Given the massive unpopularity of all politicians with the general public ... if Labour becomes sufficiently unelectable, would that mean they might get back to being a popular movement...?
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Given the massive unpopularity of all politicians with the general public ... if Labour becomes sufficiently unelectable, would that mean they might get back to being a popular movement...?
Now that I've read this excellent summary of a leadership course, I am presumably properly qualified and thus excused from going on any such courses for at least 5 years.
Now that's the kind of service I (don't) pay my Reg subscription for - pint for Mr T!
(And that's T for Travaglia, not the other much less scary one.)
The skill I developed from email admin was how to outsource. I'll do anything for money, but I won't do that.
I fundamentally agree, it's unreasonable to hold execs responsible for the criminal activities of those who would do harm to the execs' businesses. Modern blame/litigation culture has left us somewhat fuzzy about who the bad guys actually are.
But there is a real issue to be tackled around security and IOT, and sales pitches are (as ever) quick to crow about the convenience of IOT while failing to make customers aware of the risks which might accompany this convenience.
So perhaps we need to instigate a baseline security spec which designers have to sign up to before they are allowed to sell ANYTHING which connects to the internet. Of course there will be problems - for example, putting a firewall in a fridge might adversely the performance of both. But if there is a baseline, then at least users know how far they can pursue the designers/manufacturers on some basis of negligence when they get hacked, and when they should drop their class action and just go after the hackers with a pointy stick. It's all about clarity.
If anyone's interested, I also have in my coat pocket a similar programme of baseline tests and qualifications which I believe should be a prerequisite for people being allowed to have children.
The issue at hand is firefighting and interfering with rescue operations. A demonstration does not come anywhere near these terms and there is no way to confuse the two.
You've clearly not been following how police powers and public order legislation has been used in the UK in recent years. Powers granted to public officials under anti-terrorist legislation are routinely used to monitor individuals suspected of (among many other trivial offences) fly-tipping or failing to clear up after their dog.
Not that I'm against this, you understand - I think inconsiderate dog-owners should be shipped off to Gitmo without trial - but the point remains that "to confuse the two" is extremely easy if you're suitably empowered at your own discretion, and it serves your purpose to do so.
And of course the areas of real concern are where this gets entangled with freedom of speech or assembly. In London at least, the situation with regard to the use of discretionary police powers is very scary, and the local force is considered by many who live there to be out of control.
Note - I'm not anti-police either, I live in a rural part of England well away from London, and the police here are absolutely brilliant. But the Met (the London force) scares the crap out of me.
Having watched the lovely launch video, I'm intrigued as to how the reusable bits all come down nicely on the same site, and I wonder where that site might be.
For one thing, the launch supposedly takes place from Canaveral, and presumably heads east, in the normal rocket-heading-for-orbit way. This means that the first stages would detatch somewhere over the Atlantic - so after they detach and spin round, in order to return to what appears to be a land-based landing platform, they must be carrying enough fuel to burn off all the eastward velocity and then fly all the way back west to Florida. That's in addition to the fuel they need to burn off the westward return velocity when they reach the landing site, and the fuel they need for the soft descent.
Even wierder is that the middle reusable stage burns for much longer than the outer two, so it detaches waaay further downrange - yet it returns to the same landing stage.
I guess we're not supposed to get picky about something which is essentially a sales video, but they must realise that anyone interested enough to watch this stuff must have at least the most basic acquaintance with them pesky laws o' physics.
Either I'm a total muppet, or they are...
If they are going to boycott the insane trend to enable bank account access from horribly insecure mobile devices over which we have no admin control, as far as I'm concerned that's an upvote for them.
Of course it barely registers against the massive downvotes they get for money-laundering and generally being a bunch of bankers - but as there's no real option for ethical banking left since the Coop went titsup, I might as well stick with the devil I know...
Interesting to note that in designating the i/o ports, the designers have decided to be up-front about the confusing-to-civilians fact that the computers start counting at 0, not at 1. Even if that's all that the yoot learn from using this device at school, it could save millions in bug-fixing and patching over the next 50 years or so.
