1252 posts • joined Friday 14th August 2009 18:08 GMT
That bit isn't the problem
We have mysupermarket.co.uk, which lets you compare prices at Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda and Ocada, and send the shopping trolley to the cheapest supermarket.
The problem is that you just can't predict what I am going to buy from looking at the movement of stuff in my fridge. How does it know that I'm running down stocks because I'm going on holiday next week. How does it know I have a party next week and need to order up lots of stuff, and that I don't need to re-order that stuff again for a while. How does it know that when a particular thing runs out, I want to replace it with something different, because I buy different things depending on my mood and get bored of eating the same thing every day.
I would have to stand in the kitchen and tap all this information into my fridge so it could make the appropriate purchasing decisions, and it would be much easier just to do it myself.
What changes should I look for
Just upgraded, and paid a visit to el-reg to test it out.
Apart from the "do not track" tick box in the settings, which presumably everyone will ignore, is there anything to justify this is a 5.0 release rather than a 4.0.2 release?
It has already
Teenager arrested on suspicion of hacking
On Monday, the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) took its website offline after it was attacked by Lulz Security hackers.
Doesn't specifically link the two but ...
I can explain
Session cookies, for example to remember what you have placed in a shopping basket, are allowed.
If you want to store data across browser sessions, you have to ask, otherwise, when someone visits your site again, it will be like it is the first time they have ever done so. Not fatal from a user experience point of view.
No you can't
You can't do that, because everyone else in the network will have recorded your coins as being spent. If you were able to do this, you could spend the coins legitimately and restore a back-up to spend them again.
I'm not so sure
A lot of the "get rich quick" schemes out there are based on the idea that you can licence or copy some content from somewhere, publish it and make lots of money. I don't want to dignify any of them with links, but google "cash on demand" to get an idea. The money isn't actually made on the Kindle Store, but by the people who sell them the kits to put the junk up there, and having paid typically in the region of $5000 - $10000 for the kit, they would quite happily pay another $10 listing fee.
Religion can require you to do pretty much whatever you want it to do. Even if they do get an Iman to say that a Burqua isn't required Islam, they would just say that their particular branch of Islam is different and does require a Burqua.
As I understand it, what the Koran does say is that women should dress modestly. So going out in only a 2cm long mini-skirt, a bra and a pair of heels clearly isn't allowed, but exactly where you draw the line is open to interpretation.
I do see the problem
The problem is that you have to wade through loads of rubbish to find the decent stuff. One of the things we pay the publisher and the book store for is to do that for us.
It is true that we don't need to read it. We don't need to get our books from the Kindle Store, but if lots of people take that option, it isn't good news for Amazon, so it is better to let them know what we perceive the problem to be.
Does anyone care
Provided they have the padlock on the screen and no error messages, does anyone actually look at the SSL certificate? I know I generally don't. Certainly if it is for my own internal exchange server which I know is legit anyway, I'm just looking for something to save me the hassle of installing self-signed certificates in every browser I use.
Re: bank deposits
"Money" is a liability on a bank's balance sheet, so for that reason it is not in their interest to create it. The asset is the loans they hand out to people, and they are only assets to the extent they can have it paid back to them.
The likes of Maddof and Stanford created money in the way you describe, and look what happened to them.
Yes, financial regulation sometimes fails, but that doesn't mean you fix the problem by having no regulation at all. The regulations are there for a good reason, and most of the time they do work.
not like cash
If someone does a bank robbery or burgles your house, the police can get finger prints, look at cctv pictures and so on to catch the thief. The clear-up rate for these sorts of crimes may not be anywhere near 100%, but people do go to prison for it.
Cutting nose to spite face?
If it doesn't have a good review on RegHardware, I don't buy it, and I'm probably not even aware that it exists, so blacklisting you means excluding your readers as potential customers.
What you should do
Is find the cheapest price elsewhere, then ask them to do their price match + 10% of the difference. You would have then got it for £19.90.
My example was a Firewire hard drive that cost £130 at Best Buy, and £100 at the Currys PC World across the road, so I got it for £97. Currys do the same thing should pricing work out the other way round, but you do have to find a store within 30 miles of a Best Buy.
Re: Report Fail
The vulnerability lies with the application written in php, not with the operating system itself. If you have a web application that is programmed to allow remote access to the system, it will allow remote access to the system no matter how secure the operating system, web server, database server etc is.
Similarly if you configure the system so the root or administrator account has no password, or the password is something obvious like "administrator", "root", "password", or the name of the company, and allow remote desktop or ssh access to the system, then people are likely to log in and do things.
Well the bank money was secured on mortgages to trailer dwelling welfare recipients in Detroit. That clearly is a pretty dodgy security. Bitcoins are secured on the say-so of some random stranger's computer on a p2p network. Not something you can cash in at all. Given the choice, I'll stick with the trailer dwelling welfare recipients.
I had money in Anglo Irish Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland, and thanks to the FSA and the Irish equivalent, I still have that money. Just because the "light touch" regulation didn't work very well doesn't mean you can improve things by removing it altogether.
Doing cross-border barter transactions is no different to doing a pair of cross-border cash transactions. It really is not a problem for the tax authorities.
Re: P2P money
It may[*] replace banks for the provision of transaction services and money transmission, but it won't replace the actual banking bit of what they do. People will still need to borrow money to set up businesses, build houses and so on, and people will still need to save up for retirement, a deposit on a house, emergencies etc, and we will still need banks for that.
