4319 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009
re: infinite cuts
Actually since senior management discovered how to set the y axis range of Excel charts to negative they have discovered that they can make almost infinite profits by just reducing the workforce below zero.
By cutting another 2Billion employees even Blackberry would be profitable
So since all tweeters will have to abide by the same rules as THE PRESS - does that mean that all press briefings and injunction notices will have to go out to everyone on twitter and facebook?
Does it create a slight logical problem to send a message to everyone on social media including the details of an injunction telling them that they mustn't publicize this information?
Note to foreigners: super injunctions are court orders where you are not only banned from publishing some news item/gossip but you are banned from reporting that there is a ban in place. How you get to know that you mustn't report anything because there is a secret ban on reporting it is tricky.
They are deliberately trying to sink RBS so they can charge it huge receivership fees and buy its assets on the cheap
Re: What could go wrong
But to do capitals on an iPad don't you need opposable thumbs?
Re: Have we learned nothing....
Friends ONLY spy on friends.
Whats the point of knowing the launch codes for the Russian missiles? Unless there is a WWIII there is little value in knowing ANY enemy military info.
Now whats the value in knowing the other Eu ministers position on agricultural subsidy cuts or on whether Scotland would be allowed into the Eu without the Euro?
No - as a wholly owned subsidiary UK Govt Inc can use the US government's site licence
Re: What could go wrong
But this way we will all have access to it as well.
650 MPs , 1000s of researchers/assistants/etc most of which are unqualified wives/children/distant relatives of MPs. So 98.6% of passwords are going to be "password123" - it should finally lead to open government
They were also famous for:
Release a high quality server version, gradually introduce lower quality consumer parts while keeping the same name, then rebrand a new super server version at a higher price with faster parts ... repeat....
So the plan is
To link Toshiba's product to OCZ's reputation and brand image?
So a bit like Boeing renaming the Dreamliner "Titanic" then ?
Re: Funny thing...
It's not just state, it's county and city (which here means anything village sized) as well.
In our suburb municipality we don't pay the local city sales tax but we do pay the part of if it that covers transit on some goods. An out of state retailer would have to know that for every address and every item.
Re: Time for change
Good idea. So when you order from Amazon they should have a box so that you can enter the sales tax for where you live. You know that your municipality just introduced a 2% tax on Lego figures but not on Playmobile - after all you voted for it - so you should be responsible for calculating it.
Re: How long will it last?
These aren't taxes that Amazon pays, these are sales taxes added to the bill to the customer.
Amazon mostly doesn't want to pay them because without them it makes their price 10% less than a local store.
But also because they are a nightmare to collect. You know how complex and stupid VAT regs are? Now imagine that where every village can set their own VAT rules!
And you have to set up a system to collect the correct amount from the affiliate and register with every town council to pay the fractions of a cent into their account.
At the moment it is illegal to steal a trade secret - but once a secret is stolen and becomes available it is free for anyone to use. So it was a simple matter of not getting caught. You pay somebody to steal/leak the idea and leave the results on some fileshare site or drop the folder outside your factory gates and you happen to find it - you can use it freely.
Now you have to show that you reverse engineered it, it became widely available or you discovered it independently. There is lots of case law for these cases where a patent idea was leaked before filing.
This is precisely what the law is supposed to stop.
At the moment a Chinese company steals an idea it can manufacture and sell it in europe - your only redress is to try and sue the chinese owner. With this law you can seize and destroy the goods.
It also stops jurisdiction shopping where you can steal an idea from one country but base yourself in some new member state with less stringent rules.
Re: Can't see these
Obviously in densely populated areas an alternative delivery mechanism using giant trebuchets would be more efficient and environmentally friendly.
In sparsely populated areas - who cares?
Re: Cynical - me?
So you didn't see the story about how Ryanair would deliver Amazon packages by having passengers to drop them out of their planes as they fly overhead?
Any passenger who didn't want to lean out of the window at 30,000ft would pay a 10quid breathing-oxygen surcharge
'first world' overhead
There is less "cost plus" to Boeing/Lockheed/Aerospatiale/Thales to subsidise their civil airline business or to cover up cost overruns on other military projects. But there are more direct "extra-contractual payments" to various government individuals.
Fortunately bribes are cheaper than boondongles.
It's the third biggest economy in the world by purchasing power
Re: One suggestion
Take a modern car, and strip half the insulation off all the wiring, then pour salt water on the rest to simulate classic 1970s British car electronics
You can't google "huge nazi/asian weapons" from School computers
Re: Survivalist avec Aluminum Chapeau?
And a large supply of triangular chocolate.
Re: Creeping scope...
Well fortunately we won't have to see that sort of thing happening anymore
Re: So shiny
And we all know that plain simple smooth undecorated products with rounded edges don't sell well.
Surely if they wanted to discourage young people from buying cigs they would make the packets look more like a 1990s Motorola
Will this be extended to alcohol?
Will we see future Tory PMs clutching bottles labelled just "bubbles" ?
Re: Whats the point?
Because it's a lot of paperwork.
It's much easier to just ring up and say "You want to help us don't you? You aren't some sort of un-American pinko terrorist are you?"
The hole is still black
It's just the neighbourhood that is bright
Re: An interesting recap of history for those who did not live through it.
By being listed their holdings are publicaly available and there are strict and well enforced rules to prevent Samsung/Apple/Intel etc owning more than a certain percentage without announcing a formal takeover and triggering a shitload of regulatory / competition investigation.
