226 posts • joined Thursday 18th March 2010 19:00 GMT
quote: "My mini usb2 cables wont fit in my mini USB 3 devices..."
You don't have any mini USB3 devices, they are micro USB3. As such, put your micro USB2 cable into the larger of the 2 holes, et voila! you have a USB 2 connection to your USB3 device, and it should charge and carry data just like any other micro USB2 device.
The reason that the micro USB3 connector is such a visual abomination is exactly because it needs to accept micro USB2 cables without modification, so the USB3 bit is tacked on to the side of a micro USB2 connection :(
Shifting to a non-backwards compatible, reversible connector makes sense, but will obviously introduce obsolescence in all the "old" USB connections.
quote: "The point of Glass if you choose to wear it is to have it with you at all times. Why should you have to remove them each time you get in and out of a car?"
I wear actual glasses, and have a pair of prescription sunglasses as well (which I usually carry with me at all times, in a case inside a pocket). It is a matter of seconds to switch them when I get into a car and want the sunglasse on. Seconds. 20 at most, including removal, retrieval, replacement, and storage.
Refusing to spends seconds to remove Google Glass(es) because you have got into a vehicle is laziness (or entitlement) an order of magnitude greater than I have ever practised, and that is saying something. It probably takes longer to turn them off than it does to physically remove them.
All you need is a case to store them in during the journey, and you can be both fully compliant with the law, and have them protected as well as easily at hand once the journey is over.
quote: "Some reports from journalists *who actually have a pair* say that they don't pose a threat for driving and actually made it easier than a regular GPS."
Unfortunately journalists neither make nor enforce the law, thus the only reputable source for cofirmation of the safety and legality of their use while driving is still the statutes and/or police force. Section 27602 is pretty clear on that, the device must both be "installed" in the vehicle (I'm assuming stationary mounts count) and must satisfy either 5A or 5B in order to be exempt. Glass is not installed, therefore I would argue could not be classed as exempt.
Note that my interpretation just as equally applies to mobile phones or handheld GPS units (with video playing functionality) which are not attached to a mount. Like any offense, just because you've not personally been ticketed for doing it does not necessarily mean it is legal to do it.
quote: "A saying that's often used and rarely justified. So tell me then, why must all good things come to an end?"
Because current best guesses are that the universe (and by extension time itself) has only a finite lifespan? You can extend XP support until "the end of time", however when you reach that point it will still end.
Linguistic pedantry, I know, but then so was the original question ^^;
Re: Amazon bitcoin mining malware ..
This belongs to Amazon the same way that all Windows Updates belong to Akamai. The downloads are hosted on Amazon servers, but the software itself is written and maintained by someone else entirely.
From the article:
"According to this post, the miner in question is jhProtominer, and it's being installed by a crowd called We Build Toolbars (WBT).
WBT uses a custom installer, Monitor.exe, which it serves up from Amazon, to start up the Bitcoin miner on the user's system"
In this case you want to be ranting about "We Build Toolbars" :)
Re: Suppose Apple gave a contract
quote: "Relative unpopularity - you living on a different planet to me? Thought Apple sold more iPhone 5S than any previous model?"
Yes, but the article quite clearly talks about the 5C, which has had less than stellar reception since it's introduction, and is the model that operators are being burned on because they haven't shifted enough units.
I'm fairly confident claiming that "Moffett estimated that Verizon had committed to $23 billion worth of iPhone purchases, but had fallen short on sales, by around $12bn to $14bn." (taken from the article) is a pretty clear indicator that something made by Apple is not selling the way it was expected to. Unless Verizon is being run by a cabal of damp sponges, one would hope they actually based that $23 million estimation upon reasonable figures rather than just rolling some dice, and thus a sales shortfall of 50% is more an indictment of the state of the market, rather than their utter incompetence at estimating sales.
