2333 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009
Re: Hire Tim Almond
Are you hiring?
Re: Re Tom 38
The dichotomy is that you are trying to state what is required to produce a high quality product, but manufacturers mainly produce what most consumers want, which is cheap products.
In general as consumers, we are far happier to pay less for a lesser, buggier experience than we are to pay more for a premium, high quality experience.
Is that your understanding from a lifetime of dealing with software provided by hardware manufacturers, that they spend a lot of time and effort making it work efficiently?
Mine is that they get it right enough to put it in a shiny box and sell it. If it sells well and there are software bugs, they can fix them in rev 2, if they care enough.
Re: Horror Stories with these machines!!
When I bought my house, I assembled my funds in an "Instant Access" savings account at HSBC. At some point, I needed to transfer £25k to my solicitor:
Log on online, go through security, add solicitor's client account as payee, but I can't pay them more than £500.
Website says to try phone banking.
Ring up phone banking, go through security twice (automated, and then in person), re-supply solicitors account details, finally "Steve" tells me I can't do it over the phone, I have to go in to branch.
Walk to nearest branch, queue up for counter.
Get to front of queue - "This is business customers. You want the counter around the corner that isn't signed at all"
Queue up again. Get to the front of the queue - "You can't do withdrawals here, you need to make an appointment to talk to an advisor"
Go to the front of bank, there is a man with a clipboard. He can give me an appointment in 1 hours time to do a withdrawal, it will cost me £40.
At this point I enter meltdown and had a fit of pique and threatened to close my "instant access" savings account on the spot, walk across the road with £25k in cash and deposit it with my solicitors bank directly. This got action, they do not like having to physically give you your money..
I would move my current account, but they are all similarly cretinous these days.
Re: Get a grip
Most people who are planning or have committed really serious crimes are extremely paranoid and will naturally limit or disguise their communications.
Most of the people who get caught via these means will be minor criminals - such as the person who gets drunk and emails or posts a racial or homophobic rant, or small-time drug dealer/users
and it really doesn't need special laws to get access to that information.
It currently does, so what do you think changes in the future?
Re: Get a grip
Sucide bombers dont care if the data is retained, what are you to do with it? prosecute the crater they leave?
Not all terrorism is suicide bombing, and RIPA is not only used for terrorism but also organized crime. Even if it were a suicide bomber, do you not think it would be handy for the police to know who he spoke to 10 minutes before-hand?
A panopticon only works if everyone is rational (they aren't), the punishment always outweighs the benefit (it doesn't) and that the surveillance is perfect (it isn't).
Except this isn't a panopticon, for two main reasons.
Firstly, this isn't the mass collection of data on everyone and everything that security services apparently do legally, which could be considered a panopticon.
Secondly, it differs in that the idea of a panopticon is that people who are constantly observed will not offend, where as the idea of this is that if people offend, it's easier to determine who and why if you have this data available to query.
It's not perfect, but in most cases, if two people communicate digitally, this may record the fact, which can then be used to prove that they communicate with each other when their defence is predicated that they do not.
"This [Vantablack] is not a groundbreaking thing," sniffed professor George Stylios at the school of textiles and design at Heriot-Watt university to the Graun. "It's a progression of a group of scientists who didn't ask me to play
Re: Money isn't everything,
Only the autistic think a free market will solve all of life's problems.
Obviously, when people think thoughts politically different to your own, they must have a neurodevelopmental disorder.
It's been some years now since I have read any of your articles because every time I read your stuff, I feel like committing suicide.
Expressing your feelings is good, but it is even better to actualise them.
The FBI are also hoping that this latest arrest will lead them closer to apprehending Su Bin's cousin Paste, the man they believe to be behind most recent information disclosures.
Definitely knew which truck would have the easily shifted consumer tech in and not big bulky washing machines.
the outage lasted for "approximately an hour and a half in the North East."
Interesting, does time pass at different rates in different parts of the country?
Re: Struck by "comparatively flimsy"
Playing Devil's Advocate, there is some issue to be taken with the alleged offence. The police helicopter was only endangered after it began following the quad-copter, (wild speculation follows) tracking it by observing it from above. The quad-copter operators, unaware of the police helicopter following above them, raised altitude, which alarmed the police operators and they took avoiding action.
chose the Isis name […] because it "brought to life our company and our values,"
Presumably by gathering the parts of the company in a big chest and burying it on a magical island?
No, because this isn't about GCHQ intercepts, which apparently are all legal (dubious: discuss), but instead about ordinary plod being able to request warrants to request the same sort of data from ISPs.
