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Like others I have concerns about command and control running through the cloud. That makes it a single point of failure risk and who knows how service will degrade should Electronic Imp product become ubiquitous.
It is also not difficult to imagine what might happen to everyone who locks themselves in to a single service provider. The temptation to monetize that will be great, and even if the current providers don't intend to do that they can be made an offer they can't refuse by someone who will.
How soon before it becomes a paid for service or two tier free and paid offering? Or committed users are forced into doing something they may not like simply to keep what they have invested in working? A buyout by Facebook, Twitter, Google or others could see people using the Imp forced into having accounts they may not want.
Nice idea, shame about the implementation.
Perhaps not so much if it's "coming straight at you".
I'll willingly admit that my own warfare experience was limited to Battle Zone and is a few decades dusty.
If one wanted to shoot a drone down it seems the obvious thing to do is to launch another, resplendent with on-board gun, and give chase.
Re: The real issue?
I'd say the real flaw is that any system allows for such a situation to take place.
It does seem bizarre. The court seems to have effectively granted the regulator an open-ended license to take as much money as he wants. While Apple may have agreed to being placed under regulator control as part of the settlement I doubt that is what they expected or foresaw.
I don't have any sympathy for Apple over their guilty behaviour but this does not appear to be reasonable.
The bottom line seems to be that XP is a reasonable fit for the hardware you have and, though Ubuntu is a good alternative, there can be issues with apps one would like or want.
I would say that is pretty much the conclusion most XP users have come to and why they are sticking with it, and most likely will even when Microsoft drop support for it.
Benefits of IoT
IoT is really no more than an extension of existing remote control and monitoring. Some will see the benefits in it while others will not.
The IoT light bulb is a poor example because it doesn't solve a problem most people have; it's easier to ridicule than praise. Though, for people who like to switch lights on to pretend they are in when they are out, it may be the ideal solution.
The IoT toaster and IoT percolator are even worse as examples mostly being geekery for the sake of it. An IoT fridge sounds great but in practice can usually do no more than report its temperature.
An IoT thermostat as an example may make more immediate sense, especially if wanting to add one and not install wiring or anything more than a mains adapter. We already have wireless thermostats and putting them on the local net or internet is simply an extension of that. Not everyone will want web access to their heating system but if working away from home longer or coming back sooner than expected the ability to adjust heating remotely to adjust for that may have some appeal.
There have been times when I have realised I have 'forgotten to set the VCR' or forgot to change channel being recorded and it would be nice to be able to rectify that from afar. IoT could fix that if I considered it something I wanted fixed.
An IoT front door lock is not without risks and security issues but sometimes one would like to ask a friend to drop round and pick up something forgotten without having to ensure they have a key first or giving then 'any time' access. Most internal security access doors are wired or dumb but no reason they couldn't be IoT devices offering better access control.
IoT is a fairly new concept and we are only just venturing into how it could be used or made useful. There's no good or bad about it, it's just another tool which can be put to use. Ultimately those who can see a use case for IoT will go with it and those who can't won't.
Re: Theater, indeed
why wait until you are through airport security?
You seem to be refusing to buy into the official narrative that all terrorists are signed-up members of the Emperor Ming school of terrorism who will choose the most difficult, impractical and unreliable methods of killing people rather than leaving bombs on the streets or simply picking up guns and shooting people.
Once one realises that terrorists could easily kill people if they chose to, in huge numbers, and there's no rational explanation why they don't if they truly do 'live only to kill', the official narrative rapidly falls to pieces. Then one has to wonder why we have that and what purpose it serves.
It is not good having people realise that any terrorists could easily kill us if they wanted to with the lack of such attacks suggesting the threat is overstated. So please don't encourage that line of thinking. There's a gravy train and propaganda machine you are putting at risk.
We won't get decent connectivity of 'anything to anything' and control of 'everything through anything' until there's (1) a standard, and (2) everyone adopts that standard. And it means being prepared to upgrade to product which supports the standard as it won't be a retrofit option for everything. It's a story as old as the hills.
Ironically Sonos appear to use their own proprietary protocols as does everyone else. The best most of us can do is buy as much from one manufacturer as possible and hope they meet our needs and have done a decent job in what they provide. That is rather limiting and the antithesis of the 'separates' concept most techno-geeks prefer.
