Infamy, infamy, they've all got it in for me
I was delighted to see El Reg feature on the Google News page giving deserved prominence to "Crapita".
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I was delighted to see El Reg feature on the Google News page giving deserved prominence to "Crapita".
Not only replicating the Spectrum experience but the Raspberry Pi experience as well.
An inescapable fact is that Clarkson did step over the line. He wasn't just being 'excusably offensive' on air, he went way beyond that.
No employer can turn a blind eye to that. There are enough people who want to crucify the BBC that he put them in a position where they really had little choice. I don't think there was the possibility of 'one more chance'.
Let's hope not. That LeBlanc isn't as bad as Evans won't fix things; it needs a kick up the arse just to get it back into third gear.
Evans was dire, 'kid's show' and shouty, the rest just so-so, set dressing. Eddie Jordan could have been replaced by the proverbial tub of lard. The 'road trips' were inane. The 'Star in a RPC' segment became dull and stupid. The interviews tedious. Above all, it felt contrived with none of the past sparkle.
It seemed like they were dragging a dead carcass around, trying to pretend it was still alive. I can watch any old crap but that doesn't make me a viewer.
I gave it a chance. I more often than not ended up fast-forwarding 85%, watching about 15%. And it never held its own against old re-runs of TG on Dave.
And you probably wouldn't want to hear what else I have done to El Reg with Grease Monkey scripts after you changed your format such that it wasn't how I wanted it. In for a penny, in for a pound, so everything I don't want is stripped out. Then I have An Ad Blocker on top.
I'm actually not that adverse to adverts, but there's more to it than that; they are a vector for malware, spying, snooping, and, above all, are often the cause for slowness of site loads. I got so sick of page loads stalling on adverts that I reached for the nearest hammer. Other tools may be available but the hammer works for me.
As for sites which block me from visiting because I Ad Block, that's their loss not mine. I just ignore them as if they never existed in the first place. I don't think there's been any time I haven't found what I was after somewhere else.
The question advertisers should be asking themselves is; how did we piss off so many reasonable people?
Andrew Neil on This Week wondered why on earth C4 would pay so much for the show without securing the talent who had made it a success and I have to agree. Maybe we'll be proved wrong but I suspect it's going to fare no better than Top Gear with Evans fronting that.
VM TV offering isn't that bad, neither is the TiVo, though it is true that UI responsiveness has slowed ridiculously in recent months and is getting quite annoying now.
The price increase is just over 8% for my package. The cost of USD priced items have risen around 15%. I expect 'VM UK' will be paying for using 'VM US' sourced services. I don't know if that's a fair increase or not but it's still cheaper for me than what others offer.
At least they didn't spin the latest increase as if it were 'great news' for customers which they have had a tendency to do in the past.
I know I will be at odds with many El Reg commentards but I don't have a problem with this. People like to have remote control of things even if they don't actually need that, like the novelty of being able to control things from their phones. Sure, it's 'just a shiny thing', pointless and ridiculously expensive to others, but if it makes them happy.
This is also just 'remote control' which is some way removed from what I would call IoT. Kids control their Sphero, BB8 and Lego robots from their phones, and this is just a variant on control for grown-ups.
Don't like it, don't buy it. But please grant others the right to decide for themselves.
solution: use FreeBSD with a CONSOLE login. Set up ALL virtual consoles to log in THROUGH! A! JAIL!
Sounds like the best way to flag up suspicions that you are a person who has something to hide, is someone who doesn't want to cooperate with what the powers that be demand of you. There must be a reason for that; and your reason for your doing that won't be what they suspect it is.
Best not to take a laptop in the first place than try to hide things from them.
Yes; well done Vodaphone. If they can do it then we can tell other providers they can too. It is long overdue but it is good news for everyone.
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There may not be any US extradition request at present, America may be suggesting they have no intention of ever making one, but that could change pretty quickly once he's held in a country which could well honour such a request.
