191 posts • joined 31 Aug 2008
Re: Leave it out
Re: "Why not meddle in the stuff that needs fixing, ie. tax evasion/avoidance". As far as the politicians are concerned, it's already working perfectly. You and I are paying all the taxes while they and their paymasters get to avoid them.
Nice straw man
"...what lingers is the image of the American consumer who doesn't even realize his or her Netflix stream has been blocked, and simply (presumably) stares at the screen".
The way it would really be done would just be via degradation. Dropped packets, occasional freezes, stuttering. Stuff that would be hard to track down and prove responsibility for. I'm reasonable technical, but I certainly don't have the networking knowledge or tools to be able to track and prove that type of degradation. So instead of a completely failed service, there would be a perception that (say) Netflx doesn't give as good a service as (ISP company X)'s own competing service. Or at least wouldn't unless Netflix ponies up some readies ("nice streaming service you have there. Would be a pity if some packets got... dropped").
However, in spite of that, I enjoyed the article. Nice to make it clear that the judges were basing their decision on how the law was framed (such that the FCC were overreaching their remit) and that it is the responsibility of the law-makers to resolve this if they wish FCC or some agency to have those powers.
Re: Ban dragnet surveillance data for use in domestic law enforcement
<sigh>Stop falling for the lies. The "use against terrorists" is only an excuse to get the powers, and not the real reason. Once the data is gathered, regardless of the reason deployed (or, as it seems for NSA and GCHQ, without any reason given - they just did it because they could) it can and will be used for any other reason that someone in power (or even access) can get away with.
Think on this - look at the information Snowden has given us. Now consider what a bad actor could have done with the data that he had access to. If the data is there it will be used and abused.
Re: After the General Election
Ah, more people hoping for a hung parliament. There's also an opportunity to bring significant income to the country as well - sell lottery tickets for the role of hangman....
Re: ANOTHER opt-out?
You will have to continue opting out until you give the "correct" answer.
If the children are so young that the parents do not want them to have access to sex-education sites, then why are they being allowed onto the internet unsupervised?
I don't know what to say. And before long, I may not be allowed to say what I want.
Re: Mine's fine
Dare you say anything else as it is listening to everything you utter Muahahahahaha<cough, cough> Sorry, where was I?
Re: Working here
Please name your company so that I have an idea of the "quality" of service I may expect. Oh, Microsoft you say?
takes a long time
But you are all forgetting the time it takes for the thumbnail to be uploaded for NSA approval!
(Wonder how long it'll be before this meme gets stale? <sniff, sniff> Ah. Too late.)
(From article) "Although we have concluded that GCHQ has not circumvented or attempted to circumvent UK law, it is proper to consider further whether the current statutory framework governing access to private communications remains adequate," a statement by the Committee issued on Thursday explains.
Translated: "We thought we had everyone sewn up tighter than a kipper's arse, but somehow that guy Snowden got through. We need to be able to snoop more to ensure that no further leaks embarrassing to us get out."
Mandy Rice Davies...
..."He would, wouldn't he?"
Rev. Spooner (unattributed) - "Cucking Funt."
Re: Smaller device
NEW! Smaller, more convenient, arse-wipe size!
Surprised not much has been made of "...unpaid job in the House of Lords as Prime Minister David Cameron's Minister of State for Trade and Investment" along with "(payoff of) 2.6 million shares (in BT)".
I'm sure that the advice he gives government regarding the Communications Infrastructure within Britain will be completely impartial given those facts.
Re: Same old same old.....
Supported. What about supported with updates? Anyone? Bueller?
Re: Tell you what, mister
you're missing the bit where this company is seeling broken details about you - whether you personally see adverts on web-pages or not.
If this stuff spills over into credit checking or insurance databases (or, for UK, CRB or whatever that rumour mill is called this week)...
Re: What's the point?
Not actually Lloyd's choice. Pretty much imposed on them - can't remember if it's by the UK government or by European rules - but definitely an externally-imposed requirement.
However, re "What's the point?"... Feels strange to feel sorry for a banker, but first they were pretty much forced to buy a failing bank "for the good of the country", and then got told "you're too big now - sell some stuff off".
