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Comment: Re:Funny thing... (Score 1) 229

by naich (#49223423) Attached to: Listen To a Microsoft Support Scam As It Happened

If you've got nothing better to do then it's worth it, even if it just means they aren't scamming someone else for real while you are pissing them around. I've never had one but I fancy being the confused type who has a corded phone that is in a different room to the computer, meaning he has to explain each mouse click, sometimes several times.

Comment: Re:Yeah, Good Luck with That (TM) (Score 1) 160

by naich (#48193619) Attached to: Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

FSP (how many know about _that_ protocol!!)

I remember FSP. You'd set it going on a file, log out, go on holiday for a couple of weeks, survive a nuclear war that reduces man back to the stone age, rebuild society and rediscover lost technology, rebuild the internet, and FSP would start downloading it again as if nothing had happened. Slow as hell, but you couldn't kill it with a bad connection.

Comment: Re:Do you need to? (Score 1) 429

by naich (#43749891) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With a Fear of Technological Change?

Exactly. Most people here use a web interface to do their emails, while I use Pine in a terminal. I can knock off an email in about 1/4 of the time it takes them to fart around clickety clicking away at their browser. Don't just do change for change's sake, and don't let peer pressure force you into doing something the stupid way,

Comment: Re:Bad Article (Score 1) 250

by naich (#40396001) Attached to: Google To Pay $0 To Oracle In Copyright Case

Just mixing unusual ingredients wouldn't be enough for a patent though. You would have to come up with some new process of cooking, like freeze drying or liquid nitrogen baths or infusing the food with liquid oxygen and lighting it at the customer's table so it cooks in a few milliseconds and spreads itself around the room a bit.

Comment: Let's not start worrying yet (Score 2) 255

by naich (#39732261) Attached to: British MPs Propose Censoring Internet By Default

This is just a report from a parliamentary inquiry and is not being proposed as a new law. Personally, I can't see it making it through the system even if it does get proposed at some point. There are many more important things that are actually in the process of being made law that we should concentrate on.

Comment: This is part one. (Score 5, Insightful) 145

by naich (#39557767) Attached to: UK Proposing Real-Time Monitoring of All Communications

This is part one of the process of introducing a draconian and unpopular new law. First you come up with something completely over the top and unacceptable. Then, over a few months you water it down here and there, chopping little bits, amending others, until you end up with something that is draconian and unpopular. But it'll be accepted because it's not as bad as the original plan which, by then, will be falsely seen as the alternative. It's a flaw in human logical thought that has been exploited by politicians since they first crawled out of the sewer.

Comment: Re:Trying to figure out who the good guys are (Score 1) 219

by naich (#39108375) Attached to: European Parliament To Exclude Free Software With FRAND

You are missing a major and insurmountable reason why FRAND can not be used by GPL products - by its very nature any GPL license is automatically carried forward from user to user, transferred down the line from whoever originally writes the code through each redistributor, to whoever ends up using it. This is not possible with a FRAND license because it requires an explicit license to each distributor. This means that FRAND is utterly incompatible with FRAND and there is nothing that can change this.

Comment: Re:Common sense (Score 1) 240

by naich (#38134508) Attached to: How Much Tech Can Kids Take?

Common sense is very often wrong. I'd rather have some data to work on than just making a vague guess based on an emotional response to a situation I don't know enough about. "Common sense" has been responsible for some very bad decisions, e.g.

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