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...and a return on a budget airline is about on third the price and takes half as long.
Way to go British railways! Woo! Remind me, how much subsidy does a budget airline gets from my pocket and how much do those incompetent morons who run our railways get?
When I get get on a train in (say) Newcastle and be in (say) London in around two hours, with a seat, not pay any more than a budget air-ticket and not pay any subsidy to the rail operator; then we can begin to think about considering them "acceptable". Not "good", not "excellent"; just "acceptable".
Thinking about - just fire the lot of them and hire the Swiss. Oh wait, didn't the Swiss said they wouldn't touch our rail system with a barge-pole due to massive under funding, ineptitude and corruption?
How do the Beeb keep getting it right*?
Say what you like about the Beeb programmes, but their delivery is spot-on. iPlayer is simply superb and being able to use in on the PC, (old) xBox and Wii is just great. That alone is worth the £11 a month to me!
As for Sky; big, fat "Meh, who cares?" Why people want to pay £30+ a month to watch 100 channels of utter shite and still get bombarded with ads beats me. There's more than enough on the free-to-air gogglebox to not need Sky and with services like the iPlayer you can keep up on anything you happen to miss.
Like MS, Sky is seeing the writing on the wall and beginning to panic. They don't have the talent or skill to innovate, so now they are lashing out and trying to kill off emerging initiatives that threaten them. Tough luck, the world moves on Mr. Murdoch.
Adapt or die.
*Their phone system excepted, of course.
There's a YouTube with of a guy doing this with a Wiimote (maybe that's the one ElReg linked to?)
Anyway, isn't that prior art?
Isn't any other method of tracking the head simple evolution of the same idea? Cameras have had face recognition for a while.
Are Apple going to be allowed to get away with 2+2=iOwnYerFeckinArse?
And what happens if two people look at the screen? PC has an epileptic fit?
You have simply proved that your face matches a card and given a name (it's a local check*). For verification you will still be taken to a station for an on-line check. But that merely verifies your ID, not that you are not a terrorist.
To prove that will require interrogation and further check by the security services.
Once you are proved innocent of being a terrorist, you will them be charged with causing a public disturbance and wasting police time. You will also be billed for the cost of the checks.
Future Britain, powered by Labour, burning your privacy.
*This is why ID cards CANNOT work, the checks are local, no real-time connection the central DB *and* all intelligence DBs.
No ID? She could be anyone.
Other forms of ID are not acceptable as they could be fake.
Forgetting your ID card is no excuse (it's a bit like claiming you were ignorant of a law).
There is no excuse, she should be held under arrest until her identity can be verified.
If MPs were treated in the same way as members of the public WILL be treated, then perhaps this whole ID business can be scrapped.
Or whatever they call it. Cava is pretty much the same stuff (and more often than not vastly superior at the same price point) but can't be labelled "champagne" as it is not from the Champagne region. Simples.
There's a slew of things that are region specific as well (Harris Tweed is another example, I think), so it's not just the French being arsey.
Do people still buy this bull-crap? ID cards, when they come in, will be 100% compulsory and always have been; no matter what any MP or mandarin may say.
If you are too hard of thinking to understand why a "voluntary" card is compulsory, I'll type this slowly.
1) it's not the card, it's the database.
2) As cards will be accepted as "strong" ID, banks and other institutions will get twitchy if you don't have one.
3) Bureaucracy will "streamline" around the card and life will become difficult/hell if you don't have one.
Ergo - they are compulsory.
Of course, we don't need these cards and we have never needed these cards. All they will do is foster a counter-culture designed to protect our privacy. And good luck to them! The people of Britain now need to protect themselves from their own government (never mind the unelected asshats in Brussels).
You really like GreaseMonkey, but you wouldn't want to pay for it? How the hell do you square that circle?
I am sure some add-ons would remain "free", either because it is a hobby/learning exercise for the dev, it's a loss-leader for something else or they get enough voluntary donations. But some will cost, and quite right too.
Developing takes time and money. Depending on how much of both are used up, the dev may have no choice but to charge, even if it is a trifling amount just to help cover costs.
If you like something, you should support it. That's how FOSS works. If you can't afford time to help (test, find bugs, offer fixes, write documentation...) then reach into your pocket had help the cause. Because if YOU don't help and the person beside doesn't help and the one beside them doesn't...that thing you love may not be round for much longer.
