172 posts • joined 27 Mar 2008
Re: Not to be left out...
Hailo can hate it all they want, but they can't actually do anything about.
They can maybe make the taxi driver keep the app switched on and be logged in. Hailo cannot force the taxi driver to accept jobs.
"Ok, you didn't accept my last 5 jobs I sent you... So you're out of Hailo..." Doesn't sound like a good idea for Hailo.
Hailo is a free-for-all type service: They correctly use a free app for the passenger. They correctly use percentage-of-the-fare to get money from the drivers who use their systems. Nobody is obliged anybody anything. Nobody is out anything either...
It will be hard for Hailo to start demanding things.
Driver: "You think I should switch on my app / be logged in in the weekends? OK, you have to provide me with 10 jobs each night then"
Hailo: "In that case you need to pay a subscription fee."
Driver: "In which case you need to also guarantee a minimum amount of fare, so that I can be reasonably assured that I can pay my subscription fee."
Hailo can start hiring taxi drivers directly... In which case they become a private hire firm, and will have to abide by local arcane-ish regulations no matter where they operate...
Or, as happens at least in Dublin on Saturday&Sunday morning around 04:00AM: You get no response from Hailo... It sucks as there are no cars to hail on the street either... But then again: they didn't guarantee me a car for everytime I need one. No, Hailo guarantees nothing, promises to contact a number of close-by cars, but even then, it is up to the driver to accept / refuse the job... So I can be all upset about not being able to Hailo a car, but hey... The app / Hailo does what it says on the tin.
If Hailo would start using unlicensed drivers, I would immediately stop using it. Simply because a rape/kidnapping/murder by a "cab" driver hasn't happened in God knows how many years, doesn't make it so that it never happened... The arcane-ish rules about needing a license to taxi driver are there for good reasons, as fellow commentard pointed out: Somebody always pays the price... It's just so sad if that were a person ending up dead...
And do they not warn about dodgy minicab drivers? Don't get in a car where you can't know / trust a person... Sure, Uber uses rating systems... Never had a bad rating from anybody... Sure some rides weren't rated, but yeah feck how could they... Poor unfortunate gobshite ended up dead before rating the driver...
Re: This is actually true...
Are you suggesting, Travis, that CAPS is actually your first name then?
would you care to dig out which actors are pushing those radical changes, and which radical changes these are?
I would like to propose radical changes to the way acting is performed as well. Less of the multi-million dollar payouts (so that I can go to the cinema for a fiver rather than a tenner) and more time spent in class while not acting (so as to keep these people off the streets). I have no notion whatsoever about acting. I am assuming that actors have no notion about governance of the world wide web or internet.
It does, but only in the quick and cheap parts...
It even fecking said to pick just two...
Re: They've got you...
under section e) I would mount the defence that the user is not transmitting it, but rather requesting somebody else to transmit it to his/her computerised-viewing-equipment-of-choice via whichever technologically available means... Therefore it is YouTube (Google) who falls foul of the law, and hence they want to remove / are removing / have removed the referred contents.
I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment of the <opinion> piece. Well done.
Re: Fings ain't what they used to be
if that statement were indeed made by Government, it would have been a quote and should have appeared in quotes.
The mentioned proof-readers / editors / stone editors / whatsits would have caught the error and would have requested a retype.
Henceforth, it is indeed time that Internet newspapers start to be more intellectual and actually use language rather than just make things up as they go along.
Just my two cents,
Success of the iPhone?
May I take this opportunity to indicate that any rational planner would have not been aware / capable of coming up with new gizmos? His/her area of expertise is optimising that what the economy is taught to deliver, not adding to the uncounted factors that alter the outcome of the predictions!
Effectively planned / command economy means and is largely equivalent to stagnism: if it takes us a hundred years to built a computer capable of calculating and commanding today's economy, then we must not alter *anything* to said economy lest we need longer to build a computer that can model our changes. Also, once that computer is there, it is geared to one task: raise the efficiency of the economy that existed 100 years ago...
Uhm, noshitman, KeepAss' software is perfectly open: one can download the source code right from their website...