May I suggest that the authors of Cinammon's UI in the current Linux Mint distro get some lawyers to look at the Win10 screenshots in this article?
Various commentards have correctly pointed out that rail privatisation is widely regarded as a failure because the rail system continues to receive massive public subsidies, while services don't improve.
But the same is true of all the utility privatisations. Public subsidy may not be so clearly evident, but it certainly delivered in spades via the welfare budget. Most people who are in receipt of benefits (NB not just the unemployed, but also the tax-credited, the winter-fuel-allowanced etc) use a substantial chunk of those benefits to pay their water, gas and leccy bills. The big difference post-privatisation is that this money is now flowing into the back pockets of the privatised company's executives and shareholders, instead of back into the public coffers. The privatised utilities are deliberately configured to siphon money from the taxpaying public to the corporate elite.
For those reading the news, the same dynamic is very much at work in Cameron's stated plans for cutting the welfare budget. In his fundamentalist monetarist zeal, he overlooks what nobody mentions but every sensible person knows - that the main objective of tax credits which subsidise the low-paid is to enable their employers keep wages unrealistically low. This keeps costs down and profits up - so tax credits are really just another subsidy paid by the taxpaying public to the corporate elite.
It's a well-worn axiom of every TV cop show, but it's true - if you want to know why stuff happens and who is making it happen, you follow the money.
One small life-regret is that I've never made it to the Far East to experience any of this stuff in its native form.
But as with any Japanese soup/broth with noodly option, I'm sure you can feed your meat frenzy by adding slices of pork, and/or use chicken stock - I haven't tried it, but it shouldn't affect the magic.
To acquire full wisdom on these matters, Tampopo is compulsory viewing.
Amidst all the bacon, potato and deep-fried options on offer here, there seems to be a subtle prejudice that people who might enjoy healthy food, and even (whisper it softly) your actual vegetablarians, are far too worthy to enjoy a punishing night out, so never have to deal with the consequences. I beg to differ (see icon) - my body is a not a temple but a playground (it's my wallet that's a temple). So for those who share my tastes and want to feel better the morning after an extended session on whatever intoxicants float their boat, may I present "magic" miso soup, so-called for it's remarkable curative properties. Amounts of everything to taste, it's more a framework than an application...
Dashi stock made with kombu if you can be bothered, otherwise water;
Mix of fresh veg such as spring onions, carrots, celery (including green tops) - all sliced quite finely, aim for about 3mm thickness at thinnest point, carrots best done as sticks if your knife skills are up to it;
Mushrooms (shitake if your consultancy dayrate can stand it, otherwise chestnut), in larger chunks;
Spinach - fresh or frozen, if frozen thaw in microwave before adding (or use lettuce, mizuna, or other greenery of choice);
Tofu - some like it silken, I prefer the chewier ones;
Dark miso of your choice - I like barley but rice is fine, guess at about 2tbsp per litre of soup;
Other dried Japanese seaweed of choice - hijiki, arame etc - if you wish;
A sheet of nori seaweed, toasted but not burnt under grill or over flame (the only difficult bit in this recipe, watch it like a hawk - the window of toasted but not burnt lasts about 250ms).
If using dried seaweed, soak in water according to instructions;
Bring water/stock to a simmer, add veg, shrooms, seaweed etc in vague order of hardness. Max boiling time for any of it shouldn't exceed about 6 minutes - this is foreign food, so no Brit-style mush-boiling (though if you're using shitakes they may need a bit longer);
Dilute miso in jar/mug with hot (not boiling) water, so it can be easily poured;
Turn off heat, then add diluted miso progressively, stirring and tasting as you go until it no longer tastes like you need to add salt;
Ladle into bowl, then crush and sprinkle toasted nori on top;
Consume, and be magically revived.
Option - if you need carbs to aid your recovery, cook noodles and place in bottom of bowl before adding soup.
Kent Online made a much better job of exploiting the pun-ability of this story than the usually-unsurpassed Reg subs. Particular favourite: "Shannon Walters, who lives nearby said: "They claim they are protesting about safety but hardly any are wearing helmets."
