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Comment Make it a required choice on signup. (Score 0) 253

Would seem sensible for ISPs to require a choice at signup, where you would have to select either yes or no to web filtering. i.e no default. That way lawyers are happy that nobody can claim they didn't know about the option. Users could then easily change their preferences at a later day as they choose.

Comment Mixed Result (Score 1, Redundant) 243

The UK government have done a good job of convincing the british public that big corporations not paying tax is something the evil killing the economy. Conveniently re-directing the blame from the true causes of the problem the incompetence and inefficiency of the government itself. Who do the british public think is going to pay for all this extra money given to the government? Corporates are not a free source of extra revenue for governments, the money has got to come from somewhere. The companies work entirely on numbers, if the british public think the fat cats and the institutional investors are going to give up their income so that it can be given to a government they are deluded. The company will find other ways to re-balance things.

Some prices will go up so we the british public just end up giving the government more cash via corporate taxation. Less investment will be made in things like advertising in the UK as the budget would be better spent in countries where larger returns can be made on those costs. Staff wages will be under greater scrutiny and so fewer people will be employed and those that remain will be pushed harder.

The end result the british public pay more for things and the government has to use this new tax income to support more unemployed and low income people.

What the british government should be doing is asking how it can make Britain more competitive by reducing complexity in government and therefore reducing the tax burden. If Britain had similar tax rates to the other countries, companies would not have to try moving their income to other countries to maximise their profits.

The only win here is that small businesses who are unable to move money around the world to avoid tax will be on a slightly more even footing with the large corporates if they all have to pay the same tax.

Comment Misinformed Rubbish! (Score 1) 111

You couldn't get more clueless than this article.

As others have mentioned it is a trademark not patent issue and the problem doesn't just go away on December the 5th as trademarks are renewable.

However trademarks have a requirement to be used otherwise they can be cancelled. If "Leonard Timepieces" have not used the word Apple or an Apple symbol on any products in recent years then Apple can apply to have the trademark cancelled. Apple were probably quietly waiting to see if "Leonard Timepieces" would renew their trademark before going to the trouble of applying for it to be cancelled.

Comment Equal treatment is the answer. (Score 1) 273

Either Vietnam lets all countries use its facilities as a simple business relationship or deems it a domestic military facility for the exclusive use of their forces. If it does allow other countries to use the facilities then there should be a clause that withdraws the facility should any country be engaging in a war and wish to use the base to re-fuel its combat aircraft.

Comment Chinglish (Score 1) 578

Variations of English are the most widely used language in the world at the moment and as so many non-English speaking countries teach English as a second language the trend is likely to continue even if it is not the most appropriate language. One of the key features of English is that it absorbs parts of other languages as it evolves. You can see how english from England has adopted French, German and Gallic words for example and how American English has dropped many of these Anglo French influences and replaced them with other influences such as Italian. Because Mandarin Chinese is difficult for westerners to learn and to be honest we have become quite lazy when it comes to learning languages a large proportion of Chinese people learn English and other languages so they can have more opportunities in business. As greater numbers of Chinese people join in with the English speakers the language will inevitably pick up influences from the Chinese. Just as today you would hardly recognise Ye Olde English from 500 years ago, in another 500 years nobody will recognise the English we speak today.

Comment Re:Kodak is dead (Score 2) 94

Likely a simple brand licensing arrangement, where a unknown company (usually a Chinese company not known in the west) wants to sell their products in the western market and needs a familiar name to convince people to buy. What typically happens though is cheap rubbish has a well known brand put on it to make it sell only to eventually destroy the brand.

Comment Re:Threatpost, professional, processes (Score 1) 177

They were sharing their drives because they knew no better, it is what they did at home. Not only did this mean they were causing security issues they were also risking losing their files as they were not backed up. Providing a central server where there files were kept meant they were on a RAID array so they were always available and were backed up to tape every day. It also meant that when their PC let out the magic smoke or was being replaced with a newer model they could continue to work and access their files by logging in on any unused computer on the network.

Comment Threatpost, professional, processes (Score 3, Interesting) 177

The state of corporate IT can be shocking. When I took over the IT at the UK branch of an international technology company I couldn't believe what I saw. Regular office staff had file sharing switched on individual PCs, Software developers had systems operated as root or administrator. People routinely downloaded whatever they wanted and installed it on their computers.

The first thing I did was make sure that no computer had any file sharing or any other services running on it, instead users would have to share files by placing them on a properly managed server and printers had their own dedicated print server box or were replaced with network printers. All the PCs then had local firewalls enabled to effectively make sure that there were no open ports on them even if some errant software got installed.

All users were given regular user accounts, no admin access granted. Some users that were doing things like software testing who had to constantly install software were given admin access to a virtual machine so they could do all their testing on that VM.

It was decided that the offices around the world would be linked up so that direct access to the network could be obtained all over the world. Now every office just plugged their new router into the LAN and gave full access to everything. I however installed a firewall on the new WAN link that restricted remote offices to accessing only 2 servers on our network and only on specific ports to access the services that we wanted to provide access to.

I was so pleased I did all this as one day the WAN link seemed to be going slow, so I broke out the network monitor to see what was going on to find thousands of connection attempts coming from all of our international offices. As it turns out one of the US PCs had got infected with a worm and it was spreading over the whole global network. I could smugly say that apart from the slow WAN performance we were not effected at all. Our offices ran as normal while the rest of the company lost days of productivity trying to clear up the mess. It was at that point that finally the company started to listen to my calls for better security.

COMPASS [for the CDC-6000 series] is the sort of assembler one expects from a corporation whose president codes in octal. -- J.N. Gray