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Get with the times: RBS is a "Systemically Important" Bank, this means that it has large, unbreakable, cash-umbilical right to the treasury and is pretty much immune from prosecution too. The taxpayers supplies RBS with capital, it does not need customers at all, in fact customers is the main driver in operating costs! It simply makes sense to drive customers away as much as possible!!
Systemically-Important banks exists only for the sake of their own importance - exactly as it says on the tin!
Re: Resolved? I think not.
RBS ... Is that not the bank that is deliberately bankrupting its own customers and buying their assets on the cheap from the receivers?
Oh Yes, it is:
Good luck getting your money back, they probably snorted all of what the hookers left of it already
Re: Brings back memories
Old WYSE graphic terminals, "high-ASCII" chars were magick. One could set the refresh frequency to Zero letting the smoke out. Dumping a binary by mistake to the victims terminal would usually do the trick.
Perhaps apple developers would all retire rich then?
Whine, Whinge, Whine
All of the "insurmountable" problems were solved decades ago, with 1970's computers, and no GPS - with the AGM-86B. You have got to ask: What market can afford USD 100000 drones, that are sometimes lost, do not bother asking The Authorities, need short time change of pick-up location, and have a competitive advantage in Seller and Buyer never meeting?
That is right: The drugs business, with 5 kg of smack on board the cost of a customs-evading drone flight is like a postage stamp!
I think that triggering the "Unload Magazine"-reflex conditioned into the airport cops will have at least some effect on the bystanders.
Aaand: If you want to get TeeVee, these days it is distributed via IP - which will need another box and a remote for that box (and the box requires a cable to the broadband modem) -> The Reason I do not have TV, I don't want another poxy box + zapper + cabling.
I want one TV, that displayeth moving pictures, one set of wireless speakers to handle the sound and one remote-app to rule them all!
Any currency that can be used for "money laundering and illegal trade and tax dodging" has obviously a greater utility than standard money, which cannot without bringing trouble to the user.
So the former must be the more desirable currency and thus increase in value?
Re: what a nut job!
Would America be able to exist without being at war with someone? I think not. America is in deep trouble with the loss of a serious opposition to compete with. Now we have "Global War on Terror" a war against a concept, "War on Drugs" which is a war against a thing. The whole "war replacement therapy" is clearly not working
McCain is just trying to start something, anything, somewhere, involving people, so the Americans can stop ripping each other off while it lasts and perhaps become a great country again.
Re: How on Earth did McCain choose Palin?
Obama is the more effective evil so The Ruling Party decided to fix the election?
Re: 6502/6809's rool btw... @ Jamie
In order to get the best out of the machines back then, it was necessary to know the instruction set very well.
And It was indeed possible by a single person to know that instruction set very well. The entire documentation for the Z80 instruction set was a slim book, from memory, about 80 pages. The complete hardware documentation was, again from memory, 250 pages. Fat, but one did not have to read the whole thing only the first part on IRQ's and the 1-2 peripheral's one would use.
Now, on a modern CPU, just the section on how to configure the memory controller is the size of those to books together and you have to read all that crap + the errata's to get that sucker to boot!
I read it as .... "Watch while we set NSA on FIRE", which is one solution to that particular problem
Re: Microsoft really needs to address this
I think Microsoft is pushing The Cloud to YOU: The 3 GB is an encrypted disk image that will be added to The Cloud whenever your computer connects to the internet, the 500 MB is the code for the new start button (400 MB of that will be "ressources" a.k.a graphics).
I wonder what SteamOS will clock in at. THAT is the only upgrade to Win8 the I need!!
Re: I always
I disagree. The regulated, public, markets actually work pretty well at their primary function of mediating between buyers and sellers.
The markets that do not work (except to perpetuate fraud and instability) are the Unregulated Markets.
The financial reform needed is basically something that will force trade back into the regulated markets again; Going from "mild" we could start with, "not being able to use OTC paper as collateral for loans", all the way to the perhaps more satisfying "giving OTC traders a trip to the organ donation center"!
The EU has raised an anti-trust suit against CDS in the OTC/Unregulated Markets, claiming that these markets are closed to competition and therefore hindering the free flow of trade & service within the EU.
That may have a lot of teeth and the setup is deliberate, I think: Anti-trust charges bypasses completely the (presumably corrupt/incompetent) authorities that were supposed to regulate the financial industry but didn't and the EF-court have always decided in the favor of More Competition, even against nation states.
