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As usual, the best way to make money in a gold rush is to get into the pick and shovel business.
That thought occurred to me, too. But in that case what's the problem? Are they saying it should be less than 2 years?
I'm confused. It's obvious that telecoms providers need to retain some details of usage for a period of time, to resolve billing disputes if for no other reason. The 2006 directive (Article 6) requires that:
Member States shall ensure that the categories of data specified in Article 5 are retained for periods of not less than six months and not more than two years from the date of the communication.
IANAL, but that seems to say nothing about an upper limit on data retention, which would therefore (unless local legislation imposes other constraints) be at the discretion of the service provider. Anyone able to clarify for me?
Who would want to ask for a 'Small'?
I assume that (to borrow a joke from Larry Niven) the sizes are: Large; Extra Large; Gigantic; and OMG I can't believe it!
This is normal behaviour for most 'layer 7' firewalls. If you want to enforce rules about what can and cannot be sent in and out of your data centre, then you need to be able to spoof certificates. The usual way of doing this is to generate your own self-signed top-level certificate, which all the computers within your network will be configured to have included in their list of trusted certificates.
If you don't want anyone else to be able to read your encrypted emails, don't use a computer whose list of trusted certificates you don't control.
There'll be a thriving Indian community by then.
Anyone interested in how Lawful Interception of mobile phone data works can read the ETSI standards. In principle, this is little different from your bank (or any other business that you may have dealings with) releasing details of your account history to the police, subject to relevant legal authority. It was an extension of the (national) rules governing the release of landline records and interception of phone calls, dating back decades.
Google unaccountably omitted the 600 lines of Environment Division, Data Division etc. necessary for their Cobol code to work.
Re: A fascinating opportunity
Or if like (e.g.) Belgacom, the national network is pwned by GCHQ.
If you're UK-based then I'd say you're describing coppiced willow plantations. Willow has been coppiced for various uses, including firewood, for thousands of years and there's no reason why it shouldn't be used for power generation. So if the land area for 3 miles around Drax was planted with willow, that would be great.
I'm less certain about how much sense (other than financial due to the barmy EU carbon credit system) it makes to cut down trees 4,000 miles away on the other side of the Atlantic and then chip them and transport them to the UK. But what do I know?
Why the angst about quad-core
Apart from bragging rights? Most software struggles to make use of more than one core, so unless you're setting off some massive compile job and then watching a movie while it runs in the background, I'm not sure a quad-core does much apart from generate heat and run the battery down a bit faster.
Re: Welcome to the pretty countryside
The biomass for Drax* is mainly wood chip from North America (by product of their timber industry, I hope trees aren't felled specifically for this purpose), transported by rail to the coast and then across the Atlantic in bulk carriers. How 'green' this really is I have no idea, but it ticks the right boxes.
* It's the name of the nearest village not, possibly surprisingly, the acronym of an evil organisation bent on world domination.
But (donning my standard pedant's hat) your umbrella gets shredded here on Earth because you're standing on solid ground and the wind's blowing relative to you. On Saturn you'd be in the atmosphere. so the force from Saturnian wind would depend on wind shear and (crucially) atmospheric density. I've no idea how dense the atmosphere is at the altitudes at which this storm is raging - obviously deep down there are very high densities because of the enormous depths of the atmosphere and Saturn's higher gravity. I may do some Googling on the topic if I get some time later on.
Clever use of technology, which is what developing countries really need. There's a company in our village that uses solar to charge off-the-shelf battery systems. With some clever monitoring and computer systems, they get enough power to light a small village (allowing kids to study at night, without using kerosene lamps that cause huge numbers of fires) and run a fridge to keep vaccines cool. If battery power runs low, the computers dim/turn off the lights to keep the fridge running. They go round installing these kits in remote African villages - real genius.
Re: @Steve Todd
Oh dear, we've got a proper banker here. Completely clueless about the rest of the world, but never wrong ('cos I'm a banker). Have it your way. The rest of us are just far too thick ever to be able to work with your hugely complex systems (for which you're incapable of presenting any evidence). You do have the biggest dick. Congratulations.
And they wonder why their systems crash and burn so regularly ...
Nothing that you or your AC colleague(s?) have said begins to justify the statement that RBS has an: "extremely complex computing environment, probably more complex than most people commenting here can begin to comprehend". The fact that it has links to external systems distinguishes it from every other computer environment - how, exactly?
