1126 posts • joined Wednesday 10th March 2010 22:28 GMT
A bit jolly weren't they?
I wonder how many of these world leaders realised that the only one who will be remembered in a positive light will be the one being memorialised.
Or is that why they're so jolly - with Mandela gone they won't look so bad in comparison.
@The Man in Black - Re: Oh dear, what a crying shame.
the first 3 paragraphs actually made sense!
Yes. Until the left hand realised what the right hand was doing, and re-asserted control.
Re: "people who are internationally recognised as world leaders"
We never lost it, we never had it.
True. I realised that some time ago but consoled myself with the thought that we were at least gifting technologies to the world.
My gripe now is that we can't even develop at that initial level, a level at which we would at least in the past have nurtured the people who could produce worthwhile ideas and products.
So much waste of potential now. Not just of people discarded because they are chronologically challenged, but also of the following generations, who are tragically unaware of what they could have done.
What a waste.
"people who are internationally recognised as world leaders"
Why would anyone like that want to come here?
It doesn't matter how talented you are - UK Ltd has lost any idea it ever had of how to use the talent it has in abundance. Any world leader foolish enough to come here thinking he/she can make a difference would be delusional.
All part of their plan
They've been sealed underground, hibernating, waiting for something like Curiosity to eventually break through and release them.
They will then come pouring out in the full knowledge that there must be somewhere in the solar system that has the conditions to support a thriving culture.
I suggest we keep the laser power dialled down.
Re: The funding will soon be withdrawn
Perhaps it should be UN sponsored.
Re: Firefox joins the insanity
It must be OK because, as one of the commenters on the discussion said, the changes are "... proposed by UX specialists".
UX Specialists? That explains a lot. I'm minded to conclude that these 'UX Specialists' are re-purposed Management Consultants. Same effect.
There was a product called Barishene, I seem to recall. Made them go quite fast, but they did crash occasionally.
Hmmm. Perhaps that explains why it no longer seems to be working.
I do hope they hurry up and market sheets of the stuff. Modern pressures on privacy being what they are, I'm finding that tin-foil doesn't cut it any more.
Re: Nw for a spanner in the works..
To which I'd add the observations that there are plenty of men who are naturally cooperative and social, and plenty of aggressive target-oriented women : what do their brains show?
Re: "do mathematical calculations ... to confirm transactions and increase security"
I don't really think 'misleading' is enough. There would be no need to mention the processing at all if it was just for explanation. I think it is an attempt to get the user to approve processing that they are unaware of.
The way it is written, with no mention of the purpose of the processing, the user is left with the impression that it is a necessary part of the tool that they are installing.
I think deceit isn't too strong a word.
Just stating the obvious (at least to anyone who thinks for a moment) and, as a bonus, letting many more people know about the existence of pornhub.com and where to access it from.
The only issue of note is the apparent failure of the Cathedral's IT provider to provide the agreed filtering.
Re: "do mathematical calculations ... to confirm transactions and increase security"
@MondoMan and @AC : thanks for the explanations. I see now how "confirm transactions and increase security" relate to the bitcoin activity.
The thing is, though, it makes no mention of that activity and to any reasonable reader of the EULA the words relate to the expressed functionality of the tool being installed.
So to my mind agreement to the EULA does not constitute agreement to the bitcoin mining, and that activity should be considered an offence under the appropriate laws (eg UK Computer Misuse Act).
"do mathematical calculations ... to confirm transactions and increase security"
How do those stated purposes equate to bitcoin mining? Seems like the EULA doesn't cover it at all.
Not too impressed
"... counter the extremist narrative, including by blocking online sites."
It seems to me that instituting a process by which ISPs will block online sites at the behest of a representative of the government is showing the extremists and their potential followers that their ideas are quite effective.
How do you counter a narrative by blocking it? Surely you do it by speaking out against the nonsense that the extremists are spouting?
"low-level chit-chat things"
Now that's the kind of technical description that I like.
There's nothing like the prospect of imminent horrible death for encouraging expansion of the mind.
A pat on the head and a 'Well Done' just don't do it for me.
Now, since they seem to have the same business model as the Cryptolocker crowd, can we expect the car clamping firms that infest our cities to be shamed into reducing their fees?
"diversity, empowerment, innovation, risk-taking and agility"
That's a full house, I think.
El Reg Fires Up Encryption for its Millions of Readers and Commentards
That would be nice.
Re: Impersonal personal information for no purposeful purpose
How could it make adverts "more relevant", unless it understood the personal characteristics of the person it's targetting?
So true. What I choose to watch, particularly from a locally served file, is certainly personal and although it is all above board, I would object to anyone thinking they have a right to know and process that information.
And besides, their argument is blown out of the water by the fact that they are snooping on shared files of whatever type - nothing whatsoever to do with media consumption.
