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Re: Re. Saves the pen issue straight away!
I thought the custody suit was the outfit with the arrows on it.
I remember going to the Maplin shop when they only had one, in Southend. We were visiting relatives in the area and I persuaded my father to make a side trip.
They've gone well downhill from those days, now it's mostly overpriced tat and the component business is almost a sideline at the back of the store. Also, back in the day, the likes of RS and Farnell didn't deal with individuals, whereas now they will. I remember the local electronics shop in Bath would order stuff from RS for people.
Re: If you think Maplins is bad ...
I was in there this morning. They've been rearranging the local one, so the big signs hanging from the roof aren't necessarily above the items you'd expect. Still, it's a good excuse to wander round even more. Some of them are themed, too, the San Jose one and the Palo Alto ones spring to mind here.
I don't know how available they are in the UK (Amazon.co.uk has them, so probably) but the Neato robot vacs score better than the Roombas in most reviews. They've got a laser scanner that maps their surroundings and run back and forth in an efficient pattern compared to the random walk of other robot vacs.
Re: Something doesn't add up here...
I really don't understand how your judicial system can have gone so wrong. You have courts which can remove the right to freedom of speech, and the right to a private life. You have law enforcement agencies which can actively instruct officers of other law enforcement agencies to break your own laws. You have laws which allow the words of your police officers to become legally binding orders which citizens must obey under threat of physical force, and imprisonment. Where the fuck is the land of the free?
Sadly the UK is not much better. If you're in a public place the police can order you to obey them under threat of arrest. If social services decide they don't like you then your right to privacy is very limited, and then you're banned from talking about issues.
Re: Something doesn't add up here...
A decent lawyer should have got that "breach of terms" claim thrown out easily. Giving the guy an $80k settlement on the grounds he tell *no one* is impractical at best and would have required the entire immediate family sign the non-disclosure at worst.
The IRS would have to sign too, they tend to want to know about large sums of money because they want their share of it.
Well done Stephen Colbert. Just like the court jesters of old, who'd use humour as a sort of code to tell the King what his subjects were thinking. I wonder if we'll ever get a Youtube video of the whole thing?
Re: "Not that a two-billion bite would have damaged Apple all that much"
I suspect that as it was a European court and a European patent, a win in Germany would have asked for EU-wide damages, or at least helped them claim damages in other EU countries on the strength of the German verdict.
"We are more than astonished by the dismissal especially because this court, just like other courts in Germany and the UK, found a myriad of infringements of the 100A patent,"
Translation: "Damn, didn't see that coming, we were sure we were going to win. Clearly the court is wrong because it didn't agree with us"
Don't let the door catch you on the way out...
Nothing like a bit of notice for those who were using it. Or is it like an insurance company, sending the renewal through almost too late for you to shop around and find something cheaper? Trying to push people onto WhatsApp, perhaps?
Not that I ever used their messenger stuff, there's a limit to the number it's sensible to use and I never saw a latecomer like that as worth it on computers.
Re: @Graham Marsden
Enough people are starting to question all of this activity. I guess it's a form of revenge if everyone starts declaring GCHQ people to be a pervs based on bits of news like this.
Been through this recently, some counterfeit diodes. An x-ray shows they look quite different inside to a real one, almost like they put a lower-current (smaller, cheaper) die in the bigger package.
Re: Very long term @Number6
I wasn't thinking of deleting the originals, merely providing versions in the latest standards. Keeping the original work, and a means of reading them, is important in case of conflict. Very few people read the original Magna Carta, but the text is available in different formats for everyone to view.
Re: Very long term
Technically you don't need the format to endure that long. What you need is a set of standards that are robust enough that one can run an update program on your current set of documents that will convert them reliably into something reflecting the new standard and maintain the same appearance and formatting and be able to trust that it's done so without needing to visually inspect every document.
Data Format, not Applications
There's nothing to stop the government using MS Office to generate the documents, assuming it's capable of producing ODF files that conform to the spec (i.e. MS wrote their plug-in correctly).
All that is being consulted on here is the format to use, not the applications.
In practice, however, once they've specified the open file format, it's not that great a leap to shift to the cheapest (including support costs) option for generating those files, and I guess this is what MS is afraid of. There are costs involved with using Libre/Open/Star Office, but there's likely to be competition for providing that support which should help control costs. If a large user such as the UK government shifts over, expect others to also take the plunge, providing a bigger market for support organisations.
Re: The cost per user just went up...
I'd also like to thank Facebook for freeing up a few precious MB on my phone by their actions.
I'd like to free up a few more by removing the pre-installed FB app from my phone but that's not quite so trivial. I haven't given it any data even though I keep finding that it's running and force-kill it, so who knows what information it's already uploaded on the offchance that it can use it? (Interesting question, given that I never gave permission, so I would hope the anwer is 'none'.)
Re: They're not doing it to get access to your phonebook...