Although TBH if you're going to fail estimates by 50%, there is obviously an element of incompetence involved on your part, even if it is just not hedging your bets appropriately. Luckily they have a willing army of customers ready to pay increased monthly, call and data charges, so they can make that money back ready to give to Apple, eh? :)
While I understand the sentiment, volunteer to have your name put on the Sexual Offenders Register and see how cosy life remains even without a token sentence and ankle-cuff period. Once someone in your neighbourhood gets wind that you might be a paedo (or rapist) and word spreads, you'll probably find you have to put a glazier on speed dial, and keep more than one fire extinguisher in the house at all times. Don't even think about getting a swift half in the local either, you'll more likely end up with a swift kicking instead.
There are people around in this country who rightly or (more likely) wrongly feel far more strongly about sex offenders than even you do, and are also perfectly happy to risk incarceration themselves to "get some justice done". Given the charges he has plead guilty to, this Watkins guy is fucked even if they just give him a suspended sentence and a £20 fine, in my opinion.
Re: 350 squid, lol
quote: "Uhm... for this money I guess I can get a bigger screen, better computer AND I don't have to move my ass at all :)"
Good luck with that, the last mini-PC I bought was £190 without a harddisk or operating system, if you also add a monitor and wireless peripherals in (the not-moving-your-ass part I assume) I struggle to see how you can have change from tree fiddy while keeping a 21"+ sized display. If you have a specific product in mind I am genuinely interested in hearing about it, because I'm considering getting a second as another HTPC :)
quote: "What about a tweet about an unattended bag?"
It's the airport security equivalent of typing "google" in Google; the entire terminal will likely implode due to exceeding the critical mass of terror o.0
Re: @ Jason 7, NSA really isn't hanging on your every word
quote: "I'm sure they're not, and if using encryption and VPns etc. means they might think I've something to hide fuck 'em. Let them waste thousands of computing hours trying to decrypt the mail I sent to my friends detailing the location of our upcoming piss up. I'll fuck them up and waste their time just because I can."
While I completely agree with the sentiment, that only works in the US; here in the UK we are required by law to reveal the keys / decrypt the content for the executive branch when they demand it. Failure to do so is a specific offense which carries a custodial sentence (up to 24 months if memory serves).
So you can have a properly perfect OTP with astronomical key strength, but your data is only as secure as your willingness to go to prison :(
Note: I've not seen anything confirming whether a subsequent decryption request, once you have served your time, counts as double jeopardy or a seperate, new offense. I would suspect that the powers that be would prefer it to be counted as a new offense, with a new sentence each time you refuse... ^^;
Re: Good Idea, However...
quote: "However, how would it work in terms of making things like memory (one obvious candidate) swappable? What's the side-effect of changing all of those pins you'd normally get on a memory chip, into something that would work on 4/5 pins (from what I can see in the image)."
Serialisation of a parallel bus works fine, you just need a step up in clock speed equal to the decrease in lines to achieve a similar throughput (see SATA vs PATA etc.). If these are running a serial bus similar in speed to USB 3.0 or SATA 3 (5Gb / 6Gb) between components then there's a reasonable amount of bandwidth available, current SATA 3 SSDs don't manage to saturate the bus yet ;)
Some stuff will still benefit from parallel access (especially RAM <-> CPU transfers) but most other components (screen, non-volatile storage, radio) already tend to use serial buses anyway. I suspect they'll end up putting the CPU and RAM into the same package and serialise the rest, or just live with the bottleneck of a serial RAM interface.
I'd actually be really interested in this assuming it actually takes off; I'm one of those techies that loves to play with stuff and take it apart. Piecemeal upgrading of the phone instead of having to purchase a discrete new model definitely appeals :)
quote: "However, when targeting terrorism, the reduction of privacy isn't the only problem.
Terrorism - this is a term that has no 100% recognized definition, therefore it is often abused to describe anyone and everyone we disagree with."
One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. Quite literally, usually; side A think side B are terrorists, and side B think side A are terrorists. Both sides think they are the freedom fighters in this arrangement.
The Cambridge online dictionary defines terrorist as "someone who uses violent action, or threats of violent action, for political purposes". Unfortunately, that's such a broad definition that it can be applied to any armed forces, even something like the UN Peacekeeping forces; there to keep the peace, by using threats of violent action, or actual violent action, as directed by the UN after being petitioned by political leaders.
