311 posts • joined Friday 4th September 2009 08:32 GMT
Thank you. Had never heard of this chap. Beautifully written and somewhat touching article. May he rest in peace. He made a contribution, and he was honoured today.
Who funded the study?
I'll posit a guess:
1) The games industry
or 2) Some progressive communist organisation hell bent on the destruction of the family.
Not that I'm a pessimist or anything. Here's the bottom line: The thought of my young child scoring drug deals and murdering prostitutes (Grand Theft Auto) makes me physically shudder.
Owls are quiet...
...because, generally speaking, they tend not to have a couple of Rolls Royce jet turbine engines strapped to their undercarriage.
Quite sure all the manufacturers are/will be doing it. And you can gurantee that government is being allowed access to the data for "security purposes". They'll use that data to determine what kind of person you are and categorise you appropriately, so that they can prioritise who to round up when the hammer falls.
If they determine that you have files from wiki leaks, then you're obviously a dangerous terrorist. Put him on the list.
If you have hard core porn then you could be a potential rapist. Put him on the list.
If you have lots of TV shows, you're probably a pirate. On the list.
WOuld want to see the EULA though... Don't want photo's of my kids appearing on a bill-board somewhere - well, not without a large cheque first, anyway!
Kick them in the balls...
What IP address does the URL resolve to?
Ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Fuck you very much LG
Seems like they are claiming 500 giga hashes per second, but they're only running at ~250. Lots of unhappy peeps on the company forums, and on their you tube pages:
How much of my personal data is it going to send off to NSA/GCHQ/Finland?
That's what I want to know.
Fuck the internet
I'm done with it.
I can't see that cursor tracking is particulary interesting to advertisers - it doesn't mean you're *reading* or looking at the content under your mouse/cursor.
However, if you are building the largest multi-governmental spy grid that the planet has ever seen, then yes, I guess it would be very interesting indeed.
How will it work in practice?
I use a number of plugins, such as flagfox, which displays the flag of the country in which the server I am connecting to is displayed (if it's a USA flag just close the tab - ha ha!).
I also use Ghostery. Will I have to explicitly give permission for my plugins to run with each page I load? Surely not?? Curious about this...
Makes me shudder.
Seems like our great elected don't like the idea of GCHQ being able to read their emails whenever they like. Anyone that thinks there could be a change in the law for our benefit needs a reality check. If there is a benefit for us, it'll be a coincidence, rather than by design.
Communisim at work
See that GUI?
That's what you'd get if you asked Fischer-Price to design a GUI.
No. Just no.
1) Why did he feel the need to Twat the fact that his plain was late? Does he think that:
1a) His audience are actually hanging on to every tweet that he sends?
1b) Anyone in the fucking world actually cares that *his* flight is delayed?
2) Looks like the EJ employee missed his calling. To the Stasi.
If the Fuzz are asking people to upgrage their OS then I have to ask what's in the OS that is so appealing to the Police?
I smell a big NSA op in conjunction with the Fuzz.
My old Nokia 6310i looks more appealing every day. Back to simplicity.
What a FANTASTIC article. This author really knows his stuff! Loved it!
Good. I'll happily pay an annual licence fee to CM touse their OS on my phone, as long as it's not spying, mining, and selling all of fucking data.
If it comes with absolutely NO Google software on whatsoever, so much the better. Sold.
If it comes with NO Facebook and Twitter, EVEN BETTER.
Even if it comes with FaceTwat and Twatsuck, as long as they're un-installable, I'm STILL sold.
Will be watching this with interest. I really hope they go to a paid subscription model. Why? Because if they give the OS away for free, then it means advertising - which means spying, mining, and selling my data on. I'd rather just pay for an OS for my phone the way I do for my PC.
Look at windows: There is no *real* reason to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8. Windows 7 is perfectly fine, thank you very much. It's reached a natural level of maturity whereby it fulfills 99% of people's requirements just fine.
Same with phones. They now do everything one could conceivably want to do with a hand-held phone. So why would want to replace my S3 with an S4 that does, er, exactly the same?
Slightly faster processor? Who cares. 80 gazillion mega pixel camera? Meh. That just fills up my SD card. I don't even print my photo's any more, FFS, so the current camera and screen resolution is just fine.
No. Windows 7 is the nail in the coffin of Windows 8. And it's the same with smart phones.
