There was a young lady who swallowed a fly. Then lost her appetite.
456 posts • joined 17 Jan 2008
Easy to be smug
I'm sure horseshit statements that start "Throughout, the privacy and security of our customers' data is – and will remain – <our> highest priority." were plentiful in the marketing guff from Ashley Madison.
Sort of reminded of this: "Why Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world... but for Wales?" from "A Man For All Seasons"
Re: There's an interesting point about those industries being crap
You are right. But also wrong. The main problem with publicly owned anything is that politicians find it impossible to keep their hands off and leave the business to people who might know how to run it. Inevitably, publicly owned bodies become mired in one glory project or another, or as a sink for cash to bolster employment in some far flung part of the realm.
Look at the NHS. Root and branch reform follows root and branch reform. They still don't have a working, fully integrated IT system. Not saying NHS should be privatised, but we do pay a price for having the government feel they've a perfect right to dick around with it whenever they feel like it...
As with the NHS, so with other nationalised industries. Not saying it couldn't be done properly, just that it's not likely. Because politicians.
As for the call centre, you mean there are worse than the one run by HMRC?
Don't laugh just yet.
To assume that Corbyn will be a disaster for Labour may be a mistake. There are a lot of people who won't remember Foot, Benn, Castle, three day weeks, 'In place of strife' or just how crap publicly owned industries were.
We're at a point where Ritchie and fellow travellers can peddle peoples QE, tax gaps, price controls and nationalisation and make it all sound credible, reasonable and necessary.
Corbyn doesn't have to be right, just popular. This whole thing seems fraught with potential for unintended consequences. The Tories would do well to take him extremely seriously.
It's only two lanes...
Re: Google is taking the lead on revitalising the patching pipeline for the Android ecosystem
I'm not sure that Google are entirely the problem. Manufacturers and their Android skins mean that there's always going to be inertia in getting ports to earlier versions. Then there's OnePlus, Cyanogen and others who have their own versions of Android.
Finally, there's the replacement cycle. With phones on 2 year contracts there's little incentive to fix problems when manufacturers know that the phone is going to be replaced with something else relatively soon. If there's little incentive to fix a relatively new phone, there's none to fix something that's second hand.
It's a mess.
Re: Who's responsible?
Yes, possibly. But someone needs it in their employment contract that they're personally *liable* and that disciplinary action *will* be taken meaning fines, loss of bonus or worse. More of senior management need to be roped in, as it's a company wide thing.
Of course the local government situation is made more complex because so much of the IT is outsourced. But I see no reason why they should be held to a lower standard.
That should be the first thing. AFAIK there's no clearly stated responsibility. Head of IT? Head of the leaky department? CEO?
Once we know *who* then we just have to sack, fine, or imprison them, because no matter how the breach occurred, they're responsible.
If there's someone in a position of power who has something to lose there's more chance of standards being adhered to...
So obviously not our fault. What could we do? So no compensation for all the inconvenience changing CC details, passwords, pins and ongoing identity theft risk, because, well, how could we ever be expected to defend ourselves against an attack as sophisticated as that.
Yeah, right. Funny how *all* these attacks are sophisticated.
Security, heard of it, somewhere...
ZigBee. Stretched to do things it was never designed for. Could it be the IoT equivalent of Flash?
There's every chance it could, single handedly, poison the well for years to come. Most of today's flawed devices are never going to receive firmware updates and will be an open door into peoples home networks.
Re: "inhibition of alcohol absorption"
Yes, I'm going to remove their puneal glands.
Re: "inhibition of alcohol absorption"
Re: "inhibition of alcohol absorption"
You could say that, but you really shouldn't. Even if you managed to get to your coat, it wouldn't save you...
Re: Why's this a story?
Because they're being sold to us on their ability to REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS. If they're only providing 1% of TOTAL ENERGY USE then they're contributing ALMOST NOTHING to reducing carbon emissions at FUCKING ENORMOUS EXPENSE too.