I think he's quite right not to trust the US. We had a government minister embarrassingly having to apologise for Misleading the House after they had been lied to by America, and there are plenty of other cases which show the US cannot be trusted to say what she means or means what she says.
I recall Assange offered to return to Sweden providing they would make a binding promise not to extradite him to the US but they were not prepared to make such an undertaking.
Getting out of the embassy without being grabbed by British authorities will be difficult enough, putting him at risk of being deported to the US from the UK.
Nothing has convinced me that either Sweden or the UK would prevent his extradition to America if that were sought.
The ESN will cost £1.2bn to set up by March 2020 before it starts to realise benefits. But over the next 17 years it is expected to save £3.6bn.
So it''s going to save around £210 million per year. That's loose change in the great scheme of things.
We know that costs of projects rise, potential savings reduce, when a project fails to deliver on time, and we know that's a realistic expectation for any large project.
Is it even worth doing if there aren't good reasons beyond cost saving?
So in the mind of ThePress, the word "hacker" has now come to mean "criminal", and the two words can be used interchangeably?
That is not a new thing, has been the case for at least a decade. And that's the perception implanted in most of the minds of the public.
Over time people simply become resigned to things and, after enough time, no one will have ever known it any other way.
We know we are being watched and tracked by numerous means all the time. That horse has bolted and one more coming out the stable probably doesn't really make things any worse.
There are risks, potentially great risks, but most people don't see those as great risks to themselves. At least not great enough to demand it stops. And, if we are honest that would mostly be right; if 'they are out to get you', they will, nothing will stop that.
For some, being offered a menu app is an intrusion, for others it is welcomed. I would quite like my phone to tell me when the next bus is going to arrive when I reach a bus stop. Though I would want the option to enable it or not, and not be asked at every bus stop I pass.
I think it's going to be intrusiveness which causes more outcry than tracking, though battery drain from forced-enabling GPS, losing functionality if you won't, is a very reasonable and legitimate complaint.
The situation now is many people want the good but don't want the bad. Over time that 'bad' will become seen as just something which is and people will adapt to it. How many CCTV cameras have you been watched by today?
"Up to" is okay, just not very useful. It tells you what you might get, possibly could get, but no indication of how likely you are to get it.
"From" isn't very useful either, because that's going to have to come with a cart load of caveats because sometimes things do just go slower and it's not always the fault of the ISP.
Some sort of average seems better but still isn't a guarantee of anything, nor an indication of what others may get.
The problem isn't so much what claims say but what they mean.
Some commercial tenancy agreements require those departing to return the building to exactly how it was when they arrived before leaving. That can be quite a shock for the new arrivals when everything has gone - including internal walls.
No idea. I remember first seeing Star Trek on our black and white TV as a child. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it seems to have tagged along as 'part of the family', who I sometimes see more of and sometimes less, changing as it goes, as we all do.
Praise and criticism are mostly meaningless, as is pitting it against anything else; like a dear friend it's always been there (along with Dr Who and other good friends). I'm glad it has been, and pleased it continues.
An autonomous car should do what the law and any Highway Code demands and not do what they preclude. It should in such a situation behave just like a human driver should.
But I would bet that not many people know what they should actually do in such a situation.
In the UK, going through a red light is an offence and one can be prosecuted for that regardless of any mitigation for doing so. The lawful thing to do is to sit it out, as extremely uncomfortable as that will feel.
Take solace in the knowledge that an emergency vehicle driver should have a full understanding of what the law is in such a situation and, if they don't; that is their problem, not yours.
If traffic lights are not fitted with systems to expedite an emergency vehicle's passage then that is not your problem.
If there is an adverse outcome from your obeying the law that is not your problem.
It takes nerves of steel to hold to the letter of the law when it goes against one's own instincts, but that is what is demanded by the law. If it ever happens it will likely be one of the worst situations you have ever found yourself in. It was for me.
IT WAS NOT THE QUESTION which was put to the vote.
