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Limted intelligence failure
I regret that I am not intelligent/courageous enough to create something that was in competition with Google but without the lying, cheating, scare mongery , I'm so rich that I can sway any government tactics that Google employ.
Just how much money/power do they really need.
The facepalm is for me because Google make me feel very insignificant, probably because I am .
Let's hope that dear ol El Reg doesn't also decide that it is a good idea... Static ads are bad enough never mind the 4k video, bandwidth slurrping, louder than normal volume , shock provoking ads that are
rammed in your face displayed elsewhere.
If you teach coding, you have to teach logic.
Teach a kid logic and he might improve his capacity for rational thought........from what I see nowadays this would be the last thing any contemporary government would want, although I am sure that Ayn Rand would just shrug and know immediately how to use then in her atlas.
Titillating, it might be for some
Be carefull of the sticky controller, it's probably not coconut milk though...
Re: Article speculation
>>It means that the GCHQ or Surete or Mossad have intercepted communications about the attack.
Wouldn't it be more advantageous for the GCHQ or Surete or Mossad not to inform the Mericans.
>>IP is a military installation, or resources are used which have been used by state hackers before (e.g. malware), spear phising mails designed with info not known to the public, or zero day exploits are used.
As I mentioned it could also be an inside job if there is inside information. Malware is easier to plant when you are already in the building and spoofing IPs is childs play for the Elite Govt Hackers ( The EGT are a theoretical group of hackers as no western Govt would ever admit to their existance).
>>The "Syrian Electronic Army" are Russian state hackers.
Yes possibly but the APT1(the Chinese), the Iranian Revolutionary Guard ( who control the largest comms network) and that German Hacking team ( they might have been white hats rather than black though) do exist and are very real.
>>US officials only became aware of the attack following notification by an ally.
Would love to know what this statement really means...
>>which bears the hallmarks of a state-sponsored attack
What is the difference between a state attack and a normal attack ? Do the State attacks have some kind of "Sponsored by IBM/Fujitsu/Sony" header attached to the packets whioch helps identify the nation ? Or is this just based upon IP addresses...
>>Russian hackers are among the most capable on the intelligence
Given the number of enemies that the good ol'USA has at the moment I think that there are far more than just intelligent Ruskies that are attacking them. The Iranians, Chinese, Syrians are not so dumb either... What's to say that it is not the Germans searching for retribution of the Merkela phone hacking scandal...
For all we know it might be a bloody FBI/CIA/NSA operation disguised as a pesky russian attack.
60% but falling
I was quite active in my youth and judging by the stats I should have eliminated around 60% of the change of getting prostate cancer.
Now I can't be bothered, ( too much of a good thing), and I would rather go for a walk with the dogs, so are my odds reducing.....
According to Wikipedia there have been 20 attacks on airports since around 1975... So around 1 attack every second year on a global scale.
Statistically speaking the odds are "extremely" small of ever getting killed by a terrorist attack.
According to a small article, here, the odds are 1 in 20 Million. Just for comparison the odds of being hit by lighting are 1 in 5 million... The chances of dying in a car crash are 1 in 19000....
The guy goes on to explain that even if the 39 documented cases of attacks that were interupted were actually successfull you would still only be running a 1 in a million chance..
Maybe the TSA et al need to start reviewing statistics, or is it just a case of certain governments keeping the public in a controlled state of fear..... It makes you wonder who the true terrorists really are...
Apparently counter-terrorism is a multi billion dollar industry....
Re: @PJI and Getriebe
If either of you went to a country where there was a non existant expat community how would you go about dealing with the aforementioned tasks ? I am pretty much convinced that you would both be perfectly capable of dealing with all the tasks without any major problem.
Therefore, why not just begin on that path. Personally I enjoy the challenge of making it on my own although I realise that this is not the same for all.
If the world was handed to me on a plate, eating would become a chore.
I have now lived for more 29 years in total in 5 different countries, I speak 3 languages fluently and understand small pieces of several others. So I would consider myself as having a sound basis upon which I make my statements.
But it has nothing to do with the number of years, countries or languages. It is all about attitude. Too often I hear the expats complaining about how things are done "better at home", or they don't like the "s" because they have customs which they don't agree with............
If someone has no intention of "living" in a country then by all means seek help from the expats. But then again the "lonely planet guides would probably be just as suitable.