Free Software does not always equal "zero cost" software.
"You will lose out on £11bn because you don't know who owes you!"
"OK, we will buy and new IT system at a cost of £2bn"
"Your new IT system has actually cost £8bn and lead to £20bn in lost revenue!"
"OK, we will buy and new IT system at a cost of £4bn"
<rinse and repeat>
If MPs are so worried about lost revenue, perhaps they should hire back all the tax inspectors they let go? But then that would raise costs, mean cost-saving targets are missed (even though a tax inspector 'earns' more than they cost) and the senior civil servants would not get their fat bonuses. Can't have that.
This is merely another ruse by our corrupt MPs to score directorships/perks for grateful IT companies.
It makes me sick.
On minor point
Until they test the substance, how do they know it's not illegal to possess?
I agree with the tone of the article, the explicit threat from the police is very worrying and something anyone with a brain could have seen coming. I can't help but think that the police are caught in a legal though (perhaps deliberately).
If they let people out whilst the substances are tested, there will be stories all over the press about drug-dealers being set free.
If the police take a harder stance, you get stories like this.
I am not not sure what the actual answer is (and I doubt we'll get one from Labour or the Tories), but continually kicking plod doesn't strike me as being it.
"Are the Linux and Mac operating systems going to be next, not a chance."
No need, they are NOT A MONOPOLY. Linux isn't even an OS, it's a Kernel. You do know what one of those is, right? Not all Linux Distros use the same browser. It is also possible in Linux to TOTALLY REMOVE the browser if that is your wish.
(I can't speak for Macs, as a lowly programmer I am too poor to own one, but they are still not in a monopoly position).
"Microsoft make Windows therefore they should be able to do what they want to it."
Unless they are a monopoly.
"Lets not forget their are alternatives to Windows so they don't have a monopoly!"
When you control 95% of the OS market, that is a monopoly in anyone's book. Which is why MS have been facing fines for abusing their monopoly position. (And it's "Let's", by the way)
"This is just another case of the socialist EU looking for easy money"
Why do Yanks think socialist is a bad thing? Anyhoo, the EU is capitalist last time I checked.
And which country went after MS first? The USA! ZOMG! Socialist USA looking for easy money!
What a fucking tool
If I start looking up (say) STDs I have nothing to hide; but it's still private.
If I look up divorce law, there's nothing to hide it's just private.
Privacy != criminal activity
"Do no evil"? Really? Could have fooled me.
Thank goodness for TrackMeNot, AdBlock, CookieCuller and NoScript.
Did you know: it only takes 3 pieces of data to uniquely identity an individual in the USA? So much for anonymity.
I am not sure I like Google optimizing my search for me. The reason a search egnine is because I could not find the information in the places I would usually look.
Google (or SEOs) poisoning the results it pretty retarded. Google's will not help as I will have already looked in the places I normally goo; SEO's will not help as their efforts are going to be largely irrelevant to my search.
Crudely put - they are both pissing in the pot they drink from.
Now...CookieCuller....how's that work.....
Painting the Forth Bridge?
You mean they'll be finsihed in a few year? (new epoxy based paint y'see. Should be good for decades)
I cna see the future
"Right, the Smith's power use just dipped, they've gone out. I'll just switch off their alarm...done...OK Fred, it's safe to go. I get 10%, right?"
And other things of that nature.
So not content with forcing us of have ID cards, Labour want to watch us in our homes now? What a bunch of twunts.
Nothing to hide...
...nothing to fear, eh?
"Done nothing wrong, no need to look"?
"Quite frankly, it's none of your sodding business"?
I think all MPs, MSPs and senior civil servants should be forced to have these cards first. Nice, small population to test things out and see what happens.
And if it's one lot of corrupt sods that need a close watch, it's that lot!
Time to repeal?
If it's not affecting criminals and terrorist, just members of the public who like their privacy, perhaps the law should simply be repealed?
It always depresses me...
...the way organisations like PETA and donkey sanctuaries get more support and media coverage that human-focused charities. They appear to have forgotten that humans are also animals (stemming from the same common ancestor that gave us chimps and gorillas etc - had to put that in to wind up the Catholics! :o) )
It's a bribe
That's all it is. A bribe to vote Labour and keep this corrupt lot in power.
