1122 posts • joined 22 May 2007
I believe that patents are a good thing, IF they are used as they were intended.
However, I do believe that patents should be invalidated if the inventor (or owner of the patent) has no intention of putting it to use, as this goes against the fundamental reasons for patents existing in the first place. If this condition was in the patent (if challenged you must prove you are not just sitting on the patent) then trolls would be out of business, and technology would advance, just as patents were designed for.
Making patent infringement a criminal offence may help protect the small-fry mentioned above, but it would be more likely to stifle innovation further, and so is not an option. What we really need is a way for the small business or individual to be able to take on a big corp who has infringed his patent without incurring crippling legal fees, and enduring lengthy proceedings. Maybe a sepparate procedure which allows a very quick way to force a review of the alleged infringement, and force an injunction against the big corporation. After this is done, a civil suit could begin, possibly with some sort of legal aid or other government-supplied help (income-assessed, or course) to ensure the protection of the invention. IANAL, I am not sure what help is out there already, and I havent had time to think this through fully, but something needs to change to bring patent law back in line with it's original purpose.
I hope I'm the first,
But I know I won't be the only one to be claiming for a new keyboard after reading:
"riders mount Rodem from behind"
... my 2p
I generally agree with a system like this, but Jason Bloomberg's comment is valid. A tiered warning would be much better, maybe 3-tier (discrete buzz from pager, beep from pager, announcement over tanoy). This helps counter errors in the system, and simple lapses in concentration by over worked hospital staff.
Also, Evil Auditor makes a good point. Cleaners in hospitals are just like cleaners everywhere, when cleanliness in a hospital needs to be taken much more seriously. They should be better trained, better equipped, and better paid. This would both encourage and allow cleaners in hospitals to take pride in their work, and punishments for not doing so would have to be fairly harsh too.
But will this sort of thing happen over here, in our NHS? We all know the answer...
... the charger and USB cables will be coiled so tight they will only make intermittent connections :)
Not so bad
"With electrically-powered solid state lasers going from strength to strength in recent years, the ABL's chem-ray tech is looking more and more like a dead end."
This is not a bad thing for the project.
They have developed it using the only tech available at the start of the project which would do the job. However, the chemical laser is not really the big news for this project, it is all the supporting systems, e.g. targeting. These should be able to be used with alternate technology, when it becomes available.
So even if the jumbo-laser never really takes off (pun intended) it is still an important development.
Oh, and why do people always see the downsides in new tech which fails to be continued beyond the prototype? These are the things which lead to human andvancement, and should be encouraged! There are too many people (mainly corporations and governments) holding back on the projects because they wont reap any benefits quickly enough. This drags back all of mankind! Take the example of patents help by oil companies on battery tech, which they have sat on for years (if not decades) so that we only see plausible electric cars starting to surface now. It makes me sick, and when the 'media' snubs a project like this one just because it won't be put to use immediately, they are just encouraging this sort of thinking.
Sorry, needed to blow off some steam, rant over now.
"or perhaps just calm down, have a cup of tea and find something more sensible to worry about"
Ooops, I meant to say "I totally agree!" :)
I don't know many kids who actually use predictive text messaging, purely because they cannot spell. I use it all the time myself, although I wish I could find a way to make it use "mum" as the first word for 686 insteat of "nun" (The number of times my texts have started with "Hi nun")
@Paul Murphy 1
"Also when is the diesel version coming out? that would be more efficient that the petrol one I would have thought."
One of the main things that determines an EV's range is weight. A small petrol engine for extending the range weighs less than an equivalent diesel. Therefore with an equivalent-powered diesel engine, the car would weigh more, reducing the range before the engine had to kick in, and reducing the fuel economy.
It may produce better economy on longer journeys, but not necessarily on this 'urban' classification.
Obviously I haven't actually done any calculations, but this is just an overview of the balancing act.