I have met expats that are happy to explain what it is like to live in country X and yet they have never learned more than the tourist sites and the expat pubs.... Have you ever been amongst the Anti-Podeans in London, it would make you weep....
If travelling, or being an expat, means nothing other than living as you normally do, with the same customs and cultural traits, but in a different country then I am happy to remain within my "puritinacal" frame of mind and continue to avoid the expats like the plaque.
>How to get an XYZ visa, or if you need one.
A quick call to your embassy or ambassador will suply you with the correct information...
>How to get a local bank account if you only have a foreign credit history.
Just walk into a bank and ask...
>Which insurance companies accept your UK no-claims history
Walk into a insurance agence and ask.
Expats can only know about their own particular cases, they can't definatively answers for yours...
In each of the above cases you are eventually going to have to deal with each of the final suppliers, so why not simply start with them... and usually by beginning a the source we learn a lot more than just the intial subject...
I marmite is a large problem then it might be a better solution to simply remain at home rather than miss out on the discovery of local delicacies... I know you were not really serious about the marmite bit I honestly know people that have been upset about not being able to find product X whilst they travelled............
>Ben Hamou: The guides (books and otherwise) for expats are surprisingly good. Also, join something like a British expats group on Facebook. There is simply no substitute for making friends with real humans who can tell you when you’re about to step off a cliff.
I have lived, for a minimum of 1 year up to 20 years, and worked in several countries and I can't think of a worse piece of advice. If you want to get to know a country and it's people, talk to the locals not the expats... Expats are usually a close knit community that wrap and warp their own ideas into that of the local culture thereby giving an unobjective view on things.. Usually they do not speak the local language, culture and actually have only a very superficial overview of there environment, this is not conducive to getting to know new cultures......
I was on a flight recently where the guy sitting next to me explained how had lived and worked in Geneva for 8 years and didn't speak a word of French, he was proud to tell me how he was very active in the expat community though..... one word, pathetic....
When in Rome.....
Re: Blaming the music industry is pointless
<Quote>: Fashions come and fashions go. Music has gone, just like bell bottoms and stovepipe jeans and various haircuts. We don't blame the hair industry fro the demise of the duck tail, so why blame the music industry for the demise of music.
I find it interesting that you consider music as a fashion, personally I do not. I would keep music where it a has always been, as an art. And just like art, music changes, although it does not disappear.
I blame the music industry for the demise of the music industry not for the demise of music, they are very different things.
The music industry has made everything industrial. We talk about the potential benefits, ie the profit, that can be made by a musician before we talk about their talent. A musicians looks are more important than their vocal chords... The industry has only one objective, make money for itself....
Musicians, and I don't mean the Kylie minogues of this world, are akin to poets, they have something to say, they have a desire to communicate, a feeling, an emotion , a particular moment, but unfortunately these are not the elements that are being pushed by the industry....
Industry has successfully pushed in everyone's faces, what it wants you to listen too... They want to be the ones supplying the choice of goods just like the supermarkets. In the beginning the supermarkets stocked everyones products but more and more all we see now are the supermarkets own "branded" stuff....
The music will continue to live on, and all the good music will remain outside of the mainstream because industry does not see the "benefit" in them...
I have always been under the impression that the death of all large industries, and not just the music industry, is due to implosion rather than explosion. Here we are witnessing a new implosion, it is simply impossible to retain the huge profits for any length of time.
PS : The number of haircuts and jeans being bought has probably remained the same or is even slightly higher than before.....
For the last 10 years, maybe slightly more, Simon Cowell et al have successfully managed to reduce the music industry to the same levels of excitement as a walk in a supermarket. Apple are simly one of the many outlets, ie supermarkets, whose catalogues are lifeless and unappealing.
I believe that large industry has only itself to blame for it's own demise.
Jail Time please
How come these guys get off with a slap on the wrist.. Their victims were the old and the vulnerable from which they managed to pocket 2.5 million.. I presume that the feds will also have a hard time finding the money in order that it is paid back..
So what happens next, this pair will simply move country, start up a new biz and we are all back to square one... Really does make you wonder why it is worth being honest.....
Re: I'm sorry am I missing something here?
Would you also remove the rights of car drivers, skiers, parachutists, motorcyclists, caber tossers, javelin throwers, chefs, tailors, etc etc all of whom have/use lethal weapons.
