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Isn't that termed "business as usual" ?
As far as I know there has never been a technolpgy developed that has not been abused.
OK, I like a challenge. Electric toothbrushes. Discuss.
Re: "Given Microsoft’s huge stake in government, ... "
Not quite a stake yet, it's more like encouraging people to eat more garlic :). It will still take time.
Common sense in government policies IS revolutionary.
Re: Better but still a bit of a pigs ear
When I try saving a document as ODF, Word 2010 pops ups a dialog warning me that my cat will die a slow, horrible death if I dare proceed.
Okay, it doesn't actually say that. What it does say is my document "may contain features that are not compatible with this format". Oh, and this for a document that contains a single word - "test" - with absolutely no formatting added to it.
Not exactly encouraging is it?
Yes, they've been running that scaremongering for quite a while which, incidentally, they have also done for the use of their own older formats. Someone with a sense of humour in the OOo/LOo camp has picked this one up and you now get exactly the same warning in OOo/LOo if you decide to save in MS Office formats :)
Re: Access databases will be inaccessible
Access databases will be inaccessible
Re: Better but still a bit of a pigs ear
Have you ever tried opening a simple and fully standards-compliant ODT document in Word? It ain't pretty and the resulting warning messages wouldn't inspire much confidence in the average end use.
Opening data from a competing product and making it look bad, yeah, we have never seen that before, have we?
Now now - not everyone reads Dune (and the movie was, er, as usual not quite like the books :).
Why so complicated?
FFS, just give the guy a first class ticket to Cupertino and let him help the team clean it up.
All this to and fro and "he said" and "they said" is a waste of time.
Getting him there means he can see for himself what is going on, help clean it up and get the kudos for it, and Apple gets a reputation for being a clean player. It's not like Apple cannot afford to do this. Just get on with it.
Sorry for being simplistic here, but the best way to address a problem is to sort out the problem, not by prevaricating around the bush and generate acres of press coverage.
Re: Oh, the irony!
I guess we now know where all those AOL reps went :)
Re: Scott Mc Nealy is right!
At least in the U.S. (in the civilized parts, anyways), they can't (legally) force you to hand over your passwords yet.
But that's the actual problem: they won't. They will go behind your back and ask your provider which means that you both no knowledge of the violation of your privacy, nor the ability to object and even act against it. You cannot verify what happens without your knowledge.
Re: You don’t just type 'Joshua' for full access.
Upvote for the Eddie Izzard reference :)
Re: No, they're not sekret spying tools
@DMDeck16, Either that or that, eh? Thanks for clearing that up with impeccable logic and hard evidence.
Given your earlier, much more nuanced reply I will assume you ran out of caffeine there :) - I think the question is valid (although I'd be grateful if someone could point me at the docs which confirm that "Apple docco says there is no native way to do packet captures on iOs devices" because it's AFAIK pretty much a standard diagnostics tool on any Unix-alike platforms).
There is nothing wrong with raising questions, but I also agree with you that being all alarmist about it is stupid. However, that's what the press trained us to expect now - anything is either the end of the world or not worth reporting (reminds me of a clip that showed what a falling tea cup looks like in a US movie - it explodes - but sadly I cannot locate it on Youtube).
I would like to see this sort of work done on *any* mobile platform. The only functional weapon against subversion is transparency.
Re: Devil's advocate....
Given the car dashboard modelling I would expect a light (in red) and a buzzer. In cars, critical warning signs do not appear in. a. way. that. would. require. you. to. w.a.i.t. f.o.r. t.h.e.m. t.o. s.c.r.o.l.l. past.
That does, however, require some basic understanding of design and alerting UIs.
Having said that, I do tend to dig in the manual for interesting details if I have a few minutes, because especially the radio tends to have all sorts of gadgets that can get in the way, like when you're driving along happily with some nice music and THEN THE TRAFFIC ANNOUNCEMENTS COME ON IN TOP VOLUME prompting a frantic grab for the volume control (and a near heart attack). If you cannot find a way to adjust that announcement volume (and it's often seriously hidden) you're left with the decision to forego them altogether or live with the risk of a heart attack.. It gets complicated if the manual is not in one of the languages I speak, though :)
"Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on handheld phone use by drivers"
Exactly right. Maybe I'm an exception, but I did actually stop using a phone other than with a headset, and even then I sometimes just kill the call if I'm in a dangerous spot. I had the aha moment a lot earlier than when the ban came in, mainly because I have been using mobiles for a *long* time (my first phone was a NEC P3 :) ).
So, from simply personal experience, the outcome of the study only makes sense with your re-interpretation :)
Re: At least the banks can make a case for their money back
Or does this rule only works in one direction?
When has it not? Just curious..
Re: Formerly, your gov. sucked - you moved to the US. Today, there is no recourse.
One simple question remains unanswered: do we actually need those agreements? AFAIK things work just fine, apart from the potentially annoying requirement of multinationals to actually follow the laws as they exist locally.
Ah, it seems I answered my own question there..
Re: Call the fire brigade...
