107 posts • joined 30 Apr 2008
Yeah, I'm not sure what you do with products that don't yet exist other than develop them... but as others have said the MoJ not paying for this development and then keeping any IP they come up with as a result, seems a good a reason as any to let some one else do the development.
Re: Just goes to show ...
Er, if they weren't making a profit they wouldn't be tax "cheats". The tax they're avoiding is the tax on their profits... gets a bit circular.
I couldn't really give a shit about people that look at pictures as long as they keep their hands to themselves.
The problem is that the pictures are only taken (and hence children abused) because people want to look at them. It's not a smokescreen for the real problem, it's the cause of the real problem - in much the same way that the demand for ivory or tiger bones is the cause of the poaching. If there was no demand it wouldn't make any money, and so wouldn't happen. But, yes it's a global problem and more local laws aren't really going to make much difference...
....a misinformation-peddling tard.
Or "journalist", to use the vernacular.
Re: Yes we know you...
>Perfectly said. If I may sum up: "Dear NSA: Work for it, bitch!"
Or more likely - Ask your buddies in GCHQ etc.
Yeah, BitCoin seems like a good way of transferring funds around, but not as something you'd want to actually hold those funds in - not for long anyway. The value seems to fluctuate wildly and worse this seems to be due to unpredictable events; at least regular currencies have their value based on the economies backing them. Bitcoin appears to be valued purely on demand.
Yes, the temperature has risen and fallen many times. At the moment though it's rising again, and this will become a problem for the survival of the human race. I'm not sure it will mean extinction, but it won't be nice. The argument is really down to whether it's down to something we've done - e.g. pumping greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere, or whether it really is just natural variation. If it's down to us we can try and reverse it, I say try because I honestly don't think we'd have a hope in hell even if someone offered 100% certain proof tomorrow. I think the best we can do is try and predict what may happen as worse case scenarios and try and plan contingencies. The problem here is that the wet period we've experienced in the UK actually had a higher probability of being a dry period, OK that just means the models/calculations were screwed, but you see the problem...
but yeah, "she'll survive us all perfectly well when we're all long buried and dead".
We have a nuclear deterrent for two reasons:
It makes us seem important.
point and click
Looks like one of those '90s point and click adventure games, but less responsive. An awful lot of effort and waiting for a couple of paragraphs of bland text and a few links to other websites.
Still, a bargain for only 4 million...
Re: “his”, “her” or “their” the three options.
It's really simple - just two options required:
I learnt to write BASIC on a Vic20, not because my school forced it on me but because I found out about it and was curious.
Isn't that (hardware differences aside) pretty much how everyone learnt about programming? Certainly pretty much everyone I know who's into programming.
Re: Why not space?
For a start there's all that solar radiation to worry about, and don't forget making it easier for aliens to fiddle the results to prevent us from discovering how to achieve FTL travel...
Personally I think they should build it on the moon, mostly for the challenge.
So what did the (D?)DOS actually achieve then? I'm not really au fait with this sort of thing but is it possible to get useful information from it? Or is this just the cyber* equivalent of roughing up a suspect?
*(sorry, couldn't think of a better word)
I doubt Facebook makes people conform, it's just a glorified email/IM chimera. It more likely highlights the fact that everyone already conforms in some way or other - even the crowd mocking from the sidelines!
Re: In other news Benedict Arnold hailed as a true patriot and idol
To be fair, it's foreign spies doing the spying here. I don't imagine they're supposed to be protecting Belgians except maybe down to whatever agreements there are to share information between these countries. This seems to be more diplomatically embarrassing than illegal, much like the bugging of Chancellor Merkel's phone.
Re: This is based upon the premise that...
The way I read it was that if a hacker obtained access to a system and managed to retrieve password table (even if it's just username & hash), the table would contain many instances of the username with different passwords (or hashes of passwords...). The hacker would then have to work through many variations, and using the wrong one could be detected as a deliberate intrusion and appropriate action taken.You'd just need a good hamming distance between the dummy passwords to mitigate against the user mistyping the correct one.
