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Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

kinarduk Re:Welcome to Australia, Ferengi. (138 comments)

Same in the UK and Europe. Want to do business here? Then abide by local laws, simples.

4 days ago

Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion

kinarduk Buying a streaming contract? (188 comments)

I know apple have tried hard to get the labels to sign up to a music streaming service. Perhaps they bought beats because it already had a contract in place with the major labels, thus removing all of the complicated negotiations?

about 3 months ago

British Operator EE Offers £8 Million Petabyte 4G Data Bundle

kinarduk EE shutting down cell towers (53 comments)

Since the merger of Orange and T-Mobile, EE have been cost cutting by shutting down cell towers with overlaps. This sounds reasonable, but it's having a huge effect on signal strength and quality. Initially they denied there was a problem, now they can't hide the fact the service is suffering. So if you're a business with £8 million in your pocket, make sure you do your due diligence and check coverage in your area! Remember what you check now might not be there when you want to use it, as EE are still decommissioning towers!

about 10 months ago

No Love From Ars For Samsung's New Smart Watch

kinarduk Re:Is anyone surprised? (236 comments)

I've tried many 'smart' watches, Pebble is the only one that gets it right. Simple notifications coupled with a decent battery life, down to a custom and simplified OS. i'mwatch and the cuckoo just didn't cut it.

about a year ago

Indiana Man Gets 8 Months For Teaching How To Beat Polygraph Tests

kinarduk Re:AMERIKAN GULAG! (356 comments)


about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Deliver a Print Magazine Online, While Avoiding Piracy?

kinarduk iTunes? (298 comments)

You could deliver the content via iTunes. Sure it has DRM, but it's not very obtrusive, there's plenty of evidence showing people paying for content through the iTunes store. You'll have to give up 30% to apple however.

about a year ago

Ouya Performance Not Particularly Exciting

kinarduk Re:800,000 Applications (305 comments)

"Stable Platform" - The most important phrase in your post. Developers love this. I know, I'm a developer.

about a year ago

Driver Trapped In Speeding Car At 125 Mph

kinarduk Re:Remove keys from ignition? (1176 comments)

I had a french car once (or twice) a Peugeot, it was a diesel. I had a situation where I couldn't turn it off. Keys out everything, nothing worked, it just kept running, eventually I managed too stall it. This is different to TFA as the accelerator wasn't stuck, but it might be a contributory factor.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Mathematical Fiction?

kinarduk Re:Too short? (278 comments)

I consume my books mostly in audio form now days, even with great voice acting Anathem was a hard and long 'read', but I'm glad I persisted as taken as a whole it was a great book.

about 2 years ago

UK Man Arrested For Offensive Joke Posted On Facebook

kinarduk Re:For fuck sake, not again! (606 comments)

Me too. However that doesn't change the fact that comedy and jokes are used in therapy.

about 2 years ago

UK Man Arrested For Offensive Joke Posted On Facebook

kinarduk For fuck sake, not again! (606 comments)

So the first thing that happens with any tragedy is that people make jokes about it. It happened with 9/11, it happened with 7/7 it's happened throughout history. Some people use it as a form of therapy. It's part of our coping mechanism.

about 2 years ago

Apple Loses Bid For Emergency Ban On HTC Phone Imports

kinarduk Re:Only a little evil (305 comments)

Also, when installing most Safari updates through the software update tool, a system restart is required. WTF?

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Instead of a Laptop, a Tiny Computer and Projector?

kinarduk Don't waste your time (339 comments)

It's going to be a pain, I promise. Don't waste your time. Get an Air or Chromebook and save yourself loads of trouble.

more than 2 years ago

Sinclair ZX Spectrum 30th Anniversary

kinarduk Re:My first computer (212 comments)

You'd be surprised at the things hackers made the '81 do. I remember sound generation by playing with the screen refresh code, no don't ask me how, but I remember trying it out. Also there was code where people managed to get some colour out the the '81, again I think by playing with the refresh code, but I can't remember exactly, it was a LONG time ago. Lastly there were hardware 'fixes' for the lack of colour, here's a post I found on the 'nets:;action=print;num=1125268877.htm

more than 2 years ago

EU ACTA Chief Resigns

kinarduk Re:I can understand why (253 comments)

I've already had a reply from one of them (Andrew Duff)! ...

Thank you for contacting Andrew about the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

I can assure you that I will forward your email to Andrew so that he can read the specific points you make.

Andrew is not on the committee that specialises in these issues, but has been following developments closely along with his group colleagues, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe (ALDE).

He recognises that some of ACTA's aims are valid, but also has real concerns that - as with so much legislation in this area - its implications for privacy and freedom may be more serious than is currently understood, and is seeking greater assurance on these points.

Throughout negotiations on ACTA the ALDE group has called for greater transparency and tabled a resolution in September 2010 asking the Commission for all relevant studies and impact assessments before signing the agreement. ALDE colleagues have sponsored many of the Parliamentary questions on this matter.

Negotiations were finalised in November 2010 and the relevant parties are now in the process of ratifying the Agreement through their internal procedures. In the EU this means that both the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers must give their approval. The Council adopted a decision on December 17th authorising the signature of ACTA, and the text now passes to the European Parliament for ratification. The International Trade Committee (INTA) and the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) have already asked the Parliament’s Legal Services for advice on the agreement, and then the INTA Committee will produce a report with input in the form of opinions from the Development Committee (DEVE), the Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) and the JURI Committee.

On 24 November 2010 the European Parliament adopted a Resolution in which we called on the Commission to confirm that ACTA’s implementation will have no impact on fundamental rights and data protection. MEPs welcomed the Commission’s confirmation that the ACTA provisions will be fully in line with EU law and that neither personal searches nor the so-called ‘three strikes and out’ procedure will be introduced. The Parliament also emphasised that any decision taken by the Commission as part of the ACTA Committee must not unilaterally change the agreement’s content, and that therefore any proposed change must be approved by the Parliament and the Council.

ALDE will finalise its decision on whether to support the agreement or not once the legal advice and INTA committee report are available and only if concerns about interference with internet freedoms and other civil liberties can be assuaged. Until then it is not possible to have a fully informed position on this issue.

In the meantime I attach a couple of interim briefing documents I have received on the issue, which are designed to address some of the specific criticisms that have been levelled at these proposals.

Thank you once again for contacting Andrew about this issue. I hope this response has been helpful.

more than 2 years ago


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