1726 posts • joined 24 Dec 2007
So if someone is standing in a jam-packed commuter train, they can answer their phone just by waving their arms about in sweeping gestures?
Re: Bait and Switch
You mean that if all the powers revert to our current government, they will not make all decisions on the basis of the interests of businesses rather than the interests of citizens?
What is the value of pi in your universe?
That does assume that the rights holders have anything to do with it. It's possible that some of the smaller ones don't know about it, it's being done 'on their behalf'.
"Determine what will you do till November the 24th"
A German hacking group perhaps? Most Germans use 'until' when they mean 'by'.
I wonder if they got into Sony using Sony's own root kit that someone still had installed?
All these terrible things will happen!!!!!
What a list of all the terrible things that will happen if you don't give them even more power to snoop on everything we do.
Most of these will not be affected in any measurable way by the extra powers.
The one thing that we do know for certain is that they will misuse the powers. Because they always, always do. Every single time any inside information on their operations becomes public, it is found that they have massively misused their powers.
"Realistically, poo buses are not going to be a significant factor in the transport of the future."
Well, every little helps. There's no need to poo-poo the idea.
But will it work for climbing the Cliffs of Insanity?
The root password is 'Fiat Lux'
What could possibly go wrong?
All the important bits of a city all linked together, using the same systems all written by the same company.
Please add all of your company's internal data so we can sell it to our advertisers.
An excellent idea
"UK prime minister David Cameron has called for “extremist material” to be taken offline by governments"
Absolutely! Get the Daily Mail offline right now!
What else can they seize?
If the USA decides it can arbitrarily seize the property of another sovereign state, will it then decide that this includes the ability to seize the territory of that state?
(Permanently as its own property, rather than temporarily by invasion and occupation or by subversion and installation of a puppet dictatorship.)
Re: Bizarre in many ways
The UK should obviously be able to seize all the USA's domain names as compensation for the USA direct support of the IRA.
Not much point
The entire raw data of the last census was handed over to the NSA. We don't have much privacy left for them to violate.
How long before Amazon decide that since they now own the word 'book' they can sue anyone else who tries to use it?
Re: "What the hell have you done with all the tits!!!"...
We'll soon have all you bloody ornithologists banned!
"helping terrorists to co-ordinate genocide"
He's gone completely barking mad. No terrorist anywhere has even begun to approach anything that could be called 'Genocide'.
He himself is a far bigger threat to this country than any terrorist has ever been.
There's loads of ultra-fast connectivity to Cheltenham - it's just not available to consumers.
Visa's reassuring response would be a lot more reassuring if the banks didn't do it every single time a security flaw ir reported, until they are eventually forced to admit that there really is a problem.
They have been known to have their customers jailed for fraud rather than admit they have a problem.
"would be comfortable with a better and more sustainable relationship between the [intelligence] agencies and the tech companies"
Re: Those that sow the wind, reap the whirlwind
ISIS is the result of endless invasions and interventions by the West over the years. Even the existence and layout of the countries in that area was created by the Western Powers after the First World War. They were deliberately set up to be unworkable, for the advantage of the West.
There must be someone, somewhere, who is surprised by this. Probably in the remoter parts of New Guinea.
That's a bit of a sod for any civilisations on planets of those stars. It's a long way to the next-door neighbour.
Re: Saw this on Larry Niven/Jerry Pournelle's novel, Footfall
Jordin Kare told me years back that the laser launch system is practicable given enough funding, and he's done a lot of research on it.
Why did they need to use a spyware tool and a full fake website just to get his IP address? That address is recorded by normal website logging, it's trivial to get hold of it. All that was needed was attractive looking link text, as soon as he clicked they've got the address. No actual full website needed, and certainly no spyware.
A scientifically accurate Black Hole? That sucks.
If humans and Neanderthals were around in the same place at the same time, and were mutually fertile, surely the onus of proof should be on those making the unlikely claim that they didn't interbreed!
The size of the comet doesn't matter - the various spacecraft ducked out of the way of any miscellaneous rocks and junk surrounding it. Not only could they be any size, but pretty well anything hitting at that speed is contraindicated for spacecraft health.
You missed out the bit where he offered to sell everyone a bridge.
"we strain sinews to locate hostages imprisoned in dark and dangerous places"
Has he tried searching on "Guantanamo Bay"?
This kind of error is extremely easy to make with a single slip, and for inexperienced people it is excusable.
If, that is, you are living in the early 1990s when e-mail first became popular and nobody really knew what they were doing. It is NOT excusable from a large firm 20 years later.
" Show me your search history and within five minutes I'll find something embarrassing or incriminating. Guaranteed."
"If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him." -- Cardinal Richelieu
Re: Support this
Help for research is a minor side effect at most. This is about making money for big business and advertisers, plus the idea that our personal information is the governments to do what it likes with - and it likes doing as much as possible with it to keep us controlled.
Guess what, there will be exceptions to make sure that government ministers' visits to the VD clinic won't get included.
This is already broken
Well known methods for making copies of fingerprints already exist and have been shown capable of fooling the sensors.
Encrypted phones? That's nothing
Does he realise that it is still possible in the USA to buy a house that does not have a telescreen fitted in every room? Something must be done to protect the children!
Have they got it working?
If they have not got it actually working and producing excess power (or something very close to that) then they cannot know whether it will ever work. So all their fancy predictions of when it will be available are nonsense.
More proof of terrorist attacks! The Police must have greater powers to control these incidents!
"According to the commission, 93 percent of large corporations experienced a cyber attack in 2012."
What do they class as a cyber attack? If it's something like "someone tested our web site for a few obvious security holes but didn't get anywhere" then it must be 100% who got attacked.
They should ask Nu Blu Labour's advice. They'll tell them that there's an easy fix for all their problems - a National ID Card!
"I believe men and women should get equal pay for equal work. "
I believe that it's insane to suggest anything else.
Mind you, theoretically the bosses should be paid by the amount of work they actually do compared to the amount the employees do. And that's not likely to happen any time soon!
Re: So the child abductor phones whom ... his counselor?
"The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."
-- Hermann Goering
A comet isn't a rock - that would be an asteroid.
It's reckoned to be a 'dirty snowball' - mostly ices with maybe lumps of rock scattered through it.
Why sue Google rather than the sites posting the pictures?
Because Google have a lot of money and can be found easily.
No, no - it's an act of war if somebody else does it to the US. If the US does it, it's vital to the national defence.
"right down to embedded devices such as life-support systems."
Is that something that El Reg interpolated, or were Microsoft actually insane enough to suggest that and beg for an endless stream of jokes about it?
Can I be the first to say ...
It's just a token gesture
Yes, my understanding is that most social media sites start off invite-only simply because they don't yet have the necessary kit to handle an influx of many thousands of users. The invite system lets them easily control the rate of growth to match their current capacity.
Window Pane - because it's a pain
"that breaches Russian election regulations"
People forbidden to speak freely about elections? Horrors - who do they think they are, the UK?
There is a world outside America. The people there do not want the American authorities to be able to read all their personal information at whim. Even if the FBI throw a screaming temper tantrum about it.
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