120 posts • joined Thursday 9th July 2009 15:15 GMT
Why is Ben Goldacre not on the list
"As for the value of Google to the British economy, Schmidt pointed out that the company's "free" services were widely used by UK citizens."
And we would like to point out that the protection of the emergency services for their offices, the schools that educated many of their UK employees, the roads, the civil structures within which they operate are what we call a civilized society, and the price of that is you pay your effin taxes. Not treat financial transactions made of money as though they were bits of data to be optimized. Google, you owe us some schools and hospitals.
Also, we know what the exchange is for the services - they get to profile us for advertising. I missed the logical step where he explained why that has anything to do with not paying tax.
The only interesting thing here is the gauntlet thrown down to the pir^d^d^d homebrew community. How long before it's hacked, who by and how?
Re: So if great infringement is done by a tiny number infringers...
It's not quite that straightforward:
"3.2 per cent of the over-12 internet-connected population, who are responsible for 88 per cent of infringements."
this tells us nothing about what proportion of copies of a given title are pirated, or what % of the population do actually buy stuff. that 3.2% might be half the users of content or it might be a tiny proportion.
Still, it does suggest that it might not be worth chasing.
Seriously? People think this is all going to be OK?
This is covert filming without consent. How long before some bright spark does version that automatically starts taking pictures when <your image recognition preference > is in the frame?
I predict violence.
Multiple computers, multiple users, multiple browsers, what an arse
Just disabling it on the browsers of one home pc has taken me 15 mins.
[Iron, Firefox and IE] * [5 home users] * [4 home PCs] is going to take forever. Bloody Minecraft, if it wasn't for that I would just delete Java altogether.
Re: location markers
They didn't know that someone was in a private home. They knew which cell towers they had connected to. The point is that the cell usage pattern is fairly unique, and if you also have a database of information about people including some locations, like their address, you can use the cell tower logs to match to an individual. I agree that this is intuitively obvious, but unless people actually, y'know, do the science, you never know which bits of obviousness are actually true.
Leaving Google didn't hurt. Who knew?
Moved my subs to netvibes. No pain whatsoever. Which makes me think maybe I could ditch Gmail. And Google search. And Google Shopping.
Feels a bit like that moment when Microsoft introduced Vista and people started loving Apple.
Where to go then?
Would never knowingly buy a Sky product.
Where to go then? I see you can get Plusnet Unlimited 16Mb for £5 a month and £10.50/m line rental (12m), reverting to £10 after a year. Are they OK? It's a lot less than I pay for BT and Be as it happens.
Could it genuinely not be for file sharing?
Lots of people want to assume the worst of them, but how would a pirate share files through Mega? They'd have to give away the password to the storage account.
You sure the source wasn't The Onion?
How do people find time for all the admin?
Does anyone really keep their profile accurate and up to date, and manage all those privacy settings? It sounds like boring admin to me.
"A high achieving group of physics PhD students have probably not spent much time developing any acting skills they may have."
No, but by the time they make Professor they will have honed them to perfection.
what's the best alternative
I'm looking for free and low resource hit.
This is great, Minecraft is the perfect platform for engrossing kids in computing.
What would be awesome is a Pi port of the server. Currently you have to pay off you want a persistent server, it would be great to have a Pi running one off the home router.
not just for having
Silly cases notwithstanding, we always buy gaming hardware for our neuroscience / VR work. Price : performance ratio is generally twice as nice, and we have never experienced any reliability problems.
Have to say though, the last Alienware desktop must have had lead block heatsinks, it took two people to lift the thing.
I was just thinking the same thing. I doubt we'll see any disconnections in shared households.
Your city is a trap
If anyone wants to enjoy worrying about what happens to a big city when the power goes off, James Burke nailed it in Connections. Scared the pants off me as a teenager, still does.
Re: content v traffic
That's not what the bill proposes, it's very clear that only the identity of end points would be logged. If you think more will be logged than legally required then presumably you think they already do that.
content v traffic
The bill is only proposing that traffic data is stored, so it makes no difference if the content is encrypted. All that would be logged anyway is a visit to Wikipedia.
BitTorrent = Honeytrap
Torrents have always looked to me like the exact thing you'd make to catch pirates. It makes every downloader into an uploader, and we know only uploaders have ever been prosecuted because the damages awarded for merely downloading would make the effort financially unworkable. Not saying BT *was* made as a honeytrap, but anyone who uses is ought to realise the risk they take, and I doubt many do realise.
Re: But, but, but ...
Doesn't need to host a webpage on a server, just a backend. Less, and unconspicuous, traffic I guess. Pretty clever, the example in the pdf works but it made a lump of my screen go black fro some reason!
The effect of removing diabetes from the model is much greater on the underweights.
Re: Interesting ...
Yup, this is largely pointless. Individual rad thermostats are cheap and can link to a wireless programmer. This BG system is essentially just a remote on off switch for exceptions, which is a nice idea but realistically, how often would you want it, and if it were successful, soon all the programmers will have a little webserver in.
