4849 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009
Re: And the other half the story....
How difficult could it have been to change the business logic from, "if irish = terrorist" to "if muslim = terrorist" ?
Re: As JC would say...
Although presumably without the follow-up customer service questionaire
Re: Strokes big fat pussy and laughs.
If memory serves - evil supervillians always seem to be very good at large project management.
You never saw the underground layer half covered in scaffolding because a contractor was late or a plot to blow up Fort Knox stopped because an IT system had been abandoned.
Perhaps it's the shark+laser beam based negotiating tactics - but government IT negotiating with CapGemini / IBM / Whatever-Anderson-Is-called-Today should probably be issued with a white cat and a nehru jacket
Re: What has the EU do do with it anyway?
Because BT also bids on contracts in Europe and now because it has just been given a 300M quid subsidy (assuming typical 1005 cost overruns) it can go out and underbid on every other contract in Europe.
Suppose Germany decided it was going to subside the cost of manufacturing every car so they could be given away free - but the deal only applied to companies whose intials were V and W - would a worker in a Nissan plant in Sunderland have any reason to object?
Re: Linux - the engineer's server operating system
IIRC Munich originally started this when they were facing moving off W2K/NT4 to XP.
It wasn't that they intended saving money on that move - reading between the lines of the CTOs statement MSFT were prepared to give them the licenses almost free.
It was that they wanted off the MSFT upgrade treadmill. they would since have upgraded xp->vista->win7->win8, each of which would have had the same licence and retraining costs. And would have been done at a date out of their control. You are facing a huge hole in your budget following a recession - and a US software company decides it's time for you to pay several million $ right now.
Re: Linux - the engineer's server operating system
If you are a city council and your staff are producing documents and powerpoints that are anything more than basic - fire them.
Similarly if you are making documents available to your customers - the tax payers - that are only readable by the lates tmost advanced versions of office you are doing it wrong
Re: Windows, Windows,
Sure - but everytime you spin up the instance you will have to run GenuineAdvantage and then phone India to get your licence re-authenticated
Re: some possible explanation [have I understood correctly?]
Surely - its just a connected series of internets for oil
Re: A free market in politicians
Surely in a free market economy you would just pay them for votes directly?
They could have advertised pricing and a loyalty card
I want a proper unix based phone.
With a keyboard, and an escape key
And a commandline where I can make a call with "call -n 0118 999 881 999 119 725 3" and add a contact with "vi /etc/phonebook"
Either they also target other major news sources's twitter feeds but none of them fell for the bait
Or - the Syrian inteligence agency is about as well informed as its opposite numbers in the CIA., M15 and RAC
Picture the scene; in a glass-whiteboard clad, moodily lit underground layer in Damascus:
General - our crack team of cyber ninja commandos have managed to penetrate the main news organisation of the western-facist-zionist-oppressors.
Abdul - I told you before, Fox is not a real news site it's a parody, try again.
No General - this time we have struck against "the onion", the one that revealed Kim Jong Ill to be the sexiest world leader.
Well done Abdul - have a medal.
These days that hardly counts as a bank robbery.
The bankers were probably laughing and throwing money at them saying - Million? call that a bank robbery!
Re: Pens should be banned
Don't forget rabid badgers.
It's because of the lobbying efforts of the NRBA (National Rabid Badger Association) that there are no laws restricting carrying a concealed rabid badger
In other news - the city council have ordered 100 new BMW's after the old ones ran out of petrol
Re: Take the 5th?
Or you could just do a Murdoch and not remember anything, or do a Murdoch sons and not know anything or the MP that said he didn't recognise their jurisdiction and refused to answer anything.
Re: Poor sod
> without a coherent and demonstrably viable plan on how he would deliver.
Should have applied to ycombinator instead then ?
Re: Is it really surprising....
Same reason we didn't like South Africa - they look like us, so they make us feel guilty.
Black safars killing blacks safars = we don't care, white safars killing kaffirs = we boycott them
Brown bacon-dodgers killing arabs = we don't care, White bacon-dodgers killing arabs = we boycott them
Re: fair enough
>'Davros' comment may get you a few downvotes
Be a laugh to hack the voice synthesizer though wouldn't it
Re: So if you diss that Intel chip, you get a lawyergram by the Anti-Defamation League?
And America's missiles and space program were designed by "a lot of very clever engineers, scientists and academics" from Nazi Germany - funny old world isn't it ?
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 220.127.116.11 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.
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