Been nice knowing the RasPi
Embrace has begun, we all know what stages come next.
3061 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008
Embrace has begun, we all know what stages come next.
I see that @"Voland's right hand" is another person who completely and utterly misses the *entire point* of a RasPi.
"the nail in the coffin of fingerprint authentication, at least of the cheap variety."
I suggest you rent and watch the "Mythbusters" episode where they do fingerprints (and some other security methods)...the results are hilariously troubling.
"But surely every police force has a sufficiently trained and funded CSI team who can analyse DNA from the slightest speck and match it within minutes through a national database which is so fast and efficient it even flashes up the mug shots of each sample it's matching against."
Almost, which is why the smart crooks poison the scene by dropping items they have collect from random places. In the TV show the evil-doers had a "DNA-bomb" device to poison the evidence; how long before we see that in the real world?
Yes. Well, it certainly shouldn't be taken as proof of identity - instead part of some greater whole. The general mantra is "something you have, something you know".
Biometrics are pretty simple for people and, as with many things in security, ease of use is inverse to strength of security.
Just look at the state of things in the USA. We don't want such a small number of operators, we need true competition.
We need legislation to ensure that the networks are open to all comers and that it remains possible to a new player to enter should incumbents try to gouge customers.
Maybe he makes enough to be happy? Work-life balance and all that.
El Reg: Tell me about your private life
Randall Munroe: [Proffers ring-finger, keeps schtum]
El Reg: sudo Tell me about your private life
Randall Munroe: Not in sudoers, this has been reported.
The sale isn't the issue, the day is.
I also have the quaint idea that retail stores should open 1200-2000, rather than 0900-1700. This woyld give them better overlap with their customers. Also, it would partially alleviate rush hour.
I did look at a few black slaes after work, but anything of interest was either not on sales, or only a couple of pounds off; no mega-deals.
Take this Yank import and ram it up yer arse.
Today is a workday and it's bloody stupid to have a mega-sale when most of your customers are at work.
I have bought nothing today, nor do I intend to.
Who says Deckard is subject to the same rules of the other replicants? Deckard doesn't even know it's a replicant, perhaps the termination wasn't engineered in; or maybe the one we see is simply one of many Deckards.
> is Deckard a replicant?
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.
"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.
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.
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?
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.
Jolly good. I shall await the updates hitting the repos.
"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?
The answer is simple: buy a new TV.
Welcome to the future, please ensure your wallet it open and ready to be emptied.
...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....
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?
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.
The disc is yours, the movie/song on it isn't.
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.
"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.
£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.
"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.
...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.
...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.
Oh gods, that's a good one!
Oh my sides...
> 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.