Or, maybe I'm mistaken, and you mean something with "KeePass keeps the data locally but the software is closed so as you say you're boned."
why is the original commenter's comment a bit extreme? I seem to remember a case where such pictures were printed and made available online by a newspaper in Denmark. Journalist / Editor etc could have been beheaded by mentioned operatives.
Similar happened to a Mr Bin Laden in Afghanistan....
Re: US Tech Companies
Oh but Trevor, you are threat. I feel threatened, for one ;)
Also you're a mean drunk, so when you have a few beers, you're bound to hit somebody.
Lastly, you're a magician who has (you say so yourself) the ability to make beers fuck. That scares the shit out of me, so I want to detain you, just because.
It's a joke, alright... But this could be how the USofA border patrol reacts to seeing you post something on a website that is hosted by a US organization called Rackspace. Therefore, they (the US Gov) have the right to make sure you're a nice and good citizen and eat the crap they (the US Gov) feed you about such nice things as Patriotism and War Crimes and TerrorIsm
What if the US would all of a sudden uphold the law of the UN Security Council and started to attack Israel for bombing the Gaza strip and innocent citizens.
That would certainly correct a morbid image loads of people have about the US, including about spying on data that really should be off-limits to the US, even for national security reasons. And if it there legally should be reason to believe that the data should be made available to the US legalese, than international law and order should be enough to request foreign help in such matters. Pretty much like Interpol: I have a criminal who is currently in your country. Please catch him for me. As opposed to: "I have a criminal who is currently in your country, and because I'm the US President, I will send people of my country to your country to commit a crime in your country, but because they are combatants of the US, these people cannot be detained by your country, because if you do, you commit a war crime..." (I'm writing this, dear NSA, as a piece of fiction. I do not express my own views here, merely state what a ficitve character who plays the role of US President in my upcoming book might say to a faraway Government.)
Re: Doom for US tech companies
"I really do want to see him worm his way out of the fact that the US feels it has sovereignty over my data"...
Granted it is your data. However, because it uses communication technology operated by US companies, the US government feels as though the can snoop on it. So they don't give a monkey's behind that it's your data. All they care about is to incriminate you, should you ever have something against the US. And for that, my man, they need to know what you think, write, talk about...
So they spy...
Re: Doom for US tech companies
Trevor, Trevor, Trevor....
How would that come to happen, then? Are you saying that the not-so-gullible Europeans could possibly make up by themselves for not doing business in the US? Not really...
Or are you potentially suggesting that the shear markets in China and India are so great for (there) non-local businesses? No, I didn't think so...
Hmm, let's look at what really matters: money, and monetary policy. Most of the world's financial institutions count / compute / save their money in what is normally construed as US dollars. China may be an exception, however that is just one (albeit very large) country. And then even they report on the basis of US dollars. So doing business with / in a currency that is largely accepted seems to be advantageous.
And even apart from that stuff: Who would come up with gmail completely on a non-US basis? Not a smithereen of IT equipment anywhere in the middle may be in the US, or else they can legally intercept the communication / information.
So, the US says: Hey you're using the newly created European Internet? Tough! We don't trade with you. Do you really really think that uhm a lot of companies will jump on the European Internet? Tiny small businesses who couldn't really be bothered with the US, still might jump onto the European Internet, but other than that? You wanna facebook page / twitter account for your tiny European Internet based company? Good Luck!
If the US really would be afraid of losing business and having their throats cut, why would they fine non-US banks for crimes(?) against international law? Barclays didn't seem to mind paying up, because apparently the benfit of US customers outweighs the fine... UBS, similarly, didn't seem to mind paying up... Neither will BNP Paribas... so, your point, my dear Trevor, will largely be overlooked by the US, because there is absolutely no reason for them to be so paranoid...
A tabloid journalist for El Reg with Fluency in English eh
Dear El Reg,
in case you are not aware: a tabloid is generally considered to be printed press on paper that is about half the size of a broadsheet. Therefore, it would seem that it still is not technically possible to be an online-publishing-only tabloid press.
Also, in case you weren't so aware, a tabloid press / outfit, is generally associated with sensational news. Not in the sense that the reporting is sensational, but in the popular sense of "sensational press".
