70 posts • joined Saturday 23rd August 2008 18:55 GMT
Re: Canada was first
We already have similar in OZ for drugs. When you take a prescription to a chemist the computer tells him if h\you've filled a similar one elsewhere recently. This stops people doctor-shopping to get multiple scripts (usually for something they don't need and they can sell for $30 a tablet on the street). No invasion of privacy in your medical people knowing what you take. You just don't want all the neighbours being told you're on something for "being mental" or having an STD.
They don't get it
First of all, with smoking being banned in so many indoor places, smokers now congregate outside. And in Oz you can do that all year around. So kids get exposed to SEEING a lot more people smoking and enjoying it. In fact it looks like it's done by a LOT of people, not just say Dad and 2 visitors at home. This makes it a more socially acceptable activity.
A few years before the plain packaging, they did something really stupid. They removed the (up to then compulsory) labeling about the nicotine content. The explanation was , young people would think it was ok to smoke as long as they smoked a weak one.
The reality was, a lot of SMOKERS of strong cigarettes, say 16mg ones, were cutting down to weaker ones, 12s and maybe later 8s. Not giving up, but at least cutting down. Many gradually cut down by 2 levels. This reduces the level of addiction and makes it easier to gradually stop altogether. Then they took the numbers off. Now a kid starts up, he might start on 16s for all he knows, and get hooked in a week. If he names a brand and the shopkeeper asks which one? blue? green? grey? gold? the kid says "gold sounds best", Yeah guess what? that is the strongest.. Yes they still have COLOURS written on them, to HIDE the strength.
Every tobacconist shop sells fakes and imports under the counter; you just have to ask for them when there's nobody else in the shop to hear. They're about half the price of the "real" ones. Most have more real tobacco and less fillers and chemicals than the "real", too. Some now come in proper looking "plain" packaging as well, the selling point being the price.
Re: What are the alternatives?
Templates are not HTML type style sheets. If you insert a paragraph and type a few lines, they will follow the default (normal.dot). If you want it to follow the template, overtype the last character of the previous (templated) line, put the full stop, put the line break. THEN it knows you mean your insertion to aslo follow the template.
Test this out for yourself just using bold or different coloured text. You have to continue on from inside the /end or </endstyle> marker or it won't continue the style (whatever that marker internally is).
Re: And this is news, how?
You can save a document as a template. Any file (doc or docx of course, not xls etc) you open in that template conforms to it. I've done work with 3 or 4 others, each contributing a section. As long as they marked lines header, subheader etc instead of hand formatting these lines, it would take about 6 minutes to get one decent looking document out of 5 contributions. (After the first time THEY had to manually remove their manual formatting, they started doing it right).
Re: Good news and bad news
it is NOT the tobacco that causes the lung problems. It is the SMOKE. Fine particle smoke that clogs up the alveoli, creates irritation and eventually rips the air sacs and stiffens the lungs with scar tissue. The SMOKE.
Very few tobacco smokers would smoke fewer than 20 a day, many would be in the 30-40 range. Nobody would ever stay awake long enough to smoke 20 reefers a day, every day, for 20 or 30 years (which is at least the time it takes for emphysema to develop).]
Incidentally a lot of smokers never get emphysema, and only 16% of smokers get lung cancer. So much for "cause".
Re: @cornz 1 - Hmm... little pins and a physical test, eh?
Only device needed is light and a magnifier.
Re: One can only hope Verizon doesn't win.
If they are running it on the same wires, it is. It's like bumping off the normal mail to make room for more premium deliveries.
If internet is now considered an essential infrastructure, the Government does have an interest in ensuring lower income or geographically isolated residents still get a fair level of service at an affordable price. They can and do make such stipulations when letting contracts for electricity, highways etc.
Re: "His intent was clear"
No, he just doesn't understand his own language. If I say I'll get someone else to vote for you, that means I will talk X into voting for you. Not that they will vote in my place. OR if they intend to vote informal anyway, they may as well get a friend to get their name ticked off for them. That does NOT mean the friend will
actually go in and vote. Even this is highly unlikely, as there are only 2 or 3 list-checkers in every polling place, so the one person can't claim to be several.
