4321 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009
Re: iWatch ? I cannot believe
>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
Re: Oh bullshit.
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?
Re: Easy fix
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.
Re: Mobile Calling Area
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
Re: My how far NASA has fallen :(
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
Re: Put up or shut up
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
Must have been a serious theft
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?
Re: Could be worse
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.
Computers in the basement
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
Re: Something tells me that charging them for the data is the *only* way to stop fishing trips
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?
We need a 4th amendment for the 21st century
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 ?
Re: So what you're saying is...
>If I'm going to Antarctica, I ought to pack a sweater?
If you are some sort of southern jessy then yes
Re: 200 out of 650,000
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
Re: here we go again
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
Re: One million lines of code
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...
Re: Dear 8 Heavyweights
"...and away from the rights of the individual”.
The individual in question being Zuckerberg.
Re: Random degrees
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.
Re: Ahh yes the 'Fast Trackers'.
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.
Re: Thinning the hurdle
> total random selection would be just as good a selection method,
That's why I always pick a CV at random - I like people who are lucky
Don't see why this should be a problem for data-protection laws when it works so well for other consumer protection.
There is no 'race to the bottom' across the eu to offer the lowest standard for drug or aviation safety - so I can get my new treatment approved in stereotypical corrupt eu country and then customers in the UK are unable to complain.
Re: To be fair...
Yes because corporate CTOs and the NSA looking for a mobile platform secure enough for, say, the president of the united states are mostly swayed by which teeny-bopper also uses them?
Re: They got this one right
So instead they have hired Burt Bacharach to promote themselves as a stable reliable corporate platform
As a UK citizen
>I would dearly like to have a say in how America is sifting through my online life,
Well if you don't want to be ruled by a tyrannical empire across the Atlantic, throw the starbucks into the harbour and have your own revolution
Can we help?
Perhaps some sort of charity appeal could be launched to allow the traders and exchanges to update their systems?
Have they tried holding a bake sale?
Re: Not a bad idea, but not a magic bullet either
> this is *not* a backdoor for the underpaid IT contractor to get in.
If you believe that I have a bridge, a Dixon's extended warranty and an HP storage solution to sell you.
Dave's mates in the city (who write the policies for him) are not concerned that ARM can't hire the best chip designers from MIT or Stanford.
Re: Real deal industry superstar experts @Don Jefe
And of course the manager needs to earn more than the superstar. Because you can't earn less than somebody beneath you - that stands to reason. So you need to increase the salaries of everyone in management
After all their rhetoric about eastern european workers
Is this a Reverse of their Polish Notation?
Re: They're doing it wrong
Tricky to arrange though.
What you need is a whole line of people and then later check which ones are normal, which are dead and which get a superpower
>Why would you stealthily launch this whilst submerged, and then surface in full view to recover it ?
The WEEE directive?
Re: Not without risk and cost
Probably irrelevent if your targets are Afghan tribesmen.
Their command and control system never really integrated with their anti ballistic missile submarine capability.
The navy is feeling distinctly left out in the choice of landlocked deserts as the theatre-du-jour for spreading democracy
Re: but every single American I have met has been a genuinely nice person.
In advance of my next trip can I just say that every single DHS/TSA/INS agent is a genuinely nice person.
ps. I would also like to point out that every single NSA employee is a sweetheart
Re: Might work...
America switching to first to file doesn't change prior art invalidating a patent.
It means that you don't patent something, invest in manufacturing, build a market and then have an IBM come along and say, we thought of that years ago but didn't do anything about it - now you have proved a market we will file our patent and take it from you.
Now they need to show that they published their idea and you could have known abut it and benefitted from it and in thw worst case can invalidate your patent not have it re-assigned to them.
Originally first to invent was needed in America because it took weeks to get a letter to Washington, but it became a way of big companies with lots of lawyers to sidestep the patent system.
Re: It was promising...
Except the troll usually just assigns the IP to a throwaway company. If they lose the patent has no value anyway and the off the shelf company can just go bankrupt before paying any fees
Re: This is a tough one...
Or another way of looking at it.
Developer A said "let there be a language where statement A does B, statement C does D etc"
Developer A happened to then implement that in code, Separately developer B implemented the same thing in different code.
If developer A is allowed to claim that all implementations of their language are copyright then Dennis Richie is going to be very rich - and Oracle are going to have a real problem finding a C compiler to build their database product.
So Google admit to using the same 26 letters as Oracle?
Obviously guilty then.
Prove they don't !
Unless you think that they wouldn't ask for the master keys because they consider it unsporting and prefer to use a complex set of hacks, zero day exploits and Ton Cruise dangling from your data centers roof on a wire instead
Re: Security Theater Only
It's easy to keep a secret if the only person you need to share it with is you.
So Microsoft can make a perfectly secure system where you have the keys, you encrypt it, they store and you decrypt it. That's great if the only use of the cloud is as a great big disk drive in the sky.
As soon as you need somebody else to process it then you need to share keys and unless you trust them you are screwed - whatever the technology, especially if you know the NSA is looking over their shoulder
> Euro-centric data centers are a damned good idea …
But a good thing for the JCB business.
Every data center won't just have an extra connection to the NSA (assuming they are US owned, or want to do business int he US) but they will also have an extra connection to all 28 countries. In those countries where the military, government and secret services don't trust each there will be multiple connections.
I'm picturing 50 or 60 different groups of shady dark-glasses wearing spooks all trying to install their own secret taps while not being noticed by the other lots. Would make a great Ealing comedy.
Re: Security Theater Only
> at the very least it negates MITM attacks?
Unless the MITM has a copy of the key.
The only thing it stops is the Men in Black deciding they wanted to spy on what you did in the past, assuming they want to spy on everybody all the time it is irrelevant.
Re: Ha Ha Ha bis
That is an excellent strategy system until somebody comes along and tells you to merge 3 different high street banks - who all have systems like that - into one modern dynamic environment.
And then tells all the staff that they will be outsourced when the job is finished....
Re: NSS Flip and try again
The regular USB-B plug is also supposed to have the USB logo on the top side.
Except Microsoft who put it on the bottom so they can have their logo on the top.
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