- It was
The question was whether we should leave the EU or not. Only that. It did not ask what form such leaving should take, or what we should aspire to once we have left.
We do not know what leavers think on either of those issues because we never asked them. We can suggest they want one thing or the other but have no idea of numbers or what represents the will of the electorate as a whole.
And that last point is important. Leavers may have 'won the referendum', but that does not entitle them to dictate how things will be. They may not even be the majority now.
This Sydney lift wanted a login and was running Windows98 well after it was deprecated
That is always said as if it is an extremely bad thing but for embedded and industrial control systems, not connected to the wider outside world, it's no different to installing anything then leaving it running into the endless future.
Apart from the instances when things do go wrong - and that can happen no matter what is used - it worked yesterday, works today, and will work tomorrow. It is probably more a testament to Windows 98 than detraction from it.
I'm wondering if Apple could put a satellite in orbit, claim that houses their HQ, assign their profits out of reach of terrestrial hands.
I'll be delighted to take just a 0.1% cut if Tim wants to use the idea.
Given the interest amongst El Reg readers for SpaceX and Musk himself, the disruption this may well cause to the SpaceX programme, I was surprised to see only a News Bytes mention.
This seems to have been a mighty impressive kaboom; pleased to hear there are no injuries or worse.
as Apple is the benefactor of the subsidy, it's up to Apple to challenge it.
I do not believe that is correct. The EU are not telling Apple to do anything, they are only telling Ireland that they have done something wrong and must correct that wrong. It is for Ireland to argue the case they did no wrong.
I do not know what the mechanism would be but I expect there is some channel for Ireland to argue that (1) the determination that Ireland gave 'illegal state aid' to Apple is wrong, and (2) the amount Ireland is being asked to recover from Apple is wrong.
Europe is a failed experiment.
Assuming you mean "EU"; did you read that somewhere and now parrot it as a hollow sound-bite or can you justify such an assertion?
Just saying it's so doesn't make it so.
This story and your comment made me go and look at USB-C specs. Apparently the ports can be sink, source or both, and the power delivery is intended to supply up to 100W, 20V @ 5A.
That seems to be a recipe for disaster. The USB-C ecosystem does appear to have some mechanisms to mitigate things going wrong but I wouldn't bank my life or my equipment on that.
But then one simply falls into the category of "people who seem they may have something to hide" who police feel entitled to haras^W question further.
Standing up to an emerging police state is not without its inconveniences and consequences. In fact it is intended to be that way; comply or have your life made a misery. Most folks will comply simply to have some semblance of reasonable life, leaving those who don't the ones the police take most interest in.
And it is not uncommon (for those resisting) to find those (who have surrendered to complying) standing on the side of the cops declaring non-compliers deserve everything they get while posting as such in the comments section of the Mail and Express every chance they get.
And, thanks to Brexit, and the "we don't need no stinking human rights laws" brigade, it's only going to get worse. I suspect it will become too ironic by 2045 to celebrate the WWII defeat of fascism. Though hypocrisy may see us through. It usually does.
I used to use old BT Home Hubs with a USB stick plugged in to do the same. They could often be picked up for a quid at bootsales.
I recall seeing the sticks described in my local Tescos. A little pricey but I might pick up one to play with now I have read the review here.
Nettos used to do a 1% beer which was absolutely bloody excellent on days with temperatures like this week, was only 25p a can and actually tasted decent, not like many more expensive metallic tasting chemical liquids in a can.
One could drink that all day long and not end up on the park bench with the Red Stripe brigade :-)
But, yes, for an on-the-lash beer, it wasn't what I would choose nor recommend.
In most cases, it's just a rubber stamping exercise. Very little gets rejected that doesn't come back awhile later only this time to pass.
That's not necessarily a bad thing if the laws being passed are the laws the majority of MEPs want, tweaks being made to overcome previous objections.
In fact, I think it's a good thing. Rather than trying to push through law which only has a small majority in favour, a significant minority against, it is better to produce law which has a minimal minority against, sort the issues out before bringing it to a vote.
