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  • If you can't convert a file into a PDF, maybe you shouldn't be writing laws about technolo...

    jdb8167 said:
    Bilirakis is a prime example of PEBCAC.
    AFAIC you misspelled that acronym.
    Seems right. Problem Exists Between Computer And Chair. 
    It's completely off topic, but I have to say I'm with 22july2013 here... I've heard of PEBKAC (Problem exists between keyboard and chair) and PICNIC (problem in chair, not in computer) but I've never come across PEBCAC before... 
  • Apple Music nabs exclusive streaming rights to star-studded '808' documentary

    zroger73 said:

    Ah - The Orb! Sometime around 1998, PBS aired a special on electronic music that featured Fluffy Little Clouds. It was a mesmerizing documentary on electronic music - very well produced. I've never seen nor been able to find that documentary since then. I recorded it on an S-VHS VCR I had at the time, but that VCR and the tape are long gone.
    One of the best gigs I've been to was an extremely last minute bunk off work and a trip to the Q Club in Birmingham because my mate had a spare ticket to see the Orb back in around 1997 just after Orblivion came out... 

    I think the first time I really became aware of them was a very strange appearance on Top Of The Pops (a now defunct UK music show on the BBC) for Blue Room where they sat on stage and just played some weird form of 3D chess for a couple of minutes...

    Update - just found the video of that Top Of The Pops appearance... https://vimeo.com/86875272
  • Apple FAQ responds to investor queries about $14.5B EU tax edict

    How long before Ireland is going to be out of the EU due to Brexit? If they get out of the EU before this is settled, Ireland will just drop it.
    Ireland (Southern Ireland) isn't part of the UK and is an EU member state in it's own right... Northern Ireland on the other hand will be Brexiting with the rest of us as and when the UK government ever get round to working out what that involves...  

    The UK is the "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland", with Great Britain being England, Wales and Scotland... 
  • Apple ceases code signing for iOS 9.3.2 and iOS 9.3.3, blocks Pangu jailbreak

    An "important security update" eh? 
    Given that it fixes an exploit that allows root access and installation and execution of unsigned code I'd say it's a pretty important security update... 
  • French & German interior ministers call on EU to enable access to encrypted data

    If brought into force, such regulations could create serious issues for tech companies like Apple, which uses end-to-end encryption for iMessage content. Effectively, the rules would bar end-to-end encryption entirely, since there's no way of inserting a government-only backdoor into such systems.
    At what point are these people going to realise or accept that encryption is maths and that in maths there is no such thing as a "government-only backdoor" no matter how hard they wish for one :s