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Comment Re:NIH? (Score 4, Interesting) 97

....that's right...despite it being extraordinarily similar to those devices, and targeted at an extraordinarily similar market and for actually identical's in no way competing! *cough*



Excuse me. I seem to have developed a *cough*. But each *cough* is entirely unique and unrealted to the previous *cough*.

There is only one real *cough* in this comment. Any fool can tell the difference.

Comment The difference... (Score 4, Insightful) 97

The real difference between the BBC Micro of 1981 and the BBC Micro Bit of 2015 is 34 years of changes in society and technology.

I was at school when the first BBC Micro appeared. My school built a special computer laboratory to accommodate two of these mystical devices! (they forgot to add burglar alarms and decent locks so it all got stolen). A year later the school acquired a ZX Spectrum which was housed with the science block. It was all very exciting, such that it occasionally and temporarily displaced burning interests in alcohol, cigarettes and certain photo journalism features of traditionally attired ladies in National Geographic magazine.

The BBC has a remit (to educate, entertain, inform). But this is not 1981. Which UK home that contains a person stimulated by maths, technology or computers science does not also already have a PC or and Android device?

This looks a lot like the BBC puffing itself up, and trying to needlessly and damagingly compete with people who are already informing, educating and entertaining, in much the same way that they are destroying the independent local press in the UK and crushing small production companies. George Osborne was not kidding when he described the BBC's ambitions and actions as having an imperial taint. If there is one thing an empire cannot tolerate it is an entity which offers an alterantive, however good, bad, big or small.

Comment It doesn't even matter (Score 1) 301

I'd be surprised if even one person had ever been prosecuted for ripping a CD for personal use. Commercial use/bootlegging/counterfeiting - of course. But I have never even heard or read of anyone suffering any penalty for ripping a CD for themselves. How would it be detected? Who would care? It's a civil matter so there is no involvement of the police or the state. How would the rights holder(s) ever detect the event of a copy being made, or be able to prove the provenance or a copy "discovered"?

In short it's a nice bit of make work for the lawyers and is of zero concern to everyone else.

btw I used to work at a regional police HQ and the gym CD player ran on ripped CDs and home burned compilations ha ha ha. Nobody gives a fuck - not the politicians, not the police, not the magistrates, not the state, not the performers - only the music industry lawyers.

But if anyone can cite even one verifiable instance of a person in England or Wales being sued, successfully or otherwise, for ripping an audio CD for personal use please, please, please post a link.

Comment Re:UK ISPs cause DoS (Score 1) 160

Still no facts.

But more angry outbursts.

You resort again and again to personal abuse. You seem to be a very immoderate person, evidently prone to an alarming lack of self control and emotional incontinence.

Your only resolve appears to be in avoiding trying to support your plainly ridiculous assertion with actual evidence.

If you have any useful facts or evidence to support your exciting conspiracy theory do please publish it.



Comment Re:UK ISPs cause DoS (Score 1) 160

That's a very long excuse.

Perhaps if you had any facts or evidence to hand you might not have needed the evasions and colourful insults?

As things stand you've made a ridiculous allegation of conspiracy by ISP and that wicked government, despite there patently not being one as some of the biggest ISPs don't clearly aren't in on the big secret.

When asked to provide any facts or evidence you become evasive and overwrought while hurling allegations of mental immaturity and so on.

So far you're neither convincing nor credible.

You are indeed a bog standard leftist, merely recycling the same old boiler plate imbecilities in the same old ways.

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Comment Re:UK ISPs cause DoS (Score 1) 160

Is that rant supposed to a substitute for some facts to support your exciting conspiracy theory?

It looks a lot like a noisy diversion.

I hit the nail right on the head in spotting you for a standard issue, unthinking, leftist trotting out the usual self pitying, drama queen conspiracy crap.

Facts please. Or you're just another conspiracy theory nutjob.

Comment Re:UK ISPs cause DoS (Score 1) 160

"I'd wager a deal was done between music industry, government and ISPs - it seems that the government has promised not to enforce net neutrality on ISPs so that they can filter, throttle, and block at will as long as ISPs agree to bow down to the whims ......"

boiler plate paranoid drivel straight out of "Leftist Whining for Beginners", totally speculative and with not one piece of supporting data.

I'm on TalkTalk, one of the biggest ISPs in UK. Apparently they weren't in on this soopa sikrit big conspiracee because I can access and even without needing a proxy.

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Comment Re:More inconvienient than the average filter. (Score -1, Troll) 115

"You can do it online, but it's much more satisfying calling them up and asking them to turn on porn on your mobile phone contract. Added points if you put on a creepy voice when doing so."

I'd not looked at it quite like this before and thank you for your insight. I realise how timid I'd been up until now :-). Luckily I already have the creepy voice so this actually should be super easy. Since 3G access improved around here I will even be able to make the call from within the shrubbery at the local park.

On the other hand I might join the pseudo-libertarians and whimpering bedwetters. I just want to know how it feels to actually propose and apparently believe an argument that goes:

A: "Waaah! I am being censored and oppressed! Wahh!"

B: "Don't be upset, you're not being oppressed. You can change it whenever you like. Look, it's the switch right here, clearly marked and rght in front of you."

A: "Waaah! I am being censored and oppressed! Wahh!"

B:"Are you OK? Is there someone who looks after you? Perhaps Mummy or Daddy will flick that big nasty switch for you."

A: "Waaah! I am being censored and oppressed! Wahh!"

A: "And I want I ice cream! Waah!"

B:"How many ice creams am I holding up Winston?"

A:"I like strawberry flavour best".

Comment Re:More inconvienient than the average filter. (Score 0) 115

"Nothing about the definition of censorship requires that it be coercive or non-optional. For instance, there is something called "self-censorship"

That is a very desperate rationalisation of a very disingenuous and transparently stupid position.

Censorship by govt or media outlets or other authorities is never optional. Uncle Joe Stalin or Adolf or Pol Pot or King Saud never did ask if you'd prefer it on or off.

I've lived in countries where there is real censorship and harsh penalties for breaking it (or even just trying to). Trying to equate that, on a weak semantic excuse, with ISPs being required to give account holders the *option* to filter XXX/p2p is not only wrong headed but displays incredible conceit and ignorance.

There are real issues with press freedom here in UK, ranging from concentration of media in a few hands to increasing government interference with actual journalists and news organisations. These are very serious dangers. So what do the hipster activists scream about? Mum and Dad might filter their porn so the house doesn't shake to bits from their idiot bearded teenager's one handed nocturnal manipulations. Well done hipsters, you dumb, self absorbed cunts.

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