I guess it's the BSD syndrome so prevalent in banks that causes those working there to insist that their systems are complex beyond imagination, but that doesn't necessarily make it so. FWIW I had 25 years working in financial services, many of them managing equally (if not more) complex systems. And those systems in turn were far less complex than (say) a complete SAP implementation for a multinational conglomerate.
I always have a good chuckle when someone (usually someone who has no experience of other environments) tries to tell me how unbelievably complex wholesale banking systems are. Fundamentally, they're just subtracting X from account A then adding X to account B and writing a journal record - that's not particularly complex, even for a financial services business. What people generally mean is that these systems are very large, which is true - tens of millions of accounts and tens of millions of transactions a day - but that's a problem of capacity management and scaling, not coding.
Of course, the banks (like many long-established environments) can make very simple systems into very complex ones by adding layers of new architecture to mask the limitations of old systems (usually old systems that people are afraid to touch because the last person who understood them left 10 years ago). That's understandable, but not something to be particularly proud of.
Re: Agree with most comments here...
You do realise that Corporation Tax is levied on profit, not turnover? And that Amazon pays HMRC hundreds of millions in VAT, Employer's NI, Business Rates, etc.
Re: Do what we want, not what we say
What, Enver Hodge sort out the legislation that allows her family firm to pay a minuscule amount of tax, when she could be spending her time grandstanding on national media? Fat chance!
this particular one is only between 20 and 30 times the
size mass of the Sun
Re: WTF ???
How could a neutrino achieve that energy ?
By travelling really, really fast. A massive star collapsing into a black hole*, or a star being swallowed by a galactic mass black hole should do the trick.
* The bulk of the energy released by a supernova is in the form of neutrinos.
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Good point, except this was the Aussies, not the Brits (although they all share (most) intelligence). They'd be much more interested in Indonesia than we are.
Re: Dear oh dear.
True, which rather suggests they weren't PCI-DSS compliant - unless they were taking payments by credit card, they would have no need to be. Still doesn't explain why they needed to hold this sensitive information, though.
I think Hawking is simply pointing out that it would have been much more interesting (for particle physicists, anyway) if the Higgs had not been found, which might have required revision of the standard model. As Asimov famously put it: The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not “Eureka” but “That's funny...”
Einstein discounted the idea of an expanding universe and so, as a result, does general relativity
It's true that Einstein accepted the orthodox belief of the period that the universe was static. General Relativity actually requires an expanding (or contracting) universe - a static universe would not be stable. So Einstein introduced a 'cosmological' constant to enable a static universe to be described - he later described this as 'my greatest blunder'. When the expanding universe became the accepted model, the constant was removed. Now we have 'dark energy' (not just an expanding universe but an accelerating rate of expansion) , and one way (possibly) of describing it is to reintroduce the cosmological constant.
I wonder what the nice people at the Bundesnachrichtendienst (German foreign intelligence and security service) get up to all day. I don't imagine their time is occupied solely in playing Scrabble. Nor do I think the British Embassy in Berlin send all their messages in clear because they know our German allies are far too polite to open another gentleman's mail.
Although a (modern) Stuxnet infection indicates poor computer hygiene, unmodified Stuxnet won't cause any actual damage unless you're running specific SCADA hardware and software.
That was my first thought too. Unless you're working on complex formulae with millions of cells (in which case Excel is probably the wrong tool) no-one has turned auto-recalc off since 1993. Still, you wouldn't expect a 'creative' to be cluttering their minds with addition, would you?
I think this article is based on a misreading. The source of the lunar maria (lava fill of impact craters) has been generally accepted for decades. The interesting new science is why the far side has very few maria compared with the face that we see. One theory was that the bombardment was somehow asymmetrical, it looks like GRAIL has contributed to providing us with a better answer.
Why would I need this if I have Skype*? Perhaps airlines block Skype on their in-flight WiFi service - I certainly hope so.
* Other VoIP services are available.
Re: 'Twas ever thus
Rights of way are a legal concept, not a safety one:
Here lies the body of Joshua Gray
Who died defending his right of way.
He was right as could be as he sped along,
But he's just as dead as if he'd been wrong.
