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+ - EU Commissioner Reveals He Will Simply Ignore Any Rejection Of ACTA->

Submitted by Dupple
Dupple (1016592) writes "whatever happens next week, the European Commission will wait for the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to rule on whether ACTA is compatible with EU law. If it is found to be incompatible, De Gucht admits that rather than accept this ruling, the European Commission will try to find some trick to circumvent it:
If the Court questions the conformity of the agreement with the Treaties we will assess at that stage how this can be addressed.
This implicitly confirms that the referral was simply a way to buy time, rather than an honest question about ACTA's legality."

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Intel

+ - Will.I.Am selected as Intel head of Creative Innovation->

Submitted by achenaar
achenaar (934663) writes "He’s best known for being a multi-platinum music artist, producer and front man for The Black Eyed Peas, but will.i.am is also an innovator, technology fan, entrepreneur and philanthropist. With today’s [Intel] announcement at the Anaheim Convention Center, the seven-time Grammy winner has added another title to his multi-faceted resume: “director of creative innovation.”"
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Piracy

+ - BT ordered to block pirate links->

Submitted by achenaar
achenaar (934663) writes "A High Court judge has ruled that BT must block access to a website which provides links to pirated movies.

Newzbin 2 is a members-only site which aggregates a large amount of the illegally copied material found on Usenet discussion forums.

The landmark case is the first time that an ISP has been ordered to block access to such a site."

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Television

+ - BBC releases iPlayer app for European iPads->

Submitted by derGoldstein
derGoldstein (1494129) writes "Engadget reports: "The wonders of iPlayer are no longer the reserve of the Brits. As of today, iPad users in 11 other countries across Europe can subscribe to the service for €7 per month or €50 per year. The subscription grants access to a wealth of TV classics, like Fawlty Towers and Only Fools & Horses, as well as unwitting comedies like EastEnders. Some sort of motoring series by the name of Top Gear is also available". Hopefully they'll make this available to the rest of the world, and not just on the iPad."
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Comment: Re:Prince of Persia (Score 1) 283

by achenaar (#34544290) Attached to: Why Video Game Movie Adaptations Need New Respect

o.O
Seriously?
Neither of you are slating the Prince of Persia movie as the unmitigated pile of crap that it was?
I'm now wondering if we've seen different films under the same name...
It was utter garbage. Truly embarrassing. From Gyllenhaal's hair (and the selection of Gyllenhaal as the prince in the first place), through the use of what for all the world looked like the font Papyrus (argh!) to the dagger being used precisely three times and not one of which was in combat or a time of great peril as per the major point of the bleedin' game.
I made the mistake of seeing that pile of trash at the cinema and both I and the missus (she'd played sands of time and enjoyed it thoroughly) were the closest we'd ever been to storming out of the theatre.
Having paid actual money to be there however, we stuck it out.
In retrospect, I wish we'd have left.

Comment: Re:More like half adding from handset makers... (Score 1) 386

by achenaar (#33901998) Attached to: Devs Grapple With 100+ Versions of Android

Interesting counterpoint: I've had an HTC Desire on Vodafone for a while now and the missus just got hers today. Since I got it, on contract mind you, it has not once actually flashed a vodafone logo at me. Furthermore (despite the hoohah vodafone caused with their *not really an upgrade* software upgrade) I've not got any vodafone 360 shovelware on my device and never have.
In addition to this, the missus' sim doesn't go live until tomorrow and while I was copying the contacts over by putting her pay as you go O2 sim into it, I found I was able to make calls with the O2 sim in the Desire. I don't know if this means that the handset is completely unlocked, or if it's just pre pay sims that work, but it made me smile.
Just thought I'd raise these points, not really in favour of carriers as I'm fairly sure they're all bastards, but it seems like vodafone at least didn't go the whole hog in the bastard contest for this particular handset.
YMMV and all that.

Comment: Re:Macs? (Score 1) 385

by achenaar (#31962602) Attached to: Confessions of a SysAdmin

Debian and Ubuntu (and possibly others) have GUI package managers.
Been the case for a while.
Mighty handy they are too, since you can text search the repo in the GUI to find the package you want.
Plus the selected package will normally contain a description in the lower pane telling you exactly what it does.
Chimps could use it, I'm fairly sure.

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