107 posts • joined 23 Jun 2008
I fear the Terrists...
A whole lot less than I fear gov.uk, the Servants who want to be Masters.
Internet bad in Cheltenham?
Must be because GCHQ is draining all the bandwidth.
Of course it's political
It took me almost three months to read (I am not an economist, and needed some rest days).
The message that came over clearly (to me, at any rate) is that (a) the r > g thing will cause greater and greater inequality; (b) that Piketty offers a possible solution that seems to him the most effective; and (c) that his great fear is that if nothing is done, it will end in violent social upheaval, which is no-one's interest.
Talking of 1-2-3
One of the funniest occasions of my whole IT career was when IBM launched a mainframe version of 1-2-3.
So you type something into a cell on your terminal, then you hit enter and *wait for the response* before you can type in the next cell.
What really astounded me was just how many (non-tech) IBMers just couldn't see that it was a non-starter.
Re: It would save time if ...
I think the words you're looking for are these:
"The crows to peck at eagles"
It ought to be banned!
Just to give Troels Oerting a helping hand, here are a few more things that terrorists and paedophiles might occasionally use, and should, therefore, be banned:
* Cars and petrol
* Police uniforms
and, last but not least,
* Common sense
Whether it should be regulated
Yes, good luck with that, uk.gov, even after you've solved your IT competence issues...
While you're at it, you could try regulating hurricanes and thunderstorms.
I'm worried about this
A number of less-than-fortunate consequences may follow from this. Many of them sound like the names of films, like "The Geckos came from Outer Space" or "Invasion of the Geckos". Of course the worst one would be "Invasion of the Lizard People".
Oops, I think we may have had that one already...
So, then, you would be happy, for example, if you were a teenage girl who successively phoned her doctor's surgery, an abortion clinic, and a suicide help hotline?
No content, of course, so no-one could possibly imagine what she was saying.
Google's an INDEX, FFS
Can anyone tell me what use is an index when it's full of holes?
So Marc Andreessen joins a bunch of other doubtfuls like John Kerry and Jim Gilmore.
These people need to stop cussing the toilet paper, and start examining the faeces.
If you were the NSA...
If you were the NSA, how would you set about neutralising things like Truecrypt?
One option might be what we see today.
Food for thought.
Who uses Heathrow anyway?
Conspiracy Theory #42
In reply to "This is not good"
'... put data into the blockchain, if you've enough processing power ...'
Heard of "social connections"? How's this for a chain of them?:
Big Banking <==> Government <==> FBI etc <==> NSA/GCHQ <==> Enough processing power?
"Of course, when everyone's out to get you, you must expect to feel a bit paranoid"
No thayt's extremely naughty and careless
As I've told you before, imposter is not a word. You are probably searching for impostor.
Now, go and write out 'Impostor is a word which does not contain the letter "e".' five hundred times, without using a word processor.
Re: Ask people in London
... Not to mention how much homeopathic cocaine...
"The Right to be Forgotten" is BS for Whingers, or worse.
If it's on the internet, it'll be found, with or without Google search
The right place to attack this, first, is to look at when and how it gets published in the first place
The next best place to sort it out is at the website that's publishing it, not breaking Google search
Rewriting history is dangerous. Mario Costeja Gonzalez *may* have the "right to be forgotten", but Bashar al-Assad definitely doesn't. Now, where do you draw the line in between?
Re: Anyone can be president
Right. I've often wondered, the first day after a new pres gets settled into the White House, does (s)he get a "helpful induction powerpoint presentation" from the True Mafia®?
Re: Anyone can be president
Sure, all you need is a couple of gigadollars in loose change.
Re: "Of all the many and varied stupid things in the world"
Thank you. +1
I think you're referring to the Swiss system. I use it for almost everything (even in the UK, where we have it in order, but backwards).
Of course, "America" (that is, the USA), is the spiritual home of the semi-buttock.
Thank you for irritating me so early in the day
Of all the many and varied stupid things in the world, the USAmerican way of writing the date and time must be in at least the top ten.
Everyone knows that 3/14 is the Third of Novebruary.
Monopolistic Bullying meets Pusillanimous Cowardice
Nothing else to say. FTW
Missed the point, didn't yer, Dave?
The point is not whether the man in the street is worried about it, Dave, it's whether you and your mates, and Clegg and his mates, and Milliband and his mates*, all realise that politicians are (a) meant to serve the people who elected them rather than control them; and (b), uphold the law rather than break it.
*A black plague descend upon you all.
In a century or so...
All this will never have happened.
(For those that haven't already understood, the NSA/GCHQ complex will rule through puppet administrations bent to their will through blackmail. One of their early actions on taking power will be to erase all record of what we know today.)
Is that enough RAM?
Don't know enough about the difference between W*ndows and *nix memory requirements for Chrome, but on Windows a working set of 2Gb or more, just for Chrome, is pretty easy to get.