It also illustrates why meeting climate change act requirements is going to be such a massive task. So big in fact that it may require the UK to stop using gas for domestic heating and cooking.
I know the greenies hate Lomborg and Pielke Jnr, but they're realistic about the scale of the problems caused by decarbonisation and our inability to be able to meet all those wonderful political targets.
Yup. How American. Biscuits and Gravy. Things that aren't biscuits covered with something that isn't gravy...
The question is, how many people are reading this sort of article? For those that don't and get repeated invitation to 'upgrade' to the new version of Windows there's going to be an inclination to Push That Button. Could be a lot of confused and unhappy people throughout August.
Incidentally, I notice that the BBC have seen fit to remove the alarm clock feature from IPlayer Radio in their latest release. Didn't know they'd done that and took the droid update when it was offered...
Re: I've got one
"It worked really well when we went to Iceland - I just watched films all the way over. "
My Iceland is within walking distance, how far away is yours?
Lost the older versions...
But the dog didn't eat them. What's shameful is that the NOAA make the adjustments, publish the new data and don't archive the older version. I suppose the argument is that there's no need as the current version is always the best.
Just as well that someone has been archiving since 2010. You see that scale of adjustments pretty much overwhelms any instrumental warming.
I don't consider they're necessarily wrong in their adjustments, but when they're having this much effect on the temperature record it's difficult not to wonder the why's and wherefore's.
The *really* amusing thing is that the campaigns for Foxconn to raise the wages of its Chinese workers may actually have had an effect. But not the one the rich westerners pushing for those pay rises might have had in mind.
What's incredible is that it's so easy to set up the fab plant, get the raw materials shipped, do the recruitment and training and everything else required to set up manufacturing on this scale. If it can be done so swiftly, imagine just how quickly the city of London could disappear if someone presented the global firms there with a better environment. Ouch.
Re: So this has just happened suddenly?
Combination of the two. The problem is that the WAIS has become the southern hemisphere poster child for the effects of climate change. To hear that the melting may not (in total or in part) be due to the climate change upsets the purists as it's not 'on message'. An inconvenient truth one might say.
The melting has been going on for a long long time. The problem is that we only started looking in the last, what, 50 years? So is it normal, cyclical or a real problem? Dunno.
It could be that the combination of warming from climate change *and* geothermal is enough to cause a problem. But we're some way from being able to determine if that's the case. Big IMO.
Re: Heat balance
"I've always been puzzled"
There's been no debate because many feel that *any* debate as to the extent of overall warming from various sources will inevitably allow 'deniers' like me to pop up and argue that, although CO2 is a problem, it's a problem that we have time to deal with.
Of course there's some truth in that argument. Also, the fact that politicians won't do anything unless their feet are held to the fire doesn't exactly help matters when it comes to fair and balanced debate.
If there's a continued recovery in north pole ice over the next few years it's going to be an interesting time for nu-statistics.
Not a black hole.
But an Alternate Universe. One where the Tories won a completely unexpected overall majority in the general election. It all makes perfect sense.
Re Odd Number Versions
Are you sure that's not Star Trek you're thinking of?
I just tippexed over 'Russle' on the screen and wrote 'Eadon' on top. It made perfect sense after that.
Are you ready? Probably not.
The more I read, the more I think I'll wait for the second service pack. No matter how much I loath Win 8 (about 5 on a scale of 10) Win10 looks scary and a heavy price to pay for access to the new DirectX.
I can understand that a development this large must require a good deal of integration and testing, that it must be farmed out to any number of disparate groups and that some drift in aims and objectives is inevitable no matter how tight the specification. But...
What I can't understand is how anyone at Microsoft thinks they're going to avoid a shitstorm if they release this in three weeks time. At the moment it looks like a particularly lurid stick of rock with FAIL written all the way through it.
Is Eadon still a thing?
