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PATRIOT Act ?
Not sure how any agency outside the US can feel comfortable putting their data in the hands of a US-owned company who - by their own admission - would roll over, if Uncle Sam asked. Obviously this would inflame the tinfoil hat brigade anyway. But given that under said act a whole server farm can be shutdown, how would you cope with losing access - possibly permanently - to your data ?
On a practical note
maybe a faint - but clearly identifiable - watermark across the whole of the image ?
The irony here is the BBC puts DOGs on it's content to prevent misattribution ....
Very, very confused
The patent in question involves identifying and highlighting, say, a phone number in an email and allowing the punter to make a call to that number
My Sony Ericsson W800i does that, and I bought it in 2006.
US != UK
part of the mess we're in, has arisen from trying to ape the US, when it's totally inappropriate. The US has grown up in stages, and is a sodding big place. That's why they have many different energy companies, telephone companies, water companies. It was bonkers to try and make the UK "like" the US by artificially splittng up utilities ... because - guess what ? - they've discovered it's more efficient to merge and share their costs (no good for the consumer). In my defence I present the story of cable TV. Exactly how many competing companies are there now ?
Similarly, how would "local taxes" work ? Because I can easily choose to shop in any one of 4 counties, 3 cities and 5 towns with no real overhead in fuel. Obviously I would gravitate to the cheapest. (Assuming you are talking sales tax). If you are talking an income tax - it will never happen. You don't think the rich are going to pay any more do you ?
So your lawyer asks for costs, which includes time taken off work.
Doesn't work. There is a principle in English law, that a claimant must mitigate losses to the plaintiff. So you are expected to use a holiday from work to attend court. If you choose not to, and take an unpaid leave of absence - that's your problem, not the plaintiffs.
The bottom line, is the only people whose time is paid for in court is the lawyers.
The problem with this
is that it breaks the link between where you live, what sort of house you live in, and what you pay.
Re: Almost Unusable
but it makes modern music sound so much better
isn't the law that cookies used to provide the core functionality the user requested of the website are exempt ?
Available on Android and iPhone
*Another* illustration of how Windows Phones is dead.
Re: Solution is simple
Somehow, I suspect you'd change your icon, if your company started paying you in Euros.
Advice for his legal team
Point out this recent news story
MP's 'flippant' Twitter outburst at train passenger
A Labour MP has branded a fellow train passenger a "lager drinking oaf" and suggested he should "have been killed before he could breed".
Kerry McCarthy, MP for Bristol East since 2005, made the comments on the micro-blogging website Twitter.
The man, she said, was playing techno music "out loud" and wearing a T-shirt with an obscene message on it.
Ms McCarthy, Labour's former social media tsar, later said the breeding comments were "obviously flippant".
It is not clear from the MP's tweets where the encounter took place.
She wrote: "Oaf on train drinking lager and playing techno music out loud. Everyone being very British about it and not complaining."
She then described how he was wearing a T-shirt with an offensive message about his sexual prowess, adding: "Should have killed him when we had the chance before he could breed."
In a follow-up tweet, she said her previous comments were "obviously flippant in the context of him boasting about his (unlikely) sexual prowess".
In 2009, Ms McCarthy was appointed Labour's new media campaign co-ordinator - or social media 'tsar' - after being named as the most influential MP on Twitter.
But she was forced to apologise and received a police caution after she revealed the details of a sample of postal votes on Twitter in the run-up to the 2010 election.
She currently has more than 13,000 followers on the micro-blogging website.
Ms McCarthy, first elected to Parliament in 2005, is a spokesman on foreign affairs for the opposition.
Re: Blank Fingers
So you will be taken to the station instead. No problem. Next !
Cheap, readily available = very redundant
Haven't we been here before ? You can either spend billions on a perfect, tailor made solution, or you can pick things up off the shelf, relatively cheaply, and have loads of them in case of failure.
Good to see it happening in the UK, too. Can we have a sweepstakes on how long till it goes south
Barclays acheive heights of incompetence
other banks can only dream of. Suffice is to say that in my 12 years of banking with them, they managed to cock up so badly, that the only way I could really really repay them was to keep my account open with < 90pence in it ... 15 years and counting now.
Although nothing will make up for my Dad losing £5,000 by an employee just walking into the branch, saying he was the company director, and with no checks or ID emptying the account.
How on earth did Lloyds
let the fraud get to £2.5 MILLION before they clocked it ? Thank goodness I don't bank with the incompetent shysters.
And of course -
The South Sea Bubble
which is not a cat, owned by my aunt ....
Those that do not study history ...
are doomed to repeat it
I could have told the US stock market something ...
The vast majority of FB users I know (about) are kids ... well known for their (parents) disposable incomes.
Or, to put it another way, if you needed a credit card to log into FB, how many of it's "users" would disappear overnight.
Tulips, anyone ?
they won't charge for access *as such* (didn't boy Zuckerberg promise FB will "always be free").
