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Comment: Re:Insight? (Score 2) 399

by infolation (#49121255) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data
The British Government does it this way:

We have 'RIPA', the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 containing the scary "Part III": Investigation of electronic data protected by encryption etc. Power to require disclosure

In plain English, it says "If you have encrypted data, and you know, or have ever known, the key to that data, you have to decrypt the data for the police when they tell you to. And you're not allowed to tell anyone the police told you to decrypt the data, if they tell you not to." The penalty is 4 years imprisonment.

+ - Online UK courts modelled on eBay to settle legal disputes 1

Submitted by infolation
infolation (840436) writes "The UK justice system should receive a radical overhaul for the digital age with the creation of an online court to expand access to justice and resolve claims of up to £25,000, the official body that oversees civil courts has recommended. The report says existing services — such as eBay’s disagreement negotiation procedure and Cybersettle’s blind-bidding operations — provide prototypes worth studying. Only the judge need be legally qualified. If necessary, telephone hearings could be built into the last stage. Rulings by the online judge would be as enforceable as any courtroom judgment."

Comment: Re:Rolls Royce of cat litter boxes (Score 2, Insightful) 190

by infolation (#48658259) Attached to: An Automated Cat Litter Box With DRM
Well the article includes a car analogy...

"CatGenie can't run without SaniSolution, like a car can't run without petrol." is often heard. But that's a flawed analogy and an insult to most people's intellect because it's the laws of physics that prevent a car from running without petrol, but it's a flaky business model that prevents CatGenie from running without SaniSolution.

But a better car analogy would be: "CatGenie can't run without SaniSolution, like a car can't run without Esso."

So if you want to use BP, Shell, or Total in your car - no can do.

Comment: Re:Understandable. (Score 1) 158

by infolation (#48138357) Attached to: Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video
If you think streaming 4k is bad, try looking at it from a post-production point of view.

Grading (colour-correcting) 4k on a Baselight system, in uncompressed 10-bit. That's 800 MB/s for 13 x 60 minute episodes. 37.4 TB, just for the actual footage used in the shows, let alone the rushes.

The post industry, already squeezed to the bone, is getting killed by this pointless obsession with pixel resolution.

Comment: The London Bus is a good place to start (Score 4, Interesting) 491

by infolation (#47867423) Attached to: To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars
The biggest inefficiency with a (short-route) bus is stop-starting a heavy vehicle laden with people.

We have electric and hybrid buses in London, but using a Flywheel (first developed as a fuel-saving measure for F1 cars) to preserve kinetic energy has made the greatest difference to efficiency for London buses.

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