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Comment: Re:Robo-Polygraph? (Score 1) 102

That actually sounds interesting as they'll need to get a machine to be able to repeatedly interpret polygraphs when the current usage depends entirely on the examiner's judgement (or guesses).

It should be relatively easy to fake a robotic polygraph - just clench your buttocks at the right time.

Comment: Re:This a wheeze to get Office 2013/ 365 cheaper (Score 1) 163

And, if it's put to the public as '100 spying incidents on members of opposition parties or a document format that is completely free and belongs to the people', then I imagine you'll get a different response.

I'm curious, you seem to have a strong pro-microsoft agenda here. Why is that? (or are you just getting a bit old and are afraid of new-fangled technology)?

Comment: Re:this is great news! (Score 1) 94

by hawkinspeter (#47515713) Attached to: Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java
Sorry, I might have been using too much irony for you. Do you not find it amusing that a person complaining that "privacy violation is complete bullshit" is posting that as an Anonymous Coward? They obviously do care about privacy whilst also decrying it.

I'm a big fan of Anonymous Cowards in general and I'm not attacking the messenger - it's just funny considering what was said. Personally, I do use a PS3 and I'm not concerned about what code is running on it largely because Sony is too incompetent to be truly evil. However, open BD code would be useful as I stream from Linux using PS3MediaServer.

Comment: Re:This a wheeze to get Office 2013/ 365 cheaper (Score 1) 163

Your argument about not wanting to change something due to the length of time that it's been unchanged is laughable. I don't get why you are so opposed to such a sensible, intelligent change. I bet you could have used the self-same arguments for keeping government documents on micro-fiches (or similar old-time technology).

Comment: Re:This a wheeze to get Office 2013/ 365 cheaper (Score 2) 163

The obvious tangible benefits are that the documents will no longer be locked into some stupid proprietary format that can never be converted due to ridiculous macros and scripts (quite why a static document needs to have macros and scripts is beyond me).

Comment: Re:"Compatible" (Score 1) 94

by hawkinspeter (#47514453) Attached to: Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java
Seconded! I use PS3MediaServer on a Linux box to serve media to a PS3 and it works well. Recently my old fat PS3 overheated again (YLOD) so I started looking at replacing it with a PS4, but the two requirements I had were that it should be able to play my PS3 games and to use it to watch media. Somehow Sony have managed to make a PS4 utterly useless to me, so I ended up buying a cheap second-hand thin PS3.

Comment: Re:"Compatible" (Score 2) 94

by hawkinspeter (#47514403) Attached to: Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java
So, do you actually pay more if lots of people "freeload" the same film? I suspect that you're not paying for it to be made, you're just being sold the content at whatever price they think the market will bear. If you feel so hard done by, just stop buying it - you don't have to whine to us about it.

Comment: Re:This a wheeze to get Office 2013/ 365 cheaper (Score 3, Insightful) 163

As a UK tax payer, I welcome the move. Finally, someone in government is looking further ahead than just the next election.

I would imagine that someone at GCHQ could easily convert the documents for a tiny fraction of the budget that they've got. In fact, they've probably already got conversions of everyone's private/secret documents already.

Plenty of money for spying on UK subjects, but no money for protecting their interests in not being tied to a predatory US company.

"There are things that are so serious that you can only joke about them" - Heisenberg

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