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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

scotjam Re:I lost the password (560 comments)

If that is true, mod parent up!

about 7 months ago

Wikileaks Aiding Snowden - Chinese Social Media Divided - Relations Strained

scotjam Re:Done us all a favor (629 comments)

Just to back up CanHasDIY:
"In recent years we have seen a variety of measures introduced that undermine the right to protest and freedom of speech.
Laws intended to combat anti-social behaviour, terrorism and serious crime are routinely used against legitimate protesters.
Broadly drafted anti-terrorism offences of 'encouragement' and 'glorification' of terrorism threaten to make careless talk a crime.
Membership of certain organisations can be banned under anti-terror laws even if the organisation is non-violent and political.
Hate speech laws have been extended in a piecemeal way to ban ever-expanding categories of speech.
Broad anti-terrorism powers of stop and search have been used to harass and stifle peaceful protesters.
Protest around Parliament has been severely restricted by laws limiting and overly regulating the right to assemble and protest around Parliament."
Source: http://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/human-rights/free-speech/

It's really quite scary...

about a year and a half ago

Wikileaks Aiding Snowden - Chinese Social Media Divided - Relations Strained

scotjam Re:Done us all a favor (629 comments)

I'm not saying I don't think it is a serious violation of human rights, only that it probably has limited practical implications for me. There always differences, also in healthcare, but given that I'm not poor or ill, it'll probably have few implications for me.


about a year and a half ago

Free Wi-Fi: the Movement To Give Away Your Internet For the Good of Humanity

scotjam Re:Bad idea. (505 comments)

I disagree.

In the UK, it is illegal to share internet without mandatory log in (registration can be free, but it *must* be required for the operator to stay out of trouble).

If registration were not required by law, I would be sharing my access already. Given that registration is "required to be required", and given that it is complex for a part-time geek such as myself to set up a registration system, I don't make the extra effort to share.

I do think, though, that there are plenty of people like myself who would be happy to share without setting up registration if they weren't then subject to prosecution.

about 2 years ago

Microsoft Surface Pro Arrives Feb. 9

scotjam Re:Let the bashing begin! (268 comments)

90% of tablets not having features isn't trying to imply that they will have 90% market share

Aside from that, it could well end up with 10% share if they get it right. Business users. Microsoft office won't run on any other OS, and the tablet alternatives suck (I know, it's probably MS's fault they suck due to ever-changing standards, but that doesn't change the fact that for a business user, they suck).

about 2 years ago

Is It Worth Investing In a High-Efficiency Power Supply?

scotjam Re:More maths (328 comments)

Like your kids, I almost exclusively use cheap or very old PSUs. Sure, sometimes they blow up or cause instability, but when they work it's beautifully cheap. Same with RAM. Sometimes you get unlucky, but a lot of the time you don't need to spend a fortune. As long as you don't go *rock* bottom, they tend to work fine.

Like hard drives though, they should be viewed as a "consumable" item.

more than 2 years ago

The UK's 5-Minute 4G Data Cap

scotjam Re:Mobile bandwidth (261 comments)


"Up to 150 Mbps download speed available in select areas
Up to 10 Mbps upload speed available in select areas
250 GB monthly usage allowance
9 Emails and a suite of options

$122.99 per month"

(Note: this indeed appears to be for regular (wired) internet access, not mobile broadband)

So yes, it would probably take longer than 24 hours to use this up, but a 250gb limit is ridiculous for your fastest and most expensive package. In the UK, ISPs such as Sky or BT provide unthrottled access for c. £25 + £15 line rental per month; you can easily download more than 250gb using one of those puny 20Mbit ADSL connections (which in reality probably means

It's not water or oxygen, but it does enable a lot of cool things, and there's no reason for it to be so expensive compared to other Western nations.

more than 2 years ago

Slashdot Anniversary: London, SE1 7AE, zGB, GB

scotjam Re:A small group (3 comments)

I'd love to join, but I just committed to go out for dinner with the Mrs on Saturday (under circumstances that mean I really can't cancel...). Let me know how it goes!

more than 2 years ago

Judge Orders Piracy Trial To Test IP Address Evidence

scotjam Re:Responsibility? (321 comments)

There's trouble (a parking ticket with a $100 fine) and then there's trouble

The burden of proof for the latter (or any other life-ruining penalty) should be much higher. This is not proportionate, even if it is proven that she did it herself.