A user mistyping would get the same message he would anyway, but a hacker using the wrong password could be locked out or served up fake data etc. There wouldn't be much additional overhead on the system, it would just have to handle much larger username/password(hash) tables or whatever identification was being used.
deus ex machina
When your law needs divine intervention, even from the tiniest god (nano FSM - may you be touched by his tiny noodley appendage) you know it's got problems.
Seriously though, nice tech but what is this obsession with Moore's "Law"?
Re: Quart into a pint pot?
I wondered that too, looks like they missed a bit:
(from the linked report)
Ofcom is making available 4,128 MHz worth of spectrum in the following bands:
27.5 – 27.8185 GHz (transmit); 28.4545 – 28.8265 GHz (transmit); 29.4625 – 30 GHz (transmit); and 17.3 – 20.2 GHz (receive).
"Will it be as entertaining?"
No, but it will likely end as badly.
So ONE of the filter options is to block sex education. The option above it blocks search engines - no one seems especially bothered by that!
Although I've not had to use it (yet... I'm with BT) this seems like a reasonable way of implementing the political ass-hattery thrown at them. At least it's not an all or nothing filter. It gives parents the option to filter what their children see; there are often calls for parents to take more responsibility for their children's safety on the internet, this gives them that control. Everyone else will just turn the filters off.
OK I don't believe that this is in anyway foolproof, or that some sites won't get unintentionally blocked, maybe even intentionally blocked but given the number of people who will be watching this now and of course "Streisand" effect etc. I don't see this being much of a problem.
Re: Did I miss the NSFW tag?
Yeah a moment of frantic scrolling there. Spiders? Phew yep spiders are safe.
Though to be fair i really should be doing some work so everything is NSFW at the moment ... bah it's monday...
Re: I remember playing TR 2 and enjoying it.
I don't know - wasn't TR2 mockingly called Doom Raider at the time for the amount of shooting involved?
Later games Legend & Underworld manged to have good puzzles and game-play as well as having glitzy graphics. I'd agree the latest is a bit easy, but is very well done.
Re: re: hate for ID
Rights & justification - lol. Rights can easily* be changed & justification is whatever they say it is.
*except on rare occasions when some politicians act like they've actually got principles...
It's all very well saying this is Britain and you can do what you like within in the law, but let's face it these days that isn't very much.
Then they try to switch it off.
Re: what happens....
"What happens when everyone who wants an ipad ... HAS one?"
You could equally ask the same about android or anything.
The thing is we currently live in a consumer
hellsociety, stuff is manufactured and sold (or people invest in the manufacturers or sell them services or fries or whatever) and 'we' have to keep making stuff - faster, shinier, more desirable stuff. If everyone got what they 'wanted' or made do with what they had there'd be a problem.
"I swear we never asked for any of this."
Re: Whip it out in a bar and all your friends are certain to go: “Oooh...”
I think you'd be OK, up to the point you tried to use it as a phone. I suppose a bluetooth headset could reduce the embarrassment. Heh, maybe someone will combine a bluetooth headset & stylus - maybe standing in a bar talking to a pencil would look less ridiculous. Then again.
Re: Beware of reapers ...
It's an old tradition or charter or something...
Fair point but...
With the recent security/privacy disclosures I don't think you could trust anybody, 'free' or otherwise to keep fingerprint data. A big database of fingerprints (OK, probably only one finger...) would be far too tempting for the security services, especially if they could correlate that data with location.
Re: About bloody time!
"The pressure difference between sea level and 1000m in air is about the same as the pressure difference between surface level and a depth of 1m in water (a 10% change), so I wonder whether IP67 will really be good enough after the first 30 minutes ...?"
Should actually be better - the pressure 1000m above sea level is LESS than at sea level (rather than more 1 meter underwater) - so there'd be less external pressure to force the water into the phone...
Re: BARBIE - clean & wholesome enough?
Just thought of another - really must try and do some work...
BARBIE - clean & wholesome enough?
Re: Dubious value proposition?
It is occasionally useful to share images in real time ... but we do it with our phones well enough, and "occasionally" means you don't need to keep the stupid thing on your nose." - yes, but it would be much easier to show someone something just by looking at it rather than waving your phone at it, plus it's hands free, and if there were a number of things you wanted to check, you could pop your glasses on for 10 minutes, do what you need to do and then take them off, much like the way you'd use a phone/tablet at the moment.
