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Re: He's looking quite healthy...
Where you're from? The 1890s?
Seriously I can't think of an English speaking country where electrocuted still only means killed. Sure when it was coined back in the 19th century it was a contraction of electric execution, but it hasn't meant just that for a very long time indeed.
Careful? It's a risk of the job.
Re: He's looking quite healthy...
"He's looking quite healthy for someone who's been 'electrocuted'."
I've been electrocuted a few times and I look pretty healthy too. I've got two arms for a kick off.
Given your quotation marks I assume you think electrocuted means something other than what it really means.
Re: In case you missed the adverts
@Chris Fit the Fifth and Sixth were co-written by John Lloyd since in typical BBC style it took so long to commission the series Adams was also commissioned to write and edit Dr Who by the time they got that far into H2G2 and didn't have time to give 100% to both.
AFAIK Lloyd not only had no problems with the series being broadcast, but I could be wrong. However I do doubt that Lloyd could actually prevent broadcast if he wanted to. Repeat rights are usually written into writers and performers contracts. Famously Dave Allen had a one repeat clause written into his contract. Judging by Dave's output Lloyd has never had such a clause in his contracts.
Some of the stuff Lloyd worked on was replaced in the books, according to Adams because he wanted to go it alone and see what he could come up with. Some have, perhaps uncharitably, suggested that this is because he didn't want to share the royalties with Lloyd.
The only copyright issues I have ever been aware of in the UK was not in broadcast but CD releases and online availability. One episode, possibly, fit the third featured Marvin "humming like" Pink Floyd, the Beatles and somebody else. When it came to CD/Cassette release there was a royalties issue so the scene in question was cut from that episode. Also back about ten years ago when the Tertiary Phase was ready for broadcast those lovely people at Disney kicked up a fuss claiming that they owned the copyrights for the whole thing.
As I say I'm sure the first two series were repeated on radio in the late eighties if not early nineties. I also have a vague memory of them being broadcast or at least available online around about the time the tertiary phase was broadcast. I am, however, quite probably wrong about that as I possibly just listened to my recordings again.
Re: In case you missed the adverts
"And not a lot of people know this,"
Well not a lot of people apart from those who've read about it in books, magazine articles, various internet sites or heard about it in interviews. Or who actually listened to the series. Since the whole second series was apparently a hallucination it never really happened.
Anyhow I'm pretty sure the line was "put it there, and there, and there and there, woah!" suggesting that maybe that last "there" wasn't referring to an arm at all...
Re: In case you missed the adverts
Really? I'm sure it's less than thirty years since I last heard the original on radio.
Not that I'm bothered as the whole thing sits happilly on my media server for whenever I choose to listen to it. Probably a breach of copyright, but what the heck.
Just been to the linked page where the BBC describe it as an "Adaptation of Douglas Adams's cult science fiction comedy series". Eh? Do the BBC themselves not know that Adams originally wrote it as a radio series, sometimes only seconds before the actors read the lines? Or do the BBC employ teenage old interns to write their web content?
OK so it's good for drumming, but has it improved his ski-boxing?
"The British Pregnancy Advice Service didn’t realise their website was storing this information,"
But presumably somebody did. The person who coded the website perhaps. I wouldn't argue against the fine, it points out in no uncertain terms that ignorance is no excuse and that organizations need to be aware of the way their websites and other IT systems function. However I would also argue that if the organization itself didn't know then it must be true that an employee, contractor or supplier did know and they should be fined too.
"IANAL, but it seems to me there are too many laws criminalising specifc acts that are perfectly well covered under broader laws."
You are completely right. Legislators however like to be seen to be doing something. So they create laws that aren't needed. Take the specific law banning the use of mobile phones when driving. If you take a look at the road traffic act from before that law was passed you will find that it was already illegal to use a mobile phone when driving, but Westminster saw fit to pass the law.
The real problem with this sort of thing in a system of common law is that the more laws you create the more potential there is for loopholes where laws overlap. Yes I know they employ clever lawyers people to draft the laws in such a way that loopholes aren't created, but nobody can read the whole of the law and draft a new law into the whole of the law so that there are no unintended consequences. However it still happens and there are barristers who specialize in exposing these loopholes.
