4853 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009
In deed, why throw money at keeping european scientist and engineers employed and new ones trained when we could use the money to pay bonusses to bankers in the Cayman islands
Re: When you do not want to create an account
For sites that you don't care about - having to create an account to download an update - surely it's more secure to use "password" or "1234567" than anything more secure which might also be used in a similar form on sites that matter.
re: it just works
But it's vulnerable to Google/Apple blocking it on their mobile devices in favour of their home grown solutions
Re: Nice straw man
The monopoly cable internet provider here in the Frozen North was charging customers who used other suppliers VOIP services a $10/month "quality of service" fee - to ensure the VOIP packets got through.
Nice little data packet you got here squire - be a shame if anything happened to it !
Re: This isn't money
They are mined in exactly the same sense. The limiting value of metals is how much it costs to get it out of the ground, this varies around the world with concentration of ore, distance from markets and the cost of workers. Bitcoins depend on the cost of electricity which follows exactly the same rules as the cost of mining.
Bitcoin's real competitor is aluminium - if it's more profitable to use your electricity to mine bitcoins than smelt bauxite - you "mine" numbers
Re: @DougS RE:@Andy Kay
Ironically I'm spending more than £100/month in electricity to heat this place using a stupid electrical central heating - and it's not even doing any mining. And the furnace cost more than some of these mining boxes
Do that with 8bit home micros and you get knighted
>Those professors who started this had an easy time mining in the beginning, yes? Then sold the suckers >the get rich quick scheme.
The original "investors" who bought Manhattan for a few beads did rather well - it doesn't mean that a plot on 5th avenue is worthless today.
>If Google as a company need to shuffle hundreds of people over long distances each year
Google One - Larry's 767 - has 15 seats
>Why don't they just use Hangouts?
More people have corporate jets than have Google+ accounts?
Re: Lies and the lying liars who tell them
At least with organised crime they make a profit and you get to ask a favour when the Boss's daughter gets married
Re: "...three step protocol..."
Simple - first step is "you->phone company", other step is "terrorist->phone company", since you are both linked by a single step to the phone company then everyone can be spied on!
Re: T.F.M. Reader Brief summary of the (very good) summary
>However we, the public, do assume that the spying is targetted at the nations' enemies and those that could potentially be enemies.
That was always the role of MI5. The NUM, CND, Greenpeace, John Lennon, Jack Straw, Ricky Tomlinson.
In Britain anyone who wasn't at Eton was suspected by MI5.
Ironically since the KGB only seemed to have recruited people who were at Eton and Cambridge
Re: More presidential lip service.
Specifically it was based on the Netherlands - independent states with an elected but relatively powerless stadtholder as head of the committee.
However in the Netherlands it worked - must be something to do with the beer and drugs.
Re: Different needs
Same reason for having a Queen - you need somebody to wave and distract the proles.
Re: Best intentions != right
"Granted I would rather the US have these capabilities than the North Koreans, but I would much rather no one had them."
Actually I would much rather it WAS the North Korean's spying on all my communications - they can't do anything with it.
Instead i have to wonder if everything I store on sharepoint or Office365 is immediately being copied to my US competitors, if visits to US customers or collaborators are tracked.
Do I have to worry that my cell phone walking past the mosque on the way to the lab or my holiday visits to Egypt or Cuba are going to get me stopped from attending the next US held conference.
Re: broad implications
Same apparently applies if you are within 100miles of the coast of the Mexican/Canadian borders
The constitution still counts in small section of Montana and Utah apparently
Re: If you're not a terrorist, you have nothing to worry about
5. Person who unrolls a banner lettered with glitter outside an Oil company
Re: "Having faced down the totalitarian dangers of fascism and communism"
If it weren't for the involvement of the USSR in WW II, most of Europe might be speaking German today,
Intel, HP, Dell merge and share their core competency in reducing headcount
Eventually they reduce it to only 3 - all joint CEOs - and still aren't profitable
That suggests some "imaginative accounting" - chip fabs do not make 60% profit margins
Signs of stabilization in the PC segment
There is also stabilization in the Pyramid building and Flint Axe making sectors.
Re: Neat trick!
1, Country A and B have laws against torturing suspects
2, So you ship them to country C and have them apply the electrodes
2, You stand outside the door asking the questions.
Or don't know enough Clash lyrics (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/06/03/text_punk/)
I suppose back in 2004 they could eavesdrop on ALL messages
>is this another "incite idiots to talk stupid, then arrest them under terrorist offences"
After the pub you don't want to say "EEh I could murder an Indian" if you don't want to become a terrorist suspect
That's why the same law was ruled unconstitutional in the US
If you had a password of "IwantToKillThePresident" then revealing the password would be self-incrimination.
But they have a constitution and a supreme court and all sorts of weird stuff in the Land of the Free.
Re: and another thing ...
We asked this when the police computer guy gave a talk to our high energy physics group.