I thought I'd raze the question
Upvote for brilliant use of language, grin.
It's unclear if the ICO fined the ICO or let the ICO off with a gentle warning from the ICO.
Hahaha - quality :)
I have just instigated a campaign to get the use of the word "metadata" back on track. The heinous misuse to mean "bits of data stored in the header of other data" has been irking me for a while, and I just recently realised that this re-definition of a technical term is at the heart of the recent surveillance unpleasantness.
Absolutely. Data about data is still, well, data.
The distinction is purely artificial when it concerns privacy.
The war on bullshit. You heard it here first.
Re: RE: Stainless Steel watch backs
the stainless steel has a negative reaction to prolonged exposure to my skin
I rather like your ability to wreak revenge on hardware. We'll have to keep you around when the War on the Machines finally breaks out :)
Re: I for one
Got wee little hands eh? Don't let it get you down. Surely that fact would make your willy look bigger.
Upvote for humour, grin, but he does have a point. I've had the various options in my hands (no, phones, focus :) ), also in Android form, and there is a point where you have to decide that certain functions are best relegated to a tablet instead.
I need to have a phone on me, but I don't really want to scale up my pockets. I would be FAR more interested in a phone that had a battery life beyond the attention span of the average Sun reader, but apparently that never makes it as a design criteria..
Re: My hopes are dashed
I was hoping "EXACTO" would be a pedantic superhero, flying from error to error righting (and writing) wrongs like "Banana's on sale".
Ah, a sort of grammar nazi on steroids. Love it :)
Re: @ Jasper Hamill
That was somewhat compensated for by similarly tagging the originators of this filtering:
a wide-ranging coalition of prudes, parents and pastors (yes, I saw what he did there)
Re: Willy W*ankers Chocolate Factory
Pron is a multi billion dollar interweb revenue stream that Google has not tapped in to yet.
That we know of. You won't be able to Google for it, you see ..
Mind reading, if it is going to work with sufficient accuracy and subtlety, is actually really cool
I personally cannot wait for the day when they try to read my mind. It'll take a while to purge that and reboot the whole show, trust me (evil grin)..
Re: Actually, this is a solved problem.
Alternatives to the electronics are garlic essence, Jeyes Fluid and sticky materials of various sorts.
Hmm, now if you could get paintballs containing garlic essence you'd have the perfect solution, and it would also help against vampires. You know, just in case..
Re: He's not hitting it the right way!
Ah, the good old laws of mechanical engineering..
Measure with a micrometer
Mark with chalk
Cut with an axe
If it doesn't fit, use a larger hammer
If it breaks it needed replacing anyway..
Re: Same here...
We had a courier tried to deliver something but no-one was in so he threw it over the back fence and left a card to say it was safe in our back garden.
Ours didn't leave a card and logged it as "delivered". I'm pretty sure if I hadn't been on their case less than an hour later it would have been "delivered" at some pub instead and the supplier had to do the insurance thing. They even made up a signature..
Love the instant consensus here
Every single first comment hits on Access :)
A worthy end to the week. Bottoms up!
Re: Everyday performance
Is what the machine is about - there's little the average joe needs above and beyond a 1.4ghz i5 that can boost to 2.7ghz (and with the form factor, it'll likely stay there for far longer than the MBA will) regardless of what the benchmarks say, but the average joe doesn't want to spend £1000+ on a domestic appliance. 8gb of RAM by default won't hurt either.
I think it's more a lower cost route into OSX, but IMHO ill conceived. Not that I'm keen on paying a lot, but for a bit more money you get a lot more performance so I personally can't see the point. Over the usual lifespan of these machines, £200 more is worth the investment.
This thing strikes me as the OSX equivalent of the iPhone 5C - that too was met with at best a "meh" from the market, and deservedly so..
And there we go ..
.. Google homeview is almost there.
This stinks of NSA interference. Do you honestly believe that emergency services couldn't use a non public bandwidth?
Don't forget that the public still has a need to contact emergency services through regular channels. Which a jammer, well, jams..
Re: The Chinese already have this.
Christ, I'd almost forgotten about that. Shows you how long I haven't been there.
Thanks for the reminder :)
Re: Apologies - pure speculation to be found here...
Oh, don't worry, they know you're there.. :p
Re: Access to a datacenter facility in Dublin ..
Epic, I like it.
if you have nothing to fear you have nothing to hide
Sure, that's why we cannot see the personal details of the Google and Facebook owners, nor of senior people at Microsoft or politicians in the US - it's nice they explain themselves that they do indeed have skeletons around. It's rare people are that open, so appreciate it.
Isn't Bill Gates an honourable knight of the British Empire servering Queen and country
I have a bit of a problem with the meaning of "honourable" in this context, it doesn't appear to mean what I understand it to be. It's sometimes hard not to be a native English speaker..
Ads are not tangible either..
.. so why should we pay for them?
Just curious, that's all.
Treating it like a couple of people you can say "Google are..." is laughable
Now now, I didn't take you for a grammar nazi (right as you are, though) :)
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