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Comment Re:Not to troll... (Score 1) 288

And aside from that there is some major JS abuse going on here: all the links have hrefs along the lines of javascript:__doPostBack('ctl00$MainContent$Threads$ThreadsRepeater$ctl00$LinkButton1','').

I wonder if they ever stopped to think what on earth the URI was invented for. To me this makes their technical incompetence quite clear.

Comment Confusing (Score 1) 282

The question is: who on earth does this help? The BBC are a public organisation, so it's not like they were losing money over it, and corporate rightsholders were perfectly happy beforehand. On top of that, it's DRM, so it's not exactly going to stop any copying in the long run, just annoy a few people and cost a shedload of money for the BBC.

I imagine this must be a decision pushed through management, because the BBC's IT department seems very savvy indeed and probably all hate DRM.

Comment Re:Avira (Score 1) 896

Another +1 for Avira.

The paid version always scores superbly (i.e. it is almost always in the top three) in the AV-Comparatives tests 1, 2 (although its award status often suffers due to a slightly higher than average number of false positives). If the quality of the paid versions has any bearing on that of the free versions, Avira absolutely smashes AVG and Avast!.


UK Police Promise Not To Retain DNA Data, But Do Anyway 372

redalien writes "In 2008 I invited two policemen into my home and voluntarily gave them a DNA and fingerprint sample to help with a murder investigation, as they'd promised it would only be used for that investigation. I was never under any suspicion and could just as easily have said no. Almost a year after the investigation closed they have now confirmed that they've retained my samples and at my request have begun an investigation to see if there are sufficient 'exceptional circumstances' to remove them. I'm not the only one who was told samples would be removed, so if you've had such a promise from the police I recommend contacting their data protection registrar immediately."

Comment Not really the point (Score 5, Insightful) 232

Whether she was innocently infringing or not isn't really the point because it's fairly obvious that no teenager on the planet who pirates music doesn't know that it's illegal.

The problem is that she's in court for downloading 16 songs. Randomly attacking people who will find it difficult to defend themselves legally isn't the right way to go about reducing piracy.

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