My proposed solution: if you really want to win a "war on terror(ists)", whenever you find an armed force is headed by a political figure, we should probably be asking our political figures to send our armed forces to take them out, because they are demonstrably terrorists ^^;
Re: I like the road signs
quote: "iPhone - oh look everyone makes phones like that. Same for iPods, tablets, ultra notebooks etc. etc."
I was going to write a long post with examples of each of those device classes, made by other companies prior to Apple releasing their product, but tbh I can't be arsed. Feel free to go look up the Sony Walkman range or Microsoft Table PC specification yourself, if you like.
The reason they all look the same now, is that the boards of all of those companies are (much like Hollywood) too scared to truly innovate, they just copy what sells and make a few tweaks to try and avoid litigation. If you really think Apple invented the mobile media playing device and the laptop, touchscreen phone and tablet form factor, then I think you may have overdosed on marketing releases.
I'll give Apple their due, when they copy someone they do make an effort to clean up the flaws and focus on user interaction, but I have yet to see them make a device that another company had not already created a market for. <insert subtle dig at their upcoming smart watch here>
Re: You are comparing apples with oranges.
quote: "So the options for passively cooled Intel kit are slow and slower. I think you just proved LDS's point."
Not their point about redesign; if the NUC already comes with a 4" by 4" motherboard, then the reference designs are already there for customisation into a tablet shell. MS managed to do it already with the Pro, so it obviously wasn't considered insurmountable.
Also, the options for passively cooled Intel kit are "slow and slower" compared to what? Desktop processors, yes, but we're talking about mobile devices now, specifically tablets. The ARM options tend to run 2-4 cores at 1GHz to 1.9GHz, and the Core i3-4010U is dual core with hyperthreading at 1.7GHz. Sits inside the performance envelope fine from my viewpoint, they just need to do some work on the heat output.
As I mentioned before, I can see what MS were thinking when they came up with the Pro, I just don't think it's anything more than a niche at this point; it's the "laptop replacement" tablet, in the sense that the old Dell XPS monster laptops were considered "desktop replacement" laptops. They were heavy (some hit 5kg), had rubbish battery life compared to the smaller competition (an hour or less running the latest games full tilt), but had enough grunt to match most desktops head to head.
Still, it's surprising to see MS being the one to "innovate" in the tablet space in that regard. Trying to shoehorn a device in between laptop and tablet performance (like the gaming laptops slide in between the desktop and "normal" laptops) is not the sort of staid, approved-by-committee approach I'd have expected. It'll probably still bomb though, if the original Pro is anything to go by.
Hopefully there'll be some end-of-line sale stock available at the end of next year, I'd honestly think of getting one if they were half the price ^^;
Re: I've said it before
So he is arguing that we should not be teaching children "niche mechanical skills" in school eh? Awesome, no more football or rugby or tennis or hockey then, since most people aren't professional footballers or professional tennis players. I'm pretty sure there are more plumbers in the UK than professional hockey players.
What's that, you can be an amateur sportsperson, doing it during free time and not being paid for it? Oh, well if you are ok with teaching small children sports skills without much hope of them making a career out of it, instead mainly for the physical fitness benefits, I wonder if you can apply the same logic to programming skills and the resulting mental fitness benefits... ?
Re: You are comparing apples with oranges.
quote: "Installing an x86 chip requires a big redesign of the motherboard and everything around. One reason the Surface Pro is thicker and heavier it's because it needs to cool down the CPU appropriately."
Not tablet capable out of the box, obviously, but unless I miss my guess Intel has decided to investigate making passive cooled CPUs again, and an x86 CPU that can be passive cooled, can end up in a tablet. This may even have been kickstarted by Microsoft deciding they wanted to make a
tabletop lapblet Surface Pro which would require an x86 compatible chip with a minimal thermal envelope.
Apparently I fail at making a portmanteau with laptop and tablet. That's possibly why only MS has bothered manufacturing one... nobody has come up with a trendy descriptor like "phablet" for one yet?
Re: That headline...
quote: "I know plenty of people still using the original iPad / iPad 2 and iPhones like the 3GS - all still very functional which is a lot more than can be said for most older Android kit."