Being that as it may, I wonder why El Reg would require fluency in English, seeing that it has a limited amount thereof itself.
Yes, I am the son of a retired hack who also performed the role of stone editor in his days, so I'm *very* picky when it comes to language ;) Oh and my primary language teacher was very picky as well, so... I learned from what I consider the best.
Re: Open an Office in Amsterdam..
Why would you want to report on the bleeding edge of technology from Amsterdam of all places? You are aware that the Dutch in the Netherlands are actually not really great with IT, are you not? And I worked both there, and in the south of Limburg... On both occassions there were tons of people around the place who were either too bleedin' lazy to get the work done, or didn't even begin to come close to required brain functionality to understand what they needed to do... Loads of bullshitting and hot-air-selling, though!
Yes, I'm Dutch. Yes, I'm a Software-developer-trained-storage-administrator-project-manager-enterprise-architect-what-not. Yes, I don't give a rat's ass about the Netherlands, or indeed (apart from 3) Dutch people who live there or anywhere else :)
Now, come on with them downvotes
Just some loose comments
I stopped reading after page 1, so haunt me.
1) Being a cyclist who goes cycling in the weekends, why would you need a car? And if not not a car, why a 4x4? A bike ain't heavy, and a bike is perfectly suitable to get you to where you want to go cycling... OK OK... If you want to trek on the other side of the country, that's a bit far...
2) "Haul it up the hill" meaning as in the Fiat is so lightweight, two cables and a bit of leg power will get it uphill? If that's the case, why can't the engine do it? :-D I know...
Have a beer... Or maybe not...
Re: P2P distributed Nameservices?
"distributed DNS" - Technically, I'm not sure if that is at all possible... But then I operate as a Project Manager nowadays...
the thing you call Results PDF, merely is a certificate of passing security tests. A results PDF would have info like: Description of test, execution time, results, detailed results in case XPASS or FAIL or XFAIL.
That would also indicate that the tests would be regressive, and that indeed when not using SSys GmbH, one can rerun the same tests.
Different subject: Who scrutinised the tests? They don't seem too clever or inclusive...
PS: I know about the correction link and stuff. I just wonder why I must fire up all sorts of infrastructure just to give an email about corrections... A Webform would be much easier...!!!???!!!
never mind that police reports are always exegarated and never really state any facts, I would hope and assume that the coppercopter has vidfeeds that clearly show the oncoming quadcopter nearly colliding with said coppercopter.
Also, it would seem unreasonable that a flimsy (in comparison) quadcopter can do serious harm to coppercopter. I'm obviously no aviation expert here (or anywhere else for that matter - apart from in my dreams maybe, I don't remember them too often) so I might be wrong to assume that the quadcopter would be demolished by coppercopter without the coppercopter so much as noticing that.
Oh well, police ey...
PS: I opted for the non-word coppercopter instead of copperchopper, simply because writing copperchopper might already be a crime nowadays.
PPS: No, I do not intend for coppers to be chopped
PPPS: Did you see my PPS? Get me off that list!!
Re: ISIS's name confuses me anyway
have an upvote for the last bit of your post ;) Dark humor always gets me
Re: But these are actually intelligent people ....
Probably because carburretor doesn't exist as a word...
Oh well ;)
Good point though!
A.D. made a good point too: call things by their name, and be very consistent about that... Then all of a sudden one word has a limited number of meanings, and it will be easy to grasp for everybody...
Re: Doesnt look like equality to me.
I like the way you got that one in: "liklihood" talking about females... Well done, Cheshire Cat... !! :)
Re: Whither the mission creep?
Uhm? You're not European by any chance? Have no (grand)parents who lived the world wars?
SS patroling the streets? Ever heard of Jewish people being picked up, even though they were well hidden, because some dumbfuck neighbor told some nitwit police guy about the abnormal amount of food the 4 people household next door bought every week? CCTV is harmless! Stasimen/KGBguys following you around the streets? Doing your house up after DDR and Germany re-united only to find about 3 kilometers of tapping wire in your walls??? Mafia guys sitting in your restaurant by the boat load drinking tapwater because you didn't pay protection money?
Dude... Seriously... The tools are different, I'll give you that, but the scope is not creeping at all.
