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Comment: Re:But the inevitable (Score 2) 165

by blackest_k (#48866201) Attached to: Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

They are still levering it though, would you believe you can't set IE 10 or 11 home page through group policy unless you are running server 2012 or windows 8

But then again Chrome is installed on all our systems anyway and google provide policy settings for Chrome. Yes it is annoying locking the home page but some times great idea's are handed down from on high.

Comment: Re:Not always Free Speech (Score 1) 88

by blackest_k (#48788231) Attached to: Chilling Effects DMCA Archive Censors Itself

"jon wolf photography"

thats interesting you see last week I was getting a notice at the bottom of the page telling me some results may have been removed under the european right to be forgotten laws

Just googled that now and there is no notice. (The notice didn't tell me who or why) unlike ones for movies which often give a list of urls where you might find a movie download or a project on github.

Not having the notice means there is no incentive for me to keep digging

this all started when someone bid at a charity for a $500 gift voucher for a photography session with him. they wanted 3 images he said it would be an additional $900 dollars after thats paid, then he said it would be another $9000 for 3 prints! talk about bait and switch...

Googling him revealed that in 2011 there was a 9 year girl shot and he decided to sue the media for breaching his copyright by showing the parents holding a photograph of the dead girl ( he took the photograph) 2 days after the girls death he went to the parents to get a commercial release for the photo... I believe the parents had to trademark or copyright the girls name to stop her being exploited.

So thats what I could find even with right to be forgotten but it seems there was more I couldn't find, that google wouldn't show me but kind of inferred existed.

Today no notice, I just remember it was there last week my next search I will not have a clue as to what has been hidden.

Maybe this is why yahoo seems to be pulling back a little in search, seems I need a new search engine.

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 4, Insightful) 331

by blackest_k (#48788007) Attached to: Would You Rent Out Your Unused Drive Space?

makes no sense, how much would you rent out say a 2 terabyte hard drive, cost less than $100 to be worth while. might not be bad if they paid $50 a month for it not so much for $5 a month or less.

So why are you willing to payout $50 a month for encrypted 3rd party storage which is legal.

On the other hand say you have a college which needs offsite backups you have another college in the same area also needing off site backups. Now you could could pay for a third party to provide off site storage or you could trade storage space for storage space. If their systems go down they can restore from you and if your systems go down you can restore from you.

It's not the worst disaster recovery plan ever. However it does need trust between the two parties not so easy between strangers. However you might do it between say your drives and your parents. Assuming your not in the basement of course...


Comment: driverless cars for drunk drivers (Score 1) 386

by blackest_k (#48697553) Attached to: The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

If the car is really driverless, then there are people who might buy them (subject to laws of course)

Steven Hawking might enjoy the freedom of a driverless car, or any other person with some disability, legally blind and able to get to work with one.

What about people with driving bans could they have one?

Would anyone be interested in one for a night out and not to worry about drink driving. There's a thought.

Back in the 40's and earlier there was a low tech equivalent the Horse and Cart the horse knew his job and would go about his rounds, and even stop at the pub as a matter of course. The driver had very little to do with the driving.

Comment: what about growth? (Score 1) 328

by blackest_k (#48697061) Attached to: Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

If the 'market' is static then thats a fall in share if its growing then its static or slower growing. Phones were pretty useless for other than phone use till the larger screened versions turned up (my phone is for calls and as a modem mostly, the screen is as big as needed for phone use).

Windows tablets seem to be around and cheap but they a) run windows and b) are short on ram to run windows.
If a desktop barely boots windows7 on 1gb and then takes 10 minutes to start word is windows8 going to be acceptable, i don't think so.

Android tablets I like but seem to be buggy slow and crash a lot to one degree or another, they are thrown out the door by manufacturers and orphaned from birth it seems. I've 3 or 4 tablets one of which gets used (mainly as an alarm clock) if it hasn't crashed. I considered buying a new tablet my last has ics,(my first had 1.6 and hardly any ram) but can't see a point in doing so, no one except google seems to be interested in supporting
their tablets, once you have bought them. Is it wrong to hope for a tablet that works properly and can handle a few upgrades to a current version of android.
I really don't like the way most of them will not support their customers, sure i understand that older models will have less ram storage and processor power and if they were kept up to date i'd move on to a current model at some point in time. I might even do so if they were open enough so third party developers could make the upgrades and fix the problems.

