What actually is the point of the public accounts committee? Has anything ever actually changed as a result of their activities, or is it just for a bunch of non-achiever MPs to pretend they are doing something useful? I can't think of a single example ever where their involvement has changed anything and benefited anyone - would be glad to hear of any that other readers know of though...
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According to Bruce Schneier's blog today, the Paris attackers used no encryption. Also same reported on Slashdot now.
Perhaps they shoud take this opportunity to stop giving taxpayers money to farmers and give it to those who actually need it instead. Here in East Anglia, arable farming is incredibly lucrative, with record yields every year and continuing very high grain prices.
Sadly, farming also contributes almost nothing to the local economy by way of jobs as so much of the work is mechanised.
Nothing to worry about for HMRC, having Richard Bacon on your case is like being assaulted with a damp paper bag. Not for nothing is he known as "Emperor Nero" and other less kind nicknames (actually, it is for nothing, he's famed for doing nothing, except being among the very highest claimants of MPs expenses).
I thoroughly forsee that this report will have no effect whatsoever.
Is there any mention of how this will be made secure? Otherwise I can see it won't be long before a load of fake calls are being generated akin to the "swatting" that goes on when gamers etc fall out, in escalation of road-rage incidents. Or even to divert the "emergency" services to distant areas when a criminal activity is planned to occur.
So, how long will it be before some ISP Sysadmin decides to leak a list of celebs and politicians that have opten in? No doubt certain tabloids would reward that very generously....
Re: Anybody working on superguns?
Worth having a read about Project Harp https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_HARP for more about superguns.
Though as Gerald Bull ultimately found out, there are dangers with getting involved in that field.
Re: Cable location
Also the cable needs to come ashore in Alexandria, where the Cable Station is a very critical point on the whole global undersea cables network. Interesting article here, albeit long, on the whole subject http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/4.12/ffglass.html
As for their motives, with Egypt's renewed relations with Iran there are numerous more possibilities than before.
Could've been worse
If that had come down over Iran or Israel it could have triggered a bit of a nasty incident, and if it had crashed to earth a few thousand kilometers to the West of the Urals instead, France would probably have surrendered.
"But that’s true of today’s electric cars, which have nonetheless failed to attract a large user base. That’s because they’re more expensive up front, even with government subsidies". Nope. It's because there is a very strong suspicion that it will require an extremely expensive new battery in a few years time, for which you will have to go to the car manufacturer as there is no competition at all. Oddly, the manufacturers tend to forget to mention battery lifespan or replacement costs.
Talking of forgetting to mention things, how will all the hydrogen be produced? oops.
Talktalk packet sniffing
Aren't Talktalk the ISP that introduced deep packet inspection of all their users' traffic without an opt out too? They sound such a nice company to deal with.
It wouldn't be impossible for them to use the DPI info in order to shape the traffic to Ofcom's website too, but hopefully they are too nice to do that...
And don't forget, on your in-flight visa application you had to confirm that you weren't a visiting terrorist either. Not sure if that approach has always worked too reliably though.
It's not all work and no play for our intrepid friend, he's been getting in some top notch biking too
Re: Oh that's priceless!
Teh Interwebs: 1 BBC Legal team: 0 The Taxpayers -1
Surely that makes it eminently useful.
On the subject of climate, is there any follow up or outcome on this story yet?
£1.8bn saving? And I just saw a badger on a unicycle.
Re: Looks as though...
I agree, even trolling ain't what it used to be. Take this discussion- a whole page of responses about trolling and nobody has even tried to encourage people to look at lemonparty for an interesting angle on the whole topic.
You have to wonder whether the Country Landowners Association's motivation for this is really around improving broadband speeds or more around getting large payments for letting BT put new cables across their land. Maybe their members should all waive these payments, for the benefit of the whole rural community.
If nothing else
It's good to see that someone from ZZ Top was there to salute this accomplishment
I always feel repairability is very important in guiding by buying choices, and I found a really interesting teardown of it here
which at first indicates very promisingly that the two most common repairs- glass and battery- are nice and straightforward, actually the whole thing looks pretty good overall. However, I got all the way to the end of it before reading "The front glass, digitizer, and LCD are all one component, thereby increasing cost of repair." . Hmmph.
i entirely agree... last week new poles and stuff were installed down my road by BT, download speed has gone from 1.8 to 6Mbps, which is plenty good enough for me. No idea why new copper should be so much better than old, but hey...