"It differs from London's M25, however, in that the opposing streams of traffic move"
Was there any need forthe rest? :P
I will add my support to this line of reasoning. It is the same with all security flaws found: Make the organisation aware of the problem, announce that there IS a problem, give organisation a reasonable time to acknowledge, then fix, the problem, then full disclosure.
If the govt are obviously going to do nothing, publish the details in full (and preferably with an 'idiots guide, or a GUI tool). If they ignore evidence of the problem, it is their own stupid fault, and full disclosure is the ONLY way they will listen (i.e. when cloned/faked cards start popping up all over the place and their ID card system is shown to be a total sham).
I personally would not object to them disclosing the details immediately even if the govt had not, as so many people have pointed out, used the 'La la la, I can't hear you' approach to security. While this would be morally questionable, so are the govts plans.
FAIL, for obvious reasons
Is it just me?
I know that there ould be some issues, but...
Why not bury it? Cab is 1.8m tall, dig a hole 1.8m down and big enough that a person can get in too, cover as per manholes, put a small cab on top to deal with cooling. Simples.
I know it's not as simple as that, but it's a good solution IMHO
It will probably be crap, but...
I WANT IT I WANT IT I WANT IT I WANT IT I WANT IT I WANT IT I WANT IT I WANT IT I WANT IT I WANT IT I WANT IT I WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANT IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT!!!
Luckily for me that's FAR too expensive for me, so I won't get drunk and 'accidentally' buy one.
"Run away you little pansy, the databases are coming, the databases are coming!!!"
"No wonder you guys are no longer a super-power. Super-Powers aren't scared of a fucking database."
Sorry, but any time now that I see or hear the word "database", I start sniggering thinking of Mr. Aaron Kempf, our serial whiney f***wit commentard.
Oh, on a serious note: Well done @ this report for pointing out the obvious fact that this does point the finger of suspicion at everyone. But will the gov.uk listen?
Stupid question, they are our Lods and Masters and They Know What's Best For Us(tm)
All encryption is breakable
All you need is a powerful enough computer and/or enough time.
We all know that the NSA can break 'em all anyway with TRANSLTR... *
...Whats that noise? ARGH! Help! They're coming to take me away!
* See Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
Have once again shown they are buffoons.
The requirement for a PAC is to stop networks from stealing each other's customers without their knowledge. It is a security measure, and no-one will convince me that getting rid is a good idea.
However, the call forwarding malarkey is tosh. What ofcom need to do it have the number transfered to the control of the new provider. It's not a difficult one.
Or even better put mobile numbers in the hands of someone neutral and let US own our mobile numbers.
"NASA now plans to despatch a new, much larger - Humvee sized - nuclear powered rover"
So they are going to crash a large, nuke-powered 'bot onto Mars. Up to now, the Martians have been getting on with their lives in their underground cities, but they may take offence to us chucking a lump of unstable, radioactive material at their home. They may see it as an attack, and despatch their fleet (carefully hidden until now) to wipe out their unfriendly neighbours.
Couple of points...
"Unfortunately, since there are an infinite number of real numbers between every positive integer, 6 and 147 are infinitely far apart."
Yes, but as there is an infinity quantity of real numbers between 0 and 6, and an infinite number of real numbers between 0 an 147, they must be the same number! :P
@Chris Thomas Alpha
"What should we give your score for not realising that 6+140=146 whereas in the article, you state 147"
He was saying it would be great IF the figure was within 140. It isn't, so it's not great.
Must agree here...
AP is stupid and greedy. This news aggregator service probably makes them money. It is free advertising.
News aggregator scans in their paper, searches the content for keywords, and send a snippet of only 11 words to their client, along with WHERE IT WAS FROM.
Now, what REAL news article will make sense from only 11 words? So the client must go out and buy the paper to read the article.
The only way the paper could loose money from this is if the client would otherwise buy the paper every day and read through for articles of interest. But it will make more money than it looses, so it is being a money grabbing ingrate by doing this, and I am very tempted to take an 11-word snippet from one of their newspapers every day and post it on my website, just for shits and giggles. Or maybe on FB, or in El Reg's comments.
