1039 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009
Re: The numbering makes sense now...
Windows will be shite until they go to 11.
Re: The 'sanity at last' release.
Why didn't they go to "11"?
So how do they come up with this valuation? I'm guessing that the calculations involved are much the same as the way they "value" companies like FB etc - realistically, if everyones data was worth that price then you have a market opportunity to offer to pay everyone something like 45% of the determined value and then resell the data and make a bunch of money.
But nobodies doing that are they?
Truth is, it's just another bubble waiting to pop.
True - I like the services that Google offers me for $0 - admittedly I do make some efforts to obfuscate my identity - VPN, random IP addresses etc., - and my cats are members of both the NRA and the AARP.
Quite honestly, I think the services that Amazon offer are far more likely to leak private data about punters and much harder to hide from - Jerry's busy backing Google but missing the real dangers.
No surprise here
Who the heck ever reads the shrink wrap agreements? We're all in overload when the standard agreement pops up every bloody time we install the weekly Flash update or access agreement. This has to change - how would be manage to do anything if this type of "requirement" was extended into everyday life?
Want to use the Tube? Please click on you acceptance of our T&C.
A pint of Bitter sir? Please click on you acceptance of our T&C.
Ordering lunch? The restaurant T&C must be accepted before you can place an order.
Where's Dick the Butcher (''The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers,') when you need him? He's probably reading the Terms and Conditions.
If he'd been selling it to foreign governments or marketed it as a corporate security application then he'd be in the clear - in fact the Better Business Bureau and the Chamber of Commerce would be giving him awards. His mistake was selling the application to "We, the People..."
"The lax and/or inadequate enforcement regime of North American anti-spam regimes..." - really?
I don't understand how they can even consider enforcement to be "lax" - lax is a pretty high bar for the US. And don't get me started on spam faxes and phone calls - nobody give a sh*t here at all. Complaints to the FCC are routed to null:
No El Reg readers use these sites?
Can't anyone say who the advertisers are? Come on, someone must know...
"Well you'd expect him to say that ..." - MRD
If you've two brain cells to rub together then you know he's lying - under current USA law the government can demand access to the servers and forbid him to speak about it.
Knee Jerk Off
So this is legislation on the basis that Mr. Plod "thinks" it's a crime - the Google Android watches have been out for a while now - how many accidents have they caused? Should we actually wait and see if using a watch is a problem before legislating?
Years ago I had a watch that told me the time in four different zones, the altitude, barometric pressure, and a host of other features - is this now illegal? What about winding up a real wrist-watch?
Odd how coppers seem to be able to use hand-held radio mics in cars ...
FTC could eliminate the National Debt
Keep this up and our national money woes are over!
My daughter and her friends had signed up for accounts on FB, Disney and a host of other sites by the time she was eight without my explicit permission. Not that I gave a rats anyway - I was proud of the little tykes for figuring out that the systems were broken and working their way around the age verification checks.
Heathkit will sue?
I wonder if Heathkit will be launching a sueball at Apple for using a name too similar to their own? If the positions were reversed then I bet Apple would be suing.
I think Scotland should abandon the British pound and switch to bitcoin.
Re: Silly thought experiment
Didn't we already try this with Ma Bell?
Chicken and Egg
The technical demos of 4k video that I've seen are incredibly good - however the content available in 4k is, for the most part, mediocre at best and I've got 1500 DVD's that look great at 1k. So where's the incentive to upgrade?
I can't see the justification in paying $100/month for the bandwidth for 4k video when there's nothing worth watching ... for some reason the entertainment corporations never seem to understand this.
Re: Only last night ..
They have tasted terrible since they took the horse meat out.
Three down votes so far - I guess no intelligent life on this planet either ... no big deal, we're going ahead with the hyperspace bypass in that case.
This has some interesting implications for the chances of life on other planets - if this holds up (and it sounds as if it will) then the probability of life of one form or another elsewhere in the universe - even locally, cosmically speaking, is 100%.
Smartphones are so old these days
Pretty soon we'll all think digital (smart) watches are a good idea.
Re: Not all collisions are high speed
"The minimum speed for a meteor is about 11.2km/sec" - that rather depends on the mass of the object... a lump of iron is going to come down fast (think the Hoba meteorite ... it's about 60 tons) relatively small and compact. Now think about something weighing about 60 ton except that it's mostly ice and carbon with a rocky center - possibly non-spherical ... that's going to land a lot softer and what does get to the surface will be a lot smaller.
Luckily for the space program, not everything lands at 11 km/s.
Not all collisions are high speed
The earth's toddles along at about 67,000 mph around the sun so if it caught up with a rock doing more or less the same speed in a similar orbit and going in the same direction then the actual collision speed could be relatively modest. I doubt that an atmospheric re-entrance speed of a couple of thousand mph would generate a trail but it would cause a decent crater.
The more interesting thing is that the majority of the earths surface is water so more than half the time nobody ever sees these impacts.
Re: Want to see the film version?
The idea of a film version is just too horrible to contemplate.
So his Internet browser history is still there ,,, YouPorn, FaceBook and the nude cruise website that he kept wanting to take if only he could bring himself to take of than polo neck shirt.
(icon selected for the humour impaired)
Broadband costs in the Southern States.
At home in Louisiana I pay $52/month for the fastest AT&T DSL available here (5Mb) and $49/month for COX cable 3Mb service - why two providers? Simply for redundancy, both have dropped off-line at critical times in the past and my wife's a teacher and has to submit her kids lesson plans via the web.
