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Comment: Re:The right to be presumed innocent? (Score 1) 90

"The police can set up a road-block and demand that drivers provide a breath test and proof of their license at any time. Isn't that a presumption of guilt rather than innocence?"

Not really, it's just a requirement to be subject to testing. Like if there is a rule saying you have to take your car to the mechanic once a year to test the brakes and indicators, it's not presuming anything about you being guilty.

"The taxman can deliver an assessment that says you owe $xxxxx in taxes and you are presumed to be guilty unless you can prove you don't owe that much in tax."

Well, that's not a criminal issue. There is no presumption bias in civil matters.

"Here in NZ, Kim Dotcom (love him or hate him) has had his assets seized and was incarcerated at the US government's whim"

Last I checked he is not incarcerated, and most of those assets were seized by the US, not NZ, but I take your point.

+ - iCloud security disasters. 1

Submitted by countach
countach (534280) writes "Apparently Apple's attempts to avoid more nude celebrity leaks has caused Apple to to change their security so that attempts to hack your account can cause you to lose your iTunes account despite you having your password and other trusted IOS devices to authenticate from. Apple's attempt to stop your entire digital life getting stolen is causing people to lose their entire digital life, and they seem to think this is an improvement. Wasn't two factor supposed to solve this? And why can't Apple recover according to their own policies?"

Comment: Re:Lawyers not doing their homework (Score 1) 141

I would have thought if you were launching a class action suit where each potential litigant had only a tiny damage, that you would have hundreds of candidates up front. If you can only find 2 people, and each of them has coming to them.. oh what $50, and even they don't own the right iPod, how good was this suit?

Comment: Re: faster-than-light propagation of non-informati (Score 1) 122

by countach (#48527665) Attached to: The Fastest Camera Ever Made Captures 100 Billion Frames Per Second

Other things can travel faster than light relative to each other, from your view point, but nothing can travel faster than light relative to you.

An obvious example, aim 2 torches at each other. From your viewpoint, the light approaches the light of the other torch at 2x light speed. There are many examples like that, and they don't break relativity.

Comment: Algorithm (Score 4, Interesting) 602

by countach (#48514255) Attached to: UK Announces 'Google Tax'

I'm not sure what Britain has in mind, but I've long argued for a system like this. Say Apple does business in my country. Say they do 6% of their global business and revenue in my country. OK, then whatever profits Apple makes world wide throughout their empire throughout all associated companies, you've got to pay tax in my country on 6% of it.

If you want to argue that for whatever reason the product mix of sales in my country is lower margin than your global business because the product mix is different, ok fine, but the onus would be on you to demonstrate that, and the level of proof required would be high.

Comment: Re:Digital (Score 1) 111

by countach (#48514187) Attached to: MasterCard Rails Against Bitcoin's (Semi-)Anonymity

True, although national currencies are unlikely to fail. Governments will tax their citizens in the local currency, so there is incentive for people to earn the local currency, which means there is incentive to work for the local currency. Only gross incompetence by a government can screw up this natural system. The basis for bitcoin having value however is much more tenuous.

Comment: Re:What's happening to Linux? (Score 1) 257

by countach (#48487249) Attached to: Bad Lockup Bug Plagues Linux

Well... there's no walled garden on the Mac side. Nevertheless I used to cringe at the thought of leaving Linux. Then I just got sick of dealing with all that crap of stuff breaking all the time, and I had better things to do than spend a whole night till 2am finding out why the latest update broke something. So I learned to stop worrying and love the Apple.

Comment: Revolutionary (Score 1) 454

by countach (#48443757) Attached to: In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

This could definitely be revolutionary, and governments on the cusp of spending large amounts of money on conventional transport like rail, should be cautious, because they could end up buying a white elephant. I know a lot of people think this is alarmist, but anybody who underestimates the significance of this revolution, should not be making decisions in government.

Comment: Re:Flawed, 'cos... (Score 1) 454

by countach (#48443739) Attached to: In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

Yes, but rush hour might be reduced if the pod vehicles could hold a dozen people with optimised routes to pick up people that live within a few hundred metres of you and are going to the same location. Rush hour might be reduced to a trickle and the pods might get recycled a lot quicker than you think. Nobody knows how this could play out.

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