Well, credit to LG for encouraging such a wide discussion of a significant privacy and security issue which has been lurking for quite a while.
LG Redefine "SMART"
Sleazy Monitoring And Reporting Tool.
My phone wasn't even aware that there was an update. Lucky me!
Re: The next giant leap
I agree, but I suspect things have gone way beyond the point where it is possible to persuade companies to reverse this trend. Not least because the root and branch reworking required would also have to lead to a mass culling of the management class and, indeed, of the programmers.
And does anyone actually teach efficient software development anymore?
Let it die - I much prefer clusterfuck.
@Thorne - Re: WTF?
OK, so I'll have to refine the analogy.
How about a car ferry/cruise liner hybrid that could be used to take your car on transatlantic journeys, as opposed to building a transatlantic tunnel?
Not terrifying. Just a little scary
What is described sounds like the sort of processing that I believe all biological brains do - and ours probably the best. Lots of stuff going on in the background doing pattern recognition and classifying information, so that the higher functions have something to work with.
That the Google engineers don't understand what is going on doesn't surprise me - no more do I understand what my brain is doing at its lowest levels.
It is scary that they've got that far. It would be terrifying if they realised how the higher-level functions could be implemented.
"The news moved the entire family to tears"
They'd just been listening to The Scientist.
That song is designed to make you cry.
@Mongo - Re: > same purpose as a motorway service
Ah. Hadn't thought of that.
Perhaps more like a Premier Inn with a very nice country pub attached.
Make the asteroid serve the same purpose as a motorway service station/motel. It provides food and shelter for the journey and refuelling capabilities.
Then the astronauts only need to travel in the equivalent of a car at both ends of the journey, as opposed to an RV for the whole journey.
Works best if the asteroid can be made to repeat the journey endlessly, though.
Re: The Chinese
"Battle Beneath The Earth"?
Re: Why always so wrong
And that is because Nature loves to do idle integration exercises to while away the time.
Wot? Does that mean I'm just an intermediate result in a long-running calculation?
If there is any truth to this then it emphasises the point that 'cyber weapons' need to be a lot smarter and more focused than the likes of stuxnet if governments are going to deploy them against states they are not even at war with.
Re: "...vast online empire ..."
Don't put yourself down. it seems your speed reading has presented you with the true underlying nature of Google.
"how many touchscreen devices are still running Windows 7?"
More to the point, how many devices running Windows 7 have touch screens? It'll be interesting to see if the user experience on a non-touch device is better or worse.
Re: Just going off topic for a mo...
I don't think your comment is too off-topic, given that my first thought about the Wayback machine fire was that Mosley was being a bit too keen.
Well done (so far) India
Hope the next phases go OK too.
Re: how about...
I doubt that they care about the health of the general population, but I'm surprised they don't go for the clean up option - after all it allows people to legitimately walk around with their faces half covered.
If Love has been charged in the UK under the Computer Misuse Act, is there any need (and indeed is it even right) for him to be charged in the US as well?
@Evil Auditor - Re: @JustaKOS - "what's the point"
Yeah, I exaggerated a bit. We have a tendency to be careless of our impact on other species, but (so far) the world copes with us.
Oh, and I do think you've outed yourself as a necrophile, as have I.
@Evil Auditor - @JustaKOS - "what's the point"
are we obliged to spread life?
I think that's close to what I feel, though perhaps 'obliged' is too strong. Certainly, spreading life elsewhere would to some extent make up for trashing it here.
@Evil Auditor - Re: Outraged?
UK, Germany and France should all be aware that they are targets and should certainly have the capability to protect those communications that matter most.
Not just protecting from the US, but also from eachother. I'm not entirely convinced that the leaders of our respective nations necessarily know who their own spooks are spying on.
@Evil Auditor - @JustaKOS - Re: "what's the point"
I'm inclined to agree with your sentiments : spreading life is a good thing, but not necessarily at the expense of what is already there.
It seems to me that the philosophical question ("do we have the right?") only arises where life already exists. Where it does already exist, I would hope we would tread carefully, if at all.
Yes she should be, but given that it would be naive to fully trust even close allies in this world, I think her outrage should be directed at her own security services for not providing appropriately secure communications.
@Evil Auditor - "what's the point"
I'm thinking more of life in general. I find Life and what it does fascinating, and I think it would be a shame if it turned out to be extremely rare in the galaxy.
I don't see any specific value in spreading our species throughout the galaxy, but if it incidentally spread a whole load of other species, then maybe there would be some point to it.
Or not - I guess it depends on whether you view life as being anything special.
Re: Great news!
Or, being non-miserable, maybe there's bugger all in the way of life out there and our pollution will serve the purpose of seeding the galaxy.
"...happy, carefree days when the IT industry was mostly pissed a large percentage of the time"
Thanks for the reminder
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