240 posts • joined 17 Jun 2008
The watchdog said that unlike BT...
"The watchdog said that unlike BT, TalkTalk and BSkyB which nagged all of their customers with an "unavoidable choice" about filtering"
I switched to BT about a month ago (only FTTC provider here). Wasn't asked by customer services nor the engineer. Not had any popups asking.
I'm guessing it's because I disabled Smart Setup, which makes the choice far from unavoidable.
Elderly neighbour asked me...
...asked me why her internet wasn't working. Popped over, asked where her router was. Didn't know. Asked her where the box BT sent her was. "Oh the hob!" (not a typo) "i put it away in the attic, I didn't need it" Why not? "because the internet was all set up".
Mission creep and opting out
Bed down this idea, then change the T&C so it can listen for spoken keywords to "serve you more relevant content", those around the Facebooker may not have consented to having personal data processed. But oh so handy for the spooks.
Likely? Who knows. Possible? Unfortunately.
Did they forget..?
Life finds a way! Jurassic Park said so!
November? Our local cabinet was listed as upgraded to FTTC, so planned to go BT Infinity once Christmas was done. January rolls round, go to sign up, not available. Checker says March. March? Checker says April. Now it says May.
To rub salt in to my current 1Mbps wound, I get phonecalls and leaflets proclaiming how joyous life is on 50Mbps from BT about once a week.
"Only 35 analysts within the NSA", ok, cool. Now how about those contractors who aren't within the NSA? People like Snowden..?
Re: Mr Flibble
Blame the predictive. I do. It's why I typed "user" instead of "use" in another comment, and I'll be gracious and assume that's also how you managed to spell my name incorrectly! (Oh, the ironing...)
Two ACs, not even sure who you're replying to as a result.
Mission creep isn't scaremonging, btw, it's a proven phenomena.
Re: Just get the filters installed and everyone shut up.
Yeah, coz there's no chance of mission-creep is there? Our Government would never do that, would they?
It's not like they have form for that, is it? They'd never, for example, user anti-terror legislation to catch people who didn't pick up their dog's excretions, would they?
Guido ran a poll on his site about what to do regarding the alleged accusations. He's since tweeted that he's going to sue her.
Over on Deviant Art they have a Muture Content filter. When you submit something, there's a checkbox marked "contains Mature Content". Check it, and your work is invisible to people who have not logged in and turned off the filter.
Not perfect, but better than Yahoo!'s move.
Re: Dear Advertising Scum. STFU, GTFO, FOAD, & HAND.
" I don't watch advertisements on tv, because as soon as they begin, I hit MUTE & leave the room."
Totally agree, except this bit. I record it and skip the adverts altogether. Makes films on TV a lot shorter, too!
Re: Ok holier-than-thou smartarses.
You talk as if it's all-or-nothing, when there's many shades to choose from. Non-intrusive adverts that don't phone home, run scripts, risk my network security and/or follow me? I'm not going to mind that any more than I mind a poster on a bus shelter.
If advertisers didn't take liberties, we'd not want to take them back.
" The dole offices earmarked by the DWP for Universal Credit from October are: Hammersmith, Rugby, Inverness, Harrogate, Bath and Shotton."
Which each have a comparatively low unemployment rate, even locally.
Stories from March saying they're calculating UC Pathfinder claims by hand on spreadsheets shed light on the DWP statement:
" The Universal Credit IT has been working well during the Pathfinder". Yes, because the qualifying criteria for the pilot are very tight, because you are having to input the lot onto spreadsheets...
and it's clear that there'll be a whole bunch of kids - appreciative, we hope - glued to a new games box on Crimbo morning.
Or more likely, frustrated kids waiting for an inevitable system update to download!
I use mine until they die. I've not yet bought a phone when I already have one that works.
The old, dead, ones get used by the kids as pretend phones... or spaceships.
Re: Twitter already is https
If you set them to private...? If you send a DM? Not all Twitter interactions are public. And even the public tweets would require a system allowing uk.gov to either cache the lot or target users under their jurisdiction only. The former would mean a LOT of noise, the latter would require Twitter's co-operation. Something I don't see them doing without a law or court order making them.
So it *seems* the IMP can't even target one of the more public social platforms properly, unless the AC in the 1sr comment is correct.
Twitter already is https
The UK government mentioning twitter as one of the things they want to monitor the "who" on makes me smile, given it's already encrypted...
I find Cameron wearing a poppy while selling arms far more offensive.
The MC Act simply isn't designed to handle social media. It was to protect telephone operators, then users, then covered email. All one-to-one communications. It really cannot handle a virtual soapbox without stepping on free speech.
It's technically an FPS, but pretty hardcore.
With the Sony Tablet S, computer says no.
..why all of a sudden my Xbox360's dashboard looks like The GUI Formerly Known As Metro. At least there the big bulbous buttons work with the "hand-mouse" on the Kinect.
