477 posts • joined Wednesday 10th June 2009 17:58 GMT
De ja vu
Thought I'd seen this attempted quite a few years ago.
Hide the dosh!
Seems safer stuffing it in the mattress!
Think of the children - again!
Oh dear - once more into the breach, dear friends, with grandstanding politicians who think they can wave a magic wand and everything on the net will be warm and cuddly. Well - I'm here to tell you, friends - it ain't gonna happen. This is absolutely nothing to do with keeping children safe on line (that's the parents' responsibility in my opinion) or offending folks' sensibilities but has EVERYTHING to do with outright censorship. Who is to decide what is "undesirable" and should not be seen? I expect they will appoint the City of London police to oversee all this business, as it seems they can order alleged file-sharing sites in other countries to do their bidding. Doing the same to other sites deemed "extremist" without any due process whatsoever should be child's play to them. I believe there may be an election coming up. Anything to do with that, possibly?
Blimey, or words to that effect.
GCHQ doing something useful for society? Well......THERE'S a turn-up for the books!
"Keep It Simple, Stupid" has got to be the order of the day. One-click (or even automatic) encryption is about the only thing that non-techie friends of mine will go for. I've played around with encryption and I reckon it's too involved for the average user to fathom out.
Good show, chaps!
Good luck to this venture. The good ol' boys (not) of the NSA need a good slap in the face after all their antics. The question remains, however - which country is actually safe to host this service? It seems that most governments are spying on each other. If they can get something together, the whole world and its wife should be interested.
Have you noticed that when anything, anywhere goes pear-shaped, it only ever effects "a very small number" or "a very limited number" of people/items/software or anything else you care to name?
In my opinion, DAB was the biggest con ever pulled on the great British wireless-listening public. I was an early adopter, buying a tuner, seduced by the promises of "better than CD" quality. Initially it sounded no more than just OK and what do we get? More and more stations shoe-horned in at ever- decreasing bit-rates (one in MONO, for goodness' sake!) and bloomin' 'orrible sound quality, There was also a mention in the early days (and I'm sure I didn't dream it) of user-adjustable audio compression but that appears to have vanished in a black hole and now everything sounds like the dreaded Optimod (or something similar) is still being used to flatten dynamic range to such an extent that I feel most of the stations (and this applies to FM as well) are painful to listen to. Some are audibly "pumping". I suspect sound quality is suffering because I understand DAB encoding is lossy, like mp3, and I am also guessing that the stations' computer music storage is not exactly .WAV standard either (imagine the storage space THAT would need), and the combination of the two, together with the way the raw audio is butchered before it enters the transmission chain, conspires to emit sounds which are nowhere near the quality of a good CD. I have reel-to-reel recordings made many years ago from FM and they sound fine with plenty of dynamics - unlike contemporary efforts. All in all, as someone else has mentioned, I think the whole system meeds a complete re-vamp. Current transmissions seem to be tailored to the lowest common denominator, i.e. portable radios and in-car systems. Given a half-decent hi-system, DAB fails miserably.
Waste of money
This is a pathetic waste of taxpayers money. It makes me (to say the least) hopping mad! Never mind about REAL crimes like murder, burglary, assault, rape and so on. No - the great music industry has to be appeased - at great cost, it would seem. I fail to see how the police can unilaterally decide what is and what is not a crime without the case having been brought before a court of law. It is NOT their position do do this and any suggestion that they should have carte blanche to make these types of decisions needs be stamped on ASAP. The suggested re-direct (http://18.104.22.168/) is disgusting, containing links to other sites and pages "supported by" British recorded music industry etc. The police are supposed to be impartial, not the puppets of the music industry and all links should be removed forthwith. This situation of a potential police state needs to be sorted in short order as certain people seem to have grandiose ideas of bypassing the courts completely.
This has got to be one of the most syrupy, obsequious, sycophantic, vomit-inducing comments about anyone I have ever heard. The guy was obviously a ruthless, charmless, humourless money-grabber, seemingly devoid of most social skills (according to many reports) and I would suspect he never really had any sort of life outside of Apple.
I have a certain déjà vu feeling about this. Were there not audio only DVD discs and there were certainly "Super" CD recordings some years back, followed up with HDCD, none of which were well received by the public, as they thought the existing CD quality was good enough (never mind that the sound had already been butchered by audio compression, etc!) and even the audio geeks' response was luke-warm and they never sold very well. I can't see yet another so-called "high quality" format taking off, when the majority of the great unwashed public don't seem to give a hoot about what recorded music actually sounds like and probably have never experienced anything "live" to make a comparison.
Apple's products are just grossly over-priced trinkets hyped up to appeal to the posers and "must-have" fanbois. Pay through the nose if you want to for a touch of styling (just like Bang and Olufsen audio and TV gear) but there are products around that will do the same job quite adequately without sacrificing several arms and legs and taking out a second mortgage in the process. In my opinion, an awful lot of folk have been conned by Apple's continuing rhetoric but I suppose that's the company's ruthless Jobsian legacy which must be maintained.