Nope, people who like their old Android kit are just as likely to keep using it as people who like their old Apple kit. I still use my Archos 5 media player regularly, and that came with Android 1.2 (yes, it is that old). I know a few people who still use their old Galaxy S or S2, because they see no compelling reason to buy a new device.
Keeping old kit that you like until it finally dies is not a function of brand, in my experience :)
Re: it was the one-armed guy
quote: "Time to go enable remote desktop with a blank password then, as apparently this will get me off all charges I could possibly face..."
If you are told as much in a court of law, after they have assessed the evidence, then yes.
Whether you agree with it or not, that is apparently what the Swedish courts decided in his case. They apparently felt (rightly or wrongly) that there was not enough evidence to point directly at Warg being culpable for the Nordea hack (that pesky "innocent until proven guilty" thing). They still put him away for a year for the Logica thing though.
If Denmark are actually intending to try him for the Nordea hack, it does sound like they want to overturn the Swedish courts decision. Personally, I do not like the sound of prosecution tourism, and fully agree that that would be the type of thing that the ECHR Protocol 7, Article 4 should be intended to stop.
However he is shit outta luck on that score, since Sweden and Denmark are different States, and Protocol 7 only mentions double jeopardy inside the same State:
"Article 4 – Right not to be tried or punished twice
1. No one shall be liable to be tried or punished again in criminal proceedings under the jurisdiction of the same State for an offence for which he has already been finally acquitted or convicted in accordance with the law and penal procedure of that State.
2. The provisions of the preceding paragraph shall not prevent the reopening of the case in accordance with the law and penal procedure of the State concerned, if there is evidence of new or newly discovered facts, or if there has been a fundamental defect in the previous proceedings, which could affect the outcome of the case.
3. No derogation from this Article shall be made under Article 15 of the Convention."
Re: power source...
Hmmm... 1/2.5 is around 40% efficiency (almost identical to the losses quoted for humans converting food energy to ATP, bizarrely enough). According to a quick search, some unsubstantiated figures would put electrical motors at an alleged achievable efficiency of 70% to 90%.
Putting the 2 together, 70% of the 40% would make an (apparently lower efficiency) electrical motor approximately 28% efficient, based on hydrocarbon burning in a heat engine. If you wanted to take the upper bounds for that quoted motor efficiency, it would be around 36% overall.
Taking extra losses into account (friction, startup losses etc.), I still reckon the 18-26% efficiency quoted for humans sounds achievable (and possibly even exceedable) by a humaniform robot. It would also have a similar CO2 output if you are truly running them both off the same amount of organic compounds ^^;
I can't say that this was the conclusion I was expecting, to be honest...
Re: What an original idea
But the internet is full of pirates, so surely the only way Netflix could possibly monetise their original content is to sell it on physical disks with oppressive DRM (and stagger release to ensure a healthy demand in the target markets), right? If they put it up on the internet it'll just get pirated up the wazoo within seconds, like that free airing of Game of Thrones, right?
I mean, there's no way doing something like that could possibly get them an increased subscriber base and turn a healthy profit, it's well documented by the major studios and industry associations.
Give people what they want, when they want it, at a price they are willing to pay? Preposterous idea sir, truly preposterous!
Re: No ISO?
quote: "Heh, there is always someone oblivious to the whole world except for his immediate surroundings, who chooses to measure everything by a standard he is used to. Time to wake up - most of the world does not have high limit broadband on every corner. The world means more then just US/UK ;)"
I spot a business opportunity there; check which carriers in your area can actually do a business class connection (uncontended, high / unlimited bandwidth) and see if there is a business case for getting one for a month or 2 and selling time for people to use it to update their PCs. I'm sure you'll find some consumers (and even a proportion of SMEs) that would cough up to use someone else's bandwidth to do their updates ;)
You could say Microsoft are just trying to annoy their customers, but it would appear that they are simultaneously creating opportunities for local business at the same time... probably unintentional, but you take 'em where you get 'em IMO :)
Re: power source...
quote: "when you look at this machine and the heavy cables powering it, just remember. A fit human can run a marathon consuming a pound fat in energy...."