This will be interesting. '
I fail to see the argument: The Banks, in fact, creams off a charge from every cash withdrawal, The credit card companies cream off several percent from every transaction, even MORE if the card is used for cash. So, yup, the bad effects, whatever they are, should be plentiful now, should they not?
IF one want to argue against the FTT, a proper argument might be:
"So, What about the unregulated financial markets?" The unregulated markets are valued at, according to ISDA, about 60x world GDP. The FTT would just drive the rest of the trade into the unregulated markets, no rules, no public prices, closed club -> no taxes need to be applied, therefore - as long as unregulated markets exists - FTT is Bad and "bonkers".
"What about the blatant corruption in the finance business - wouldn't traders just churn clients portfolios all the way to Zero to show their anger at the FTT?" Of Course They Would - and since bankers cannot go to jail, FTT is Bad & Bonkers.
There, fixed it for you!
Re: Xerox copiers?
Would it not be irony if the Xerox bugs were designed and put into place by the NSA to screw with the Iranians?
Re: @Don Jefe
Given that this is the NSA, wasting taxpayers money could be seen as a Good Thing; Better than The Alternative them getting our's money worth in spying on us, surely?
Re: To be honest
They need the extra bits for the watermarking, encryption codes and some viriii-infested malware to authenticate the customers system. The actual "content" will be 1024x720 as always.
Re: How stupid does the NSA think we are?
Pretty stupid. Too stupid and weak and insignificant to matter. In fact, we are like e-coli to them, some potential irritant that one runs statistics on the management of. Maybe they will add a little more fluoride to the drinking water in the future, as a precaution.
Representatives for the NSA straight up lied to congress too and got clean away with it, so why should they care what "the public" thinks?
Re: Compulsory casts.
Thats what the #pragma was designed to fix ....
Re: MPs == wankers
And we know why we too don't want TV cameras in The House!!
Re: Embarrassment != Damage
As a fureigner I enjoy the outrage of the American people when they learn that they are not, in fact, Special but are lumped into the same "probably terrorist"-bin as us Untermenschen!
The funniest thing about Snowden is that while everyone are wailing about what he "took", nobody is bothered about what he put in ... and data integrity and stuff.
Maybe that too will come when the NSA personnel file accidentially goes on the "no-fly" or "murder by SWAT"-list.
Re: Not that daft
Use a junker computer to send the files and then do a good wipe and re-install OS and other programs from a DVD right after you send out the c#$%.
Or maybe create a mobile app that are downloading a few random videos of cats from youtube, encrypts them with a random key and forwards the encrypted files onto random instances of itself, where they are deleted?
Think of the amount of RAID to back up all that crap for 5 years, racks and racks of FPGA's feeding custom chippery, CRAYS, Cluster Boxes with DSP's in them, MW air conditioning plants .... and eventually, after the NSA power consumption becomes a fraction of the US, "They" can get a stream of cat videos. Which cost "us" a few Wh/year and a data subscription that we had anyway.
MIcroSD are made of plastic, silicon and less that 10 mm^2 of some coppery alloy.
Problem is that "They" have metal detectors, not magick wands like them what exists on TV - they will not find a MicroSD in my pocket or stocking unless they search by hand. "They" frequently miss my watch and my belt too - bigger lumps of metal.
Re: Be careful Chris
Yeah - but maybe a valid train ticket is more useful to a terrorist so we should ban those first!
... but nobody noticed that
... another good reason to sack the admin staff: Since their disposal the reported error rate has gone down!
If you have an SLA, and bother to read it, there might be some unexpected but legally correct definitions of: "promise", "zero", "data" and "loss". Just Saying.
The management definition of "Obvious" is: Something that aggressively moves the needle on those KPI's that are feeding into the "performance related pay package"!
Everything else is "Wasting resources".
It does not matter what hiring costs "the business", what does matter is that HR gets rewarded for "attracting new talent" and manglement are similarly rewarded for "reducing headcount". The same process happens with "new customers" vs. "existing customers". To succeed in middle management one has to be stupid as piss and follow the KPI's wherever they lead.
Re: Wait, hear that?
If I was in MS's shoes, I would open-source Windows XP entirely - Mainly as a way to trip up Linux who is on a dangerous trajectory now, but also to suck in game developers who would otherwise be available for games compatible with open source.
Luckily, Steve Ballmer is still there to destroy shareholder value and drive away business to the competition.
"Colossus: The Forbin Project" - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064177
Still good, I think.
I think you just changed David Cameron's mind.
Re: My heart bleeds
Go away Mr. Taliban: She is a person and she is not harming anyone!
