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UK Possibly Exploring "Google Tax"

nickos Re:This is in fact an entirely reasonable proposal (312 comments)

Well, the BBC operates web sites. Clearly, anyone who uses any sort of web site should be obliged to subscribe, or at least pay something, to the BBC. Therefore, we are going to have a tax on Internet use, some or all of whose proceeds will go to the BBC, for it to operate its public service web sites.

I know you think you were joking, but a couple of years ago it was announced that the TV licence for DR (Danmark's Radio - the Danish equivalent of the BBC which is responsible for some radio stations, TV channels and websites just like the BBC) would become a "media licence", and it would be extended from radio and TV owners to anyone who owned a device with an internet connection (including mobile phones).

So, in Denmark if you have an internet connection you're paying for DR, whether you access their content or not.

Why on earth are states involved in producing media anyway? They don't make newsapers after all (although the USSR had Pravda).

more than 5 years ago

Obama Looking At Open Source?

nickos Re:Open source has been "looked at" (306 comments)

I suppose another huge reason for the intelligence community to like FOSS is that they can audit source code and recompile any binaries as they see fit. That's difficult with closed source software and I imagine they'd be especially wary of foreign closed source software.

about 6 years ago

Windows 7's Media Hype Having the Opposite Effect As Vista's

nickos Re:It's still Windows (864 comments)

Don't forget Carriage Return+Line Feed line endings. Bah!

about 6 years ago

Windows 7's Media Hype Having the Opposite Effect As Vista's

nickos Re:Windows 7 should go back to home and pro setup (864 comments)

dump the retail/OEM distinction too

That's not going to happen unless governments use anti-monopolist legislation to force Microsoft's hand. In the past Microsoft has used the threat of forcing OEMs to pay for the retail version of Windows to prevent them from selling dual-boot systems.

about 6 years ago

Germany Legislates For Mandatory Web Filters

nickos Re:Where exactly is child porn legal to host (309 comments)

Finally, blacklists in general are prone to misuse, abuse and human error.

Absolutely. In Finland, a leading critic of internet censorship had his website added to the list, and the list also contains:

about 6 years ago

How do you get to work?

nickos Re:Bike could be taken two ways. (887 comments)

From reading the other comments here, it looks like the vast majority of people take "Bike" to mean Bicycle. For this reason, the use of the word "Bike" as a short form of "Motorbike" should be discouraged. Go find a new word - this one's taken.

about 6 years ago

Google Unveils First Android Phone

nickos Re:Like Android, don't like the G1 (546 comments)

Apple is evil. Google is evil. Microsoft is evil. Any company that tries to lock you in or spy on you is evil.

I'm waiting for a good generic phone running open software with a good browsing experience. I expect one of the South Korean companies will come up with something reasonable soon.

more than 6 years ago



Codeplex fails; MS doesn't understand Open Source

nickos nickos writes  |  more than 6 years ago

nickos (91443) writes "Microsoft's answer to SourceForge, CodePlex is supposed to be "Microsoft's open source project hosting web site" where users can "Start a new project, join an existing one, or download software created by the community". Why is it then that despite being released on Microsoft's CodePlex website, there is no source code available for Sandcastle (a "Documentation Compiler for Managed Class Libraries")? Sandcastle has been released under the Ms-PL (Microsoft Public License) which does not explicitly state source code must be available, but since it's an OSI approved license it has to conform strictly to the OSI definition which includes the requirement that "The program must include source code, and must allow distribution in source code as well as compiled form".

There's a good discussion of the problem on Sandcastle's discussion board here. Looks like Microsoft's still having problems getting it's head around open source."


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