Do you consider all of them as being limped dicked guys that want to feel like real men.
Obviously you don't own any firearms and definately don't have the slightest idea what it is to hunt or target shoot. Your ignorance prevails amongst all else.
Joy Division were very unique and masters in their genre, hell they invented the genre.
Ian Curtis was extremely talented even though he veered towards the darker side of life...
I always associate Ian Curtis and Elizabeth Fraser from the Cocteau Twins, both were capable of creating very powerfull ambiances...
Re: @ Oldskater (using mobile phone on a date)
From what I have understood lately it can even happen "before" the date.
Re: @ Oldskater (using mobile phone on a date)
Shouldn't that be "sexting"
There are advantages
Let's say you are a nerd, if, and I mean if you manage to get out on a date, the chances are it won't be with a Monica Belluci lookalike.
Here comes the advantages, a little bit of a Google Glass overlay and hey presto, your date suddenly looks fantastic. Depending on time, location etc your date could "virtually mutate" into the rabbit, fembot, sexlet of your dreams...as often as you please.
By collaborating they are effectively giving the go ahead to create the largest governement(s) botnet ever created.
Imagine having a botnet in this scale that could be used for collecting information, hacking DDOSing, virus delivery etc.. Today it's more powerfull, economically, than an atomic bomb.
I think that knifes, bottles, baseball bats, a plethora of heavy tools, clubs, machetes, axes etc all belong in this same category.
A gun is just a tool, probalby more effficient than some other tools but a tool nonetheless. What you have to fear is the person behind the gun not the gun itself.
Try walking down a a dark alley in Glasgow after the pubs close, if someone even asks you for the time, in the usual Glasgow accent, you will understand quickly that a gun is not required in order to increase the fear factor.
Re: Elephant in the room
Youv'e been watching the Yankee Marshall haven't you ...
Soon there will be a press release stating that Tony Abbot does not actually enter the details into the pecuniary interest register himself and that the person who does obviously made a small clerical error. Amendments have been made and the regster has been updated.
Meanwhile new laws will quickly be passed in order to ensure that illegal database entry is punishable by 40 years in a hard labour camp. No relation to the Freya Newman case should be inferred.
Re: "Worst one-night stand EVER"
Don't forget the Sky Fairy ! But that leads to confusion as according to the Sky Fairy books we weren't around 50000 years ago.....
Were you talking about Windows or Religion? Your reply could actually correspond to both depending on whether you are a priest or a programmer.
[Chuckles to self whilst reflecting on whether or not the answer truly is 42....]
It's Ok you can compare them as they both share a common element.
Once upon a time, long, long ago, people actually believed in them.
Re: Tim will be remembered for allowing Yosemite on his watch
I would be surprised to learn that more than 50% of Americans could actually pronounce it correctly.
It's all about the money.......dum dum dum di dum
The nature of the cloud knows no boundaries..... neither does the sales bod who just wants to achieve his objectives for the month.
>Magic Lab director Professor Mary-Anne Williams has allowed herself to be quoted saying Wozniak is the “coolest person in the Universe” and “loves the energy, the vibe and the robots in the Magic Lab.”
I always believed that that it was Mr Beeblebrox that was the "coolest person in the Universe”.
Licenced firearms falling into the wrong hands are far less of a problem than unlicenced arms. In France for example the craze amongst the bad guys has been for the acquisition of AK47s. These firearms come mainly from the Baltic regions and no amount of door knocking is going to stop that flow of arms.....
Within certain circles it is just ass easy to buy a gun than it is to buy small to medium amounts of drugs. Which basically equals - readilly available...
>need to get an Personal defence device my self , a fire extinguisher (and maybe a golf ball) and Purple Die spray
As long as they are designed by Uziel Gal rather than Philippe Starck you should be Ok. Just make sure that you tidy them up afterwards otherwise the TidyPolice might come a kicking down your door.
“Our aim is not to catch out gun owners,” said ACPO's Chief Constable Andy Marsh, their lead for firearms licensing matters, “which is why we are giving notice that these visits will be taking place. We want to work with the shooting community to ensure gun owners are aware of how to keep their firearms secure and, where appropriate, give advice to individual owners.”
A little leaflet would be just fine, as a legal firearm owner I can't imagine what "justifiable" reason they could really have.
