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Comment: Re:Units? (Score 1) 70

by Spottywot (#48525097) Attached to: UK Completes 250km of Undersea Broadband Rollouts

250 km of seabed, with 50 miles between islands...i suppose consistency of units would be a lot to ask for...

The Brits are confused about units. They can't decide whether to use SI, Imperial, or Ancient Hebrew measurements. Just be thankful they didn't measure the distance in palms or spans.

Agree, submitter is inconsistent with units, mixing them in the same sentence is pretty lax. As for confused, I'm not so sure. In everyday life we seem to be able to mix and match units fairly easily, weight is stones and pounds by default, height is in feet and inches, yet somehow I know my metric measures too. None of it really matters as long as we consistantly use metric for science and engineering.

Comment: Re: Despecialized Editions (Score 5, Informative) 210

Harmys despecialized editions can be found here http://originaltrilogy.com/for... This site invites you to create an account to get access to the torrent link, but the torrents for all three movies should be quite easy to find on the usual torrent trackers. They are all great quality hd versions with the original soundtracks. Happy hunting, with no need for Disney to intervene.

Comment: Re:Woot! (Score 1) 92

by Spottywot (#46611931) Attached to: UK To Finally Legalize Ripping CDs and DVDs

The 85% who thought it wasn't illegal to make a backup were correct as it isn't illegal to do so. However, it was a copyright infringement to do so. So you have something you are entitled to do that is also illegal. Since your consumer rights trump a civil misdemeanour (never tested, but your rights are inviolable) no one wanted the hassle of upholdng that law.

So you agree with me then?

Comment: Re:Notice this part (Score 1) 92

by Spottywot (#46611391) Attached to: UK To Finally Legalize Ripping CDs and DVDs

I'm sure no one has been stopped at copying media for personal use for a long time, but there's also this part in the end of the summary:

Besides the new private copying rights, the upcoming amendments will also broaden people’s fair use rights. For example, people no longer have to ask permission to quote from or parody the work of others, such as a news report or a book, as long as it’s “fair dealing” and the source is recognized.

That actually is good news, haven't read the details yet, but on the face of it a really positive move. Must check to see what this is designed to distract us from...

Comment: Re:Irony (Score 1) 238

by Spottywot (#46190235) Attached to: CERN Wants a New Particle Collider Three Times Larger Than the LHC
I agree completely, hopefully it works and we can all carry on as normal, unfortunately I think Dice have spent too much money on this to let it go. We will be sold out to the advertisers like every other free site on the web. The monetization of everything eventually fucks everything. There will be no safe harbour anywhere for long until either the nature of humanity changes, or the nature of the economy does. I know which one of those is more likely, but even that is a long hard road that no-one wants to take the first steps down at the moment.

It's time to boot, do your boot ROMs know where your disk controllers are?

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