If you're not crossed off, the worse that happens is a $60 fine, which you get out of by writing back your car broke down on the way to vote. Besides Malcolm lives in one of the richest electorates of Australia, where his party wins about 80% of the votes, no matter what. So it doesn't matter about 3 or 4 who "vote fraudulently but they do it honestly ".
His party also for many years , ie every time they get in power, pushes for a National Identification Card. Surprised he brought it up so soon. The last reincarnations were going to be a $300000billion IT monstrosity involving facial recognitions databases, that viewers of your photo ID card would not be allowed to verify you against. Said card was also to include your health data, available to nobody as you hold the only password , oh, but, somehow in an emergency, if you were unconscious, the hospital would be able to access it by miracle. It wold also serve as your pensioner concession card but without anything written on it to say so, but not every provider would have to have a scanner.... and a few other well through out details.
Going to be an interesting few years.....
Re: Security: That's someone else's job
It's Facebook or the bank etc that will get the blame if they DO send the password to the wrong person -- so it in their interest to check up. The RRVS is automated, I am sure they don't need to manually check the last email they got from the guy.
Still it does seem to have some leeway for error in it.
They said they only removed the email address, NOT the contact form. So if you had anything else for the people there, that would still be there. So now you have 15 contacts called John or Mary with no email etc to remind you who they were.
sorry that is taken. Actually by someone I know. Do you want me to negotiate for you?
Re: How many people do you think were killed at Chernobyl?
Do you have any credible figures on birth defects? that's something wind and solar are not known to produce but radiation is.
Re: Did any of you lot actually read the article?
I am sure the Government Guidelines were not set at 99% of the fatal dose.
Re: "that's called Democracy"
Also only a small number of people were qualified to vote. Women, slaves, strangers (ie not local born citizens) etc were excluded; in some cases poorer real citizens were also not eligible. So it wasn't so much a "democracy" as a very populous ad-hoc parliament.
Heaven help us if "internet democracy" is established. First they'd have to have a way of ensuring everyone only votes once... and the IT is not up to that yet.
My XP crashed last week
I've run this laptop for a month short of 3 years, 24/7, rebooted about once every 6 weeks......... and it crashed last week for the first time ever.
Re: MI5 incite terrorism
In the US there have been a number of "terrorism" convictions of people who had made or planted (fake) bombs in schemes entirely concocted by the FBI pretending to be some foreign terror organisation. Does that make the FBI a foreign terror organisation??
For someone prepared to make his own bomb, a bit of regular harassment by the authorities could be just enough to push him over the line from disgruntled to active. One on one harassment is, after all,. just a small scale version of the whole-country-invasion methods that are KNOWN to be a major force for radicalising hitherto peaceful, non-political, farmers minding their own business.
Let people jabber away on the internet and get it out of their system. Or start pursuing them and PROVING THEM RIGHT.
Re: Unenforceable... unless you're after someone
In the 1950s in Australia, foreign language papers, published by "New Australians", had to carry an English version of all their content, to stop monolingual "real" Australians worrying about subversive content.
The publishers often had very poor English, and some of the resulting "translations" were hilarious. Plus many were not translations at all, just something vaguely on the same topic, or often the exact opposite in meaning. But nobody else could read the original languages so they never got caught out.
After a few years of this the Government finally woke up and dropped this stupid requirement.
Perhaps they could do something similar with these worrisome broadcasts. Put them through a speech to text converter then Google translate. And get laughed out of court.
You're not buying tea...
You get electricity, not TV shows or tea. The SAME electricity will run your TV and kettle and light bulbs. So you only need and get the SAME TYPE of electricity, so it makes sense to pay for it by quantity.
For internet, there are various speeds available. The idea of "packages" is, you get the low-speed where that's okay, the high-speed (more expensive) where you need that. Slow is fine for email, a PITA for streaming video. They'd be saying "these sites are in the expensive bucket" and let you choose from 10 or 100 combinations of expensive ones. These might be quote extensive. Perhaps you could nominate the sites yourself, which you want in your expensive portion.
But for it work as an economy, really some of that higher fee should go to the site you're "paying" for. That way they get something too, and maybe produce better content, or slap in a few more servers so they can PRODUCE the speeds at which your ISP is now prepared to pass them on to you .
So what she's expecting
Being CEO is not like ditch-digging work.
She doesn't need the money and she doesn't need a better CV, she can afford financially to ever work again. She wants to work for the challenge of producing something excellent.
