* Posts by TenDollarMan

16 posts • joined 18 Nov 2009

Boffins puzzled over impossibly fast ice avalanches on Saturn's moon



... that's no moon!

Machine translation cracks 18th century occult cipher


Not illuminati

The Eyeluminati, surely?

Ubuntu Server 11.10 leaps onto OpenStack clouds


Leopardus pardalis

I for one welcome our onanistic ocelotine overlords!

Twitter contests ad company's 'tweets' trademark


Tweet is already registered

Tweet seems to already be registered in the UK:


LOHAN team buried under ballockets

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The Torus balloon is the best idea, from a centre of gravity perspective, and from a style standpoint.

I for one welcome our doughnutty overlohan...

Film studios thrash BT in Newzbin site-block test case



Paragraph 98 of teh judgement:

"BT accepts that it is a "service provider" within the meaning of section 97A of the CDPA 1988..."


c'mon dude

The company name behind Newzbin2 is: "Kthxbai Ltd ".

0.3% of teh content on Newzbin2 was not protected by copyright.

Seriously. Can this ever have been anything other than illegal?

Hitchhiking snails scoffed, pooped out alive by birds


The title is required


Hacker unshackles Kinect from Xbox


exhasut pipes

Actually, slooth, that's not true.

In the 70s there was a spate of prosecutions by car companies of aftermarket exhast pipe manufacturers.

You see, they claimed to have copyright in the design plans for the exhaust pipes, which was being illegally infringed by aftermarket manufacturers.

Still, its total madness. When I buy anything, I reserve the right to fark with it. Its a fundamental property right. They sold it, I bought it, its mine.

The only way M$ can legitimately do this is to lend you the kinect hardware like an ISP lends you a router.

Battle of the US super-soldier robot suits hots up with XOS 2.0




I'm gonna dust off Mechwarrior 2 tonight.

Imagine what could happen if Stuxnet got hold of these! War of the clans!

Harrow flicks pirate thrown in slammer


Well done sir

Mr Clapp applauded, did he? Of course he did.

Hidden in plain view: Google Music's stealth infrastructure


Google apps ad?

I like that there was a google ad in the middle of that article.

Google's WiFi snoop - who knew and who didn't?

Paris Hilton

It makes sense now.

I have always marvelled at Google. It claims to not be evil. But it is so good at what it does that there has to be some nefarious compact with, if not Satan himself, then at least a demogorgon, or other diabolical minion.

These fuckers can locate me using google maps. My HTC Desire automagically logs onto my home wifi, and shows my location very accurately on maps. Even without the GPS antenna turned on.

This doesn't seem possible, given where I live, unless they know about my wifi.

Paris, cause there's no Sergei Brin with horns icon.

IFPI aims legal broadside at single filesharer

Paris Hilton

@ AC

Presumably they obtain the permission of the copyright holder to download the song.

Remember this isn't wrong because you do it. It's wrong because you do it without permission. And you get that permission by paying money.

Paris, cause El Reg has permission to use her image...

BOFH: Made of win

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Towards 2000

Came here to say this.

Left satisfied.

Anti-filesharing laws are go



Theft is definitely the wrong word. Everyone stop talking about it.

Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 is the puppy that governs present day infringement.

There are a number of different types of infringement. Section 17 prohibits copying. The next section prohibits making available copies to the public (prolly a ban on bittorrent, etc). There is also a prohibition against secondary infringement (eg ss 23, 24). Section 50A allows for backup copies of computer programs.

Prosecution for infringement remains at this time something that the owner of the IP must do. Trading Standards will sometimes do it, if they have the cash and the expertise, usually in connection with the prosecution of people selling dodgy DVDs at car boot sales.

Have a quick look at the BERR paper on Digital Britain, which describes the measures considered necessary to combat P2P (chapter 7 IIRC). Compare this with Mandy's new 3 strikes version, in which he shits all over the recommendations. This should be the basis of any objection to the law: a man not elected to any office since about 2002 is dictating, contrary to the experts, what the law should be.

Whatever final form the bill takes will be interesting. I know that not all the ISPs are happy to act as the Government's police (Be Internet for example). Australia's attempt to censor the internet didn't work. Academics suggest that hard law like this forces sophisticated technical work arounds (viz the move from Napster style sharing to distributed hash tables etc).

Those same academics recommend the use of social norms to exert a gentle pressure against infringement (not the hilarious "you wouldn't steal a car" bullshit pressure), combined with a very easy way of licensing material downloaded P2P stylee (called Voluntary Collective Licensing). Studies show that generally speaking P2P pirates in fact spend more on music and software than non-geeks, and furthermore that they don't want to infringe, but choose to when confronted with expensive DRM crippled shit.


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