It is possible to have control of everything from a single smart phone with some hardware hacking but not without 'rolling your own' or paying someone to do tha. It's a lot of effort and cost, renders warranty void or means unsightly wired IR modules stuck on equipment, or buying custom product. Routing and converting signals is equally a challenge but can be done. There is no elegant, simple, cheap solution at present.
CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) is making things better and easier and is probably a part of the solution but not everything supports CEC. I suspect we will only get a solution by pushing for one, encouraging all players to get on the same sheet. I don't know anyone who doesn't get frustrated with having a dozen remote controls, needing multiple controls for even simple setups, but manufacturers don't seem to care beyond promoting 'buy our integrated system' which is most likely incompatible with everyone else's.
Re: Money, money, money
Yes the Raspberry Pi Foundation is a charity but Raspberry Pi (Trading) Ltd is not, and they are responsible for engineering and trading activities related to the PI.
It is like Help The Aged saying; "it would be great if we had a cheap mobility buggy to help get older folks out and about". Someone saying yes, forming a trading company, building and selling such a buggy, handing profit over to Help The Aged and paying them royalties for having come up with the concept.
Money is important. Both to keep the company going and for creating the next generation buggies, and to deliver money upstream to help the charity achieve their charitable aims. The more of it the better.
This trading company is not a charity, is not limited to any charity remit, but is helping a charity. Selling under the banner of "The Help The Aged Buggy", rather than "8% of purchase price goes to Help The Aged", makes for good marketing. This charitable association can secure better component sourcing deals than competitors, making the price achievable and gaining wide appeal. It is a win for both the trading company and the charity. Not so good for competitors who cannot claim such charitable associations and the benefits which come from that.
Re: Some context
From the Foundation's accounts at the Charity Commission they have taken in over a million quid and we are yet to find how much Raspberry Pi (Trading) Ltd has made. According to the FT they made $4m in royalties from licensee manufacturers on the back of 1.6m sold; roughly $2.50 / £1.55 per Pi.
There should be plenty of money for future R&D and ongoing improvements.
I hate the stuff
So the only time for coffee for me would be when there's no better alternative and I'd force it down through gritted teeth.
Most coffee drinkers I know seem to be addicted to the stuff so little question of when, only satisfying need.
Re: I wonder
But, and rather importantly - How often or regularly?
I have worked during my holiday. There was a crisis and I was the one who could solve it so I did. In return I was rewarded quite well and it proved worth it; everyone won from that.
That is somewhat different to, day in, day out, not being able to tuck the kids into bed because, "Daddy's got a speadsheet to finish", which is what we really need to worry about. A bit of give and take is okay. As long as its equitable and any willingness to self-sacrifice doesn't become an obligation or otherwise exploited.
A better solution for a Pi
The Raspberry Pi already has a graphics LCD display connector fitted which I imagine could be used to interface to HD LCD directly, saving the costs and complexity of the intermediate driver board. If it cannot I would wonder why not, why it's there and what it could control.
Unfortunately the foundation don't seem to have said much about what it will be used for or when they will be providing something which connects to it.
Re: Smells like FUD
It does but I bet it has got a few people asking could it be done and is there any good use for it?
It wouldn't surprise me if those discovering the idea weren't the ones hoping to develop the idea further. I imagine a few here would be willing to crowd-fund such an insert. I would.
It doesn't have to be only for nefarious purposes. Ignoring the creation of spam farms, having distributed computing power everywhere which people can call upon seems a decent enough dream. Maybe MK could fit one inside every mains plug?
There are already Wi-Fi enabled SD cards so it's easily possible at a small size. The main downside is cost but that drops with economy of scale. Pump out a few billion and we could see costs fall significantly.
Gaining access through Wi-Fi isn't too hard either; there's probably an open router nearby and BT have conveniently put FON access in their phone boxes. There's a good chance such a module can find a link to the outside world and, as noted, that becomes easier with router back doors and smart meters.
With 60% happy with FM it seems the only sensible course is to defer things until at least a reasonable majority of consumers come round to preferring DAB.
Either that or announce the switch-over followed by a politically embarrassing U-turn in the backlash.
It seems a textbook case of the industry wanting what the public does not and I cannot see Vaizey or the government pushing for with a mandated switch-over nor Cameron being prepared to risk yet another U-turn. Especially when they're under pressure over HS2, fuel poverty and everything else the public is blaming them for.
During the war, and after, people kept quiet about what they did because they believed they should keep quiet. Not because a government told them to.
It really is a question of whether a removal of a liberty is justified or not. Sometimes it is and people will lament that but shoulder the burden. Other times it is not and they are right to speak out.
