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Comment: Re:For Firefox OS and Android devices w/o Google P (Score 1) 113

by gsnedders (#45997453) Attached to: Mozilla Is Mapping Cell Towers and WiFi Access Points

And while Google are obviously willing to license usage of this to some extent (e.g., Presto-Opera's geolocation used the Google coarse location API), relying on licensing something from a third party (and one whom is frequently a competitor, given the number of markets Google are now in) is risky, especially given Google has fairly aggressively deprecated APIs before, at times without replacement.

Comment: Re:Lenovo. (Score 1) 477

by gsnedders (#45529661) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Laptops For Fans Of Pre-Retina MacBook Pro?

My MBP is a mid-2007 model: it has a replaceable RAM and battery, which appears to be what the OP cares about --- it predates Apple slimming them down further (later MBPs had replaceable hard drives, too, at the same thickness). Side by side you can see the T410's opening above the full height of the MBP, as it's almost 50% thicker.

Comment: Re:"Financial Sense" (Score 2) 668

by gsnedders (#45045147) Attached to: Are Shuttered Gov't Sites Actually Saving Money?

In the UK, the land is owned by the Crown, but it is not their private property and they have no control over it. The Crown Estate manage the land, and any surplus revenue goes to HM Treasury (essentially, the finance/economy department of government), with 15% of the net revenue going to the monarch (this is essentially the income they get to carry out their duties as head of state). The Crown Estate is ultimately accountable to Parliament, and an annual report is submitted to both the Monarch and Parliament.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crown_Estate is a good overview if you want more detail.

Comment: Re:How the UK handles this (Score 1) 1532

by gsnedders (#45001155) Attached to: U.S. Government: Sorry, We're Closed

Either house can introduce bills --- which house something is introduced into is mostly a matter of tradition (financial bills, for example, are introduced in the House of Lords) --- but in general only the House of Commons need pass it. Note that there are limitations to the House of Commons' supremacy --- certain bills are required to pass in both houses (extending the term of parliament, for example).

Comment: Re:About as well as any other UK privitisation (Score 2) 220

by gsnedders (#44833035) Attached to: UK Gov't Outlines Plans To Privatize Royal Mail

A nation-wide (monopolistic) service -- railways aren't (and can't really) be run according to market principles, why should anyone be allowed to profit from this?
No idea what it used to be like, but the current railways are beyond a joke. Just go anywhere into central europe and you'll notice a world of difference.

Most of Central Europe has more competition in the railway market than in the UK, not less! Re-instating a nationalized monopoly will just go back to the money-sink BR used to be (where, for example, kitchen cars remained fairly widespread on trains long beyond them getting much custom, because the unions wouldn't let them be dropped).

The problem with the current setup is that of the difference between freight and passenger train services --- move to running passenger train operating companies (TOCs) as freight ones are run, and suddenly we'll have a system close to most of Central Europe. When it comes to freight trains any competent person can get a license to be a TOC (this is not dissimilar to running public buses!) and then it's just a matter of drumming up custom and purchasing track access rights from Network Rail. The problem is the temporary (but long enough to be harmful!) monopolies private companies are granted as a result of the passenger franchise bidding competitions, nothing else.

What several other countries did was split up the incumbent as per EU regulation (there's nothing that diabolical about this), but keep the state incumbent passenger service (often with a division between local and intercity trains) while opening up track usage rights to competition. If a private company wants to come in and compete with the state incumbent --- go right ahead! We shouldn't forbid that, as the competition (at least in Central Europe) has forced the monopolistic incumbent to stay on its feet, and keep improving its service.

And you say they can't be run to market-principles --- for a lot of people, they can choose a half hour later train if it means they get a cheaper (and possibly better) service. If you look up trains between London and Gatwick Airport, for example, you'll see multiple companies running with a fair price difference between them. How is that competition not helping the consumer?

Comment: Re:I blame the DOM too (Score 1) 106

quick! point to the document showing that a select tag has a value attribute!

It's in HTML.

This very much is one of the major achievements of HTML5: specifying what is interoperable and required to avoid breaking the web, but historically undefined. One couldn't practically launch a web browser without reverse-engineering others.

Comment: Re:but, back to root cause (Score 1) 423

by gsnedders (#44231591) Attached to: Malcolm Gladwell On Culture and Airplane Crashes

The AAIB (Air Accident Investigation Board) ruled that was down to Rolls Royce - down to a British supplier. They weren't trying to save face then (they put the blame squarely on a company in the same country!), and given the Asiana aircraft had P&W engines, it seems highly unlikely to be related.

Comment: Re:Idiots (Score 5, Interesting) 433

As someone on countless W3C mailing lists: please don't. It's highly unlikely you're going to bring any new discussion points to the mailing list (sheer quantity of the objections is, sadly in this case, not going to change anything), as the topic has been discussed to death already.

If you want to stop the specification, you're better off petitioning implementers to not implement it than the W3C; as it is now, EME is going to become a de-facto standard with the majority of browsers (by market share) supporting it regardless of whether the W3C publish any specification or not. Convincing the W3C not to standardize it will have no effect in the end, it'll just become a de-facto internet standard instead of a de-jure one.

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