I couldn't agree with you more.
If we issue a Royal Pardon for Turing, then logically we have to issue pardons for everyone who was convicted under the mediaeval law in force at the time.
If we issue a pardon for everyone convicted under that law, then logically we should issue pardons to people convicted under *every* law now seen to be barbaric. Pardons for the shot shell-shocked accused of cowardice in WW I; pardons for all the suffragettes; pardons for all the children hanged for stealing a loaf; the list is endless.
Then, once we legalise the consumption of cannabis, we have, logically, to pardon all those convicted under the present law. And so on.
This idea is called "re-writing history". Orwell satirised it in '1984'.
People, the damage is done! Although all these laws were abominable, they were the law at the time these injustices happened, and the injustices happened within a valid, if barbaric, rule of law.
We have to learn, improve, and move on. Pardons, and even apologies, just don't make sense.
ZOMG! Spelling is dead! (Again)
'P0wned' ??? WTF?
Do you mean 'pwned' ?!?
Coming from the people who gave so much help to the NSA
Isn't Technology Wonderful?!
Good! Now that's fixed so successfully, here are a few more suggestions for searches that Google and M$ can block on behalf of those in power:
"GCHQ Internet Hoovering"
"HS2 Budget increase"
"Social services neglect"
"Care home failure"
... to name but five...
Have the TORIES ERASED THE INTERNET?
Not yet, but they're working on it, together with their friends and/or blackmailers at GCHQ and NSA
The Ultimate Clusterfudge
See, .gov.uk? Now you know how it feels to have strange untrusted persons hoovering up your junk.
You can run, but you can't hide.
BTW, .uk.gov includes Lab, Cons, Lib Dems, and Sir Malcolm Rifkind. A plague o' both your houses.
What a pile of useless, expensive tat!
Must be for Mac people
Why didn't he answer the question?
On Hard Talk, Stephen Sackur asked Malcolm Rifkind whether he and the ISC knew the extent to which NSA and GCHQ were hoovering up the Internet. If you listen carefully to his answers, you'll see that he never actually said 'Yes' or 'No'.
Now, if he'd said 'Yes', we all might shout at him and argue that it was grossly excessive and why did he allow it -- a courageous answer, but at least honest.
If he'd replied 'No', however, that would have been an excellent sign of ISC's failure to exercise adequate oversight.
What's my conclusion? Well, 'Yes' would have been bad, but 'No' would be a complete disaster. As I don't see how answering 'Yes' would have in any way compromised security, I begin to suspect the true answer would have been 'No'
Re: Nothing to see here, move on...
Perhaps, one fine day, when the G4S National Health Awareness Community Outreach Police come knocking at your door to invite you away for the Alimentary Re-Education Internment Programme, just because you organised a meet-up of your mates to eat pizza, you'll realise what was wrong.
Conspiracy Theory 2013#42
Anonymous sez: "O hai"
Stop moaning already...
And tell yer Members of Parliament to fix the laws, as in "do your job".
OK, if you love svn, you'll *really* enjoy something even newer and more modern -- cvs!
Re: Private companies DO do this
Nice post, but one minor error:
"When you're buying an iPhone you own it"
"When you're buying an iPhone ït owns you"
"Apple" and "Subsidized" in the same context?
That's pretty challenging! Don't people realise that there are other options than handcuffing yourself to Apple?
The Dumbing-Down of Britain can be satisfactorily completed.
Can't say I'm happy
Immediately after the Google Reader Death Announcement, I went hunting for an alternative. I ended up on Feedly, but not because I like it -- rather because it's less crappy than the alternatives.
Google, you suck!
The luck of the Irish
Wow, in your country do you have one IP address *each*? That's brilliant.
Just like olden tymes...
I have a suspicion this is something left over and adapted from the middle ages.
Do you remember when the parson used to tell us "you mustn't enjoy sex, it's bad for you, it's only for making babies"?
Just that now they're doing it for food.
Re: It all depends on the water!
Yorkshire Tea (*not* the decaffeinated one) and Paned Gymreig do nicely in South Wales, too.
But make sure you also include Builders' Tea, please!
Don't worry about that, they'll just take the batteries out of all the remote controls...
Re: Just got a Yubikey (Fanboy alert)
Yes. I've had one for nearly three years, now, and love it.
I recently bought a Yubikey Nano, which has challenge-response and can be used as an additional token for Windows logon.
I just have one concern about the original (one-time password) Yubikey. The AES encryption key lives in the Yubikey, where it's safe, and on the authentication server, where, in principle, it isn't. Maybe a challenge-response arrangement might be better.
Isn't that the cr*p that's clogging up teh Internetz?
I'm all right, Jack
Just recently moved from Computer Modern to Latin Modern
Yeah, but she did eat his *brains*
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