Ironically I would have been less bothered by Google buying it. They already have my phone number because I opted to join the Android ecosystem rather than the iOS or one of the less popular options. I sort of assume they know everything I do with my phone anyway, even though I don't use GMail or any of their other services apart from maps and search.
Yes, WhatsApp account deleted and app removed from phone here too. As mentioned by someone else, there's no way of checking that they have really deleted the information.
I never had Facebook on my phone and I've never bothered giving them my phone number by other means (and most of what I have told them is not entirely accurate anyway...), so it'll be a bit irritating if they acquire it by this means.
Perhaps there has been cumulative damage to the front suspension over time and it's less able to absorb shocks compared to that at the back.
It needs to make a call to the AAA (Alien Automobile Association) to see if they can come fix it.
If it's something with admin rights then the only way to protect against it is to have an off-line backup that it can't touch.
Perhaps with the large disks available now, we need to go back to the VMS approach of versioning files, so that if I change a file, it keeps a copy of the previous one until I explicitly purge it. If that's built in to the file system then it makes it harder for someone to scramble all the files because it would only create new copies, the old ones would still be there. Provided there are several hoops to jump through to do the purge, it would be hard for the trojan to remove old copies.
As a side benefit, you could have an external audit device attached to which the filesystem would write a log entry time it changed a file so you'd be able to track back and see what changed. Being a write-only device from the perspective of the main system, and not being attached to the network in any other way, it would be helpful in forensic analysis if something bad did turn up. Obviously it can be defeated if a trojan can disturb the filesystem drivers, but even then there's a good chance that it would have to do that by overwriting the driver file on disk (which would create a record) and then forcing the system to reload it.
I guess it comes down to how paranoid you are, what performance penalty you'll accept (AV scanners do load Windows machines quite a bit) and how much you're prepared to pay for a bit more security.
Re: Anybody had the other situation?
I did that once, accidentally dragged a folder into another one and realised afterwards that I shouldn't have been able to do it at that level in the directory tree. Ironically, that was at the company with the most locked-down network I've ever experienced.
One gets careless if the network protects you against your mistakes, I've picked up most of my better habits from painful experience of losing data because I did something stupid (I go back to CP/M, so plenty of opportunities) and then modifying how I did things.
One Drive to rule them all, One Bing to find them,
One Drive to bring them all and in the data centre bind them
Re: 1 billion Indians want visas for the USA
It is possible to move from the US to the UK and vice versa, just a bit harder. The important thing is to find a company willing to pay the right wages, which is not so easy because both countries expect higher wages than some immigrants. Plan B is to marry a citizen, but that comes with its own set of problems and expenses.
...and big state funded IT projects etc might actually work for once.
And you were doing so well up until that point. You've strayed beyond the bounds of what's possible.
Re: Goat Farming @number6
Sadly, my Google-fu failed me on this one. It was probably in Computing Today though.
I still remember from the late 70s in one of the computing magazines of the day, an interview with one of the Captains of Industry who noted that if his life every became complicated enough that he needed a computer to manage it, he'd chuck it all in and take up goat farming.
I wonder where he is now?
...which could, if certain assumptions are correct, start a chain reaction converting everything into “strange matter.”
Sometimes I wonder if this has already happened. Some really strange things have occurred.
I set Firefox to open a blank page when I spawn a new tab, I'd only see ads the first time I fired up a new installation.
Re: Endless pursuit of low/no wages
You give one to every human, and get yourself an in house spy in every home, so you can really accurately target your advertising. We've all seen the films, we know the plot.
I think you're missing the point. If the work is being done by the robots, where are the humans going to get the money to pay for the products? Or do we all get given a robot so we can send it out to work to earn us money?
On the eighth day a machine just got upset...
Remote bricking should require a PIN which can be set by the owner. The default is that no PIN = no remote brick. That makes it entirely opt-in by the owner and (if you trust the manufacturers/government) means that the owner has to consent to the bricking.
I'm still not convinced it's the best way to achieve the result though, I can see the hackers having a field day.
Re: Get a candybar phone
It does not have a Facebook button.
I would say this is a desirable feature for any phone. A smartphone without the FB app pre-installed would be good. Are there any?
"How can I go back to my electorate and persuade them this is a functioning system?" Amelia Amersdotter, the Swedish MEP for the Pirate Party told The Register. "There's no trust in European institutions - nobody likes us."
Well, the first bit always was a hopeless task. The second bit, I don't think it was caused by the Google settlement, and when trust is already at the bottom, it can't go any lower. (This is not a challenge, BTW.)
I see no need to use cloud services for what I do, half the fun is playing with it and learning how the stuff works. I've got another little ARM platformm running a 6to4 tunnel so my home network can do IPv6. I get to pay the electricity bill too, so a couple of little 5W boxes easily beats 100W+ of server ticking over, although I'll admit the room is a lot colder in winter now than it used to be when I had several big x86 machines running. As for handcrafting, that's all part of the learning process, and having done it once, the second one didn't take much time at all.
