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Comment Re: 1916 called (Score 1) 506

Also China called, and as one of the world's largest economies and one of the fastest growing over recent decades, they would like to know how you justify saying Communism hasn't "worked" anywhere in the world.

I personally wouldn't want to see communism implemented in my country, but I don't see how you can say Communism (of any description) hasn't worked anywhere in the world unless your definition of worked means something like "fits inside my personal current paradigm / comfort zone".

Comment Re: It can't be said too many times (Score 1) 341

"I'm pretty confident it's covered by the EULA..." I'm afraid that's no excuse for deleting someone's property. EULA should never be sufficient to bind someone to this kind of agreement in practice. Explicit consent to this specific provision should be required, or better yet deletion should require end-user authorisation at time of deletion (so the user knows what is being deleted). It freaks me out when real life starts heading towards parody to this extent: https://youtu.be/sglZGSwK6ow

Comment Re:Done us all a favor (Score 1) 629

Just to back up CanHasDIY:
"In recent years we have seen a variety of measures introduced that undermine the right to protest and freedom of speech.
Laws intended to combat anti-social behaviour, terrorism and serious crime are routinely used against legitimate protesters.
Broadly drafted anti-terrorism offences of 'encouragement' and 'glorification' of terrorism threaten to make careless talk a crime.
Membership of certain organisations can be banned under anti-terror laws even if the organisation is non-violent and political.
Hate speech laws have been extended in a piecemeal way to ban ever-expanding categories of speech.
Broad anti-terrorism powers of stop and search have been used to harass and stifle peaceful protesters.
Protest around Parliament has been severely restricted by laws limiting and overly regulating the right to assemble and protest around Parliament."
Source: http://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/human-rights/free-speech/

It's really quite scary...

Comment Re:Done us all a favor (Score 1) 629

I'm not saying I don't think it is a serious violation of human rights, only that it probably has limited practical implications for me. There always differences, also in healthcare, but given that I'm not poor or ill, it'll probably have few implications for me.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came...

Comment Re:"Coin exchanges have a terrible track record" (Score 1) 179

I suspect the (very valid) reason they have withdrawal limits on exchanges is to provide some level of security; with withdrawal limits, they can limit the damage that a nefarious user can inflict upon the rest of the exchange's users by rolling back transactions. See https://support.mtgox.com/entries/20224998-Huge-Bitcoin-sell-off-due-to-a-compromised-account-rollback

Submission + - PayPal Denies Teen Reward for Finding Bug (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: You have to be 18 to qualify for PayPal's bug bounty program, a minor detail that 17-year old Robert Kugler found out the hard way after being denied a reward for a website bug he reported. Curiously, the age guideline isn't in the terms and conditions posted on the PayPal website. Kugler was informed by email that he was disqualified because of his age.

Comment Re:Bad idea. (Score 1) 505

I disagree.

In the UK, it is illegal to share internet without mandatory log in (registration can be free, but it *must* be required for the operator to stay out of trouble).

If registration were not required by law, I would be sharing my access already. Given that registration is "required to be required", and given that it is complex for a part-time geek such as myself to set up a registration system, I don't make the extra effort to share.

I do think, though, that there are plenty of people like myself who would be happy to share without setting up registration if they weren't then subject to prosecution.
China

Submission + - China Reviewing Game Consoles Ban (chinadaily.com.cn)

jones_supa writes: Chinese government is discussing whether to lift its 12-year ban on game consoles which was established due to fear of harming the physical and mental development of the young. Even during this period consoles have been sold illegally and things like Kinect can be sold for other purposes such as medical treatment and education. Major game console vendors across the world made several attempts but failed to find a way to enter the Chinese mainland market officially, even though they have solid manufacturing bases there. 'We are reviewing the policy and have conducted some surveys and held discussions with other ministries on the possibility of opening up the game console market,' a source from the Ministry of Culture, who asked not to be named, said.
Science

Submission + - Poor Sleep Prevents Brain From Storing Memories (techzwn.com) 2

jjp9999 writes: Recent findigns published on Jan. 27 in the journal Nature Neuroscience may inspire you to get some proper sleep. Researchers at UC Berkley found that REM sleep plays a key role in moving short term memories from the hippocampus (where short-term memories are stored) to the prefrontal cortex (where long-term memories are stored), and that degeneration of the frontal lobe as we grow older may play a key role in forgetfulness. "What we have discovered is a dysfunctional pathway that helps explain the relationship between brain deterioration, sleep disruption and memory loss as we get older – and with that, a potentially new treatment avenue," said UC Berkeley sleep researcher Matthew Walker.

Submission + - Whitehouse Petition to Repeal DMCA (whitehouse.gov)

An anonymous reader writes: Given the recent criminalization under the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) for unlocking your cell phone for use on another network, a petition has been created at whitehouse.gov to repeal the DMCA. If you're a United States citizen, and believe the DMCA is too broad and harsh (e.g. makes it illegal to circumvent protection for fair use, even if no copyright law is violated), then signing the petition is one way to make your voice heard.

I also encourage you to write to your Congressional representatives, or contact them through opencongress.org.

Comment Re:Let the bashing begin! (Score 1) 268

90% of tablets not having features isn't trying to imply that they will have 90% market share

Aside from that, it could well end up with 10% share if they get it right. Business users. Microsoft office won't run on any other OS, and the tablet alternatives suck (I know, it's probably MS's fault they suck due to ever-changing standards, but that doesn't change the fact that for a business user, they suck).

Comment Re:More maths (Score 1) 328

Like your kids, I almost exclusively use cheap or very old PSUs. Sure, sometimes they blow up or cause instability, but when they work it's beautifully cheap. Same with RAM. Sometimes you get unlucky, but a lot of the time you don't need to spend a fortune. As long as you don't go *rock* bottom, they tend to work fine.

Like hard drives though, they should be viewed as a "consumable" item.

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