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Comment Re:not "available for purchase anywhere" (Score 1) 195

Sadly, this mentality is too prevalent in the Science/IT community. It goes like this:
If 'person X' can't prove to me that 'law Y' is 'beneficial/valid/just/whatever-polarised-measure-of-truth-I-like-at-the-time', then we should all just ignore it.

I disagree. The way I think it goes is "This law/procedure was introduced because of X and Y. Now X & Y no longer apply/exist but we have situation A which means that the reason/justification for these laws no longer exists so the laws should be revoked or amended to take into account the current circumstances.

Comment Re:No Commentary = FAIL (Score 1) 82

For some events, such as Tennis, the (BBC) live streams without commentary were more enjoyable than those with commentary. On the commentary-less feeds, you could clearly hear the umpire, line judges and the crowd. When there was commentary, the sound level from the court was reduced below that of the commentary. Added to that, much of the commentary consisted of the commentators inane chatter amongst themselves about what the players had done in the past. This actually detracted from the enjoyment of the event.

Comment Re:The license fee thing... (Score 1) 82

Which is one of the stupid things with TV stations (especially the satellite ones). They will only allow people from the 'target' location to subscribe. So, for example, a UK ex-pat living on mainland Europe cannot subscribe to Sky (the UK satellite broadcaster) and view domestic UK channels and someone living in the UK cannot subscribe to mainland European providers. As long as someone is willing to pay the subscription fee and can receive the signals from the satellite, what difference should it make which country they live in?

Comment Re:awesome publicity for public awareness (Score 1) 597

Interesting question actually. Not sure that's been tested in law yet.
People doing things as a consequence of their employment are representing a company and the company is responsible.
Officers of a company are vicariously liable for the things that their employees do.
But is a company responsible for the actions of software claiming to represent it?
IANAL, just a business student (in another country), so if there's anyone out there who does know, I'd be interested...

One would expect so. Otherwise the banks and other financial institutions would be repudiating stock market trades made by their automated systems but which they later wished had not been made.

Comment Re:awesome publicity for public awareness (Score 1) 597

(4) At that point the alleged copyright owner can file a lawsuit against the alleged violator. The ISP has immunity since it followed steps 1-3

Could the actual copyright owner (NASA in this case) not initiate a prosecution for perjury against the person/organisation who submitted the original takedown notice.? Not only that but claim damages from them as well.

Comment Re:Applicability to other media? (Score 1) 45

Both links and torrents are essentially equivalent to bibliographical references in paper books. The only difference is the mechanism used to follow the reference. With a reference in a printed book you go to the library index to determine on which stack/shelf the work is located, with links and torrents your software does a DNS lookup get to get the IP address of the server holding the work, In both cases you (or your software) visit the location and read the referenced work.

Comment Re:Scummy (Score 1) 101

I agree if he bought the domains legally and mail was sent to those he didn't unlawful interception anything since it was sent to a domain he owned. It would be like a letter from someone else ending up in my mail box and cause i took it outta my mail box its tampering with the mail.

And not only ending up in your mail box, but also having your name and address on the envelope. ie It was correctly delivered according to the sender's instructions.


Submission + - Nvidia loses huge order due to binary blob (

David Gerard writes: "Phoronix reports: The Chinese, who also developed the Loongson MIPS CPU, were looking to order at least ten million graphics processors. The problem is that the GeForce/Quadro driver from NVIDIA is only available for Linux x86 and x86_64 architectures, not MIPS or even ARM (only the Tegra driver is for ARMv7). NVIDIA refused to release the source-code to their high-performance feature-complete cross-platform driver to the Chinese, and it would cost them millions of dollars to port the code-base, so they went to AMD for their GPU order."

Submission + - How satnav maps are made (

Barence writes: "PC Pro has a feature revealing how the world's biggest satnav firms create their maps. Nokia's Navteq, for example, has a huge database of almost 24 million miles of road across the globe. For each mile of road there are multiple data points, and for each of those positions, more than 280 road attributes.

The maps are generated from public data and driver feedback, not to mention its own fleet of cars with 360-degree cameras on the top.There’s an IMU (inertial measurement unit) for monitoring the pitch of the road, and the very latest in 3D surface-scanning technology too. This light detection and ranging (LIDAR) detector captures 1.3 million three-dimensional data points every second, mapping the world around Navteq’s field vehicles in true 3D.

The feature also investigates whether commercial mapping firms will be replaced by open-source maps."

Submission + - Popeye knew it (

An anonymous reader writes: Take spinach as it helps offset the damaging effects of carcinogen in cooked meat.
The findings are part of a growing awareness of the role of epigenetics.
The research at Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute was recently reported in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research.

Comment The value of investments can go down as well as up (Score 2) 267

As the adverts all say, "the value of investments can go down as well as up". The stock market is gambling pure and simple, so punters (investers) should not be surprised if they sometimes lose. Following the initial floating of the shares, the price will naturally settle to their current true value - sometimes this will be up and sometimes it will be down. The people who bought the shares at their opening value obviously thought they were worth it, otherwise they should not have bought them at that price. They took a gamble and lost!

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