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Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

speardane Re:Clearly (391 comments)

The Astell & Kern (upmarket iRiver brand) has almost identical functionality, and are established and committed players in this marketplace - the sound from my AK100 is remarkably good when paired with good headphones and Hi Res music. (The price of the DACs in that or the Sony would be prohibitive for a phone).


My problem with this selling is Sony and their attitude to security & privacy. I'm inclined to believe they are only sorry they got caught hacking people's PCs (rootkit) and they don't seem to feel any responsibility for their disastrously lax security.

Personally I neither believe stealing, nor cracking is acceptable - I just wouldn't forget to fit locks on my doors and rely on ranting and war-mongering to put off potential hackers (whether criminal / corporate or governmental variety)

about two weeks ago

To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

speardane Choice between security and privacy? (410 comments)

by prioritising political / state security over information security - the costs of fraud and fraud prevention will continue to escalate

about 4 months ago

Under the Apple Hype Machine, Amazon Drops Fire Phone Price To 99 Cents

speardane UK 02 (134 comments)

looks similar in the UK - unfortunately it's only with an O2 contract

about 4 months ago

3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

speardane Re:Anthropometrics (819 comments)

so it would be reasonable to charge people with longer legs more, but unreasonable to charge those that are very wide or heavy?

I think it is same fares for all or you permit discrimination on a range of size criteria...

about 5 months ago

Irish Politician Calls For Crackdown On Open Source Internet Browsers

speardane Re:I think I speak for us all... (335 comments)

hmm Browsers and proxies permit anonymity, anonymity permits drugs and pornography - these must be stopped at all costs - so anonymous browsers should be stopped. Politicians start wars, wars cause death - politicians must be stopped at all costs. So no politicians should be permitted I could go with both proposals - they're equally logical...

1 year,9 days

Terrorist Murder In London Could Revive Snooper's Charter

speardane Re:Unlike Boston (307 comments)

Unlike Boston, instead of rushing to help, people just took out their phones and recorded the act

perhaps you didn't see the video of the lady scout leader who walked upto one of the terrorists and asked him to handover his weapons, whilst others tried to help?

Show some respect!

about a year and a half ago

Terrorist Murder In London Could Revive Snooper's Charter

speardane Cynical reaction to an atrocity (307 comments)

Such appalling cynicism! http://bbc.in/16XHjlO

So the UK intelligence services knew about both of those filmed in Woolwich - but they were not regarded as priorities

i.e. the intelligence people didn't have enough resources! So if they can't identify the dangerous "needle in a haystack" making the haystack several thousandfold bigger will help?

Clearly the politicians feel no more responsibility for the inadequate resourcing than the poor tax laws!

A good sound-bite is so much better than thinking a problem through and finding an apt solution.

about a year and a half ago

US Air Force Scraps ERP Project After $1 Billion Spent

speardane any techies here? (362 comments)

Project cost benefit fails, project gets canned, instead of carrying regardless, just for ego reasons...

progress at last...

One day, we might even stop initiating unrealistic projects

more than 2 years ago

Raspberry Pi Gets 512MB Filling

speardane Re:switch distributors (178 comments)

pity - I received my model B from RS - Yesterday...

more than 2 years ago

UK Man Arrested For Offensive Joke Posted On Facebook

speardane Re:Oh dear ? (606 comments)

the BBC report also says he was taken into custody for his own protection, after about 50 people reported him.

That might just be a realistic claim. In the case of the two victims, people are sufficiently shocked and upset, I suspect getting strong sentence might well have saved Woods a lynching

more than 2 years ago

60 Years of Business Computing Started With Tea Shops

speardane brilliant product - shame on the Government (89 comments)

and people got trained that computing was a tool to solve business problems. not - the more familiar now - here's a bit of kit who can we talk into buying it... yet another great product mismanaged. there again the British government got it all wrong - just like the Enigma machine & Alan Turing - better to hound him to death (as a gay security risk); hand the technology to the USA and block any use of any UK based experience for 30 years...

more than 3 years ago

British Computer Society Is Officially At Civil War

speardane Re:Civil war? (275 comments)

well I'm a member - so far

whatever it is about:

neither party appears to be telling the truth about each other

neither party can explain it's point of view succinctly - and I am used to reading poor specs....

neither seems to be genuinely focussed on professionalising IT.

