Re: modern technology bringing convenience to our lives!
Where pay-per-bonk has a whole new meaning
6469 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009
Where pay-per-bonk has a whole new meaning
But that only works with modules that declare themselves to be video drivers.
Whats to stop the milk marketing board (other secret government organisations are available) subverting a filesystem driver to also have access to your webcam?
And you check every line of all the other kernel modules to make sure none of then sneakily include a webcam driver - or you could put a bit of black tape over it.
But you might be better if the person is driving a caterham or even a 2CV, without ABS, rather than a 4ton SUV with the driver playing with the touch screen.
All cars are born with the steering wheel on the left - even those built in Britain. Cars destined for Britain must be taken to a secret monastery in the Himalayas where saffron robbed monks change the wheel over for right hand drive. This is an expensive process.
This is why even cars built in Britain for foreigners are cheaper to buy on the continent than at home.
Just bought my first American car (not my fault)
It locks all the doors when you go above 10mph and they stay locked even when you stop and turn the engine off. The drivers door opens but you have to press a button to release the passengers, I keep walking off to see my wife fuming at being kept prisoner.
And for some reason I don't understand, the remote unlock doesn't do the driver's door - you have to use the key to get in.
If I wasn't a programmer I would RTFM and find out how to stop it.
More people used cupholders instead of wedging the cup between their legs - or more people used cars without cupholders and concentrated on driving ?
@chris17 - they aren't tampering, you are. You are trying to use an FTDI driver with someone else's chip. If you used the fake's own driver with the fake part there is no issue.
you better hope that nobody at the NSA knows anything about history or France - so you're probably safe
The 14th amendment and a civil war ?
I said running cloud servers wasn't Google's core business. They do a lot of it, but mostly because they already have data centers, they wouldn't sacrifice the ad business for it
Last man standing.
You know all that money they lost competing with bricks+mortar bookstores and other online book sellers? Where are their book competitors now?
And the $14Bn they are making selling electronics. Radio shack are gone, Best Buy won't be long, even ebay is looking bad.
They can spend a lot more than Rackspace, Google don't have cloud as a core business - their only real competition is Microsoft.
How does not being offshore help?
The US govt can demand data held on Microsoft (Or IBM, or Amazon or Oracle or any other US corp) owned servers in Britain just as easily
Presumably if the responses were sufficiently angry (and violent) the problem would solve itself ?
They just replaced the electric meters here with ones which constantly phone home with your usage. There was informed consent on the new smart meters - you could have one, or you could use candles.
And the "not getting the joke award goes to ....."
Did I miss 9?
Or instead of skipping to every 2nd release are we now waiting for it to double?
When do I update to Windows 14
When the FBI contributes as much to re-election campaigns as the movie studios - then they can get their own laws passed
How are they going to make their own Android when anybody who dabbles in Linux or opensource is a commie terrorist ? http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/07/03/nsa_xkeyscore_stasi_scandal/
Won't kidnappers now all switch to this phone?
And without a front-door the legitimate law enforcement authorites won't be able to protect us from kidnapper terrorists
Or the more traditional: "If it flies, floats or fscks - lease it"
They will simply charge you a per-seat not-using-SQL-server licence fee, the same way that Dell charge you more for buying a laptop without Windows
Will they be suing any of their customers that use Linux for patent infringement?
How many hundreds of undisclosed patents was it that Linux infringed?
Memo from bill.g to nadella.s
Remember; Women=Good, Linux=bad, you seem to have got things confused
> I'm not worried about people spying on me
But what about when you commit terrorism-related offences, like watering your garden during a hosepipe ban or putting out your recycling bin before 7:00am ?
The obvious British solution is for you to have a model aircraft (note a flying model aircraft not a UAV) - say a large petrol engined Spitfire, with working guns, and send that up to deal with the blighters.
It would probably be against the law - unless you are a law enforcement agency, or involved in national security. Or, in the uk, a local allotments committee with a copy of RIPA
I assume there are legal/accounting reasons but
Does it really make sense to announce record profits, record growth and then go out and buy your own shares?
Shouldn't you say you are going to hire Balmer as CEO, license Clippy as new Apple logo, that you are switching to VMS - and then go out and buy your shares?
