RIP Felix ...
from someone who's subscribed to Fortean Times since before El Reg was born
1704 posts • joined 5 Mar 2010
from someone who's subscribed to Fortean Times since before El Reg was born
We live in a liberal democracy. That supposes we *all* live under the rule of law. Including (and especially) the government.
If the government causes people to suffer, because it breaks it's own laws (which it did in the JSA case) then those people are entitled to redress.
For a government to rush legislation through parliament to retrospectively deny claimants the money they were due (again, under the governments own laws) is a shocking abuse of process, and one which may well be found to be unlawful, when reviewed against the UKs undertakings to the European Convention on Human Rights.
The fact that Labour colluded with the government on this makes them hypocrites of the highest order. The fact that the poor in society have some notion that Labour is looking out for them is one fact that might be used to demonstrate the stupidity of poverty.
better still, get them to bludgeon each other to death.
We need an Idi Amin icon :(
of ideology over practicality. It matters not a jot that this project will cost far in excess of any putative "saving" it will deliver. Because that wasn't it's aim to begin with.
It's real aim is to deliver an extremely cheap labour force to be exploited by the fatcat companies.
Personally I would question Labours sincerity. Don't forget they voted *with* the government to deny jobseekers who had been unlawfully deprived of benefits compensation. Something against the principles of natural justice, where a citizen has a right of redress against state misbehaviour.
I doubt there'll be any human element. It'll be a code controlled locker of some description.
Presumably it'd be a two way street, and you could return stuff this way ?
I still think there's a trick to be made for Amazon to come to a deal with one, or maybe *all* of the big supermarkets to piggyback onto their delivery networks. I appreciate the commercial realities would be for Tescos et al to say no (as they'd want to flog their own tat) but there's an upside that they might win some customers who plump for online groceries (where, after all, you ARE going to be in) just to get the Amazon stuff.
If anyone from Amazon or Tesco/Sainsbury/Ocado want to contact me ...
The FCC said that it is seeking the penalties against Shenzen-based C.T.S. Technology, and has issued a cease-and-desist order halting sales in the US and demanded a list of individuals who purchased phone jammers from the company.
Be curious to know about the law about this. In particular if the named individual either denies being that person, or no longer has the device (sold it on, binned it).
hold off, I cry foul !. Yes, the run of the mill stuff is like making love in a canoe. But then the same could be said of a lot of big brand "UK" beers.
When it comes to decent small-volume craft beers, the US is a shining light.
I must be getting old - I must have looked like a Daily Mail reader getting their breakfast fix of bigotry and hate reading that article. I agreed with almost every word.
My current bugbear is "news" sites (well, local news) where you *have* to sign in with Facebook to be able to comment on articles. It would be interesting to see if there's an objective measure of the quality of comments on such sites, when compared to the internet as a whole. I'd be curious on the IQ of a bunch of self-selecting commentards.
btw is it just me, or does Dabbsy look like an IT version of Will Self ?
(I will be very upset if I don't get a pithy reply. I may have to unfriend Mr. Dabbs ...)
Personally, I've always taken the view that any data transmitted through any public network should be viewed in the same light as a postcard, where the transmitted data *and* addressing data are in plain view. Although (ironically) the younger generations are probably unaware of how postcards worked. Like rotary phones ;)
where Fletcher is being pressured by McKay to tell him how the inmates digging a tunnel managed to get rid of all the earth.
"Oh, that's easy Mr McKay" says Fletch breezily. "They dug another hole, and put all the dirt in there."
Why does that remind me of electric cars ?
A while back, I was listening a debate about religion, and an atheist said that good people will do good. bad people will do bad. But the only thing that can make a good person do bad, is religion.
Remember they burnt witches at the stake, not as a punishment, but to save their souls.
Mine is, as I ordered it online. But how about the one I bought for the Mrs (for a London trip !) in cash at a newsagents ?