On the contrary...
Do not ban such words, especially if they are/could be linked to child molesters. Rather, we should allow them.
The sites would make great dragnets/honey pots.
Just use YouTube...
...no need to pirate anything.
And anyway, the BPI are flogging a dead horse. A certain percentage of people will simply NOT pay for music. Whether or not they can *afford* to buy the music or not is actually irrelevant to them. It's just against their principles to pay for it, so they will simply steal it. It's just the new generashun of tape-to-tapers that would wait for their mates to buy an album so that they could tape it. It's the same thing. Live with it. I'm in a position where I can afford to buy new music, but mostly don't, because it's a load of shit. The last thing I paid for was just last week. ZZ Top's Tres Hombres, from 1974 (from Google play) which says a lot about the musak of today. Bought some John Mayer recently too. I can't be bothered risking a virus on my PC (or even searching around the web) for torrents. If I want it, I'll buy it. But not everyone will.
Lastly, in many cases, those that download via torrents, same as those that taped their mates' vinyl albums, would NOT have bought it anyway - because they are tight theives who don't care about the artist or the record company, and are quite happy to let their mate shell out *their* hard-earned, so no sale was actually lost.
Just live with it, and give us better music - especially those in the 30's to 50's age group... You know... The ones that actually *have* some disposable income to spend on (quality) music. Stop concentrating on fourteen year olds who have no money (and therefore every incentive to pirate music).
Oh, and lastly, can you stop making pop videos that look like porno's?
Okay, one last thing: Can you also stop changing the shot in your videos every 0.5 seconds? When I watch a modern pop video I think I'm about to have an epileptic fit. It might suit (broke) kids with the attention span of a knat, but *adults* (with an IQ above 75) prefer something with a bit more thought than strobing video shots and soft porn.
All warm and fuzzy...
...when I see a picture of a compact cassette. Happy memories of holding my little cassette recorder up to the telly speaker to record Shakin' Stevens on Top of the Pops and DEMANDING that the rest of the family remain SILENT throughout!
You know, what with Google tracking my every move, and Facebook tracking my every move, and wanting to store my entire life's history for ever, and now GOVERNMENTS doing the same, I'm starting to form the opinion that "the Internet" just isn't worth bothering with.
I've been growing increasingly irked with "the internet" for about three years; it started with Phorm and all these other companies trying to build behavioural profiles on me based on my internet usage. I don't like it and don't want to participate in it. Inparticular, it's the *clandestine* way in which they go about it that I particularly object to.
I don't have anything to hide from any Government, they're all physcopathic criminals as far as I'm concerned, as I informed them on my last ballot paper. If they decided to investigate my online habits I'm sure they'd find that I lead a very boring life indeed and soon move on to other more interesting people, I'm sure. I just object to the notion that I'm potentially guilty of something that I haven't been caught doing yet, or maybe in the future. Who knows... Maybe government will introduce *retrospective* laws, such that they can prosecute you today for something you did/said online two years ago? Why not? If they have the data on hand then they just need to mine it in a particular way to produce a list of, say, the top one million worst offenders, and prosecute them.
I'd say if you're a politician, or a local councillor, or a high-ranking policeman, you are by far more at risk of falling foul of the tryrannical style of government which is fast forming all over the world. Particularly if you find yourself on the opposite side of the fence to your government, say, an opposition MP or something. Do you watch the odd porn movie? That's in a database somewhere (and I don't mean the porn company operator's database).
Perhaps you have a particular fetish, maybe anal, or shemales; something that you have never actually physically engaged in, but are curious about, and so you've watched a few videos online. They know that too. Or, at least, the data is there, waiting to be mined, for when you get a bit too big for your boots. Then they will bring your world crashing down. They don't have to lock you up in jail, there's nothing illegal about watching porn, afterall. They just have to make a call to a "friendly" newspaper editor (who's penchant for, perhaps, teenage boys will be well known, since a newspaper editor would be, by definition, a person of significant interest).
I am only really just coming to realise it - it's only just beginning to dawn on me, that that nagging kind of uneasy feeling I sometimes get when using the internet, as to whether someone is watching me or not, or, if the website I am reading "alternative" news on the war in Syria from is going to land me in trouble later on down the line after being stopped - is actually a message from my subconcious - telling me to quit using the internet. My internet usage is alreadly probably a tenth of what it was three or four years ago. I'm just getting tired of it all.