Strict liability offences are a half arsed way to get around this problem. They do not however sit well with a system of common law.
Re: He may not have the "right" as such..
"But since the law doesn't apply, what's to stop him? He's been basically given permission since there isn't a deterrent."
I can think of one deterrent, publicity. He may have won his case but he is now known locally, nationally and internationally as a sad pervert. Friends, familly, neighbours, workmates and total strangers know him as a perv. Doesn't matter what the law says that's what people think of him and how they will refer to him.
Well it certainly sounds like some form of sexual harassment to me.
Re: Conflicting reports
You haven't actually read either story have you? If you'd read the AP story you would know that he has explained the exchange with Newsweek. He says that what he was trying to tell Newsweek was that he wasn't involved in engineering anymore and could not discuss it due to contractual obligations. Papering over any cracks with the explanation that his grasp of the english language is not perfect.
Of course you could question that his english is not perfect after 55 years living in the USA, but I know people who were born in the UK but speak English only as a second language and quite badly at that.
You could ask why he answered a specific question about Bitcoin with a general answer regarding his career in engineering, but can we be sure that he said this in answer to a specific question about Bitcoin.
"Mr Nakano did you develop Bitcoin?"
"Never heard of it until a few weeks ago."
"But you did work on secret engineering projects for several years."
"I am no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it,"
How hard is that for some hack to edit into:
"Mr Nakano did you develop Bitcoin?"
"I am no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it,"
Re: "Public interest"
And of course if the public interest card doesn't cut it the journalist can always follow it up with the classic "acting in good faith" card that usually involves the "information received" subclause.
Apparently "acting in good faith" excuses almost anything (up to and including invading sovereign territory) just so long as you were "acting on information received". Notice the use of the word "received" rather than "solicited", "assumed" or "invented".
Re: This is interesting
That being the case how have so many Bitcoins been stolen? If there is such an audit trail then surely a stolen bitcoin is totally worthless?
Re: I think he's just afraid of the tax claim he'll get
If he's got $400M in the first place why does he not have the lifestyle to go with it?
I remember trying out all the guitar amps that Maplin sold back about 1988/89 then and not a one of them "worked fine" new. The tone of every one of them was awful. Sure most were cheaper than the Lead 12 Stack I bought in the end, but that sounded fantastic the Maplin kit didn't.
Those Maplin things were worse than the much cheaper things you could get from discount shops and mail order catalogues. Which sums up an awful lot of Maplin's stock. It's sheap and nasty stuff sold at an elevated price.
"This is the magical period during the working day that American psychologists call "personal time", British wage-slaves refer to as "lunch hour" and which only the French get right by making it last twice as long."
IMHO the French get it totally wrong. I was horrified that my new employer enforces a full hour's lunch break. I haven't had to take the full hour since about 1988. I'd much rather take half an our (legal minimum and all that) and get home half an hour earlier. Actually I'd rather take nothing other than drink and piss breaks and get home even earlier, but the law demands that I am given half an hour and must take it.
Even if you happen to work in town rather than an out of town "business park" wandering round the same old shops every day gets old after a few weeks. If you work, as I do, in a motorway-side business park you've killed all the time you're going to in buying and eating a sandwich and the rest is enforced web browsing, reading, or whatever. Time that could be much better spend if you weren't at work.
Lunch breaks of over 15 minutes? Waste of time. And in your case, money.
Even more annoying is the fact that working as I do about ten minutes from work the temptation is to come home at lunch time and thus spend twenty minutes travelling every lunch time.
Currency has always been an attempt at controlling the populace since the day it was invented, don't act all surprised/hurt when it happens.
If you truly don't like the system opt out - if you're part of the system you're part of the problem and low level moaning on internet forums won't change that. You could try barter or perhaps some non-government supported currency like, oooh I don't know, Bitcoin - that looks totally practical and trustworthy.
Re: Loan based crowdfunding sites?
"What's one of those then? I thought..."
