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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.

Comment: Re: Actually, this is kinda nice... (Score 1) 106

by raburton (#45093953) Attached to: Lenovo Shows Android Laptop In Leaked User Manuals

Who needs a camera on a tablet? Ok maybe for video chat if you're into that, in which case vga is probably just fine. Problem with putting a better cqamera on them is people use them inappropriately. Last time I went skiing I had to keep avoiding Chinese people trying to ski whilst holding up a full sized iPad, complete with large case hanging off it, to take pictures of their kids.

Comment: Re:Actually, this is kinda nice... (Score 2) 106

by raburton (#45092469) Attached to: Lenovo Shows Android Laptop In Leaked User Manuals

Agreed, I quite like the look of this. It's like a decent size tablet, with keyboard and built in hard screen protector (the keyboard). I never fancied a netbook (too small and under-powered for windows) and haven't missed my proper laptop much since it broke, yet I often wish I had a keyboard on my nexus 7, and maybe a bit bigger screen. Yes I know larger tablets and separate keyboards are available, but suddenly just by putting these things together in this nice package Lenovo has made something I really want. If it's true that it's going to be budget priced then it's time shut-up and take my money, as Fry would say.

Comment: Re:I don't believe it (Score 1) 158

by raburton (#45050891) Attached to: Over 100 Missing Episodes of <em>Doctor Who</em> Located

I've spent a little time in Ethiopia and I don't believe it either. I didn't go there to watch TV and don't claim to be an expert on the country, but it just seems highly unlikely. Sure, they have TV channels in Ethiopia, but the level of TV ownership now is nothing like in the west, let alone sometime around the 70's when these tapes might have been bought. I've seen no obvious references to science fiction in the popular culture. English isn't widely spoken outside tourist areas (and in medicine), it's becoming more used of course due to increased influence from the west (but again, that's today, not 30-40 years ago). Ethiopia has was never part of the British Empire, there was a brief relationship during/after World War 2, but no major historic links. Overall the idea of them buying British sci-fi to dub into Amharic in the 70s for a handful of people to watch seems implausible.

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