>> Why would the New Openreach board be less willing to invest in broadband infrastructure than the current BT board is
Because the current BT board has decided that it's sexier and more profitable to be a pay-per-view content provider than a connectivity company. They answer a question about Openreach with a comment about their sport TV revenues, carefully avoiding any mention of their well-documented failure to deliver their promises on (taxpayer-subsidised) rural broadband rollout. (And please note that in my case, "rural" means "less than a mile outside the boundaries of a unitary authority" - we're not just talking about remote Scottish islands here.)
Given that the money's coming out of the taxpayer's pocket anyway, I'd rather we nationalised Openreach than just forced BT to sell it to some other capitalist bastard. I realise that talk of nationalisation is pissing into the current political wind, but stop and think for a moment - how much cheaper would it be for the government to intercept all our communications if the government already owned the communications infrastructure! Think how many more nurses/tridents/ministerial Jags (delete according to your political leanings) we could buy with the money we'd save!
Heating the car up before or after you get in, OK I understand that. My car has heaters.
But the steering wheel is IN the bloody car, so why does it need heating separately?
The world has gone completely mad. I'm leaving.
Believe whatever your political bias requires you to believe, but back here on planet earth, a quick search reveals...
...and more. Many, many more.
Our local cabinet is listed by BT as "imminent" for FFTC conversion.
At the time of writing it's been "imminent" for about 18 months.
Meanwhile they're spending all the money the taxpayer gave them to improve rural broadband on football rights.
For those of us old enough to remember the promised benefits of privatisation in the 80s, BT was, is and ever shall be a pertinent lesson - and on election day, perhaps it's one we should bear in mind vis-a-vis the NHS.
Double-GRRR!!! with knobs on.
You think you got problems....
Wasn't Throbbless Jazzbangle a minor character in Lord of the Rings?
<Mine's the one without a single item of iCrap in its pocketses...>
They didn't say they were the first to fly by each individual planet, just that they were the first to fly by *all* of them. This is true - if slightly confusing when stated in the context of a Pluto fly-by: one could wish that they would make up their minds.
One of Douglas Adams's most perfect pieces - historically and economically informed and intelligent, with a generous sprinkling of brilliant oneliners. Should be on every GCSE set book list.
Would it be OK to combine the hands-on bit with the Nigel Farage bit? With hands firmly clenched?
>>It's pretty much gone Pete Tong ever since,
Doesn't that rather depend whether you're in the arms business or not? Some would say it's getting better every day...
One thing which puzzles me about the ever-increasing military horrors being visited on almost everyone in the region, from Aleppo to Aden - who is making and selling all that ordnance?
I know who supplies Saudi, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar etc - that would be "us", the UK, US, France, Sweden and the rest of the "West". Given that all the regimes we're selling to are despotic, this is blatantly hypocritical in terms of anything we might call an "ethical foreign policy", but it's irresistably lucrative, because that's a LOT of hardware, with accompanying profits and jobs, and it's politically acceptable in the supplier counties because none of their folks are being shot at.
But who makes and sells the bullets that ISIS, the Houthis etc are firing back? What are the manufacturer's stamps on that ordnance? There seems to be no shortage of supplies, so if it's us selling to them too (albeit via circuitous and anonymised routes), how immoral is that?
And if it isn't "us", how rubbish are "our" arms salesmen?
Morality makes my brane hurt.
Likewise, my biggest speed problems are in areas which aren't really rural (like Cornwall or the Hebrides, where I understand connectivity is excellent) but are on the edges of urban areas - say places with a ~5Km copper run to the exchange. At one site I work with, BT have listed the cabinet down the road as "Imminent" for FFTC, which should make a world of difference - but this "Imminent" status has been in place for over a year, with no sign it actually happening. Grrrr...
"Osbo was tight-lipped about exactly how the government would bring in broadband download speeds of up to 100Mbps for most Brits if re-elected in May."
We already know - from what they did with rural broadband strategy. He'll throw taxpayer's meeellions at BT, who will say they'll use it for broadband rollout, but will actually spend it on shareholders dividends, executive bonuses, and foopball rights.