Thank heavens she doesn't have an MBA. Way too many people in Y! already have...... and look at everything in numbers with absolutely no idea what the numbers mean. Like big worry over reduced page-views, when caused by finally blocking illegal scrapers. Like thinking 20,000 new accounts a day is good business when 19,000 of them are spammers. Like thinking closing data centres will save money, when the same number of servers will cost the same whether in 2 centres or 4 (but cost a fortune to move).
A CEO many in the company are looking at with hope, not fear.
joined Google with 2 engineering degrees. REAL ONES.
Except, unlike some, she's not forgotten engineering is useless if it just impresses other engineers and pisses of the users, who are the ones the money comes from.
Re: Overly complicated
And they will be lowering it on cables at an ANGLE of course? so as not to have the platform crash ONTO the rover?
Re: Teething problems, or something worse?
This Cloud is free, is it?
Yeah didn't think so.
So for the same money or less, why not just keep TWO copies at home, one for everyday use and one for backup. You have the guys to run one, they can manage two, surely?
I use a car park with a weekly ticket.
Sometimes there's a bug in the system, so they leave the exist gate open for everyone to go out without presenting their ticket.
Then next time it won't let you in because it thinks you're still in there. You have to take a single-use ticket to be allowed in, then waste 15 mins at the office getting a credit for it.
Re: This is new?
The sensors always controlled the light as well as collecting data. People used to reverse over them to make the lights change green.
Many in Australia don't use phone lines. They have a tiny solar panel for power and a wireless internet connection to the central control. Cameras monitor major roads & intersections. Human beings can change the lights for miles around, to push traffic around trouble spots.
write once crash anywhere you mean
.....fixed it for you
how to withdraw money
may not work with all banks, but will with many...
your limit is 500
you take out 480
you ask for another 500
it checks, you are not over limit yet today, so it lets you have it
this works because the machine only asks "limit or not" and doesn't ask if the proposed second withdrawal would go over the limit. It then asks for 500, which (if you have it on the account) the bank hands over on the assumption the limit check has already been done and passed.
you can't ask for more at any one time than the total daily limit OR the transaction limit on the machine itself, which is high traffic areas may be lower (to leave some cash in for other people).
IT, where would we be without it?
They do this every year.
Existing people get to work 6 months of the year, the other 6 being used for figuring out who their boss is, how to get at half-finished important projects hidden in a fired person's shut-down computer account, and generally reinventing the wheel, whose original inventors have been shown the door.
Within months they start hiring again.
Then everyone spends time teaching the newbies stuff the others knew in their sleep.
Meanwhile tech stuff breaks and nobody can fix it, and emails are solved by directing them to the bit bucket.
They never seem to close the sections that do important work like sending out compulsory lessons on how to SIT at a desk.
The company I work for is just now starting to change to Win 7, only because XP support is coming to an end. It's taken months of testing and planning to check what else may need upgrading as well. (And of course they found Firefox bookmarks can't be transferred, unless they first disable the code that deliberately refuses to transfer them).
For big companies it takes so long to make an OS change, they can't do it every 12 or 18 months anyway. So they will just wait until some version comes along that is not too awful, and/or won't halve everyone's productivity for 3 months.
Many of us have replaced the ribboned Office with our own copies from home of the 2003 version that actually runs our macros.
Probably the main reason most companies won't change to a *nix OS is, it would render all the existing files unusable, because of the different file formats. But they certainly don't need to change to Win8, they can wait for the next one.
Yahoo Answers is not a service.
It is a site where 20 million users enjoy asking questions and giving answers/replies/responses. They do it for the sake of doing the activity, NOT for you to learn from.
It is an online version of neighbours asking advice over the back fence or in the pub (although, strangely, the rules prohibit "chatting").
It is very light on advertising, so probably doesn't make much for Yahoo. BUT it brings them a lot of traffic they can convert to email, home page, news and other views. It's really an SEO trap.
Obvious from the start it would
* cost double
* take twice as long
* not work
after all those are the mandatory specs for all government IT projects.
Now if they'd spent 1/2 that money on a DENTAL CARE scheme for low income earners...............
creative is NOT work
Most jobs do not require creativity. They take concentration The less distractions the better. That is why cubicles WORK. .
