As long as *you* own the hardware, and you can switch it off whenever you want to, that is fine. It is the creeping compulsion that is frightening.
2401 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
So what is the mischief being avoided by having inflexible AHTs? What would the call-centre drone do to make their life easier if they didn't have to get rid of customers so quickly? Alternatively, what is the business case for quantity over quality? Genuine questions hoping for genuine answers.
Re: It will only work to move people around the UK if the tickets are cheap!@ mmeier
Czech Republic has a brilliant rail service, cheap, efficient (trains will be held to ensure a connection is not lost), goes all over the place, integrated with trams and buses. Definitely a good option to the car.
Re: Nokia was right
Now I have a Samsung Android device, I genuinely cannot remember what it was that was so good about the Nokias I had, and I really didn't want to change from Nokia at all.
I wanted to buy a new hammer, but when I went into the shop they were just lumps of metal. None of them moved me, none had any soul ...
See how stupid you sound now?
Re: Listen up!
All money is imaginary, unless it is actually made of something useful. Gold doesn't count, as it is essentially useless, and the supply tightly controlled. Barter is the only really non-imaginary financial scheme, and that doesn't use money!
Re: first car...
Thank you, thesykes. I'm sure I have it in a book somewhere but it is in storage, and the internet doesn't seem to give an answer to any of the ways I've phrased it. It isn't important - I just like to be able to back up these things.
As I've said before, some things, once brought to light, are just the best way to do things. If it is *the* best way then it is a discovery and not an invention, anyway. Other things become the de facto "right" way to do things (e.g. pedal arrangement in cars, and I still haven't found a reference to which was the first car to use clutch>brake>accelerator!) Once whatever it is has got to that point, there is no point whining about it - just accept you have given something great to the world. The final category of things is stuff like rounded corners - impossible to have unique use of, and therefore wrong to try to sequester.
Samsung may or may not have the same corporate failings as any other big company, but they don't seem to be as pathetically rabid about wasting time and money on them, and so they are higher up the moral ladder than Apple in my opinion.
Third time - Apple troll is trolling.
An AC has posted twice with the same mis-spelling of Samsung. Likely to be the same one, first making unsupportable slurs against Professor Sir Robin Jacobs, and now referring to Samsung as "vile". S/he probably thinks it is funny - Same-sung, as in "the same as Apple". S/he probably also works for Apple ...
Odd that - "twat" was exactly the word that came to my mind when I read the miserablist's comment.
No SD card, no removable battery, so no. Not now, not ever.
Re: ironic is my middle name @ YAAc
New keyboard, please! When will I learn not to consume food or drink when reading the comments?
Re: No real surprise @ All names Taken
If UKIP would drop the nonsense about coming out of the EU (I know - they'd need to change their name first), then their other policies look quite attractive and socialist. However, I'm rapidly becoming a Scottish Nationalist - socialist and wants to be part of the EU. I'll let the loons in the rest of Britain vote their paranoid way whilst I vote to make my adopted home a country that will be as good as the best in Europe in a few short years.
Re: @Not That Andrew (was: @ AC Trouble is ...)
48 hours!! What the hell do you drink?? One unit of alcohol is processed in about one hour, so any reasonable drinking bout is gone in about four hours, and an entire bottle of wine in about twelve! The alcohol count in the body 24 hours after the last drink will be as close to zero as makes no difference. You'd be more impaired from from the coffee with breakfast.
Is there a difference ...
... and I mean a *real* difference, between being mugged/threatened/battered/seriously harmed/killed over a phone as, say, a wallet/watch/necklace/whatever? The problem is the people who feel the need to take other people's stuff, for whatever reason, not what is being taken.
Re: Safety is never a joke
JaitcH, I often agree with you, but your small mindedness on this ("Hope the well dries up soon") is really rather disgusting. I doubt Lester threw Rui down the pit, and it is probable that, had Lester tried to stop him, the answer would have been along the lines of "It's alright, I know what I'm doing!"
Just because you witnessed something unpleasant once doesn't give you an excuse to be objectionable about it. I'm willing to bet that I've seen at least as many unpleasant things as you, but it doesn't lead me to be pompous about it.
Re: The way to do it safely
Sounds slow and prone to the very real risk of going very wrong. Proper assessment of the material you are digging in will give a good idea of the likelihood of collapse. Let people do jobs the way they want to, but make sure the liabilty reflects that. If Rui wanted to it that way, and no-one else was at risk, who are you to preach? That's why I downvoted you.
That said, there is no way I would have gone down there - not because of the risk, but claustrophobia,
Re: "Thanks for the proof"
mmeier is one of those bloody idiots I wish there was a way to block. I don't think s/he has ever said anything I agree with, and that puts her/him below Eadon, Jake, Titus Technophobe, Ian Michael Gumby, and Matt Bryant.
Re: Could someone please explain me this British anti-ID obsession?
@ LondonRegger: using European countries, or most others with mandatory ID cards is a poor argument - many of them came through being governed by an oppressive regime. Those in Europe that weren't brought in by an oppressive regime were certainly of help when oppressive regimes came in. See the story of the Dutch ID card and its value to the Germans when they decided to spread their wings a bit.