...nobody appears to have commented on the fact that an internet connected light bulb is a totally shit idea, as useless as the internet connected fridge.
Why FFS do I want an internet connected light bulb?
This isn't going to be used for voice *recognition*. It's going to be used for voice *tagging*. Android and Apple platforms already have voice *recognition*, so there's no particular requirement there. No, this is about voice *tagging*.
You'll be required to speak into your phone to "train" the system to recognise certain commands like "send custard pie to Chris Jones". Yeah yeah, very clever. But that's *not* what it's there for. It's actually just learning what *you* sound like. It will then associate that voice with your FB account.
Once enough voice profiles are in the hands of FB, it will be a simple matter to periodically enable the microphone on your mobile (cos Joe Punter will just mindlessly accept the "FB App needs access to your microphone" permission when he installs the app (what other choice does he have)) and determine who is in a room. This will be correlated with GPS and Network SSID data to determine your physical location:
9:15pm, Monday, April 9th 2015: John, Chris and Debra are at Peter's house!
Quite possibly the last link in the chain to the total surveillance net that is Facebook.
So glad I don't have a FB account.
The way IT media is banging on about this device you'd think Google invented the bloody concept. They're WAY late to the party. These things have been around for ages.
See http://www.rikomagic.co.uk/ (I'm not affiliated to them in any way - just getting pissed off with all this Google worship).
Does it pass the pub test?
It's simple. Before embarking into an epic rant, you just ask yourself "If I said this to someone in the pub would I get my face smashed in?".
If the answer is yes, go for a walk around the block.
...for those idiots that refuse to belive that FB is nothing more than a huge government intelligence drag-net and propaganda machine - show them this article.
Perfectly put in every way. I have absolutely nothing to add. In fact, it was so good, I'm going to +1 it, then I'm going to share it on Facebook and Google+, then I'm going to Tweet it.
That's how good it was!
Can you imagine...
...turning up to a date wearing one of those! WTF!?
Regarding Win8/PC sales...
...the only thing wrong with Win8 is that Win7 is perfectly good enough, thank-you-very-much.
.Net was the answe. Too late now...
If MS had developed their main applications (office etc) with .Net, as they expect everyone else to, then they could already be running all of the main apps, Office, Visual Studio et al un-changed on a WinRT box, by just providing the CLR for WinRT.
But they didn't.
Bullet proof operating system. Used it for running mission critical SCADA applications. Totally dependant. A bit terse and pedantic, but you grew to respect it.
Useless brick of a machine. In fact, less use than a brick, since a brick can be used as a brick, whereas an Aquarius can neither be used as a computer nor a brick.
My neighbour had one. I used to lend him my Speccy, the poor sod.
Reminds me of the late 80's and early 90's. Me and a mate were doing well selling PCs and other bits and bobs around our local town. We were also doing repairs and "disaster recovery" (which consisted of salvalging what we could from dodgy 40MB (yes, MEGAbyte) drives and copying it to a new drive).
It was all going swimmingly and then it just seemed to die on its arse. We had a garage literally packed to the rafters with 286s and 386s and Star LC-10 printers, all on tick from a supplier in Stoke On Trent. The supplier was just a family run business.
We called him one afternoon and told him that it was going down the pan and we were going to bring all his gear back before it was too late. Didn't want him losing out. There was tears in his eyes when we pulled up in an old Volvo 740 full of boxes of gear.
It was the right thing to do though, and he never forgot it. He did everything he could to help us in later years when we moved to Eastcote and set up a small consultancy.
When I remember those days I always feel a kind of "thank God" that we did the right thing. I wouldn't like to live knowing that I lost some poor bloke his business, his home, and the home of his wife and kids.
HOW DARE YOU!
...so we've not been able to test the app to see if it meets the Speccy's notoriously finicky audio ingestion requirements.
RIGHT! You and me, on the playground, by the history block at lunch-time. You're 'AVING it mate!
Finiky audio ingestion requirements! Pah! The old Speccy was a BREEZE to load tapes on compared to the Vic20 and the C64! Pah! Don't get me started! (It was also easy to copy the tapes with my Dad's Amstrad tape-to-tape deck, not so the C64 tapes with their crappy turbo loaders (cos the built in loader was so shit!))
Ohhhh.... I get it.... You're an ORIC owner, aren't you!