Working from home better still, if you can be alone there. You don't get to hear or see your colleagues, you can delay their IMs or voicemails until YOU are ready to deal with them..........
The days of the student writing a virus for fun are over. It's all about $$$$....
Part of my work involves ranking spammed domains on a very big social networking site, so priority can be given to taking action against the most dangerous.
Simply put, I spend two hours every day clicking on links posted by spammers. WIthout an AV or firewall of any kind, in order to see what the links do to an unprotected computer. I DO clean up afterwards...but rarely find more than a standard tracking cookie. Apart from the well-known suspects -- porn, gambling and "crack" sites -- very few sites seem to download viruses or trojans. Email attachments might still be a risk.
The bigger danger to end-users is the proliferation of scams that will cost them money (eg surveys that are phishing for emails and/or charging fees on mobile phone bills) and these include most of the scareware anti-virus programs. There is NO program available to prevent losses caused by user naiveté.
BTW the big names are no less innocent...both Norton and McAfee a year or two ago were in trouble for automatically taking next year's membership from people's credit cards WITHOUT ASKING THEM, and of course are near impossible to remove once you've installed them.
they really didn't....
200000 hits is not all that many, they didn't actually VIEW them.
This is where searching the computer falls down for "proving" someone visited a site. The person did not "visit", their webpage did.
In connection with this story, I saw a TV "news" image of supposed adult sites being viewed ... they showed "dating" (read paid webcam porn) sites which have as many as 100 images ... each one coming from a different site. The page has to access those sites to download the images. Some go through several redirects to collect "clicks". Finding records of that site on the hard drive in no way shows anyone actually viewed them, any more than they viewed the plethora of ad-serving sites the page accessed.
The interesting thing here is, how did he think to oppose porn all these years if he didn't know what that is ???
LEDs don't NEED power
from the grid. They run on DC. Using grid power, you waste a lot in converting to DC and from 110/240 down to 6 or 3 volts.
Guess what solar panels produce best? around 3 to 6 volts DC.
Where are the majority of street lights located? open air and up fairly high? where they get a bit of light?
LEDs use so little, they'd run off big capacitors, no need to hoist heavy short-life batteries up to the tops of poles.
LED banks made up of strips could lose 15% of their diodes without noticeably affecting the amount of light., so no more dark corners, and plenty of time to replace the unit....about once every 8 years at the current life of LEDs.
They'd be light enough to go onto existing poles, together with the solar panel and bank of caps, the bundle weighing about half of the current mercury vapour monsters.
Street and public outdoor lighting uses some large percentage of total electricity use which would be totally saved this way.
Laser printers are not secure at all -- they have internal memory to "spool" the print jobs, and most of this can be (and apparently often IS) recovered when the printer goes for service/recycling. Ditto copiers capable of more than single copies.
During the Cold War the Ruskis were able to intercept encrypted communications from foreign embassies by remotely reading the electromagnetic fluctuations in the 6 inches of bare cable from the tele-typewriters to the encryption box.
Biros sending signals of the what was being written, by monitoring pressure and direction, existed, not just in Bond movies.
Hard drives in discarded First World computers are being read in Chinese "recycling" shops to obtain banking and other data useful for ID theft.
The only really secret secret in the world is the one not communicated to ANYBODY and not even thought very loudly.
Where's the AFDB icon???
We don't need fast
when the wonderful anti-terrorist save-the-children filters go in, we'll only have 10% of the World Wide Web available, so slower will be fast enough.
""On Yahoo!, users must actively seek out answers they'd like to answer."".... answering someone else's answer is a Chat violation, on Yahoo! Answers.
Questions are sorted into 1600 categories, so people have a good idea where to go for questions they might know the answer to. Answering " I don't know" or "google it" are also considered violations. The result is, most askers end up with 3 to 5 real answers, of varying degree of expertise, to select from.
It will be interesting to see how many useful answers the push method will produce.
How is Facebook planning to keep out spammers?
obvious why photographers
If the cops were to do something (and who knows? the next person along might need tapping on the head etc) they'd not be able to tell their "true version" if there are photographs to the contrary.
As recorders of WHAT IS, photographers are clearly subversive and dangerous, by definition.
Thank heavens for camera phones with video recording facilities.
Mouse? sounds more like rats.....