Re: I had a smart meter fitted last week
When (if?) you change energy supplier I hope it'll continue to work :-)
"...here's what makes this campaign great in my estimation - each sample of Coffiest contains three milligrams of a simple alkaloid. Nothing harmful. But definitely habit-forming. After ten weeks the customer is hooked for life. It would cost him at least five thousand dollars for a cure, so it's simpler for him to go right on drinking Coffiest - three cups with every meal and a pot beside his bed at night, just as it says on the jar."
Re: I slipped on muh snake oil
"but lady nature doesn't like her no-go areas lifted"
Thing is though, we don't know where the hard limits are. The history of science and technology is littered with definitive statements about what is and is not achievable. Most turn out to be wrong.
Re: It's not installing the bloatware that's the issue
"If I go to a Ford dealer and say can i have it without the CD radio or the silver trim"
Not been to buy a car recently have you?
Last time I did, there was a wide range of choice of options, some factory, some dealer at additional cost. All to be added to the bare bones model. Or I could buy one of their specials that had a whole bunch of special stuff in it already at a special price. To which I could add extras at my own expense if I wanted.
Given the prevalence of internets these days it would be relatively easy to provide a base version that then upgraded as per customer request as part of initial setup.
Re: I want bloat. I demand bloat!
"You overestimate the bravery, desire and technical ability"
Nope, that was entirely my point. I'm also a coward and have no desire to risk borking my phone so have avoided rooting it. But I deeply resent not being able to just delete all that guff.
Please don't tell me I should have /sarc'd the op.
I want bloat. I demand bloat!
I want my Android phone to be filled with largely useless applications.
I want a UI skin that adds little or nothing.
I want to wait longer (or in vain) for the release of the next version of Android because of the work involved in porting that software & UI.
Forcing people to root the phone seems a perfectly reasonable for the downright cussedness and lack of gratitude shown by some users who want to uninstall it.
I very definitely don't want a guarantee of Android updates being supported for a period of at least two years after the release of the phone.
Perhaps he could get asylum there. With the way the story changes from moment to moment, he'd be a shoe-in for the current Greek cabinet.
Just tell me it's going to be switched off
by default. Please.
As for the 'opt-out' feature, SSIDs are limited to 32 bytes AFAIK so we'll only need few few more idiot decisions and the whole SSID will be opt-out strings.
Ahhhh. The Guardian
The shining example of journalistic probity. Perhaps they were too busy concentrating on their perfectly legal offshore tax avoidance schemes to get around and do their normally rigorous fact checking.
As for the BBC? It may be that Shapps has the last laugh...
Been using Intellij for years. Always thought it was the dogs nuts. So much so I was happy to pay for my own version rather than use the free Eclipse. Always thought Eclipse sucked and I *never* found a developer who'd used both and preferred Eclipse.
Re: In addition
Aren't Rods odds the same?
If the risk of being struck is x, then even if he's been struck once or twice or whatever, his risk of being struck again are still x unless being struck makes him do something to change the odds?
PFI School. Plans drawn up, school built.
Cloakrooms have no coat hooks in them.
Education authority complains about missing coat hooks.
Contractor examines plans, no coat hooks in plans or other specs.
Contractor says they weren't asked for them, EA approved & signed off plans.
Contractor says they'll charge to fit them.
EA outraged because *everyone* knows you can't have a cloakroom without coat hooks and they shouldn't be charged for them because they *should* have been there regardless of plans.
Draw your own conclusions...
Re: I doubt it's hard to prank them
"The Telegraph has lurched so far away from journalistic standards"
Yes, it's a good job we've got the Guardian, that bastion of unbiased, rigorously fact checked journalism on hand to counter the evil that is the Telegraph...
Re: Completely and utterly bonkers
If you haven't, go and look at the WEB site for the project. It's fascinating, board construction, component layout, testing, managing connections. Amazing breadth of skills the man has.
From his site:
"I spent a bit of time trying to work out how to do the 7-segment display using discrete transistors but the answer is vast. Really, really big. It would have near doubled the size of the thing and the circuitry for the display would have obscured the circuitry for the processor which would have undermined what I was trying to do. As its only for debug and not proper function I went for chips. This is definitely NOT cheating, it is just for debug. It is irritating though."
