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Comment: Underwhelming picture (Score 5, Funny) 81

by raburton (#48424741) Attached to: Millions of Spiders Seen In Mass Dispersal Event In Nova Scotia

Once you find the link to the article (after links to every vaguely related topic) you'll find a very underwhelming picture of some bits of web in a field. I was expecting something like the scale and impressiveness of a crop circle in web form, not a few bits of tatty web on the tops of some long grass.

Comment: Depends why you are going (Score 1) 182

by raburton (#47965241) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

Just because it's relevant to your day job doesn't mean it's of any benefit to your company for you to go. If you want to go for your own interest you can't expect them to pay. It wouldn;t be unreasonable for them to insist you take annual leave for the time away from work too. If it's to learn things that will make you more efficient at your job and benefit your employer I'm sure they'd be willing to pay (assuming costs are sensible). Or if they want you to present something that is good PR for the company I'd expect them to pay for you. However, if you want a certification, perhaps for something you can already do anyway, that makes you more valuable (when you start asking for a pay rise) and potentially more employable somewhere else (when you get head hunted after chatting to someone at a conference) all of which are negative for your employer, I wouldn't expect them to be keen on you going let alone at their expense.

Comment: Re:T-MOBILE, T-MOBILE, and one more time T-MOBILE (Score 3, Interesting) 146

by raburton (#47341163) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: SIM-Card Solutions In North America?

> Even Africa one gets better and easier SIM offerings than USA
Some parts of it yes, Kenya was just like here in the UK. In Ethiopia I had to go to a government office with my passport, fill in a form, and provide a passport photo for them to keep just for a pay as you go sim. Although you could buy them unofficially off the street too.

Comment: Re:They checked without a warrant (Score 1) 206

> EULA does not and never will override legal, law of the land.
> I can put slavery in a EULA, that doesn't make it legal.
> I can put invasion of your privacy, that doesn't make it legal either.

I think you are missing an important legal distinction. Microsoft / the EULA isn't overriding any law. You can't make slavery illegal by putting it in an EULA because slavery is illegal. Reading email is not inherently illegal. Reading it without the permission of the owner might well be, but microsoft does have that permission (therefore they are never doing it without permission which is the the part that might be illegal). They have permission it because the user gave it to them. The law is generally fine with you granting other people permission to do things on your behalf, so long as that thing isn't illegal in itself. It's not uncommon for people to give their secretary permission to read their email, does that mean the secretary is breaking the law when they do?

Comment: Re:They checked without a warrant (Score 1) 206

> That *is* a legal question. If the EULA says: we own your first born, is that so just because you checked a box on a web site? Nope. There are laws governing the reading of email, and Microsoft has to obey those rules like everyone else.

I'll ignore your stupid analogy and stick to the point. Do these laws you reference say that that you aren't allowed to give your permission for someone else to read your email? I'd be very surprised (though you haven't stated any specific laws to check), so if you've given someone permission to read your email then they have every legal right to do so. There are plenty of issues here, moral ones mainly, but I don't see any legal problem. If you can see a legal issue here, i.e. one that isn't addressed by the user having given microsoft permission to read his email (under certain circumstances, which appear to have been met), do please elaborate.

Comment: Re:They checked without a warrant (Score 2) 206

> Does ownership of the network override the laws of the country the network is in?

It's not a legal question at all. If you use the service you have accepted their terms and so have given them permission to do this.

> If they had opened physical mail, this would be a criminal charge. But because it's digital, somehow ownership of the service exempts them from having to obey any kind of privacy laws.

The fact it's digital doesn't make it a special case, if you agreed to let them open your physical mail they could do that too.

> Dangerous and shows why you should not trust anything online.

You shouldn't trust anyone on line, that's true. However this isn't the best example of that, but it is a good example of why you should read the T&C of anything you sign up to.

Comment: Most android phones can go back (Score 1) 199

by raburton (#46516217) Attached to: A Call For Rollbacks To Previous Versions of Software

All android phones I've owned (and most I'm aware of) have the option to flash any version of their software (some only signed official versions of course). The only problem is getting the older version - even the latest version isn't always the easiest to get hold of simply from the manufacturer - but they can usually be found easily enough via google.

Comment: Other internet connected thermostats are available (Score 1) 195

by raburton (#45997315) Attached to: Building an Open Source Nest

My dad has the non-wifi version, and having just got my own place I'm planning on ordering the wifi version soon.

Not really sure how it compares to the Nest model, but it isn't cloud based so the NSA won't know how warm your house is. There are various related projects on github for alternate interfaces to it as well.

Comment: Re:Forward to 900 number? (Score 1) 497

In the UK when you forward a call the caller pays the normal rate to call you and you pay for the call they are forwarded to. In other words if you forward to a premium rate number you are the one paying for it. You can't change the billing rate of a call part way through, that would be so easily abused. Of course American phone systems do billing in very odd ways (like paying to receive calls) so who knows over there.

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