Re: Why would the DWP need to use a blockchain?
you know what I said about not everyone getting it ?
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you know what I said about not everyone getting it ?
If you need to ask that question you don't understand blockchain.
(Don't worry, few do).
blockchain is not just distributed database. Well, it can be, but even emerging platforms such as Ethereum aren['t.
Blockchain is a state machine, capable of processing transactions - data *and* instructions autonomously.
When you realise that, you realise why the lawyers and governments are sniffing around. A properly created blockchain SmartContract is effectively a program which can transfer, unlock and lock "money".
In the example in the article, you could send a claimant their benefits as a SmartContract which can *only* be honoured by a certain retailer, in exchange for certain goods.
Any competently instantiated blockchain should be cryptographically secure. Personal details on the blockchain wouldn't worry me.
Far more sinister is the emergence of a parallel currency - BenefitCoin - and an infrastructure like blockchain which enforces Smart Contracts.
Could this be the final destination for Project Tory. A real two-tier society ?
this story really can't be beaten.
I gave up with Windows Phone (still the best mobile OS I have used :( ) last year after being fed up of not being able to get the apps which nowadays are part of engaging with the modern world.
Not doubting the article, but it has just triggered a vague memory of some sort of scare ?? marketing ploy ?? to do with kids toys.
Wasn't there a kids toy robot thingy which "reacted" to audio codes in the (cunningly linked) TV cartoon ?
Or have I just given some startup an idea ?
There are so many apps which insist on beeping, buzzing and generally shouting HERE I AM that if you had your sound on, you'd never spot the signal.
Once again, signal-to-noise ratio, guys.
"The Americans" doesn't seem fiction anymore ....
Surely labour costs are close to negligible when it comes to marine freight ?
The propose M6 driverless lorry trial makes far more economic sense.
Only read the first page, but I thought the US courts had long delineated the 1st amendment as not being a license to shout "FIRE !!!" in a crowded theater - the point being that the ensuing - possibly fatal - stampede was a foreseeable result, and the responsibility of the shouter. Free speech or not.
In other words, nothing to see. Move on. There shouldn't be any new law here.
Maybe I'm getting [too] old, but it seems to me the current hipster response when called out on your POC product/app is to whinge that people aren't seeing "the bigger picture" and to imply (or sometimes explicitly state) that it's all other peoples fault for "not getting it".
Then again, I have vague memories that he kaftan-joss-stick scamsters in the 60s would blame the market failure of their schemes on "bread heads, man". So maybe it's nothing new ?
The greatly missed Dr. Christopher Evans mentioned a conference host chat app in the 70s that would carry on when people left, and which did a pretty good job of seeming intelligent ....
Check out this one:
but merely a "tube filled with cotton and bullets."
is it possible plod could take any large file found and demand the "hidden data" they KNOW is inside it ? Even if there isn't ?
Is that law, a policy, or prejudice ?
I am pretty sure US citizens *have* been extradited when the correct procedures were followed and evidence was presented.
No. They marched in their millions in London.
And *then* were ignored.
It's either heads on spikes, or weeping in the corner.
I think, if nothing else, the brief fad for referenda we have enjoyed is well and truly dead.
We won't see another one for at least 60 years. When all the people who can remember this one are dead.
Of all the referenda we could have had, this is probably the most ill conceived, debated and executed as you could get. Certainly the most divisive. We need a "I weep for my country" icon.
There will be so much post-Brexit shit to deal with, this is probably not even bottom of the list of lists of things that need to be done.
Generally the UK government seems to struggle doing it's day job. Gawd knows how it's going to cope unpicking the tangle of UK-EU connections.
well, it would be, wouldn't it.
time-consuming and totally pointless
Maybe we should have a seance and get them to manage HS2 ?
"What do you call a gorilla with a banana in each ear ?"
"Anything you like, he can't hear you."
except I did it while named ...
Just long enough since 1973 for everyone to recall the 50s and 60s with rose-tinted glasses. As survivors generally do.