I have asked this before and would really like to understand the answer:
Why is he being extradited?
McKinnon was in the UK when the (alleged) offense took place. He did not travel to the US. "Hacking" is an offense in this country (quotes for obvious reasons). Therefore he committed an offense in this country. So why is he being extradited, when the "crime" was committed here?
Where is the line drawn? I really do fail to understand. Maybe I am just being stupid, but if he can be extradited for this, does that mean we all have to make sure that everything we do on the 'net is legal in every country in the world, just in case the server we are connecting to is based in a country where what we are doing may be illegal? Or is it just American laws we need to learn, as they have taken on the role of judge, jury and executioner for the entire planet?
... with every purchase of a Happy Meal!
Sorry, just popped into my head.
On a serious note, I really don't get it. He committed an offense in this country. He was not in the US. Why is he being extradited?
"nobody would even consider getting out of bed for 5 quid an hour"
Actually, I think you will find that many people do. In fact, many people have no choice. It works out as more than you get on the dole, and especially if you have a family to support, what choice is there? £200/wk is better than nothing, in the end. You will find that many honest, hard working people will accept whatever work they can just to give the best possible life to their family, even when they know it is barely worth the effort.
Personally, I would have to be quite desperate to accept such a job, but I would do it rather than live on the dole for too long.
Wish I could afford it!
A bar at my university got in a bottle of 40-year-old Scotch. Me and a couple of mates went down to have a wee dram, and it was one of the loveliest drinks I have ever tasted.
However we were quite fortunate. Although he was only selling it at cost, it was still very expensive (I have no idea what the price, not £50 a shot of course but expensive), but the stupid barmaid didnt realise it was any different to the normal stuff. Hence we got it for normal price, about £1.50.
Lets face it, all copy protection will be compromised eventually. Just like all encryption algorithms. In fact everything will be found to have some exploitable flaw sooner or later.
In the end all these 'features' do is piss off the paying customers. Take, for example, games which refuse to work unless you have the disc in the drive. Why? I have paid for the game, and I don't want to have to hunt for the DVD every time I play it. I have plenty of HDD space, everything is installed anyway. Hence, even if I have paid for a game, I will download the no-cd crack. If I am doing that, why not just download the game?
The more DRM shite they bundle on software, the less likely I am to buy it. Hence they would probably make MORE money if they just didnt bother.
When you add to this that MS is known to, indirectly, make more money from pirate software than it looses (by maintaining it's "monopoly" instead of causing those who cant afford / don't want to pay move to alternative OS's), I could see MS actually releasing cracks themselves.
"BIND is used on a great majority of DNS servers on the Internet. DNS maps between easy-to-remember domain names, understood by humans, and their corresponding numerical IP addresses, needed by computers. Simply put, the system can be compared to a phone book for the internet."
Hang on... aren't the people who read this site supposed to be technically literate?
Surely you do not need to explain a fundamental technology as if we were Daily Mail readers.
"... the problem is that while Twitter has a remarkably low penetration ..."
You owe me a new keyboard!
All this talk about twats on twitter, and you HAD to mention penetration!
(TBH Considering the average twitterer, I would say the comment is correct)
This was obviiously a trial of technical feasability. They have proven it is possible. They don't care about the rest, they just wanted to know if they COULD put a filter in place, so now they will do so.
And, yes, they will build the goal posts around the results.
"This isn't about enlightenment, it's about basic fucking biology. If you don't pack the gear (borrowing a line from Full Metal Jacket) to make a baby then you shouldn't have one. My point of view isn't based on any weird religious grounds but simple logic. Two guys can't make a baby, nor can two women so they have no business obtaining one using methods which, let's face it, were set up to assist infertile heterosexual couples."
Erm, on these grounds surely "infertile heterosexual couples" also "don't pack the gear... to make a baby". I am not expressing an opinion either way here, but your argument falls flat on it's face.