It's not how I fancy my PC though.
You can rate the article.
Unless you plug one in...
perhaps if they got off their backsides...
...local government wouldn't feel the need to provide the service.
Clearly privatization failed to fill this particular gap.
I think I'll only upload low-res shots from now
I would just fill out lots of metadata to show the photographs are mine, but if someone wanted to use it, they'd just strip that out.
Upscaling is a little harder to do (well).
For me it's the motherboard. That's the backbone to the thing, in my mind.
On time, on budget? On yer bike...
How many big government IT projects have managed that, then?
Re: Due diligence
Self important? Nah, just know how important the money I have is.
Plonker? Guilty as charged!
I bought this tablet a couple of months ago, and of course did due-diligence searching rather than say "want shiny". One of my criteria was that it must support the Google's store (having found GetJar rather lacking on my phone), and found myself having to discount a lot of kit (mainly cheaper brands) because they weren't able to access Play, which obviously can't be counted by Google.
TLDR: Google's stats are hardly authoritative because they don't count the cheap slabs.
perhaps when my line speed is >=1mb
Perhaps then I will be able to use VoD, but until then...
I use a stylus
...due to a physical condition, I cannot touch, well, most things with my skin. Capacative screens, therefore, are problematic for me without a stylus.
This wasn't a problem with pressure screens, as I could tap through my gloves (no, can't use capacative gloves, I have tp wear special ones)
Redmond's lack of a historical database...
...does not mean they cannot be served with an order to monitor an address, or allow real-time access to an IP's behaviour.
*dons extra-lux tinfoil hat* (built-in earmuffs)
The young, sight-impaired?
It's not just old people that get issues with their eyes. These phones would be handy for the visually-impaired teen, or the middle aged mother with premature arthritis. Give disabled folks a thought too!
Handy list, duly tweeted.
Re: 0.5%, *really*?
DLA isn't an out of work benefit.
And the 0.5% figure is the DWP's own.
Re: Atos IT workers are threatening to strike
They are contracted to run the medicals for the WCA (ESA assessment) and for DLA.
They are widely despised by the disabled community, and have a track re ord that would see other government contractors investigated. Their declaring people fitter than they are is costing at least £60m per year in appeals alone. The human cost is even greater.
A less-fitting sponsor for the Paralympics I could not imagine.
Armando 123, did you miss...
Did you miss the bit about this covering pre-pay phones? There's no monthly bill to pay.
Could you not...
...could you not have the balloon under a cage of some-sort, with the launch platform atop it? Then use a counterweight to keep the balloon the right way up?
Cheers - wasn't aware what the relevant ranges were, now I am :)
Although imperceptible to the eye
Is it totally transparent to the brain? Is there any risk of triggering epileptic seizures with this..?
I've had a go on one...
Tried out the augmented reality with the cards - was technically impressive, and amusing, but my eyes very quickly got tired focusing on the screen (while wearing prescription glasses). The screen-size is also ridiculously small, reducing the appreciation of the 3d effect.
I'm still to be convinced by all the 3D hype, and certainly wouldn't pay what Ninty are asking for something so small, but it's good to see novel tech out there.
...that an El Reg'er would describe a large chunk of their customer base so?
I normally find your contribs to be quite witty, but not that one. In fact it's the sort of low standard I'd expect on an unmoderated forum, not a moderated news-site and especially not coming from a staffer.
Privacy by design...
...doesn't "privacy by design" suggest opt-in, not opt-out?
They really don't "get" the internet, do they?
Once it's up, it's out. It's available on torrent, it's available on mirrors - thousands of people have already got a copy of the files.
I'd mention barn doors and horses, but I think they might start cracking down on equine services...
"Telegraph.co.uk is currently the third most-visited UK newspaper website" - not for long, eh?
Not how I expected it to end...
...I thought it was going to be "and sure enough, they had. He got up, packed his laptop and headed for the door before being intercepted by two of NYC's finest in their donut-sugar-frosted uniforms for inadvertently stealing the credentials of their sergeant..."
(Or maybe a mark had narked, y'know, something resulting in the bloke leaving Starbucks in cuffs)
It'll arrive through the browser?
Knowing them, via IE6...
Mens rea also
Mens rea was also one of the points, I thought? The CPS contend it's a "strict liability offence", meaning that you, El Reg, are also potentially committing the same crime as Chambers by repeating the tweet.
According to some solicitor-commentators, case-law shows mens rea to be required.
Too right I'd want to help...
...and I'd do that by giving them a copy of the images. They've no reason to relieve me of my film unless they think I'm likely to abscond with the evidence or destroy it somehow.
And that's exactly what I'd say. "Sure, you can have it. What time would you like to meet me at the station to receive it, officer?".
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