I think the problem for Brits is we are used to two party adversarial politics rather than cooperative politics, we try to advantage one group at the expense of others, where the EU cannot get away with that.
Humans are very well known as seeing patterns where none exist
In the "Look closely" example I could clearly 'see' two eyes and a nose in the left image when I first looked. We take what clues there are and extrapolate from there and I expect that is also what 'fools the algorithm'. I can however check further; an algorithm cannot unless designed to do so.
Unfortunately, their primary sensor was offline for maintenance, so they were running off their backup sensors:
But the article shows graphs of four sensors which seem to correlate with each other apart from the anomalous single sensor reading.
There seems to have been enough data available for them to be able to determine that the reading was actually anomalous.
Noting the troll icon: Reports elsewhere say Corbyn did not upgrade to 1st class, he declined that offer, took the seats of others who had accepted that upgrade offer. Though other reports suggest 1st class had been 'suspended', was open to all travellers, so it's not clear if there was any 1st class upgrade even available.
the fact that the leader of the Labour party apparently doesn't know how seat reservations work on trains is rather disconcerting
How many people know how seat reservations work entirely, what bylaws and penalties may apply when occupying a reserved seat when not the person who reserved it?
I would imagine only a few know the entire rules and I don't see why Corbyn would or should be more knowledgeable than anyone else as most times he probably has a reserved seat, takes it, end of.
If seat reservations are no longer valid, because the person reserving them hasn't taken up their seat, then perhaps train staff could remove those reservation slips so it is clear the seat is available to passengers who don't know the rules and don't wish to commit some offence.
But those who campaigned and voted for immigration control?"
The only question in the referendum was whether we should "leave the EU" or not and that is all which was voted on.
Brexiteers may have presented it as a vote to "Take Back Control", as if a political party who could deliver that, but the vote was only about leaving and they had and have no power to deliver on what they were suggesting they could.
We don't definitively know why people voted to stay or remain, don't know how many want tighter immigration control or not, don't know if that's a minority or majority of people or not.
We have had the vote on what people would like to do. We now need a second vote on how we want it done.
Systemd is far more friendly with modern hardware compared to sysv. Perhaps SystemD is not the best replacement but it's still a superior one to sysvinit.
Systemd seems to have noble aims, is fine on paper, and, when it works well and one never needs to alter anything, it does seem to be better.
When things don't work or one wants to change how things work it often turns out to be a whole different story.
There seems to be parallels with the move from IPv4 to IPV6; rather than just fix what was lacking, get everyone on-board with 'that makes sense', there was a jump to something quite different.
Pedometers usually use button cell batteries which only support rather low current draws.
Adding a LED would increase current draw and potentially quite a lot if they skimped on the current limiting resistor to get a short but bright flash.
A lot of sustained activity (hopefully not the kind adults would engage in to get the wrist working) could lead to the battery over heating.
Labour are in total chaos so the Tories will just take the hit with impunity at the next election.
Except, if we do not Brexit, there is a large enough faction within the Tory party to plunge it into chaos.
This whole mess came about through Cameron trying to defend against members of his own party and the risk of members and supporters defecting to UKIP.
I would love for the vote to be forgotten about but there are plenty of people who will ensure it won't be.
We have jumped out the plane and now have to figure out where we will get parachutes from.
Let's hope he hasn't pissed off the kind of people who would have him drinking those pints through a straw.
As great as it is to see scum like this get their just rewards; engaging with them can be a dangerous game to play. Even just giving them abuse if they call can lead to endless silent phone calls which can quickly make lives a misery.
Take care and think twice before getting involved in something which can easily escalate. These bastards do need nuking from space and we need to keep pressuring the authorities to take steps against them.
“There’s a risk of online vigilantism, where people who are offended by the least thing will have a licence to report it to the police.”
Everyone has a license to do that already.