Naaa na na naaaa na!!! Simon owns an Oric! Simon owns an Oric!
See you at playtime, pleb!
The "aim is to produce a completely open sourced hardware switch, as well as being OS agnostic, where we can get full access to the firmware, and fill it full of backdoors, known only to facebook, so that we can snoop the entire planet's data." Frankovsky told us. With the switch, the OCP hopes to "break the current appliance model. Most switches today have a tightly integrated software solutions which are a total bitch to add back-doors to."
There. Fixed it for you. No charge.
Microsoft have a problem
They have reached a point where Windows, in particular V7 (and one could argue XP) are simply "really very good" and as such as are likely to become a victim (in the future) of thier own success.
The fact is, that as a general purpose OS, windows 7 (and even XP - heck even Win2000 was really nice) is really really good, and, because of that, there's little incentive to use anything else.
If Microsoft's "market" for new editions of Windows is through hardware sales (new PCs, laptops etc with Windows pre-installed) then they are also going to be a victim of that too. Modern PCs and laptops are *really* good these days, and again, there's little incentive to upgrade until they physically break down.
Lastly, just how much can you really change Windows and make it 'better'? I think it's naturally reached a point where you can't really innovate it that much anymore. Anything else is just bling. The one thing they *could* do is change the filesystem (like they were going to do with Longhorn, remember that?) to a database. The idea was that things like folders and file paths would become meaningless; you could just "query" the file system whith an SQL like syntax and get the files you need. Physical location would be irrelevant. But they never delivered on that on. I'm still waiting after all these years.
The argument doesn't really apply, IMHO. Yes, you can now do this on a laptop, but you still need an appreciation of what sounds good, and a basic musical ability (for example, knowing what major, minor, 7th, major 7th etc. chords are, knowint the I IV V and VI of a particular key, etc).
I mean think about it: The guys who built their own synths in the early 70's with analogue components and wire-wrapped boards were probably watching Ultravox and The Human League in 1983 with their Emulator MK 1's and DX7's etc and going "Meh... These kids... Where's the talent?"
The guys that put Kraftwerk together were probably watching Vince Clark with his Emulator II and going "Meh... back in my day we did this with a soldering iron..."
Vince Clark would have watch Guy Fletcher or Alan Clark or Peter Gabriel or Michael Jackson with their 1 million dollar (and more) Synclaviers and gone "Meh... Samplers... Where's the talent?"
It's nonsense. It still needs *talent* to make anything sound good. It's just a lot more accessible these days, that's all.
Won't be doing business with them, then.
There's no such thing as a repatriation tax, so why would they have to pay another tax on profits they have already paid taxes on, just to wire it somewhere else?
I can wire the profits from my business in Kazakhstan anywhere in the world for no penalties whatsoever, as long as the due taxes have been paid. Okay, I'll take a hit on the exchange rate, but that's it.
They shouldn't have fricking TIME to post on Twatter or whatever. They shouldn't be able to afford it. They should be out looking for a freaking JOB.
"and 28.4 per cent voiced the opinion that it would make their electricity bill cheaper."
Meaning that 71.6% thought it would result in a higher bill.
If the current PC market is hurting Dell, think what it must be doing to Intel. Those multi-billion dollar fabs don't pay for themselves very quickly. They need to be kept *very* busy to make them pay.
ARM must be pissing themselves laughing.
How about a £20 DIY Forth based computer? It's selling like hot cakes in Uni's and schools. They like the simplicity of the Forth programming language:
"FIGnition Rève is the definitive £20 educational DIY computer! It works like an 8-bit home Micro: outputting to composite video and ready to be interactively programmed from the moment you switch it on. The Rève now has bitmapped graphics; sound and audio saving/loading as well as 8Kb of RAM; 384Kb of storage; an 8-key keypad and runs a variant of FIG-Forth. It uses USB for power; firmware upgrades and program downloads."
Full disclosure: I have no affiliation with the above mentioned device, other than thinking it's ace.
I'm thinking they were planning to move to Hong Kong/China all along and just crashed it on purpose.
I wouldn't worry too much...
...all the owners will end up in hospital by:
1) Walking into lamp-posts
2) Tripping up/down kerbs
3) Walking into fountains
4) Walking under a bus
5) Saying "Hey, check out my Google glasses" and being punched in the face.
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