Re: I am in support of this idea.
The problem is "as long as it is done properly and securely". Do you seriously believe that there is any chance of that happening?
The set-up is already proposing handing your data over for "research purposes". I wonder how many safeguards are in place to make sure that it's not insurance companies doing actuarial research (even if not actual de-anonymisation research)?
Re: Very clever
"Maybe, but no real world use in a mobile phone that cannot be done in another way. This has solved a problem that doesn't exist.
"That is the reality, dispute and downvote if you wish."
What this really means is that you are unable to think of a problem that this will not be a solution for. It goes along the same lines as "anyone can design an encryption system that they are unable to break".
Re: See what you did?
I need coffee. I initially skimmed the article, and missed a few words, so "the US was 'out there willy-nilly sucking in information on everybody,'" was read as "the US was 'out there willy-sucking on everybody,'" Not sure re-reading improved it.
Also, how can BO expect people to believe the rubbish he is speaking. President you say? Of America. Oh. Carry on.
...and that's a problem because... ...?
Maybe it would encourage better programming techniques - learn how to fail gracefully.
It would also serve as a notice of an application that requires far too many permissions to do the job that it said it was going to do, but is instead doing other "stuff" that wasn't menioned in the puff-piece trying to attract users.
Re: Sympathy for the devil
It's just a shame that it hasn't been planned or phased as an Agile development process. It's just turned into an "Oh F... this is all that we have that even sort of works at the moment" rollout. For something this complex, with so much impact for everyone involved, it's not something that can be dropped in place and then upgraded as and when new features are added. It's definitely something that needs to be designed and piloted in parallel with existing working* systems, especially to see that complex cases can be handled.
It actually appears that this is the way it is being delivered - but from the way it's being presented, only because it got so screwed up it could not be launched in any other way.
*Ok, maybe calling the existing system "working" is pushing it a bit, but at least it is there
Re: Magnetic field
@Destroy All Monsters
Thank you for trying to explain this. (It's just a pity that my brain whimpered and gave up. I think it's time for more caffeine. Or, considering that QFT was mentioned, maybe stronger drugs are needed?)
Let's see - I get taxed at income, I get taxed when I spend money (and when I buy fuel, I get taxed on the tax I pay - yes, to add insult to injury the government charge VAT on fuel duty...)
So to say that companies should not be taxed twice, when citizens are taxed every which way possible...
Re: Down the tubes we go (again)
Not only that, G.O. has already announced he will give tax breaks to those companies exploiting this resource. So whatever revenue will be brought in from this, the UK will see very little of it. And you just know that somehow this will be spun as "green energy" and find a way to attract extra tax from the average person.
Also, 100k incentive to communities - that's half a house. Wow, his generosity knows no start.
Re: As ye sow...
Re: "I am immensely proud to have led this co"
"co" - It'a just an abbreviation for "Crap Offering"
It's legal so...
With the (deliberately) overbroad laws on the statute, it could well be legal. Still does not make it right.
(long list of words)...
you missed Tom Bombadil
Does that mean that every Tolkien fan is now on a watchlist?
"A man with nothing left to lose is a man without fear"
Looks like the obvious is missing (even though it's coming under the BBC banner) - adverts. Adverts customised and inserted into the "product" targeted at who the system thinks is viewing, and at what location. (Anyone want to take bets that that is the part of the system that is not user-configurable?)
Re: Windows RT
New marketing effort required?
"Windows RT - now 7% less shit!"
"You can do it already and it works great."
No it doesn't - not from the point of view of those making the decisions. How on earth can you expect decent kickbacks/excellent board prospects off the back of a cheap device that is optional? To really secure the gravy train it needs to be mandatory and overpriced/underspecced/require replacement in a much shorter timeframe than existing devices ("Oh, that security vulnerability? Just have to get all the old models replaced. Just put it on the consumers' bills. Trebles all round?").
Yes there is - the present "pay as you go" does not have an easy way to switch you off remotely at the behest of commerical forces/governement of the day/some jumped up oik in local government you gve the bird to (you just *know* that the rules are going to be so over-broad on this that even dog-wardens will have the authority to switch off your power).