Not that the Tories would be much better (they're also corrupt scum).
The LibDems are a joke (spineless)
Forward the Monster Raving Loonies!
I am sure...
...Tim has already paid for an internet connection. Why should he pay MS again to use the same connection and download content that would otherwise be free?
...is why you hack/mod. If I am not using MS's network, I don't see why I should pay MS anything. It's *my* xBox and I will do with it as *I* see fit. Unless MS want to supply it for "free" on some kind of Sky-like subscription service...
iPlayer on the Wii was something I'd forgotten about, but seeing as how poorly Flash runs inside the Wii's version of Opera, I don't hold out much hope of it being usable.
Here's a clue
A sample of one (yourself) is not statistically significant.
If only the argument was so easy. Please either show your counter-data and argument, your differing analysis of the raw data or hold your tongue (well, fingers in this case).
Linux penetration remains at 1% (basically a rounding error) and it will continue to do so for a long, long time. This is, if I understand things correctly, because the Linux world is not focused on the desktop, but on the back-end (serves, clouds etc) and more "embedded" systems (set-top boxes, sat navs erc).
This explains a few things
1) Why Linux does so poorly on web state
2) Why basic features are missing/run poorly on a Linux distro (e.g. Flash, VPN, multi-head...)*
This may well change if Droid gains traction, but you can bet that Droid will be separated out and not counted as Linux (just as OSX is not counted as Unix).
*Yes, fanbois, I know these things *can* be done, but support is no where near as ubiquitous as it is on Windows and it is all hit-and-miss. I know - I've tried.**
**Yes, you may now say I'm too dumb to use Linux and I should go back to Windoze. Thank you for continuing to be the problem in the Linux community. You know where you can shove your pocket protector, don't you?
...the fact that he should never have been deported under this one-side and deeply dangerous treaty in the first place. No ones should.
The USA should be forced to prove that they have a valid case before a UK judge (just as the UK has to do).
And in this case, they USA should be asked to explain why such secretive information was (basically) unsecured.
I'm not a supported of McKinnon, but I do not think their extradition treaty should received any support. Our government are a spineless bunch of wankers only interested in their next expenses claim and cushy directorship.
...that MS would allow this, surely they have a clause in their terms and conditions to prevent an OEM selling a competing OS, and if MS do permit it expect the hardware to be under-powered and generally a bit crap.
Or maybe Acer will still have to pay for a Windows license on every non-MS unit sold (just like Dell have to do).
It's pot luck
Lexmark printers won't work on Linux (OK, that's a bit over an over-generalisation, but the support really sucks).
Multi-head is a bit pot-luck. You might be lucky, you might just have to fiddle a bit with xrandr or you may enter the pain zone (gnome+intel graphics+multi-head = nightmare; that's been my experience anyway, yours may vary).
The way the corporate firewall is set up, it will only let in a CheckPoint client, and CheckPoint does not support Linux. OpenSwan etc are no-go (I'd be summarily dismissed if I tried).
I know all these things *can* be done, but it still hit-and-miss I'm afraid. I'm just hoping that the fanboi rush to droid will force companies to up their game (or open their code up so it can be ported).
Win7 offers nothing...
...and the only reason to upgrade will be the slow demise of any support for XP. Then again, what do you upgrade too? And does Win7 let you do anything better/faster than XP does?
If Linux gets decent printer support (I'm looking at YOU Lexmark/Dell), multi-head support (a few Gnome bug fixes and Intel/ATI given a slap - thank god I'm Nvidia on the big box) and VPN support (hello CheckPoint, this is the 21st century calling) then it could well be a viable alternative. Ooo yeah, and you can get Flash to actually run with out it becoming jumpy-jerk fest.
With the rise of Droid and the whole Googley love-fest, some of those might actually get fixed. Which would be nice.
My Chrimbo project: have another look at MythTV and see if it has got anywhere near MediaCenter (which, apart from notepad, is about the best thing MS has ever written. Hmm, add the calculator to the list; that's pretty good too).
Why have this...
...when you can just fit an extra drive to your PC and run MythTV or whatever?