Say I want to see who's posting a particular phrase over and over, on certain social sites. I google for "phrase" .
After opening up about 50 of these my browser slows down a little, so I may spend the threshold amount of time with the mouse over a result I have no interest in. Of course I am scrolling with the mouse over the centre of the links, to make it easy to open one when I find one for the site of interest.
Does this mean I have any interest in that site or what it stands for? nope, my interest is in the person(s) posting my keyword.
Now, if Google could come up with a Preference setting so it won't deliberately refuse to give me ALL the results (we have omitted similar results........ HEY I asked you to SEARCH, and I will decide if I like them or not). Another graduate of the MS "we know what you want' school.
Speaking of MS, they have prior art on this.....the Office menus that reorder their content according to what you used more often most recently............bad luck you are just about to switch to a different project with different requirements.
Programming code is not like handwriting. It's neither individual nor requires the writer to be present to give visible results.
My Hello World program code is going to look very much like anyone else's. And very much like my Goodbye Cruel World program. But a fair bit different from my payroll application.
And what if they can tell who wrote this piece of malware? if won't say where the attack came from. Nor who it was aimed at, considering most good malware today is designed to spread where it can. It doesn't hit people who were targetted, it hits people who self-selected themselves by having the necessary exploits open.
Instead of "Help! Important Government Function is under attack" it would be better to look at "Help! Important Government security is like a sieve".
TabKit is better
Nigel 11 finally mentioned TabKit, the greatest add-on ever, if you use a browser for managing accounts, not just email and news reading.
To expand a little - Tabkit automatically groups (and colour codes) tabs by your choice of domain or parent/child relationship, with choices to open to left or right, closest or far end of tab etc. Two clicks make custom groupings within this scheme. Groups can be saved, opened, closed, moved, minimised together., or torn off into a new window.
No need to click, they can be scrolled through, but a corner click also shows a list of the full titles. You can have as many as 10 rows of them, with their own little scrollbar if you don't want all rows showing.
Bookmarks don't do this job...if your work requires referring back and forth across many pages you want them open all the time. The parent/child setup is excellent when drilling down into individual pages...which you can't have bookmarked if it's the first time you're opening them.
I run 27 tabs, which can grow to over 100 while following drill-down paths -- groups let me close them, when done, with 3 clicks. But it's groups I don't have to manage. They build themselves.
I hope the new Candy is either optional, or TabKit will over-ride it. Or I stay with the current version of FF forever.
what will the unemployed do for a living?
All the people who for various reasons are unable to get employment in the "real" economy still have to live somehow, especially in the US where benefits are few and far between for long-term unemployed.
There is a thriving "black" economy among these people, not kept black so much because they don't want to pay their share of taxes, but because they're afraid to admit where their income comes from.
So they give dope growing to big agribusiness. What next? legalise prostitution, armed holdups and rolling drunks in dark alleys? what will the lower classes live on?
Seriously the biggest danger in legalising is, how will they sell it? no more mulling up and rolling your own? how long before Big Tobacco steps in and starts selling them ready-made, cut with other products and the 40 (or is it 4000?) nasty chemicals added and the taste destroyed?
Big shortage of doctors and anyone to do anything scientific.
Same story -- too many toy degrees, too much loans to pay off when you start earning over a certain amount.
Re shorter courses -- all that time off is necessary for students to be able to WORK to support themselves, as the loans only cover the tuition. There is a Government benefit called AusStudy, but the "living away from home" component covers about half the price of a shared room in a share house, the rest isn't enough to keep body and soul together. Students have to work to survive, so they can't do 50 hours a week courses.
Google's got it all already. It's just a choice of, do they pay Google for it , or do they hire hackers to hack Google?
Why are you all hating on amanfrommars1?? get past the excessive capitalisation, reduce some of the phrases to acronyms, throw in a small allowance for English not being his first language, and he makes good sense. Of course those who believe the way to deal with it is to read the next post will never discover this.
- World's OLDEST human DNA found in leg bone – but that's not the only boning going on...
- Lightning strikes USB bosses: Next-gen jacks will be REVERSIBLE
- Pics Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year
- Storagebod Oh no, RBS has gone titsup again... but is it JUST BAD LUCK?
- Two million TERRIBLE PASSWORDS stolen by malware attackers