3048 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008
First things first
Start by governing Westminster, the Lords, finance, tax evasion **AND THEN** the net (if you really must).
But no. That'd hit your paymasters too hard, wouldn't it?
Government regulation isn't about actually doing anything, it's about being seen to do something.
Keeps the proles happy.
Re: Lesson from Yes Minister
"No self-respecting terrorist (well: one who hopes or expects to walk away from an "incident") would give up the goods that easily and therefore the only data they will collect will be from harmless individuals and private citizens with no nefarious intent."
AIUI, the terrorists who flow into the WTC made no effort to hide the identifies. So these measures would have been ineffective anyway as no one joined the dots.
Or maybe they did, and let it happen. /tin-foil-hat
Surely the security services have all the zero-days and hack in place, they can simply take the data they need.
Or just demand the data under secrecy.
"Other Great Socialism"? You mean the USA? The banking bail out was probably the greatest socialist action for many decades.
A capitalist society would have let them fail.
Re: Kill two birds with one stone
They sort-of have those y'know; http://www.altaerosenergies.com/
Wouldn't take too much to bung some wireless connectivity in them as well.
"Most useful remedy might be to simply provide more information to the public on call quality."
You could probably use an FoI to OfCom to get that, whole will then refuse under "Commercial Confidentiality".
The one thing a Tory government does not want is more openness and the possibility of being scrutinised by the public. Not that Labour would be any better. Both cut from the same cloth.
So he admits he doesn't care about the public
People moan about the fractured nature of the mobile space in the UK, this upper-crust, Etonian old-boy doesn't give two damns.
He has a problem with one or two calls and all hell lets lose.
Maybe if his pension funds collapse or his back mis-sells him some insurance he'll begin to give a crap about regulating the financial sector.
Until then, it'll be the usual "Piss off, prole" attitude from the Tories.
Ah, thanks! Must need more coffee - really didn't follow the 5g thing.
But why does the recipe mention "Brewer's sugar" twice? 1kg and then 5g?
Re: Oh jesus feck BBC....
Everything that relied on the RSS feeds is broken. Everything. Your set-top box, your brand new Smart TV. Everything.
get_iplayer has been patched. Dunno about anything else.
Re: Well get_iplayer has already worked around it
Jolly good. I shall await the updates hitting the repos.
Re: Smart TVs too
"but steadfastly refuses to produce a stable API that would allow connected device manufacturers (and everyone else) to build and maintain their own clients at their own expense."
Because the BBC is run by technology ignorant middle managers who are only interested in expanding their fiefdoms than providing an actual service to the public.
iPlayer could become a reference implementation and the community could pick up the slack. This would allow any OS, any device to be supported that the community saw fit.
As to unflashable TVs...that's a matter for OEMs. Consumers can help by simply not buying a TV that they can't upgrade or install new software on. Which is all of them at the moment!
I would like to posit that tools such as "get_iplayer" actually reduced piracy. People simply used the community tool to connect to the legitimate service.
Now what is the easiest option for the dedicated BBC viewer going to be?
Fart around in a browser or with the specific desktop application (no available for all OSs)....or use a plug-in for their current media front-end that pulls content from other sources?
Re: Smart TVs too
The answer is simple: buy a new TV.
Welcome to the future, please ensure your wallet it open and ready to be emptied.
Oh jesus feck BBC....
...I am an avid user of XBMC (now "Kodi") as it is *the best* media front-end bar none. Why don't I use a browser? Because a browser on the TV is feckin' crap, that's why!
Why don't I use the "Smart" features of my TV? I don't have a "Smart" TV, but even if I did I would still use XBMC as it link to the other content on my network.
Why don't I use iPlayer on the set-top box? Because for some STUPID reason, it doesn't allow me to watch films.
Do I download videos via the iPlayer plug-in? No, I just watch 'em and move one.
If you are upset with "get_iplayer" etc, why not take some of the energies you just wasted in going and write something better for XBMC et al.
edit: There are workarounds it seems. Hopefully the community will deliver what the BBC refuses to (despite the BBC being paid millions to provide a service).
I wonder when the BBC will start trying to detect VPN usage....
