136 posts • joined 9 Jul 2009
Oh wow, is VR about to happen again?
Let's hope it goes better than the previous times it was about to happen.
Actually, I work with VR a bit, and really, a few minutes at a time is enough. If it was social I can't see it being any more compelling than video telephony. I guess wankers will like it.
Why does the data need to be identifiable anyway?
There are a lot of benefits to aggregating all this data. Real, life-saving benefits. But I think those benefits would still exist without precise identifiable data. Why not upload age brackets and first part of post code, and create unique keys which never leave the GP practice to tie it all together downstream? I think if they don't want to do that, it's pretty strong evidence that individual health records are valuable to insurers and the intention is to sell them.
Why does anything identifiable need to leave the GP?
Has anyone explained why they need to put anything more detailed than age, gender and first part of postcode into the centralized database? With a unique key generated and held by the GP systems.
Android is leaky by design
Android is made by Google to harvest rich data on the user so of course it is very leaky. Their approach of getting users to approve permissions for apps on installation is broken, only the most extreme control nut bothers to check everything and anyway it's a choice between give these permissions or don't install the app. Most just install, Google know this. And of course their own preinstalled apps never even throw up the question.
A good demonstration of how easy it would be to make a more secure system is illustrated by Cyanogenmod, which allows you to turn on their Privacy Guard by default, and sends dummy data to any app that requests it. But there's no motivation for Google to produce a locked down Android.
Missing the point
When you're making useful things you need sophisticated materials science. I don't care what colour my bike helmet is, I want it to be as strong as possible while also being light.
what's trending is...
Teens leaving in droves. Soon fb will be entirely populated by people who work in hr.
couldn't the SPs block by location?
Surely the operators can block on location using cell triangulation. Screw's phones could be white listed.
Battery + SSD?
It would fly with a SSD in it. Battery off ebay? Shame to landfill useable kit.
IDS. A classic Dunning Kruger.
DPR as hero?
I imagine a lot of the SR customer base is slightly biased towards a view that the assassination charge is invented to discredit him. If convincing evidence came out though, would he still be held up as some kind of libertarian hero? Is bumping off your enemies all just fine, and actually another freedom that the darned gubmint is stopping people enjoying?
similar story in uk
I was talking to an IT teacher the other day. They are not at all ready to teach programming. Scratch for year 9 is an aspiration. When I asked what other languages they planned to teach, she started asking if I'd like to come and talk to them. She didn't seem to have heard of Python even.
I suspect school IT has been a bit of a soft option all round, learning to use what are essentially consumer products.
Re: Before you slag them all off..
Because I've met Will Heath and talked to him about it, and I'm a reasonable judge of character. I think he's well-motivated. I'd certainly rather trust him than Experian, G, Fb etc.
Before you slag them all off..
MyDex are all about helping people to own and be gatekeepers to their personal data. Most Reg readers would like Mydex.
Can this pick up any video steam that Chrome is playing, or just ones that have a specially written chrome app?
Re: Detailed Control of Smartphone app permissions is seriously needed
Predictably, someone (me) is going to say custom ROM's are blazing a trail here.
Cyanogenmod has granular permission toggles, but even better the recent builds have Privacy Guard, which enables spoof empty contact , calls and message databases that can be enabled for individual apps, and set as default for new apps.
Obviously not everyone can have this, most are tied to the OS the phone came with.
Re: @ Daniel B. - Nice.
I deffo wouldn't steal a car. But if I could get my computer to make a perfect copy of one, I reckon I would.
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.
Re: Interesting choice of House...
Whatever next, David Cameron encouraging good Tories to remember the values and ethos of Slitherin House?
Oh, he does that already.
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.
Some detail on bomb damage in N16 here:
"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.
is as funny today as it was in my Latin textbook, c1978.
They should flood BT with genuine mp3's containing brief ads in the middle. And name them things like Ed_-_Sheeran_-_Dull_-_Ballad_-_Clean_copy_noads.MP3
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.
Re: There's certainly room in the Retina Macs for both.
Yes, it's soldered in because there's so little room. That's why. Similarly they have used a non-standard SSD connector.
Re: Apple has to be ahead of the curve
How ironic that the iMac they are selling is last year's model for this year's prices.
The thing is...
Why are phones so expensive if you can make one of these for 200 bucks? Is making it smaller and bunging in a GSM chipset really worth 2x the price?
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