1561 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009
Re: Perhaps someone can explain to me...
"In this day and age, where even swiping a credit card takes too long, and NFC payment has emerged, any "currency" that requires multi-second, let alone multi-minute, transactions is doomed for day to day usage."
I would challenge that.
You are forgetting that its only for the past year or so that same day clearing has been happening for consumers. Apart from a simple available funds check there are very few requirements for consumers to be updated on their balance instantly - for the last 20 years banks have been doing 3 day clearing and having their merry way with your funds in the meantime. No doubt in the future many Crypto Currency exchanges will do the same if they can get away with it.
But but but
"According to a recent Kaspersky Lab survey, 34 per cent of people using a PC admitted to taking no special measures to protect their online activity when using a Wi-Fi hotspot."
The key point is - THEY SHOULDNT HAVE TO. To the occasional elitist commentard posting on here - ask yourself - should your granny care whether her phone connection is on public or private wifi when she's checking facebook or email for the young 'uns?
The technology used should be secure by default, be that improved SSL or something else.
BTW was I the only one who though the Europol statement straight from the department of the blindingly obvious. Ok - which methods of public wifi access are at risk? Vanila uncrypted connections, SSL connentions, VPN's - what - give us consumers some useful info that we can take some action with.
Police later described the scene at the house
as a Mongrelian Cluster F*ck
Re: Of course the ICO...
Indeed - fining a charity imo is even worse than fining a govt organisation.
Couldnt it have been suspended for 3 years subject to a review of IT and data protection training.
Surely 50k spent on training would have been far more useful than 200k going to some quangocrat.
Unfortunately I think the most relevant question for a 3 armed kid would be how picked on he would get at school. would probably cost more in lunch money than the arm was worth.
Re: Psion Revo...
Me too - could never stretch to the "proper" Psions. Had a Revo and loved it. Also had the IR modem and remember "surfing" the net with it.
As a clamshell case design I dont believe the Psion's have ever been bettered, shame they are patented up the wazoo.
Agree that the organiser was superb.
The key phrase here is "significant amount of time" History is littered with instances of intermediaries taking consumer cash and not passing it onto suppliers, be it held for 1 second or many days.
Unless they are taking their cut in a seperate transaction direct from the Banks/credit card companies (which I bet they aren't), the process is a 2 stage one - cash in, cash out, and therefore the possibility of the above exists.
Kickstarter has done about $1000m worth of funding (ok only 800m sucessfuly but the maths is easier with 1000m). Taking a WAG lets assume onward account payment errors run at 0.01% - thats a grand total (over time) of $100k of someone elses cash wallowing around in their accounts. Multiply that by the number of ways a transaction can go wrong and Im betting its a non trivial amount - even on a daily/monthly basis.
All very well
But repeat that spiel after the first crowdsourcing site folds with peoples cash.
Re: If you haven't already opted out of this clusterfuck-in-the-making ...
Be polite with the Doc's most of them are dubious about this clusterf*ck too. They have no choice in the decisions being made and are effectively required by law to disclose this data unless we opt out.
Re: I think he's just afraid of the tax claim he'll get
Not so sure of that - if bitcoin mining generates income, regardless of the way that income is paid I wouldnt bet against it being taxable. There are plenty of famous cases of people being paid "in kind" (e.g. sheep, apples) and being taxed.
Bitcoins are no less real than many financial products. I cant think of a government that would limit itself by producing a list of assets that are taxable. Better to make a broad statement, and define a small exclusion list if needed.
In addition I bet you can get taxed everytime you crystalise a gain by converting it back into a recognised currency.
Re: there you go
oh dear. go away paranioa troll.
Am I the only one?
who thinks the sign up requirements are a bit intrusive? I could of course fill in false details but that wouldnt sit well on a site I respect.
Why should my wish to join you in the pub require my business details? I appreciate you may just be re-using the Whitepaper sign up mechanism but it smacks a little of Facebookery.