What they will do, is ensure that there can be a differential between "premium" and "classic" accounts. My guess is that "premium" will have previews of new features, be invited to "preview only" groups, and have fewer restrictions (based on the fact a credit card was used) than "classic". Ironically, I'd bet the first distinction between the two will be the ability of "premium" accounts to opt-out of advertising.
They might also try and find a way to get commercial organisations to pay for their FB accounts
the only way they can keep the cash coming is, is to devise a way to charge users. I look forward to the introduction of the ability to upgrade to a "Facebook Gold" account.
you're already brainwashed. Did you not think to say "why do I need to let you check my pockets for anything illegal ?". The police only have the right to seach you if they state on what grounds.
So, what grounds were you given for the search. N.B. "We thought you might have been involved in the brawl" is NOT enough. Google "reasonable suspicion".
@Anonymous Coward 101
Oh, you mean like the simple pricing structures we have today ?
you make the mistake of assuming things happed in a vacuum ... why should a future regulator (if there is one) be concerned with tariff complexity, anymore than someone awarded DLA "for life" should be surprised when it's discontinued next year ?
Similarly, your smart washing machine (where did you think those Raspberry Pis are going) of the future will be connected to the grid anyway, and will understand the setting "run when power is cheapest", I'm sure they are already designing the icons for it. My bet is 3 shrinking currency symbols over the text "24".
Never assume something won't happen, because of a particular law, or set of circumstances today.
Also, why should the state have any particular concern over the security of meters ?
I think people are misunderestimating phase 2
I suspect when we have a majority of homes with smartmeters, we will start to see new tarrifs offered, where, instead of pricing by volume, you will be offered pricing by time, and the cheaper tarrifs will be made "variable rate". That way, if demand starts to climb towards capacity, the energy companies will start increasing the price per unit, until people start switching things off.
If you want an equivalent model, look at the M6 toll road legislation. It provides for the road operator to increase the price to limit demand. And the operators have a stated policy of keeping demand as low as possible, as it means they don't have to pay to resurface the road - unlike the public M6 which needs resurfacing every evening, thanks to the HGVs, which the M6 toll operators DEFINITELY don't want anywhere near it - look at the pricing if you doubt me.
I hear military ears pricking up ....
I recall years ago (1981 ?) a massive front cover on Electronics Today International (ETI), warning of the perils the advanced tech of the West faced against the Electro Magnetic Pulse surrounding a nuclear blast - which would fry VLSI chips. They pointed out that maybe the Russians weren't so stupid with their valve radios - they were unafffected.
Fast forward today, and I'm pretty sure a large part of the cost (and weight)of military-spec equipment is shielding to protect against EMP. The icon because it's obvious really ....
"Mythbusters" will have more impact
(honestly, I watch it for the science, I didn't realise Kari was a girls name).
Watching older MB broadcasts (on Quest) I was struck by how they plugged "the science" whilst talking in feet, inches and pounds. At some point they must have had a policy shift, because I noticed the newer ones (Discovery channel) are now metric. For me, the intersting point was they don't feel the need to explain the units - so clearly there's an assumption that their core demographic is familiar enough with metric.
My Dad's from "yourup", so I grew up metric at home too ...
Locked phones ?
Don't most phones need to be unlocked to access data on them ? It's ages since I needed to synch a phone to a PC, but I would hope it wouldn't allow a locked phone to be accessed via cable for obvious reasons.
So given that, and given that my phone is always locked when not in my hand, the police would need to ask me to unlock it ... which I would decline to do, in the absence of a court order compelling me.
Re: Whilst I would love to smile ...
I said *bitter* pleasure in others misfortunes. My knowledge of German is limited to say the least, but I suspect it would be another word tacked onto Schadenfreude ....
as things stand, cops would need a court order, before they can start the RIPA process. Since the Home Office is very nervy about RIPA, it's likely that unless plod have a lot of corroborating evidence, they will be told to lay off any RIPA requests.
So the average joe, who happens to have an encrypted phone (how long till we see the apps) will be fairly OK.
probably yes ...
ISTR when nuLab changed the law on flashing, they removed the element of intent on the perpetrators[*] part. It was pointed out at the time that this meant a woman who shimmied 10ft up a ladder and happened to see a naked man could prosecute.
* invariably male
Whilst I would love to smile ...
how many of our big corporate investors (pensions, savings) have bought the Zuckerboy Kool-Aid, and splurged our money on this ?
Is there a German word about "bitterly taking pleasure in others misfortunes" ?
If Waterstones can negotiate a deal whereby they get a %age from eBooks sold onto "their" Kindles, and provide a way to allow Kindle owners to purchase in store.
I happened to be in Waterstones on Saturday ... there were 4 books that I would have snapped up the eBook version of, if there had been a "here and now" way to put them onto my Kindle.
Re: Sorry, zero sympathy for the marks.
Which begs the question, how can someone with so much money to hand be so fucking stupid ? I'm not equating riches with intelligence btw, just pointing out that the richer the guy is, the less need he would have of a knocked-off laptop.