There should not really be any problem here
Silicon companies (Atmel, FTDI, Microchip, TI etc) can and do sub-license PIDs because they make the hardware to which the VID applies; it is their component used in the product which has their VID.
The same can be done by FPGA manufacturers and other providers of silicon for open hardware so there should not be a problem except for people building USB interfaces using discrete logic and there are very few of those.
If open hardware silicon suppliers are not running PID sub-licensing schemes that is what the community needs to be addressing. Insisting on only using suppliers who do sub-license should soon see all the players fall in line if they want a part in that open hardware business.
Horrible videos do have a place in the world
Or how do you show the world what the world is truly like?
That is not to say that this should come without caveats; it should involve click-through warnings, child protection measures (as best they can be implemented), providing default opt-out to prevent unexpected viewing by those who choose not to have such things thrust in their faces unexpectedly, and I don't approve of glorifying or promoting such violence.
I agree with FB's argument regarding "context" but their hypocrisy on breast feeding and nudity is entirely hypocritical so I do not believe FB have any firm ethical foundation behind their policies. It is also not a simple 'show it or ban it' issue though FB seems to be incapable of comprehending anything in between.
Cameron's populist outrage is equally no better than demanding cinemas never show 18-rated films because cinemas also cater for children. It's about appropriateness and control of access which does not require an outright ban.
Wireless charging is undoubtedly convenient but how energy efficient is it and how much 'wasted energy' comes from having that convenience?
Some claim wireless chargers are more efficient than wired but that looks to be based upon assumptions which don't seem to have been proven in practice. Like fuel consumption figures; it is hard to believe the hype.
"No nurse, he said he had huge spectacles"
I am somewhat torn on this issue. On one hand I can see the benefits of a central database of medical records and the sharing of those based on clinical necessity but I am not confident that is all it will be used for or that my records will remain confidential.
I wasn't overly impressed by it being opt-out and it is ridiculous that people cannot ever opt-out having been opted-in, and opt-out seems to have been deliberately made as difficult as possible.
Any such database should be to further an individual's best interest and the way this is organised suggests it primarily serves other purposes. That should worry everyone.
Re: Here we go again - Anecdotal tales
Just looking around the pub and sod the phones; we have a much bigger problem. From my counting, double checking and triple checking, there are no women in the world!
Re: Useful outside of old Facebook photos
I am sure the NSA might like storage of that capacity. I am wondering if there isn't already a 'you build it, we'll buy it' arrangement in place.
It is a little worrisome that both FB and NSA appear to want to keep everything they know about everyone for as long as possible. Hard to tell which should be most feared long term.
There is the same potential flaw in using "free energy" as driving ten miles to save a penny on the shopping.
The energy may otherwise be going to waste but one needs to take into account the hidden costs of harvesting it.
A man with two watches...
... never knows what time it really is.
Re: XP end-of-life is coming...
And most XP users will continue to use XP and not even notice or care.
They'll upgrade to whatever comes with the next PC they buy when they find an app they want to use doesn't support XP and resign themselves to accepting the time to change has come. They'll comfort themselves with getting faster and better hardware while complaining they had to upgrade.
There's a reason people are sticking with XP. They will continue to do so if they can and will put upgrading off for as long as possible.
"Definitely in the public interest."
Absolutely. If we are killing for arguably legitimate reasons that is one thing. If we are murdering for no good reason and putting everyone at risk through potential retaliation for that then we really ought to be allowed to know.
Simply saying we can't be allowed to judge which it is because it affects our national security is nonsense, merely ducking the question. It's no better than saying we cannot investigate allegations of police misconduct, racism or corruption because that might undermine operational effectiveness. All it does is keep the truth hidden and suggests to me that what they do does lack legitimacy.
They want to wage wars on behalf of the public without the public having any say in the matter. Those aren't our wars; they are their wars, but we are the ones who inevitably pay the price. We should all have a say in what is done in our names but they won't even let us know what is being done.
Roll up, roll up
I've got 2 kilo of nominet I need to shift fast. Usual contact number.
I am not in favour of banning watches while driving but it does seem a reasonable argument to say anything which encourages people to take their eyes off the road more than they otherwise would increases the danger to themselves and other road users.
It sounds like a pointless gimmick to me and, as Nissan would be well aware of the safety arguments, perhaps just a means to gain publicity pre-show.
