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Comment: No one is excluded by other people (Score 4, Interesting) 567

by Alain Williams (#47414661) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

Things are wrong if a group of people are excluded from something by others for no particular reason or a frivolous one such as: sex, religion, skin colour, ... However: we are not equal in achievement, I will never be a swimming great -- the young lads at the pool power past me, but I could prob write a better C program or shell script than they could. However if they were willing to put many years work they might manage that as well.

Life is not fair, different people have different abilities & achievements. What is important is that society provides equality of opportunity; it is up to the individual to exercise that opportunity based on the time that they are willing to put in and their innate abilities.

Comment: Re:HTML5 & JS should just crawl away and die (Score 4, Funny) 104

by Alain Williams (#47385931) Attached to: Famo.us: Do We Really Need Another JavaScript Framework?

It means that there is yet another web site that I arrive at at see an empty page or maybe a few items scattered apparently at random. I surf with javascript switched off by default. Most sites should work without javascript, OK some fancy features might be missing but I should generally see the page. Those that do not: I might look to see what javascript to enable, but all too often they are trying to pull in javascript from 1/2 dozen sites - so I guess a couple and then give up and go elsewhere.

Javascript should be used to make a page look nicer, not to make it work at all. Insisting on javascript is like insisting on flash.

I accept that a few special pages really do need special effects that need javascript, but not many of them.

Comment: I was going to ask ... (Score 1) 115

by Alain Williams (#47380515) Attached to: Use of Encryption Foiled the Cops a Record 9 Times In 2013

what sort of encryption(s) were the cops unable to break - assuming that they were able to tell by looking at the files; failing that what were the ones that they succeeded in breaking? That might be useful as it would guide me in choosing which algorithms to use for encrypting my stuff.

Then is occurred to me that if the cops revealed it I must assume misinformation. They surely would not make their life difficult by telling me how to defeat them -- or would they answer the question honestly ? So: I could ever trust their answer -- is there any point in even asking them the question ?

Comment: Re:Longevity (Score 1) 196

by Alain Williams (#47360317) Attached to: The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...

Agreed, I worded it badly. How about: ''How long had the last energy saving bulb that you replaced been working ?'' Even then it is sloppy since some bulbs will be used a lot (eg in the kitchen) whereas others very little (in the garage or spare bedroom). But it is not intended to be a scientific survey.

Comment: Re:Submit a poll idea :) (Score 2) 196

by Alain Williams (#47360017) Attached to: The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...

Following on from the current poll: How long did your last energy saving bulb last ? 0-1 months; 2-4; 5-8; 9-14; 15-23; 2 years; 2-3 years; 4+ years

The reason for the question is that they are supposed to last many years of typical usage - I do not get that out of most of them, some only last 6 months. I want to know if others find the same ?

Comment: Re: The site does not commit piracy ... (Score 3, Insightful) 72

by Alain Williams (#47344069) Attached to: Want To Resell Your Ebooks? You'd Better Act Fast

Who reads a book twice?

You might not want to read a novel more than once, but many books are not story books. Eg: an academic text book; a reference book - these you might read and want to keep so that you can look up points of detail later.

Having said that:: I have read 'Lord of the Rings' 3 times.

Comment: The site does not commit piracy ... (Score 2) 72

by Alain Williams (#47343985) Attached to: Want To Resell Your Ebooks? You'd Better Act Fast

it is just a market place. ''the site operates on an honor basis.'' it expects that once you have sold your e-book that you delete it from your machines. If you do not then it is you who commits piracy. It is an issue of trust: the book publisher/author knows that it is all too easy for someone to sell a book once they have read it but still keep the copy. But just because it is easy does not mean that everyone will keep a copy. I do have to admit that many will sell and keep.

I do not know what the answer it, shutting down a market place or wrapping the book in DRM are not the answers.

Comment: Re:The problem with safe harbor (Score 2) 60

by Alain Williams (#47262745) Attached to: EU High Court To Review US-EU Data Safe Harbor Agreement

The trouble is that facebook et al are subject to the patriot act - this means that all the govt of the USA needs to do is say ''give me this data'' and they have to do it. The data can be anywhere in the world, if they can access it they need to give it to the NSA/... upon demand and can be stopped from telling anyone what they have done.

This could result in these companies being put into an impossible position where they have to meet conflicting demands both of which they must absolutely obey. The only way that they will survive is to lie, either ''we do not have the data'' or ''we did not give it away''. I suspect that the NSA will, at least initially, win this and they will just lie to tell the EU regulators ''we did not give it away''.

Comment: Re:Not evil.... (Score 1) 364

If there were 5 video services and all had similar levels of marketshare, it wouldn't be a problem.

It is not the market share of the video service that matters, it is the visibility of the artist's works that really counts. If another service will carry the songs and that other service is indexed by google then there is little loss. OK: punters won't be able to search in the Youtube search bar, but they will soon learn to do searches in google/bing/...

If another video service cannot carry the bandwidth then maybe they ought to pay more. This is where net neutrality, peering, etc comes into play -- I have to admit that size of video service does matter as the really small guys cannot afford content delivery services ... but plenty other than youtube can.

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