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Comment No touists in New Jersey? (Score 1) 519

I guess tourism not big money in New Jersey or else he wouldn’t say something so stupid. I know people who bypass the USA now because the airport experience is so bad compared with the rest of the world, this would step that whole avoidance of the USA another magnitude.

Comment Re:Tell the old dogs (Score 1) 394

Have you not seen Windows 8? My parents needed to replace a dyeing XP laptop. They looked at the Windows 8 machines in the stores and had no idea how to use one so contacted me. I set them up a on new laptop running Mint Linux. They are old and struggle with computers but the move from XP to Mint was easy for them, took only an evening of introduction. They have been using that Linux laptop for about 2 years now and my support requirements are almost zero, much less than XP needed.

I recently moved to new job that required me to use a Windows 7 desktop after a couple of years using a Linux desktop at work and it did find it a hassle. To quote Anonymous Coward's flame bait "it's 10x more difficult to do even the simplest task, and most people just don't have that kind of time to spare.", Linux is so much simpler to use as Windows takes so long to wade though endless GUI screens and menus to make simple changes on Windows. Yes that is flame bait too but for me it is true.

Comment Could this lead to false sharing allegations? (Score 5, Interesting) 47

Given media companies chasing people for illegal sharing on the basis the very lists that this exploit is manipulating I guess this could lead to false allegations of file sharing? I guess it could be used in countries like New Zealand to have victims force disconnected by their ISP for multiple instances of file sharing when they had in fact never shared anything?

Comment Re:Pity we don't have a court judgement to point t (Score 1) 50

I don't know about the license on the DVD or the related legality under US law to export them but I do know that to bring in 10,000 to NZ would be perfectly legal as long was they were not pirated copies. Of course TPPA will like force a law change to ensure Kiwis pay way more than they do now.

Comment Pity we don't have a court judgement to point to (Score 2) 50

It is a pity this didn't reach court and had a judgement made. I think NZ law is pretty clear and the media companies would have lost. That would have been good as it would have put them on notice to shut up and rethink their business model in view of global communications. As it is they will take this as a victory and will now act as if it was actually illegal to bypass geo-locks, using this result to hassle the next company to offer such a service.

If I travel to the USA, buy a legal DVD, fly back to NZ and watch it here it is all legal. So how is that different from having my Internet connect travel to the USA, purchasing a media file and bringing it back to NZ to watch. Both cost time and money but offer more choice. Morally and/or legally is there any difference?

Comment Where do US citizens think the limits should be. (Score 1) 609

I'm a Kiwi who has travel to the USA a few times and has a few US friends. I have learnt that they have a fundamentally different view to guns than people from every other country I have meet. From the outside looking in the USA is hard to believe. Talking with people from the USA it is clear they are passionate about their rights to bear arms and I have accepted they are different from the rest of the world and they think the price they pay for that freedom is acceptable. However the quote from the article ""I should be able to have a howitzer or a bazooka if I want one." has me wondering. From US TV shows it would appear that individuals are not permitted to own nuclear bombs. First correct me if I am wrong, the right to bear arms does not extend to nuclear weapons? If not then where is the limit? Are you permitted a howitzer or bazooka? What limits do people consider ok?

Comment Makes hardware choice easier (Score 3, Interesting) 122

I have been using Amlogic based players recently as they run Kodi directly on Linux builds and seem to have good codec support. I was looking other options to ensure I was keeping up with the state of the art features and the Fire TV was one I looked at. I put it on my B list since they currently don't ship outside the USA, which find weird given they will export books to me. While I could get around the shipping restriction, it makes it less price competitive. With this negative Kodi attitude they are now dropped from my list completely. Yes I could sideload Kodi, but this could be sign of more aggressive restrictions to come, why take the risk?

Comment Re:How about international versions? (Score 1) 135

Sounds similar to the situation here. While legally I think NZ HF and UHF CB service should on be on type approved (RTA) devices I doubt many of the Chinese imports have been through this process. I have dealt with local governement body and they seem to have adopted a fairly pragmatic approach, focusing mainly on stopping the sales of devices on commerical frequencies and addressing interference issues as they arise. I doubt they are worried about hams also operating on other public bands, such as CB and marine, provided you are using the correct modes, appropriate power levels and following the correct etiquite for that service.

Comment Re:"Free" exercise (Score 1) 304

I have done some cycling in Auckland for exercise but the hills make it hard going and the helmet law is annoying for a pushbike.

However I love riding my motorcycle in Auckland when the roads are dry, but not so much fun in the wet as it has too much power then. Looking forward to high power electric motorcycles where software could eliminate wheelies and wheel spin during commutes but turn them back on when you feel like a bit of fun in the weekend.

Comment How about international versions? (Score 1) 135

It was intersting to read that part of the design will be locked down, to meet FCC requirements. The celluar band lock out has never been a requirement in many countries, such as here in New Zealand. While I dont care about those bands I do wonder if it will lock out out other non-amature band uses in the name of FCC compliance, that we don't need?

For example us hams who are also like 4WD outings find that some UHF ham rigs can serve a dual role as a UHF CB, saving one extra transciever in the vehicle. In that case we are transmitting at 477MHz with a 5W limit, which while legal here would be illegal in the USA. Actully we have the reverse problem, imports from China on the USA FRS/GMRS channel being offered localy dispite being commerical frequencies here. Also it's nice to be abe to listern to commerical channels. The cheap Boefeng is great in a vehicle as it can replace 5 other radios (2M, 70cm, UHF CB, Marine and a scanner). That may not be a big deal if you have a huge Jeep but we typically use smaller 4WD such as the Suzuki Jinmy were 2 transceivers as about all you can fit.

I think an SDR such as this would be great in such an enviroment, if it could get down to 26MHz it could replace the NZ and USA HF CB rig as well allowing one box to do everything, feed it to the car stereo aux input and control it with the same Android tablet used for naviagation. It would make the ultimate communictions solution for a smaller vehicle. I really like the possiblities it opens for new modes or just embeddeding a bit of digital data in the current modes, such as the location of the transmitting station and a call sign etc.

Even as currently defined it seems like a great peice of gear, hope it goes well for Bruce.

Comment I already know what it would be like (Score 1) 421

To get a feel for what it would be like try living in a major Chinese city. I did for 2 years, most nights you would only see 2 or 3 stars. I was a bit depressing to look up at night and I wonder if it was a factor in my having "had enough of it" and coming home to New Zealand. First night home and I could not get over how beautiful a night sky full of stars is.

The plan sounds like a bad idea on too many levels...

Comment Let then know you watch their activities (Score 1) 260

For me one of the most effective things was to let them know that was monitoring what sites they were visiting. When you first let them online you need to supervise them closely and explain what they should avoid and why. Once they understand what is expected/allowed then give then free access but let then know you are monitoring what sites they are visiting. Knowing that they will self censor.

From a technical point of view I put their machines on a separate subnet with a transparent proxy to monitor access and cron jobs/iptables to block any access when it was time for them to be sleeping.

It is also worth remembering they don't magically change from children to adults on a particular birthday, as they mature yet then know they are allow a wider range of access. For example as young children I did not allow them to play violent games but as preteens I allowed moderately violent games and as teens I didn't really limit games because they had demonstrated they had maturity separate to rules of real life from games. Likewise trying to stop teen boys from view porn is a waste of time, best to let them know that what they see on the Internet should generally not be consider real in terms dealing with the opposite sex.

"We learn from history that we learn nothing from history." -- George Bernard Shaw