1084 posts • joined Friday 5th March 2010 16:20 GMT
Abuse of process
I'm not a human rights expert, but this smacks of abuse of process. The CPS had every opportunity to prosecute in the UK. They *repeatedly* declined. Now the US has been bitchslapped by the Home Secretary (of all people !) they suddenly decide they *do* want to prosecute ?
Hopefully there's a trial judge that agrees with me.
Offered me an NFC sticker for my phone. It's just over 1mm thick, and I stuck it on the *inside* of the battery cover (why advertise the fact). Using it at McDonalds is a little like watching primitive tribesman worshipping a cigarette lighter ....
Speaking of Chrome ...
Has anyone else noticed this annoying "feature" which has crept in which makes tabs a little bit loose ? You click on a tab, and something makes Chrome detach it into a new browser window ? It never used to do it, and I've been using it for over 2 years.
Hang on ...
are we serious expected to believe that the Prudential ran an automated process to merge accounts ? And that that process was allowed to complete with no oversight, no manual inspection of affected records. And that that process was allowed to touch live accounts ?
Re: and go through the books with a fine tooth-comb
you don't comb *your* teeth ?
Copy protection ?
Good lord ... Elite. Does anyone remember that weird viewer thing you had to put up to the TV to read the CAPTCHA-style graphic (ZX Spectrum version). All very well, until other games started using it, at which point they were easy to *coughs* remotely backup.
When the Atari version (IIRC) came out they changed tactic, and you had to enter a word from the manual. A couple of friends spent all weekend loading the game, and compiled an A4 sheet of paper with the most common words in it. You were unlucky if you needed more than 2 goes to load it ...
Re: No disrespect ...
Re: If they didn't have all their electricity cables above ground...
Bollocks they did. 1987 the power went of in almost all of the South East. I was living in Woolwich by the river and looked out into total and utter darkness the like of which I had never seen.
Fair point about LV cables though.
Re: If they didn't have all their electricity cables above ground...
I agree. They should envy the lack of high voltage cables in the UK, making us invulnerable to hurricanes. That's why nobody remembers the 1987 one, because the lights stayed on.
The shame of it is
back in the early 80s, the UK was light years ahead of the rest of the world when it came to computing in education. Every *class* had a BBC micro by 1985. Even the US got worried by how quickly we'd started running with the ball.
Not quite sure what went wrong.
If you read the books
you get the idea that Bond is basically a thug. Urbane, witty, charming, but someone who would just as likely kill you as look at you - definitely to be avoided in a dark alley.
Of all the actors who have played Bond, only Connery and Craig (IMHO) have had that edge of danger about their presence which conveyed an air of menace. Which is why Roger Moore was so, so, so, so wrong.
Re: And before that, it was car mechanics ...
Mother *in-law* :)
The point I was making that if you go into a shop, and ask someone who works IN THAT SHOP what they suggest, it really is not worthy of a headline if they suggest something which makes them money. Ironically the only people who can't get away with this are lawyers. However you have to pay them *before* you get the advice.
And before that, it was car mechanics ...
the problem is not the industry needs regulation, the problem is the customers just don't have the level of knowledge to guard against shysters. Same in personal finance, or medical matters. The only reason the world of medicine is so regulated, is because dodgy doctors can leave a trail of dead people.
I have very limited sympathy for people who get ripped of in these cases. Take my Mother in Law, for example. You'd think she'd know I have a passing competence in IT - quite aside from my day job as support engineer, programmer, senior developer, manager, consultant and the number of times I have sorted her sodding email out. Yet she spunked £600 on a new machine (nothing wrong with the old) last year after a 30 second chat with a "nice man in PC World". Why ? He said machines "can wear out after a couple of years". I was told this with a slight sniff of disapproval, as if *I* should have known that. Although in hindsight, he did me a favour - I haven't been asked to fix anything since then. Not because it hasn't gone wrong - just the first time it happened, I suggested she speak to the experts rather than me ... I don't think she picked up the sarcasm, but age tends to bring a certain unwillingness to apologise.
A twist on the "Yes Minister" story
about "Open Government". The Minister tells his staff he wants to know everything that happens in his department. Obligingly the civil servants ensure he has it. Receipts for pencils. Memos about tea rosters. They drown him in information. In the end he has to give in, and asks just to have the data he needs.