Re: Revolutionary small payment method
you, sir, are a cunt.
Hopefully you will survive long enough to "enjoy" the effects of old age described above and maybe realise a bit of patience is required at times.
"evidence based" my arse
Let's see - where is the evidence that people addicted to alcohol are "price sensitive" in that they will drink less if price is increased? From other addictions it seems that more healthy items like food or shelter are sacrificed to feed the problem - are they saying that alcohol addiction will turn out different? Mucking fuppets.
Only real reason I can see this being pushed so hard right now is that increased prices will mean increased taxes (government don't just take a duty on it, but a percentage as well). Follow the money, not just the moralists.
Re: Let me be the first to say
Next thing you will say you know nothing of the moderatrix of El Reg, the marvellous Sarah Bee (ah, she is sorely missed. Even with using the cream).
Still, her influence remains, for I find myself channelling her most common response to commentards: ODFO. And in case you are unaware of the meaning - "Oh, do fuck off" Eadon.
Re: "100 IQ would change over time"
nice of you to volunteer to be "data-cleansed". You seem to think that you would make the cut, but from the very shaky knowledge you have about genetics and how IQ works, I have serious doubts on that front.
Re: may be worth it
Shame that they will most likely keep "fair usage" policies in place that limit monthly downloads to 2Gbytes (or something ridiculously low). Seems like the speed of the network keeps increasing, but all it really means is that you hit allowed limits in minutes instead of hours...
...the corrupt scum making these laws?
If she is absolutely devoted to this, then we should at least have a pilot to see if it is of any worth. I propose 24/7/365.25 (ish) monitoring of MPs and senior civil servants with full openness so that we may see how many "meetings with interested parties" go through on a nod and a wink.
After (say) approximately 25% of our elected representatives are jailed, let the rest vote on whether this is a good idea.
way to completely miss the point of the article. Your optimistic "...will continue to increase exponentially" is about to run into a brick wall called "physical limits of the current technological process". Which is the whole point of this article - scientists and engineers trying to find new technologies to replace those that are about to hit their limits.
Don't worry, the library problem is already in hand
The government is busy closing them. (Please note that I intend no slur against any particular party - I think they are all in this together...)
Sheesh - a place where people could get education and entertainment for free is being chopped to the bone, and you are worried about a few downloads? How many sessions could be in use at any one time - a few thousand even if every possible session os being used for infringement? A trivial number in the scheme of things, especially compared to the costs associated if libraries had to maintain legal services to protect themselves. Also, you did not mention any software protection libraries may have or put in place to place roadblocks to casual downloading.
Tired meme is tired.
(For recursion: see recursion.)
Re: Intel, embrace ARM.
(daydreaming) wonder what an ARM processor fabbed on Intel's current fab technology be like? (\daydreaming)
Re: Sounds like
Quite a few downvotes for complaining how the disability system (fails to) work. Must be a bunch of Atossers reading this site.
Re: Sorry but
...and we are supposed to trust the word of an Anonymous Coward without any links to any such research.
Re: As "ruskie" (the poster above) says.....
And just how would you find out which sites are on the banned list, without being one of the "insiders" making the decisions? I suppose you could only know if you happened to know of the existence of the site beforehand - in which case, you will soon be contacted by the Department of Love for re-education.
Re: another Poorly researched poorly written Nokia / MS bashing article
Don't you just hate Microsoft shills? They are so stupid that they don't even recognise when an author is actually attempting to boost the company they spin for. AO has long been a supporter of competition, and, as explicitly mentioned in the article, an *actual* user of the device in question. So go ahead Simonbuk and Zarniw00p (gah, don't you hate it when someone takes a Hitchhiker reference as a handle and turns out to be a complete turd?), keep attacking a journo who is at the very least is fair to your product - you might just succeed in turning him into an MS-hater.
Re: live tiles and pit to start
I didn't notice a "posted from my Nokia", but if it was, then the keyboard input system must be fairly rubbish (going by the number of typos in such a short post)
Re: Sharp shooters need some practice
@NFI thank you.