If they were private then Dr Evil could secretly buy them and hold the word to ransom for $1Million. Which is why ARM is only viable if everybody knows who owns them
Re: Visual Studio
vi and make - are the weapon of a Jedi, an elegant weapon of a more civilized age
Re: Rainbow tables
Unless elcom have made some amazing breakthroughs in maths that the NSA/CIA/KGB/MMB are unaware of - they cannot 'break' the encryption they can only brute force it by guessing your password.
Bitlocker almost certainly has a backdoor, and given Microsoft's history of security it is probably "NSA123".
Currently Truecrypt is probably your safest bet for keeping things secret. Don't worry they will just convict you of something else instead or accidentally shoot you on the tube if they can't break it.
Truecrypt is open source and can be built entirely from source. The binary download most people use is signed so that it can be loaded as a device driver on MSFT. The source does contain a binary blob which contains the initiialisation vectors of some of the crypto routines but you are free to replace them with your own.
There is a project underway to validate Truecrypt's source. Even if there are no deliberate backdoors it is still possible that mistakes have been made in the implementation.
Re: Fai play...
Because a government resource like GCHQ also has the resources to place the files there and request that the hosting company generate logs that show they were there for years.
I look forward to the discovery of lots of Alex Salmon's online files if the vote looks tight.
Re: I sometimes wish to doG the BBC would open up a studio in Sydney.
As part of the deal over Scottish independence I think we get Australia back, so it could happen.
Re: Like, ahem, cooking pr0n and talent shows.
>perhaps they could supply different viewer groups suitable programmes on different channels?
That wouldn't take advantage of new technology.
Why don't they use 3D to supply different shows to different eyes?
That way your right brain could get Melvin Bragg while your left brain gets Trinny and Sue Bake Swap Makeover challenge
Writing fags on bombs used in the limited police action in Afghanistan is still naughty https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fag_bomb
Slightly obvious flaw in the plan
Doesn't there come a a point on the first date where the couple have to explain to each other why they don't look quite as much like Tom Cruise/Paris Hilton as their profile picture would suggest?
Re: Take it as a compliment, Angela...
Alex Salmon has officially complained to the N Koreans that he wasn't being spied on.
Re: Won't somebody think of the chil... neutrinos
Worse being a photon. You travel across the universe for 13billion years, find the telescope, reflect off the mirror, get through the band pass filter, happen to be in the few seconds when the shutter is open - and then hit a dead patch between two pixels.
Re: Maybe I'm dense but..
Umpteen gazillion particles came from outside the solar system - 28 happened to stop in this cubic km of ice, another 28 (or so) will have stopped in the ice above it and more in the ice next door.
When the nearby supernova went off in 1987 we detected a total of 24 neutrinos in all the detectors on Earth, the model is that something like 10^60 neutrinos were created in the star.
Re: Canada was first
The police decide what behaviour means a future criminal - viewing gangsta videos on youtube, listening to that sinful rock and roll music or not accessing their local church web site enough.
They pass that information onto the private sector who share it with anyone that seems profitable.
Suppose the Manitoba drug network data was shared with your bank, with employment agencies, with travel insurance companies, with car insurance etc - what would be wrong with that?
Re: computing the value of computing
Another way of looking at it.
When HPC was dependant on government you simply wrote a bigger check to Cray each year and 5years later got a new Cray twice as powerfull as the old one.
When the DoE/DoD stopped writing blank checks to Cray we got a massive increase in innovation in clusters/GPU/FPGA etc
So we should thank Holywood and players of GTA for any new improvements.
Simplifed semiconductor fab
Apply mask to wafer
Open window to etch wafer
Re: "....Native Americans were in part merely an earlier wave of European colonisation,"
That's why I always put "African ancestory" on forms.
Re: Awaiting politics.
Same thing applies everywhere.
We have had a 1000years of Norman/Southern oppression which is still continuing - and we don't get Casinos.
Time to throw off the oppressors, kill anyone called Piers and take back our land.
Re: Awaiting politics.
Obviously if native Americans and Europeans had common ancestors then Europeans get to run casinos as well.
Although apparently it's racist to claim that 1st nations came from Africa via Asia via an Alaskan land bridge. Their sincerely held beliefs are that they originated here on the land and so have absolute rights to it.
Re: A novel proposal
Too young to remember "01 811 8055" then ?
A novel proposal
People are already used to remembering telephone numbers for companies
There is no ambiguity in a number, no "all one word" or no it's not sex-change it's "s-exchange"
I propose a system where a simple set of say 4, 2 or 3 digit numbers could replace a website URL.
And one day when the internet is available on phones we will be able to enter the website companies directly with a simple numerical keypad in our pockets. Comments to 220.127.116.11 please
>Nominet is a not for profit company.
So is Eton and both work equally selflessly for the greater good of the ordinary man in the internets
Re: Hi pot, kettle calling...
A new improved security policy - microsoft have changed the backdoor password to Bitlocker from "NSA" to "NSA123"
Re: A novel approach to crimefighting...
Two stories down is a US senator claiming that Bitcoin is only used by terrorists and money-launderers.
Isn't there a rule against the police funding terrorists?
- I mean the CIA or FBI ok, but surely local police shouldn't be funding them
There will just be a line on page 96 of the EULA allowing them to use computer resources for "auxiliary purposes"
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