I would not use the little ARM platforms as-is for serious professional deployment - the lifetime of the SD cards used to boot is not good enough and they suffer bit rot. I've had to rebuild a few times, although once the base image is built, it's easy enough to create a new bootable SD card.
When it comes to using Windows servers, I'd have to pay for those, with Linux I can just throw together a new system to play with fairly qickly, no licence or activation hassles and no multiple reboots as it's patched from install state to latest release. It was hard at first, but now I'm up the learning curve and it's relatively straightforward. Perhaps if I was paid to do it I'd think differently.
I have a couple of little ARM machines handling DNS and DHCP, as a master/slave pair so that there's a bit of resilience. They'll stay up longer than anything else due to the light load on their battery backup, and come up before anything else. They also do local NTP services, polling a different set of servers out on the internet. Far more robust than using a large server, and more configurable than a typical consumer router.
In one survey with an admittedly small sample size, 31 per cent of people admitted to entering false data into their social network account.
I find it depressing that only 31% are savvy enough to obfuscate their data. I do have a standard internet birthday (so I can remember it if I need to repeat it), but it's not my real one. I'm similarly vague about location and I don't hand over my phone number (or use social networking apps) on my phone.
Oh dear... Treaty of Western Harmony Against Terror
Is there a non-Vulture reference for this name?
I think you missed the "bn" on each of those numbers, so that's $470million difference. Still small change to some, I know.
Comcast already does with with their XFinity service, or at least I assume that's how they do it. Cable modem with built-in VoIP adapter and (optional) battery pack. Of course, if they were smart, they'd tweak the CM software so that a VoIP phone connected via a LAN port could also use the number, then people could use their laptop for phone calls as well as Skype calls.
Given the number of people who use cordless phones and probably don't have a backup wired phone, I'd say a lot of people lose phone service when the power goes out.
I read the headline and my immediate reaction was BOLLOCKS!
I would say this says more about those who write tax laws and those who interpret them than anything else.
Perhaps the world could club together to organise a big convention for them on a tropical island in the Pacific somewhere, and when they're all having a party, nuke it from orbit.
It's a few years ago now, but I think Jaguar had a proper HUD system for use in fog that used radar (or lidar) at a frequency unaffected by the fog and projected an image onto the inside of the windscreen to show what was outside. I'm not sure if it was on 1st April though. Having said that, GM is working on such a system based on this Wired article from 2010
Re: Why's it always KickStarter these days?
It depends on what the money is used for - if you can fund it with a Kickstarter for the whole amount, you can end up with a viable small company with an established product and demand that you own. If you get it funded by venture capitalists then they end up with a viable small company with an established product.
Reality is usualy somewhere in between, and often you will need external investment to fund further growth, but that's easier when the VC has sight of a real product and a real market rather than a bunch of Powerpoint slides.
Re: SPF natwest.com
That said, there are other questions. Like; do Natwest really send outbound mail from more than 65,000 IPs? Doesn't this make it so broad as to be essentially meaningless?
Or someone didn't actually understand how SPF works... Or their network is disorganised enough that it really does have outbound mail servers spread all over the subnet.
Re: Lessons learned
"Setup a recurring reminder to pay every month" - it's YOUR responsibility to make the payment, regardless of whether/if you get a statement.
This is why I refused to have electronic statements and insisted on a paper one each month when this first started. For some reason I trust the postal system to deliver something more than the electronic one. It can be hard to pay off a bill if you don't know how much it is,even if you know that it should be due.
Now my habits have changed and I have electronic statements, but then I also log in and check my accounts a lot more so it's obvious when the statement date has passed and the amount payable is clear.
It turns out that the moon is not made of green cheese, it's made of Swiss cheese and the rabbit fell down a hole.
Re: Space != reliability
How exactly will beancounter mannage improve a space expedition?
Self-interest. Go look up the quote about John Glenn who, when he was asked what he was thinking when in space, answered that he was considering the fact that all the equipment around him was made by the lowest bidder.
Re: Space != reliability
Sendnig the chief beancounter along on a manned mission would probably vastly improve its reliability, alrthough it would cost a bit more.
Doesn't it also depend on what client software they want to use? If everyone is gung-ho on Outlook, they're going to want something that gives them all the Outlook features. Even without that requiremkent, do you need to integrate with Active Directory and other Windows technologies?
I'd stick with a Linux system with IMAP, but then I have less than ten users to worry about so the scale is somewhat different. At my level, lack of licence issues means it costs less, but with a large system the running costs will be a significant part of the equation.
Re: Don't do this.....
That just means they migrated to somewhere other than where the users are looking, probably the bit bucket...
Icahn is the poster boy for short-term thinking. See the stored value, move in, strip it and move on, leaving behind something that may well struggle to cope. To me, he typifies the whole problem with the modern economy, it's all NOW! NOW! NOW! and ME! ME! ME! with no thought as to what happens in ten years. From his perspective, he'll be OK if he's got lots of money under his mattress and who cares about the rest of us.
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