4478 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009
Export regulations for this thing?
And yet I can find weapons of mass destruction (AKA pressure cookers) at the supermarket
No Shit Sherlock
Has there EVER been a $Bn acquisition on another IT company that actually made sense from a financial, rather than a CEO ego, point of view? ebay/skype, Hp/Autonomy, Google/Instagram etc
Re: But there ARE uses for this!
Sales people could work.
I go into PC-World-R-us and the glasses on the spotty 17year old would recognise me, check my MS-MVP and stackoverflow score and tell them to leave me alone because I'm only in there while the wife is looking at curtains next door
Re: This "problem" will only get worse
What's so hard?
BT have a record of which customer was getting which packet, BT are more than happy to help the government by handing over any data , with or without a warrant.
A more serious IP problem is that it doesn't uniquely record which site you visited. Your machine access 188.8.131.52 to download a thumbnail from an advertiser on el'reg. That server also hosts the Grimethorpe Ferret Lovers secret photo archive - so the fair and wise ms May has a recordt hat you accesssed a site showing images of under-age ferrets
Re: No Good Can Come From This
If your Ford Cortina conks out on the motorway it's considerably easier to pull onto the hard shoulder than if the rotors on this suddenly decide to stop at 2000ft
Exchanges operating in America, or with American owners could certainly fall under their jurisdiction.
\But between them trying to extend this because Americans use foreign exchanges, and a few media hungry senators wanting to do something about terrorist/drug smuggling/child porn dealing interwebtubes - there will probably be trouble.
Re: Any good currency...
So by that argument if Iceland had a bigger army they could have prevented their currency tanking after they decided to stop paying back what they had borrowed?
But they have also arrested foreign programmers, living and working outside America on foreign owned gambling websites who simply visited America - because the gambling site had American customers who were breaking US law.
If I was Mr Nakamoto I wouldn't be planing on changing planes in America anytime soon - especially if some senator decides that bitcoin is being used to fund terrorists, child porn or whatever the bogeyman of the month is.
>The problem is that the US can only regulate transactions that happen in the US.
Not if their attitude to online gambling is anything to go by.
They will happily snatch operators of bitcoin exchanges, programmers that ever worked on bitcoin and anyone who enabled americans to use bitcoin passing through their territory.
Re: China involved in cyber-attacks
And yet if wikileaks had leaked this - it would be top secret military inteligence and treason.
Re: It's pretty obvious...
> a known con artists and criminal,
And a great saving if you allow the secret services to investigate known con artists and criminals - without bothering with judges, warrants and police. In fact you could abolish the police altogether and just buy a job lot of black raincoats and rubber truncheons
Re: Lack of direction
Yes it did - it wanted a way of having control over people.
It tied all the credit card, internet history, oyster card usage together for that "total law enforcement" policy
It was a way of stopping and searching random (non-white male youth) and then nipping them down to the station for a quick DNA sample if they had forgotten theirs.
It was a way for local councils to be able to pull up something suspicous about your internet history or mobile phone usage if you went to complain about the bins.
It was a way of checking if you were a striking miner on their way to a picket ( well it does take a while to implement these things)
It was of checking if this was a nice middle class boy at a demo whose daddy may cause a row, or a chav scum that can be given a good kicking.
"Sailor controlling an Air Force unit's ... or a Marine controlling an Army "
I think you are more likely to have a joint Royal Navy / French Navy nuclear deterrent. Or a joint US/Russian infantry unit in Afghanistan - than you are having the Navy cooperate with the USAF or the Marines with the Army.
Re: There is no such thing as Palestine!
Pretty much the same argument could be made about Great Britain
Or Roman-Scandanavian-Anglo-Saxon-Norman-Hanover Land (incorpoarating Wales, Scotland and Ireland (sometimes)) land - but that is rather a lot to put on a passport
Re: Surely that's untrue?
>I think it's way more likely that this is simply propaganda
Or a leaked lobbying document by the MPAA
Lies, damn lies and unemployment statistics
So 1000s of people on unpaid leave from Nasa don't count as unemployed.
But if one of them gives in and gets a job as a Walmart greeter that's a job 'created'
Don't worry if you kick out all the Chinese there are still lots of Russian physics grad students.
Failing that - you can kidnap a few Nazi's
Well he was right
Senator Wolf 's press release (before the discovery) said:
"I am particularly concerned that (the) information (on Jiang's laptop) may pertain to the source code for high-tech imaging technology that Jiang has been working on with NASA. This information could have significant military applications for the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army."
Assuming a digital camera is a high-tech imaging device and Chinese squadies like jazz mags then he was technically correct.
Re: unintended f*c*i*g consequences.
Guns are noble defenders of America's freedom - she was using science.
Science is only one step from godless commie atheism
Re: unintended f*c*i*g consequences.
Mentos and coke would be a weapon of mass destruction and a war crime
Re: 27k Golf ball finder anyone...?
Same way that somebody got a $bn contract for perve scanners at airports
Re: I disagree with most people here.
Presumably the people who sold Nimrod and Chinooks to the UK and Exocets to the Argentinians will get a rather longer sentance.
Re: Promises, promises
> Why is this?
Because the drivers are written by the guy sweeping up after those working on bleeding edge CPU's, NAND, lithography and so forth
Re: but what about....
Then you buy it yourself, only use it for work and claim it back on tax.
