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Comment: Re:So in normal development (Score 1) 125

by jimi1x (#40622333) Attached to: Firefox 15 Coming With Souped-Up, Faster Debugger
You have obviously never tried FF in enterprise environments. The original poster is correct, it can't be configured via GPO, only config files which the users can modify. I know there are work arounds for that but its a lot of messing around especially since you can configure and lock down both Chrome and IE via GPO. Releases are still too rapid on the enterprise release, each release still needs to be assessed and checked before it's deployed. In locked down environments you don't want users installing stuff nilly willy, or have external sources push updates into your network. Mozilla still has an extremly long way to go on this front And before you rant more about "competent administrators", FF requires a lot more administration than IE does and is a lot more fiddely to configure. I was on the ESR mailing lists for several months but then gave up on it recently when a dev (about 3 weeks ago, so extremly recent) posted Firefox is not an enterprise browser, and has never purported to be so. I think FF should take a leaf from Google as to enterprise setups...

Comment: Re:Factors influencing Aussie 'piracy': (Score 1) 219

by jimi1x (#39767903) Attached to: Aussie Case Unlikely To Solve Piracy Riddle In Fast Broadband World
Let me clarify: If you have downloaded an episode from a torrent site, then in Australia this would constitute as piracy. If you view said episode on a content providers site then this is not piracy - ie viewing content on iView, Seven etc.
If you have purchased said episode then you are allowed to rip it to your PC for viewing, but aren't allowed to redistribute said copy.
In terms of what the original poster said, my comment stands.
It doesn't matter whether a provider has already purchased the rights to screen the show, the fact that you have downloaded it without purchasing it is illegal in this country, though rarely prosecuted - see the iiNet vs AFACT case.

Comment: Re:IMHO Apple is becoming a scummy advertiser (Score 3, Interesting) 193

by jimi1x (#39493369) Attached to: Australian Consumer Watchdog Sues Apple Over iPad Marketing
A disclaimer in the T&S is not sufficient under Australian advertising laws. Under Australian law the product must work as the consumer expects, no the other way around. So a consumer seeing an iPad 3 with 4G would reasonably expect it to work on a 4G network. Putting something in the fine print does not alleviate a company of their responsibility. From what I understand our consumer laws over here in Oz are much fairer to the consumer than they are in the US.

+ - Google Significantly Changes Privacy Policies/Term-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Google has just revised its privacy policy and terms of service.

The privacy page includes a curious statemant that

"We may collect and store information (including personal information) locally on your device using mechanisms such as browser web storage (including HTML 5) and application data caches."

The wording does not specify which types of application data caches will be accessed. This could potentially pertain to non-google products."

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+ - AMD challenges Intel to game experience->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Very interesting move by AMD to come out and set up a Pepsi Challenge immitation.They let gamers play on two similiar unmarked rigs and let people vote which one gave a better gaming experience at a gaming event in Dallas this past weekend."
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+ - OzLog: unlimited private data retention for Oz law->

Submitted by AHuxley
AHuxley (892839) writes " has news on ISP data retention ideas in Australia.
Australia would like to follow the EU down the "European Directive on Data Retention" path.
Australian law enforcement agencies may have the option to request a log of all a users of interest telco usage without any review or time limits.
Another option would be for local politics eg. an activist community. Data retention over a postcode (suburb).
The data collection could also be out sourced to private contractors."

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+ - Samsung court win against Apple in Netherlands->

Submitted by
angry tapir
angry tapir writes "The Court of Appeal in The Hague has ruled that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is sufficiently different from Apple's European design patent that the tablet can remain on sale in the Netherlands. One of Apple's core legal claims against Samsung is that its rival copied the design of Apple's products. Apple has argued that it's no coincidence that Samsung's latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging."
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