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Comment: shift of blame. (Score 2, Interesting) 317

by Antony T Curtis (#47557765) Attached to: A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

Once upon a time, the retailer would have to take the blame for this because it is the retailer who is supposed to make the call to the financial institution on the retailer's own phone line, not using the cardholder's phone or trusting the cardholder's ability to dial the number.

Unfortunately, the retailers are successfully using the police to cover for the incompetence of their staff.

Comment: The real solution... (Score 1) 210

The real solution is that:
1. More content needs to be accessible via peer-to-peer.
2. ISPs need to have content proxies and encourage their users to use them.
3. Don't use "transparent proxies" because they're frequently worse than useless.
4. Static data shouldn't be served via HTTPS but instead by some kind of GPG content encoding via HTTP so that it may be cached.

Just my 2.

Comment: I have it disabled. (Score 4, Interesting) 178

I deliberately do not install Flash on my computers _and_ I deliberately choose to not install any of the third-party work-alikes.

If the content owner only publishes content in a SWF, it is not worth my bother to look at it. Okay, I can't view video clips in Facebook, but if it is an embedded youtube video, usually I can view it just fine by going to youtube's website.

Comment: Re:Nonsense. (Score 1) 650

Microsoft should be under no further obligation to its customers with respect to Windows XP.

For free? I agree they should have no open ended support obligation. That does not mean however that their customers should be forced to spend money on software that does nothing new that they need.

However, if individual customers are willing to _pay_ a subscription for further support from Microsoft, they should be allowed to do so.

Microsoft has taken that option off the table. So exactly what do you propose as an alternative that doesn't involve paying hundreds to thousands of dollars to buy new computers and software that many of us do not actually need?

The UK Govt is among one of their customers who is going to pay Microsoft for further Windows XP support.

For people who are not willing to pay, Windows XP will continue to work as it currently does. Third party vendors are likely to continue to provide antivirus updates or perhaps even binary-patching the existing code to continue to operate - that is the model with OS/2 continues to exist today even though the product hasn't been supported by IBM since 1998.

Comment: Microsoft has gone above and beyond... (Score 1) 650

No other publicly available product has ever had such a long support duration as Windows XP has had.

Microsoft should be under no further obligation to its customers with respect to Windows XP.

However, if individual customers are willing to _pay_ a subscription for further support from Microsoft, they should be allowed to do so.

Comment: Leverage existing users.. (Score 2) 125

by Antony T Curtis (#46480113) Attached to: Microsoft Dumping License Fees For Windows Phone?

If Microsoft is really playing serious to make people switch to Windows Phone, they will have to somehow make syncing contacts, emails and calendars between Windows PC and Apple/Android not work as well as with Windows Phone.

It would likely open themselves up to anti-trust suits but they already know how to handle that.

Comment: Re:Low hanging fruit... (Score 1) 104

by Antony T Curtis (#46433357) Attached to: BPAS Appeals £200,000 Fine Over Hacked Website

That's not how ICO fines work.

The way they work is this: If you suffer a data breach that the ICO hears off, they'll investigate.

Once the investigation is complete, they'll do a few things:

  1. Write a beautifully-worded press release explaining exactly what you did wrong and put it on the news wires.

  2. Write an equally beautifully-worded report explaining what you did wrong in explicit detail.

  3. Issue a thumping great fine.

It's important to note that they don't have to take an organisation to court to raise this fine. It's the other way around - if your organisation gets fined, it's down to you to raise an appeal.

Parent posting needs to be modded up.

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