MS forcing extraction of money
I have a ton of programs that I use on a regular basis on my XP machines - some obtained on a "once-only" 24-hour offer, so what do I do? I dare say that many will probably not work under Win 7 or that heap of an OS, Win 8. All my machines are pretty well locked down, as I speak, security-wise, but I'm tempted to get a cheapo one loaded with a Linux distribution and use it purely for browsing and block the others from the net.
What sort of false hero-worship is this? The guy was ruthless, founding a company that sold grossly over-priced flawed products, hyping each incarnation up to the hilt to ensnare vulnerable folk who should have looked elsewhere for a cheaper product that does what they want and need. The guy was only a CEO, for goodness' sake - NOT a saviour of all mankind, as some people seem to believe in their religious fervour. This sort of ridiculous and totally absurd adulation drives me to despair. To preserve his former home, like some sort of religious shrine, is nothing short of madness. What next? Organised trips for the "faithfull" to see an absolutely bog-standard home with nothing out of the ordinary to offer? I'm now lost for words.
Well......if people are daft enough to fall for all the over-blown hype from Apple and pay through the nose for a grossly over-priced product from such a ruthless company, then I have no sympathy. They almost deserve to be relieved of their gold-plated product.....Er.....What's that? It's NOT gold plated? Always thought that ALL Apple products were, judging by the bloated and insane prices that their products are sold for. Still, gotta keep the management in the style they're accustomed to.
And I thought it was only the Welsh and Australians that indulged!
Even from my vast distance across the pond, this is so obviously a white-wash, it's not true. Obama must think the American folk are a bunch of mugs if he thinks they are going to fall for this clap-trap.
Genie out of bottle
Is Sima Jiro a terrorist then?
Bet someone's head is gonna roll over that! Probably be sent to jail for a zillion years as an example, as that seems to be standard form for any government-related leaking! Don't they have a word-search to redact documents?
In my humble opinion, this affair stinks to high heaven. As for being forced to give up passwords, this is unforgivable. Just what the hell do our people think they're playing at? Doesn't sound very legal to my untrained ears!
Coincidence of course
Good heavens......Quelle surprise! "Of course, I planned this all along" is what he might have said. Looking at this debacle from across the pond, it would be laughable if it wasn't so serious. Just who does Obama think he's kidding? He's been found out and now it's obvious there's going to be some sort of attempt at damage limitation, otherwise he and his cronies who support all this snooping may well find themselves out of office at the next election. It's a joke.
Thanks folks! Either way, it all seems very OTT for alleged copyright infringement to me.
Here in the UK, I don't understand the American terms describing the degrees of "seriousness" of an alleged crime but if your lawmakers wish to waste their time on this trivial matter, when there are much more important issues to be tackled, then something is seriously wrong. It'll be a hanging offence next! This obsession with copyright and piracy matters is sheer lunacy. If the industry provided a reasonable alternative solution at an equally reasonable price, then I would imagine people would actually buy what is currently a grossly over-priced product.
Round the bend
A bog-standard password then?
Three wise monkeys all rolled into one.
Cocky Cameron again: "I can tell you we’re already looking at legislative options so that we can force action in this area". Bloke needs to be taken to one side and the net explained to him in words of half a syllable or less. He really does think he's on a roll, doesn't he? Talk about grandstanding, as our "friends" (I use the term loosely) across the pond have it.
Just has not got a clue
Putting it bluntly, another bloody silly, grand-standing, technically-illiterate politician talking out of his arse! He obviously thinks that there is some magic switch that will instantaneously turn the net into a "good place". Well, it ain't gonna happen, brother! There will always be people using work-arounds to get so-called undesirable material from the "dark" net and does he seriously think that hot air and a load of blustering in the name of "think of the children" really diguises that fact that governments do not like the net's free speech aspect and they will do almost anything to control it? This is probably the first piece of an insidious creeping effort to censor the net - pure and simple...........I despair.
Oh dear to the nth degree
"This will wind up the "if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear" brigade" says Andrew Moore. Does that mean that he's for or against data snooping? Sounds from the "wind up" part as if he's not worried if HIS data is slurped and distinctly scornful of those who may protest, so I assume he's in favour. I reckon if HE was in the dock, wrongfully accused due to plod's blundering, the story would be a little different. Snooping and lack of privacy has got way beyond a joke.
"We are going to have to make some choices as a society". Just who does "we" refer to in this case? Seems the public had no say in the matter as it was all super-secret in a so-called democratic country. Now it's come to light, the folk responsible are desperately trying to play it down. Just what other fiendish, "top secret" schemes are being perpetrated in the name of national security?