I have no fundamental issue with a card that gives *me* a tangible benefit (and opening a bank account isn't one - talk about building up a triviality), and not makes it one-sided in favour of those who are supposed to be working for us - the government and its civil servants. There are many ways that approved ID cards could be available to those who want them that do not have any governmental input whatsoever, from many sources so that there is a reduced chance of data-aggregation. Better yet, the government could do away with the barely-concealed tracking agenda of needing umpteen documents to open a bank account under the pretence of preventing money-laundering, or having to show proof of Britishness in order to get a job by simply not pandering to the xenophobes. Also, let's get into Schengen and get rid of another layer of ID rubbish.
I'm wondering from your tone whether your handle is only vaguely accurate - should you really be "WestminsterRegger", here to see what opposition exists and how to conquer it?
That was my first thought, too!
Why should anyone pay any attention to some middle-skill techie who once did something that sold a lot (according to Wonkypedia, anyway)? Especially when said said non-expert is using words like "scam" without any evidence at all.
She sounds like a thoroughly unpleasant person to me.
Re: It is not their choice to make
I do not, and never have, agreed with the !I wrote it so it's mine" argument. If you want to keep control over what you wrote, don't put it out there. Once you have decided to [try to] monetise it, it becomes part of the world of the people who read it. You have lost control. My especial contempt goes to those that try to stop fanfiction etc because "they are *my* characters!" They aren't any longer, and there is no effective moral argument that backs it up.
Re: Google is more interested
Class-action, like plea-bargaining, is an administrative tool to make things run more easily, but it stinks to high heaven.
Re: Business as usual @ Captain Caveman
I'll take the nuclear, gas, or clean-coal power station, thanks. They are less visually intrusive and actually quite beautiful. I was driving around the area last weekend and came round a corner to see the Torness nuclear power station - it was like the couple of times I've been driving in other countries and suddenly had a magnificent castle appear over a brow, or round a bend.
Aesthetics aside - nuclear and fossil stations actually do what we need whether the climate is getting hotter or cooler - producing lots of energy. The answers to a change either way in climate are to going to be energy intensive if we are to maintain civilisation at the current level, and keep advancing. However, your nom de plume perhaps suggests that isn't what you want ;-)
Re: I do hope .....
If anyone were serious about renewable energy, then they would be drilling deep holes for geothermal - contained, efficient, and environmentally almost without impact. The same could be done with the sea, where it is deep enough to create a large thermal difference.
Pissing about with large-scale windmills and glass, at least in the UK, is so pointless as to be an obvious scam. As I've said many times elsewhere, we need efficient energy production, and lots of it, so I reflect your question back at you - assuming you live in the UK, will you renounce your use of energy *not* produced by renewables and then produce a series of articles for El Reg to show us how you get on?
Re: If more proof were needed...
"(Although, I accept your point; there aren't that many bombings / child murders that don't get pinned on someone.)
Fixed that for you, too.
Re: Racist factor?
Apologies, folks - I made almost exactly the same points in almost the same words in response to comments earlier because I was afraid no-one else was going to. I didn't mean to steal your thunder.
Re: A very bad decision
Has it occurred to you that we are on the *fifth* page of comments and you've still accrued 8 downvotes? That fact alone shows that you are probably the Assistant Principal concerned.
Re: Zero Tolerance
Black-letter law is the bane of civilisation. Any claiming otherwise should not be left in charge of anything more complicated than bag of sweets.
Re: As I thought.... @Daggersedge
I suspect her colour has something to do with it, but not in the way you mean. If this had been a white person at the school, you are right, nothing would have been done, but that is because it is "normal" for white people to experiment. I can't get out of my mind that this is down to her being "an uppitty ******" (yes, that's six letters, you can work it out - don't think people don't still use the term).
Re: unintended f*c*i*g consequences.
"Science is only one step from godless commie atheism". And don't forget she is not white - might that have some bearing on the matter?
Re: What I'd Like.
A school has a *Commandant" as an Assistant Principal??? See icon.
Re: Dear Daddy
I love the way Brits can make a whole book out of toilet humour. I've learned some new terms to ambush people with today. Fortunately I'm working from home, so I'm not risking a hernia from holding my laughter in!
Re: Situation normal
Not to mention the screams from all those chick-pea skins scouring the sphincter ...
This isn't going to end well.
<--- Icon, because it will feel like one of these trying to get out.
I neither believe that they will or they won't on the large scale (people attending demonstrations will say that, on the small scale they already do). However, neither I nor you can predict anything about the future, and the risk is non-zero. What would it take for the same level of hysteria that shows every time a school-girl explodes a bottle of pop manifests here? How long before a certain group (people who worked in entertainment in the 1960/70s) is so reviled that they need to be "protected"? Can you say for certain that anyone with a certain characteristic (education beyond a certain level) isn't regarded as a "risk to society"?