This got me highly interested to see just how different the energy requirements are between organic runner and mechanical walker, so I thought I'd do a little digging and some maths:
According to Wikipedia fat has an energy density of 37kJ/g, so a pound (~454g) would contain approximately 16.8MJ available for metabolisation.
Used in an hour, that would be an ongoing power requirement of 4.6kW (16.8MJ / 3600s), although a quick search suggests an "average" time for the London marathon is more like 4 hours, so I'm going to take 1.2kW ongoing power usage (1.16 rounded up) for your human running a marathon. 1.2kW delivered via 240VAC mains electricity is around 4.8A current, which is actually a significant amount.
In fact subsequent searching to see if anyone has actually measured the efficiency of humans, brings up that human (skeletal) muscles are about 18% to 26% energy efficient apparently. If the actuators on the robot can hit 30% or more, it may actually be more energy efficient that we are ^^;
Re: Marsbarbrain Personally...
quote: "Please do go ahead, just give me a few moments to send the coppers a screenie of your post so they can get a warrant for The Reg to reveal your IP address and login email on charges of wasting police time."
The time is already being wasted though? If an officer is already standing there, how is it wasting any more time by giving them something to actually do?
If you honestly think "stopping and searching anyone who looks like Julian Assange walking out of the Ecuadorian embassy" is wasting police time, then aren't you tacitly agreeing that them being there at all is a waste of time? If you think they are there doing an important job of stopping the blonde bimbo (and alleged rapist) from sneaking out, then the perfomance of that very job surely is not a waste of time?
Sorry but there seems to be a bit of a logic bomb in your post there... ^^;
quote: "I'm not quite sure, but I do get a subtle impression that you are not in favour of any additional press regulation?
That you think the whole phone-hacking thing can be prevented in the future by just saying sorry?"
Far better to have all media releases pre-approved by the Ministry of Truth, eh, than have people's voicemail hacked by nasty, evil, lying
IMO the whole phone hacking thing cannot be prevented. Regulate the snot out of the papers and they'll just leave the hacking to other people and buy the info from them (possibly 3rd or 4th hand, to provide enough plausible deniability). You won't eradicate it, the same way we still haven't eradicated drug use or terrorism via legislation.
The real question here is where to draw the line, or in effect where most of society would be happy to draw the line, between complete freedom of the press and total control of the press by the state.
I'd rather it was closer to press freedoms than state control, personally :)
Re: They forgot Sun-tzu's words of wisdom
OK, I'm reading copious amounts of sarcasm and irony into each of NomNomNom's posts here, but it appears from the downvotes that someone may be taking them at face value. Do they still promote critical reading in schools these days?
Wait, scratch that, if they did still promote critical thought patterns in schools then the current crop of sound-bite politicians would be screwed. I guess I've just answered my own question :'(
Re: Permanent 4 wheel drive
quote: "Next time it snows take your foot off the beans around a roundabout. I was going slowly but I incorrectly went for a gear change and suddenly a had car that started to oversteer."
That is known as lift-off oversteer and is completely unrelated to drivetrain, it is an artifact of vehicle weight being redistributed over the axles due to a change in acceleration (specifically, during deceleration weight being transferred from the rear axle to the front, and therefore reducing the grip available to the rear wheels).
Yes, it might get exacerbated by a centre diff clutching in rears on an unbalanced throttle, and causing a rear wheel speed differential which overloads the available grip, but you can get the same effect with a front wheel drive car if you lift off mid-corner. Slowing down before the corner and maintaining speed (and therefore balance) through it will fix that for any vehicle, regardless of drivetrain ;)
If you don't want to skid on snow, choice of tyres and (a smooth) driving style are far more important than drivetrain, in my opinion ^^;
Re: change the law then
quote: "The smallest owner/ manager of a limited company is arguably avoiding tax (PAYE/ NIC) whilst paying themselves tax-free dividends"
Dividends are not tax free. If a UK citizen gains £20,000 in dividends from their shares in a company, they are required to pay something called "income tax" on that £20k income gained during the tax year. The company itself also has to pay corporation tax on any dividends it pushes out. If you don't think this is true, ask your acountant about it :)
Note: it can still be more tax efficient overall to push director salary as dividends instead, since the company only pays corporation tax on dividends. For PAYE salary it also has to pay employer contributions on top of the employee contributions, so if those contributions would total to more than straight corporation tax, you can actually save money (on the company books) by paying it as dividends instead. The employee however ends up paying basically the same either way (IIRC, I am not an accountant).