Mind you, when I worked in a small car repair firm, the people with the most expensive cars invariably argued over the bill, whilst people who could hardly afford the coat on their back usually paid without question. When I pointed this out to the owner, he just said "that's hopw they got rich".
Re: People missing the point here ?
The real debating point here, is (a) why the employee was allowed to take sensitive *paper* documents out of the building (which is presumably classified as "secure") and how they were allowed to take them to a private address, where a partner, child, visitor could have had sight of them.
I am a massive fan of working from home (do it myself), but it really needs carefully policing where sensitive data is concerned.
What concerns me most, about these LA data breaches, is how we NEVER hear anything afterwards. Was anyone whose data was leaked affected ?
People missing the point here ?
The laptop WAS encrypted. It was the paper printouts that were stolen.
Work of government !?
on any given day, the frontpage of El Reg will have at least one story about a failed government (usually UK) IT project.
The one thing I don't worry about is the government trying to hack me. Mangle my tax return, lose my data, yes. But actually *hack* me ?
Sorry, zero sympathy for the marks.
Tripped by their own greed. Sad thing is, when they catch the fraudsters, they will probably get a harsher sentence than if they had hit the guy over the head and taken off with his wallet.
Incidentally, a previous poster commented, quite correctly, that getting your hands on £1,400 in a few minutes is not a cakewalk. Off the top of my head, I could rustle up £600 (£300 on my cash card, £300 on the Mrs). Beyond that, we'd be looking at having to cash in some savings, and my building society has a limit (£300 IIRC) on how much you can cash in without 48 hours warning. Which leads me to believe there are some fundamental facts missing from this story. Still, it makes a good headline, and takes the plebs mind off the real news...
have a sense of history and utility about them
so did slavery.
The change in coinage happened without such a palava
I suspect you were born in the 80s ?
Re: And another measurement for decimalisation
careful ... we might end up with another metric day (yes, the French tried it ISTR ... 100 minutes in an hour, 10 in a day, 10 days a week, or somesuch nonsense ....)
Re: Napoleon and his metric system conquered Europe,
I used to drink in "Le Grande Pint du Nord" in the 1990s - just outside the Gare du Nord ...
Re: Napoleon and his metric system conquered Europe,
actually metrication was never a political football, as it is today. As I said earlier, it was first mooted in 1818, in the UK, and almost happened in 1868 - the bill was passed in parliament, but ran out of time to get ratified, and precisely *because* it was uncontentious, it never got the head of steam to get tried again. Presumably, most people couldn't see the point, when most of the UKs trade was with the rest of the empire.
Fast forward 100+ years, and it HAS become a political football, thanks to the unstinting efforts of the ever-backwards Daily Heil.
What woud Wellington think (now there's a Daily Mail tagline I can see evolving. Not "What would Jesus Do ?", "What Would Wellington Do ?" !) ? Personally I think he'd harrumph as say as long as it worked, he couldn't care less what pinko scientists talked in.
Also, does it matter ...
as long as you don't start enforcing what *multiples* of units people use. By all means, measure a pint as 568ml ... just don't start saying it has to be 500ml or 1l.
I think a lot of the opposition to metric came from people thinking they'd be locked up for asking for a pound of sugar - which was ALWAYS Daily-Mail FUD. By all means, ask for a pound of sugar. Just don't be upset that you get given 454g.
Personally, I think there is a beautiful elegance about metric. 1000ml of water = 1000g = 1Kg ... 1000Kg = 1 tonne, and so on. What's the imperial way ... 16oz=1pint oh, no, hang on, where are we ? Oh, yes, the UK, sorry. 20fl oz= 1 pint. 8 pints = 1 gallon... um hang on, is 20fl. oz a pound ? How many pounds in a stone (sorry US readers 1 stone = 14 pounds). Now let me see, a hundredweight - that's 100 pounds isn't it ? It's not, it's 112 pounds but it says "hundred" ....
&c &c &c .....
If my ONLY machine is a Windows machine, and I cannot use it to repair itself, then it is, to all intents and purposes, bricked. Now this scenario is unlikely in any commercial setting - ideally *someone* would have an unaffected machine, from which a BootCD could be burned, to help fix the other machines. However, to a lowly home user, especially a non-tech savvy one, then having their machine borked could be a big deal.
Quite a few one-man-band IT specialists have created their own Linux Distro, which they leave with clients, who can boot from it, in the event of a disaster. They establish an OpenVPN link back to the mothership, where remote jiggery-pokery can save the say.
Aren't massive infrastructure projects ...
... what economists say are needed in times of recession ?
Having been educated exclusively in metric since 1971 (I was in the first year to go metric), it's a little galling to hear people dribbling on in pounds, feet and inches ... especially when you hear the UK could have gone metric in 1818.
Time for a P.J. O'Rourke quote ...
"Drugs have taught an entire generation of Americans the metric system".
...are Apple going to Trademark their name ...
Well they managed to screw over a music company called "Apple" that had been going for 20+ years ...
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