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Comment Re:China does the same stuff (Score 1) 240

In the UK, we have the Privacy In Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 and the Data Protection Act 1998, which, between them, legally guarantee a certain expectation of privacy from nosy sysadmins or managers. There are some good laws here, thankfully; employees should always know their rights.

Comment Nonsense! (Score 1) 456

"While Google+ will soon do all the things Twitter does, Twitter can't support a long list of the things Google+ supports"

Since when has featureset been Twitter's strong point?! It's managed to own all other competition while staying remaining in and of itself a platform that you can post 140 characters of text on, nothing more.

Comment Re:Is this what it has come down to? (Score 4, Insightful) 363

Well, no, firstly Lulzsec will have done it "for the lulz" not for "an eye for an eye". They also had beef against The Sun after the Ryan Cleary arrest, and The Sun's appaling coverage of it. Any other reason one might throw into the mix is just gravy.

As a viewer, one can find the whole episode deliciously ironic without needing to take either side of the moral argument.

Submission + - UK Courts rule Nintendo DS SD Card readers illegal (

CheShACat writes: The UK law court has today ruled that SD Card readers for Nintendo DS are illegal, finding 2 vendors guilty of selling "Game copiers". The ruling by Justice Floyd is quoted as saying "The economic effect on Nintendo of the trade in these devices is substantial as each accused device can store and play copies of many Nintendo DS games [...] The mere fact that the device can be used for a non-infringing purpose is not a defence."

No word in the article as to what law in particular they were found to have broken, nor of the penalty the vendors are facing, but this looks like bad news for all kinds of hardware mod, on any platform, that would enable homebrew users to bypass vendor locks.

Comment Re:Rubber-banding (Score 1) 404

I agree with this; similarly if a game is too hard then a player might find they have purchased content (later levels) to which they are denied access. Granted, this is through their own mediocrity or lack of commitment to attain the relevant skill level, but i think that every player should have the opportunity to play through all the content that they have paid for within the context of how much work that particular person are prepared to put in to achieve it.

Dara O'Briain makes the same point on Charlie Brooker's Gameswipe here:

Comment Re:captain obvious (Score 1) 366

Not true at all. While these notes are technically not legal tender in England (technically they are promissory notes from external banks), they are treated as such by banks and retailers, and any note that is a denomination of pounds sterling is universally accepted. So "for all practical purposes", they are indeed useful.

Comment Re:In before the morons (Score 1) 438

Maybe because the browsers Google, Apple, KDE and Gnome include by default are all built atop third party, open source rendering engines that try to comply to web standards; the OS providers themselves have no hand in forcing or attempting to force (whether deliberate or accidental) the propriety or direction of the web and their rendering process is completely transparent. (!whoosh, fwiw; it just seemed appropriate to reply here)

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