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The hipsters, of course.
3 months to slowly cross the atlantic letting out cable as you go sounds like a reasonable timeframe; 15 months seems excessive.
At least, for a private organisation - obviously, if this was a government scheme, the consultation alone would take at least 15 months!
One of the reasons that people get caught by phishing attacks is the banks idiotic behaviour when they call you in demanding you answer "security questions" - when *they're* the unknown quantity.
I always decline to do so, and try to explain that I'm not going to answer questions from some random stranger who's called my number, and nor am I going to call any number they give me - at least not until and unless they prove who they are to my satisfaction first.
Another example of cretinous behaviour on their part:
Most of my bank accounts are protected by 2FA of one sort or another. One day, using a shiny new laptop, I logged in to one of my accounts (that uses a PIN protected challenge/response key generator thingy), authenticated with multiple user codes, plus the 2FA response, arranged a regular payment _to an existing recipient_, received confirmation of payment and logged off.
A couple of days later, I went to log in again, to be told that my account was "not initialised properly" (or some such) and I could not login. Figuring this was some temporary glitch at their end, I tried again the next day. Still no access. After a couple of days of this, I gave in and called their support number. After passing their security questions, they told me that my account had been frozen (no payments out, internet access blocked) due to "suspected fraudulent activity" (the payment that I made online [by now] a week earlier [which they'd actually cancelled]). I asked what was the point of having and using 2FA and all their other security measures if they were all going to be overridden/ignored just because I used a new computer!
While I do appreciate that they are supposed to make efforts to prevent fraud, a single minor difference out of several test elements should not be enough for them to a) lock me out of my own account, b) cause payments to be summarily cancelled, and (most especially) c) do this all without making any sort of attempt to contact me in any way.
That hardly seems like a fitting reward for his efforts!
Wild? I expect it was absolutely livid.
(with credit to Rowan Atkinson/NTNON)
...a JetDirect card to connect it to the network will not be supplied as standard.
Nah, it's the fruity firm that won't talk to ElReg.
I have a Nest thermostat. It is not connected to the internet, and yet it works just fine (albeit I accept that I can't "manage" it from my smartphone [I don't see any need to do so]).
Since it is not connected, it's hard to see how it could be remotely disabled or rendered inoperative because some "cloud" service evaporated overnight.
Except that Google do indeed do just that - or at least, they were doing so when they were the outsourced mail provider for Virgin Media (for email from one [!] of several identically-configured domains on a shared mail server).
Recently, Hotmail have reverted to rejecting email rather than silently swallowing it, so that I do at least know that messages have not been delivered (I'm still peeved that we're being blacklisted without good cause).
Not only that, but you can extract a better-than-passport-quality image of the users face from their reflection in the keypad buttons.
Yes, it was part of the Presto-based Opera, and that and so much more was all lost when Opera became a reskinned Chrome derivative.
Aargh! Now I have *that* tune in my head for the rest of the week. So annoyingly catchy that even a very large thimbleful of scumble isn't going to be enough to expunge it.
Now they can lose all of our personal data in one go when they leave it on a train!
Wrong, Whittingdale, wrong.
As all well-informed Regtards know, it's funded by all those with a television*, regardless of whether they watch the BBC or not.
* discounting the small number of non-payers.
...the freight industry reports that there are 250,000 new driving jobs being created every year, due to the increased use of logistics and delivery services on the back of that shift to "online and digital".
 number plucked out of thin air by me.
Ah, well, you see, now that Apple are "sponsoring" terrorism, they're agin the guvmint.
Therefore, I would not be at all surprised to watch as lots of their patents (initially those where litigation is in progress) will suddenly be revealed to have been "obvious", or invalidated by examples of prior art, etc, etc. And, no doubt, the USPTO will soon be under instructions to reject all future applications from Apple.
(several of ElReg's icons would suit this post, but I'm going with the obligatory helicopters to match the "conspiracy theory" tone)
Particularly as it's not available as a standalone download for Vista, 7SP1, Server 2008, Server 2012 or any of those other listed OS's with an obsolete version of IE.
You do have to remember that this is IDC we're talking about...
Would you be suggesting that the rumours of the imminent rename from LOHAN to LUCAN are not true?
"Yes, I'm happy to remain anonymous, thank you."
Yes, I'm happy with the appearance of being anonymous, thank you.
(would have liked to use the Joke Alert icon, but sadly, Big Brother is more apropos.)
I've used greylisting for years. However, lately some of the big providers (Hotmail and their ilk) from whom I do sometimes receive genuine emails, but who use vast server farms, and therefore routinely manage to make contact from a previously unseen server, are not processing the temporary errors properly - they're giving up after the one attempt, just like the spammers do.
I'm watching this fairly carefully, as it may mean I have to abandon the practice (it's no good getting rid of the crap if it costs me real email).
The very definition of a niche market?