Consider making a forecast of how the Western world would be on 10th September 2001 - could you have predicted what we have without being classed as a loony?
Re: Driving licences
Agreed. For a number of reasons I've taken to renting cars more often lately, and it is a requirement for most rental companies that both bits of the licence are shown. Whilst remembering the silly bit of paper shouldn't make a difference (I keep it in the same place as my old paper driving licence which I'd still have but for house-moves), it does. Somehow, knowledge that I always have my driving licence in my wallet makes forgetting the other bit easier.
Re: "I wish passports didn't have your address printed on it"
Well done for checking, and admitting your mistake - a bit rare round these parts! I was just about to post that my freshly-minted passport (only two weeks out of the gov't printing press) has no address on it. I am still debating whether or not to cause the RFID to have an accident (my previous passport was issued before the chip requirement).
Re: Not interested, personally
Isn't it more likely to work on the company-car model? Choose from a list of "acceptable" devices selected for your level in the organisation, supplied by work and wholly owned by them so that it is returned when the contract is over. I don't see any organisation wanting a whole raft of disparate devices, nor the workforce (outside the USA at least) accepting this paying for extra work devices out of their own pockets.
Re: It's worse than you think.
I agree with Chris J - there is a lot to be learned from an articulate person with specific difficulties interacting with the technology. How about it, El Reg? 150+ upvotes say there is interest ... talk to this author and see if s/he is willing to do a few articles.
Re: Fireworks Anyone
Well said, Trevor! I wish I could hand out upvotes by the kilo :-)
I do agree with Andrew on some things, but his increasingly shrill clickbait on IP protection for the benefit of big industry a the expense of everyone else has almost got too annoying to read.
... and what the hell is "legimate rape"? The phrase doesn't make any sense!
Re: Treble damages and prison time is due
Well said, Gordon. The lack of perspective shown when this topic comes up never fails to make me wonder what some people's priorities are.
Re: As ye sow...
You seriously think this bloke is going to be treated like a serious sexual offender? Remember, all he did was slow down some computers - most people don't even know it happened. He might get a short custodial sentence, but don't bank on it (though I'm not sure what the political situation is in the Netherlands regarding computer crime). If he does, he'll be treated as an oddity with skills that other criminals can use - this may not have the outcome you seem to think he deserves.
Re: Medical data mining
There is a legitimate balancing act to be done here. Suitably anonymised data (and I mean properly: as effectively anonymised as possible - no identifiers at all, not genetic, not even general location in the country) should be available to any researcher, regardless of what part of the research community they come (public, private, combination). There are healthcare advances to be made from this - perhaps not as big as being able to add demographic and other data, but certainly significant. That should be the cost to the patient of being in the NHS - your data goes into the unidentifiable mass with all the rest and it can be mined by whoever for the good of society, perhaps with a price to private users of the data.
Once identifiers come into it, then the full approval route should be invoked, with Research Ethics Approval etc. However, there is a bias towards the research providing a benefit to the individual patient - this can cripple slightly more blue-sky thinking if there isn't a clear advantage to that patient depending on how the local REC sees it. In my opinion, there should be a clearly-defined category of research in which people can say "yes, go ahead and do this research" regardless of benefit and if there is minimal risk (or even some risk but acceptable to the subject). There are a lot of people who would happily allow it, but they should be asked first (it is like a friend borrowing my tools - he knows and I know that I am happy to lend them to him, but asks and doesn't just wander off with them).
That depends on where you are in the country. Some places are far more open with your information than others. I know some GPs who go out of their way to avoid giving information to investigatory bodies without due process. After that, they give the bare minimum required.
Re: Caldicott is back!
Yep - that's a piss-poor training resource! Not only out-of-date but horribly constructed. Someone took a Powerpoint presentation designed for a face-to-face session and just added some words. I love the timeline in the introductory session that goes 1997>2004>2006>2000!
Re: so what?
Which planet do you live on AC? It certainly bears no resemblance to where I live.
Re: Flawed approach to a layered one
I agree. I have rarely ever met anyone that doesn't work in that background (I'm from the same working class background as you). Many work "on the side" because they couldn't afford to lose the benefits, some put a great deal of effort into getting as much money out of the system as they can, others steal, and many look after elderly/sick/young relatives and get absolutely no money whatsoever for it from the State or anywhere else.
There aren't that many "layabouts" - it is a product of the Protestant work-ethic we're saddled with that makes some kinds of work better than others. Let's have a basic income for everyone, and then let people choose how to live their lives.
Re: Applied Placebo Effect? @ Ralph B
If this came before me in my role as member of a research ethics committee, it wouldn't get past me. It is sneaky, unethical, and just plain lying. Far better to be honest and say "Actually, there are some areas you need to improve, because at the moment you need support/treatment/just sit still while we send the nice men in clean white coats round". Actual therapists and counsellors with their minds on helping the individual (not meeting targets) are required, since many long-term unemployed really do need a chance to look at life a different way, and realise that they at least have the potential to be someone that matters. Issuing platitudes like Sirius Cybernetics Corporation's products is not going to help anyone.