I have a smart watch
Maybe not that smart in today's terms but it displays the day, date and time in a number of formats for a variety of time zones, has alarm and stopwatch functions, stores a list of names and telephone numbers, even has a "memo" database, is entirely self-contained with a simple user interface and backlight, is water-proof enough for doing the washing-up and withstands the occasional swim, runs for five years on a cheap battery and cost less than £20.
It just works, is there whenever I need it, no fuss nor hassle, keeps accurate enough time for weeks on end, and when the battery goes bad it dies gracefully over a period of months. The last thing I want is a watch which won't work when I want it to because it isn't charged up.
A new smart watch may potentially offer me more but not without cost and bringing inconvenience and I'm failing to see any compelling reason to 'upgrade'. If they can match what I have now and more on top; then I'll be interested.
Many happy hours in Myst lands
Clues are opaque. A couple of times, I found myself resorting to the internet and, when learning the answer, accepting there was no way I would have thought of the solution.
I considered that the real appeal of Myst; having to think. Not that it wasn't frustrating at times but satisfaction usually turned out to be proportionate to the effort invested.
I mostly got frustrated and cheated when the solutions were found but applying them was tricky or excessively trial and error. I never could match the keyboard notes to the tones required for an early puzzle and resorted to patching the save file.
The problem I had with later games was maintaining interest for long enough. There are a few times where I recall one has to be in just the right place and difficult to achieve even with a cheat sheet. I admit annoyance eventually gave way to boredom. Plenty to explore and enjoy but most of the games I never completed. Despite that I would still rate the series as excellent.
Re: The perfect calculator!
How many of the kids at school ever borrowed it a *second* time?
I was going to say the same; the most frequent refrain after "lend us your calculator" was "where's the equals button?"
I still have mine. I think it's a lovely design but, beyond having to grapple with RPN, it had two problems; poor battery contacts and the sliding power button had prongs sliding over PCB tracking which were not good at withstanding wear.
Re: Honestly? How hard is this?
It does beg the question; ignorance, naivety, stupidity, or deliberately planned?
No matter which it seems we now know a lot about how the authorities consider those documents which we would not know had Miranda been carrying nothing.
Re: All these funny ways of getting shot of PPI type sales calls
some poor schmuck who is simply trying to make a living.
They made their choice and have to accept the consequences of their decision. I don't believe there are many at all who genuinely have no choice.
Re: It is a big club
Best to not get caught and, better still, not to get caught lying.
It was lying designed to make the US look so much better and more righteous than everyone else which makes it so bad. It turns out they weren't equally as bad as everyone else, they were worse because of those lies.
"We're innocent really"
Perhaps not innocent but I think it's fair to say that duress was a strong motivating factor. When someone has a gun to your head and promises things will turn 'well nasty' should you refuse or reveal what you are being forced into it is hard to stand up to that.
What we really need to know to pass judgement is how obliging these companies were and who resisted as best they could.
Re: That seems like a very sensitive revelation
Sensitive perhaps but not necessarily anything not already suspected nor necessarily life endangering - unless taking the side of the spooks where any disclosure of anything can be said to be potentially life endangering.
That's the real battle; over where the line is drawn in an allegedly free society. Do we just bow to the spooks and say 'yes sir, anything you say, you know best, sir' or do we have some scope to discuss things despite some risk in allowing such discussion?
Though the spooks seem to believe it is best for all of us if all discussion is shut down when they say it should be I don't think that is society's belief. It is ultimately who works for whom. Do we collectively decide what risks we will accept or do we let them tell us what risks we will accept? If we accept their dictating what we can say then what notion of free speech is left?
Use encryption and you are forced to hand over the decryption passwords. In the case of not giving passwords you are guilty as you can't prove yourself to be innocent.
I don't believe that's true. My understanding is the burden is on the prosecution to prove your defence of 'forgotten' or 'never had' does not stand up to scrutiny.
The law can often be strict but it would be a travesty of justice if someone could send you an encrypted file, tip the police off, and get you sent down for a number of years. Our courts are not yet quite that facilitating.
If they were the police would have cleaned up by simply posting out encrypted files on a CD and being there ready to nick the recipients.
Re: Not that daft
Absolutely. There's a lot being imagined or read into the case which may not be warranted. There is no evidence he had any secret or encrypted documents or that he handed over any password other than the login for his PC and PIN for his phone.
Advice on how to be a data mule is all well and good but has no application to someone who isn't and does not want to be.