Re: Not the apology I'm looking for
Yep, "whoops, too bad" is about the worst apology you can give.
A couple of days ago a company I've bought e-cigs from decided that the best way to market their crap to me was to give Twitter my email address and full name, so that Twitter can invite me to register and subsequently follow my retailer... it took multiple email exchanges before they figured out that I was upset that they had spaffed my personal details to a 3rd party, not that they sent me a marketing email every 2 days.
Their subsequent "apology" was along the lines of "Well, we've done it now, can't really take it back". Fortunately, they are a UK subsidiary of a US company, I only dealt with the UK company, so I'm seeing how toothless the ICO actually is in dealing with idiots like this. Accidental data losses are one thing, this was wilful.
Re: Facin' IT
"Facin' IT" is surely a pun.
My favourite was the PA whose monitor was "broken"
She'd turned the brightness down to zero.
Re: Asking for a court order
50,000 people might fill in a web form, 50,000 people won't instruct a solicitor.
Re: Of course it's clumsy
And they've just now announced that all the links they've removed in the past couple of days - they've added them back again. Guess too many people saw through it.
Re: Of course it's clumsy
Plus they are going that little bit further - they didn't email "email@example.com", they emailed the journo directly in order to trigger the follow up story.
The first thing google should say in response to any request is "Sure, no problem, where is the court order". They are entitled to do so, but they don't because they want to make a story out of it and spin it their way.
If our courts are overwhelmed because of one of our laws, we'll deal with it. I doubt they will be.
There are two reasons why it will take so long:
a) The comet isn't sitting still - it is also going very fast.
b) Generally when you approach an object you want to land on, it is advisable to be going significantly less than 30000 MPH or parking dings may occur.
Re: Re Bootnote
Surely this is more elegantly expressed in cans of coke per second, viz ~ 1 Cc/s.
Re: Here come the lawsuits.
Parliament is sovereign because it is equal with the monarch, and I have no problem with secret squirrels listening in to her phone calls either.
Re: Here come the lawsuits.
Why is it at all important that we reassure MPs that they are, once again, especially privileged?
Re: Im all for bashing the NSA
Not any different the CDC cultivating, creating and keeping dangerous virus and bacterial cultures just in case we ever need to develop an antidote.
In fact, it is very different. The CDC collect and cultivate virii and bacteria in order to develop treatments for them. The NSA collect and cultivate exploits in order to develop weapons based on them.
If the CDC spent their time developing weaponised Ebola, then sure, it's exactly the same.
Re: Can't see the gray area here
I think Sales has it's issues too, mostly around customer lists :)
That is straight up corporate theft, and I've thoroughly enjoyed the times that I've been asked to produce logs and evidence of a particular sales bod downloading client lists and corporate data the day before they hand in their notice.
Re: Can't see the gray area here
In the UK, your company can put whatever they like in to your contract regarding no-compete clauses, and you are largely free to completely ignore them - your right to pursue legal employment outweighs the contract provision.
Only in specific scenarios can a no-compete be enforced, typically when a company takes out an injunction against another company from hiring their staff - and the High Court agrees - then if the second company does subsequently hire staff from the first company, that company can take relief from the second company (note - not the employee in question).
So that is probably the grey area.
No, it is perfect error handling on the part of the web servers. Normal, non malicious clients do not send multi megabyte GET requests to web servers, and thus it is perfectly correct for the server to terminate the connection with a "413 Request Entity Too Large" error.
Not really denial of service
The "attack" does not force excess resource consumption, and the service is still available, just not to afflicted clients.
Re: @Trigun "meh" Whilst I entirely agree that Redmond do not seem to be handling.....
You've mis-read the article - the "ISP" referred to is No-IP, she is complaining that MS are clueless when it comes to DNS.
Re: If I was a Facebook engineer...
What are they doing with their life? Exactly the same as almost all other people in the world. Most of us don't change the world with our day jobs, we just get a wage for pushing out whatever IT it is that our corporate masters need.
Re: Kids, parents: don't worry
Significantly cheaper too.
Kids, parents: don't worry
A GCSE in Computing is about as useful as a chocolate teapot (or an A level in General Studies).
Re: Vimes This is news?
Plus, she is a domestic extremist. She lives in this country and holds views which are beyond what most people in this country consider proportionate - in other words, extreme.
If the Greens were to resort to direct action, I have no doubt that she would be involved in some shape or form because of the extremity of her views and lifelong devotion to "the cause", and so I can totally understand why people monitoring domestic extremists would have her on their list.