She probably makes more money from leveraging her assets on camera than she would getting RSI from cutting spam at some meat factory, thus lessening the burden on society.
Re: freedom of expression and the raising of a clueless generation
does a government really feel that its its job to censor in this day and age?
It grows naturally from the governments obsession with spin-control and media management instead of solving actual problems: Censorship completes the package. With censorship, the government can (secretly) decide what the people is allowed to know about so the government will always be right about everything!
Since the government is always right, there can be no false negatives. The future is shiny!
Re: Head Case?
Nah - Just Business as Usual:
Looting and Fraud brands one as a "key performer", once the "high performing" frauds are in management, it becomes a viable business model and when copied everywhere, the fraud becomes so high a percentage of GDP that no one really can be prosecuted.
But .... The legal immunity only works for corporations, not individuals! Individuals supposedly have morals so they are held responsible.
Re: Re. A warning to future security researchers
This sort of approach will just make things worse.
"Worse" depends rather a lot on ones situation; Sure, *maybe* some more cars will be nicked e.t.c. until pressure rises from customers, insurance companies and (eventually) lawmakers that WW fix their crap.
Later, maybe, fewer cars will be nicked e.t.c. which supposedly is Better for society and Worse for WW shareholders who has to pay 0.03 EUR more to produce a car.
In the meantime we get a peek at what facilities manufacturers "hand over" to the Three-Letter-Agencies and common crooks - which is also Good for us and Worse for them, i'd think. The point of the gag orders and the Secrecy Cloaked in Responsibility is NOT to "silently patch", since this did not happen! It must then be to preferably "Keep Online" the "Service", at the most change the access protocol, and carry right on as before.
I think that: "Throw it on bit-torrent immediately, before THEY can stop it", must be the behaviour most beneficial to society at large. Sadly.
Hmm - One could simulate a cat brain on that cluster and Exterminate humanity!
Re: That's why they put WEEE recycling symbols on them
Fiber-optics feeding the light to the plotting head will lessen the inertia and allow for a nasty laser.
Not considering "enterprise"? Rubbish!
The three-lettered Security Cirkus and their kinetic enforcers are plenty of Enterprise - add them up with the banks and you have about half the US GDP catered for. That these people do not care much for the health and prosperity of their clients ... Well, that's the Future.
The accident insurance will pay.
Re: Different people respond to different things
It's not "a mistake" to check in crap that clearly has not been tested because it cannot even build! It's taking the piss and there is nothing to "explain" because it is obvious that discipline is needed.
The low-tech AP-stuff: The crossbow, the rapier and the warhammer should leave a lasting impression too!
Re: Stop to think
How do you think they found Bin Laden?
I think one instance of "they" simply* looked up the address of where another instance of "they" sent Bin Ladens payslip! Can't meet the corporate growths targets on "war on terror" support without growing terrorism, can we?
*) Possible, some hacking was involved.
Re: "pay its fair share of tax" - @ the goalpost-moving politicians:
... and use them in a way that was never intended by parliament
The intent of parliament is expressed as laws, if parliament makes laws that parliament does not understand the consequences off then there is a problem somewhere. That problem may be easily resolved by parliament making better, simpler, more transparent laws that parliament *can* understand.
Some may get the impression that "the intent of parliament" was to let lobbyist, lawyers, cronies and special interests write the laws for parliament to rubber-stamp - and now parliament wakes up with a sore bum and feels violated.
If that is the case, a settlement will be the outcome, not changes in the process or the legislation.
Re: This is a man to be respected
You on the LIFFE Hub today?
Could you do us a favour mate?
Sure - but it'll cost you. What favour?
I just need 200 latency on close and we will never need to work again. You up to it?
Sounds like fun. Throw a bottle of Whiskey on top and its done mate!
There should be a hidden variable: light can express itself as both waves and particles which means that there is a "true form" for light, that is neither but permits both. So light must have another, hidden, form/dimension.
Pull the other one - its got bells on it!
Obama is going to "do something" - Sure. Just like Obama did with Wall Street, Guantanomo, War on Terror, Foreclosure Fraud .. and so on and so forth: Every opportunity Obama has beeen given to show some character, the eventual outcome has been that lawyered up lobbyists and cronies will get opportunities handed to them in spades from Obama while the public will get pathetic whining about how "Obama's poor hands are tied".
Obama will throw the patent trolls a nice, juicy bone too!
Not good at all: The lecturers should produce better work than what they (one hopes) would send their students off to repeat and rewrite!
... And why not cheat and also measure the electricity consumption before the socket?
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