Hmm. Typical technically illiterate grand-standing politicians thinking that a switch thrown here, a disconnection there and maybe a magic wand waved over the system, will miraculously make the net completely safe. It ain't gonna happen. I can see any attempt at this causing large amounts of collateral damage and who is to be sued if legit websites are taken off line? This has happened already elsewhere. When will these people use consultants who REALLY know what's going on? As far as I can see, it's just plain old censorship - no more, no less and is the beginning of a slippery slope, thin end of the wedge, or any other metaphor you care to use for a government that seems to be obsessed with controlling their citizens' lives.
Waffle and piffle
Oh dear. Yet another "think of the children" excuse rolled out again in order to nanny us poor citizens who can't think for themselves (or so "they" seem to believe) and to censor the net (no other word for it). Doesn't good parenting somehow enter the equation?
What is it with women home secretaries? The previous technical ignoramus also seemed to have some sort of power trip going and this one is the same. Can we have politicians with some common sense, if all those words in one sentence are not a complete anomaly.
But if it's all legal, where, I ask myself, is the problem? Have we gone down the morality path here? As someone else commented, tax AVOIDANCE is perfectly legal. If the powers-that-be are unhappy about companies and individuals structuring their affairs to avoid paying too much tax, then change the law. Until then, stop grand-standing and trying to name and shame - especially as the words, pot, kettle and black come to mind with certain high-profile names, who just happen to be in politics, also allegedly trying the same "tricks" (I use the word loosely).
Thought about that as well. Reminds me of when I was a "Post Office Telephones" engineer and we had to periodically inspect certain kit in mini bunkers around the area (checking signal and batteries, etc) which were meant to be manned by the Observer Corps in the event of a nuclear attack. They were kitted out with rudimentary survival kits and, rather ominously, a bomb blast indicator. However, I often wondered how they were supposed to get on station from their main headquarters in town, which was a good 25 minutes drive away when the warning time was a mere four minutes (if I remember correctly). Also the feed carrying the signal for the electronics was just a good old bog-standard overhead telephone wire over several spans on the usual wooden poles. Couldn't see that lasting even milliseconds in the event of a bomb being dropped!
Another huge database just waiting to be cracked open. I can see hackers and spammers rubbing their hands in glee, as I speak. When will they ever learn?
Let's hope there are no nasty hitherto unknown beastie bacterias lurking locally, ready to leap out and destroy mankind!
It's my understanding that if the word "penalty" is actually used on the so-called ticket, this is illegal. The "fine" is nothing more than an invoice for parking and should be treated with contempt. It is not a legal document and is merely a civil matter, despite the way it may be made up to look like an official notice. There is no compunction to actually pay these so-called "fines", as they are purely dressed-up extortion threats. I had one in the post after over-staying my welcome by a few minutes in the MacDonalds car park at one of the major airports. (Despicable that DVLA are allowed to disclose vehicle keeper details, but that's another story!). I ignored it and then received a further letter from a so-called debt collection agency which, strangely enough, just happen to share the same address as the original parking "enforcement" company. Odd that. Ignored that and never got any more. There are numerous postings about such companies on a Google search and many suggestions available how to deal with these sharks.
Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast!
Sheer paranoia......That is all. Over and out.
I can see people playing games with the system and inserting repeated naughty words like "bomb" and the like in mail titles just to see what happens.
A-ha! This can't possibly be true. After all, the religious creationist nutters are quite adamant that the earth is only a few thousand years old and who would dare to disagree with that, for fear of being struck down by a thunderbolt or coming to a premature end, compelled to live in an oven for all eternity? (Snigger)
It may be a staged thing just for the street view camera. Has been known to happen.......er......so I understand!
Sorry folks, couldn't stand the woman but then, why should I apologise for disliking somebody who was too full of her own importance for her own good; false, pompous, overbearing, condescending, patronising, shallow, self-righteous and possessing a completely misplaced superior attitude over everybody else. How she lasted as long as she did as prime minister is totally beyond me. Must be something to do with her toadying cabinet ministers - most of whom were tarred with the same brush in my opinion. Every time she appeared on TV, with that particularly irritating smugness and an equally nauseous whine of a voice, I felt like hurling something at the screen. Quite the worst thing that ever happened for Britain. Brought the country to its knees.
Re: Misplaced admiration
From what I have read, I would totally agree. The guy just seemed like an over-bearing, bombastic bossy-boots and apparently all he cared about was conning the public into buying grossly over-priced products that could have been bought elsewhere, made by other manufacturers, to do broadly the same function. How people fell for it, I shall never know. iPad - a magical thing? I think not.
I hardly watch any telly anyway here in the UK (rubbish production values, so-called "arty" shaky camera-work and constantly repeated shots in what are supposed to be factual documentaries etc.) and my consumption will probably drop to zero if any more ads start being force-fed over the ether. Dawkins preserve us!
Above the law?
Once again, it appears that Apple thinks it can do as it likes. The law will bite back, you mark my words.
I don't have a passport and does everybody now have to have a fixed IP address?...........Next crackpot, please!