"The RAM's turning out to be quite sizable. A square inch per bit ! I'm hoping to do 64 bytes, but that translates to the best part of two square metres."
Really, I had to laugh. Sizeable? Not half it isn't.
Completely and utterly bonkers
But I hope he manages to complete it and find a home for it because it'll be a wonderful achievement.
I'm assuming it'll go abroad because that's where most great British technology ends up...
Re: Sigh ...
Surprised? Oh how I wish I was. I would have chosen an icon except there wasn't an "I'm so weary of this sort of thing I can barely summon the energy to type" icon.
He should start a research institute with
Rajendra Pachauri. I could see them co-operating on a series of novels where misogynist professors are besieged by attractive, eager, emotional, young female researchers desperate for the sort of sex you can only get from elderly scientists...
I strongly suspect alcohol may have been involved, I gather the speech was 'after dinner'. The man is a fool.
Re: Comparing with a 'competitive' project
"This situation should be compared to the private finance deals that the Tories give to their chums"
PFI: Invented by Tories and stretched to close to breaking point by Nu-Labour.
Re: how capitalism is supposed to work??
"But only a fool would truly believe that only Elon Musk benefits from governmental subsidies"
Is that what he said? I think he was just saying that Musk appeared to run a business optimised for the collection of money 'harvested' from the public.
The Sage Of Omaha has also said that the *only* reason he invests in wind farms is because the government cash makes it worthwhile. So Musk isn't the only one, it's just that his businesses all appear to do it with efficiency and alacrity...
Nothing wrong with that, either, if the subsidies are driving investment into the right areas. But the one thing we can say about governments is that they're always happy to spend taxpayers money on the basis that, generally, they can always squeeze the tit a little harder if they need to.
Had one in the garden a few years back. It had done a bunk from a herd moving along the road. I was working from home at the time, and looked up to see cow legging it down the garden pursued by three blokes. Took a few seconds to wonder if there was something in the water and decided the sight was real so kept watching.
The blokes thought they'd got the bovine cornered, but it made a dash for it and hurdled a 3 foot fence+ditch to make it into the field next door. Very impressive.
Re: Why Why I always asked myself for Surface
I can't work out if the concept is flawed or the implementation. After all, it looks like a neat idea. It's one where I see the adverts, and think yes, possibly. Then I read the reviews and mmmm, possibly not. Then I look at the price and think, nope, not a chance.
No, please, lets.
The ban on neonics is probably going to be responsible for the deaths of more bees this year than neonics ever were. My local beekeeping association has already warned that we should expect more of our bees to be at risk because farmers will have to resort to legal but far more noxious insecticides and have to use them more often because they can't use neonics.
It's more likely that the problems we've seen in recent years are the effects of imported diseases and habitat loss. In the US commercial keeping involves moving thousands of colonies around the country to follow the pollination season. It's ideal for spreading nasties around at super high speed.
Just wait until the asian hornet turns up. They'll have to fight it out with resistant varroa and small hive beetle.
Re: manufacturers are to blame 100%
It's not just the computer. It's the TV, printer, that streaming box you purchased a couple of years ago and a bunch of other network connected kit that appears to be running Android or BusyBox.
The manufacturers customise the software, do a couple of updates during the first 18 months to fix the most shocking bugs and, perhaps, introduce a few new features. Then that's it. Support is finished and the world rolls on.
I'm not sure what the answer is, I did wonder if manufacturers should be forced to open source their code/build environment for each device as it gets to the end of its support life...
House of Fail
Take a Raspi, some of the available commercial components and distributions, create a few more to fill gaps if needed. Mix the lot together with a series of TV/WEB programmes that provide the detail on how to write the code that interfaces w, x, y to get a working z.
FFS they could have gone to the Raspi foundation and handed them £10m to produce packaged kits. But no, like any monopoly, the BBC only sees good in things it has complete control over.
It's about time they stopped looking back at the BBC micro. It was a different world with different rules.