I think they have the potential to become very useful. Maybe not something you'd wear all the time (although some probably would!), just something you put on for a specific task.
Re: Huge flaw in article
"You're assuming the people from GCHQ are in some way competent."
If you assume they are competent for a second, it could've gone something like this:
Spook Boss: We've had a request that you supervise the destruction of computing equipment with Snowden's files on it.
Spook: But isn't that pointless, surely they'd have a backup?
Spook Boss: Yes, but the request has come from on high.
Spook: So i'm going to spend the day out of the office destroying computer equipment? Oh well, if i must...
Might require rehab...
Re: @jeremy 3 (Um...)
"During installation on Android a list of permissions that the app wants is displayed" - yes but unfortunately most Android apps seem to want permissions for everything, so the list of permissions to check becomes just another "EULA" and people just accept them with much thought. Sure you can read the list and decide not to install an app that wants unwarranted permissions but how many do?
Only three minifigs?!
After a cursory glance looks like Walt, Gus & Mike - No Jesse then?!?!
Re: Anyone see a Trojan Horse here ?
Yeah and once they've got everyone used to lack of anonymity online they'll suggest removing anonymity offline - get your er, Facecard and make it easy to sign up to social
manipulationmedia and other services...
Re: THIS IS NOT PATENTABLE
Given the current ongoing patent grief, it's probably more a case of getting the patent in before anyone else does rather than it having much merit in itself. I'm starting to think most patents these days are like this...
Re: It is not that simple - cannibalism
Presumably if they can work out how to grow convincing tasting/feeling beef, they could work out how to grow any type of meat you wanted...
Re: @ Trevor Pott
"He killed noone. He endangered noone" - yeah but was that was blind luck. He stole 700,000 odd reports and cables, there's no way he could have checked each one, and he just handed it over to a foreign agency (wikileaks) - sure they say they checked nothing sensitive was published but that's besides the point.
While I think the way he's been treated is pretty abohorrent, I still think he's guilty. I'd have a little more sympathy if he had just exposed what he thought was evidence of war crimes and not just dumped everything he could get his hands on.
I'm getting the impression that the government knows full well that these measures won't work or will cause more problems* than they solve, but getting people to opt-in to unfiltered internet access (or actively bypassing the filter) means that responsiblity for what someone accesses is laid firmly at their own feet; they won't be able to turn around and say 'I came across it accidently while clicking on a link.' - they've made a decision to have unfiltered web access. Plus it has the advantage of placting the mumsnet types. The privacy issues are mostly academic as the ISPs log everything you do anyway so making you opt in before visiting those dodgy sites is mostly immaterial.
*for first world values of "problems" ...
Re: "fin de semaine" != "le weekend/le week-end"
The French and Italians do so litle work during the week that they probably don't really notice/appreciate the weekend!
Re: If anybody, it has to be them first
"...significant magnitude to the internet..." or any other field of engineering!
let's face it this award is just so UK politicians can pretend the UK is some kind of technology leader and grunt "look look we invented the web" etc for the millionth time.
They came up with some protocols 25 odd years ago - is that really the best we can showcase?
Nah, some of use can actually play FPS with a controller. Mouse & keyboard are soooo 20th century! ;-)
Re: Grow up people
Which would be all well and good but it seems to be getting far to easy to get arrested for saying or looking at the wrong thing in the UK at the moment, that coupled with the governments penchant for making laws retrospective, makes all this data surveillance a little disconcerting. Sure maybe I've got nothing to hide today but who's to say what will be illegal tomorrow?
"And he argued the long lists of email addresses we saw were in the public domain already and could be "accessed by the public in order for people reporting crime to contact those who reported a crime on their behalf"."
I'm sure there are a few people who committed crimes that would like to "contact" the people who reported them on their behalf...
My money's on what's-her-face (the current assistant) becoming the doctor in another inexplicable episode, but I think Rowan Atkinson would be a good choice.
Heh, or Danny Dyer as someone above suggested. I'd love to see them pull that off successfully!
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