@localzuk rather than posting what "you thought" why didn't you spend a moment on a search engine then you would have found out exactly what loan based crowdfunding sites were.
Did you post because you wanted to know what a loan based crowdfunding site was? Or did you post because you thought you knew more than the FCA?
" all they do is facilitate donations from you reaching someone asking for some money. In exchange for which those third parties may or may not promise to do / send things for / to you, but that's entirely between them and you, "
Which sounds to me like a way of Kickstarter avoiding or at least trying to avoid any liability.
It also reminds me of the way escort agencies avoid or at least try to avoid law on prostitution and pimping, they will tell you that all you are paying for is the escorts time and anything that occurs between the client and the escort is purely a personal arrangement between the client and escort and absolutely nothing to do with the agency.
Re: I don't think it's the biggest risk
"I think the sort of people who would make use of this sort of information are probably capable of getting access to the medical database directly"
On what evidence do you base that assertion?
"thats not really what i use HTTPS for, its protect the actual data i enter into forms"
That's because you're clever and you know what https is for, it's a good guess though that since you're a Register reader you work in IT or are an IT enthusiast. The problem is that there are a lot of people out there who are not at all IT savvy, but perhaps think they are. These people KNOW that https is secure and secret and trust it implicitly. They see the little https icon on their browser that tells them the site is secure and they automatically believe it.
Re: A deabte if they have endangerd him?
You're right they have put him in all sorts of danger and there's no debate about that at all. What will be interesting will be whether or not he decides to sue. Wouldn't be a good start to their relaunched print edition if this guy gets into them for a few million.
The worst bit about the story is not so much that they credit him with the invention of Bitcoin with very little credible evidence, it's that from that they make the leap to a personal fortune of $400M based on absolutely no evidence at all.
Re: " something people find of value,"
"Those who remortgaged their houses and bought in at $1200 because their thinking was that BC must go up by another order of magnitude or such." Are what's general known as complete idiots.
He's got $400M yet he lives in a pretty ordinary house in a pretty ordinary area? Makes perfect sense.
Basically when it comes to investigative journalism the new Newsweek seem to have no skills at all. They don't seem to have any hard evidence that links this guy to the creation of Bitcoin. All they've got is that he used to be in engineering and he shares a name with the alleged inventor. Well there you go, that clinches it.
Here's a thought. If this is down to just two DNS servers are dodgy why are ISPs not simply blocking access to those addresses?
Actually it would make sense if ISPs only allowed DNS requests from end users to go to their own DNS servers unless the user specifically requested it. It's hardly rocket surgery.
Read the story again. They bragged that they had taken down the Yorkshire Bank, not a bunch of phishers.
There's just so much to laugh at here.
There's the fact that they did it. Then there's the much funnier fact that they bragged about it. But the biggest laugh is that when it boils down to it these berks consider themselves more tech savvy than the rest of us, but got conned by a half arsed phishing scam that was years out of date.
FAIL just isn't a big enough word. We need a new one.
Re: Question is, why isn't Firefox adding WebP/WebM?
"I have already updated my website to serve WebP, and I set the alt-tag to highlight that missing images are a deficiency in the users browser, and that using Chrome or Opera is recommended."
Way to get people to like your site. Not.
Are you really so egotistical that you consider your site so important that people will change browsers just to look at it? Much more likely that they'll think "stuff you" and not bother with your site.
If you like WebP then by all means use it, but the smart way of doing things is to serve WebP to Chrome/Chromium browsers and do things the normal way for browsers that can't, rather than dictating to your users.
Funny thing is not so long ago it was Firefox that attracted saddos like you. No matter what browser I've used and whatever browser I've been told to use I have NEVER changed browsers just to view a website.
Re: Ahh, the luxury of the few.
Most, as in *most* of the UK population. Down at the old man's urban house there is only about 2Mbps downstream, but I don't have trouble loading image heavy sites. Up here in our little, rural south pennine village we get ten times that bandwidth so obviously we don't have a problem. The days when images were slow to load were the days when broadband of 512kbps was considered high speed. Only a minority have to suffer that sort of speed these days.