How much do ox-bow lakes or the causes of the civil war come up in everyday life ?
So the reason that software engineering hasn't reached the same level as civil engineering isn't that it is a lot more complicated than looking up the standard beam profile from the standards book to bolt to the standard bolt from the standards books - it's because of the BBC micro?
So that will explain why it is completely professional in other countries and no US software project ever overruns, why Japanese software has taken over the world and why Swedish code is as reliable as a Volvo.
You can make a solution of quinine in ethanol lase.
The gin and tonic laser was invented 50 years ago
"And since no human being has any QA input into these processes these days, computer says "boop" and nixed all the content."
So the (almost) monopoly supplier of operating systems and business packages is merely incompetent rather than malicious - that's good to know.
"but there's nothing much we can do about the "happiness" parameter and that's why it never really changes".
Religion, drugs, drink - the drop in the usage of these is the reason that happiness as fallen for the peasants in the last 1000years
Growing up in a less-than-picturesque mining village near Sheffield in the 80s I believe you - funnily enough the only place I have lived where the people were happier and friendlier was Belfast.
I think it's the anywhere is better than London phenomena
Energy efficiency - lying on your arse is a minimum energy configuration.
Any arse raising movement involves expenditure of energy, increase in entropy, waste heat into the environment, global warming and the eventual heat death of the universe.
For your valiant fight to remain lying on your arse and saving the planet - we salute you.
"Life, liberty and the pursuit of cheeseburgers" was the first attempt, but was blocked by a lobbyist from the booze industry
Anything is better than GDP.
When the best thing you can do to boost your per-capita GDP is have a car crash - people buy 2 new cars, have expensive medical treatment, sue each other, pay higher insurance premiums = all GDP.
Or smoke all your life, get lung cancer and have a transplant, preferably at US healthcare hospital rates. Then you need to think of a better economic metric.
The police have often been criticised for the way they treat certain inner city ethnic minority youth compared to the deference shown by the village bobby to the local squire.
4am raids by tactical firearm units on the landed gentry to check their shotgun cabinets are merely a new equal opportunity policy aimed at treating everyone the same.
"In the US, for now, the police need a warrant to come inside a dwelling they are not invited into."
Unless somebody makes a 911 call (from the payphone in the police station) - in which case they can send in a no-knock swat team with assault rifles and a shoot first policy.
"For example, if we believe a user may pose a threat to their community, we will take appropriate action."
If you have nothing to hide comrade-citizen you have nothing to fear.
On the news this morning, the AVERAGE family pays $199/month for phone+cable+internet.
>How can cable possibly compete with that?
By blocking/throttling Netflix?
The only thing I keep the VPN for on iPlayer are Sherlock, Dr Who, Qi, Have I got News for You. And Dr Who is no longer worth watching.
At least you can iPlayer Radio4 from the colonies
Cable is one of the few things that is a much worse deal in the US - because they never had to compete with decent broadcast TV.
Basic cable package usually costs $100/month (whatever they claim in the ad they will find some extra charges to make it $100/month). Then they still do the package layering, so if you want decent movies you have to buy the family package first and then the crap movie package and then the decent movie pack. They mostly survive on having sport tied up.
$7 for Netflix to watch a decent selection of shows with no ads whenever has cut the cable, adding HBO for another $10 is a definite
So the Russians and Chinese are too dumb to write their own crypto and wouldn't be able to keep secrets from Uncle Sam if they didn't buy Intel's off the shelf stuff - while at the same time being super cyber-ninjas (and cossacks?) who can break into any US government or corporate system unless we give the NSA more powers to protect us?
The intel CPUs are fabbed in Kiryat Gat in Israel, so are Intel fined for exporting CPUs to Israel that were made in Israel ?
Stranger things have happened - we were once refused export permission for a bit of kit from the US to the UK because it contained an ARM processor
Now I can finally run the same viruses as everyone else
And clothes - people can use them to conceal weapons.
If you have nothing to hide - you have nothing to fear
Australia has compulsory voting - it also has the world's largest collection of penises (penii?) drawn on ballot papers