Spotted Hershey's in a shop recently
Whatever you do, don't buy it. Buy a candle instead.
The candle will taste nicer.
No, won't happen. There's no profit in an opt-out default for the Tory's and Labour's pay masters.
Next you'll be expecting the Tories and Labour to put the needs of the country before the needs of tax evading multinationals!
Can it be rooted/jailbroken? I wonder if there is a new ROM for it.....
He and his cronies made people fear their own governments, now he reaps the response.
Feck me. Does that include carry on?
I'm just shy of 2m, so taller than average, and I'm 85kg, not exactly trim either. Are we really becoming so obese that 87kg is the normal weight?
Re: It was a commercial company that screwed up...
Indeed, just like banking. Can't interrupt criminals at work.
Why there isn't a flat fee per individual I don't know.
Non-identifying info - £1 per record
Communication info [cyber] - £2 per address
Communication info [real] - £5 per number
Identifying info [minor] - £10 per record (e.g. name and city - probably not enough to be truly unique)
Identifying info [reversible] - £50 per record (e.g. when combined with another readily available dataset, it become trivial to uniquely identify a person; name, postcode, d.o.b)
Identifying info [full] - £100 per record (without reference to any other dataset, it is possible to uniquely identify someone)
Add in some other entries for financial etc and you can simply calculate a fine, which could well be ruinous even for a small breach (e.g. "Racing Post" could have been on to a £6.7million pound fine). AND THAT'S A GOOD THING!
Well, it will make companies seriously consider if they need to collect that information at all; rather than just doing the data-rape land-grab they do now.
Re: You have bought the device
The disc is yours, the movie/song on it isn't.
Re: This is real "free" software
I know you put free in quotes, but as "Free Software" is already an actual thing (and not as restrictive as "Open Software" can sometimes be) I think we need a new term for this.
> If the agreement you have committed to with a supplier includes limitations
Which is an argument for Free Software, no limitations can be imposed.
In fact the only "limitation" (if you want to call it that) is to preserve the freedom of any subsequent derivatives you release.
> for example, some "free" software disallows its use for military purposes.
Then, by definition, it's not free software.
Re: Dear Microsoft / Oracle
"No you shouldn't - port everything to .Net and forever say good bye to dozens of security flaws every update. And gain a performance increase and better UIs."
So you're saying "Ram portability up yer arse, go Windows only and say hello to a whole slew of NEW security flaws every update."
"Also works for Virgin"
Err..no. You still need to use the Virgin kit, but just in modem mode.
Re: cost no more than outstanding contract
£52pm is reasonable, in fact that's cheap!
Pre-loaded modules/libraries is not bloat or wasted memory.
RAM sat empty doing nothing *IS* a waste.
Re: Speaking as a CRT user...
"You could just not plug it into the network?"
So I should pay for crap I don't use? No. How's about they just don't put the crap in there? I have no issue with the TV showing me local network content; it's the reporting back to big-brother and only letting consume specific on-line services I don't want.
Won't happen for some time. If you could "roll your own" the major labels and providers wouldn't be able to gouge your pockets at every turn.
Speaking as a CRT user...
...I'm more interested in the quality of the programming rather than the number of shiny dots in front of my eyes. Cease the race to the bottom and deliver good shows (be that drama, documentary or whatever). Even the likes of Horizon are now little more than dumbed-down vacuous bullshit; hell, Nat Geo has "Ancient Nazi Alien Ghosts" or such cobblers on it as serious programming. Pathetic.
When I can find a HD TV that is *JUST* a TV with not walled-garden, spying on your network "SMART" TV wank; I'll buy it. Or a SMART TV where I can install a new OS and make it actually SMART and serving me, rather than the OEM.
The simplest solutions...
...would be to not censor anything. Let people engrave sex organs, hate speech, whatever.
If they want to pay over the odds to make themselves look like monumental dobbers, then who is Apple to stop them?
Reminds me of the story where Nike (I think) banned the word "sweatshop" from its customer embroidery service.
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!
Oh gods, that's a good one!
Oh my sides...
Re: Ironic though...
> Perhaps a GCSE in "finding it on Google" is needed.
Being able to do a web search, sift out the cruft and find the nugget of useful information/guidance is an important skill.