But at least that puts urban broadband strategy on an equal footing with rural broadband strategy - "we're all in it (=fucked) together".
..without a thingy for getting boy-scouts out of horses' hooves?
(Or should that be "horse's hoofs"..? You can never find a pedantic grammar nazi when you need one...)
...can't they just ask the lander to send them a GPS fix?
No, wait - erm...
The location itself would of course be the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard'.
I believe this is a legal requirement for such disclosures.
>> 67 moons – although not all are visible
Are you sure? If so, I believe you may have solved that ol' Dark Matter problem....
...between watercooled and hosed. Mixing electrickery and water can only end badly - that's why I don't keep my data in the cloud.
I'm confused - I use Firefox on my Android 4.4.4 phone, so am I using Google's flawed Webkit, or a different Webkit installed as part of Firefox (which I understand is a webkit browser)?
Boffinaceous expertise please!
>> In PCW, we boldly asserted that WiMax would start to be more widely available in 2008. Still waiting for that one.
Areas which get a really bum deal from ADSL include those on copper runs >3Km from the exchange, or indeed areas which HAVE FFTC but where the cabinet is > 1Km from site, so ADSL speeds are stuck around 2Mb/s. WIMAX really ought to be the best option for the last hop in areas like that. So what did happen to it?
...the assumption that just because the earth was "too hot for water to exist in a liquid state", that all the water would therefore disappear completely from the planetary aggregation, and need replacing from some other source like comets. Assuming that the original matter from which the earth accreted did contain water (would that be the case?), then as the planet was (or became) too hot for that water to be liquid, the water would vapourise - but if the earth's mass was roughly the same as it is now, surely the vapour would simply have hung around in an atmosphere within the planet's gravity well, rather than disappearing off into space - just as water vapour stays within the gravity well now, because only hydrogen and helium are light enough to disappear off into the great black yonder.
And then when the planet cooled down again, the water vapour in the extended atmosphere would have condensed into liquid on the surface, and formed the oceans.
Any astro-boffins out there care to explain why this shoudn't be the case? Genuinely interested...
Couple of years ago HSBC's online business banking service started nagging me to install their security software to make my online banking "safer". They offered installation options for Mac OS and Windows - but I use linux, not least because I'm concerned about online security. So after a few weeks of being nagged at every login to install software which doesn't exist, I phoned their Internet Banking tech support line and asked them if it was possible to stop the nagging.
When I'd explained the situation, their *Internet Banking tech support operative* replied "What's linux?".
>How can female ejaculation be "life threatening"?
Maybe something to do with proximity to an electrical socket?
In which case we should ensure that all electrical installations are clearly labelled with graphic illustrations of the potential hazards...
May I be the first to grass up El Reg for hosting a picture of me fisting my coat..?
>>We do multi-PC networked control systems. They can't be web (though they are networked). They don't make much sense mobile.
So you don't want to run your control apps on tablets which people can carry around the shop-floor with them? Mobility can be useful on a LAN too.
So you might want to look at Cordova, using JS sockets for the network comms. Such stuff can't work on t'internet, so doesn't fall into your definition of "mobile" - but it works nicely for control apps running on a LAN, and gives you the kind of socket-level comms you'll be used to.
And the same code will run (or only need minor tweaking) in a desktop PC browser.
Network sockets are an oft-overlooked feature in JS, because everyone thinks of it as an internet thing. Shame it's such a bastard to develop in. :)
If research into hydrogen-powered vehicles eventually results in a massive uplift and cost-drop in hydrogen storage and management tech, doesn't that have some potential to solve the storage problem which besets renewable leccy? So rather than building massive tidal lakes or pumping water up mountains with spare capacity when it's windy/sunny, you just electrolyse water and store the hydrogen locally, then fill your car up (or run your central heating) when you need to?
Just askin' ...
> The state exists at our pleasure.
This must be a usage of the word "pleasure" of which I was previously unaware...
> It has no legitimacy otherwise and should be opposed if it continues to exert authority beyond its mandate. This battle has already been fought and won and our rights were paid for with the blood of our forefathers.
