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Comment: Keep kids out of it (Score 2) 146 146

A number of the BBC stories amount to publicity-seeking parents violating the privacy of their non-censenting children by allowing them to be named as subjects in, particularly health-related, stories.

Note for parents: Children are not your property. Even if you think that publishing self-serving stories about them in the media or on the web is your prerogative they will eventually grow up and decide that you had no f***ing business so to do.

Comment: European Data Protection Law (Score 3, Informative) 130 130

As this is a European company it is subject to European data protection and privacy legislation. Many countries have given their enforcement agencies quite significant enforcement powers to punish abuse and there is pressure for the penalties to be increased to the point that non-compliance is not going to be viable business model:

http://www.computerweekly.com/...

Namgge

Comment: Ten pieces of feedback 100 000 times (Score 4, Insightful) 236 236

Mass release of technical preview software is is showing contempt for users and developers by wasting both sides' time by duplicating effort. In my experience the best way do it is to initially release to a small sample of users an fix the issues they raise. Then release to a somewhat larger sample and fix the issues they raise, etc. If you are getting more than a handful of duplicated reports then you are ramping up too fast. If you are getting reports in at a rate that exceeds your developers capacity to evaluate them and, if necessary, follow up with the user then you are ramping up too fast.

Comment: Re:Pull the disk (Score 1) 466 466

I don't even see why there are so many other posts about Kermit, laplink, file transfers, PCMCIA, etc etc. Worst case is that the hard drive has a proprietary connector and you have to solder an adapter on.

Because rule #1 when trying to get data off twenty-year-old hardware is "If it's working, mess with it as little as possible."

Comment: Re:Unlisted Identity (Score 1) 33 33

The UK also has strong personal data protection legislation, and a regulator with teeth (six figure fines are not uncommon). These protections (or obstacles depending on your PoV) will kick in soon as the addresses get linked to individuals (owners, occupiers, etc.).

Comment: Go with the majority (Score 4, Insightful) 165 165

In my experience, if you are upgrading legacy code that assumed straightforward ascii then utf8 is the
way to go. It was invented for the purpose by someone very smart (Ken Thompson). If there were a 'Neatest Hacks of All Time' competition utf8 would be my nomination.

The only real issues I've encountered are the usual ones of comparisons between equivalent characters and defining collating order. These stop being a problem (or more precisely 'your' problem) once you abandon the idea of rolling your own and use a decent utf8 string library.

Comment: Cataloging write-only archives (Score 5, Interesting) 259 259

Based on my experience as an executor, you should pick the best one or two photos from each significant occasion, record the date, location and the people (forename and surname) it shows in a plain text file and trash the rest. Fortunately chronological order is both the easiest and best way of organising such a collection. Don't bother keeping pictures that don't have clearly recognisable people in them because it's only these that will be of any interest in future.

Then, when you die your kids will inherit a nice collection of ca 100 family photos complete with enough information to make them interesting and give them a context.

Namgge

Comment: Re:chain of evidence (Score 1) 216 216

To all of you who are sued for filesharing, you should ask the following proofs or you are not guilty or no copyright-violation has happened at all:[...]

The claimant does not have to prove anything to you they merely have to persuade a judge that, on the balance of probability, they are more likely to be telling the truth than you.

"Conversion, fastidious Goddess, loves blood better than brick, and feasts most subtly on the human will." -- Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway"

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