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Comment: Re:Like TV licensing vans (Score 1) 93

by Brandano (#46959733) Attached to: UK ISPs To Send Non-Threatening Letters To Pirates
I believe that in "the olden days" of analogue TV the vans could detect the frequency emitted by the local oscillator of the TV set, essentially the bit that compares a fixed frequency to what is received by the antenna and by making a difference between these obtains a signal. The principle of operation i of radio sets is still the same (, but modern receivers probably are better engineered and won't leak as much of the local oscillator signal.

Comment: Re:Probably more to it (Score 1) 439

by Brandano (#45736041) Attached to: US Spying Costs Boeing Military Jet Deal With Brazil
Almost. I would place it roughly in the category of the F20 Tigershark, but with modernized avionics and greater weapon load and flexibility. It doesn't have a long range, but that only really becomes a problem when you are concerned with attack missions rather than defending your country.

Comment: How do I go about it? (Score 2) 348

by Brandano (#44958715) Attached to: UK MPs: Google Blocks Child Abuse Images, It Should Block Piracy Too
How can I use Google to access pirated content? Google can stop indexing torrent sites, I guess, but a link to a torrent file is not automatically an index of copyright infringement (the Humble Bundle site would be blocked for example, as well as several Linux distros), and I don't think you can hold Google liable for the content hosted on third party sites. And once you create a blacklist of "torrent sites" then other mechanisms kick in, distributed tracking, magnet links, links exchanged on forums, on mailing lists, via sneakernet. What Google could do is to tell this guy "Give us a list of sites to block, backed by a judge's signature, and well'exclude them from our search results. But you will be held liable for any error in the supplied list, and it will be your duty to keep it up to date".

Comment: Perhaps there should be a bit of summary. (Score 4, Informative) 278

by Brandano (#44765051) Attached to: Jury Finds Google Guilty of Standards-Essential Patents Abuse Against MS
As far as I know thins is the sequence of the events: Microsoft asked Motorola for a quote on a licence for the patents in object. Motorola quoted a 2.25% licensing fee on the product price. Microsoft sued motorola. Now, generally here someone acting in good faith would at least first complain that the fee is too much, and ask for a renegotiation. Microsoft just sued, as if this was their intention right from the start. (IIRC at this point Motorola countersued in Germany and won a temporary injunction on sales, that was overruled by an US judge. Apparently the US justice system overrules the european courts, but that's nothing new, I guess.)

Comment: Re:Water Ice? (Score 3, Informative) 31

by Brandano (#44761997) Attached to: Monster Storm Reveals Water On Saturn
Actually, talking about planets the term "ice" is often used to describe the solid form of other substances, most commonly frozen CO2. and even in the case of water, the common everyday ice is only one of two possible solid states for water. I presume the high pressure, tightly packed and heavier than (liquid) water solid form isprobably called "heavy ice"?

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