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Comment Re:Safety first (Score 1) 594

I completely disagree, if you introduce licenses for content providers you suddenly raise the barrier of entry. In one fell swoop you'll push yet more communities underground and inhibit those little sparks of creative which begin an explosion.

Your sentiment I do agree with and we should think of ways to introduce accountability or self policing of some kind. It is simply almost impossible to remove negative/pseudo psychotic behaviour from any corner of the web, funnily enough it is a part of freedom we have to manage. Maybe the real answer here is to work with people to mitigate the effects trolls have.

Comment Re:hmm... (Score 1) 490

Whilst I was working for microsoft we had to take a "training course" (a online training video) which basically said how we couldn't give or take bribes in exchange for, well, anything. Not sure how that works higher up the ranks though

Comment Where's my flying car?! (Score 2, Insightful) 137

I thought by the time we would have Quake 3 on a phone I'd be flying to work in my hover car. Imagine taking a trip back in time a few years and telling your younger self that Quake 3 would be [almost] playable on a cell phone - hopefully you wouldn't reply with a "whats a cell phone?"

Comment Re:Google (Score 1) 363

You make a very good point but I'll add that (within the UK) if a ISP is able to review the content going back and forth through its core routers then it should be held accountable for what data is transmitted. In other words, if they open the box they gotta deal with what's in it

Comment Re:Why (Score 1) 228

Whilst I believe you may have a good argument it all depends on why Google decided to back-out of China. If you caught the thread last week quite a few people argued the point that China has simply become far harder to make a profit from. The risk of their reputation out weighed the millions of people who used the service (and let's be honest, will continue to use it, sans firewall) The basic fact is Google is a search company, they need to 'violate' your privacy to provide the services they do. The sad fact is everyone else does the exact same thing. Even on my own sites I keep an eye on trends and demands - That's how business has worked for millennia. The only difference now is they are MUCH larger and can entirely trace your end-to-end web usage. Short of using a proxy and unticking "use Javascript/Cookies" this will always be a problem. If you can really be bothered you could use an obfuscater which simply does a bunch of pointless searches to shadow your real searches in a plethora of nonsense.

Submission + - Sharp NetWalker Sub-Netbook to be released 9/25 ( 1

Kagetsuki writes: "The Sharp NetWalker (, a tiny netbook with an ARM Cortex core, OpenGL ES2.0, running a custom version of Ubuntu Netbook Remix will be released in Japan on September 25th. Yes, an ARM netbook with standard OpenGL ES 2.0 that runs a fully vendor supported Linux distrobution — and it fits in your pocket! It features a unique optical pointing device that is sort of like a track pad for your thumb (which works great and takes little getting used to), and of course includes a stylus and touchscreen as well. Sharp claims battery life of about 10 hours and the unit includes UBS 2.0 and WLAN. In store demo units can be found all across Japan, and I've personally confirmed it can play full screen ogg theora/vorbis files without dropping frames, ran some GL demos very nicely, and generally found no lag in application response time at all. Perhaps most impressive is application start up time, FireFox started within seconds and gnome-terminal almost instantaneously. I found the keyboard a bit difficult to use due to size, but the keys have a solid click to them which I liked. Prices range from 39,000 Yen to 45,000 Yen (about $400US to $460US) depending on what store you purchase from. I've got mine reserved already."

Submission + - London Stock Exchange to dump Microsoft-based trad 10

An anonymous reader writes: There were some rumors in the past but now it's official: the Exchange will replace its .NET trading platform with the acquisition of MilleniumIT, a company based on Sri Lanka with strong backgrounds on Solaris.

Born in 2005, the Infolect/TradElect was claimed by Microsoft as one of the success stories in the famous "Get the facts" campaign against Linux.

Interestingly, the London Stock Exchange website already switched from Microsoft to Linux in june. What are the facts now?

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