Re: Whither the mission creep?
Make that 81 and you'd be right... Especially regarding Germany... :D
Re: Enemy of the State
So then explain the move to Tokyo... You couldn't be further from GCHQ if you wanted... That seems *very* suspicious...
Re: Terminate with extremist prejudice.
Well sure, but consider what else we would have done with all them babyboomers??? Those kiddies deserved a job, no?
ll vs ls -l
do not dispair...
There are no hidden files in Linux, or Unix. ;) There are such files that start with a dot, but they are not hidden, they are simply not shown when one runs 'ls'.
In most Linux installation there's this alias:
ll='ls -l' (sometimes / oftentimes followed by --color=auto)
In good (IMHO) installations you also have the alias 'l.' to show you those .* files only ;)
if you want it all just put alias la='ls -la' in your shell profile and away you go...
seriously, just running 'alias' at the prompt may indeed give you a number of life savers / keystroke savers that you weren't quite aware about...
Re: they're a spy agency
I'd rather think that the point made was along the lines of: If they are allowed to spy on us, then we should be allowed to spy on them. And that is obviously not the case (see posts about unlawful combatants).
Equally getting US spies in front of, say, a German judge will proof impossible, as normally lawful combatants (include the Big Chief Himself) are considered above any law by Themselves.
And that is why, I guess, everybody is up in arms about the whole US... Two rules: one for us (US) one for you...
Re Dan 55
the linkage of code to a library *cannot ever* take care of precompilation statements in that code.
All in accordance with the law... Ref Patriot Act, ref Communications Data Bill.
Whether we like it is a question the court cannot legally rule on... So: waste of money...
Dear Leds Winger,
Have you looked at the two course works the article is about?
Software development requires "good memories for arcane detail". Otherwise you'll miss a null pointer dereference or you won't free up memory and all that nice juicy stuff.. Also logical maths is not something you can take leaps across... missing a part of the logical computation normally implies that a piece of code is missing, and you derive the wrong result.
How would you propose to fix continuous examination? Just saying that we should do that is not quite good enough for a serious post about the subject... ;)
not knowing the full extend of these problems, 2 semi-nationwide areas being affected is the same as few areas being affected, seeing that 2 really is only a few... There were some people in those few areas of which BT knew that they had problems. All the rest (of the people) couldn't shouldn't wouldn't report the issue... So all in all, "some people in a few areas"...
No, I'm a not a spin-doctor, but I've seen so much crap coming out of Gov / Big Orgs that I kinda know what they're saying when they're saying stuff... Also when they're not saying stuff :D
since google gave what 26 MEELION records to the data set, the analysis is a bit skewed.
If the main conclusion is that there is a "dependency hell" out of this massive data set, then my conclusion must be that the developers at google aren't all that smart.
unreservedly I agree with you. On the whole, and in detail.
Good job, and about time that somebody points this out clearly.
TheRegister, please make it so that this same article appears every other day as a new article on your site, so that all your MEEELIONS of readers will see it... Make it so that your analytics *knows* who read it (all three pages) and that you, TheRegister, thusly can hassle those readers who haven't bothered *yet*.
Re: 2 hours - wimps!
That took all of 10 minutes, then, being a contractor and easily bored...
Yes yes yes me contractor
Re: Interesting on who is and who is not on the map....
my remark probably is a bit too straight... Individual shareholders are not at fault here any longer (although they contribute, some more than others; and yes, there are exceptions)... It's the collective gambling that happens with futures of sooo many people that just isn't right, especially when things like jobs are being toyed with.
Re: Guus Interesting on who is and who is not on the map....
Are you at all in an (half) off-shored account within IT? Do you know that Indians (and God bless them, I would do the same) are job-hopping all the time to get a better deal? We've lost 75% of our offshore DBAs just a while ago, simply because Oracle India is prepared to give the "guys" a better deal. There's huge turnover of staff in IT in India. So what you're describing is already happening as it is. So not a big problem.
