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City of London Police Take Down Proxy Service Over Piracy Concerns

mindwhip Re:Rome would be so proud (133 comments)

Wow... where is the option to vote the summary and TFA as troll?

Seriously. They full of misrepresentation (CoLP is just another area force like all the others in the UK. CoLP is NOT a private force. The fact that corporations vote in CoL is irrelevant here as voters have no direct influence on the force - policy comes from national level. CoLP are national specialists on this kind of 'soft' crime and are the force responsible for national level investigations of this type. Seizures would have needed to have been court sanctioned/ordered and as is often the case with ongoing investigations where the details would be sealed until said investigation was completed. The fact that large scale copyright infringement is a crime was made by the elected national government and not by the CoLP.)

Wilfully continuing to aid criminals after you are aware of providing such aid (except on threat of personal safety) is in itself a crime in the UK.

ICANN etc have operations in the UK and are therefore have legal responsibility/requirement to comply with such court orders in the country they operate in. This is identical to the many cases where a USA court orders extradition for some minor thing on a non US company director just because they have a sales/import office with 5 staff at some container port in Florida.

about two weeks ago

Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

mindwhip Re: Today I Learnt that... (181 comments)

Thing is they are fairly toothless given all they really have is their branding. The most they can do is either:

1) Withdraw heritage status from a location
2) Write a strongly worded letter to Government/Local Council/Developer/Other threatening to withdraw heritage status from a location

Since most places that have heritage status only use it for tourism promotions and this island only has 13 tourist trips a year, threatening to destroy the tourism is pointless...

about three weeks ago

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

mindwhip Re:Slippery Slope (186 comments)

Related question... why does the USA hate Samsung so much?

I find it interesting when its the USA instead of Europe (or any other nation/entity) doing this kind of global policing that's perfectly fine with US government (and therefore by extension most Americans and American companies) but the second the shoe is on the other foot its a different matter entirely... for example not all countries have the same laws on copyright/patents but USA expects everyone to comply with their view of how the world should be.

The answer to both questions is almost always where the money is. US Agencies favour Apple as they are a US company. EU dislike Google (and some other 'globals') as they use creative accounting to avoid paying a fair amount (sometimes paying nothing) of local taxes in most countries.

PS: I don't agree with the decision... I just find the attitudes interesting.

about three weeks ago

The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

mindwhip Re:What's the difference (309 comments)

Are we talking free as in beer or free as in speech? Or are we talking a new "free"? "Free as in consumer choice"

about a month ago

Researchers Develop New Way To Steal Passwords Using Google Glass

mindwhip Re:That does it (116 comments)

Yeah because its so easy to change next time [popular web service] has a security breach and your fingerprint is in the hands of criminals.

about a month and a half ago

15-Year-Old Developing a 3D Printer 10x Faster Than Anything On the Market

mindwhip Re:Another child making unsupported claims (203 comments)

No I wouldn't call it jealousy. I'd call it science.

People can claim all they want but without evidence, repeatable test results and peer review its worthless.

And just because they have some 'patent pending' tech doesn't mean they have either a working printer that does what they claim or a patent that's worth anything or even a design that is actually patentable. For all we know the patent is in fact worthless and they are trying to sell it to someone before they realise...

about a month and a half ago

Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

mindwhip Re:Legendary nerd? (242 comments)

Woz is a populist geek hero to anybody who wants to average performance while increasing cost to pay for the 'cool factor'.

Fixed that for you

about a month and a half ago

Amazon Dispute Now Making Movies Harder To Order

mindwhip Re:Intentional misprints? (210 comments)

So you aren't a 7th day advent hopist then?

"Faith, Hop and Charity, and the greatest of these is Hop."

about 2 months ago

New 'Google' For the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy

mindwhip Re:Oh man (156 comments)

Dam... the opposite of breathing and being alive is not breathing and being dead :(

about 4 months ago

Minecraft Creator Halts Plans For Oculus Version Following Facebook Acquisition

mindwhip Re:Kickstarter skeptics eat your heart out (300 comments)

Since the OR was mainly a "close to eye" usable screen with other stuff bolted around it I suspect that Facebook either found some patent in the bundle that will mean they get a cut of Google Glass or is something they think they need or can use to develop their own Glass equivalent... possibly along with a Facebook phone.