Re: Conspiracy Theory Time
a) Criminals are stupid short-termists.
b) They have enough faith in BitCoin that they will be able to hold onto their ill gotten gains long enough to turn a profit.
c) All of the above.
My thoughts too - although it sounds like they may have been only looking at a subset of their own internal network from my read of the second half of the article.
Newsflash commentard - replace "strings of numbers" with "pieces of paper" and you describe any modern currency. Therefore your argument has no real meaning.
In the sense that people were willing to exchange their own currency for bitcoins then it is a currency. More so given that its possible to directly pay for goods and services using bitcoins.
Agreed. Its very much becoming a case of "better the devil you know".
Wasnt entirely sure whether to up vote you for telling it straight or downvote you for depressing me ;)
Re: Stranger still...
Try it with an analogue wind up clock and report back.
Alternatively try moving the lamp to a different location. I suspect the lamp is the cause probably some kind of interference.
Re: So... the value of stealing a currency which then devalues?
Oh dear god. Oh noes its a conspiracy heaven forbid it can't be the innocence / idiocy that comes with exploring new frontiers.
Reading for you G E. the history of the gold rush, banking during the Great Depression etc etc.
And finally - Occams Razor.
Banks and credit card co's manage the equivalent of "hot wallets" once the fly by night merchants have been eliminated there is no reason that bitcoin banks and exchanges can't thrive.
Although dare I say it - this may only occur once these institutions are properly regulated.
Re: 299? Feck that! @Al
My thoughts entirely. The OP might has well have inserted any generic OEM phone Landfill Android manufacturer.
Re: Speech recognition
I suspect its a temporary problem as well. once it has a internet connection I would expect it to work the same as Google Now on the Nexus's - which works brilliantly on my N5.
AC downvoted because they have posted the same on each BB story this week. Tedious troll.
Re: Apple sucked their business out from under them?
A rather rose tinted view there and Im an apple fan. What Apple did was stop network operators dictating to consumers and take charge of the ditacting themselves - with such gems as no copy/paste and you must create an email from your photo album to attach a photo - but not the other way around. And lest we forget - its still bloody difficult to attach something non-media related to an iphone email.
Apple may have taken Touch OS'es in a phone form factor to new heights of polish and usability but lets not pretend they are a consumer champion - they aint.
Luckily you can still get my 2 blade razor of choice (WK FX Diamond) on Amazon and Ebay as countries other than ours have refused to engage in this stupid arms race.
Re: That's who you need @joseph
Agreed with Joseph let justice take its course.
Besides arent cockroaches expected to survive a nuclear war?
Re: That's who you need @hollerith
Is it entirely fair to put Snowden and Assange in the same bucket anymore?
Snowden took his own risks and is dealing with the comsequences of them. Assange seems to have taken far less risks and can't even deal with the consequences of his own personal life let alone take any responsibility for what his organisation has done.
it takes balls to go against everything your homeland has taught you and to knowingly accept you will never go home. What's ballsy and manly bout avoiding a sex charge, and flushing bail money that people gave you down the toilet.
Snowden (and Manning) heroes.
Assange gutless coward. (Nuke him)
holey moley - if this thing takes off its going to have a lot of the established players running scared. talk about bringing smartphones to everyone
I thought this as well. My best guess this is purely a result of MS's stupid internal competition policy. Given product lead times I suspect these were in progress just before the Nokia sale, and they had some barely relevant Veep in MS who wouldnt discount WinPhone enough to make low end lumia's price effective.
Re: An OZ blogger...
Naaa - subcontract it to a clanger.
Then Hackintosh. There are some bonkers crazy Hackintoshs running well over Pro spec's for well under Pro money. All you sacrifice is the nice looking case and if you choose a non-intel board dubious thunderport.
Re: Will be a long time coming to UK...
Yea - I have it on good authority thats why no mobe operator with the possible exception of o2 has done it in the UK. I think but am not sure that O2 piggyback on Barclays license somehow.
Bank license means holding extra capital reserves and lots of onerous financial reporting.
