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Comment Re:Ping times (Score 1) 99

I might be wrong, but surely it's a 4 SECOND ping time ?

Earth to Mars furthest distance 401 million km.

Speed of light 299 million km per second.

Round trip time 4 SECONDS.

Ok so at this distance the sun is smack bang in the way, but from all other viable viewing points the distance is less than the 401 million km used above.

Comment In constant danger ! (Score 1) 542

Is this not what happens to a people under the stress of being told that they are constantly under attack from all sides ?

Between "terrorism", "cyber-terrorism", and the rising local fears and money troubles, is it any wonder that the signs of stress are showing ?

Not that I don't think that such drugs are over prescribed, far from it, rather than seeking the cause they are more likely to medicate the hell out of the symptom.

Comment Re:The grey line of theft (Score 1) 276

Significant illegal use makes no negative difference to my argument. In fact it bolsters my comparison with lock picks.

As with almost all of our tools there are multiple uses.

If you are going to ban digital tools, why not start with physical ones first like lock picks?

Ohh wait we've been there and done that already and we know how that turned out.

Why should the law abiding suffer through the loss of useful tools thanks to the those breaking the law ?

Quit blaming the tools when it's the USERS who are at fault *if* they abuse them.

Comment Re:The grey line of theft (Score 1) 276

Completely beside the point. The point, like lock picks, is that there are legitimate uses for these technologies.

Your view that since there are illegal uses that the technologies should be banned.

BUT with lock picks, where there are significant illegal uses, we still acknowledge the individuals right to own and use them responsibly.

There in lies the key if you will pardon the pun.

Individual responsibility.
You advocate for a course of repressive action that is completely unwarranted as has already been proven.

Comment Re:The grey line of theft (Score 1) 276

What monthly fees ? I am on pay as you go and *only* use free wifi for data thank you very much !

Cost of handset to me : FREE BIRTHDAY GIFT

I do not and will not purchase online, so your crack about 80 "cents" for a song is irrelevant.

I have over 150+ cd's and 40+ DVD's which were purchased at retail in my personal collection. I add one or two each quarter sometimes more if the bargain bin has something interesting.

Like I want to spend a weekend or two ripping that lot myself ?

Again it is NOT the tool, just the uses *some* put them to, no different from lock picks.

Comment Re:The grey line of theft (Score 1) 276

I think you were close with "own moral Geiger counter" but went wayward with "Maybe it's more honest to talk about right and wrong, and then think about the best way to define laws around that."

We already have.

Can you define the difference between a digital lock pick and a physical one ?

I can't so I can see no reason why they should be treated differently.

Comment Re:The grey line of theft (Score 0) 276

"gonna buy a gun and rob a store" rotflma

That is almost exactly what a gunman in America just did ! He couldn't afford heath care, so what did he do ?
He got himself a gun, held up a bank and stole $10. Yes TEN DOLLARS!

As for "does not, or at least should not, own a smart phone"

"should not ?" and why pray tell.. Is earning less than you some kind of a problem ? Do have less rights ?

As for "does not" : Ever hear of gifts?

You know - things people give you when they like you...

My friends and family chose to get me one birthday present instead of lots. The replaced my ageing Nokia 7110 with a refurbished HTC Hero (Android yay) on the "Three" network for £160.

If I choose to use it to acquire a backup of my legally purchased media then that should be my choice.

Once again the tools are not at fault, it is the uses that *some* put them too. This is no different than physical lock picks, only with them we learnt than banning or castigating the creators or owners or lawful users only serves to increase the illegal use. Why we cannot learn from history is beyond me.

Comment Re:The grey line of theft (Score 1) 276

Costs - a random selection :

Source : Toys R Us uk website.
Xbox 360 Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 £42.89
Xbox 360 Disney Pixar Cars 2 £34.89

Amazon uk website:
Case Histories - Series 1 [DVD] £14.99
The Shadow Line [DVD] £14.99
I Am Number Four [DVD] £11.99

You may be rich enough for this to be loose change to you, but I can assure you this not not cheap. Particularly given the actual dvd media costs less than £1.

Breaking DRM and stripping CSS may be easy for you but it is not so much for mere mortal USERS.

I care about the difference between right and wrong, I just don't see how it is right to ban a digital lock pick but not a physical one.

Comment Re:The grey line of theft (Score 2) 276

With the exorbitant cost of physical media, the relative ease with which it can be damaged, and whatever DRM is embedded, I cannot blame people for wanting a cheap no hassle backup.

Anyone blaming the tools is nuts. We have had similarly disruptive tools before and should know that banning or making them illegal does nothing to stop their use.

Think if you will about lock picks. Legal in most of the world to own, to use on your own locks, to carry around in you car, but illegal to use to commit a crime.

What's so different with the digital equivalent ?

Why do governments and people world wide seem so scared of digital lock picks, but are content to have legally available physical ones ?

Comment Re:UK government doesn't have powers over power. (Score 1) 334

Might have something to do with an anticipated fear reaction from the locations populace.

Or a "London" is too big a target to put a new nuclear in fear of "terrorism".

Me - I'd have no problem with a nuclear power station as per the newer and even safer Japanese designs as a neighbour. Not so keen on the French designs we're likely to end up with though.

The Japanese have already done the disaster tests after all, and have a better long term safety record than the French.

I would expect a discount on my electricity bill though.

Comment Best news in years ! (Score 1) 334

IF subsequent governments don't screw it up.

The UK is an island with little in the way of seismic activity or tsunami like events.

The UK already falls short in power generation, requiring imports at peak times through lengthy vulnerable and costly to lay and maintain under sea cables and pipes.

By 2015 it is estimated that the UK will no longer produce sufficient energy for off peak, requiring imports 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

We can ill afford the risks these vulnerabilities pose let alone the 10+ years of money flooding out of our economy for what should be a matter of national security.

Any delays will be costly in so many ways.

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