* Posts by Kaemaril

15 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009

London Underground cleaners to refuse fingerprint clock-on



They're not actually striking, so they ARE at work. They're just not using the fingerprint system. It's in the article.

Steve Jobs' last words: 'OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW.'


Wait ... what?

"Before embarking, he’d looked at his sister Patty, then for a long time at his children, then at his life’s partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them."

"Embarking"? Really? Is that a new one, or is it a common thing I've just never heard before?

Apple MacBook Air revamp snapped, posted on web



I'm probably missing something obvous but ... four batteries? Why?

Budget Mono Laser Printers


No duplex?

No duplex? Sorry, not interested. I simply find the ability to use half the amount of paper too useful, even for the casual use I need my printer for.

New iPod crew: 'Phoney, futuristic, retro, doomed'


No video playback on 6th gen Nano?!

Damnation, I totally missed that. Thank goodness I picked up a 5th gen a couple of weeks ago.

Why not just call it a shuffle with a screen? People would be wetting themselves to praise it. As it is, this feels more like a huge backwards step.


ipod nano

Um ... multitouch is all well and good, but the screen on the new nano seems a bit of a step backwards size-wise. I prefer 240x376 to 240x240, even if there's more dpi.

Apathy kills Google's new-age Wave

Big Brother


I thought the amount of vote-downs was due to the healthy dose of nonsense, to be honest.

(Not a 'fanbois' of google, btw. Some stuff they do is OK. Other stuff ... not so much. Wave, despite some initial promise, seemed to fit squarely in the latter category)

Halting McKinnon extradition not in our power, says Clegg


I'm not quite sure that's right, is it?

'Nick Clegg said then "It's completely within the Home Secretary's power to ENACT AMENDMENTS which will make this possible" (i.e. it may not be legal yet, but the HS can change the law to make it legal)'

Can the Home Secretary just arbitrarily "change the law"? Doesn't Parliament get a say in the matter?

Google's Android code deleted from Linux kernel


Can we hear from a grown-up, please?

"Others might see that as an opportunity, but whatever."

Whatever? Oh noes! Like, dude, you're totally harshing on us.

Is this chap still in high school?

Steve Jobs uncloaks the 'iPad'



Looks mildly interesting.I see that apparently some versions will have 3G, with AT&T the partner in the states.

1) O2 over here?

2) When will this be available in the UK? apple.com/uk has nothing so far ... :(

3) Please can it have a decent RSS reader that caches web pages including the pics?

Hackintosher's new line: Linux and T-shirts


Analogy fails

> In summary, if someone creates something, THEY dictate the terms by which someone else may use it. It could be software, it could be a car (i.e., speed limiters, mandatory servicing at intervals, etc.), it could be a condom (ie., do NOT use with Vaseline, do not re-use, etc.).

No, they don't. Not without a contract. If I buy a book it can have a big sticker on it saying 'Not to be read on trains' but that has absolutely NO binding legal authority. If I buy a car with a speed governer on it I'm completely within my legal rights to remove it (assuming local laws don't forbid me from doing such a thing). If I buy condoms that are not to be used with vaseline, I can darn well smother them with the stuff if I want to. If a car manual states that the car MUST be serviced every ten thousand miles, good luck to Ford trying to compel me into a garage if I want to service it every eleven thousand miles instead.

Do not forget, also, that I do not have a contract with the manufacturer of these products. I have a contract of sale with the person or entity that sold me these things. If I buy a car from my local garage, or a pack of condoms from a supermarket, I have not signed any contract with the car maker or the condom manufacturer.



Quite. Hence the term, as you've pointed out. 'copyright' and not 'usage right'.

It's by the EULA that manufacturers attempt to exert control over the 'usage' of the product.

In theory, if I buy a piece of software on disc I can do whatever I like to that disc, including running it on whatever devices I like, with the exception that I cannot reproduce it or make use of any of the other exclusive copyrights retained by the authors/publishers/etc.

In practice, the publishers now claim that I've not bought any physical thing really (nonsense, of course) - just bought the right to make use of it under the license they provide.

Official next-gen PlayStation Portable details leaked

Paris Hilton

So how do games get onto this thing?

Memory stick? USB from a PC (or Mac)? Wirelessly?

Woz goes Strictly dancing


Could it be ... ?

Are the Yanks going for a John Sergeant style controversy, I wonder? Or is Woz actually a skilled dancer and he's kept it quiet all these years?

Stop'n'search gets touchy-feely


Section 43 ...

43) A constable may stop and search a person whom he *reasonably suspects* to be a terrorist to discover whether he has in his possession anything which may constitute evidence that he is a terrorist.

This, combined with the quarter percent figure does tend to suggest that the police are either a) bloody crap at the whole 'reasonable suspicion' thing or b) taking the Mickey somewhat.

Personally, I'm going with b) - let's face it, it's a license to hassle people that cops 'don't like the look of'


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