That's a relief then
Although shouldn't the UN have used its other 2 magic wishes to end war, poverty, hunger, injustice etc?
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Although shouldn't the UN have used its other 2 magic wishes to end war, poverty, hunger, injustice etc?
Outside the country (we do trade internationally!) a currency only has the value that the currency markets place on it. Whatever statements the government of $COUNTRY$ make, that does't decide how many USD their pieces of paper are worth.
The UK government guarantees your bank account, but it only guarantees it in £. It doesn't guarantee that you will be able to buy the same amount of Oil/gold/whatever with it. That is the real value of an international currency.
>Bitcoins value is determined solely by the belief of the market that it has value
Any currency only has value because the market believes it has value.
Having a government backing it doesn't necessarily help. Ask anyone holding Reichsmarks in 1945 or confederate dollars in 1865, or Iranian Rials in 201x.
The idea of bitcoin was that it was a universal currency that could be traded without the permission, knowledge and fee taking from VISA/Amex/Paypal. It's no more anonymous than them and is used in astronomically fewer criminal activities than the good old $ in which we trust
But if you had data on a cloud service that was being used for pirating movies and it is shut down - you don't get your data back
cos they have the men with guns?
I know the USA is a new country, but with a bit of experience you will learn that independant committees setup to look into the problem of the day shouldn't report for at least 3 years when all the fuss has died down.
In the meantime you can say that "you are looking into it" and "cannot comment while the investigation is underway"
It's good for all of us.
If I don't have to pay tax on the interest I owe on the mortgage, car and credit cards I'm going to be a lot better off. In fact I'm might borrow some money to put in a savings account if the interest payments are a tax write-off.
If only a single child later gets pregnant or dies of AIDS it will all have been worth it.
>PCs on Windows XP need to understand that they will put their networks and data at high and increasing risk.
They may decide that having Windows on desktop machines at-all is putting their networks and data at risk.
If we are supposed to do everything on the web with Office365 - exactly why do i need a full OS on every desktop, all able to run any programs/attachments/malware they like and all with access to my network?
I think this already happened (or at least a proof of concept) the glasses will automatically read any QR code they see. They also automatically update the firmware if you send them to a particular url
My phone camera has a loud annoying shutter noise that can't be disabled. Every camera phone I have had does. I heard it was a legal requirement in either Japan/Korea and the phone makers all want that market.
Any truth to this?
GCHQ got asked to do it, so they asked the nice chaps at the GPO to do it because knew about this new fangled telephone stuff. Forgetting that the GPO had now been privatised BT sub-contracted it to the lowest bidder which was Huawei
In a way it's a beautiful example of PPI at work. A bit like the case a few years ago when the Russians came in with the best bid for the Army's new helicopter.
>Who the f**k are mumsnet?
The paramilitary wing of the Daily Mail
Basically the PTA in SS uniforms (probably best not to google that if you have an unblocked connection)
So this Christmas a group of Tory MPs get to ring up a nice lady at BT and ask if they need "strict" or "moderate" discipline on their pron?
I can see how this got passed
Presumably one of Lincolnshire's most picturesque seaside resorts will now be removed from the internet.
Are there short range USB DAB transmitters?
Then you could get a rasberryPi with wifi, have it receive radio from iPlayer on t'internet and rebroadcast it to your DAB radio. Then that would be twice as digital as the DAB radio and so twice as good.
> North Norfolk coast, we were treated to mostly flawless Yorkshire TV
But did you understand it?
That doesn't help me if it's the visual studio server that is down.
Azure currently says "compute service performance degradation" doesn't say if that's what's stopping me logging into TFS, doesn't say when it will be fixed.
Having to know their internal details of which host their hosted service uses is hardly the point of cloudy-ness
With my own server the problem is TFS.
With their service; it might be my client, might be my router, might be my ISP, might be any one of the multiple Microsoft Online/Live/Hotmail/Corporate/Office365 accounts I seem to need to have to login to any Microsoft service, it migth be their Visual Studio service, it might be Azure, it might be one of their data centers - I have no idea.
It's like saying that since I'm not a professional olympic athlete cycling to work can't be as reliable as the mixture of Bus+Train+Tube because they are all run by professionals.
(It also doesn't help that half of their help pages for hosted TFS tell you to login into the server and start entering TFS commandline admin commands.)
Try login again
Go to msdn blog to see if any outage report - nope
Got to Reddit to see if anyone else has a problem - yes
Keep trying to login
Read story next day on reg about 12hour Azure outage
It probably is more reliable than an in-house server. But at least I know if the in-house server is borked and don't just sit there hopefully pressing retry.
In the UK, Amazon is being investigated by the Inland Revenue about how it employs >2000 people but makes no sales, has no income and pays no tax.
Amazon.co.uk's operations in mighty Luxembourg make £10Bn in sales.
His US consulting company got bought by BT in 2006 when it (BT) was trying to pretend to be a world player.
