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Comment: Should be a public API for this (Score 4, Informative) 125

by Darkon (#46313143) Attached to: Chrome 33 Nixes Option To Fall Back To Old 'New Tab' Page

Doesn't help that the new tab page lives inside a protected "chrome://" namespace which extensions are almost entirely prevented from touching, and uses private APIs for things like showing the most used pages, meaning that anyone wanting to put it back how it was by writing an extension has to reimplement everything from scratch.


+ - shut down, founder charged with pir-> 2

Submitted by zacharye
zacharye writes: Federal prosecutors in Virginia have shut down notorious file-sharing site and charged the service’s founder with violating piracy laws. The Associated Press broke the story on Thursday, reporting that the indictment accuses’s owner with costing copyright holders including record labels and movie studios more than $500 million in lost revenue.
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Comment: Re:No appeal? (Score 3, Insightful) 157

by Darkon (#36907508) Attached to: British ISP Ordered To Block Links to Pirate Site

To protect their interest, they are trying to enforce laws that are currently being broken. Seems reasonable to me. Hopefully, this will deter the casual downloader who isn't particularly aware of the illegality of what they are doing.

It's a slippery slope though. How long before Ryan Giggs or someone like him demands that they block Twitter to protect his super injunction?

Comment: Re:author makes no reasonable point (Score 4, Insightful) 159

by Darkon (#35172174) Attached to: Thrifty, Anonymous Benefactor Backs Up BBC Websites Before They Go Dark

the BBC isn't a public body in the sense that is, say, the British Army. The Army is funded by a general, compulsory taxes on income and other trade. The BBC is funded by a licence which you only need to pay if you choose to watch (possibly time-shifted) live broadcast television

A tax doesn't have to be universal, unless you're also going to argue that the tax on cigarettes and alcohol aren't really taxes because only smokers and drinkers pay them. The licence fee is a compulsory tax on anyone who watches broadcast TV, whether or not they consume or even care about BBC services. Now I'm not saying that I don't enjoy BBC output, or even that I necessarily resent paying the licence fee, but please don't try to use weasel words and pretend it's something it isn't. It might be a special purpose tax and the money it generates might be ring fenced, but it's a tax and the BBC is a public body.

United Kingdom

+ - UK Minister backs 'two-speed' internet->

Submitted by Darkon
Darkon writes: UK Culture minister Ed Vaizey has backed a "two-speed" internet, letting service providers charging content makers and customers for "fast lane" access. It paves the way for an end to "net neutrality" — with heavy bandwidth users like Google and the BBC likely to face a bill for the pipes they use.
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Comment: OS going away, or just "contractual support"? (Score 1) 307

by Darkon (#31257366) Attached to: The Future of OpenSolaris

To be honest I didn't even know they provided "contractual support" for OpenSolaris, but surely the fact that they won't support you in using it doesn't nesessarily imply that it's being canned. Maybe it'll just be an unsupported "unstable" version that you can play with before getting "real" Solaris.

Comment: Re:Indecent Proposal (Score 1) 287

by Darkon (#31070716) Attached to: Man Fined $1.5 Million For Leaked Mario Game

the exact money figure is mostly a distraction from the issue. If he's done something *actually wrong*, then the fact that he can't pay the fine shouldn't mean that he gets off scot free.

No it should mean that the punishment reflects both the harm done and his ability to pay, unless you're saying that what he did really does merit the punishment of lifetime bankruptcy. It should cut the other way too: if he'd been rich he should have been fined more.

Comment: corporate users (Score 1) 187

by Darkon (#30333528) Attached to: Microsoft Tweaks Browser Ballot As EU Deal Nears

Microsoft may offer tools for volume license customers that prevent the Ballot Screen update from being installed on all computers covered by the license.

I'm still waiting for some confirmation on this. I do not want this thing appearing on my carefully locked down staff and lab desktops, which incidentally all use Firefox anyway in case you're thinking I'm an IE astroturfer.

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