Porn sites are still blocked, [but] social media websites were unblocked in Baghdad
Explains the fighting I guess. Re-block twitter, un-block House of Ron Jeremy, peaceful nation again?
Thanks, I thought it was named after that episode of House.
Re: Alan Grayson has no credibility in regard to civil rights
I don't know British politics that well, but imagine if instead of London Mayor if Boris Johnson were an MP given quite a bit more power and time in the media than he has experience or expertise for, but with more paranoia, much more sycophancy toward the Prime Minister (like Grayson acts toward the President), and a shorter temper.
Yep, wrong example - Boris is a rival to the PM, he doesn't go after him directly, his allies regularly send out stalking horses to try to discredit Gove/May/Grieve to strengthen Boris in the party and weaken Cameron.
I think the best analogy would be to Michael Gove - deeply ambitious and sycophantic, will do anything his master wants.
Re: More "management versus labor" mentality
you do not throw your income away on commuting
Most "work from home" schemes still have you coming in to the office on a regular enough basis that it is still cheaper to buy a monthly/annual rail card than a succession of day returns.
So its like you save on commuting, without actually saving on commuting.
Re: Message for the labels
Sure the independent labels can do set up their own sites; they are doing so.
Why does that mean that Google are allowed to keep their advertising revenue when illegally uploaded content is added to their site?
Google want to play it both ways;
a) you can agree to our offer, and when your content is placed on our site we will give you what we consider a fair cut.
b) you can not agree, and when your content is placed on our site we will keep all the money we make from it and you can go fuck yourself.
Seems a bit aggressive, don't you think?
Re: So what about the auditors?
And always remember to take a box of chocolates and misleading signs with you whenever you take on The Auditors.
Re: I don't get the BBC
I would totally watch a live action version of "The Archers".
@Symon - great blog
it’s hardly surprising that the tone of much of the BBC’s political coverage is sceptical. As Jeremy Paxman once suggested, it is based on the suspicion these lying bastards are lying to us.
Re: Whatever the answer may be......
Three currently only have bandwidth at 1800MHz, which is very very poor at penetrating buildings. This is universal to the Three network, all the other networks have bandwidth at 900MHz. Therefore if you are on Three, and have a good connection indoors, you are pretty close to the cell and so your experience is atypical.
Other networks have bandwidth at 900MHz and 1800MHz, and so have better indoor penetration. Three have a deal with (I forget, T-mobile?) to trade some frequency to give them some slots at 900MHz to rectify this, which I think comes in to effect in October.
I have instructed my lawyers Mr Dabbs
From this moment forward you will desist from recording my stand-up and planning sessions. If you immediately hand over the previous months footage which you used to write this amusing article as well, I will consider this matter closed.
No not at all. Individuals work for an organisations.Individuals (working for an organisation) recording in public aren't covered by that code of practice (not law).
Individuals acting for the benefit of an organisation are not individuals, they are agents of that organisation.
One of the clues is in the initialism "CCTV" - it means Closed-Circuit Television. This code is not for individuals (whether they work for an organisation or not) wearing Glass.
As for "Paterson added that wearables containing cameras used by Glasshole organisations to capture video or pictures will need to adhere to the regulator's CCTV code of practice, which is currently undergoing a review."
This is false, people do not need to adhere to the "regulator's CCTV code of practice" at all. It's a code of practice (not law) and it doesn't even apply to individuals recording in public.
Clarified? In the UK, organizations do not have the same rights as people.
Re: can't resist
Baby boomers have generally been givers.
Are you trying to be ironic or funny, or do you actually believe this?
Re: Taking the piss
Yeah, well, how is that "legal"? Starting from the what one wants to conclude is not a good form of discourse.
And yet another thing to distract from work*. 5 years ago, I could quite easily say "this is a no email/phone day", put the phone on do not disturb and only check my emails at 5pm.
Nowadays, if people don't get an immediate reply to their email, they IM, and my browser beeps and pops up the message, regardless of what workspace I am on. Worst of all is flowdock, which I'm now mandated to be on several flows, most of which are irrelevant but still cause browser notifications to pop up - "@everyone ready for the call?" - not a call I'm on, but thanks for disrupting my thought processes to remind people about a meeting in their calendars.
Then, 3 minutes later, the same message arrives in your inbox and then your phone. Gaaaaaaaa!
* He says, posting on the register....
- Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees
- 14 antivirus apps found to have security problems
- Feature Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?
- FTC to mobile carriers: If you could stop text scammers being jerks that'd be just great
- Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro