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Comment Re: If he gets busted... (Score 1) 88

Intent is often taken into account, for instance carrying a knife isn't illegal unless you intended to use it for illegal purposes - you might be intending to use it for cooking etc.

You could argue that by bricking these insecure devices, you were attempting to prevent other more serious crimes from taking place.

Comment Re: If he gets busted... (Score 2) 88

People buy such devices because they're cheap, if the device gets bricked they won't know how or why it got bricked just that it stopped working... They will either get it replaced under warranty (if there is one), or just write it off and buy a replacement (cheap devices being unreliable is no surprise to anyone).

Comment Re:What's wrong with these people?! (Score 1) 619

The welfare system in most of europe is even better, and the UK has about the most generous in europe... It results in large numbers of people trying to get in, often through illegal means.

To someone scraping by in a third world country it sounds like a lot of money and luxury life, but the reality is that the cost of living is also much higher so things balance out somewhat.

Comment Re:A nice, simple law would help (Score 1) 316

It also depends upon the use case of the device... A modern car may be far more environmentally friendly than one from 30 years ago, but if you only use it occasionally then the resources required to produce a modern replacement would exceed the difference in usage over a considerable period of time. The same is true for many physical devices.

But for software the opposite is likely to be true - newer software is generally more resource intensive than old, and therefore will require more energy to operate assuming it can run on the same physical hardware (and if it cant, thats likely to be an artificial limitation such as lack of drivers for the newer hardware).

Comment Re:First one I purchased (Score 1) 857

Not to foil you, just to keep some spare jumpers in stock for use on other cards...
If they wanted to prevent you from reusing the equipment they would physically snap the boards in two.

We used to do the same, retrieve used computers from dumpsters... Some were just old but fully working, some were faulty but had usable components etc...

Comment Re:NK *is* a credible threat (Score 3, Insightful) 296

Let's not forget that Ukraine also gave up their nukes, and Russia promised to protect them... Look what happened there.

North Korea is a small country with a relatively weak military, who have either lost or are in the process of losing their powerful allies. As it stands, a conventional war between north and south korea would end very swiftly in defeat for the north especially if america got involved on the south's behalf and right now pretty much the only thing stopping this from happening is china, and it doesn't look like the chinese will be backing them for much longer.

On the other hand if they have nukes and are able to deliver even a small number that would make any aggressors think twice about attacking because even though north korea would still ultimately lose, there would end up being significant losses on both sides and neither the us or south korean governments would be able to justify this to their people.

The north is highly unlikely to ever strike first, because there is no way they would ever be able to hit hard enough that there wouldn't be a severe response. They might be able to blow up a few cities, but then they would have america attacking them back in full force.

Let's also consider the economic sanctions imposed on north korea, they don't hurt the regime - there are still plenty of black market channels through which kim jong un can obtain his imacs and whatever else, and the lack of open trade/communication is helping the regime keep their people away from foreign sources a propaganda. Meanwhile the negative attention and threat has caused them to spend a disproportionate amount of their budget on the military in order to defend themselves.

Comment Re:DRM - lost copyright (Score 1) 316

Yes, copyright was always supposed to be a give and take but in recent times it has become abused and distorted.
If you want to retain copyright you should be required to support your product as well as making it available to anyone willing to purchase it (for the original price or less, or companies will abuse it by increasing the price so massively that its effectively not available).

If you want to wash your hands of a product you have to relinquish copyrights and put it into the public domain, no keeping it locked up for years.

Comment Re:A nice, simple law would help (Score 1) 316

There's the problem tho, things are being tilted further and further to the end user's disadvantage... We need a fair system of give and take.

Manufacturers should provide a warranty up front which is a fixed cost or included in the price, with a fixed duration, or an ongoing service for a monthly/annual cost etc. And users should also have the documentation necessary to repair the products themselves, especially once the manufacturer has lost interest in supporting the product at all. Nothing wrong with making the two mutually exclusive (ie you can no longer claim warranty repairs after attempting repairs yourself), but options should always be available for the customer.

Products with a defined "end of life" are extremely damaging to consumers and to the environment. Old devices should be available cheaply for people with limited finances. Various old devices in a variety of fields are still extremely useful and there's often no practical reason why they couldn't continue to be used. Even if they lack the features or performance of modern equivalents, they can be repurposed or used for educational purposes which is far better than ending up in landfill.

Comment Re:I miss software that works. (Score 1) 467

The OS is much more reliable today, because of memory protection...
The application software likely is a lot less reliable, you just notice it less because you only have to restart the crashed application and not the whole system.

Memory protection was a thing back then too, it just required expensive highend hardware... Old unix, mainframe and vms systems from those days are probably still more stable than anything available today.

Comment Re:I miss software that works. (Score 1) 467

A lack of memory protection actually did however encourage people to write better code, i found application software on the amiga tended to be quite stable or at least application software specifically written for the amiga and not ported from another platform.

Unix however did exist in those days, it just ran on very expensive hardware compared to the home computers of the day.

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