What you are likely trying to refer to is owner/directors claiming things as expenses (company operating costs) which are actually personal purchases, e.g. purchasing a new TV for themselves and claiming it as a company expense (under "corporate entertainment"), or a second shiny new car under corporate lease, which is actually for the director's partner and will never get used for company purposes. It is more tax efficient to have the company purchase everything it can get away with, as it becomes pre-tax operating costs rather than taxable income (either salary or dividend).
Actually, also ask your accountant about something called "unreceiptable expenses", as those are claims you can make without needing to provide a receipt at all. Anyone not claiming the absolute maximum available for unreceiptable expenses is arguably not doing it right; there is no burden of proof at all for those, so it is effectively free money that HMRC are letting you have.
Re: About bloody time!
quote: "However, IP67 guarantees that the phone won't admit water if submerged to a depth of at most 1m for 30 minutes ... what I want is a phone I can put in a damp cagoule pocket and carry up a 1000m mountain in the rain, and back again, over a period of (say) ten hours (in which time the phone will be taken out and used as map, GPS, compass, and maybe even camera a few times, possibly in rain)."
The IP Code ratings for water ingress are effectively a laddered test; IPx7 is "better" than IPx6 etc. In that respect, getting pissed on by rain up a mountain is IPx2 onwards, getting kept in a damp pocket probably IPx1.
I've seen motorcycle-related electronics mention IPx5 onwards as "rainproof", so I'd be happy to assume an IPx7 rated device would survive a rainy mountain expedition unharmed by water, even being kept in a damp pocket. YMMV of course :)
Also, JCB (the site equipment manufacturer) does a range of ruggedised phones from cheap featurephone to (less powerful than the S4) touchscreen smartphones. You can get a couple of their models for under a ton (£100) if all you really want is phone calls and SMS, but I can't see GPS mentioned for any of their models. Nowhere near as versatile as the S4, but also nowhere near the price as well ;)
Re: Could be worse
quote: "An hour later I came back to him with a printed directory listing of the server's hard drive and pointed out that I could execute a "format c: /y" just as easily."
And if you did that today, you'd be arrested for unauthorised intereference with a computer system, an offense under The Computer Misuse Act 1990. In fact since you're talking about NT4, it would have been a criminal act at the time... hopefully you didn't get collared for the 12 to 24 months custodial sentence you could have been liable to.
Interesting thought that; using a flaw to point out the flaw is a criminal offense, however a failure to act (failing to secure the system after being notified of the flaw) is deemed a civil offense...
quote: "*Shakes head sadly* Oh dear."
Go watch Bad taste and/or Meet the Feebles and/or Dead Alive (aka Braindead) and let me know whether those should ever have been made either. I fully appreciate you probably wouldn't want to watch them yourself, however I'd appreciate it if you wouldn't try deciding for me what I can and can not watch. I am perfectly capable of making that decision myself :)
The director for all of those was subsequently chosen for the LotR trilogy, for some bizarre reason.
quote: "747s and other commercial jetliners regularly dock with the ISS to "refuel" their chem sprayers."
If that line didn't immediately throw any alarm bells it should have. Are they seriously implying that commercial passenger planes have orbital capability? I can confirm that unless everything I have ever been taught about orbital mechanics and jet engine technology is untrue, that a commercial airliner is never going to achieve low-earth orbit, and is certainly going to be incapable of docking with the ISS.
If commercial airliners can actually dock with the ISS, then this particular conspiracy goes so deep that I am struggling to conceive how. I would personally be far more inclined to believe your cousins friend is running off a slightly different version of reality to the rest of us...
