463 posts • joined 19 Aug 2009
evidence of not being impossible <> evidence of being possible
Regardless of the durability of DNA - experts seem to have already covered that off - this doesn't even begin to prove that life arrived on asteroids.
It just leaves open the possibility that some DNA could have arrived by asteroid and that possibly the DNA could have developed into an organism that might have had "survival of the fittest" characteristics and has not have gone extinct.
We have no evidence that this has happened or that if it did it's the unique reason for life on earth.
You might be right, however...
"Uber is distinguished really only by its use of what seems to amount to zero-hours contracts and by-demand pricing"
Never used them, because I can choose not to. If they drive (no pun intended) others out of the market then it's because their customers have spoken. Not Uber's problem.
Without Uber we might find ourselves saying
Taxis are a complex monopoly abusing their customers because they can charge what they as there is no alternative
They've got form on resisting competition
"Always leave them wanting more"
Atrributed to P T Barnum
"Bladerunner - the director's cut" is one of the few times where more is more. Leave it alone.
Nerd point: Although I haven't put it in the DVD player to check, I'm fairly sure it opened the question at the end of whether he was a replicant (in which case the sequel suffers from an obvious flaw)
Anyway, as someone has already posted it will be shite. I won't be going.
However, as also attributed to P T Barnum: "There's a sucker born every minute"
laches or whatever it's called in the UK.
From a cached page on the Brennan website (URL now returns a 404)
In 2006 the British Phonographic Institute or BPI said to a parliamentary select committee that they wanted to “make it unequivocally clear to the consumer that if they copy their CDs for their own private use in order to move the music from format to format we will not pursue them"
So the effect of the passage of time on enforcement of rights will be of interest.
There's a helpful discussion here
government gateway never did authentication
Despite the marketing rhetoric it was only ever formally described as a registration service. For non users of digital certificates (which authenticated you elsewhere) authentication was an off-line traditional service based on sending you something to your home address.
Re: I can't agree with this
Have an up vote. While my prejudices are based on having been there since S.u.S.E 6.1 this sums it all up
"The article, to me, focused more on the touchy feely stuff, not actually how it behaved in a real world work environment."
openSUSE is now either the longest running distro (1993?) or second, Fedora has similar longevity and unless you are going to go all Gentoo on me, (or Linux from Scratch) these are relevant considerations.
I was also pleased to see in another comment that the good KDE 4.0 bashing is alive and well, personally I'm thinking of losing all GUIs cuz I'm 1337 and all over TTY
Obligatory xkcd reference
As it says there "Through 20 years of effort, we've successfully trained everyone to use passwords that are hard for humans to remember, but easy for computers to guess"
nice software, shame about the hardware
I really want to like Jolla and kickstarted the phone.
The interface is not handed, so for lefties such as me, that's good. The software is very pretty, but not sure it's as open as advertised (show me the source code and I'll recant)
The other half was an idea in search of a reason, ambience (a colour my mood on my phone feature) is probably best left to those who have "had their colours done".
The real problem is that you didn't get much hardware for your money. It sort of reminds me of the Meriden workers cooperative that tried to keep Triumph motorcycles alive. My heart wanted to buy one but my head said BMW for this reason or Kawasaki for that reason.
Obviously a lot of people disagree with me and I wish Jolla well (my much replaced Nokia 5800 only recently abandoned is still a great phone) but a Nexus 7 however mundane is still a safer bet.
Just a thought
When everyone has finished working out the ways this won't work, the requirement to do stuff on line might provide a reason to keep libraries open.
And while we can talk about a "Tory-led" coalition, those Labour party supporters that want to use any stick to beat the drum should remember the stick (doing it all online) was fashioned by the previous Labour-led government.
Who knew pay by bonk was insecure? It's bonkers, I tell you
No PIN, no need to prove the card is yours, etc.
So the crims are going to steal money from your credit card company (not you, obviously, what with the transaction being fraudulent n'all) but how are they going to hang on to it? Unidentified?
I understand cloning and buying a Porsche - the crims convert to goods and then sell them on. Good luck with that one. But this requires them to get the cash out of the system which takes time. For example, my credit card company, if not them all is fairly tuned up to weird transactions in which case I get an SMS inviting me to confirm.