If you're on the move 3G and later make the situation pretty much the same. Most of the people have decent bandwidth most of the time.
If you happen to have low bandwidth then you have my sympathy, but despite what certain parts of the media would have you believe you are part of a shrinking minority.
Because low bandwidth is a problem for a minority these days who exactly is going to bother encoding their jpegs with this tool?
Re: Alternative solution -- Tax the porn and the publicity
People who are so short of bandwidth that jpegs are a problem will be very unlikely to run video, so your leap from an article about jpegs to video is bordering on gibberish.
Furthermore you seem to be unaware of the likes of adblock which get rid of all those inline adverts, video or not, that you object to.
The thing is that taxing things on the internet makes no sense anyway. You could only apply your tax to sites based in the UK, which would of course mean that UK based websites would find it hard to compete in a global market world stage. So everybody that could afford to offshore their websites would do so and everybody who couldn't would be in trouble. So webhosting business in the UK would suffer as would smaller companies who couldn't afford to shift their web operations offshore.
BTW are you sure you're not Ed Milliband? A tax seems to be his solution to every problem.
Except of course that for most of us bandwidth is no longer a problem. Bit late coming this one, like a decade.
Once upon a time there was some quality original programming on the channel, but there has been a steady decline.
When I look at the budgets for the various BBC channels I just can't see where Three has been spending that much money compared to the rest.
The way Moms Demand Action (stupid name BTW) carry on you'd think it was otherwise impossible to buy firearms illegally. Every felon knows places where you can buy firearms illegally. There are also plenty of "legitimate" dealers who aren't averse to the odd under the counter sale.
Yes stopping this sort of trade can't be a bad thing, but I don't suppose it accounts for a significant portion of illegal firearms sales.
Not sure why you wouldn't have your phone/tablet to hand in your own house.
Of course if you were in somebody else's house I can't see that you'd want to take the remote with you. That's part of the beauty of both these devices, you can take the dongle with you when you go to somebody else's house.
The thing about the Chromecast dongle is that there will be apps for it, there's Plex for Chromecast already and guess which media server I run? Will there be as many apps for the 40% more expensive Roku thingy as the Google thing? Doubt it.
Not a fan of Google, but I really can't see the Roku device competing.
And where do they intend to bring this action. If you want to sue you need to sue in Japan so what's the point in dealing with a British law firm? Of course the law firms will happilly take the punters cash whatever country they happen to be in, even if they know there's no chance of getting the clients their money back.
This makes the law firms every bit as bad as MtGox if not worse.
Re: 2014 DX110
Surely we must have discovered it before then since it's documented as having whistled over our heads a couple of times in the last few decades.
You measure in metREs. So linguini would be as much use as a meter.
Re: Fuck a duck...
No it's clearly due to austerity measures.
Re: "the chance of an Earth impact are one-in-ten-million."
No, it's only one in a million chances that crop up nine times out of ten. Apparently it has to be *exactly* one in a million to be 90% likely.
One in ten million has no more chance than one in a hundred.
Nope doesn't even work with adblock off. I think it's just crap.
Anyhow if you want to watch the actual even pop over to http://www.virtualtelescope.eu/webtv/ at about half eight or so.
Isn't supper just what those ponces in the south east call what the rest of the country call dinner anyway?
To the rest of us supper is a snack before bed.
Re: Hybrid helium - hydrogen?
Hot air? As any balloonist will tell you it takes a of fuel to keep a normal sized envelope full of air hot. Look at the size of that envelope. How much exhaust do you think those little diesels will produce. Not forgetting of course that you would have to filter out all the heavy crap from the exhaust, noticed how diesel exhaust gases don't rise into the air very quickly? Much heavier than helium.
Re: I Don't think that means what you think it means...
@Chris G what you were taught was wrong, which only goes to show that you shouldn't blindly believe everything you are told. I would also suggest that you now question everything else you were taught by the person who taught you that.
Dirigible has always meant capable of being directed since before their were airships.
Oh and yes you are arrogant. Why do you assume you are so much older than I?
@ElReg!comments!Pierre The calypso was hardly a bulk carrier.
