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Comment: Re:Clearly (Score 1) 391

by speardane (#48756105) Attached to: Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman
The Astell & Kern (upmarket iRiver brand) has almost identical functionality, and are established and committed players in this marketplace - the sound from my AK100 is remarkably good when paired with good headphones and Hi Res music. (The price of the DACs in that or the Sony would be prohibitive for a phone).


My problem with this selling is Sony and their attitude to security & privacy. I'm inclined to believe they are only sorry they got caught hacking people's PCs (rootkit) and they don't seem to feel any responsibility for their disastrously lax security.

Personally I neither believe stealing, nor cracking is acceptable - I just wouldn't forget to fit locks on my doors and rely on ranting and war-mongering to put off potential hackers (whether criminal / corporate or governmental variety)

Comment: Re:I think I speak for us all... (Score 1) 335

by speardane (#45966779) Attached to: Irish Politician Calls For Crackdown On Open Source Internet Browsers
hmm Browsers and proxies permit anonymity, anonymity permits drugs and pornography - these must be stopped at all costs - so anonymous browsers should be stopped. Politicians start wars, wars cause death - politicians must be stopped at all costs. So no politicians should be permitted I could go with both proposals - they're equally logical...

Comment: Cynical reaction to an atrocity (Score 1) 307

by speardane (#43831613) Attached to: Terrorist Murder In London Could Revive Snooper's Charter
Such appalling cynicism!

So the UK intelligence services knew about both of those filmed in Woolwich - but they were not regarded as priorities

i.e. the intelligence people didn't have enough resources! So if they can't identify the dangerous "needle in a haystack" making the haystack several thousandfold bigger will help?

Clearly the politicians feel no more responsibility for the inadequate resourcing than the poor tax laws!

A good sound-bite is so much better than thinking a problem through and finding an apt solution.

Comment: Re:Oh dear ? (Score 1) 606

by speardane (#41607397) Attached to: UK Man Arrested For Offensive Joke Posted On Facebook
the BBC report also says he was taken into custody for his own protection, after about 50 people reported him.

That might just be a realistic claim. In the case of the two victims, people are sufficiently shocked and upset, I suspect getting strong sentence might well have saved Woods a lynching

Comment: brilliant product - shame on the Government (Score 1) 89

by speardane (#38033868) Attached to: 60 Years of Business Computing Started With Tea Shops
and people got trained that computing was a tool to solve business problems. not - the more familiar now - here's a bit of kit who can we talk into buying it... yet another great product mismanaged. there again the British government got it all wrong - just like the Enigma machine & Alan Turing - better to hound him to death (as a gay security risk); hand the technology to the USA and block any use of any UK based experience for 30 years...

Comment: Re:Civil war? (Score 1) 275

by speardane (#32528268) Attached to: British Computer Society Is Officially At Civil War
well I'm a member - so far

whatever it is about:

neither party appears to be telling the truth about each other

neither party can explain it's point of view succinctly - and I am used to reading poor specs....

neither seems to be genuinely focussed on professionalising IT.

I recently joined PMI - if I could work out how to translate my experience and qualifications into a recognisable level - I think I'd drop BCS as well

+ - EMI piracy?->

Submitted by speardane
speardane writes: EMI have been succesfully sued by Pink Floyd. Pink Floyd objected to the payments for their music sold by EMI and to EMI breaching their contractual stipulation about not splitting the albums up.
The judge is considering what penalties to impose
In addition to the normal RIAA / BPI multiplier
As King Crimson have also sued EMI succesfully, should EMI also be subject to the "three strikes" rule and disconnected from the Internet?

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