In some discussion it's being suggested Miranda (Greenwald, the Guardian, and 'other co-conspirators') made a complete hash of things when in fact he was probably no more than any other person passing through who the authorities decided to intimidate because of 'guilt by association' and 'because they can'.
All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.
You would seem to be saying that to refuse to let evil triumph when told to do so is traitorous and demands the punishment of execution.
I respectfully disagree.
Re: None of this makes any sense
It probably does make sense and it's probably the simplest explanation which makes most sense; we make you smash your things up because we can. Be very afraid. And, from the Guardian's side; sure, we'll play along with that.
It's a face-off. Trying to make any more sense out of, particularly debating how it could or should have been done better on both sides, is likely missing the point entirely.
Having said that; my gut feeling is that it's the Guardian taking the lead. I'm not entirely convinced the events did happen as described. Why casually drop such an important revelation in the midst of an editorial commentary when one would expect front page banner headlines? Plenty of outrage over Miranda's detention but little on their computers getting totalled. C'est la vie? There has to be a reason for that even if we don't know what it is.
It does throws down a gauntlet for the spooks and government to deny the claim and perhaps the Guardian are hoping for that to provide the circumstances to let fly with whatever revelation they want to make.
Speculating and creating conspiracy theories is fun but I don't think there's much to be gained beyond grabbing the popcorn and watching how it plays out. Only the protagonists know the game plan.
Why she disclosed the information
From other media reports it seems she passed the information to someone she thought was the abuser's brother.
It appears she was led to believe the abuser already knew the woman's address and that she was helping the alleged brother in protecting the woman from the abuser by telling the brother where she was. Perhaps believing the brother would be going to the house to prevent the abuser attacking her again. It looks like a case of social engineering to me; give me her address now, I need to prevent a serious crime! Quick, or you'll have blood on your hands!!!
I have some sympathy in that she thought she was doing the right thing, even though she was not. The rather low penalty seems to suggest the court punished her for the data breach but acknowledged the lack of intent to cause harm.
Re: Broken for me.
Seems to depend on which link you follow or it's time dependent. The El reg link worked for me, others I followed on t'web did not. Is there a chap standing by the lamp post? If so; no double arrows, if not they do appear. YMMV.
Some parallel universe joke perhaps?
Re: Whats new?
"Watch BT sport free"....
then in small print it says "if you have BT broadband and line rental costing 21 quid a month"
I'm surprised. I would have expected more like "line rental costing 7quid a month". And in even smaller print "For three months, 21 quid thereafter", and, even smaller still, "Discounted line rental does not apply to existing customers".
The problem here does not seem to be with randomness but that randomness was relied upon to not produce a key collision when that's entirely possible with any finite set of 'random numbers'.
It seems to me to be the exclusion of key collisions which failed, not the means of generating the number which simply has to be different from all previously selected numbers, though 'quite different' is probably a desirable property in the selected numbers.
Re: Someone at Vulture Central is playing with us
Not all, the post one up, from "jibberjabber" is/was showing +2/-1. But it is very, very odd.
I'll volunteer to be a martyr for the cause - throw me a load of downvotes and see what happens.
Re: Termination of Operations?
How does termination of operation of his business in any way terminate his obligations under the court order he was served?
It doesn't, it just renders it moot when the order applies to something he is not doing.
He continues to be obliged to hand over every email passing through his business if that is what the order demands, but if there are no emails passing through his business, or the business no longer exists, there is nothing to hand over.
This ain't trolling
If you don't feed the troll they tend to die off from starvation
Except these aren't trolls and aren't trolling. They are horrible, hateful, spiteful bastards who are really trying to cause people grief and delight when they achieve that. It is not just a case of casual commentary or abuse in jest; these are targeted, persistent and determined campaigns with intent to make people's lives a misery.
Bullies, plain and simple. And they won't stop until they are harmed themselves through being exposed or shamed, forced to confront the harm they cause, or punished for that.
We wouldn't put up with such bullying at work, at home, or in our social lives, so why should we have to put up with it online or see it facilitated through the security of anonymity?
We seem to have increasingly adopted a more American ideology of 'free speech' online where almost anything goes and almost everything has to be tolerated in its name. That is however incompatible with free speech within British culture which is far less tolerant of hate speech and that which causes harm. We have ended up with traditional limits of acceptability being stepped beyond with impunity and we urgently need to rectify that.
That is not be against free speech - these people are already infringing AUPs and site rules - it is just that we do not have effective means to deal with those who do step over the mark with service providers also slow or reluctant to take action.
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