If you are really clever (or an MP) you buy it yourself from a cheap chinese site, lease it to yourself at 100x the cost (using your offshore holding company) and claim the lease costs back against tax
On getting any useful information out of qinetiq - we never managed to while working on a joint project with them.
Not that we wanted to work with them, but anybody doing any sort of high-tech defence project in the UK is 'encouraged' to partner with them. It's fantastic, all the red tape and inefficiency of Soviet era bureaucracy but you get to pay them lots of money.
In other overblown hysteria
I was travelling to work this morning when I recieved an automated signal from the TRAFFIC (will think of contrived acronym later) light which suggested that 30tons of truck would be intercepting my orbit off the sliproad which would have resulted in a massive collision.
Fortunately my car was equipped with a kinetic energy to heat transferal system intended to reduce my orbital velocity into the parking space at the end of the mission/commute
The decision was taken to initiate a BRAKE (acronym to follow) manouver and the truck passed ahead of me missing by mere meters (a gnats hair on a canadian scale)
Re: I happen to have experience transporting radioactive material across international borders.
>My Tritium keyring from El Reg never so much as raised an eyebrow.
Was it under 2oz and did you put it in the magic terrorist-proof clear plastic bag?
Re: So, they're making a loss ...
They don't even have to make a profit on the books - they may just be trying to postpone the day that an all powerful Amazon crushes them.
In the blue corner ....
MPs are going to 'name and shame' Google by publishing the details of it's tax avoidance in a parliamentary committee reported in Hansard paragraph2, subsection3, clause 4.....
In the red corner :
Google are going to splash details of MPs (perfectly legitimate) tax avoidance and creative expenses claims all over ... the internet.
Re: Dangerous thinking ..
Ironically the safest place to put your data would now be on a cloud server owned by a Cuban/Iranian/Russian company
Re: Mixed feelings
Sorry that should have been "grey suit "(auto-complete on the phone)
I hope none of the downvotes were due to people who despair of the great leader's tailoring.
Re: A poor anaysis from Reg readers (sorry).
The problem is the science and technology committee in US politics.
Science has zero public interest, it also has very little commercial input (except for defense) - this means that a member of the science and technology committee cannot raise enough financial support from the public or corporations to fund their re-election campaign. Being on the committee is electoral death.
As a result the comittee is the dumping ground for lunatics that couldn't get on any other comittee and people with an inherited seat (generally from the bible belt) who don't need to raise money because they have captive voters.
As a scientist who has worked in the Eu and US I would naturally be against this.
However, the idea of a USA without any technology does have a certain comfort factor.
The idea that the next little adventure in overseas democracy will consist of Southern baptist preachers standing around a cruise missile (without an engine or warhead) commanding "the power of Christ compels you to fly" while on the other side a short fat guy in a great suit is photoshopping extra tanks - does have an appeal
Re: American credibility?
Given Ms. Palin's opinions on " fruit fly research in Paris, France.”" I can't see NSF funds being used for many more international projects.
Re: Separation of church and state
No it should just be treated like any mental illness.
If during your driving test you continually ask the invisble elfs on the steering wheel if you should stop for pedestrians - you generally fail the test. In politics you fail if you don't claim to listen to them.
Re: As one who at one time did benefit from NSF funding...
Surely, armies of researchers looking for evidence that Jesus rode a dinosaur will produce something useful !
Obviosuly a British invention
When your tag line for the world changing invention = "don't be disappointed"
Re: Is this really a bad thing?
That's the problem - these images are marked otherwise.
But certain organisations (the BBC) have been taking images - either sent in by viewers or copied form websites, stripping the EXIF data and then they become orphan works. Just like if I tore the cover form a book and claimed it was now mine because the author wasn't identifiable
A licence to print money
I did a diligent search on "who did the picture of the queen on a fiver" and it returned nothing.
So I'm assuming the 5 pound note is an orphan work and will be doing my own copies of it.
Be suspicious of the losers
No Mr NATAO - here under very public conditions we were totally unable to hack your wonderfully secure systems. We recommend you make no changes to your procedures.
Your Russian friends
Re: Hate to say this... but...
Perhaps in the USA - but Europe occasionally has worker's rights.
Some places in the US (Massachusetts especially) lean so heavily toward the corporation that if you worked on software at company A then any use of a computer at company B is regarded as infringement.
It got so bad that many silicon valley firms wouldn't hire anyone who had ever worked in Ma.
Because Microsoft, fearful for canabilising their OS sales on laptops, mandated 1 Gb Ram and 1024x600 limit on the machines to be allowed to run the cheap / low power versions of the OS.
Re: The obvious .... to those in states of denial
But it's not fair - we used to be the only ones spying on commercial rivals in other countries because you had to spend billions on Echelon. Now any kid with PC in an internet cafe can do it - it's just not cricket
Re: Ban this UNIX malware !
No simply hand control over English language over to the RIAA/MPAA - then anybody attempting to hack a system by using commands based on English words will be violating copyright and they will come down on them like a ton of pirate DVDs
Re: No Gorilla glass
Why would the manufacturer not fit something that would prevent you having to buy a new phone the first time you put it in the same pocket as your keys?
Re: Already exists!
Or if you have an original Nokia phone you could just throw it as hard as possible at random until it hit your car and set off the alarm which you recognise - and with a old Nokia the phone would still work
Re: Wouldnt it be simpler
Literary alternatives - just leave a trail of breadcrumbs, or unwind a thread from your cloak
So Dr Dre's PhD isn't in acoustics then ?
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