Back into the spirit of the discussion, if any Swedish lesbians out there need 'assistance', I'd be happy to oblige. I have plenty going spare, and I will accept cash for a simple donation of fluid, or else we can go the traditional route and I will provide the service for free.
I like it
It's a fairly good stunt IMHO, and if it had been applied to advertising something, I reckon the campaign would be a hit.
HOWEVER: if you are going to lie in an advert, you need to not get caught. He got caught. FAIL
The problem is that a promotion normally involves being 'in charge' of a team. I certainly don't want that. I am not a manager, and likely never will be.
From what I have seen, the only real way to get a promotion from a technical role is to be bad at your job. Good engineers/programmers etc. are kept doing the job they are good at. Those who are crap at their job are promoted to management.
As has been stated previously, the main career path open to skilled techies is to move to another company, or to threaten to do so to your current employer (if you are valued enough), which gets you a better salary but no real career advancement.
In short, techinical roles are not a career, they are a job, just like shelf-stackers in Tesco. Work through the week, party at the weekend, and always keep your eye out for a better [paid] job.
Suits me fine, but then I work to live, not live to work, and the main things that differentiate a good job from a bad for me are the pay packet and how much your boss/colleagues/others within the co appreciate the work you are doing (I know it's not much, but a pat on the head every now and again, maybe a bonus or pay rise, do actually make a big difference to me)
OK, these may already have been addressed but I got bored with reading all the comments so I'll just add my own 2p
The point about this is not about bundling a browser. It is about abuse of monopoly. This one is aimed at all those who say "It's MS's OS, they can bundle what they want."
This IS abuse of their dominant position. Imagine if MS decided to bundle Office with windows. The majority wouldnt even look at another product, they would just use whats bundled, hence killing the competition.
Similarly, think of Windows Media Player. Because this is bundled with the OS, most people don't bother looking at better alternatives, they just use what's there. This artificially inflates their market share, and makes it harder for people to compete in this market.
Those who say "Well Linux bundles browsers", well yes they do. Actually, this just proves the point, they bundle BROWSERS, plural. And you can easily remove them and install something different if you wish. However, even if they did only provide a single browser, they do not have a "monopoly" (the quotes are there because it isnt really a monopoly, but it is a very dominant position which puts it on the same footing) so their actions are not anti-competitive.
"With great power comes great responsibility". When a company has such a dominant position in one area of a market, it cannot be allowed to (ab)use that position. For all those pointing out the car analogy, imagine there was one car mfr who had a 99% share of the market, who went into the oil business and started setting up their own petrol stations, giving away the petrol to owners of their cars. This would force all other petrol co's out of business, at which point this car co would have a monopoly on petrol aswell. Although at the start, people would praise the co for giving away petrol, once the monopoly was established and they started charging what they want, what do we do then?
You have to think long term, and the EU here is just sticking up for us, as it should. MS just threw their rattle out of the pram in what they did, but I am sure that anywhere they sell Win7E they will just start giving away CD's containing a browser, or a few browsers. Theres no problem here, and those who are whinging should seriously look at the facts and THINK (If they are even capable of this, which judging by their comments is unlikely)
This legislation seems (as was stated in a precious quote) quite vague. Is this aimed at those who are working with children, or those who have regular contact with children (or vulnerable adults).
Let me explain in terms of an example. Say I am a member of an amateur dramatics society, which puts on a Pantomime once a year. The rehearsals go on for 3-6 months, and children are involved. Now, none of the adult members are "working" with children, but all have regular contact with them. So would all the members of the society have to be vetted? Or just the committee? Possibly only the MD/Producer etc? Where is the line drawn?
I am sure this applies to many similar situations where a group of mainly adults includes children in their activities. I see them as important to the children involved, as it teaches them how adults interact and prepares them for life. If this legislation required all members to be vetted, you would see a dramatic decline in this sort of interaction, to the detriment of the children involved.
Now I am involved with an AmDram group, and if the legislation means I have to be 'vetted' I will not be involved in these performances again. I may have nothing to hide, but I have everything to fear.