They are now either annoyed at the Chuck Norris of crypto, or have abandoned the US business or having his company made an internal report go onto a second page and it was easier to get rid of them than reformat it.
Either way it's not like they marched him from the desk with a bin-liner of his stuff.
He will probably get more work now he isn't associated with BT.
For the former official state owned government telecoms provider who were privatised to become the unofficial government telecoms provider to claim that its relationship with GCHQ is no different from Tesco's is a little disingenuous. It's like QuintiQ claiming it is just another software company.
One of the big advantages of ARM is that the chip is so small you can stick it in the corner of the GPU/ASIC/custom lol-cat search combobulator to handle all the ancillary computer stuff while the special silicon gets on with the hard bits
>Wristwatches came in because pulling a pocket watch was too much hassle in a busy environment.
Specifically the trenches of WWI
However the idea of attaching my phone to a gold chain and removing it from my waistcoat pocket to consult it through my monocle is appealing
Obviously fake - the flag is red.
We know from the Apollo landings that the moon is B&W
All of them
"Welcome to your CORPORATE SLOGAN flight, here at CORPORATE SLOGAN we take .. so list to theis CORPORATE SLOGAN safety video ... thank you for flying CORPORATE SLOGAN"
Followed by a bunch of ads for CORPORATE SLOGAN's car hire partners
I stopped flying United because it became like a giant game of "Simon Says". - Do you want fly the friendly skies sugar in your fly the friendly skies coffee?
The lag is only an issue if the person involved in a conversation is responding to what the other person is saying.
For the sort of person that is going to talk on a cell phone for the length of a flight, listening to somebody on the other end is unlikely to be a major concern.
What about some soundproof enclosure for each passenger.
Something like a 1950's hairdresser dryer thing on each seat
Alternately just let people make phone calls AND have guns on board
An opportunity for a perfect synergy
The BBC's finest hour - broadcasting heroic Churchillian speeches during WWII
Nasa's finest hour - using Nazi rocket scientists to build bigger versions of a V2
So all we need is a war with Germany
The same could be said for Boeing or Lockheed-Martin
So they couldn't reveal to US law enforcement that they were losing business in China - because China discovered they were spying on them - in case the Chinese find out about
How many cables must they have cut in different locations across the capital to defeat the state of the art enterprise grade, strategic, redundant and reliable fibre backbone that British Telecom operate?
Surely a company that is so mighty that it is the only one considered to bid for most government projects wouldn't have a system that lost service becuase of a single break at one location?
Or it could be Windows8
Balanced against that is the chance of anyone bothering to read it - so just as effectively "lost"
Having information like the census data online means it can be data mined to research patterns of immigration, social mobility etc etc. Having it on 1000s of microfilms in different places is more secure but means the data will almost certainly never be accessed or used.
Sir Humphrey: .... a few others lost in the flood of 1967.
[to Humphrey] Was 1967 a particularly bad winter?
Sir Humphrey: No a marvellous winter, we lost no end of embarrassing files.
If you want email/web browsing/netlfix and remote admin ARM netbooks are great value
If you want to be in charge of Linux kernel development then I would buy the Pixel
If it was their money - yes
Since any extra cost is just more budget that the taxpayer is spending on the war on everything - no
Do you want to be the chief of police who spent less on chasing terrorists than the next city?
Really? The one for the C18 seems perfectly clear
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
Anywhere in that it says; unless the records are digital, in which case help yourself ?
>If I'm going to Antarctica, I ought to pack a sweater?
If you are some sort of southern jessy then yes
Do you want to be the manager saying to the press "we spent 20million quid on listing 200people - that's 100,000/person" or do you want to say "our new computer system tracks 650,000 potential smugglers, terrorists, child pornographers"
Did you have the 3 standing next to the unmanned internet-digital-e-passport cyber gates?
One telling you to go to the empty one (thanks), one telling to just wait a minute while they reboot them and one telling you to try again when it fails to read your passport.
How they mananged to do this without also having a couple of managers supervising them is a miracle
But a software system, even one costing £20 billion, that can check inside lorries leaving Dover for hidden illegal immigrants has got to be a bargain. Would love to know how it is going to do it
Or more likely http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1996-02-01/
Simple solution. Unless you name is something like Sḵwx̱wú7mesh then F off back to Europe where you belong?
These damn Googlers coming here to SF, taking our land, destroying our native way of life, killing our buffalo...
"...and away from the rights of the individual”.
The individual in question being Zuckerberg.
Some ability to do sums without having to count on your fingers may be useful.
It used to be said the most dangerous thing in the army was a 2nd lieutenant with a compass.
It's now probably a 2nd lieutenant with a GPS attempting to call in an airstrike at a grid position not equal to the one they are currently occupying.
Matched only by the:
I originally wrote this in-house app in DBaseIII then converted it to Access and then to SQLServer - I don't need to hear about any of your fancy Normal Form rubbish. It will be fine as long as we never go beyond 255 customers.