1880 posts • joined Tuesday 9th June 2009 16:52 GMT
Re: Why legs.
Animals have evolved dozens of ways to get around. Flying, bouncing, jumping, slithering, jet propulsion(-ing), swimming, wading, squirming, crawling, hitchhiking...
Thumbs up for that one :)
Cover the keypad, they cant see your PIN and cant use your card!!!!!
I suggest you enter "fake atm keypads" into Google and look at the images..
Hmm, visual demos..
To be honest, I am no fan of video instructions.
Unless the topic involves an actual physical event that is difficult to explain in photo & text (for instance, disassembly of something) I very much prefer the data in another format because video has a low information density and is not as random access as text.
I can probably flash-read the printed contents of what a 5 min video offers in under 10 seconds, so that's 4 minutes 50 secs saved, and I can home in on things that I may consider an issue - that's harder with video.
Having said that, I agree that it's a good thing to experiment with - just not for me :)
Google Glass? No, *that* would have made sense - I can see them being banned near anything sensitive anywhere.
Re: Its nice (in a borat voice), but 99.9% ...
Not sure about the office you work in, but most offices I work in experience at least 4 hours downtime every Friday.
There's a difference between expected and manageable downtime and "the %&* service is down and I have a deadline to meet" :)
Re: The NRA will love this
that's so blatantly untrue that not only are it and the truth not in the same ballpark, they aren't even on the same continent.
Re: Hipster will get one....
Just have the piercing printed as well, already in the ear.
Re: This is pleasing
Be warned, you need a sense of hUMA.
No, the *dirty* Mac, thanks.
"Reader, Flash and Air are - alongside Oracle's Java browser plugin - the screen door through which the raw unfiltered sewage of the internet oozes into the homes of netizens. These products are awful, the security is worse and the management of them over the years beggars belief."
I have never seen this sentiment better expressed.
I second that.
In addition, Adobe uses another trick to make security harder than it needs to be: it uses its own downloader. When you download Adobe products, you often don't actually get the product, but only a downloader - which means that the software you screen and virus check is not the software that actually does the job post install.
Bet there are a few tight buttocks @ mission control...
For a machine that has somewhat outlasted its design specs (my first extraterrestrial understatement)?
I don't think so. It will offer someone a challenge to make it start again regardless, but the machine was officially written off ages ago. Having said that, making it work AGAIN regardless would be a *seriously* cool hack.
If those devices were any closer together they could get one to trundle over, swat any residual Martians off the reset button, clean its windows and solar shields and get it on its way again. IMHO, that would be so übercool it would provoke a Martian winter all on its own..
Re: "...engineers have had no luck as yet at restoring control."
Tap it on it's side a couple of times
Better not, God knows what its NFC chip will then buy over there :)
Re: Evil Robots
Yup. The short summary is that if you want the privacy you are actually entitled to by law, you have to do it yourself. Because the law is not enforced, which is about as useful as not having laws in the first place.
Apple take product quality seriously, other manufacturers could learn something here about not sending out a substandard product.
Yes and no. Good points for sending back substandard gear, bad marks for not spotting a production going off its quality bell curve before so many units were manufactured: it seems to suggest Apple is quite a distance from the production quality control, which has resulted in a substantial supply chain hit.
No asking for xx years of experience?
Classic government solution
"In order to ensure our spy agencies do not operate illegally, we legalise what they did wrong"
I'm not sure what worries me most: the fact that they legalise a wrong to make it "right" or the fact that they don't see a problem with this approach..
Some accuracy required
I think it would be good if reporters started to refer to "impacts on Civil Rights" as "impacts on REMAINING Civil Rights".
How long the average crypto will hold up under this assault of computing power..
I have a very easy solution..
Just put a "Google Streetview" sticker on it before you let it hover over his house. Easy.
Behing the bush relief..
a moment or two of relief behind a bush
I saw what you did there..
Ort goes forth
May have to face The Real World(tm) now. Might be somewhat of a shock..
And Sony Clie?
Yes, although I do struggle a bit with the idea of finding a computer sexually arousing. But OK, I'll play along.
The handheld computer I liked most was the Palm derived Sony Clie, specifically the NX70 series
It was ahead of its time (already did video recording), was damn useful once you installed a decent calendar app and small in the way Apple made its name with a couple of years later. It was genius. As a matter of fact, I have been toying a while back with digging one up on eBay, but by now the batteries must be all but dead.
Which brings me back to especially the S3 - it ran on 2 AA cells. Never a problem buying those when you travel..
I suppose they're going to generate huge virtual TVs on the clouds and distract the enemy with 'X-Factor
Or project a *proper* Bat signal :)
Wait... What? MS has a roadmap?
Then why have they been chasing everyone else's tail lights to figure out where to go for the past dozen years?
Because Bing maps isn't working so well? :)
The Mac, thanks. No, I mean the coat, cheers.
This seems to be about the most solid argument for Open Standards: longevity of deployment. The second one is the ability to swap out components for others that suit better or improve on functionality. It'll never be a perfect swap (you'll always end up tweaking a few things) but this strikes me structurally a better idea than linking any "solution" to the foibles and fate of any one organisation.
It also means you're not going to be beholden to one particular set of skills, but there are different ways to take the risk out of that one..
Re: Mars writing entire sentences?
You're almost starting to make sense by writing those entire, often grammatically correct (though I'll stop short of describing the content - leaving that up to our Esteemed Readers as well as your Worthy self) sentences.