Even if your TV is located away from the network (unlikely in an average, but easily solved with a bit of drill-time) and small form-factor PC acting as a media client may well work out cheaper and better.
To me this just looks like an over-rpiced hard drive and yet another remote control to use.
I use VB at home for study/dicking around with and it is simply the mutt's nuts. VMWare? You can keep it (although I am subjected to using that at work, shame).
Xen (and type 1 hypervisors in general) are interesting - just can't think of any reason to play with them at home.
Just how secure are these? How long before someone hacks them and then uses for mischief or to cause trouble by buggering the grid?
Is the security under my control? Does it sit behind my firewall? Does it pose any threat to my own network?
I have seen adverts for the meters here, and it will be a cold day in hell before I fit one without finding out A LOT more about how they work and ensuring they are secure.
The treaty is totally one sided. The USA can demand anyone be taken from the UK and they do not have to show evidence of any crime or anything. Even if the person's actions are not a crime under UK law, they can still be taken. It's legalised kidnap.
The UK, in contrast, must show evidence and effectively prove their case in the USA before the USA will even consider extradtion and even then they can refuse. The UK can not refuse ANY request from the USA.*
If it totally one sided and quite why signing it was not considered an act of treason is beyond me.
McKinnon is an idiot (Asperger's or no). He deliberately attacked and penetrated computers in the USA. The fact that they were poorly secured does not changed the fact that McKinnon committed a crime. I rather doubt he did any damage and for the electronic equivalent of shacking a look loose and shouting "Coo-ee! Anyone home?" he should be give...oh, 3 months at a local open prison?
The even bigger idiots are the USA military who obviously have no learnt ANYTHING since Clifford Stoll's time (go look him up kids) and seem more intent on denial and shooting the messenger than anything else.
Yes, McKinnon is guily (he has admitted to it).
Yes, he should serve time.
No, he should not be extraditied.
No, he should not be made the scapegoat for the USA's negligence.
We should never have signed this treaty.
Our MPs (our supposed "servants") have let the nation down again and are a bunch od self-serving assholes (almost without exception).
*And if you think this is bad, read up on European Arrest Warrants. The UK can be forced to deport you to any EU country for any reason and without any proof. That means you can be deported to an EU state that engages in abuse of witness and has dubious legal process (e.g. Greece).
Once again, our MPs are too concerned about the gravy train and boosting their expenses claims to give two shits about the UK public.
The Germans, by contrast, have some balls and have told the EU where they can go shove EAWs.
Could it also induce a...
..."That's not a hack, THIS is a hack!" type of response?
Oh course they are used...
...to paying over-the-odds. They're Apple users!
(Sorry, someone had to say it)
"Though older PCs with pre-D3D10 graphics cards and WDDM 1.0 drivers will not show significant improvements, going into the future most PCs will support DirectX 10+."
So DirectX is being ported to Unix, Linux etc? Wow.
Tell me now, why do I need Direct2D for a browser? And will anything be back-ported to XP?
Hmm...another reason to look at the Linux migration again in a few months; or just buy Win7.
The EU should butt-out...
...when the USA butts-ouit of trying to tell the rest of the world what to do and stops impeding free-trade.
US Navy finds that US Navy is not to blame!
Next story: Bankers say that banks are not to blame for poor economy
So chnage the measure
Out with "food miles" (surely it should have been "food kilometres" anyway?) and in with "food mega/giga/exajoules" or "food co2" (how much energy, roughly, was used to get the food from source to shop).
Moving anything by ship is the most efficient way if most cases. This is why we need the canals open again. So long as the items are not time-critical (which is an anathema to JIT processes) they can come by barge.
Of course shipping things misses out one vital part. Getting it to the shop. Our rail infrastructure is a laughing stock* and even if you bring the stuff here by the most efficient ship ever built, all the trucks tearing up the motorway to move the goods kinda makes a mockery of the whole thing. Why aren't the ports also railway freight terminals**? Goods from ship, to warehouse, sort, then on to the train (or even, straight from the ship to the train). That way the only trucks needed are a few to cover the last few miles to the shops.
But, of course, that takes joined up thinking; something the EU and our government aren't good at. They'd rather waste millions bringing us under the heel of total observation than do the jobs for which they were elected. Well, OK, in the case of the EU they weren't elected, but you know what I mean.