"But Minister, how do we know what you need to know ?" purrs Sir Humphrey.
By drowning the press in data, (and let's think here. What is the capacity of the press to handle data ? x Gb/day ?) the government will ensure they can hide anything in plain sight ... just pump out >x Gb/day.
Don't take their phone away - take their car.
If I could issue tickets for people using their phone when driving, I could solve the deficit in a week.
I don't know why this particular action manages to infuriate me so much. But there is something galling about seeing someone in a £40,000 car who didn't have the brains to buy a bluetooth - or get one bundled with their phone (like wot I did). Everyone knows the ban was for safetys sake - so these selfish cunts (thanks AC@13:21) are basically saying to the world "I couldn't give a toss about anyone elses safety."
Members of hacker collective Anonymous have stopped supporting Wikileaks after the site put up a paywall, saying that Wikileaks is more bothered about Julian Assange™ than getting information to the public.
is that the sound of a penny dropping ?
Why aren't premium-rate numbers an "opt-in" feature ?
Funny, all the talk from government about making 18+ content on t'web opt-in, but no-one has ever had the balls to call for these phone lines to be an opt in feature.
Personally I resent having to *pay* per month to block premium numbers. But we had to when our son started trying to call the premium numbers some games companies have.
Are we reaching the PC event horizon ?
(with apologies to Douglas Adams).
I think it's simply market saturation. Here at Page towers, we have:
2x2008 model Dell machines with Win7+Office. One for the lad and one for the Mrs.
1x2009 model Dell server running Ubuntu - media, download, and security server.
1xHP laptop - my work machine
plus 1xWin7 phone, 1xAndroid phone.
All doing exactly what we need (and more relevantly , what we WANT). So why would we upgrade. That's the domestic market gone. Meanwhile, at work, they are going down a Citrix route, so no new desktops needed there either.
If I could upvote you x1000000
James Burke is simply a god. Even if you argue with his idiosyncratic presentation of history, you have to admit that he basically forsaw "the internet" long before anyone could articulate such a beast. Watch the last part of Connections, if you need convincing.
If I had my way, both "Connections" and "The Day The Universe Changed" would be required viewing for schools, about age 12. They are incredibly powerful insights into how knowledge - and it's sharing and specialisation - really works.
There's a great rhetorical question in TDTUC episode "In The Light of Above"* where JB points out that as learning deepened, so did our distance from knowledge, to the state we are today, where NO ONE can know EVERYTHING. A point he proves with a disarming simple question:
"When was the last time you made anything - including the tools to do it with ?"
*Low bandwidth connection, so can't YouTube it, sorry
I think it's more akin to being worried by a dead sheep.
Re: Downloading anonymously
Unless I move in the wrong circles, I can't think of any hotel that won't need a credit card for breakages ....
Web apps on desktop/mobile ?
Sorry, I can't agree with Scott that web apps are better suited to mobiles ... my experience is the reverse. Even at home, connected to my WiFi, I find web apps clunky and slow, whereas on my permanently-connected desktop they aren't *too* bad.
Let's not start about when I'm out and about and on 3G.
no Windows Phone version - 7 *or* 8.
encryption really should go without saying. However, "data security" isn't just about controlling access to the data. It's also about ensuring the data is there when you need it. It's no comfort to you, if you have clouded your HR and payroll (for example) and then discover your provider has gone bust, not paid their bills, and your data is now so much dead electrons.
We live in interesting times. IT is finally living up to it's name of *Information* technology, and provision of resources for IT is starting to be viewed in the same way as physical infrastructure - roads, water, electricity - where companies just hook up and go.
IT - the great leveller ?
Good to see enthusiastic amateurs still have a place in science.
So being poor is a defence to criminal behaviour ?
Nothing new under the sun
this is just the blank cassette levy, under a different guise. Although, with advancing years, I'm starting to think they were right: home taping *did* kill music.
Why I stuck at 10.04. Does all I want
It would need to be an amazing offer ...
if I were to use eBuyer again. Last year, I ordered a disk on the Wednesday before Good Friday, as I was travelling to see the 'rents and they wanted an upgrade. I splurged out the extra £ for "guaranteed" next day delivery.
Next day - nada.
