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Comment: Re:Seems like lip service (Score 1) 78

by gronofer (#49098443) Attached to: Australian ISPs To Introduce '3-Strike' Style Anti-piracy Scheme

Three strikes and we let the rights holder go to court to get IP addresses? Given the rights holders have effectively had zero effect in getting the customer details from ISPs in the past, what are they going to do once they get them? If they can't get through the first stage of the legal battle and get thrown out at the discovery process, what chance have they got of actually successfully suing someone?

I hope some kind of court order would be needed before ISPs will hand over the customer details. However the article suggests that the details will just be handed over to anybody who claims an offense by any customer who has used up their strikes.

Comment: Re:Still waiting (Score 1) 78

by gronofer (#49098369) Attached to: Australian ISPs To Introduce '3-Strike' Style Anti-piracy Scheme

Then you can get their address and sue them for what exactly? And how do you know which IP address has politicians and rich supporters behind them?

Report the ISP's entire IP address range perhaps, it's sure to get one of them. I'd be interested to know what evidence the ISPs will require when deciding whether a report is valid. Also, whether they will accept reports from any copyright holder (I have a photo of my cat from this morning...) or just media organizations with a lot of lawyers.

Comment: Re:Blocking how? (Score 1) 176

That's a feature not a flaw.

Unlikely. It makes the authorities look bad if they are blocking harmless sites. That's certainly what happened in Australia when ASIC tried to block a site for running a fraud, and accidently blocked the Melbourne Free University and around 1200 other live sites.

Comment: Blocking how? (Score 3, Interesting) 176

by gronofer (#49008163) Attached to: Sites Featuring "Terrorism" Or "Child Pornography" To Be Blocked In France
Site blocking has technical issues. If you block an IP address, you are likely to take out countless unrelated sites that happen to be on the same server. If you block the domain name lookup, there's an easy workaround that anybody who wants to visit the site can use a different name server, or use other workarounds.

Comment: Re:Double Irish (Score 1) 825

by gronofer (#48954889) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

I believe if you leave Australia long term or permanently, you'll cease to be an Australian resident as soon as you depart Australia. You may even be able to file your tax return early and possibly get a decent refund (based on having a lower than expected income for the shortened financial year), although unrealised capital gains may be an issue. I don't see anything in the links you gave to contradict that.

I haven't tried emigrating from Australia, but I've done it from a couple of other countries with similar systems and that's how it worked.

Comment: Re:cancer (Score 3, Insightful) 183

by gronofer (#48954715) Attached to: Telomere-Lengthening Procedure Turns Clock Back Years In Human Cells
Yes, the article mentions that, and says extending by only 1000 nucleotides is a good thing because "cells that divide endlessly could pose a increased cancer risk if used in humans.". Of course if you kept repeating the treatment, it would be the same as dividing endlessly anyway.

Comment: Re:Do we need another open source browser? (Score 1) 165

by gronofer (#48872401) Attached to: Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

Otherwise it's just a huge duplication of effort, a lot of time wasted at MS.

Of course Microsoft are already spending their resources developing IE. You have to wonder whether they are getting value for money: why not just ship Firefox or Chrome with their OS?

Open sourcing it as abandonware (or nominally to some new or existing "foundation") is an option they should take seriously.

Comment: Re:Great (Score 1) 105

What do you mean? Is the lag on satellite Internet connections too high to do anything interactive? Low-orbit satellites would avoid that. Or is the uplink capacity too low to do anything other than request downloads? I'm not sure that there'd be any technical reason for such a limitation.

Personally, I'd love to have more options in Internet connectivity. Not every location in the world is supplied by the perfect ISP at a low cost.

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