Anyway, back on topic. There are other concerns with net fishing than just the fuel used. There's the number of fish caught and thrown away and the number of young caught. Over fishing is a serious problem and even if line fishing is less efficient, if it helps preserve stocks in it might actually be the better option.
This study does point out one thing though - why one must be very careful about the dogma spouted by the greenies. They are now responsible for perfectly good cars being scrapped and new "efficient" ones being bought - new ones that have to be built and consume way more resources than they could possible save. Well done greenies! Another pyrrhic victory for you!
*Just look at the fiasco over the half-arsed attempts to electrify the lines. If one section isn't electrified, then you either need
** On that note, why don't airports have their own rail hubs? Who needs a third railway at Heathrow if you could take a hi-speed train from their straight to another airport? Greatly reduced need for domestic flights, so no need for a third runway. From the airport if should only take a few minutes to get to the city. Imagine getting on at Newcastle and being at Heathrow check-in (say) in two hours. If the French can do it, why can't Britain. Did Napoleon beat us after all?
@The guy brought it on himself
To just pick up on one poin that show how much drivel the rest of your post is
"The fact is that we are living in the modern world, and terrorists and other criminals now have many ways to communicate and hide their information."
We have *ALWAYS* lived in the modern world. In 1,000BC *that* was the "modern world" and means of hiding information/encryption-of-sorts have been around since then. People have always had ways to secretly communicate and pass on information, this is nothing new and only the means has changed.
There is no need to compel and innocent citizen to give up any information. They are innocent UNTIL the state proves guilt. End of discussion. In many cases said citizen may just give up the info as they know it might cut out a bunch of hassle, but what if that info also contains deeply private information or they simply don't want to divulge?
That is their choice. They are innocent.
If you want to live in a state that presumes guilt, then kindly move to one that does. Stop supporting the transformations of Britain into to some fascistic state.
"Idiot. No sympathy for him."
Idiot. I do pity you.
Start at the top
All MPs, their partners and their children should be added.
All civil servants (regardless of grade), their partners and their children should be added.
All serving and ex-police officers, their partners and their children should be added.
Once that's done, then we can look at adding the innocent public to the system. The above should give them a big enough dataset to work the kinks out. If they have nothing to hide...
As to "proving you are innocent" in a post above. I hope the officer meant "to discount you from further inquiry" rather than prove your innocence in court. If he meant the latter (and did in fact say it) then he needs to be removed from his job.
Apple should just give the networks a utility to detect jailbroken phones and then to ban them from their networks. Why do people need to run jailbroken phones anyway? For "backup" games or something?
People think that once they buy something it's theirs. MS is leading the way in showing that this is not the case. Apple should simply copy MS. Again*.
*Just to annoy the fanbois. :-P
@AC 10:39 GMT
Use OSS? I'd love to, but I can't.
Boss: So it all runs in the browser?
Boss: Any browser?
Me: Within reason, any modern one would do. FF, Safari, Opera...
Boss: Will it run in IE?
Me: IE7 & 8? Yes.
Boss: What about IE6?
Boss: Oh, and do they need to install anything?
Me: Well, they need to install the plug-ins so the software works.
Boss: Nope, can't have that. It must work OOTB based on their standard deployment, which is IE6 by the way, and we can't demand they install anything else.
This is what we have to live with. It *MUST* run in IE6 and if it needs to use anything more than a PDF plug-in, you're S.O.L. I'd love it if customers would use a proper browser (even IE7 would do) but it just doesn't happen. I know people who are still rolling out XP with that abomination IE6!
Most business apps will only run on IE6.
So client only run IE6.
So I have to deal with IE6.
As for not fully supporting HTML5 and "special" doo-hikey APIs, the pain will just continue.
There's a rather sweet little desktop OS called "Haiku" inspired by BeOS. It's still gestating and rough round the ages, but it seems to hold promise as it doesn't suffer from all the bloat of Linux (let alone Windows), so might be good for older/lower spec units.
The comment from Dave Harris is very close (identical?) to one of Haiku's error messages.
You can find out about Haiku here: http://www.haiku-os.org/
And I strongly suggest you muck around with it under virtualisation repeating the haiku
"Haiku is not Linux,
And neither of them are Windows.
