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Comment: civil vs criminal (Score 4, Informative) 87

by pr100 (#49384475) Attached to: UK IP Chief Wants ISPs To Police Piracy Proactively

The police should be interested in criminal offences, not civil matters. Copyright is complicated because (in the UK at least) infringement can be both, but the two aspects get conflated. The criminal offences (broadly) are to do with dealing in infringing items for profit, and it's reasonable that the police pursue people committing such offences.

The issue of whether these things *should* be offences is a separate matter. What we don't want is the police deciding which offences they're going to try to enforce. If society doesn't want criminal copyright infringement then that should be for legislators to decide, not law enforcement.

Comment: Re:First, find out what the lab provides. (Score 1) 385

by pr100 (#49290703) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Laptop To Support Physics Research?

VMs are in some ways better than dual boot - you can switch between linux and windows applications without the need to reboot.

I run an Ubuntu VM under Hyper-V on my Windows 8.1 Pro Thinkpad Yoga. The linux filesystem is made available to the host as an SMB share, so files are accessible from host and guest OS.

Cygwin is also a good thing on windows machines in any case.

Comment: Re:Depends on what your goal is. (Score 1) 327

by pr100 (#48512745) Attached to: You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

If you're offgrid and storing excess power in batteries then point in the direction of most efficiency.
If you're connected to a meter and can run it backwards then point in the direction of most efficiency.
If you're only producing half your own power and pay a flat rate for electricity then point in the direction of most efficiency.

There are only a few specific situations where an individual would benefit from aligning solar panels with their usage patterns instead of maximum efficiency.
My guess is the majority of homeowners don't fall in that category.

I live in the UK and have solar panels. I get a payment from the state for the amount of energy that I generate with the panels. How the energy is used doesn't really matter - it makes a very small difference, but really the financial incentive is all around generation.

Comment: Re:Justice (Score 1) 68

by pr100 (#48239719) Attached to: EU Court Rules Embedding YouTube Videos Is Not Copyright Infringement

The courts are there to decide the cases that are brought before them. If someone chooses to bring an action for copyright infringement in a particular circumstance then it's the function of the courts to decide the case.

The wisdom of bringing, contesting or appealing cases is really a matter for litigants and their legal advisers; not for the court.

Comment: Re:They may still hire you (Score 1) 580

by pr100 (#48118493) Attached to: FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

Quite. This is quite normal when you take a job in any government department here in the UK. You're asked about, for example, your criminal record. Fessing up to a conviction won't automatically exclude you from consideration (it depends of course on the job and the crime). But lying about it and then getting found out will always go badly for you.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.

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