1001 posts • joined Friday 28th August 2009 21:48 GMT
Should be law already. The open season on 6+ month-old data is just another example of "we're gonna do what we feel like and think of justification afterwards". The fact that the data was raped more than $time ago should be wholly immaterial.
Re: Charging phones/radios
The version for the US market will -of course- have a powerful electric motor to lift the weight for you.
Re: Bit spooky
Not if it's not plugged into the internet, it isn't.
Given that they've just installed a million voice-taps; I just plain don't believe them.
Paying to add another node to Wink's network does seem a little silly.
Re: Bit spooky
You're not the only one, no. Compulsory connection. Always-on microphone (which MS have already demonstrated that goes to the mothership and is processed). I game to get away from the internet, kick back and blow some shit up...it's a private thing.
The French High Court are obviously idiots. They're blocking search engines linking to sites which in turn are linking to torrents. Taking that as a precedent -two steps from an illegal thing is forbidden in itself- would render most of the web forbidden. In practical terms it's going to do absolutely sod-all apart from publicise the sites in question.
Legislators should be banned from passing judgement on subjects that they know fuck-all about, in my view. Plus the judgement itself is evidence of corruption...clearly nobody in that courtroom had a fucking clue what they were doing which rather precludes the point of doing it at all. Also, they are playing out of their jurisdiction.
Re: Succour to the Real Enemy
On the subject of naievity; why would the spooks bother with laws? They certainly haven't so far. Consequences 2 & 3 are happening already on a large scale. Consequence 1 isn't an issue because they are shielded by 'top secret' and 'operational' tags, plus they have an in with the people in power (or an extensive list of their proclivities which has much the same effect.
Re: Tech-fetishism meets control freakery meets Big Brother
I don't think it'll happen...not in the near future anyway. You would have to pay for; install; configure and maintain said gadgetry all for a (probably minuscule) rebate on your insurance. For many, many people this would be expensive black magic that they couldn't really see the point of; whereas the people who do know about this stuff wouldn't be totally comfortable about broadcasting private data to a 3rd party.
Re: A quieter helicopter?
I used to get that too, when I lived in the UK. Always during the last 15 minutes of a good film too; I never knew how they knew. Always intended to get up on the roof to spell out 'fuck off' in Xmas lights; but never got around to it in the end.
You see, if they'd used their powers to *take down* the botnet then the public wouldn't have nearly as much of a problem with all this surveillance stuff...if it's used for good. But these cunts always choose the Dark Side. That's why we have a problem with our privacy being continually dry arse-fucked.
Dry vape chambers? How does that work? Got a link? I must confess; THC is the main barrier to me ditching tobacco altogether. Also, how is it in practice...smell, effect and the like?
Re: Used to smoke, mostly dope and roll ups...
Alas, not at the moment, really. The things that THC dissolves in (butane and the like) aren't the solvents used in e-cigs. Oil and water, basically. You *can* add some ash oil to vaping fluid and it'll work; but it's quite wasteful and it'll fuck up your atomiser really quickly. Also, if you've lost your 'chillum lungs' you'd need to experiment with a few different fluids - mostly fluids are built to replicate the 'throat hit' and can be harsh even for a habitual heavy smoker if you choose the wrong one.
On the plus side, the hash oil loses most of the distinctive smell in the process and you can get monstered in a public, enclosed space without anyone knowing. Until you order 3-dozen doughnuts.
Re: @Steven Smoke on the water vapour
Of course the exhalation does contain water vapour, as does anything breathed out from the lungs. The exhalation may even contain more water vapour than VG/PG particles; but I'm not in a position to measure that.
The nicotine is mostly absorbed by the lungs of the vapee and I'm given to understand that the remainder is negliable...certainly not enough to affect someone sitting next to you unless you're blowing it directly into their face; and anyone claiming otherwise is either delusional or in a bathysphere with a dodgy air-scrubber.
Re: Well done guys, plenty of overtime coming up
Based on current form; given that Google have taken baby steps into phone production and that they have all those partners to keep sweet, I'd say that they'll make a point of breaking things for Blackberry on the next release.
Privacy officers charged with sharing of personal data? This is another one of those "Ministry of Truth" things again, isn't it?
Where are they in relation to the envelope? Inside? Outside? Pushing the edge? And boxes? Well, shit, I'm not going to get any sleep tonight worrying about it.
That just might be the point at which the frog realises it's being boiled. I think -could easily be wrong though- that people would kick up about that.
So these are the guys running a 'mandatory connection' games console. I shall continue to pass, thanks.
Thank you Mr. Longland. Didn't know that.
Spies be spying. That's what they do. Even if it was made illegal it would still continue and the people responsible would be shielded by 'top secret' 'operational' and the like. The spies want -at the end of the day although there are lots of other factors- intel on potential foreign aggressors and the politicians will never say no to a handy source of blackmail material; so you can't count on it ever lessening, let alone stopping.
What we need is ubiquitous encryption on everything; with encryption that the various letter-agencies haven't had their sticky paws all over. Probably won't stop them; but we can collectively make the fuckers earn their paycheques, at least.
Re: It's not fair
Get off the Regs' fucking lawn.