Apple i'm starting to like because while not cheap they do allow their customers to upgrade, don't like the walled garden but an iPad is looking like a better tablet option long term.

Comment: Re:Offense: (Score 1) 360

by blackest_k (#48674013) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

It's a bit of a strange country the UK, Google ASBO for a set of rather far reaching laws, that don't need a crime to be committed.

One thing that is a fairly major difference is bail, depending on the crime, it can be just a ticket maybe followed up by a time to appear in court, or maybe taken to a police station for a few hours and then bailed to appear at a magistrates court sometime later which can be months as crimes go up in seriousness you might get held overnight and appear before a magistrate to be bailed or remanded in custody.

There are no bail bonds in the UK either your safe to be let out (possibly with a tag or a curfew) or your not. It takes a lot to be kept in jail before trial. Even if you will be in jail eventually when sentenced, which maybe a year away. If you behave yourself before your trial, ideally taking positive steps in your life then you maybe even get a suspended sentence or even a conditional discharge.

So it's highly unlikely that in this case he will have been kept overnight in cells let alone been chucked in to prison on remand.

Under an American system, i guess it would depend if he has enough money to pay a bail bonds man or not. There are plenty of offenses he could have been charged with even before asbo's there was the good old breach of the peace.

Insulting Glaswegians in such circumstances would probably do it. He's liable to end up in hospital at some point, after some rough justice anyway, unless things calm down. The Police may be doing him a favor by charging him.

Comment: Re:Offense: (Score 0) 360

by blackest_k (#48671899) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

There were 6 people killed one woman saw both her parents and her daughter killed in front of her eyes. Think about it. How would you feel if you were that woman. I think most people can feel some empathy. Its christmas today pick any three of the people around you to be killed in front of your eyes, doesn't feel very good does it.

You might not like the law it could be used for censorship and repression, but its not in this case is it? in fact its the complete opposite you are aware of what that little shit said and your probably not even in the UK.

He is unlikely to go to jail maybe not even fined but he has been publicly shown to be the worthless scrap of humanity that he is.

Some things are just not done, and are socially unacceptable this is one of them. When it comes to censorship and repression how about Edward Snowdon does his case count as an example?


Comment: Re:could still use improvement (Score 1) 250

by blackest_k (#48649595) Attached to: The Magic of Pallets

There is, used in most supermarkets (certainly in the Uk in Ireland since the eighties at least) a system of aluminium cages. usually 3 sides to them and wheels like shopping trolleys. The bottom folds up and the sides fold to the back.

picked and filled at the warehouse. dragged onto a truck dragged off at the supermarket emptied on the shop floor. empty trolleys back on the truck. Exceptions seem to be drinks slabs of coke and bottles. which tend to be palletized.

for garden centres there is another system of shelved trolleys for plants often re-shelved for selling direct off the trolley. Plants need to be watered regularly and being mobile is useful.

Clothing often is shipped on racks to avoid creasing too.

pallets are great when shipping 1 product from a factory but not so good for 1 of this 2 of that ect. which is the case often from distribution centres.

Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 1) 580

by blackest_k (#48629819) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Ok so whats the difference between gun ownership between Denmark and Norway

484298 Licensed guns in Norway Denmark just 21,000

Your mixing two different societies with different laws and differing social norms.

As you might imagine, USA has around 101 guns per 100 people.

A more interesting statistic in 2012 34.4% of US households have 1 or more guns which means you could say around 2/3rds of US households are not scared enough to feel the need to have a gun in the house.

Comment: lightroom darktable (Score 4, Interesting) 259

by blackest_k (#48595891) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

my first thought was lightroom but darktable is free runs on linux( OSX too) and will also generate a database of your images.

For image processing you would also want a 1GB or better graphics card to take advantage of GPU processing, not that you are really interested in that, other people maybe.

Are we running light with overbyte?