Blaming her for negligence doesn't make sense. IANAL, but poor / no security (e.g. a failure to encrypt an internet connection or encrypting it with WEP, leaving a car unlocked that is subsequently used to commit a crime etc.) is not an act of negligence that should result in penalties such as these in any rational legal system.

If anyone disagrees, can they please represent me against Sony for exposing my credit card details (as part of the PSN hack)?

more than 2 years ago

Porting linux to device

scotjam Re:A few pointers (3 comments)

No problem - good luck!

more than 2 years ago

Is organic farming the future Hummer of the eco movement?

scotjam Organic is not just about health (5 comments)

While Taco Cowboy's arguments about the horrible stuff they feed animals are important to note, it's also important to note that non-organic agriculture involves using fertilizers and pesticides that pollute the environment, killing the organisms that naturally regenerate the fertility of the soil, as well as processes that lead to desertification, algal bloom and other disruptions to natural ecosystems.

So in fact many well-informed people who eat organic food, do so to preserve the environment, and consider non-organic agriculture to be the "Hummer" of the farming world.


more than 2 years ago

Porting linux to device

scotjam A few pointers (3 comments)

It looks like the Symbol 8146's chip is based on an Intel StrongArm architecture. It also looks like Linux has been ported to this architecture before, specifically:
and more helpfully:

Having said that, it looks like gentoo linux might be your best bet for getting linux on there given that it already supports StrongArm:

Also you might want to look at NetBSD for the same reason:

For Gentoo, your best bet would be to start asking questions in a porting forum

For NetBSD, check out the hpcarm mailing lists:

8100 series specs:
CPU: Intel StrongArm 1110 @ 206MHz
Operating Platform: Microsoft® Pocket PC
Memory (RAM/ROM): 32 MB/32 MB
Application Development: Fully compatible with Microsoft SDK for Pocket PCs; Symbol SDK available to support bar code scanning
Display: 1/4 VGA (320 x 240 portrait) with16-level grayscale
Communications: IrDA 1.1; RS-232

Source: http://www.barcodesinc.com/pdf/Symbol/pdt8100.pdf

more than 2 years ago

What Is an Astronaut's Life Worth?

scotjam Re: worth! (285 comments)

Jeeze - 500 Euro note then...

In case you're interested (I was) - "The most valuable banknotes in current circulation are:
10,000 Singapore Dollar note (US$7,900)
1,000 Swiss Franc note (US$1,000)
1,000 Singapore Dollar note (US$790)
500 Euro note (US$610)"

Source - http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_Highest_value_banknote_in_current_general_circulation_in_the_world#ixzz20txaZw4t

Note: figures are re-converted at today's rates, rounded to 2 significant figures

more than 2 years ago

Asus Transformer Drops Quad-core In Favor of Dual-core

scotjam Exciting! (207 comments)

I'm not shocked or disgusted, but I am rather excited. I have the Transformer, and its one big shortcoming for me is the lack of 3G. A high-end LTE version sounds awesome. Number of cores be damned.

Next on my wishlist: better support for Office documents and shared calendars

Does this mean I don't get to be classified as a "bleeding-edge technophile"?

more than 2 years ago

Almost a Million UK Homes Will Suffer 4G TV interference

scotjam Re:No free tv across the World? (166 comments)

"technology transfer without payment of licenses or such. We like free as in freedom, thank you very much..."

Sounds as if you like free as in beer too...

more than 2 years ago

Diver Snaps First Photo of Fish Using Tools

scotjam Re:prior art? (118 comments)

The poster specifically mentions that it is the first time it has been captured with respect to *a wild fish*, so your experience isn't really a counter-example. Having said that, if it is observed independently (as opposed to being trained behavior) in captive animals, I guess it is not a huge surprise that it occurs in the wild too.

more than 3 years ago


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