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Comment: The Law or the Implementation? (Score 1) 329

by TheBogBrushZone (#44398295) Attached to: UK ISP Filter Will Censor More Than Porn
The ORG surveyed ISPs on what they will be implementing rather than what the government is asking them to do which (and I think this sets a far more worrying precedent) is not subject to public scrutiny and, given the lack of information even from 'rebel' ISPs, may well be classified under the Official Secrets Act as it is in Australia.

Comment: Re:That's great (Score 1) 230

by TheBogBrushZone (#43588361) Attached to: UK Passes "Instagram Act"
Considering how many on-line references there are for music lyrics, old games and movies it would be very difficult for any moderately popular work to become orphan. Stripping meta-data off, say, an MP3 of Wonderwall by Oasis wouldn't make it suddenly unidentifiable. Nor would removing the credit sequence at the end of Blade Runner.

Comment: Re:Stockphotos (Score 5, Insightful) 313

by TheBogBrushZone (#42325155) Attached to: Instagram Wants To Sell Users' Photos Without Notice
Odd that everyone is complaining about their land-grab of photographs and very few are mentioning their permitted use of your username and likeness which seems a lot more objectionable to me. Facebook is full of invasive and misleading ads for dating sites that would just love a cache of readily available real names and profile photos to attach to their fake users. I'd much rather they nicked my spur-of-the-moment snaps than used me to defraud lonely and desperate people.

Comment: Re:We are the 30% (Score 1) 724

by TheBogBrushZone (#42259683) Attached to: Microsoft To Apple: Don't Take Your Normal 30% Cut of Office For iOS

But then again, what would the Microsoft do if they were in their position, suddenly play fair?

Microsoft have been in a very similar position when the BBC wanted to put their iPlayer video streaming app on the XBox 360. It took an awfully long time for Microsoft to agree not to put it behind the XBox Live Gold pay-wall (a sticking point because the BBC is expressly forbidden from charging a subscription to UK viewers) but in the end they allowed it.

Comment: Re:Chrome crashing is nothing new for me. (Score 1) 102

by TheBogBrushZone (#42253665) Attached to: Google Sync Clobbers Chrome Browsers
You're not the only one with issues. Chrome crashes every 5-10 minutes on one of my laptops (a Windows 7 64-bit machine) which is down to a known compatibility problem with a DLL that's part of the Killer NIC drivers and some other software (bfllr.dll). This problem has been knocking around for a while but Google have done nothing to address it and Killer just try to blame it on browser extensions and ignore the problem.

Comment: Re:Lack of standards, quality. (Score 1) 158

by TheBogBrushZone (#39938759) Attached to: The Wretched State of GPU Transcoding
I used the first version of Badaboom which was pretty good until I upgraded to an unsupported nVidia GPU and then had to wait several months for a new, almost abandonware version that would cost me again. The focus was definitely on speed rather than video quality. PavTube is a good replacement since it supports Blu-ray as well as DVD though there isn't much of a speed difference apparent between GPU transcoding on a GTX580 and CPU transcoding using a 3.2GHz i7.

Comment: Re:Yeah but? (Score 1) 366

by TheBogBrushZone (#39805393) Attached to: Is Siri Smarter Than Google?
Siri is considerably less intelligent outside the USA too. I've never had any problems searching for a local business using Google. After spending 10 minutes trying to over-pronounce the name of someone I was trying to call and being told that a pair of random words do not exist in my list of contacts I wouldn't rate its speech recognition particularly capable when there is road noise in the background compared with Android's equivalent.

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