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Comment: Thirteen? (Score 1) 218

Am I mistaken in thinking that Facebook's terms and conditions require you to be thirteen or older? And therefore, did the school not have a valid concern?

Behaviour on social networks is clearly relevant to a sexual harassment case, the only question is whether the provider should provide the information given that there would be security concerns about revealing a password to anyone, regardless of whether they are court appointed.

Comment: Re:Another ridiculous lawsuit (Score 2) 257

by Rhodri Mawr (#39890955) Attached to: Nokia Faces Class-Action Suit Over Windows Phone Deal
The difficulty with the N900 was that they introduced one phone. As an N900 user (still) I know that the N900 is not for everyone, and was targeted more at the tech-savvy user than your bog standard just-want-a-phone-that-works user. Not everyone wants a built in keyboard or a phone that large. In fact, one of the reasons I haven't changed phone is that it is so difficult to get a decent phone with a slide-out keyboard, similar the the N900. Suggestions welcomed...

Nokia needed to produce several phones around a similar theme aimed at different users, or do what Apple did and produce one phone to a very high standard aimed at the average user, not at a niche market (80/20 rule). Doing what they did was narrow minded and poor business sense.

Nokia's support for developers was, frankly, not an enjoyable experience. This is where being part of the Windows universe will be an advantage to Nokia as that will be Microsoft's responsibility, not their own.

Comment: Re:Sci-Fi is Reel again (Score 1) 312

by Rhodri Mawr (#39520541) Attached to: After 60 Years, Tape Reinserts Itself
They might not be explosive, but magnetic tapes burn at an extremely high temperature, circa 1000 degrees C. If you have a fire in your server room and there are tapes in there, even ones that are in protective containers, the fire brigade will not let you in for several days as it takes that long for the burnt remains of a tape to cool down to a safe temperature.

Having tapes in your server room is likely to delay your disaster recovery substantially. Tapes remain the cheapest solution, but the idea that they are the appropriate solution for mission critical data is a flawed one.

Comment: Re:Minimum or minimum maximum (Score 3, Interesting) 147

by Rhodri Mawr (#39503497) Attached to: European Law Could Give Hackers Mimimum Two-Year Sentence
From the first linked article:

Cyber attacks on IT systems would become a criminal offence punishable by at least two years in prison throughout the EU under a draft law backed by the Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday.

The maximum penalty to be imposed by Member States for these offences would be at least two years' imprisonment, and at least five years where there are aggravating circumstances such as the use of a tool specifically designed to for large-scale (e.g. "botnet") attacks, or attacks cause considerable damage (e.g. by disrupting system service), financial costs or loss of financial data.

At first glance these two paragraphs do appear to be contradicting each other - but it isn't clear which of these paragraphs is an EU press release and which is the journalist's interpretation. The article (and as a result the slashdot summary) may be misinterpreting the press release.

"maximum" may be a misprint here, or, the EU may, as usual, be trying to obfuscate the intent of their legislation.

Comment: Re:oil (Score 1) 415

by Rhodri Mawr (#39503261) Attached to: Solar Power Is Booming — Why Do We Want To Kill It?
Selenium is not available in anything like the required quantities for a start.
Selenium is neither cheap nor easy nor green nor particularly safe to mine. Almost all solar electric devices currently use Selenium.
Calling Solar energy green whilst we need to use Selenium in solar cells involves imitating an ostrich. Hopefully the next generation of Solar cells will not require Selenium.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"