Re: I'm struggling to see where
The clue is in the name - embedded. Why embed something with a battery that will eventually die from leakage or need replacing.
If we take slightly naff example of light switches that another commentard mentioned - its bad enough having to change bulb's let alone batteries in the light switch.
Moron. How exactly is this tech any better than an RFID token or something else totally passive for that purpose?
Re: Lots of Apple kit looks nice
I like it - in a looks like a cash machine kinda way.
Re: Concentrating on things
A mistake really??? Apple concentrating on short term profit (ie the high end) has made them almost immune from the general slump in PC and Laptop sales. Most people would call that genius. Arguably they learnt from trying to compete with the mass market severval times and decided never to do it again - which at the moment is paying them dividends - lunatic analysts who want ever increasing expansion excepted.
Depending on whose figures you believe Mac PC's current have ~11% of the US market. Not bad considering that is nearly all laptops in a category containing desktops as well.
Re: Boffins @AC
Sir - your post smacks of the cursory attention and inanities associated with Trick Cyclery. Desist forthwith!
Am I the only one
Who thinks that Taranis is a bit of a scary name with connontations of some scary AI overlord?
Re: Excellent Idea!
My Mate cant get his M3 off his drive in the snow :)
First BOFH of the year and it was almost worth the wait. Slightly too subtle ending imo
Re: Are these numbers correct?
Its not Icahn's money any more than its CalPERS. One is a reputable pension fund fronting for thousands of pensioners, the second is a Carpet Bagging front man for a lot of shallow and short term 'investors'.
FWIW I suspect she meant Icahn is small potatoes compared to the combined might of institutional investors such as CalPERS.
So assuming any aliens who can build a flying saucer capable of extra-solar travel must be at least 100 years more advanced than us today, and in the last 60 years "transistors" and their ilk operating in computer chips today are almost unrecognisable compared to those used in Baby what makes you think we could even get close to cracking 160 years more advanced tech in a mere year from1948?
Haha - chickens coming home to roost.
Cant speak for anyone else but Project spring wouldnt have been necessary if they had continued the level of investment they had in their network 3-4 years ago.
They lost me as a customer the second 3's network coverage bettered theirs for my particular part of the world. Particularly as they somehow actively managed to reduce the coverage I enjoyed.
Re: seems an odd thing to do
IOS 7 on my Iphone continues to run like a dog regardless of updates. Just ordered a Nexus 5 as a result. Seriously considering reloading v6 before I Ebay it. Ironically any App including the Ebay one - that lets say is less than effecient on how it uses data - starts like an arthritic snail. Evem day to day apps like contacts and calendar are appreciably more laggy than on IOS 6.
Re: New refurbished?
Correction dear commentard.
47% of their highest end Ipad is not bill of materials related. Unless you have Apple internal docs you want to share with us?
Shaun Ryder - took me a minute
Or Richard Hammond presumably. Or Clint Boon might have been a bit more obvious.
Re: except for the money it's
I imagine they will cope pretty well given the obscene salaries and payoff they are hoovering down.
If I was an HP shareholder (thank god Im not) I'd be asking why their executive comp is so out of whack compared to their performance.
Re: Can be the most intense game ever.
Can I have a translation please?
Re: users should never use the same password on multiple sites or services," said Yahoo!
Try telling that to anyone who has 40-50 passwords to manage.
I call bullshit mr AC
It was the wettest January <in some parts of the country> for 100 years. Thats rather different since records began, and again even records began is hardly a great guide for things that have cycles that are multi-decadel.
Re: Nobody remembers Bill Gates saved Apple @knarf
By nobody you all include the Reg articles that explicitly mentioned this point?
- Does Apple's iOS 7 make you physically SICK? Try swallowing version 7.1
- Fee fie Firefox: Mozilla's lawyers probe Dell over browser install charge
- Pics Indestructible Death Stars blow up planets with glowing KILL RAY
- Video Snowden: You can't trust SPOOKS with your DATA
- Hands on Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update