My point, though, is more about local people being forced out of a job, for the sake of some gamblers making a bit more dough on the side... I, for one, cannot work as a permanent employee: the amount of people I would upset (in untold ways) would be countless... The fact that appraisals are used more of an assessment as to whether or not to fire a person, rather than actually appraise a person just makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Now, if my next role is in India / China / Philippines, I'll gladly accept. However that is unlikely because they have billions of people and are ingrained in IT as it stands, so they get the knowledge already, and wouldn't need me, even on local (India) wages.
Similar to Starbucks / Amazon / Google wriggling themselves out of taxpayments and some laws just because they are financially powerful and hence have friends in high places... That in itself doesn't mean that they should be allowed to run rough-shot over John Doe and friends...
Re: Interesting on who is and who is not on the map....
are you serious? The game of politics dictates that you try and do The Right Thing at first, leave it open enough to enter new parties at a later, so that there can be no bad intent at first, because, well, India is not privy to the party. Then when dust has settled, somebody will quietly allow India to become part of the TISA deal, and voila your helicoptered-parachuted 12-month contracted IT "specialists" all of a sudden are everywhere.
While that practise is already happening, Barclays does it for sure, it is in fact not always very legal, in that it utilises some gray areas in income tax law. This regulation will make those gray areas very white and clear.
The downside is that a lot of contractors will be marketed out of the market at first, as they would be way too expensive. At second, a lot of the permanent staff could get in trouble here, because "temp" in TISA will be interpreted as "temporarily onshore" limiting the time to say 6 or 12 months, whereupon there will be a clause that requires people to be offshore for about 30 - 90 days, and then they can come back for more of the 6 - 12 months... So all in all, not so "temp" as the politicians hope it will be.
What I do not understand in all this, and yes I am a migrating / vagabonding IT expert, is that western countries are so willingly giving away everything that made the western countries so great in the first place. Blue collar work: mostly in China nowadays; white collar work: Eastern Europe (Financial Services) and India (IT)... They will give away more and more of what is left (Service Industry) until such point that all the locals are forced to work in Hospitality for all the "temp" "offshore" guys to get food. Oh wait, they can't afford that, so no need for Hospitality business either... Oh well... Hey let's start another war and kill 16 of the 17 million locals... That'll safe huge amounts of money on dole payouts every bleedin' week...
I wish they copped on to real reality, rather than shareholder (gambler) reality...
Just my €tuppence,
Re: Double standards
It's not a double standard at all, Paul.
Government is effectively above the law as government is the law-maker. We also have police and justice which are effectively the enforcers of the law and the guardians of the public respectively.
Now, what nobody really understood is that 2 of the 3 in the trinity are paid by the other one, so the whole idea of separating enforcers from justice from politics / government, really, never had any chance. But it is a nice thing to say to the masses who will not bother.
So, again, it's not a double standard, it's the way the system was designed to begin with. Justice and Police should have their taxation rules so that can exist separate from Government. If that were the case, they would finally become the real enforcers and guardians that they are meant to be...
Until then, no double standards, I'm afraid...
With Best Regards,
are you by any chance suggesting that the Government of the UK should do something to benefit its people? The thought only could get you extradited to the US on terrorism charges, you know. I would post anon if I were you.
Seriously: Too right you are, sadly enough
Re: Re Christoph: Equilibrium?
not necessarily so, unless one would argue the Neptune lived that in the sea, or that uhm whatshisnameagainwiththedingyboatandthedog - Charon - is that deep in the Earth.
I would assume we have finally found a way to stop these annoying volcanic outbursts, earthquakes and tsunamis: If we drain this layer from the lubricant is apparently has and fill it with superglue, that oughta stop all sorts of tectonic moves (preventing earthquakes and tsunamis), and in turn it will stop volcanic eruptions (as the plates don't move, lava can rise, and therefore volcanoes can't errupt).
Let's do this, as there surely are no consequences of humans tampering with systems we don't fully understand!
Re: Boot, other foot
But this is true!
My uncle, a certified electrician, taught me this when I was a kid:
He: Where does the light go when you switch it off?
I: I don't know...
He: Check the fridge!
"Don’t be evil. We believe strongly that in the long term, we will be better served — as shareholders and in all other ways — by a company that does good things for the world even if we forgo some short term gains"
as quoted from the Google IPO manifesto back in 2004...