You can sort of opt out by not using the services. Search; there's Ixquick and DuckDuckGo; Browser there's multiple choices (even de-fanged versions of Chrome); Lots of choice for email. And, of course, you need to load your browser up with anti-trackers like Ghostery and similar.
But it's an effort and requires a certain amount of self-sacrifice so most people don't bother.
Also, to conduct business a lot of people use GTalk and the document thing, so you can only opt out so far.
Re: re. @Number10gov
...after writing the number of the escort agency down on a napkin, of course...
Finally! Some transparency and honesty in politics! Must have been an accident...
I'm not sure who they think this is going to stop. A gibbon can work out how to sidestep the blocks...all they're doing really is publishing a shopping list.
I can't for the life of me see why anyone would buy a device that can be bricked remotely. I certainly don't intend to. I love my 360 to bits; but it isn't connected to the net and isn't going to be.
Not sure how typical I am as a consumer; but enforced this, that, and the other just isn't a price I'm prepared to pay for gaming so MS have lost themselves at least one customer.
Re: Seduced politicians
The organisations mentioned have amply demonstrated that they are a bunch of disconnected fuckbags and I agree that they -in particular even over other commercial interests- should be not allowed to go anywhere near education.
Even if they pull this off, though, it's not going to work. Telling teenagers to do things a certain way is a recipe for them doing the exact opposite.
WIth a lot of these CEO types, I've noticed a complete disconnect between their own actions and those of other people. "It must be OK because it's me doing it"; but the second someone else steps up and does the same it's all squawking and feathers everywhere. I wonder if it's some kind of syndrome....
EDIT: If someone would like to pay me a cubic fucktonne of money; I'd be happy to do the research.
Re: "If you want a decent printer that will last buy a laser"
Dunno if you shouldn't leave them or if it was a fault with this particular printer; but I had an OKI colour laser that I used sporadically. Anwyay; I didn't print for a couple of months and it was fucked when I wanted it again. Didn't even finish the (half-full) toner cartridges it came with. Unfortunately, it was after I scored a job and had bought 2 sets of replacement cartridges in anticipation.
OKI 'support' said that I could just go and fuck myself, essentially.
So laser printers aren't the cure-all that you might hope for. Not all of them, anyway. Personally, I decided that printing was going to be Someone Else's Problem from that point onwards and have saved money and many years of lifespan since by farming out printing work.
Re: moiety TwatAWorld AC
So you're saying that every single person in Pakistan is a legitimate target?
Most people want to just be left alone to get on with their lives. I think that US foreign policy sucks raw donkey dick; but I don't expect to be droned into my component atoms for it.
The real problem with encryption is that it's such a wank to set up. And for an encrypted conversation, you need two people to have gone through the same (onerous) process using the same kit. That's why nobody bothers.
Plus AES is meant to be the best we have and the NSA have had their sticky fingers all over the implementation of that; so it's entirely possible that all the extra brain damage of setting up a secure system is for nowt.
Re: Most everyone knows the rules in VietNam
Different ways of doing things; but as a Brit I can call David Cameron (or anybody else in politics) a cockwomble wih a zero chance of going to prison for it; and that's how things should be. If someone is making an arse of themselves; they WILL be called out for it in the UK.
There are things Brits can't say, however: A credible threat of violence will probably result in a police visit but you'd have to lock pretty well everybody up if criticizing the government became a crime.
Re: TwatAWorld AC
Exactly - why unwrap the nukes when you can get the same results with a custard pie?
The answer to all questions is...beer.
Re: re Nesting
Problem with that is you soon run out of horizontal space and on popular topics you end up with replies that are one word wide and forty feet tall.
Another possible solution is after the name of the poster, have a row of tiny arrow icons with one arrow being one level of reply. You could nest 10 deep easily without messing the overall formatting up.
Can't say I'm tempted by Adobe's new cloudy subscription service. Wasn't before, on general principles; but now it's looking even more unattractive; which is an impressive feat.
And the source for their crown jewel, photoshop just there for the taking. Really?
Re: Its down to personal choice
...not to mention using Google Translate as a proxy (just translate an English site from $random_language to English and that gets you through most blacklists, in case you didn't know...handy if someone's firewall is cramping your style)
Sounds like the chap needs to buy a bloody dictionary.
Might be able to take a couple of weeks off that 800,000 year trip time if you send up a few fuel tanks to leave with and took a solar sail to brake with at the other end.
Not wireless; but you can get rechargeable blocks with 2 or 4 18650 batteries from ebay for somewhere around the £5-10 mark.
Re: on caring less
You just quoted yourself.
Truncation of a previously popular phrase or not; the fact is that if you could care less then it's quite possible that you care more; whereas if you couldn't care less it isn't.
Re: Another sign that we are officially in the future
Given that Microsoft a) want to move everything possible to web-based and b) seem to be making a spectacular -nay legendary- arse of pretty well everything at the moment; then there probably won't be enough work to keep all their current disties employed at this rate...being culled might be a good thing in the long run.
They seem to completely lost the point of the 'demand' part of 'supply and demand'. 'Supply and what we fucking tell you to buy' is a different thing entirely; and one not likely to win in the long term. "We have listened to our customers and have decided that they can all go and fuck themselves" is also not making them any friends.
Excellent. Local comms and a laser link to the pub.
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