If you think that $100/month is expensive for 8Mb service then you should try the commercial service from COX - that's $180/month for 3Mb rates - higher rates are available of course ... if you've got the money.
So we have "competition" and "broadband" in Baton Rouge - aren't we lucky?
Weigh the customers
I flew several flights on an airline with small (10-12 seats) planes in Costa Rica about 15 years ago and they weighed everyone and assigned seats based on each passengers weight. The only people who complained were American.
So if this goes through maybe the Banks will finally be able to figure out which of their managers and directors are responsible for all the fraud and doggy practices of the last 10 years?
Life in the suburbs
Chances are that the suburbs are a much better place to live than closer to the center...
Higher density = more stars = higher probability of a local supernova = extinction.
Re: Please label this kind of article correctly. Pretty please?
I'm always surprised at the amount on venom that accompanies anything to do with Wikipedia.
We, the builders of the walls around Troy, would like to point out that Troy remains uncompromised - anyone who believes otherwise is full of horse manure.
"and they run old or outdated operating systems"
That would be Windows Embedded for Point of Service - i.e. XP?
Re: guessed password-recovery questions
I always use Wayne Kerr's name for these questions - am I at risk?
I was told by Apple that my account had been compromised and my nude pictures of the wife have been stolen - apparently the perp went blind and is now suing me. He should have stopped when he needed glasses.
Sell out your friends cheap
This seems to be common thread these days - the lack of any loyalty or morals and the ease with which any thoughts of right or wrong can be discarded or erased. It's much easier to sell your "friends" when the bulk of your interactions are via Facebook than when you meet them in the pub, face to face.
I'm starting to think that social interaction via the Internet is subtly corrosive in ways that are not easy to define.
93 million infringement notices
So the BPI has sent out 93 million infringement notices? I guess the BPI system is automated so every time someone mentions "dead parrot" Google gets an infringement notice (opps, did I just take El Reg off-line?) - and they wonder why Google caps the number of notices that can be sent?
I'd like to suggest that Google automates the response to infringement notices to include an email to the postmaster address at each site that sends a notice thanking them and with a 2Mb T&C attachment ... preferably in .doc or .xls format.
Re: An example to follow
OK, I'll redesign the interface to make my fart app acceptable.
I do so love not using Apple products.
Didn't the Slim Devices folks have this type of "works everywhere" system working about 10 years ago with an Open Source server? That was a splendid little system until Logitech bought it and killed it.
Hi there EU,
Looks like your data is using a transmission protocol developed in the US. Therefore US law applies to all data transmitted via this protocol - hand it over. No, we don't need to say "please", were the USA.
Late to the party
They only just noticed this? It's been going on for years.
Kickstarter space shot
Good Idea, Let's start a project to launch Congress to Mars before the next elections.
Every North American native that I know uses their tribal name - only whitey (is that allowed) calls them Indians.
Re: uncrackable password
I've used Welsh passwords for years and never had any problems.
Re: Oo-er missus...
How would Nipissing fare ... and they even have a University
Interesting - I wonder if Ballmer will redesign basketball to give it a new look and feel? Going on past history the interface may resemble other sports.
New "Metro" Basketball - the old hand interface is gone, players must now use their feet to move the ball around and the hoops at either end of the court are now larger, with a rectangular appearance and on the floor.
Re: i would buy all the basketball clubs
That's an interesting image, basketball players snorting coke and playing chess. Some habits are hard to kick.
It's a common fallacy that companies build, support, and retire/replace products based on the potential market as defined by the perceived need for the product by the users. Users believe that these products are built for their use and benefit.
WRONG - Products are built to make the company money and when something with more income potential comes along - yes Microsoft thinks that's Skype - then other "competing" products in the company will be abandoned. All companies do this and all users believe otherwise.
I got asked to provide a user testimonial and provided one written by Rick Astley which they inserted in the corporate movie.
Could the problem be Deutsche Telekom?
Frankly, I think T-Mobile would be worth a lot more if it wasn't hobbled to Deutsche Telekom. I've dealt with German companies in the past and my general opinion is that they are worth avoiding unless you enjoy corporate BDSM.
I'm a T-Mobile customer too.
Sub contract escape
This is the way to do business these days - sub-contract everything and take responsibility for nothing.
Easy come, easy go
Back in the days when I ran a support department I knew a couple of service engineers who made good money performing "field upgrades" for customers who'd bought the cheap model and only needed a new set or ROMS and a link changing to have the top of the line model.
I could never prove it of course and took the attitude that it was only the bean-counters who were losers in the end - we had happy customers who never complained (keeping their heads down) and service engineers who loved their jobs - win win all around.
If they really believe that it's state sponsored then I'd look at the possibility that the hackers had been in the system for a long time and just decided to "grab a coke and hit the exit" because they already had everything they wanted.
Oh yea - and the JPMorgan runs on Fed Money - ROTFLMAO ... the down voters must be Bankers.
Re: Dear Diary, - Americans grasp of the language
Mark 85 - fair comment, but I've employed Americans with college degrees who were simply incapable of writing more than a couple of paragraphs in the same tense in service reports to describe the problems found on site and the remedial actions performed. These were not stupid people at all, the work was complex and detailed - but they couldn't write up an accurate description of the event afterwards.
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