* Posts by Davehhhhh

8 posts • joined 20 Nov 2012

If there's somethin' strange in your network 'hood. Who y'gonna call? Google's DDoS-busters


Re: Brazen as you like

I think you're missing the point here.

Google wants to compete at PaaS with AWS and are testing and advertising a key product differentiator.

Reports: NSA has compromised most internet encryption


Re: Back doors

Good point - we worry about the NSA snooping on journalists with this tech (especially after the UK Home Secretary said it was OK to use terrorist legislation to get data off David Miranda) but of course there are powerful governments with a poor track record on human rights who could already be exploiting these back doors and no doubt in time some of the many contractors will roll off these programs into private security consultancies who work from some rather dubious regimes around the world.

The next time there are reports of journalists or dissidents being tortured or murdered in Russia, China or some repressive Middle East state perhaps the people arguing that this program to systematically undermine the security of the internet is just for bad guys will stop and wonder how those journalists and dissidents came to be compromised.

Fraudster gets ten years after selling fake 'ionic charge' bomb detectors


Ten years?

hopefully after ten years he'll serve the rest of his sentence in an Iraqi prison where I'm sure he'd receive a warm reception.

Space probe spies MYSTERY 'Cold Spot' in very fabric of cosmos itself


Re: Must be a crouton

I didn't understand how the universe could "explode into being out of soup" anyway.

I was out of soup at the weekend but it happened non-violently. And how do we know how much soup the universe needs...

Netflix cracks wallet to spur open source cloud development


Re: just where could it go?

>>Oh, look, they're running a competition.

Didn't someone once say "if you're not being paid then you're making the product."?

Oh no, that's not quite right....

The 'Digital Economy' in 2012: A big noisy hole where money should be


We need copyleft protection then?

I agree - little folk like you and I will never be able to assert copyright, there are too many of us and the transaction rate is too small.

Copyleft (or other anti-commercial protection like the GPL) would protect content we upload from being exploited without our consent.

In my view content should be presumed not for commercial use unless explicit consent is given, not least as that would reflect the views of the great majority of those uploading content.

Non-commercial protection rather than copyright enforcement also leaves us small folk free to re-post and post-edit - ie to share and collaborate, something the internet was going to be all about once.

Amazon makes BEELLIONS from British customers, pays pennies in tax


Re: MP stands for Media Prozzy, right?

HMRC could challenge large corporates to prove a genuine business case for unusual arrangements which smell strongly of transfer pricing.

That's what happens with e.g. cross-border leases when it comes to writing down allowances.

In short:

a) not be in pocket of big business

b) have some balls



Patent trolling to go under anti-trust spotlight


Re: What do you call it when

Agreed - there should be a name for the version of Godwin's Law that applies to Apple and patent discussions on El Reg.

I hope that doesn't mean i'm implicitly comparing Apple with Nazis myself by saying that as that would be ironic...


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