(although apparently there's enough call for it to be segmented further by body-part fetishes, in this case "partially blind").
"what do you think the light is?"
If the goal is space heating, it's a waste by-product.
Could this be used to give a simple tablet phone capabilities? Logically, it should be possible...
"Joining a motorway isn't really an example; it's more a case of 'give way' that people don't understand."
Except that as with anything else, TPTB have muddied the waters by adopting multiple approaches, and using them inconsistently.
For example, the M25 has a mixture of junctions with traditional slip roads (where joining traffic must give way), and junctions where lane one is taken via the junction (ie approaching the junction, lane one exits the motorway, and leaving the junction, rejoins the motorway; drivers in lane one who want to stay on the motorway are obliged to move into lane two for the duration).
Hell, the M25 even has a junction where you (theoretically) exit the motorway in order to stay on it! (J5)
Bah, we're working on LudicrousNet here...
More worryingly, the laptop market seems to be moving towards the phone model, with the latest laptops increasingly being "sealed tin" with little or no upgradeability (a move seemingly pioneered by Apple, but definitely spreading much more widely).
Does Edge support the "external requests reuse the current tab" option that IE has, and is sorely lacking in other browsers? (a large part of my life is running applications that show nice output in a web page, but like to "reload" that over and over again for the slightest change, rather than letting the page refresh - and in anything but IE, that leads to lots and lots and lots and lots of tabs)
Ah, but Apple are a family-friendly organisation, and don't allow such in their ecosystem.
We need a backronym for mammaryglandup...
Quoting the SNP vote as a percentage of the entire UK is disingenuous at best, since all of their candidates stood in Scotland, whereas the LibDems and UKIP were (generally) standing across the UK.
The SNP share of the vote outside Scotland was negligible (if not outright zero), and their seats outside Scotland reflect that.
The flip side is that the SNP result shows that the LibDems and UKIPs best options for increasing their seats is to persuade all of their voters to move into the same area, and then they'd win those seats.
Seems like an easy way to increase turnout would be to pay everyone who votes a modest sum, say £10. In the overall scheme of government funding, and things they manage to waste billions on, it's a tiny amount to spend to get a "representative" government. If almost everybody does vote, it may turn out that FPTP is good enough.
"If you want big corps to stop avoiding taxes you need to close the loopholes that allow them to do that."
As Tim has been trying to explain, paying corporation tax in your home country is not a loophole.
"A foreign company can sell 10 choccy bars to a customer in the UK for £10 because he pays no tax here, a UK company has to sell the same choccy bars for £12 because it has to give the taxman £2."
But ForeignCo does still have to pay tax to ForeignHMRC. That might be £2. Or maybe £3 or £5 or £1.50 or 2½p. Whatever rate ForeignGov decides is appropriate (and I think £0.00 as you claim is very unlikely).
Hmmm, sounds like you may have identified a gap in the market...
The actual comment was: "Hall also noted that the BBC was the only British website in the UK’s top five."
Presumably the "UK's top five" refers to most-visited rather than source location, in order for the comment to make sense.
The BBC is already subject to influence from the government of the day. Whether it is funded by the licence fee or by grant from general taxation is not relevant to that status.
A switch to grant-funding doesn't have to mean any other changes (though such an opportunity might be considered as a good time to look at whether any such changes are appropriate).
True, but Capita are just agents acting under instruction from the BBC. So ultimately, it is the BBC calling the shots, and prosecuting those who watch TV without a TV licence.
I think that last time I looked at the figures in the BBC accounts, they were spending somewhere in the order of £140m on licence fee collection (ie that's the amount paid to Capita for carrying out those prosecutions).
Which means that any other method of funding the BBC that doesn't involve criminalising those who are almost unable to avoid it would automatically benefit the BBC to the tune of £140m pa.
That will be part of the work to come, but ultimately if (say) power-comparable solar cells made with chitin last half as long but are only 10% of the cost of rare-metal based cells, then they'd make commercial sense.
Ctrl+V can be configured to work in CMD, and that has been the case since at least XP. In the Properties for your command prompt, set "QuickEdit Mode".
But what about after it left earth?
All these minor system concerns around airline booking systems, check-in desks and so on and so forth, and yet no-one has thought to ask whether the SPB have tested LOHAN's systems for leap second bugs. Let's face it - if NASA's boffins decide to batten down the hatches, the question is are SPB up for the challenge? (presumably NASA having a quiet lie down gives LOHAN a reasonable launch window!)
"Unfiltered" - no content restrictions were imposed.
"logged" - a record of what activities were carried out is kept.
Two distinct options which are not mutually exclusive.
The use of a proxy would allow filtering to occur, if the operators of the proxy so desired, but the implication is that they have chosen not to do so.
Presumably, you were expecting (hoping for?) a story about tits...
HA! Clearly this is a trick question, and the correct answer is:
(D) All of the above.
I believe that is en-route to the colonies by packet steamer.