Vigilantes are those who decide what is a crime and deliver punishment. In this case it is more 'nark', 'grass', or 'informant' than 'vigilante'. Those recruited will simply be providing information and the police will decide if there is an offence and, with the CPS, whether that should be pursued. No one seems to be proposing that Mr Angry can hit the Dislike button and the target will go straight to jail.
This looks all set to be the next Middle Eastern mess. The relationship between the west and Turkey seems entirely artificial and doomed to collapse sooner or later.
NATO and the EU want Turkey as a strategic ally, a buffer zone for refugees we don't want, don't want her falling into Russian hands, pivoting to the Middle East. But the west doesn't actually like Turkey and how she is, and wouldn't embrace her if it were not for that self-interest.
For Turkey's part it is much the same. She wants to be a part of NATO and the EU but only to serve her own interests and doesn't want to change how she is.
It seems more "an enemy of my enemy is my friend" relationship and those frequently wax and wane. Particularly as there's that underlying feeling that the west and Turkey may actually be enemies as much as they like to pretend to be friends.
Given that we had only three TV channels and the analogue audio was perfectly consistent between them...
That's not my recollection. We may not have had quite the problem of dynamic range during a show; it was the disparity of perceived volume between shows and adverts which was the problem back then.
And not getting up to push a button on the TV to change channel was something I believe most appreciated, just like not having to get up and answer the door or the land line. We might not have needed it, but it was a great convenience to have.
Was anyone actually expecting IBM, ABS or anyone else to come out, put their hands up, and admit they'd fucked things up in the worst way possible and it was all their fault?
No one is going to accept responsibility for something they don't believe they are responsible for, no one is going to apologise for anything they don't feel the need to apologise for, especially when doing so could be read as accepting blame and being responsible.
Expecting anything meaningful to be said by any party in the midst of a shit-storm and blame game which could prove very costly all round is really just wishful thinking or naivety.
All the science, maths and engineering grads I know voted remain so I guess type of degree is not the deciding factor.
Perhaps we need to look at where they got the degrees; a proper Uni or a rebadged Poly :-)
Even if it was 90% mortality (which I doubt) the human race would survive. While it would take decades, perhaps even a century, humanity would be back on our feet.
It is hard to say. It will likely be the more advanced societies, those who have lost the skills and knowledge of their ancestors, have become reliant on others and technology providing for them, who will have the greatest survival problems and will perhaps succumb within months.
There will be some survivalists and a fortunate few who struggle through while those who don't see much change post-Armageddon will carry on much as before. It really comes down to whether the devastation is so bad that even those used to living off dirt cannot survive.
"Insurance companies are very good at assessing risk. If anyone can figure out what the value of 1,000 man hours of cybersecurity vulnerability testing is worth, it’s them"
I would venture the answer is "bugger all" or so low as to make no difference. At least at present.
Just like we have 'a gazillion Android devices' out there exposed to vulnerabilities we don't have that many people falling foul of them; there is a significant gap between being exploitable and being exploited.
If we get to the stage where oiks can stand on motorway bridges, press a button on their Pi-powered gizmo, can crash a stream of cars into each other, can do it time after time at any time of their choosing, we will indeed have a problem. But we are a long way from that.
It does seem to be typical tosh that being a member of the EU is the cause of a problem and leaving will somehow make things better without offering any evidence of either.
s/Ian/Iain/ - Apologies for that.
The same author was using "GhZ" a few days ago ...
Is Ian simply working his way through all eight options?
You seem to imagine the BBC / TVL has a habit of dragging people into court. In practice the only time it will get to court is when the accused has admitted the offence.
They know that everyone 'watching TV' without a licence has at the back of their mind that there could be a knock on the door one day and a finger pointing asking, "What's that?", "Where's your licence?".
Determined individuals can get by without a licence when they should have one because it is not about getting any particular individual to pay or having them punished, it's about getting everyone else to comply with having a licence.
Mind games and low-hanging fruit does that job and that's the game they are playing.