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Comment Re:Wut? (Score 2) 113

"I drive a black cab in London, so I'm really getting a kick out of some of these replies."
Cool. I use black cabs in London - the same for the replies.

"Some of you guys are very good at making it sound like you know what you are talking about. But trust me.... You don't."
I do, in fact, know exactly what it's like to use a black cab in London. Because I do, and have been doing so for more than eighteen years. You will be right in that I don't know the ins and outs of the industry, but I don't need to - I only need to say what it's like as a user. Most of the time I'm happy, but the card thing is definitely my experience and is truly irritating. I always ask up front, and the vast majority of the time I'm told the card reader is broken and that they'll drive to a cash point.

"I think you just want to make yourself sound smart, when in reality you don't know what you are talking about. This is how bad info gets passed around. If you dont know about the topic....Don't make yourself sound like you do."
I read the article. It said "...come into force from April of 2016 and by October all black cab drivers will need to have complied with the directive, which mandates the new payment methods.". Hence the comment "The difference seems to be making it mandatory". Still seems reasonably grounded as a suggestion to me, and you've not made a different one.

This is primarily a discussion board. If you know more, now's the time to post it and then your point of view is added to the discussion. Would be good to get that point of view in fact. Meanwhile, since it hasn't been added, what I have to go on is the article itself and my years of experience using cabs of all types in London.

Comment Tracking down rights holders (Score 4, Interesting) 106

It's a nightmare. I have a piece of music I want to put on my next album. It contains speech from an old BBC programme (1982), so to release it I need to get in touch with the copyright holder. But who actually is that?

The BBC told me to try Getty, because they'd sold off a lot of things to Getty. Getty told me they didn't know, and to contact the original narrator and the scriptwriter for that narrator. I have no idea who the scriptwriter was and, whilst I imagine I could find the narrator I doubt he'd know either. Result? This piece of music will never be released, simply because I cannot find who to ask (and those I did ask do not seem sure of their answers). That's exactly analogous to the problem they're describing in the article - actually finding who to ask, let alone getting a co-ordinated yes/no decision, is just much harder than people might imagine it to be.

Comment And there are those of us still miffed (Score 1) 59

When it was at Cardiff University, I helped out for free as did many other people around the internet at the time. It was then taken commercial without any notice or recompense, with really quite sketchy and dubious claims of ownership, and it was quite a controversy at the time. I have still not forgotten it, and a lesson was learned that day.

Comment Re:KHTML! (Score 1) 115

For those that don't know, KHTML formed the basis of Webkit, and so then formed Safari on the Mac/iOS and for a long time powered Chrome as well. It caused a minor storm when Apple picked that over Gecko, which had been what people assumed would have been picked.

Yes, I agree with the AC above - KHTML has had huge impact, probably wider impact than the KDE project itself, purely because it dominated mobile browsing for so long.

Comment Re:Sounds Fishy (Score 1) 241

In my experience, everything learned in school is CS is outdated by time you graduate.

...then you didn't learn CS. The theories behind computation, information theory, boolean algebra...none of this is outdated and indeed a lot of it is relying on hundred year-old+ mathematical discoveries. You can then advance to 'recent' times, like 1930s/40s Turing, 40s/50s Von Neumann etc..

For coding I learned Ada at University. I do not use Ada today. I have never, in fact, professionally coded in Ada. It doesn't matter - that wasn't the point of my Computer Science degree. I have quite definitely used the theoretical aspects of it, and I expect those to stay true for multiple generations to come.

First Successful Collision Attack On the SHA-1 Hashing Algorithm ( 87

Artem Tashkinov writes: Researchers from Dutch and Singapore universities have successfully carried out an initial attack on the SHA-1 hashing algorithm by finding a collision at the SHA1 compression function. They describe their work in the paper "Freestart collision for full SHA-1". The work paves the way for full SHA-1 collision attacks, and the researchers estimate that such attacks will become reality at the end of 2015. They also created a dedicated web site humorously called The SHAppening.

Perhaps the call to deprecate the SHA-1 standard in 2017 in major web browsers seems belated and this event has to be accelerated.


SIgn Of the Times: Calif. Privacy Protections Signed Into Law 41

The EFF reports a spot of bright news from California: Governor Jerry Brown today signed into law the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act. CalECPA, says the organization, "protects Californians by requiring a warrant for digital records, including emails and texts, as well as a user's geographical location. These protections apply not only to your devices, but to online services that store your data. Only two other states have so far offered these protections: Maine and Utah." The ACLU provides a fact sheet (PDF) about what the bill entails, which says: SB 178 will ensure that, in most cases, the police must obtain a warrant from a judge before accessing a person's private information, including data from personal electronic devices, email, digital documents, text messages, and location information. The bill also includes thoughtful exceptions to ensure that law enforcement can continue to effectively and efficiently protect public safety in emergency situations. Notice and enforcement provisions in the bill provide proper transparency and judicial oversight to ensure that the law is followed.

Comment Re:you could choke a horse with these SAVINGS! (Score 3, Interesting) 117

My favourite is a somewhat optimistic one that appears on my iPad when it looks at I always read in landscap - what happens is the site appears for a second or so, then an enormous black square appears blotting out all the content and the text "Please rotate your device" inside it. No I am not going to rotate my device purely in order to see some advert that;s meant to be inside this giant black square that I don't want to see in the first place. I've had that happen quite a lot on the site, and I've still got no idea what's meant to appear because I just close the site when it happens. Meh.

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