While I think about it, the last time I tried to pay by bonk in a supermarket without removing the card from my opened wallet, the terminal got confused by the card in the other half of my wallet. When I pay by bonk on London Transport (tube or bus) the system is less sensitive but does require a firm hand, as it were.
So I'd like to know the physical circumstances in which this could work.
It's probably fatal to say this here but...
...for those of us that actually use Amazon, this is old news.
It's been on their website landing page for some time.
Don't own "Nokia" dropping "Lumia"
Not sure I understand this. So Microsoft have sufficient confidence in the brand value of "Microsoft" phones - what has changed?
If nothing has changed:
- why did they buy the phone division in the first place?
- why are they dropping the brand value of Lumia?
Don't often find myself praising the BBC
However, on this occasion, they're doing the right thing. Google seem to be vulnerable/defending themselves from disgruntled competitors but it seems to me that the right to be forgotten is nonsensical. The example cited by the BBC themselves is a case in point.
As the crims themselves say (apparently) if you can't stand the time don't do the crime.
If you do something that attracts public attention you didn't do it in private. No doubt there are counter examples (e.g., Max Mosley might have interesting tastes but he was indulging in private and he was stitched up) but English Law at least, is based on remedies not rights.
face palm, who cares?
"UK Music has claimed that the reforms will cost musicians £58 million a year in lost revenues."
Just quoting but is there a provision for self-parody? If not will UK Music be suing itself?
micro v macro
Has the discussion on reliable OSes moved on from Tanenbaum-Torvalds debate?
For me it seems that it's all about risk - you throw it over the fence and hope it doesn't come back to bite you (micro) or you attempt to contain it and avoid getting bitten (macro). Neither approach eliminates the problem
learning from history (not)
In 2011 one of those think tanks published a study for digital government "System+Error" lots of hoopla and government support at the time
In "making the case for change" the report begins by highlighting online vehicle road tax as an example of successful IT. Unfortunately on the day the study was published the DVLA site was "down for essential maintenance" screenshot for posterity.
If you know the notes to sing, you can sing most anything
Re: Why not
pay your taxes first. Until that point we don't care Apple
It's not clear to me that the Linux kernel, or X, KDE, Gnome, Libre Office (list continues on p93) are in need of TODO.
Let's not forget that Facebook and Twitter also contribute to improving open source infrastructure. Possibly there are niche projects that might benefit. However, TBH, this feels like an initiative in search of a reason.
how will LG's spinners present this?
Or will they just hang the execs out to dry?
Re: Bigger Losses
You actually have to pay the rent.
So while Amazon will be able to deduct it from their earnings they will only save the %age rate of corporation tax - JUST like every other company.
Unless you are aware of some cunning asset stripping plan, in which case you are either in tax planning or should consider a career change.
Cycle helmets need ventilation slots
As with bikinis the less you get the more you pay.
From the photograph it all looks pretty solid (unlike motorcycle crash helmets, they don't protect your head from anything really serious) which would make it fairly uncomfortable for anyone travelling so far or so fast as to actually benefit from wearing it.
Solve that and it looks interesting.
And how much of this is from open source providers?
And not Microsoft Windows based?
However, as El Reg predicted: UK.gov's Open Source switch WON'T get rid of Microsoft, y'know
Re: Google are no angels ..
Google are a profit maximising enterprise just like many organisations.
However, they appear to want to win by open competition and do quite a lot to make life easier for others that fancy their chances in open competition, for example Google shields open source cloud tech from patent trolls" versus "Really? Apple's lawsuit against Google is REVIVED"
Is Google my friend? Who knows. Luckily they seem to be my enemy's enemy.
why look a gift horse in the mouth?
Everything we know is wrong
"A highly influential paper by Dr John Ioannidis at Stanford University called "Why most published research findings are false" argues that fewer than half of scientific papers can be believed, and that the hotter a scientific field (with more scientific teams involved), the less likely the research findings are to be true. He even showed that of the 49 most highly cited medical papers, only 34 had been retested and of them 41 per cent had been convincingly shown to be wrong. And yet they were still being cited."
BBC Radio 4 listen again
Then there's Retraction Watch
See their FAQ So why write a blog on retractions?
Re: They've got you...
