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Comment stealing isn't right and is not the right word (Score 1) 84

Court of Appeals will "again send a powerful signal that stealing isn't right." steal (v). take (another person's property) without permission or legal right and without intending to return it. I do not think that there was any intention to permanently deprive Apple of anything so there was no theft. I would expect the Court of Appeals to understand the legal definition and not pander to the latest propaganda.

Comment Re:Pardon Manning and Snowden (Score 1) 383

Two completely separate issues. I do respect him for the stand he took and that he did what was right and fought extremely bravely for his country. His delusions regarding his gender are a different matter. He is entitled to dress as a woman if he want but he is delusional to think he is one. He does need real help and he will not get it where he is.

Comment Re: Pardon Manning and Snowden (Score 2) 383

"Not a question of being a hypocrite - unlike you, I don't think there's anything wrong with being insecure if there are reasons for it. I've listed plenty. However, your insistence on pushing your POV wrt gender on others (which is what you're doing whether you admit it or not, by belittling others) rather than just going "okay, no big deal, whatever" shows that it's an issue for you." More than a little bit of hypocrisy in there.

Comment Re:Pardon Manning and Snowden (Score 1, Insightful) 383

There is no such person as Chelsea Manning. It is just a delusion of Bradley Manning. He does need help with his delusions and because of that he should be in an institution where he can get the help he needs rather than in a military prison. If he had a delusion that he was a tree he would get help and everyone would praise the doctors that helped him come to terms with reality but because he has a delusion that he is a woman the loony left are fighting for his right to be a tree, sorry woman.

Comment Solar panels in Nevada? (Score 3, Informative) 115

Solar panels in Nevada? A Heliostat would work as well and would not require such an unecological production process. Solar panels may be better than old tech power production but the chemicals used are pollutants. They are not as green as claimed but heliostat towers are far more green and in a area like Nevada. Why does a country like Morocco end up leading the world?

Comment Dumbphones (Score 1) 23

As long as this keeps them in the market of making great dumbphones, I am happy. I prefer to have a good phone with fantastic battery life in my pocket and a tablet in my bag. I used to use a smartphone but if kept letting me down when I really needed it. One time, after a long trip, I arrived in Pakse, in southern Laos, no one spoke English, my phone battery was flat, I could not remember the name of my hotel (it was on my phone) and I could not phone anyone to find out where to go... I decided to give up on smartphones. Nokia make the best phones, maybe they should stick to what they are best at.

Comment Re:Fujichrome and stock tip (Score 1) 213

Always hated the colours with Fuji and only really loved Kodachrome. I am not going to rush out and buy an OM1 until they bring back Kodachrome :D So many years spent taking photos and yes, I have City and Guilds as well :P in computer graphics :P (yes they did have computers in the 80s) so I should really be cheering for the other side but I know that graphics on a web page and photography are two different subjects.

Comment Re:the smell of E-6 in the morning (Score 4, Interesting) 213

Do not worry, you will still be able to use your phone to take your selfies but serious photographers will be very happy to hear this and will be shouting for Kodachrome. Digital cannot provide the quality of film even with massive file sizes. Digital is brilliant for family snaps and taking shots of your dinner to post on Facebook but for real art it cannot do the job. The main difference it that an amateur who has no idea what they are doing can take a shot with their phone and then spend hours on photoshop trying out the effects whereas an artist knows what they want to produce and how to get the effect. Which is why the demand for Kodachrome will now ring out loud. You will not be held back in any way from taking shots of your cat to post on Facebook so do not worry.

Comment Re: A clear preference (Score 0) 734

Defending the free world? When? The world has not been free since the US started invading countries at random and terrorising it. 40 countries have been invaded since WWII when the US funded and helped the Nazis until Germany declared war on the US in 1941 and forced the US to get its finger out of its arse and take part. Clinton has been personally involved in lot of this and is more entwined with Saudi (and Syria) than is reasonable. Why is no one complaining about how the Saudis tried to influence the US election and that the Russian effort may have saved the US from being beholden to a far worse regime. Noteworthy technology? What noteworthy technology has the US created? They seem to prefer to take credit for other people's creations like the internet which was developed in Switzerland by a British guy. Even nuclear tech was stolen from the Germans when Hitler was too nice a guy to use it unlike the US. The US is far more famous for funding and training terrorists and overthrowing other people's countries. So it does sound pathetic when they cry about a theory that someone may have influenced their election. They still have not given any reason to believe that this is true, it is still just an opinion. If the Democrat Party in the US were hacked, it is unlikely that it was the Russians but even if it was, it is not something that the US would not have done to Russia if they were able. The point is, the focus should not be on who hacked the DNC but on why is the security so bad on their system? The claim is that some malware was planted on the system. An old version of malware. First, that suggests that the morons are running Windows and second, it also suggests they do not have a virus scanner running. This is not someone else's fault, it is total incompetence within the DNC. There are things that other people can do to your system but hacking should not be one of them. I run several web sites and mail servers. I upset Anonymous once but they could not get into my system. All they managed was a massive DDoS attack which did stop access to my sites for a day at expense to them but they did not gain access to my sites. The US should focus on fixing the problem rather than looking for someone else to blame. Most of the so called hacks that do take place are due to complete incompetence on the behalf of the computer staff. There was a big fuss about the British hacker Gary McKinnon who was accused of hacking into 97 United States military and NASA computers over a 13-month period between February 2001 and March 2002. All the computers he accessed still had the default password active from their installation. That is not hacking, it is complete incompetence by the IT staff. If a Russian IT guy was that stupid he would be shot.

Comment Re:But .. but but but. Bullshit. (Score 1) 504

In places like Denmark and Germany you get paid for the electricity that you produce in excess of what you use so it is cheaper than cheap can be. Wit a solar array on your roof you pay one rate for what you draw from the grid and they pay you about 10% less for what you supply to the grid.

Comment Re:Big names are big targets (Score 2) 116

Please, the silk road got taken down by complete accident. The guy had a drugs delivery break open in transit and he was raided for that and they found the server by complete accident. It was not their skill but his stupidity. Yes, they can create honeypots, just like you or I could but they cannot track you.

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