As both a hunter and a sports shooter I know many, many people that own firearms, none of which need Mr Bobby knocking on the door to remind them how to do things, they already know how to be secure, responsable. ( Mr Bobby won't change the minds of those that don't)
First of all Mr Bobby doesn't probalby know correct firearms procedure as he is not allowed to carry, use, own a firearm himself( unless of course he has been properly trained and in that case he already has much better things to do with his time, like catching the bad guys).
Secondly, most "legal" firearms owners are already responsable, they had to foot the bill and keep footing the bill for their arms and/or munitions, neither of which are cheap and are both a constant reminder that what you possess are not toys.
Hunters know from first hand experience what guns do, if you have gutted a deer and saw the damage modern munition do you will know what I mean. No one wants that happening to them. All hunters have to do training courses, or at least now they do. So yes, they know about reponsability and security.
Sport shooters are "obliged" to follow strict procedures at the range. Guns are in an unuseable state whilst being tranported, munitions are kept seperate. As the range no gun comes out it''s case unless it is being used. Muzzles always point down range, guns never out of sight, loaded guns never laid down, guns on tables must have the chamber shown etc etc etc etc etc. So yes, they already know about reponsability too.
So who exactly are these laws supposed to apply to, who "legally" owns a gun that doesn't already know about their responsabilities/security.
If I am a bad guy, it doesn't matter about these kinds of laws, take away my guns and I will use a crossbow, baseball bat, hammer, catapult, fork, half brick, piece of two by four, rottweiller, broom handle or in the last, wife..... I will always find a method to cause harm if that is my intended goal.
I know that every year there are firearms accidents, very few are actually accidents, many of them are just down to plain stupidity and that can't be resolved by handing out lessons on firearms safety.....
I can understand that these laws apply to "illegal" owners but certainely not for the legal owners. My home is my home, it has taken years of sweat and labour, as much as the IT industry can create sweat and labour and I do not see any valid reason for Mr Bobby to have the powers to enforce entry just because I "legally" own firearms. I don't mind being asked by invitation, but I certainely cannot agree to being forced. I am after all doing absolutely nothing that goes against the law..
It's a long rant but it's Sunday and this pisses me off... These damned people are making me worried that the future is going to get bad....I can only imagine that what they really want is to further discourage people from owning firearms. We must ask ourselves why.....
Re: *** Cloud is a very important piece of the whole technology "milieu" ***
Within the technology "milieu", Pointy haired boss types would be the equivalant of "brosses a chiottes."
Milieu gives it an international flavour and thereby easier to sell to the ExCom crowd.
["Brosses a chiottes" = Extremely low level French term for "Toilet Brushes".]
Who is pure enough ?
I can't think of many people that would turn down what I presume Google would offer as "niceties" in order that the various decisions be held back, postponed, upset etc...
Re: What Apple doesn't say
Not really, what is important is the contract that you have with the operator not with Apple, your Telco can they can provide you with a new sim card ( probably at cost).
The fact that SIM cards are not being issued will probably be a gift in the end for the operators as it is one less thing to go wrong, is a reduction in production costs and finally doesn't change the fact that the client will stay have to pay his monthly bills.
What size ?
This is what I read.
These massive breasts were also fatter than modern day beasties, weighing some 220kg.
140k for a piece of pussy, that must be one fine looking pussy. I wonder if it one of those hairless varieties ?
I would suggest that in a vote for the world's most disliked, cheesiest, unbelievable, most pretentious music person, Bono would fill in the top 10 positions.
L stands for ?
Re: rant-like journalism
I will give you a thumb up for having stated, albeit a bit late, the fact that neither Ritalin or Dexedrine should be messed with. A long time ago I knew "speed junkies" that would inject Ritalin when no other amphetamines were available. The results were not pretty.
But a thumb down for the ADHD publicity.. It has already endlessly been discussed on the forums with extreme prejudice from both sides. Depending on the level of ADHD, almost everyone could be diagnosed with it.
I personally believe that the over-publication/mediatisation could result in a negative outcome whereby the "Upper Range " sufferers receive far less needed attention because it would then become a "common / less serious / more diluted problem" . I do agree that things should be spoken about though just with a little less mediatisation.
Re: rant-like journalism
Agreed, Ritalin should certainely not be used within the same statement as caffeine.
Ritalin, and its abuse, can lead to some extremely difficult situations, it is a prescription drug for a reason. Unfortunately some doctors seem to prescribe it far too easily.