Of course, this meant I didn't get drive for Easter Weekend. It was actually delivered Wednesday. Yes. A next-day-delivery that took six days.
Unfortunately for eBuyer I had contacted ParcelFarce before speaking to eBuyer. So their attempt to blame it on Parcelforce was the final straw. PF said the item in question had been put into their system as a normal delivery - and they had the audit trail from eBuyer showing it was because eBuyer had wanted it that way. Of course the upshot of this was a wasted weekend when I *did* have the disk drive.
Hang on ...
Surely the hardware doing all of this is going to have a thread-per-call scheduling ? So crashing one call wouldn't bring the whole system down ?
Well, if the thing was written properly to start with.
VM - experts at crippling kit
They have done the same to the TiVo. Probably because of copyright issues etc. And with the hubs, they are terrified that people will clone them and get free cable ....
I had the other new hub from VM end of last year, and sent it back after 10 minutes, when I discovered I couldn't set the IP address to be what *I* wanted. Had a right old ding-dong on the phone when customer services told me it was illegal to change an IP address. In the end they sent me the superhub so I could put it into modem-only mode, and carry on with my old router. The non-superhub didn't have a modem-only mode, just a DMZ mode, which wouldn't allow you to change the IP address.
That said, with my setup, I am blazing. Can download 1gb in 2 minutes.
Instead of reacting to hand gestures ...
why not get it to lip-read ?
"Open the pod bay doors, HAL"
Didn't there used to be a Rise Of The Machines icon ?
Re: Reason for Apples success....
Indeed ... I consider it a duty to quote Mencken as often as possible ...
"The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his hand and it's good-bye to the Bill of Rights."
"Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy"
"Laws are no longer made by a rational process of public discussion; they are made by a process of blackmail and intimidation, and they are executed in the same manner."
Options for the boss
2) On time
3) On budget
pick any two.
I think it's pretty obvious the LibDems left their principles by the door in 2010. I honestly can't seen any sign that they have in anyway managed to dent the increasingly loopy direction the Tories are lurching in.
Leaving us with no credible choice at all.
Note to USians .... seems like you're catching up with the UK .... having absolutely no one worth voting for,.
NASA - missing a trick here !
How much do you think they could charge, to write a company logo, name, or marketing slogan on Mars ?
Enough to fund the manned mission ?
Re: re: advertising
You are aware that we're already there ?
Ah, evidence-based policy making. Not the way we do things in the UK, old bean.
Re: Not hard to get around...
ISTR there is a defence to a password request, if you can demonstrate good reason why you can't provide the key - after all, your emails are probably encrypted by your employer in their exchange database. *You* wouldn't be expected to know they key. This is why the smart alecs who send "Oh, send Jack Straw an encrypted email and get him locked up for not knowing the password" were wrong.
Regarding repeated jailing for the "same" offence ... well Scotland managed to keep the naked rambler locked up for over a year, on repeated "contempt of court" charges. So I imagine, yes, if you get 2 years, and then come out of jail and refuse to hand the password over, it'll be 2 more years for you. Pour encourage les autres and all that.
The REAL scandal about RIPA (as previously highlighted) is that it gives the authorities access to EVERYTHING, including what used to be privileged. Under RIPA, any correspondence between you, your lawyer, your MP, your doctor, is completely fair game.
The problem is you can only go so far before juries start getting nervous about convicting. Which is why, despite apparent public approval, we don't get the draconian punishments for death by dangerous driving we could have - juries simply stop convicting.
It's one of the reasons the death penalty got abolished.
Not that I don't agree with the sentiment (yours that is, not about the DP which I am opposed to).
Re: Not hard to get around...
They are. The Law Lords (as were) ruled that privileged communication does fall under RIPA. There was a court case in Northern Ireland a few years back.
I've won a few pints on that one.
Re: Not hard to get around...
If they ask you for a password to your storage say "no its got all my personal information in their, like homemade porno's, some sexy pics of my wife and a load of my passwords in files. im not letting you see that.." or "shit i forgot it..."
One word: RIPA. Two years in chokey for you.
Re: Strange, the article
What do you think a WP7 owner is going to do, if he discovers that WP7 is obsolete ?
I would humbly suggest they would not consider WP8, making it a moot point.
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