* Posts by Pollik

18 posts • joined 20 Dec 2010

Irony's lost on old Pope Francis: Pontiff decrees fake news a 'serious sin'



Wag wag oops.

Sci-Hub domains inactive following court order


Well, the current scientific publishing model isn't working so well...the push to be published skews the the science and not all publishing sites are the same credibility.

So maybe...in the age of the internet, who actually needs profit driven middlemen (publishers) any more. They just take money out of the system.

Is it time for academia to collectively make other arrangements to share science?

Automatic for the people: Telcos forced to pay for giving you crap services


What about resellers?

I am with Uno...if my broadband goes down, Uno are reliant on BT Openreach...who pays who what if repairs not done in time?

Vlad the blockader: Russia's anti-VPN law comes into effect


Goodness, we can't have the plebs getting themselves informed. Down with this sort of thing.

It won't work, of course.

International data watchdogs: Websites don't tell you who sees your privates


Then again, almost no one reads EULAs or other T&Cs...you would never get anything done if you read them all each time you used something (and you would have to, if you want to be sure that there are no updates).

And if no one reads them, they are not doing the job they are supposed to. Plus, there is also the issue of the unequal relationship between mega-corps and individual end user (Google could afford to buy justice, man on the Clapham omnibus, not so much).

I don't know what the answer is, but currently most of the power is with the corporates and their get out clauses. I accept that creators and providers also need some protection against malicious legal action.

Dear America, best not share that password with your pals. Lots of love, the US Supremes


Re: What happens if...

"are being pretty specific about the fact that you don't have any right or authority to delegate your access to anyone else "

What is the practical difference between letting someone use your password, on the one hand, and logging in and selecting a film and then letting someone else watch it?

Computers4Christians miraculously appears on Ubuntu wiki


Re: Direct link to Deity

I am glad it worked for you, but really and truthfully, one does not have to be religious to care about strangers.

And of course, religion has been responsible for many deaths and traumatic experiences, such as children in their care. Doubly heinous since that is also breach of trust in a privileged position.

Caveat - I treat religion and personal faith as separate concepts. I have no issue with the latter.

Microsoft may have its groove back but it's binned 'Groove'


MS seems obsessive about bringing all usage of its systems inhouse, I guess because stock markets demand company growth. I launched Firefox, a couple of months ago, and up popped a box telling me that Edge is safer that Firefox. It may well be, but that sort of nagging is simply intrusive and offputting.

It should concentrate on its core products and making them better. It should listen harder to what customers want, too, and not mix things up just to keep the product fresh. I keep finding places where it seems to have reduced functionality, such as the internet time which, for some reason, sometimes fails, but there is no easy way to manually refresh...why not for crying out loud?

Stop trying to control us and just provide what we need and want.

Sorry for the rant - I got carried away

Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in


Re: Overstated importance of fans

That makes two of us, then

Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'


I just came on here to say I really don't care either way about this story.

Talk about cutting-edge technology! Boffins fire world's sharpest laser


Here you are...all you had to do was read it.

"The light waves of the laser oscillate approximately 200 trillion times per second, and are stable for about 11 seconds before they get out of sync. By then, the wave has reached a length of approximately 3.3 million kilometres – about 10 times the distance between the Earth and Moon."

In touching tribute to Samsung Note 7, fidget spinners burst in flames


"For those fortunate enough to be unaware"

I take it that your bubble doesn't include people on the austistic spectrum or who are ADHD?

Wi-Fi Dream Home Of The Future™ gets instructions for builders


Re: Little boxes, little boxes made of ticky tack

"so tiny that a PV system will look ugly (to the punters)"

Meet the PV roof tile


Nuh-uh, Google, you WILL hand over emails stored on foreign servers, says US judge


You can access them from the UK, too. Therefore they are protected by data protection legislation and the US will have to reissue the warrant in the UK.

Moral: Judges are not qualified to make decisions that are technically suspect.

Japanese robot space maid will incinerate Earth's dead satellites


Couple this with working EM Drives, and we might be able to have longlifed cleaners in space.

'No safe level' booze guidelines? Nonsense, thunder stats profs


Re: What's the point of living?

Next? Breathing in London

Belgian finds missus was born a MAN after 19 YEARS of marriage


Re: Eh?

Probably not, unless he asked if she could have children. Women who are not trans can also be unable to bear children, or even want them.

No more books on Ireland's banned book list


Do I need a title when I am replying to a post?

...... 'She saw her father and Etienne, in the embrace of love'


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