Most of the people that I work with also have low attention spans, and I mean within a professional environment, but I would not consider them as requiring Ritalin, Caffeine or any other drug, that's just not serious.
The contemporary working environment has us constantly shifting between tasks, the attention span is often never more than an hour or so on the same subject. Shit there are days when I feel as though I am shifting every 5 minutes or so.
Re: It's common sense.
I like both, it all depends on the cooking and the sauce, if any..
As for the deer....It's hard to beat a piece of backstrap cooked to perfection. Simple recipe as follows.
Medium to high heat oil in a frying pan.
Place backstrap steaks in oil - 2 minutes on each side - just leave them to cook on their own
Remove, put on plate, cover with foil for 10 mins.
Return to frying pan, but butter this time and a little fresh parsley. ( about a minute per side - basting with the butter).
Some lightly boiled, slightly salted carrots on the side.
Red wine of course, venison is usually too strong for white, difficult to advise but you can't go wrong with a Cote Rotie. ( Condrieu is just south of Lyon, it's worth dropping in for a bottle of two - maturity after the 5 year mark).
Re: Key Words, Natural Cycle
>Fascinated that using bullets is hunting as man has for thousands of years. Gives me a new perspecitve on our forefathers up to about the 15th century. So life was not as tough. I suppose they had decent waterproofs too.
Let me have a think about that, this will be my poor attempt at justification.
Man once used his hands, got bitten and probably eaten - Darwins law is progress here.
Man found that throwing stones was better but still not effective enough - the mass was there but not speed, oh shit here comes Darwin again.
Man realised that using a sling improved the speed of the small stones at least - but they lacked knock down power. ( Knock knock, hello Mr Darwin its you again)
Man had fire but didn't yet know how to mix it with stones.
Skip forward a few 100 thousand years.
Man then goes through a long slow period of learning/creating bows and arrows, crossbows ( small projectiles on a stick), catapults/trebuchets ( slow large projectiles ), maces and clubs etc.
Et voila , the miracle "gunpowder" arrives, now we could mix fire, small projectiles and develop enough energy to knock down, ie kill, living things.
The progression has always been comprised of small projectiles being thrown at increasinlgy higher speed an developing increasing amounts of energy (Joules).
But even today I still have to go out in the cold and rain, often returning empty handed, require the patience of a sloth, and when possible manage to cleanly hit a running, jumping small framed 20 kg Roe deer whilst it darts between the trees and bushes and all within a 3 second time frame. That part has never changed.
Most importantly though, it gets me away from the screen for a couple of hours on the weekends, which is never a bad thing.
Re: Key Words, Natural Cycle
>Care to explain why it should not be done for profit?
As soon as financial gain becomes the primary goal the standards usually go down. Intially standards might go up but that usually doesn't last long.
Key Words, Natural Cycle
This park is doing the right thing, as long as it is not done for profit.
Just as man has done for the last 250 000 years, I hunt. Recently I was lucky enough to have reloaded my own bullets, stalked, killed, skinned, gutted, butchered, cooked, served and then enjoyed eating some deer.
When you go through all of these steps you are reminded at every stage about where meat really comes from. The brutal facts exist, if you eat meat, then you have directly or indirectly induced the death of an animal.. Many people seem to forget or push to the back of their minds this fact...
When you kill and eat an animal you gain far more respect for animals than most people would like to believe.
I doubt very much that man would have survived if he had not been a meat eater.
By the way calling a deer, "Bambi" is a tactic in order to induce sympathy.. Dead Bambi would taste just the same as dead deer. Would it please the Defend the Animals crowd if we gave lettuce and tomatoes names too ?
Re: Underage ?
Ooohhh, after clicking on the "educational link " I see that it is not so far from the truth.....
( I do not buy newspapers so I suppose that I am a bit out of touch as far as the daily rags are concerned ).
Has the underage stuff moved into mainstream now or is this El Reg hack inadvertantly admitting something that publically he/she probably shouldn't ?
What's next, "I thoroughly checked the material but didn't find any pics of rabid preteen dwarfs licking donkey balls whilst suspended from the rafters of the local orphanage".
Re: Not for Fanbois.
>Know any other nation comparable in size to the US that's doing better across the board?
Europe is not so bad if you consider it a nation.
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