How can we prove that background noise in the LHC data isn't an encrypted message?
Do we have to keep the data in Switzerland, if we access it remotely does that come under UK law ?
We were told not to worry because the laws were only for terrorists - so that's a relief then !
Re: If loose lips, sink ships ......
> if you "can't remember" who was driving when the car got flashed
Unless you are a chief constable, then you can claim that all records of who was driving have been destroyed - and get off
But calling up Ironkey and asking for the backdoor password does
Re: Henry Ford
But Ford did at least improve on the horse.
Microsoft have ignored the "faster horse" request and instead replaced it with a slower zebra where you have to press all the stripes to find the one to make the horse go.
Re: A common API is definitely a must.
But it's hard for Microsoft to do this.
It's not like they 10,000s programmers, complete control over the critical app and server infrastructure and a common language runtime that insulates the apps from the details of the machine
Re: no sane person would want anyone like that to have any claim to represent them
Anyone remember the massive safety improvements Scargill and the NUM brought in - or do we only have the Daily Mail history of the 80s?
Unions were effectively banned off-shore in the 80s, every worker was officially an independent consultant and so there were no rules preventing anybody who mentioned safety breaches being NRBed (blacklisted). The HSE wasn't allowed any oversight of rigs because the DTI was in charge of both promoting the business and enforcing safety. After Piper Alpha we got unions, and the HSE, and safety and we haven't blown a rig up since.
Re: Propaganda wins
Looking forward to the day when you can only sell a computer to an accredited member of the BCS ;-)
Re: Seems they're getting less and less popular
>And why do tube drivers get so much?
Because they have the most ability to shut down the city by striking for a day.
Re: It all boils down to Morality
That was the point - it wasn't the oppressed shop floor workers that were given the choice.
The presumably better paid and more secure sysadmins were asked if they wanted to join the union, they said no and this means that another union can't ask the regular workers for a vote for another year.
At that point Amazon ask the accountants if they want to join the accountants union, they say no and the warehouse workers are blocked for another year.
It's a common technique in the US, at least in states where you can't just automatically fire anyone who joins a union
Re: Is this the 21st Century equivalent
Except that people are being charged for the number of angles delivered
Hope they didn't
Send it with DHL
(i'm still missing a xmas prezzy)
Re: Naming patent trolls
The problem USED to be patent monopolies. The development of the steam engine was held back for a generation because James Watt held a near monopoly with patents and had strong views about high pressure boilers. But these were people who wanted to build something - it's just that they wanted to be the only ones to build it.
The business model of buying patents purely to sue someone with no intention of developing a product is new = patent trolling.
Re: I know how to fix it!
If the applicant has to pay for 1000s of hours of world class expert consulting - it's going to be difficult for the small inventor to get a patent.
If it's tax-payer funded then within a few years we drop back to the USPTO as more cuts/efficiency gains hit.
Re: I have a problem with the last sentence
Was there a demand for an intermittent wiper - yes
Was it possible with state of the art technology - yes
Had anyone else thought to make one - no
The wiper case is one of the classic rip-offs of a small inventor, it took him most of his life to collect on the patent which was stolen by all the big auto makers. Their tactics (legal and illegal) make a classic story
Re: @Evil Auditor
During the first year after filing a provisional patent it is kept secret by the patent office and you have time to improve it before final submission. There is a reasonable case that any other patents filed during this year should all be granted equally rather than first to file takes all.
I'm more worried about Microsoft or Google getting the bomb (I think Apple already have one)
Re: But what if 1 state has no desire to win, it does'nt care about losing
So one side believes it gets 72 virgins (or sherbet depending on the translation) and the other lot believes they will be reincarnated as something better - could be a bit tricky that.
Far better to have all the nukes in the hands of people who beleive the rapture will lift them up if they kill non-beleivers and will burn in hell fire for all eternity if they don't do what the man in the big hat tells them to.
Re: Only 5 minutes before the hour?
>you've got pakistan and india pointing nukes at each-other
Isn't that a good thing?
When nice white people both have nukes it's detente and has brought safety to europe for 50years
Just because both sides are bit mocha shouldn't that mean the same thing?
So the problem is
A spread of civil nuclear power and climate inaction?
Re: Scargill tried to buy council flat
At least he was bravely defending the country against the commies
But since Thatcher won we are now dependent on Moscow 's LNG for all our energy needs.
Obvious proof that Maggie was a KGB agent and Scargil was a CIA plant.
Re: How to do flight comparison
And don't forget to clear the cookies - many airline sites offer higher prices if you go back after a previous search. Obviously if you return to them after they offered X then X was the best deal you could get, so they now offer X+Y
>I would pay extra to stand on a flight personally.
Standing on the flight was cheap - it was more expensive if you wanted to stand inside.
Re: 1.3 billion?????
Or the army should be allowed a free day to do whatever they want to the Capita managers
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