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Comment: Re:This is the worst argument ever (Score 2) 330

by lwoggardner (#40424797) Attached to: SOPA Protests 'Poisoned the Well,' Says Congressional Staffer
She used this argument because that's the position the pro-SOPA lobbyists took the day they realised SOPA was lost and she's been hearing it over and over ever since. The point of mentioning it now is so that by the time the protest against whatever the next bill is comes around many people will think that last time the protesters only won because they didn't know what they were talking about. So who is really poisoning the well?

Comment: Corporate contract dispute != Piracy (Score 3, Insightful) 112

by lwoggardner (#39781313) Attached to: Australia's Largest Police Force Accused of Widespread Piracy

Someone screwed up, or misinterpreted the contract. Maybe thats the NSW Police or maybe it was an overeager MF salesperson a decade ago. Vendor says you owe us big time, org says nu-uh we'll just remove the software. Most corps and vendors settle before the lawyers get involved but occasionally things go further.

The massive beat up about the cops being untouchable and the vendor not being able to get the police to investigate themselves is complete bollocks. Seriously since when do the cops get involved in corporate contract disputes?

National media coverage of MicroFocus suing their customers is probably not a good way for them to drum up business.

Comment: Re:Olo:Ha (Score 1) 98

by lwoggardner (#36272288) Attached to: BBC Site Uses Cookies To Inform Visitors of Anti-Cookie Law

But there is a significant difference between a don't-show-message cookie and a we-know-everything-about-you cookie.

Is there?. If the cookie is persistent (survives browser close) then it just contains a big random number that might uniquely identify you. This big random number is a key to the server side database that stores everything-we-know-about-you, including the bit about you having seen the message. You have no way of knowing if that is all they are tracking.

+ - Microsoft to purchase Skype->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Wall Street Journal reported earlier tonight that Microsoft–in what would be its most aggressive acquisition in the digital space–was zeroing in on buying Skype for $8.5 billion all in with an assumption of the Luxembourg-based company’s debt.

...

But, sources said, the concept is bigger than just money, including getting access to Skype’s 663 million registered users."

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Privacy

Canadian Judge Orders Disclosure of Anonymous Posters 250

Posted by timothy
from the or-you'll-get-a-mountie's-hoofprint dept.
debrain writes "The Globe and Mail is reporting that Google and a newspaper called The Coast must disclose all information they have about the identity of individuals who posted anonymous comments online about top firefighters in Halifax. The story in question is titled 'Black firefighters file human rights complaint,' and there are some heated opinions in the comments."
Image

Funeral Being Held Today For IE6 194

Posted by samzenpus
from the good-riddance dept.
An anonymous reader writes "More than 100 people, many of them dressed in black, are expected to gather around a coffin Thursday to say goodbye to an old friend. The deceased? Internet Explorer 6. The aging Web browser, survived by its descendants Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8, is being eulogized at a tongue-in-cheek 'funeral' hosted by Aten Design Group, a design firm in Denver, Colorado."
Australia

AU Internet Censorship Spells Bad News For Gamers 152

Posted by Soulskill
from the no-hope-for-call-of-duty-kangaroo-wars dept.
eldavojohn writes "Kotaku is running an investigative piece examining what internet censorship means for games in Australia. Australia has some of the most draconian video game attitudes in the world, and the phrase 'refused classification' should strike fear in game developers and publishers looking to market games there. Internet censorship may expand this phrase to mean that anybody hosting anything about the game may suffer censorship in AU. Kotaku notes, 'This means that if a game is refused classification (RC) in Australia — like, say, NFL Blitz, or Getting Up — content related to these games would be added to the ISP filter. [This would bring up] a range of questions, foremost of those being: what happens when an otherwise harmless website ... hosts material from those games (screenshots, trailers, etc) that is totally fine in the US or Japan or Europe, but that has been refused classification in Australia?' Kotaku received a comment from the Australian Department of Broadband Communication promising that the whole website won't be blocked, just the material related to the game (videos, images, etc). Imagine maintaining that blacklist!"
Security

Adobe Download Manager Installing Software Without Consent 98

Posted by timothy
from the plus-one-invitation dept.
"Not all is worth cheering about as Adobe turns 20," writes reader adeelarshad82, who excerpts from a story at PC Magazine's Security Watch: "Researcher Aviv Raff has found a problem in ADM (Adobe Download Manager) and the method through which it is delivered from adobe.com. The net effect of the problem is that a user can be tricked into downloading and installing software using ADM without actual consent. Tonight Adobe acknowledged the report and said they were working on the issue with Raff and NOS Microsystems, the company that wrote ADM."

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