Container ships are not suited to installations like the turbosail because the deck is piled high with containers meaning the sail(s) would need mounting high tending to force the ship to heel over unless it had a huge and impractical centre board. Not to mention the fact that it would make loading and unloading a bit difficult. Kites OTOH don't have the same problem with heeling. They don't require any additional structure above decks getting in the way of loading, they can mount to the sides of the hull or indeed the bow. The only difficulty is in deploying the kites.
Re: I Don't think that means what you think it means...
Hey a downvote does that mean the OP has downvoted my post rather than look up the word dirigible in a dictionary or does it mean there are two people out there who share the same incorrect definition of the word dirigible.
Honestly I really want to know what these people think dirigible means. I'm fascinated by the possibilities.
Why is the Chromebook price comparison made? Chromebooks tend to be full size laptops with full size screens - albeit with a poxy web browser only OS. This thing costs more than a similarly sized tablet with a blutooth keyboard, the nice thing about which is that you don't need an awful alcatel phone to be able to use it. Can't see it catching on at all. Of course if some cheap tablet vendor managed to make something cheaper which would work with any android phone then it might find a market.
The nice thing about Chromebooks is that they tend to be decent laptops available for considerably less than a similarly specced Windows laptop. Drop ChromeOS and install your favourite Linux distro and you've got a nice laptop nice and cheap.
@obgit you certainly chose the right name didn't you. For a start you are arguing from a very narrow point of view which is the sort of thing I'd usually expect from Fail readers rather than Reg readers.
The point here is that a complaint has been made to the authorities. Clearly PPs statement is nothing short of bullying and would probably be considered illegal in many countries. Imagine for a moment that you made a complaint to the police against one of your neighbours. Now imagine that neighbour knocked on your door and told you to withdraw the complaint or he would "take action". Would you consider that your neighbour's action was reasonable or legal? In most legal systens it would be called something like "witness intimiidation" and treated accordingly.
As for your assertion that it would be easy to pull together a lot of allegations, from your viewpoint it is enough that collusion is possible to dismiss complaints? You want us to not only presume the innocence of the concillor in question, but to exonerate him without investifation, yet on the other hand you want us to assume the guilt of the complainants? Interesting line in hypocrisy you have there.
"The eyes of the media" are irrelevant. It is standard practice in most countries to suspend on full pay any employee or indeed politician charged with an offence that could lead to dismissal. Because it's standard practice the media are well aware of it and I'm sure they would be told in no uncertain terms that the dismissal would not in any way imply guilt. Of course if the media said it did the councillor could sue.
However the thing that really points to your gitishness it's your deliberate misunderstanding of my post:
"Really? He's been accused of telling women to go on the game before, has he?"
Did I say identical claims? No I said similar. Had you read the article properly you would have noticed that it says "The paper claims López has a bit of previous form when it comes to giving short shrift to jobseekers. "Go and get a job abroad" and "don't come back I'm sick of the sight of you" are allegedly among his finest moments." Similar claims.
If the claims are true the chap should not be in public office, certainly not one involves giving careers advice. As such the claims should be thoroughly investigated. While it is one thing to refute the claims it is quite another to threaten somebody who has made a legitimate complaint to the authorities.
Remember complaints to the authorities are not the same as public allegations of wrongdoing. Had the young lady simply made this allegation publicly PP could have taken legal action against her for slander. Because she has made a complaint to the authorities they can't. So what are these mysterious actions they are threatening to take?
Re: Cloud burst?
Nope "the cloud" has its uses and customers, but too many people jumped on the cloud storage bandwagon. It's not so much that people aren't willing to pay for cloud storage, it's more that there are too many providers out there for the number of customers. So the number of providers is bound to fall before supply and demand balance.
Really why would a manufacturer design a dash around what seems basically to be a screen that will work only with one type of phone?
Just because those manufacturers have "signed up" I suppose we shouldn't assume they are ever going to market such cars. Ferrari owners tend to be the sort of saddos who would go for this sort of tripe, the owners of certain (but by no means all) Mercs too, but Volvo owners? Really?
- Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?
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