The general thrust to the Brexiters seems to be that you'll also be able to leave your front door unlocked, bread will be delivered by boys on (Boris) bikes, and the postman will wear a peaked cap and whistle a jaunty tune as he delivers your dole cheque. Basically, a past which never existed.
all big companies that ran "data centers" flogged time on their systems to smaller companies who couldn't afford a whole [IBM] computer.
What's that thing just about to hit the back of your head ? Oh yes. It's a full circle turning.
Of course all the skills and expertise that developed in those crazy days (not just technical, but administrative and contractual) has disappeared. Either carried off by death, or kicked out the door as redundant.
Anyone who wants to study that era may find they have a jump on the next breed of sharks selling snake oil.
Their Dark Chocolate with Salted Caramel is *divine* -------------------->
Free market, perhaps ?
A lot depends on how you view a ticket. If it's property, then letting the state dictate what you may or may not buy or sell, and what you buy/sell it for is a really bad idea. Price controls generally are a magnet for even more crookery.
If it's not property, but a unique placeholder for an event, then maybe the ticket industry could take a break from counting their profits, and devise a system the end punter can have faith in.
In fact, anyone who has been to a Robert Plant show will know they have. Never seen a tout at a Percy gig because his management link the ticket to the card that bought it. No card. No ticket. Simples. Hardly a new idea either - it was trialled in 2007 when "Led Zeppelin" played the 02
Given that, one has to wonder why it's not in more general use. Clearly the ticket agencies aren't in a rush to help.
Having been tasked by my employer to deep dive blockchain in general, it seems most people - *especially* "experts" have been a little bit starstruck by BitCoin, and can't separate the concept of virtual currency from blockchain. As even the tone of this article demonstrates.
Like it or not, there is a slow development of blockchain for all sorts of uses. Just one example is a distributed ledger for the provenance of gemstones - an attempt to address blood diamonds.
Blockchain is like paper - yes, you can print banknotes on it. However you can also do a lot more with it (including burning it :) )
One of the Regs stars.
---------------------> have one in heaven for me :(
Not being funny, but what are you doing The Register ?
Are you *ever* going to get a phone ?
I can understand Joe Public holding out from having a (I presume you mean) smartphone.
But a nominal techie ? Surely you should be - to a certain degree - leading your customers. Not following them.
It's not true block chain ... The key word being "distributed". Also you can create a chain which requires a depth of blocks before confirming transactions to prevent deck stacking ....
I would have thought Apple execs - whatever their characters - were not in the same league of morons as my in-laws.
If anyone owns any Apple stock, they may wish to diversify, if this is the level of intelligence at the top.
They may as well have suggested it'll be little-people-powered ....
IIRC NT DOS has quite a rich set of features that can be used in BAT files. Certainly it's possible to work a directory tree of files generated by DIR, and have some pretty nifty IF/THEN paths through a script.
Upvote sir !
For ".pif" last seen by me on Win3.1/95/ME
so it's *relying* on the extension to determine the file type ?
No. Please no.
I predict we will see a lot more of this, as the young hipsters swagger into the office, and the old greybeards leave.
Seizing goods and property without due process ? That is soooooooo 13th Century.
appears after the one about Lord Hagues warning on encryption.
Group policy to ensure external email addresses can't be added to Exchange address book.
Where do I send *my* bill for £250,000 ?
but it's nice to have a less hysterical voice in the debate
All I really care about, is to be able to buy a phone, and have control over what crap I do - and don't want on it.
So if this means no longer having to have a "Facebook" app I never use, bring it on.
And don't get me started on the "Motorola" or "Samsung" apps I can't remove.
(can't remember the DIN)
So the unicorn is Scotlands national animal.
Things seem to make a lot more sense now ....
it was to get the pupils to proofread them ...
Vulture central meets vulture mobile ?
whatever the law says.
Rather than wasting^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H spending our time and effort here, maybe a better approach would be to amend the laws of evidence to explicitly exclude unlawfully obtained material.
The fruit of the poison tree and all that.
Knowing this would greatly reduce the temptation to go snooping in the first place.
I can actually see a space in the market for a wearable like an old stylee fob watch.
*Wrist* watches were developed for use in WW1 in response to a need ...
not quite sure what, but having to take a smartphone out of a pocket to check the time is the gap we're looking at.
just saying ...