Almost every coder I know spends part of their day trawling blogs/updating wikis etc.
Yes. Because those aren't Microsoft.
We'll have to wait for Microsoft Exam Room 2018 to be released before our government does shit about it.
Re: GCSE Computing still a joke????
It's because they are applying the business strategy of "just pump-up the numbers" to a diverse, and hard to acquire competence in, set of skills. PowerPoint/Word etc are basic office admin skills. They have little-to-nothing to do with actual computing.
Having done manys a computing course, nothing pissed me off more than busting my ass to deliver projects on time, only for the slackers to get an extension. And another. And another. And then to be given the answer just so they'd pass.
Numbers make the college look good, quality be damned.
I say; fail the bastards!
The USA again
"if [Proton Mail has] government approval to encrypt emails"
So in the USA you need to get state approval to encrypt your stuff, or offer encryption as a service?
USA - destroying freedom one regulation at a time.
Re: Time to say you're looking at those RedHat/SUSE/Ubuntu install DVDs?
"That would be your printer vendor's crappy drivers then."
For not working? Yes. That is the vendor's issue.
"Not a Microsoft issue."
Allowing an external module to crash the kernel? That is very much a Microsoft issue.
The state could just make the operator responsible for all activity on their network. I think that may already be the case in Germany.
I run segregated guest network on my home router already using DD-WRT. I haven't applied any bandwidth limits as you need to know the password (QR code on the side of the router) and it was a bit of an arse to set-up; but it can be done. If this project makes it easier, then great.
What I'd like to see is something akin to a "Citizen mesh network". Won't solve every problem and would need significant density to be workable.
Neither solve the issue of someone abusing your network, then you having your door kicked-in and all computers seized (not to be returned for years). If that happened to me, I'd be fired in an instant.
TOR users are 45 minutes away from firing chemical rockets from their super-gun.
Time to invade TORistan and bring it freedom the the democractic use of weapons!
Re: Why is this any surprise?
"Anything that is posted on line is accessible to the sys admin or law enforcement with or perhaps without a warrant."
And this is what people (like Andrew Fernie it seems) completely fail to understand.
Re: Why is this any surprise?
"Presumably they should write postal letters in cyphers and invisible ink too; and hold all conversations in code:"
If they wish to protect their communications from outside eyes, then yes. It is beholden upon then to ensure that the channel is secure. Posting on FB and checking the "Please no spy on this" box doesn't do a thing.
Re: Why is this any surprise?
Anything sent via Facebook, G+ etc is public, regardless of any privacy setting.
If people want private comms, then they need to start using PGP, OTR etc.
Why is this any surprise?
Anything on Facebook, G+ etc should be considered public (regardless of what settings you put on it). The exceptions I can think of are for self-hosted services and I mean in your own home, not a VPS.
Re: Next step?
"would you refuse to use Android and advise all people to stay away from it"
I'd be close to doing so, yes. My own experiences with Android have been less than stellar. Although that's mostly down to shoddy coding by the likes of HTC.
What irks me about Android is the impossible to uninstall crapware (e.g. Facebook), although I guess that's more the fault of the carrier.
I guess my biggest peeve with actual Android is the total lack of clarity over permission. Apps suddenly claim they need to access my identity, contacts, location, media (e.g. TuneIn Radio). Why? They the feck does it need that? Why doesn't Android have the tooling the allow me to block such privacy invasions?
Hell, why doesn't Android support the likes of CardDAV be default? Ho hum.
Re: "even an undergrad can crack it"
The whole point of being an undergrad is that you should already be the cream of the crop. That means you should arrive bursting with energy and maybe even self-taught on some things (easier in some subjects than others).
From the looks of his blog, that's exactly the kind of person we have here.
Also, he is a third/fourth year undergrad and so getting close to be ready for the real world.
What uni gives you is the framework (structured lessons etc) and resources (equipment, profs) to learn. Whether or not one does is up to the individual - spoon feeding ends after the sixth form.
Re: Next step?
"And why the friggin' heck is my icons panel always hidden?"
Because something in one of the many pieces of JQuery is setting "display: none". So a quick bit of GreaseMonkey action and I have my icons back. Good stuff.
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