Oh thank god!"
Could a cop physically restrain a 10 year old? Yes.
Is that "safer" and less "traumatic" than a taser bolt? Good question.
Restraint holds can hurt. A lot. That's the point of them, they make you want to stop whatever you are doing and for the pain to go away. They also have to be kept on and there is the risk of tendon damage, dislocation, breakage and even death*. Is that risk lower than a taser bolt? I dunno, I'm no expert and neither are you Dunning-Kruger fools.
The preferable action (maybe) would have been to have the child removed by social services. If she has enough mental problems to throw a violent wobbly when asked to take a shower, she probably needs to be in care (or perhaps simply removed from her (feckless?) parents?). There again, we would then be reading some story about how the rozzers had a child taken away and the mother jailed just because the kid didn't want a shower.
Like making peoples life hard much?
*Either as a direct result of the restraint (if a choke/strangle is employed) or from positional asphyxia if a pin is used and kept on for too long.
@AC - Tuesday 14:34
So my argument still stands. Because the "thing" can be used for illegal activities in one way, the "thing" is now illegal. If you can't install it, you still can't use it. The end result is the same.
This is madness, utter madness. So many "things" are dual purpose (mod chips included, despite the frothing on here). The examples people are giving of guns doesn't go into the detail.
Some guns are only fit for target shooting, their ability to kill is slight but they can still be sued for threats.
Some guns are primarily intended for hunting, although they could kill people.
Other guns are only intended for killing.
Taking this legal argument to it's conclusion, picking up a gun ("installing" it) is now illegal in the UK because it *COULD* be used for an illegal act. That is all that is need.
I *COULD* use my motorcycle to kill someone (and probably kill/serious injure myself in the process but that's beside the point). If that now illegal?
I *COULD* break a CD in half and use the broken edge as a weapon. Is breaking CDs in half now a illegal?
I'll say it again. It's not the "thing", it's not the people who sell/make/supply the "thing" it is the purpose the end-user puts the "thing" o. Go after the end-users *IF* they commit a crime. The only exception is when the "thing" is single purpose and that purpose is to commit a crime (so that's the sale of fully operational assault rifles in the UK...oh, wait, no...that's not illegal; that's positively encourage with government funding! Hey ho).
On a happier note: I am now thinking of plonking a Linux distro on this old xBox. Someone come and arrest me!
Backups: That right was effectively rescinded a while back in memory serves. You should contact the publisher for a new copy which will be supplied "at a reasonable price". I think Sony has claimed they do this with their CDs.
A mod chip can be used to play pirated games. Mod chips can also be used for lots of other things (like unlocking the full potential of a device), but lets ignore that for now.
So because "a thing" can be used in one way to break the law, this "thing" is now illegal?
That strikes me as a very dangerous legal precedent and one that must be overthrown.
Crowbars - can be used in burglaries. Now illegal.
Crash helmets - can be used as a disguise in robberies. Now illegal.
Cars - can be used for getaways. Now illegal.
And so on.
Mod chips and the people who sell them are not the issue, the people who use them are. If people *USE* mod chips to break the law, then pursue *THOSE PEOPLE*. Leave the rest of us who want to mod kit so it can fulfil a new function well alone, thankyouverymuch.
I will now go back to watching iPlayer on my old xBox.....
...why I kept getting calls, despite being on TPS.
I hope they do get the jail.
2016 you say?
Should be enough time for me to bone up on crypto/TORs/whatever and protect myself from intrusion by the State. Assuming I am still in the country by than and haven't buggered off to somewhere less draconian.
What do these citizens have to hide?
Labour merely want to care for and protect their offspring, They with to ensure that Right-thinking children are brought you to think Right thoughts and act in Right ways and not destabilise this Great Nation with Wrong Thoughts.
Not filling out this form is a clear indication that something is Wrong and these people kept udner watch, or even their children removed For the Greater Good.
Labour will know what you think.
Labour will control how you think.
Obey the machine, citizen.
It is there to set you free.
For the avoidance of doubt: the Tories are no better and the Lib Dems useless. Is open revolt the only option left?
They looked at airline tickets?
So why is it still so damned hard to find a fair price with no hidden charges?
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