If you want to confuse the surveillance aspect of this scheme, have a pool of burner oyster cards. And/or swap them with your mates.
in spying on the spies.
I wonder how they liked it ?
It's all the more sweet for being such a Heath Robinson story - how much did these guys spunk on *their* tech ?
a boffin is someone who can (and may actually) undertake an ordinary activity in an *extra*ordinary way, thanks to their grasp of science.
Two examples by way of illustration, both from Breaking Bad.
Walter White making his own battery in the desert out of metal and acid (btw that was *bad* science, as the flimsy wires he connected to the RV would have disintegrated with the current needed to start it)
Gale B. using Liebig condensors and retorts to brew the perfect cup of coffee.
I would add that the Mythbusters are all boffins IMHO.
fair enough. However the implication is, over time, certain sites for the expression of opinions and discussions will only be used by a self-selecting audience.
on a related note, I have recently encountered two online news sites (the Birmingham Mail is one) where the *only* way you can leave comments, is to "sign in with Facebook".
As of 4 weeks ago, my email to their published "contact us" email address has gone unanswered.
Now that's a private, commercial site. But how long before anyone who doesn't have a Facebook account becomes a second class citizen, and can't sign into a government site.
The irony is, I was a big proponent of putting stuff online. I saw it as similar to the 70s when people complained that *only* dealing with people by phone was unfair on those without a phone (yes, it really happened). My argument being that internet access in the 2000s was becoming like having a phone in the 80s (I had some friends in the early 70s whose parents chose not to have a phone. They were extinct in the 80s).
Personally as someone who has read 1984 I think a lot of what saves us is our utter indifference. The system in the book only works due to the scary level of commitment from the government employees. At the moment we simply lack this (hooray for bureaucracy!). In the future? Not so sure.
Stewart Lee, in stating that he hates Twitter, (half) jokingly called it "a state surveillance agency staffed by gullible idiots. A stasi for the Angry Birds Generation"
Like all humour, there's a kernel of truth in that. It won't be the government snooping on what we do, and who we do it with. It will be us - the public.
Most people in East Germany selection for political "re-education" were dobbed in by neighbours (probably in a pre-emptive strike) or more chillingly, their own children. A common classroom trick was to ask the kids to sing the theme tune to the news, to identify whose parents were watching the banned West German news.
"JJ Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, George Osborne and R2D2. Spot the android."
Dredging my memory, wasn't it something about the timings of the transit of Mercury (observed differing from theoretical) which validated Einsteins theory of relativity ? (Whether special or general, I can't say).
Either way, love it !
Except it's the *federal* aviation authority.
Southern states have a deep rooted mistrust of most things federal. Apart from their money.
Many years ago, in Chandlers guitars, Richmond, there was a big sign behind the counter:
"Our hourly charges:
instrument repairs - £20
if you watch - £30
if you help - £50"
so the ICO and ASA want you to validate your email address to spammers.
I really do think IQ levels are falling worldwide.
A word that *so* desperately wants to be paired with "Act"
The third word :( -->
should be required viewing at school, every year from age 5 to 18. It should also be shown daily across all channels. Oh, and all jurors should be shown it before a case starts
Back in the early 80s, this was the *only* way you could have a decent computer for a small business. A friend of my Dads got one, and used to sit behind it. It had 2 8" floppy drives which took up one half of the drawer space.
In 1914, just before it all kicked off, the UK cut Germanys undersea telegraph cables, forcing them to route all international traffic through their London embassy, which - surprise surprise - military intelligence had already compromised.
Very good site here
When GW Bush inserted his foot into his mouth by originally calling operation "Enduring Freedom" "Crusade", there was a lively discussion in the UK media about how operational codenames are assigned. Someone from the MOD said that whilst there should be no connection between a codename and the nature of the operation, names were vetted so that in the event of the operation going wrong, there could be no unintentional humour attached to the operation. They also try to avoid incremental alphabetical codenames (cf hurricane naming) as that could tip of the enemy about the scale or pace of operations.
how did you work out issuing customers with new passwords would cost £500,000 ?