PS In India, I was told that the rules go: pedestrians give way to cycles; cycles give way to rickshaws; rickshaws give way to motorbikes; motorbikes give way to tuk-tuks; tuk-tuks give way to cars; cars give way to buses; buses give way to lorries and lorries give way to elephants. (And everything gives way to cows.)
Re: Ok, the SR-71 was cool looking and black...
9/11 may have been the final nail in the coffin, but (sadly) only 14 production models were built (compared with 1400+ 747s). That's not a commercial success, by any standard.
Re: Ok, the SR-71 was cool looking and black...
Concorde was a gorgeous technological triumph, but as a commercial airliner it was doomed as soon as the 747 appeared. While it halved the flight time across the Atlantic, it only cut 30-40% off the desk-to-desk travel time*. And no matter how luxurious the leather seats and how much champagne, caviar and foie gras they tried to stuff down your throat, the cabin was less spacious than a modern regional jet.
But the killer was that the (first generation) 747 needed a full First cabin to make it economic, and running an SST fleet alongside cannibalised your First passengers. So you couldn't run both, and airlines preferred the 747. This was understood in the early 70s, five years before Concorde entered service.
* Although we didn't have all the security checks that irritate air travellers today, we didn't have the Heathrow Express either.
Missing the point
For Facebook, getting computers into more hands is the most important thing in the world.
Re: Cross platform security kit
It's possible that Halifax have made a sensible choice (though your explanation is perfectly possible too). Security is always a trade-off. Halifax could force all their customers to have passwords such as @4&KA|xCf but they'd need to employ twice as many people on their helpdesk resetting passwords (probably dependent on the answers to 'secret' questions such as mother's maiden name or school attended). If the only interface to their system is through the web and they can block your account after 3 unsuccessful attempts, maybe 6 alphanumeric characters is sufficient (at least, it's a different problem than choosing root passwords on a *nix system).
Killing a rhino with a high-powered rifle requires a level of skill that has been described as roughly equivalent to shooting a garden shed.
You're right of course, LaeMing. But how many people do you know that refer to gibibyte (note spelling), other than marketing departments in the small print ?
Historically, data transmission rates were measured in decimal rather than binary. Gigabit Ethernet is 109bps not 230bps.
My data usage reported by Android is within ~1% of that reported by my networks (3 and O2). It even cunningly keeps track of usage on different networks when I switch* SIMs.
* Top tip: 3 PAYG packages charge the same rates when roaming in some European countries as in the UK (marketed as 'Feel at home'). This saved me a lot of money on a recent trip to Italy. Though I'm still trying to work out what to do with the 3,000 texts included in my £10 bundle.
Re: But surely Germany...
So what does the Bundesnachrichtendienst (the German foreign intelligence agency) do, then?
And this surprises you? From the US perspective, they're just another foreign 'government'. Probably a more lucrative/attractive target than many.
From what I read, Cryptolocker demands a ransom of a few hundred dollars, on payment* of which they do actually send a key to restore your files (there's an obvious incentive for them to do this). Much as I deprecate giving money to criminals, for the commercial organisation you describe this would seem much the cheapest option. I doubt there's any way for them to know you're a business rather than a simple home user.
* To state the bleedin' obvious, if you are thinking of paying, use a prepaid card and throw it away.
We don't care how the data gets there, only that it does get there
Right up to the time when it suddenly doesn't get there any more. Then you'd better hope you have access to someone who understands how the damn thing really works.
Much as many here enjoy bashing the US, all states (try to) spy on their neighbours - be they foes or 'allies'. She's the head of state* FFS. If she doesn't know how (or hasn't got an aide to help her) to make a secure call, she's in the wrong job.
* Technically the Bundespräsident is head of state, not the Chancellor. If you can name him without the use of Google award yourself a beer.
Does she use a standard 'handy' bought on the high street. Or is she provided with encrypted communications by the Bundesnachrichtendienst? If the former, she needs to sack her security adviser. If the latter, and she didn't use it, it's her own fault.
Re: Customer Retention
And yet in the first week of any management training you'll be told that you need to spend (roughly) 10 times as much to get a new customer than to retain an existing one. The inmates are truly running the asylum.
And what difference does being bred for food or sport make to the animal? If you're a Vegan, you may feel free to comment on how others treat their cattle. If you eat meat, drink milk, or wear leather, criticising others makes you a bit of a hypocrite.
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