I am sad.

about 5 months ago

Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

mindwhip Re:Um, right. (278 comments)

And there we have the pointlessness of this article... every parent and every child is different. What works for one parent/child pair won't necessarily work for another parent/child pair.

about 5 months ago

Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

mindwhip Re:Um, right. (278 comments)

Mine didn't really understand the problems but always got me to explain what I was trying to do, why and how. The act of me explaining taught me to think through things and ultimately solve them myself, one big lesson that works for a lot more than maths.

about 5 months ago

Google and Microsoft Both Want To Stop Dual-Boot Windows/Android Devices

mindwhip Re:Okay, now I can say it. And be happy. (153 comments)

Where do Zuckerberg and Ellison fit into this Lucasian demonology?

One is from Naboo and the other from the forest moon of Endor. I'll let you decide which is which...

about 5 months ago

The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

mindwhip Re:Why? (769 comments)

Hundred or so? Why not be nice and install a decent quality vending machine with subsidised (even free) coffee? Not only does it mitigate the fire risks no one ever gets the chance to complain that someone before them took the last cup and didn't make more...

And as for quality there are some really good machines out there that are better than some local coffee houses (assuming you fill it with a decent coffee)

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Sort?

mindwhip My prefered sort... (195 comments)

These are the steps I use to sort stuff...
1. Extract hard drive from computer that needs sorting.
2. Insert it into working Linux system and copy all user files that need to be kept to a directory
3. Reinstall the hard drive back into the non booting computer
4. Reinstall windows on the broken computer (or use the factory reset if it has one)
5. Transfer the needed files via a samba share to the now sorted computer.
6. Snoop through my co-workers files and post the funny ones on the internet. (optional)
7. Collect reward, and bask in the glory of being called a miracle worker and saving all those (interchangeable) photos of co-worker children etc while giving (pointless) lecture on making backups.

There are variants of this that involve using live CDs and USB drives or only doing step 4 but these can cause unwanted complications that I prefer to avoid and often result in skipping some or all of step 7.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

mindwhip Re:Adventure games (669 comments)

Currently playing Harvey's new eyes... tons more content and more sadistic humour than the slightly disappointing/obvious/short Broken Age (Act1)

about 6 months ago

Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?

mindwhip Re:Really?!?! (389 comments)

Nice try but while it is possible to admin the server itself (and any MS services) via powerscript and no GUI sometimes the (often legacy or at the very least not metro) 3rd party software the server is there to host can't be configured/run without one.

Also add into the mix development servers and developers that are being paid to integrate and extend the 3rd party software and not spend half their time writing one time scripts (or waiting days for a sever admin to approve that script depending on the local policy) to correct a trivial problem that their code created during testing that could be easily resolved with half a dozen clicks in a GUI with a limited access account.

about 6 months ago

Court Rules Against Online Anonymity

mindwhip Re:And thus ends Yelp. (314 comments)

I have found yelp to be extremely accurate. I have never gone to anyplace with high marks on yelp and regretted it.

I have never gone to anyplace because of high marks on yelp and never regretted it.

about 7 months ago



EU Gets Browser Choice in March

mindwhip mindwhip writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mindwhip (894744) writes "As of 1st March EU users of XP, Vista and Windows 7 will be presented with the long awaited one time browser choice.

"Millions of people who have never really thought about which browser to use will now be forced to make a choice," said BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones on his blog.
"That presents Microsoft's rivals with a unique marketing opportunity."

Is this choice really a good thing? It it a Marketing opportunity for Microsoft? Or will it just result in support headaches, for business, computer manufacturers and websites, when first time computer users select one of the less compatible browsers?"


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