Are you interested in a bridge ?
Hashing was know about 30 years ago (at least - that's when I discovered it as a fresh faced computer science undergrad). Yet I still see designs where passwords are stored either in plain text, or reversibly encrypted (with routines which *de*crypt the password to compare with the supplied).
I still gets looks of "huh" when I suggest one-way hashing.
Watching TV on a mobile screen = dead loss.
Using a mobile to store and/or access TV content and share it with a big screen = possible interest ?
Icon because it has a question mark ....
there are several reported cases where police *have* deleted images on the spot, and faced absolutely no censure whatsoever.
indeed. I can shift 32Gb across 10 metres in about 4 seconds. My home network might do that in 16 hours ...
reminds me of an exercise we did at Uni .... up to what radius is a floppy tied around a St Bernard faster than a 300 baud connnection ....
You don't need to. Your friends will do it for you.
Sorry to burst your bubble, but unless everyone you know, or ever knew is also not on Facebook, it doesn't really matter. Facebook can work out a hell of a lot about the people who aren't on Facebook, simply by cross-referencing their friends who *do* use Facebook.
If some marketer somewhere discovers that "people who are not on Facebook" is a population worth targeting, then Zuck and the boys can probably deliver a list of 99.9% of their names and email addresses, thoughtfully harvested from your friends Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo etc accounts.
Well, that's the French for you. In the UK, tap water is probably amongst the cleanest in the world.
IIRC Nadsat was loosely derived from Russian (Burgess created a future where the youth aped Russian culture, rather than US culture).
So it would need a more slavic flavour.
'fraid that's all I can contribute - my Russian is non-existent
Is this GCHQ or the Chuckle Brothers ?
You know those old ladies who push shopping trolleys down the street, and shout at cars ....?
That's your mum, that is.
First of, in the UK, under the CRB (yes I know it's been replaced) legislation, a lot of offences are effectively lifelong anyway. So we're already in a world where the concept of spent convictions is hazy.
The real problem is what is the purpose of the criminal justice system ? If it's just to punish, and protect. Fine. However, I subscribe to the rather quaint notion that it's also to rehabilitate. That is to turn an offender into an upright citizen. If you foster a system where a conviction for (say) graffiti effectively marks you as a criminal for the rest of your life, and you are unable to ever get a job, then where do you think society will go ? If 50% of the population has a criminal record for something, sometime, then you devalue the concept of a criminal record. Much as the concept of speeding has been devalued. So many people have at least 3 points on their licenses, most insurers ignore it. It's meaningless. It's the same thing with the 3,000+ criminal acts the last Labour regime bought in.
It's axiomatic, of course that these pettifogging convictions will be no bar to the rich and powerful.
The idea of "spent" convictions is that they allow a person a chance to go straight. 10 years, no trouble, they are considered rehabilitated.
is what *is* a search engine ? OK, Google is most peoples Search Engine Of Choice (SEOC ?). However DuckDuckGo ? Bing ? Yahoo! ?
Or, alternatively, how about a site which isn't a "search engine", but simply a static list of links ? Presumably Google (et al) would be prevented from returning that in a list of results, but another simple static web page pointing to it would be OK ?
You know, when people used to ban books, I don't think they just ripped the index out, and left the content there....
of naughtyboffins ?
Sounds like there should be a website devoted to it ....
"I'd like to buy a gramphone, please"
was the rather quaint notion that pirating is done with torrent. Anyway, didn't they block the Pirate Bay ?
Or Birmingham. Look at the abortion that is the Northfield "bypass" (it's actually quicker to go through than use the bypass). When collared at a local council meeting, a councillor admitted that the traffic light timings could be optimised and allow traffic through much faster. However there were national guidelines that prohibit councils making private travel easier - the mantra is "use public transport".
We need an Alice-in-Wonderland icon ;)