By that standard, dodging taxes is evil.
Re: Come on El Reg!
there's a marked difference between an Operating System and a full suite of software that is actually useful to humans.
An Operating System has the job of managing the underlying hardware platform in such a way that certain tasks can be scheduled, memory can be managed, IO operations can be performed. This is, what one would call, the kernel.
That Microsoft calls Windows an "Operating System" with the obvious implication that the "Operating System" includes a graphical user interface and all sorts of software (calc, notepad, whatnot) is OK with me, but that in itself doesn't mean that an Operating System is anything more than a kernel that manages a well defined set of tasks.
See Tanenbaum, the ultimate master of teaching Unix and Operating Systems...
Re: Maintenance costs money
And there you have it.
Working in outsourced IT environments, I often hear Service Managers say that such-and-such infrastructure improvement cannot be done, as it is not paid for under the contract. Even if it is very clear that systems are unnecessarily vulnerable.
The customers don't want the additional cost, and the service provider isn't gonna pay for it out of their own pockets...
The sad story that is outsourced IT... (And I'm not talking about offshoring! I'm talking about outsourcing!!)
So memoryloss, and a very unimaginitive brain is what it takes to become a regreporter?
may I point out that the obvious way to hold a wristphone, would be euhm, around one's wrist? So holding the device would be very similar to the other thingy on the wrist watchammacallitagain euhm ... dum dum... oh! watches :)
And the unknown contortions to operate such device, probably if not most likely involve using the hand attached to that wrist which doesn't have the phone, to punch miniscule buttons on the phone (on the other wrist)... Do you remember way back when digital watches came out and there was a brief spell, maybe 2 years, during which watch makers attempted to cramp as many buttons on a watch as they could so that the watch could double as a wristcalculator (not to calculate one's wrist, but the be a calculator on a device that is worn on said wrist).
Now either you don't know about these calculator-watches and that's ok, but not having the faintest idea of how one would hold the device is rather a mistery to me.
Text editing isn't too difficult either: Not too long ago we had phones with 12 keys, neatly positioned in four rows of three keys each. Certain letters (3 per key) were associated with certain digits. The phone would have logic to figure out that 2662 could spell bomb or amoc or some such. Long-presses on the keys would reveal accented equivalents of the letter associated to those keys...
Now try scratching your right arm pit with fingers attached to your right hand. Those are unknown contortions!!!
to be brutally frank, TfL could stop Hailo from associating itself / its app with private hires completely, and it would be fair to do so: The only type of car service that is hailable (is that a word? It is *now*) is in fact the black cab or the taxi as TfL calls them.
I quote (http://www.tfl.gov.uk/cdn/static/cms/documents/large-print-taxi-and-private-hire-guide.pdf):
"Taxis (black cabs) are the only vehicles that can be hailed on the street or at designated taxi ranks."
"Private hire covers a wide range of services including minicabs, limousines, executive car services and chauffeur driven vehicles. All minicab and private hire journeys must be booked with a licensed private hire operator."
Is hailo a licensed private hire operator? Then I'm afraid you can't use them to get a private hire... While hailo is getting bigger and badder, they should stop short of actually breaking the law / rules of their trade.
I love hailo. They're grand, especially here in Dublin.
Just my €tuppence. hehe
"Perhaps the cabbies don't wish to carry all the paraphernalia" - the mobile phone, you mean?
Have you been in a cab lately at all, or are you just making assumptions?
hailo, taxi app, uber, they all have (on the driver function side) a debit card payment system. All of them. Any cab driver can use them at free will...
While the poster got charged for the time it took to get lost, you, dear oddie, mention the fact privates only charge for distance. hmm... So while you're on route to somewhere and you get lost going there, does that not imply some form of detour? Surely the taxi meter in the private hires is running off the odometer in the car, or based on GPS, so there must be some sort of pay for getting lost based on mileage. Or? Not?
Hmm... interesting point of view... Even you got upvotes... :D
Re: Showing their true colours
Excuse me, kind sir, but what violence did they resort to?
The tense stand off violence?
The no violence that the spokes person mentioned?
Or the unbased violence that this joke of a reporter mentioned?
Pick one, please!
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