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Comment Re:American problem is American (Score 1) 440

Second problem: hanging laundry. It takes a lot of space and you need a relatively low-humidity place to do the drying where people aren't going to steal your stuff.

1. Yes, three hours. Put laundry on, go do other things. Come back later and its done.

2. Most folk in the US have significantly more space than in the UK, yet in the UK it's still common to hang clothes to dry. Apartment blocks typically have shared space for drying clothes. A rotating clothesline takes very little space.

3. The UK frequently has inclement weather. Many folk don't even own tumble dryers and still get clothes clean.

4. That appliance has running costs. Wind is free.

Comment Re:Don't buy this (Score 1) 440

Based on a 50 minute drying time. Assuming you clothes do not take that amount of time then it is not more energy efficient. It also means you can't use gas for your dryer which increases the demand of electricity.

Why on earth would you think that if it halves the time for a load that takes 50 minutes, it wouldn't also shorten the drying time for quicker drying fabrics? I don't think there's anything magic about the 50 minute time suggested, it's just a typical length of time for a dryer to run.

As for using electricity, we're coming up with all manner of renewable sources for electricity. Not so much for natural gas. Gas has cost advantages at present (assuming you have a gas line at your dryer location) but they're less likely to be there in the future.

Comment Sounds about right (Score 5, Insightful) 84

With the Pound now trading at around $1.23, and the UK app store incorporating VAT at 20% while the US store doesn't include sales tax in the list priced, this sounds about right. Certainly the "UK premium" is nothing like the 50-100% that wasn't uncommon a decade or so ago.

Apple look simply to be pricing in the devaluation in Sterling that has occurred since the beginning of Brexit. I'm not sure anyone can find much to fault with that. The real question is how quickly Apple will move to reduce prices if/when the Pound recovers?

Comment Re:A effective attack and defense (Score 4, Insightful) 163

There was a GNU project to create free software for online voting. In 2002, Jason Kitcat the project coordinator abandoned development, pointing to this quote from Bruce Schneier: "a secure Internet voting system is theoretically possible, but it would be the first secure networked application ever created in the history of computers."

I don't see anything having changed in the intervening fourteen years, other than perhaps attackers getting more sophisticated. We may not have internet voting, but the idea that voting machines or those used in the tabulation of votes are connected to the internet is madness.

Submission + - Malibu Media stay lifted, motion to quash denied

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In the federal court for the Eastern District of New York, where all Malibu Media cases have been stayed for the past year, the Court has lifted the stay and denied the motion to quash in the lead case, thus permitting all 84 cases to move forward. In his 28-page decision (PDF), Magistrate Judge Steven I. Locke accepted the representations of Malibu's expert, one Michael Patzer from a company called Excipio, that in detecting BitTorrent infringement he relies on "direct detection" rather than "indirect detection", and that it is "not possible" for there to be misidentification.

Comment Re:Would love to see something done (Score 4, Interesting) 236

I still believe that regulators should require that, if a caller ID is to be presented, it should be traceable to an individual in the originating country (with the carrier responsible if it's not). A carrier should be able to warrant this to its interconnects - if it can't, that carrier's calls will all be presented with no caller ID.

Customers can then reject calls without caller ID or from other countries if necessary.,Where caller ID is presented it is then traceable to a person, enabling existing state rules about such calls to be enforced.

There is no good reason that I should be able to buy a VOIP account for a couple of dollars a month and spoof any caller ID.

Comment Re:If you have Amazon echo... (Score 1) 86

Perhaps, but if you read the thread you will recognize that I am referring to the OPs use of purpose.

So, in the alternate, you could say that it's purpose it to intelligently respond to natural language after hearing a wake word. A cynic may go further and suggest that the intelligent response will be determined in part by Amazon's ability to monetize the response.

Nonetheless, the design and intent are for the device to transmit language after hearing a wake word. If it operates outside that design and intent, this should be detectable if your router is secure and able to track outbound usage on a per device basis.

Comment Re:If you have Amazon echo... (Score 1) 86

Actually, its purpose is to listen for a wake word, then send the next sentence to the cloud for processing.

For someone concerned about wiretapping, it would make sense to monitor outbound data use by the echo. Spikes caused by wiretapping should be obvious since it does not normally transmit everything it hears.

Comment Re:Actually 3rd point was agreement with trial jud (Score 1) 23

Actually whoever the new guy is, I don't find the site to be "improved" at all; seems a little crummy. The story was butchered and incorrectly interpreted, and the all important software for interaction seems less interactive.

But what do I know?

As to my absence I've been a bit overwhelmed by work stuff, sorry about that, it's no excuse :)

Comment Actually 3rd point was agreement with trial judge (Score 4, Informative) 23

The story as published implies that the ruling overruled the lower court on the 3 issues. In fact, it was agreeing with the trial court on the third issue -- that the sporadic instances of Vimeo employees making light of copyright law did not amount to adopting a "policy of willful blindness".

Submission + - Appeals court slams record companies on DMCA in Vimeo case

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In the long-simmering appeal in Capitol Records v. Vimeo, the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit upheld Vimeo's positions on many points regarding the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. In its 55 page decision (PDF) the Court ruled that (a) the Copyright Office was dead wrong in concluding that pre-1972 sound recordings aren't covered by the DMCA, (b) the judge was wrong to think that Vimeo employees' merely viewing infringing videos was sufficient evidence of "red flag knowledge", and (c) a few sporadic instances of employees being cavalier about copyright law did not amount to a "policy of willful blindness" on the part of the company. The Court seemed to take particular pleasure in eviscerating the Copyright Office's rationales. Amicus curiae briefs in support of Vimeo had been submitted by a host of companies and organizations including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Computer & Communications Industry Association, Public Knowledge, Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Microsoft, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter.

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