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London Black Cabs Threaten Chaos To Stop Uber 417

Posted by samzenpus
from the get-in-the-car dept.
Bruce66423 (1678196) writes in with news about a planned protest by London black-cab drivers against Uber. "London black-cab drivers are planning to cause gridlock in the city to protest against car service Uber. The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association complains that Uber's drivers are using a smartphone app to calculate fares despite it being illegal for private vehicles to be fitted with taximeters. Transport for London has declined to intervene, because it disagrees that there has been a breach of the law. LTDA now plans to force the issue by holding the action in early June. 'Transport for London not enforcing the Private Hire Vehicles Act is dangerous for Londoners,' Steve McNamara, LTDA's general secretary, told the BBC. 'I anticipate that the demonstration against TfL's handling of Uber will attract many many thousands of cabs and cause severe chaos, congestion and confusion across the metropolis.'"

Comment: Re:Supreme Court = High Court (Score 1) 129

by quarrel (#38211936) Attached to: Australian Federal Court Ends Ban On Samsung Galaxy Tab Sales

You're wrong, sorry to say :)

Yes, in 1912 it did - but until the Statute of Westminster we were essentially not independent and cases this far back on these issues have little relevance today. By pre-dating the Australia Acts I meant the Privy Council (Limitation of Appeals) Act 1968 & the Privy Council (Appeals from the High Court) Act 1975 - which closed it off as an avenue from the High Court (except in a particular circumstance that the UK Parliament closed off when they passed their own Australia Act stopping the States going to the Privy Council).

The legislative effect of these was that you must have a certificate of the High Court to go to the Privy Council and the High Court will not grant one. s74 may as well be void.

--Q

Comment: Re:Good.... (Score 3, Interesting) 129

by quarrel (#38211286) Attached to: Australian Federal Court Ends Ban On Samsung Galaxy Tab Sales

> The supreme court is the highest court in each state

This is only sort of true (at least in NSW, but I assume elsewhere too?).

You can appeal a decision of the NSW Supreme Court to the NSW Court of Appeal. However, the Court of Appeal is a branch of the Supreme Court in the they're established.

Many corporate issues, trade practices and IR cases are also heard in State courts. It depends on the case in point .. (the NSW Dept of Fair Trading for instance, brings its cases in NSW. Many companies sue each other over contractual disputes in the state courts etc.)

--Q

Comment: Supreme Court = High Court (Score 5, Informative) 129

by quarrel (#38211112) Attached to: Australian Federal Court Ends Ban On Samsung Galaxy Tab Sales

Apple have sought leave to appeal to the High Court of Australia, Australia's highest court. So it's like the Supreme Court in the US - there are no appeals beyond that, and they get to pick and choose what cases they take, so there is little certainty Apple will get anywhere appealing now.

(The Supreme Court usage in the summary is misleading to Australians because Supreme Courts here are State-based courts.)

This is a good ruling I think. You could readily buy the 10.1 here online (ebay etc) and have it shipped to you - cheaper than you'd pay a local retailer too. If there is merit to Apple's case they'll be able to get damages down the line for the patent infringement.

--Q

+ - Software Controlling Humans - Freelancer.com API->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "IF YOU'VE ever joked about your boss being a robot, stop laughing, they soon could be. A web service has launched that allows software algorithms to automatically recruit, hire and pay workers to do a wide variety of tasks.

"For the last 60 years, humans have controlled software — now we're getting to the stage where software can control humans," says Matt Barrie of Australian website Freelancer.com.

The website normally provides a forum for companies wanting to outsource their work. Now it has been upgraded so that developers can write software to post job adverts on the site, take on respondents and pay them for the results without human input.

For example, a program written for a store with a large inventory could automatically recruit salespeople to sell its products and send more work the way of people that do the best job.

Because the software is doing the commissioning and assessing the results, it avoids the need for a company to hire other people to rate the work that was done.

Barrie says there are enough programmers on the site's books for it to be possible to write software that can even improve itself, by recruiting people to improve its own code."

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Comment: Re:err, why? (Score 1) 376

by quarrel (#28591563) Attached to: iPhone 3GS Finally Hacked

Ironically the same cannot be said fro blackberry, which is only available from Telstra.

I've had a blackberry (well, various handsets) for many years through Optus. They're also at least available through Vodafone.

Agreed on our iphone though. Not only can get them from any of the carriers, you can also just buy them outright and unlocked from Apple.

--Q

Security

Hacker Jeff Moss Sworn Into Homeland Security Advisory Council 139

Posted by Soulskill
from the different-kind-of-expertise dept.
Wolfgang Kandek writes "Hacker Jeff Moss, founder of computer security conferences DEFCON and Black Hat, has been sworn in as one of the new members of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) of the DHS. Moss, who goes by the handle 'the Dark Tangent' says he was surprised to be asked to join the council and that he was nominated to bring an 'outside perspective' to its meetings. He said, 'I know there is a new-found emphasis on cybersecurity, and they're looking to diversify the members and to have alternative viewpoints. I think they needed a skeptical outsider's view because that has been missing.'"

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