There's interesting case law about this. For example Knuller v DPP (1973) HL
There exists a common law conspiracy to corrupt public morals and outrage public decency.
D published a magazine containing advertisements for homosexual acts amongst consenting adults.
Conspiracy to corrupt public morals ... really means to corrupt the morals of such members of the public as may be influenced by the matter published' by D, with 'corrupt' being synonymous with 'deprave' or amounting to 'conduct which a jury might find to be destructive of the very fabric of).
Regarding the offence of outraging public decency: 'the substantive offence ... must be committed in public', i.e. before more than one person. "'Outraging public decency" goes considerably beyond offending the susceptibilities of, or even shocking, reasonable people'.
Obiter... it's based on Shaw v DPP which was quite an interesting and relatively famous case as he had sought clarification from plod as to what would be ok before he published.
On the other hand some argue (pdf) this is contrary to Section 7 ECHR.
better value for money...
Does anyone actually know what "better value for money" actually means? Until then a requirement to "comply unless" is vacuous.
Actually, "value for money" is part of the boiler-plate in the topsy-turvy world of the rules of appointing Departmental Accounting Officers; the ones who have to report to HM Treasury on how the money has been spent.
Imagine having an accounting officer who did not have to achieve value for money? But we need to know what they value before we know what is better.
no it isn't
<funny>this is a joke</funny>
"For similar reasons, Novell's dalliance with MS a few years ago may have done them no favours"
Paying customers looking for interoperability?
Or those ranting from the sidelines who didn't notice it was Novell that stepped up and spent seven years in a lawsuit defending the Linux kernel from an MS and Sun funded attack.
never thought it would happen, hoping it finally has
I want to congratulate them, but I'm several times bitten, now shy.
However, the word "must" in the official guidance is particularly encouraging.
Re: But Who gets the patent.
For the hard of reading the answer is in the penultimate paragraph:
"All intellectual property for the winning designs will remain with the inventors."
let's remember some history
2007 the accountants: HMRC's 10-year IT contract balloons to £8.5 billion
2012 the techies If HMRC’s experience is anything to go by, outsourcing can, in the long-term, at least triple an organisation’s IT costs.
Francis Maude failed to do anything about it but luckily a Parliamentary Select Committee has noticed so who knows what might happen next
Re: so how are you therefore entitled to compensation?
"...is a shocking abuse of process, and one which may well be found to be unlawful, when reviewed against the UKs undertakings to the European Convention on Human Rights..."
You are just grandstanding. Parliament is sovereign and ultimately makes the law. Democracy changes Parliaments.
If something has got out of control then retrospective legislation is used. It's not new, albeit rare. It has been used to undermine aggressive tax avoidance schemes
Come back and condemn that and then I'll listen to you about welfare reform
By the way from the article "The judge also pointed out that retrospective legislation was not prohibited by human rights law, although there is a strong presumption against it"
"It's not that they inherently WANT to work in lower paying jobs"
such as programming?
...I succumbed in order to watch the final series of Breaking Bad after crashing the box set 1-5: sad, I know.
Got a month free trial (actually wasn't expecting that, felt faintly guilty). Yes they asked for my c/card details. I cancelled after watching BB6 free; it was extraordinarily easy.
Received a polite email regretting me leaving reminding me (in terms) that I had approximately 20 days left and I should feel free to indulge.
Perfect marketing. Netflix will be my supplier of choice should I ever subscribe to a streaming service
"Plus the world service is still a great service"
Perhaps not universally known BBC WS is/was a window out to the world (funnily enough...) and used to be funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
It is/was remarkably high quality - e.g., IMHO, best election coverage in 2010, thoughtful and without ranty point scoring politicians shouting over each other.
Now it's funded out of the licence fee - I hope but don't hold out much hope that it will stay as good. Already there is increased programme sharing with R4
history repeating itself
I seem to recall another government project in which all the technology was junked and it was only rescued when those involved came out of retirement and rescued stuff they'd stashed away
what is it that people are watching, that needs this level of tech?
I recently watched Waterloo Bridge using my DVD player; the one Vivian Leigh thought was her best film. B&W, monaural sound, probably fairly rubbish picture definition. A truly gripping film. I think it had something to do with the screenplay and the quality of the acting, but I might be wrong.
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