[*] Let's just assume for this part of the argument that bitcoins will work, even though they won't.
Recently I exchanged an old, barely working car with 2 weeks MOT remaining + some cash for a new car. That is a barter transaction, and a very common one. It most certainly has been tried before. Once you establish that it is a purchase and sale running side by side, and agree the value, it works exactly the same as two cash transactions.
My reading of the law is that bitcoins are already illegal, and it is primarily the miners that are breaking the law by not registering as electronic money issuers, not keeping appropriate reserves to cover redemptions of their magic numbers, not employing "fit and proper persons", not having complaints procedures and so on.
Some time next year
Some time next year, or maybe the year after, the internet commentards will be wondering how anyone could be so dumb as to spend ever increasing amounts of real money on some magic numbers, where proof of ownership is on some random stranger's botnet-infested, virus-ridden computer.
It is not registered with the FSA as an electronic money issuer, which means that a) it is illegal, b) there is no one to complain to if things go wrong, c) there is no capital backing, and therefore these magic number are not worth the paper they aren't written on.
The hyper-deflation it is currently experiencing means it is completely unsuitable as a store of value. You might be quite happy for example to sign a 24 month mobile phone contract for $30 per month, but would you sign one for the current equivalent of 1 bitcoin per month when you have no idea what that might be worth next week, never mind in 2 years time.
That means that the only use for these magic numbers is as a speculative bubble instrument, much like ostrich eggs or tulip bulbs, except that unlike magic numbers, at least those ones had some nominal intrinsic value.
That's not the main problem
His main problem is that his client did not own the copyright to the works he alleged were infringed, which means he has no more right to seek damages for their infringement than I do.
Re: Who might have guessed it
Anyone looking at the length of time between the launch of BBC Colour and ITV Digital might have expected the new technology to last a similar length of time.
Not very good
As an example, any fanbois looking for their latest apple product should go to http://www.sistersboutique.co.uk/ or http://itunes.apple.com . http://www.johnlewis.com/ is not listed so should presumably be avoided at all costs.
Rip off Britain
The UK price for Lion is £20.99 according to http://www.apple.com/uk/macosx/ , not £18 as the exchange rate would imply.
To be fair to Apple, it would be £20.70 if you add Luxembourg VAT of 15% to the price - iTunes store is based in Luxembourg, not UK.
One rate for the whole state
Each state should set a single sales tax rate which applies to the whole state. Then you only have about 51[*] different rates to deal with.
[*] The extra one I have in mind is Washington DC. You might add the likes of Puerto Rico to that list as well.
Not that much of a problem
Windows software doesn't work very well on an Apple fondleslab, and that hasn't stopped people from buying them as fast as Apple can make them. I think non-compatibility with iOS apps will be a bigger barrier to adoption.
I'm not sure that iOS is more secure, but the iTunes App Store is certainly more secure than the Android Market Place. Also it is much easier to install apps from alternative sources on Android which is good for freedom but potentially bad for keeping malware out.
In some cases, yes
For a single person in my area
JSA - £67.50 per week (£3510 per year)
Council Tax Benefit for a band A property with single person discount (£750 per year)
Housing Benefit £150 per week (£7800)
Total benefits £12060. To take home that, you would need to earn £14261.24 plus the cost of getting to work plus the value of any healthcare benefits. That is at least £7.31 per hour for a 7.5 hour day, a bit more than the minimum wage.
A single mother with three children (all amounts £ per week, £ per year)
Job Seeker's Allowance 67.50, 3510
Child tax credit 157.22, 8175.44
Housing Benefit (3 bed house) 207.69, 10799.88
Council Tax Benefit (band D property, single person discount) 21.73, 1129.96
(plus child benefit which you get whether you work or not so not relevant)
Total relevant benefits £23,615.28 per year, plus health care benefits, free school meals and various other education related benefits.
To take home that, you would need to earn at least £31254.29 per year, which is quite a bit above the median wage, and considerably higher than minimum wage.
I wouldn't be so relaxed
Intel may be competing effectively against Via (are they still around?) and the CPU bit of AMD, but they are being squeezed on both sides, by ARM in the low energy sector, with more and more fondleslabs replacing netbooks, and possibly ARM chips moving into the laptop and small server sector; and by Nvidia and the ex ATI bit of AMD in the high performance sector. Intel don't really have an answer to this.
But how useful is it
ClamAV scans for Windows Viruses. I used to scan the incoming emails on my linux machine with ClamAV as part of my spam filtering routine, because at that time about 90% of incoming mail was viruses, and although they didn't harm my computer in any way it was still annoying to have to look through them to find the real mail. These days there aren't enough viruses in my mail to justify a separate virus scan and my spam filter deals with phishing scams etc.
Drink 8 bottles of wine and
your insides would probably explode with the 6 litres of liquid imbibed in one go, and you would probably suffer from alcohol poisoning, and be in an alcohol induced coma. Being punched by Mike Tyson won't make much of a difference after that.
But then again, after the 7th bottle, would you even be physically capable of drinking the 8th?
If you get a virus simply by visiting a website, opening an email, or even, in the past, just connecting to the internet, that's Microsoft's fault.
If you get a trojan by purchasing it off some banner ad, installing it, and approving it at the UAC prompt, that is your fault.