Although I can’t really see many people buying this book, the volume of information that is available on the web, and it’s variable quality, does make things difficult for people to use. I think this is particularly true for upgrades. Even if, like myself, you’re just trying to upgrade a pc graphics card to cope with a change from 17” to 23” monitor (very new fangled here), clear sources of up to date accurate info are hard to find and it’s not as if you can even rely on finding a PC shop with knowledgeable staff either. Where are people going nowadays for such advice?
Re: The ultimate engineering project - couple of hundred years
Mind bogglingly, and going by my rough calculations, in a couple of hundred years time it will still have another 73800 years to travel at the current speed before reaching the distance of our nearest star. Unless it bumps into something on the way of course.
One further side effect of these cameras... all agricultural vehicles in this area have "lost" their front numberplates since the cameras were brought in (and rear ones, if they exist, are always hidden by whatever load is being towed).
Presumably HMRC can access these cameras info, and would otherwise use that to spot that the agricultural vehicles are evading duty by using red diesel for haulage purposes.
I presume this statement is just a coincidence, coming the day after my "8Mb" Plusnet connection's down-speed recorded a new low of just 1.8Mb. Approx 4 or 5 years ago it would run at around 4Mb and even peak at 6-7Mb on occasion, and has gone downhill ever since. Maybe Mr Hunt should aspire to restore speeds to their historic levels to start with.
(apols to all those who can't even get these, er, heady speeds)
There seem to be many things afoot in the Murdoch world since his recent departure from various newspaper boards, and they are happening quiickly. I was very surprised to see that last Saturday's Times did not include any listings for Sky TV channels. Any predictions for what is his next move?
You've got a golf course on your arse? That's quite unusual in this country.
Re: Cunning terrorist ideas
or just post letters to each other
Indeed, you'd also think their spokesman would be stressing how well secured and encrypted they are. They are, aren't they?
There’s many similar sites too, last night I looked at booking a flight through a site onthebeach.co.uk – however when I got to the card number input page I was alarmed that it is not https – a quick google of them then found that their conditions, which you have to agree to, allow them to vary the amount they have said they will charge you – how do they get away with that? Natch, didn’t book with them but feel sorry for others who do fall for it.
This sentence seems utterly disproportional. Surely a bit of community service or something would've been enough, instead of what it is going to cost us taxpayers to imprison him for a year.
This isn't unlike the approach where you pay your Prime Minister £250k for him to hear your views over a meal. And is about as desirable.
The team's lack of beards & pipes is a tad disappointing.
Re: No worries
Fair point. And of course it will be provided at quite remarkable expense via consultancies which are run by old school chums of our dear PM.
What's the betting that ISPs will have to pay for the equipment but will only be allowed to use certain "secure" providers...
Is Linkedin still going, what have I missed? I haven't been on there for ages.
Reminds me I got some spam the other day about Myspace.
Re: Unreliable statistics
I notice one of the graphics is about "question 64", and was wondering what kind of people fill in 64+ question surveys. Seems likes it is prudes.
Would anyone else be fascinated to read a detailed article about just how they make a 41mp sensor?
Re: Time for a lesson in reality
According to a brief bit of research, it cost us taxpayers £140k to imprison a young offender for a year. Which is a bit more than the 30p that the Met and the lot that were hacked in Febs conference call fiasco seem to be spending on their own security.
Re: KInd of makes all those job adverts....
Has anyone really applied all of Prince2 to anything? A former colleague of mine used to work at the OGC (who devised Prince2) - even they do not use it for their own internal projects.
Re: Glass ceiling needed.
Such window dressing is quite insulting. I wonder how many decades (or more) it will be before there are significant numbers of female politicians in China.
Where does liability rest with these transactions? I understood that several banks/ card issuers used the Verified by Visa registration to move liability from them to the customer, is this in the same boat?
Not only that, but did anyone else take quite a while searching the first pictures for the playmobil characters?
Re: Just what sort of party is this room intended for?
more likely the sort of party frequented by moustachioed Germans and their schone co-stars
Re: 3D. Give up. Please.
Artistic direction and the narrative are less important to the grumbleflick market, so I guess 3D is here to stay and will drive future technologies anyway...
Another intersting angle on 4G tech & interference here:
It looks like sync's security has already been cracked...
Has anyone found a copy of that presentation anywhere?
Re: Re: Re: Lame
c'mon, you meant snuggles really