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Comment Re:Interesting move (Score 2) 195

It's not just 'big content'; the Big Four ISP*s that implement these blocks ( Sky, BT Broadband, TalkTalk and Virgin ) each have their own subscription TV and streaming services targeted at their customers, so making free stuff harder to reach also implicitly benefits them if it encourages up-take.

Noticable is how the smaller ISPs, that just act as an ISP without tryng to sell me media, aren't in scope.

* they're not really ISPs, more like Web-connected entertainment providers.

Comment Re:Just buy Premium Economy (Score 1) 466

Sorry, corporate policy does not permit booking Premium Economy.

Lowest fare wins, as determined by the travel secretary.

I did once ask at the airport about upgrading to business class ( Continental, UK to Newark ). It would have been $700 each way out of my own pocket.

Now I just don't travel.

Comment Re:Linkbait (Score 1) 292

Most big companies do this. Why not? It is completely legal.

The city-state of San Marino does not have copyright laws. So, if I incorporated a company there I could take the Linux kernel, modify it my needs and distribute it without adhering to the GPL.

Why not? It's completely legal.

Adobe Flash has many 'loopholes' that would permit a nefarious programmer to remotely exploit the user's computer if they convinced the user to run their code.

Why not? It's completely legal.

Comment Re:Probably cause (Score 3, Insightful) 181

No, that is not illegal. Just like your colleague giving you a cross-country lift in his car if you split the petrol cost is not illegal.

Or going for a flight in your colleague's aeroplane and paying the landing fees.

However, as soon as it crosses the line to advertised and remunerated 'hire for reward' it becomes a regulated activity. If your colleague regularly flies people in his aeroplane and charges a fare, then he has to start obeying.

Comment Re:Informed consent? Really? (Score 1) 325

So how can you have implied consent when the sender doesn't know that the mail is being sent through Google?


I'm thinking a Thunderbird add-on might be useful, which would scan the MX records of your would-be recipients and alert if any of them pointed to Gmail...

Comment Twitter, too (Score 4, Interesting) 233

Another one that Certificate Patrol has flagged inthe past week is *.twimg.com, which appears to be a mess of certs from different CAs.

One subdomain ( s0 ) has switched from a DigiCert EV wildcard cert to a Verisign per-subdomain cert.

Another has gone from Verisign to Comodo.

Annoyingly twimg.com seems to be embedded across the Web...

I've been rejecting them all, given that Twitter provide no information on their site as to whether this was a planned change.

Comment Re:99% sure I can explain what happened here (Score 1) 210

provide Gmail username/password.

Err, what? Not only did you violate the Gmail terms of service by providing the password to another entity, but if that was also your employer's hosted e-mail service then that is most likely grounds for discipline and / or termination.

Why would you EVER enter your mail password anywhere other than.. your mail provider? WHY?

Comment Re:Or you can just run privoxy (Score 2) 82

Privoxy can remove a lot more than just ads served from a given domain/server.

It can for HTTP, but increasingly tracking and ad services are shifting over to HTTPS ( Google Analytics is 100% SSL now ).

Privoxy can't help there, as browsers use SSL Tunnelling when configured to use it as an HTTPS proxy. So it just blindly relays the ads through.

Comment Re:Cue the usual "debate" ... (Score 2) 82

... in which one faction points out that ads are funding much of the (commercial) Web, and if you suppress them, you won't have all that Free Content.

Free content? I wish.

I pay economist.com more than $200 per year for their excellent news, and they still have the gall to try to bombard me with as many ads as a non-subscriber. Plus a 'subscribe now!' crawl-up from the bottom of the page.

Ads can go to hell.

Comment Re:Laptop fingerprint fad (Score 1) 356

I know it isn't always cool to support Apple, but I have to say that there are a lot of things that were just fads before they came in and did it right.

And as before Apple haven't *done* anything. They just bought the company that already made these scanners ( for phones such as the Atrix ) and stuffed the tech into the iPhone.

Much like the day Tony Fadell walked into their reception and said "I have a demonstration model of a portable music player that Sony declined..."

Comment Re:Got your feelings hurt? (Score 1) 566

But it's a reasonable explanation of why /dev/random works the way it does and why it won't be changed.

Really, telling someone learn about cryptography is a reasonable explanation? Why not tell them to go learn about cosmology too, since entropy is a key concept there?

For the two minutes it took for Mr Torvalds to bang-out his tirade on the keyboard he could have explained why folding a possibly-compromised RNG source into the pol doesn't increase risk much. Or provided a link and said 'go and educate yourself here'.

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