Just tried the newest Chrome beta (HTC One X) and have to say it is much smoother than anything else. Older versions were a privacy nightmare but they seem to have addressed many of my concerns - you can turn off all the obvious leakiness like pre-fetching, search completion and even specify a non-Google search engine. Unless the new Firefox is a big step up from the previous, I'll stick with Chrome for now.
(though my default assumption is that if Google are making privacy easy to manage, they must have some covert way to subvert it!).
Touch v Desktop
They've correctly identified the problem of their main threat (Apple, not Google) - OS fragmentation between their two hardware platforms. Unfortunately they have tried to address it by bolting the touch OS into the desktop. Only MS could fuck up so badly. They have always been truly dreadful at HCI, but they will probably sort it out next cycle, after getting the solution crowd-sourced by releasing a pile of crap.
Anyone think this would run Minecraft server? It can just run on an EC2 micro instance, which has 613MB, but more CPU horsepower (hard to know how much). So I suspect not, but as these devices ramp up, I expect a lot of hosting to move in-home. A solid state appliance under your complete control is a lot better than a VM run by someone else.
"With millions of people using the Consumer Preview for their daily work, we’ve seen just as many points of view expressed. Many people – from David Pogue of the New York Times to Mat Honan from Gizmodo and many more – have been quite positive, and others less so, most notably in the comments on this blog, where we’ve seen the rich dialog we’d hoped for."
"So that's all good."
This would be much easier to feel safe about if it was ALL cars, not just some. I want to know how this deals with the kind of maniacs on Police Interceptors.
How much redundancy is there on a QR code? If the thief only needs to interfere with a few dots, this won't work.
Yes. I've been saying since RPi announced their goal of getting kids coding - "where's the killer app for that - currently the nerdy ones are all into Minecraft". Maybe this is it.
i really thought i wanted this
But it makes me feel icky. There's no way to make the hud secondary to the real world, so the real world fades into the background. Horrible.
(oh, and coughwankerscough)
If I were a GCHQ analyst, one thing I might try would be to get hold of a massive anonymized chunk of the traffic archive and start modelling it. I might look to neuroscience for an example, and split the dataset in two so I had 50% of people in each half. I'd also want (maintaining anonymity at all times of course) some outcome data. If I were interested in success, I might want the level of wealth, or some other level of achievement. If I were interested in badness (more likely) I might get all the forensic data. Now, I'd use some of those lovely pattern matching techniques to train up a model (support vector machines are used in brain imaging) of the relationship of traffic data to outcomes, using the first half of the dataset. Then I'd see if I could predict the outcomes in the second half using my model.
Then I'd go to my boss and suggest we asked for some live data.
It was the footy what done it, but the seeds were sewn years earlier. Sky got the monopoly on the Premiere League with the support of Alan Sugar, then chairman of Tottenham, and coincidentally, manufacturer of Sky boxes. As long as Murdoch had a stanglehold on the footy, no competing pay tv operation would succeed. The reason sattelite dishes are held to be a symbol of chavdom is their association with england flags hanging next to them on council estates. Without the footy, Sky would be history, and without the footy, ITV Digital are history.
The salient point of this piece is that the BBC's competitors are in favour of the license fee as the sole funding source. Do you have any evidence for this, or is it just what you reckon?
There is only one killer app that will make me upgrade my Desire:
LONGER BATTERY LIFE.
I couldn't give a toss about shaving a couple of mm off the thickness, fill that space with lovely battery and let me get more than a working day of intermittent usage (YMMV).
AOL, Compuserve, where are they now?
I suspect all these walled gardens will have their day. AOL etc were successful only until the majority became internet-aware, and realised they were being kept from a lot of other interesting content. Currently we have a similar mass of relatively new smartphone/tablet users who may eventually get peed off at the manufacturer telling them where they can shop. I wish Mozilla well.
Yep, plus the 12p set up cost for each and every call. People would be wise to simulate their normal usage and see what the total cost would be.
I have one simple question for Google and their ilk
If someone deletes a Google account, do Google delete the data, or do they keep it somehow?
OK, two questions... I assume they keep it. How long do they keep it for?
OK, three.... If they do eventually delete it, do they really delete it, or could they recover it?
As time goes by and my life gets more complicated, I can see how "this stuff matters" - do I really want them knowing all about my marital break up, my redundancy, my mental health, my children's mental health, my children's relationship problems, my children's dalliance with drugs as teenagers.... Is it right that they can use those facts to try and sell me things? It feels wrong. It never seemed to matter much when life was simple. None of the above are true, but sure as mustard similarly important stuff happens in people's lives.
not far enough
These people need to be more proactive in making my preference propogate across devices. I browse on 7 different devices, I'm not going to remember to opt put on all of them. If only there were a way of making sure i was only stalked by opting in. But i guess that's technically too difficult and not about them knowing we would all stay opted out.
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