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Comment: Re:And... (Score 4, Interesting) 285

by newcastlejon (#48207611) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

Removing control panels isn't MS's style. If past experience is anything to go by, the same ones that were in 98/NT will still be there in 10, they'll just be buried under yet another layer of new stuff. Seriously, try find network adaptor settings in 7. After you've navigated through the morass of the network and sharing centre you'll see that it's practically the self same advanced dialog that was there in 95.

Personally, I'm not averse to change but it's well past time MS just started over again instead of tacking on useless, obfuscating fluff over the top of controls that I actually need to get use.

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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail 484

Posted by timothy
from the don't-worry-he's-trolling dept.
An anonymous reader writes with this news from The Guardian about a proposed change in UK law that would greatly increase the penalties for online incivility: Internet trolls who spread "venom" on social media could be jailed for up to two years, the justice secretary Chris Grayling has said as he announced plans to quadruple the maximum prison sentence. Grayling, who spoke of a "baying cybermob", said the changes will allow magistrates to pass on the most serious cases to crown courts. The changes, which will be introduced as amendments to the criminal justice and courts bill, will mean the maximum custodial sentence of six months will be increased to 24 months. Grayling told the Mail on Sunday: "These internet trolls are cowards who are poisoning our national life. No one would permit such venom in person, so there should be no place for it on social media. That is why we are determined to quadruple the six-month sentence.

Comment: Re:Microsoft re-invents graffiti (Score 1) 100

The trouble with shorthand is that it takes a lot of effort to learn, and there are quite a few ambiguities that tend to creep up when you're omitting most of the vowels. Deciphering what someone else has written often relies on context, and machines still don't do too well at that.

Inputting in shorthand does seem a neat idea, but the likes of Swiftkey have made it even less likely to appear.

Comment: Re:Seems reasonable (Score 2) 462

by newcastlejon (#47884531) Attached to: CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

When nationalistic Americans brag about our Bill or Rights, I wonder which version they're excited about: the version one gets from a plain reading of its text, or the twisted monstrosity that the three branches of government have foisted upon us.

I think it's the one that exists only in their heads.

Comment: Re:can it get me home from the bar? (Score 2) 289

by newcastlejon (#47792427) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

You're a bit behind the times there chum. These days weekend binge drinking is the very epitome of fashion.

We as a nation are rightly proud that we've moved on from the times of lonely old men nursing pints of silty beer in tobacco stained pubs to a bright, new future of dynamic, young (allegedly) women clutching their high heels in one hand and a bottle of WKD in the other while their doting beau gallantly holds their hair aside as they're sick into a policeman's hat.

Truly, this a golden age.

Comment: Re:Class Action Attorney (Score 1) 355

by newcastlejon (#47770425) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

Contact one of the big class action lawsuit attorneys. if you can convince them that 10K customers or more are being cheated for more than $100 per year, over a period of years, they will be glad to work for a percent.

And, if past experience is any indication, that will be somewhere near 99%. When was the last time you heard of a class action getting the complainants anything near full restitution?

Comment: Re:What can be done about this? (Score 1) 109

by newcastlejon (#47769821) Attached to: Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts
Speed limits are in space are a lot like the top speed on the speedo in my old Mini: it clearly says ninety and you can just about reach it... on an incline... with a favourable tail wind... and no passengers... or seats... but you can't go any faster without some serious re-jigging of the laws o' physics.

Comment: Re:What to do? (Score 4, Interesting) 355

by newcastlejon (#47769745) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

A less drastic, but equally annoying solution might be to just turn it off for a month. See what they bill you then.

"It was turned off" is a lot more likely to persuade a small claims court to your side than "I was overcharged by 14%, and here are the dozen esoteric ways I can prove it".

Comment: Re:Urgh (Score 2) 531

Have you Americans *still* not gotten over this whole Marxist/Communist/Socialist = EVIL thing yet?

Why would they? From what I've seen there are a great number of them that don't even understand their own nation's founding principles; I can't count the number of times I've heard/read people complain about private entities not abiding by the first amendment. Getting over a smear campaign against the red/yellow terror from decades ago is likely one of the least of their worries.

I cannot conceive that anybody will require multiplications at the rate of 40,000 or even 4,000 per hour ... -- F. H. Wales (1936)