1031 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009
"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.
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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.
Re: Dear Diary,
You seem to think highly of Americans grasp of the language - if fact you see those sorts of grammatical errors (if that's what they are) everywhere - there's no telling what he meant to say.
On the other hand, the evidence against him does seem pretty damming regardless of the legal wrangling and his defense which seems to be saying that he's guilty of the offense but since the government broke their own laws to catch him then the charges should be dismissed.
Do the new charges suggest that the government is starting to loose faith in their ability to make the original charges stick?
Given the stated goals of the five-eyes information sharing, am I the only one who find the make up of five-eyes list curious? While sharing information on terrorist and other threats may be seen as a lofty goal, would it be much more effective to include other partners closer to the perceived sources of modern threats?
Or maybe we just haven't seen that list yet?
I think this is by design - collaborative writing is all to often a book written by a committee and retains the worst of all the authors.
WIndows 8, SP2?
We'll have to wait to see what arrives but the timing suggests that this is the more polished version of Windows 8.1 and not a major re-write.
I'm not a great Win8 fan but watching the kids use it, it's clear that Microsoft got the interface right for the next generation of users. I don't really like the touch interface myself - at least not on a non-touch-PC - but I can make it work and I'll be very interested to see what this new version looks like given that they appear to be listening to their user base. Regardless - there's a huge pent-up demand for a new version of Windows that will work in the business / desktop environment and if they can get this right then they'll have another winner.
The folks who are staggering around in pseudo shock and horror over this have never once sat down and thought about how they would do the job. Stuff like this is going to happen because you can't test every possible combination of software driver and application that might be loaded (or uninstalled badly) in the Windows environment.
It's not surprising that this sort of thing happens - it's very surprising that it doesn't happen much more often.
I so love ...
... not using twitter
I'm pretty sure I read this a couple of years ago and stuffed the cutting into my copy of Stephen Goulds' Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History - but Hallucigenia always makes good copy.
And the book is still an excellent read even if some of the ideas have been shown to be incorrect - that's how science works.
This is common
I booked a series of flights with Emirates last year through Expedia - ever since I've been receiving Arabic spam - my assumption has been that Emirates (or their email service) is the problem, not Expedia because of the language - but had I made the booking withing the US (where I live) it would have been much less obvious where the problem originated.
Let's face it - rather than jumping on our soapboxes about this - the entire email system has been compromised by spammer and other miscreants. Expecting security from a plain text based service is the very definition on insanity but it's not going to be fixed anytime soon.
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