If it's OK for GCHQ to use plaintext for passwords, it should certainly be OK for amanfromMars to use clear text as well. Personally, I sensed quite an intel awareness there and I haven't had that much trouble decoding his posts.
I bow my head in utter respect
Honestly, this is one heck of an elaborate Friday p*ss take. Brilliant!
Re: Unity, or...
I think it's more like: the various countries implemented EU rules. Google (allegedly) breaks those rules. Therefore Google is (allegedly) committing an offence in every country of the EU.
Correct. The main thing that Google screwed up was the chance to address the issue in one go for the whole of the EU. Now they face 27 or more separate battles, and a win in one jurisdiction will not help them one iota in another one as precedents are not shared between jurisdictions and an escalation to EU level will simply use the original warning as evidence of mal intent. Out of all the things they could have done, they chose the worst possible option: do nothing at all.
As I said elsewhere, it's time to stock up on popcorn. This has the potential to get both interesting and ugly. No doubt the apologists are being briefed and bribed as we speak.
Re: what did google ever do to you?
I'm pretty sure that the Google fonts API which is embedded in pretty much every Wordpress template much yield a rich harvest of data too.
The people with the biggest problem here are EU businesses. If any of them use Google to handle any customer data they inherit the liability - THEY get fined instead of Google. Let's see how long it takes for companies to wake up to that one, that could get interesting pretty rapidly.
What this study mainly proves..
..is that most middle management is interchangeable with monkeys.
No news there then :)
Re: Surely a more appropriate name would be
DoubleDOS ? :)
Re: @Fred Flintstone
Personally speaking waiting for other people to come to a decision smacks of trying to find any excuse to pass the buck on to somebody else. This is not the attitude we should be expecting from a national regulator like the ICO in my opinion, especially when you consider prior reluctance of people within the ICO to do the job that they were hired to do.
It will be interesting to see what this does politically - there is enough justification to use them as an example and fine the bejeezes out of Google, which has the convenient side effect of filling the coffers at Westminster that were so gleefully left empty by the previous club. On the other hand, we have as yet no idea what dirt Google has dug up on government officials to control them (to sum up but one interesting aspect of illegal data acquisition) so we'll have to keep an eye on things.
I suggest you break out the popcorn - this could take a while, and unlike an MPAA region limited movie, this one is going to play in a lot of countries at once..
I think it's more than a little inaccurate to suggest that the ICO are even willing to do anything about Google, let alone take any legal action against them, given their past refusals to take any action whatsoever.
That's indeed not accurate. The ICO suspended action against Google because they had to see first what happened with that Article 29 Working Group complaint, and so this regulators in all the other nations that had signed that letter (and that was a looong list). Now Google has failed to act (by basically ignoring the Article 29 Working group and merrily continuing to break EU Data Protection laws) and their time to respond has expired, all participants are now free to act.
This means Google could in theory get hit with lawsuits in 27 or so separate countries. Normally, it could seek to escalate into the European Court as a delaying tactic, but as this one started at EU level I suspect that that would be heading for an already known verdict.
If I were in charge of protecting the corporation from issues under privacy law I would leave as well, because a lot of brown stuff will soon be unevenly distributed. Google's main problem is that the Streetview affair alone makes them a REPEAT offender, which opens the way for regulators to fine the heaving crap out of them, and frankly, they deserve it. It's not like they don't know the laws, and it's not like they haven't had plenty of warning by now.
This has the potential to get very, very ugly and very, very costly indeed.
Re: "With cattle trucks lying in wait ... for the next time" (Pink Floyd)
That would be inbovinely, shurely?
Hahaha. You guys kill me. Oh, wait ..
If I remember correctly, the radio control range of those little thingies (which look pretty cool) is about 250m - ( or 500m with the extra cost range extender)
In other words, any decent jammer will take the thing down without any visible evidence, thus providing the Shaggy defence ("it wasn't me").
Re: What a joke
There is no god given right to use a cellphone or be immune from people listening into electronic communication
Ah, the joy of spouting own opinion as alleged fact..
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
Note that this right is classed as inalienable, you may want to look that up.
The US signed that too. Some countries have it even in their Federal Constitution:
1. Everyone has the right to privacy in their private and family life and in their home, and in relation to their mail and telecommunications.
2. Everyone has the right to be protected against the misuse of their personal data.
The consequence of the UDHR declaration is that undersigning nations are compelled to take that into their legislation one way or another. As we've seen over the last few years, law enforcement is trying to avoid Due Process to infringe on those rights and they are *seriously* getting in the way of Google and Facebook making a profit off your personal life, but for now you still have them.
You may want to put some effort in keeping them.
Re: Is it just me?
I guess the ultimate goal might be to have a device that has no conceptual front and back, or top and bottom
So that'll be a ball then :). Use wireless charging and connecting and a Bluetooth headset and it doesn't even need to have holes, so it could be waterproof too (and no searching for the connector jack). Alternatively, a cylinder.
Is that your phone in your pocket or .. (etc)..
Re: Oh great
Yes, but wouldn't it be great to hack?
"This user is watching porn", "Dial my sex line now", "He is actually taking pictures of your skirt, you know" - ah, the prank possibilities are endless.
Small edit tweak - feature or bug?
I noticed that the anon status of a post cannot be changed when you haul it back into edit mode. If the author forgets to tick the "post anon" box (or has done the opposite), the only option at present is to pull the post completely because the changed status of the tick box is not recognised.
Re: what's swedish for bollocks ?
Ironically, according to Google translate you only have to capitalise the word "bollocks".
Maybe bølløcks? :)