No they weren't. As you say yourself, "At the end of the day, 'might makes right'" - power has accrued among the mightiest, or in more recent cultural parlance, the richest.
> The power of the state has a limit and that limit has long since been passed.
I wish I believed this.
>There *must* be some avenue whereby people who disagree with the government of the day can organize, protest and if need be make their wishes plain with civil disobedience.
Yes - but there are laws against engaging in any and all such activities. These are largely enforced at the discretion of the police, but given that for anyone to notice, such activities would have to happen in London, and therefore the police in question is the Met, it's bound to end badly.
> If no such avenues exist, then we exist in a tyranny which does not have legitimate authority over us.
Well spotted, full marks.
> The representatives of the state break the covenant whereby they gained their power in the first place.
As above - they gained their power in the first place by being bigger and badder (and more recently richer, and therefore able to subcontract bigness and badness out to lowlier grunts), so no convenant applies.
> A portion of our fundamental laws are designed precisely to ensure we are still able to regain control of our government.
No, a portion of our fundamental laws are designed precisely to prevent this (RIPA, Official Secrets, Terrorism legislation, and the tacit understanding that standing in the street holding a placard constitutes a breach of anti-terrorist legislation if the plod on the ground decides it does). There is a second portion of our laws which were designed precisely to make us *think* that we have rights, but these are always secondary to the first portion, and are meaningless in the absence of a proper constitution anyway.
>We still have the power, by virtue of our numbers, to enforce our will.
Depends on whom you mean by "we" - most people think and vote the way they do because the rich people control their world-view in a way which keeps them scared and stupid. So they vote for the lizards because they're afraid that the wrong lizards will get in (pace Douglas Adams).
I, of course, am not stupid - heaven forefend - but since being not-stupid makes me a member of a small political minority in the modern British world, I AM pretty fucking scared.
>> So in general, it's now a requirement that IE (all curent versions), Firefox, Chrome and Safari are fully supported by any public-facing website.
Damn. I was hoping that this announcement meant that my websites only had to pass the W3C validator, and as long as they pass, I can blame any browser-specific display issues on the browser developers, and walk away whistling a merry tune.
Isn't that the point of having standards - correct allocation of blame?
>Do you need it spelling out?
No. I just wanted to use the phrase "intergalactic mega-moles", because that's exactly the kind of thing the internet was invented for.
Very relieved that I don't have moles like that in my garden.
Unless El Reg is trying to tell us that all comets are really spaceships used by intergalactic mega-moles to travel around the multiverse..? I do hope so.
...who has never heard of any of these people?
Thank god someone is providing engaging entertainment to distract us from all the war, pestilence and grinding poverty that a lot of the world has to live with every day (some of it generously funded by my own tax-pounds).
This is encouraging - but can't boffins come up with some way of transporting BEER over an internet connection? Not only would this solve the inter-plant transport issue (using VPN) but it would also enable us to buy our own BEER directly from the brewery, by adding a sparkler tap adapter to a spare router ethernet port.
This new technology would dispense (sic) with transporting "packets" over the network layer, and transport "bottles" instead - and there might be problems with compatibility between European brewery BEER streams (in litres) and UK router output, which would have to be in pints.
But these are just engineering problems - surely if we can build a Large Hadron Collider, an internet-based Beer Transport Protocol shouldn't be beyond us? We could call it BTP/IP ...
(Mine's not the one I'm nicking the wallet from in the icon...)
sir/madam, for use of the excellent and under-used word "trub".
>a possible flaw in its mobile application
Really? A mobile card payment app with possible security flaws? Blimey guv, whodathortit?
....I'm feeling very depressed.
I wonder what sort of real people personalities (TM) would be appropriate for the botling hordes? Perhaps suitable neuro-patterns could be harvested from London commuters, or Glasto-goers..?
Beer, partly because it's Friday, but mostly because
a: if all goes according to plan, things like this will be doing my housework in a few years time;
b: if the plan goes horribly awry and the botlings take over, I'll need a feckin' beer.