I really don't get this case
He was in the UK. Hence he is subject to UK law. Hence he should be tried in the UK under UK law. Simple.
In the hypothetical case where, say, a UK citizen posts a bomb from the UK to the US, and this explodes and kills people, once again he has committed said offense in the UK, broken UK law and should be dealt with in the UK.
As soon as you allow this sort of thing, how can anyone be sure of which law they should be following? You could, say, post a comment on a forum which is perfectly legal in this country, but because the server is hosted in the US you are extradited and imprisoned (I know this is at least bordering on reductio ad absurdum, if not already there)
This smacks of the US govt's oppinion that it is the judge and jury for the entire world. How accurate the title of the 2004 film written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Our govt SHOULD stand up to them, but then do we really expect them to look out for their citizens interests anymore?
There's nothing wrong with databases! You must be a pussy if you're afraid of a database! "Run away, run away, the databases are coming!" Pussy!
Oof! Sorry about that, I Kempf'ed out for a minute there... That was a weird sensation, I even thought I could feel a penis growing out of my forehead for a moment...
Wow, cats find a noise which makes ppl feed them... come on guys what is the point of this "research"?
Incidentally, my rats take a different approach. They start by climbing to the top of the cage and staring at me. If that doesnt work they start pushing the food bowl around. If that doesnt work, they start making as much noise as possible, distracting me from watching TV untill I get so ****ed off I feed em.
After which they hide all the food in their "house", then start the staring again, as if I dont realise where it's all gone. Well, at least they used to before I caught on.
Animals simply learn the best way to get what they want. All animals are the same, it's simple, and this research doesnt merit a story.
Godwin's Law in action
And only 5 comments in. Impressive!
"I would like to officially end this thread by noting the similarity of the aforementioned flamer with the title of a work by a mister A. Hitler from 1925."
Back on topic, Mr. Kempf: If you can't take it, don't give it!
I will add my request to the others for his contact details, so we can further extract the urine without clogging up el Reg's database.... I mean comments section.
I have never understood why even a national identity card would "need" such an intrusive database.
An ID card (or passport) should contain all information required to verify the bearers identity. The only thing which could be added to that is (as stated by "The Original Ash" above) a hash of (some of?) that data held centrally to verify that the card has not been forged.
They could get a lot more support for a NID programme if they did this, plus one other part for the convenience of the holder: User defined data areas.
What I mean is this: The card has additional data areas which can be used by other organisations. For example, a membership number for a club, or your bank card details, even 'electronic cash'. Even a phonebook, if you wanted... the point being that ANYONE can store small amounts of data on the card (with your permission).
Now obviously this presents some security issues, and I havent thought this through fully, but the idea is simple (and I can't understand why NuLab havent pitched it to get people on board): If you want to get more people on board, give them something that will make their lives easier. The convenience of these additional features, added to the assurance that only a hash of your private data is held, would probably win over the vast majority of people, and would still be a great help to law enforcement, imigration, and anyone else who needed to verify someone's identity.
"Presumably this research has only a one-third chance of being accepted by people who consider the population - and by extension themselves - to be generally open-minded."
This made me chuckle.
My above comment
Should have had the <- thumbs up icon not thumbs down.
Sorry, I'm having a "special" day today...
Am I the only one...
who read this:
"Human nipples, when attached to female bodies, are clearly pornographic"
and got an image in his head of people stapling human nipples all over their body, or wearing them as earings?
I pay my ISP (Be, incidentally, and I agree with Tom15 they dont complain over the HUGE amounts of data I transfer, normally filling the 18up/1.3down link) for a pipe to the internet.
They tell me it is an unlimitted pipe (somthing I have issue with, especially as since IWF came into play it is untrue for the vast majority of ISPs), so I download what I want.
They then complain I am downloading too much, as are other people.
Me: "Hang on, you told me it was Unlimitted"
ISP: "Yeah, but your DLing too much, its costing us too much, and we arent making enough money"
Me: "Tough s**t! You should have thought of that earlier!"