I recently joined PMI - if I could work out how to translate my experience and qualifications into a recognisable level - I think I'd drop BCS as well

more than 4 years ago

Hollywood's Growing Obsession With Philip K. Dick

speardane Re:A Few More and Some Musings (244 comments)

Presumably "Man in a high Castle" is a little too close to the reality of where the media cartels (**AA + ACTA) are taking us?

more than 4 years ago

BBC To Make Deep Cuts In Internet Services

speardane The Best Democracy News international can buy... (246 comments)

Absolutely there is no business case for the cuts

As a BBC licence payer - £140 pa is remarkable value - between 1/2 and a 1/3 of the annual cost of a daily news paper!

News International wants to charge for it's News on the internet

Why would anyone pay for News international - when a superior product - the BBC is free? So - as above News International wants cuts

The Sun which prides itself in swinging UK Marginal votes "It's the Sun wot did it!" has just moved to support the Conservatives

The BBC is responding to pressure from the Conservatives

Both the Tory leader David Cameron and their Finance minister George Osborne have met and holidayed with Murdoch

The proposed shut of 6 Music is a sleight of hand - the real question - is why non-UK-national gets so much influence over our culture and media?

more than 4 years ago

Virgin Promises 100Mbps Connections To UK Homes

speardane Re:Unrealistic? (247 comments)

upgraded to Virgin's 20Mb service - the advertising was accurate - I never exceeded 20Mb...

I often got 200kb and rarely exceeded 1Mb. Their support did nothing to help - but plenty of stupid... (eg test your connection using a windows macine with the AV removed).

I left...

more than 4 years ago

When Software Leaks (and What Really Goes Down)

speardane MS Leaks Disambiguation (179 comments)

I misunderstood....

I thought you were talking about "leaks" in products like Word (and other non-MS products) and XP "going down" - I find even with Word 2003 it was still safer to reboot every other weekend. Has this been fixed yet?

for the me the rest is all variations in marketing technique...

more than 5 years ago

What To Do With All of My Gadget Chargers?

speardane iGo (696 comments)

investigate the iGo system. 1 charger - multiple tips - certainly much more convenient when travelling

more than 6 years ago



EMI piracy?

speardane speardane writes  |  more than 4 years ago

speardane (905475) writes "EMI have been succesfully sued by Pink Floyd. Pink Floyd objected to the payments for their music sold by EMI and to EMI breaching their contractual stipulation about not splitting the albums up.
The judge is considering what penalties to impose
In addition to the normal RIAA / BPI multiplier
As King Crimson have also sued EMI succesfully, should EMI also be subject to the "three strikes" rule and disconnected from the Internet?"

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Ask Tunespro - how to find out if it's genuine?

speardane speardane writes  |  more than 5 years ago

speardane (905475) writes "I pay £££s (or $$$s) YMMV for iTunes and eMusic — indeed frequently CDs are higher quality and lower price...

These people are much "cheaper" — almost too good to be true — if it's not true.. . both I and the record company lose

***AA could make themselves actually useful by telling me if they are genuinely licensed.
and if the ***AA are too busy harassing punters, how do we find out?"

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UK increases surveillance

speardane speardane writes  |  more than 7 years ago

speardane (905475) writes "The BBC reports that the Uk government plans to require the logging of all landline and phoneline calls to be stored for a year.

This has been signed off under previous legislation, effectively by passing debate in parliament. The justification for the change is to bring it into line with EU legislation."

Germany plans to email trojans

speardane speardane writes  |  more than 7 years ago

speardane (905475) writes "The BBC is reporting that the German authorities are planning to send emails containing trojan horses to suspected terrorists. This is apparently supported by the German chancellor despite protests.

Apparently "the spyware would be used only in a few cases and for a limited time".

It seems to me that this is even more stupid than Sony.

Perhaps the Greman authorities have never heard of emails being forwarded...

Perhaps criminals and terrorists (no I didn't say hackers) won't re-use the weapons the German government have given them..."

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