top

Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

jonbryce Re:It's about hotel taxes (149 comments)

Provided you don't get Carbon Monoxide poisoning from a faulty heating system for example. In England, I know that if there is a problem with that, I contact the local council's Environmental Health department, not the police, if there is a problem with that. I've no idea what the rules are in other countries were I go on holiday.

about a week ago
top

New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

jonbryce Re:Waaah. (336 comments)

Because the sort of things you see on sale in Best Buy in the US are the sort of things you can only find in museums in the UK. Things like stove-top kettles and top-loading washing machines.

about two weeks ago
top

Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

jonbryce Re:Never mind the quantity, feel the quality (331 comments)

Two things, if the police catch an active criminal, it stops them from committing more crimes in the future. Secondly, people are less likely to commit crimes if they think there is a good chance they will be caught.

about two weeks ago
top

Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In China

jonbryce Re:lawful interception... (92 comments)

If the collect payments for the service using the Chinese banking system, then the Chinese government can use their normal legal channels to get the data they want.

about two weeks ago
top

Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

jonbryce Re:What about Oregon and Washington? (368 comments)

Vodafone certainly did, and when I sent those recordings to the Telecommunication Ombudsman, they ruled in my favour.

about three weeks ago
top

Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

jonbryce Re:Specifically: problems with public domaining. (191 comments)

Public domain gives you Freedom 0 (the right to run the software), and Freedom 2 (the right to copy and distribute it), but not Freedom 1 (the right to study how the software works) or Freedom 3 (the right to modify it).

about three weeks ago
top

Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

jonbryce Re:Software patents (191 comments)

Yes it would. RMS invented the GPL because of copyright issues, and before software patents became a problem.

about three weeks ago
top

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.

about a month ago
top

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.

about a month ago
top

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

jonbryce Re:I still can't understand this insanity. (186 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.

about a month ago
top

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

jonbryce Re:Institutional hypocrisy (186 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.

about a month ago
top

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

jonbryce Re:Slippery Slope (186 comments)

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

about a month ago
top

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

jonbryce Re:Slippery Slope (186 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.

about a month ago

Submissions

top

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."

Link to Original Source
top

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."

Link to Original Source
top

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."

Journals

jonbryce has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>