If you got a contractor in to do some repairs on your house, got a quote, he started then told you he needed to charge more because the materials cost more than he thought, what would you say?*
All in all, it's the ISPs who need to sort it out, not the 'content providers'.
* I know they do this regularly, and I know a lot of people accept it (which is WHY they do it), but think on the principal...
This is gonna **** ppl off
People who already have these cameras, and already have 3rd party batteries, will install the update and find these no longer work. This will cause problems.
If safety WAS the only thing they were concerned with, surely a pop-up message saying "WARNING: This is a non-panasonic battery. Use at your own risk" or similar would do a better job. It would scare off many people and yet still allow those who wish to take the chance. The only reason to completely block 3rd party batteries is to make more money.
lazy me but...
4) BOOBIES! BOOBIES! BOOBIES!!!
I will add that if these celebs are stupid enough to take their tops off where ppl can photo them, they deserve it plastering all over the tabloids. If they dont want that to happen, keep your top on! It aint rocket science!
...a "theres too many icons to choose from" icon?
"McElroy's global windfarm is going to take some time to build, as it requires the erection of massive 100m-tall turbines on every single piece of land where the load factor would be better than 20 per cent"
He said erection!
Science, gotta love it :)
If you want to see what something is made of, grab the biggest hammer you can find and hit it... hard!
Works for small things (only the hammer is another small thing, done in a big thing - particle accellerators) so why not the moon? Crash something into it and see what happens.
Maybe my boss will let me do the same with the old P3 I am forced to use to access one specific network...
"the increasing monitoring of citizens was breaking the bond of trust between the Government and the people"
"the increasing and already overwhelmingly intrusive monitoring of citizens is further damaging the already tattered mess of any remaining trust between the Goverment and the people"
I don't think there is ANYTHING that they could do, even if they wanted to, to regain my trust. This applies equally to all parties.
"When was the weights and measures act? 1969?"
I feel a song coming on...
"I got my first real six-string.
Bought it at the five-and-dime.
Played it till my fingers bled.
It was the summer of '69."
Sorry I know this isnt helpfull. Dont need a coat in this weather...
Nicely done Simon!
Well, I guess it is a hard concept for a BOFH to understand, I can see the PFYs confusion. I mean, REWARDING the user for doing what he should? That's a sissie approach.
In this situation, the correct level of response would be to TELL the user to clear out his mailbox. If he didn't, delete it. Simple. The users must do as they are told, and they must learn this.
I think the company was careless anyway. They could be sued for the faulty fire extinguisher bracket!
They screwed up with the rules on KERS.
Now, had they allowed them to implement something more akin to the hybrid tech we see on the roads, incorporating regen braking, adding power and reducing fuel consumption, it may have worked. Say, no charging the batteries from 'mains', all energy to come from the engine or regen, power limit on the motor, or maybe the ability to use whatever size motor but reduce engine size or rev limit if you choose a big motor, but apart from that do as you wish. So the car can then be tuned to take advantage of the motor for whatever they want, not as a 'turbo boost' like you get in racing games, but as a truely integrated part of the car.
Well, I for one would like to thank those involved for cocking it up and stopping such a valuable development arena from helping advance the motor industry.
I seem to do that alot, but I got about halfway through the comments here.
I agree completely that breaking the project down into chunks for each person works best, you just tie that up a bit so everyone knows a little about everyone elses part to make it a team effort.
I will paraphrase: Those who can, do. Those who can't, manage. And to be frank, I have seen this alot: Those who are good at their jobs don't want to become managers, they want to do their job. Those who are crap at their job want to train to become managers. Not always true, but it seems to apply the majority of the time.
- One HUNDRED FAMOUS LADIES exposed NUDE online
- Twitter: La la la, we have not heard of any NUDE JLaw, Upton SELFIES
- China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain
- Apple to devs: NO slurping users' HEALTH for sale to Dark Powers
- Is that a 64-bit ARM Warrior in your pocket? No, it's MIPS64