Re: No passwords = jail
Yes, under UK law (RIPA section 49) refusal to provide an encryption key (or indeed just failure to provide an encryption key, when the officer "has reason to believe the key is in your posession") is an offense which carries a custodial sentence. The UK does not have a 5th amendment, we are fully expected and indeed required by law to incriminate ourselves, and do not have the right to remain silent :)
Should you end up in possession of encrypted data to which you do not have the key, and are in or passing through UK held territory, you had better hope you can convince the authorities that you honestly cannot decrypt it for them. I suspect the only way you'll be able to do that is to provide another name or names of people they can get access to, and tell them those people are in posession of the key(s).
Depending on who you talk to, they may put forward the suggestion that the terrorists are winning so easily because they are in fact working for the authorities, providing them the excuse to erode yet more of our civil liberties. It seems the current crop may have taken 1984 to be a handbook, rather than a warning :'(
quote: "Were you never taught that two wrongs don't make a right? Committing a crime in response to another crime is still a crime, e.g. vigilante mobs."
Or the systematic torture* of suspected terrorists, or people in military prison charged with treason and aiding the enemy?
Or invading another sovereign nation (ostensibly) because they are commiting a crime like developing WMDs in brach of treaty?
Hate to point this out, but if nations commit crimes in response to other crimes (and are allowed to continue to do so without sanction), then expecting more of citizens is a little disingenuous.
*Torture being prohibited by both the UDHR (article 5) and also the UN Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (see Article 2 Clause 2)
Re: The fossil fuel industry relies on this hysteria
quote: "to totally change the atmosphere past the point of no return"
Source? IIRC from paleoclimate estimations, we've had far higher greenhouse gas percentages (especially CO2) around before now; if it is truly a "point of no return" we would not be in the atmospheric position we are today, because we could not have "returned" from it all those millions of years ago.
Not that I'm disagreeing with your other points, but that quote seems an awful lot like the (unfounded) sensationalism we've seen wielded against nuclear power.
quote: "What would have the preferred punishment have been? Surely you're not suggesting that leaking classified documents should not be punished."
You'll note that even if they let Mr. Manning walk right now, he has already served over 2 years in prison. 2 years in prison is considered enough punishment for many criminal offenses.
I would argue that he has already been punished, and that further punishment would need to be based on the belief that he has not yet been punished enough. Personally, I believe that he has already been punished enough, since his name is now forever tainted in the minds of many, and even letting him walk will mean an ongoing, tangible effect on the rest of his life. Would you employ Mr. Manning in a position of responsibility, knowing his history as you do? Would anyone you know employ him similarly? Will he be physically safe if recognised in public?
Add that on to his 35 years, and ask yourself if the punishment still fits the crime.
Re: They do this everywhere
quote: "But I found that I was usually being bypassed on decisions, my staff were being given jobs directly without any discussion with me and my working day slowly became turned into an excercise in applying for other roles, reading El Reg and other sites. Very occasionally, I'd have something to do, but may be only once a week. It was clear that they wanted me gone, but weren't prepared to pay me off."
I'm pretty sure that under UK (and EU?) employment law that is referred to as "constructive dismissal", and enough evidence laid before a tribunal will get you your severance pay anyway; the company doesn't save anything in the long run. In my experience, UK companies are far more likely to make your role redundant, wave you goodbye with a smile on their face, and then re-introduce the role under a different name a week later so they can hire a new person to do it once you are gone.
My experience may well be skewed though...
Re: New Security Application
quote: "What, like the IronKeys?
Secure thumb drives, with gluefilled cases, and a small bit to physically destroy the key if the password is put in incorrectly, or if it's put into an internet connected pc, and the remote process has been set off?
very tempted to get myself one..."
Err... that company is based in the US. What makes you think that haven't been "requested" to put in a backdoor already, a perfectly legal request by the legal and authorised government of the country, in a legal manner?
Wouldn't touch one with yours, as the saying goes :)
To rephrase an earlier post:
"Government is not a group of people who are called "secretary of state for this or of that" and that is headed by the President. Government is the sum of all powers and influences held by both the elected and unelected officials who work in the name of that government."
Can't remember the last time I voted for a General, or for the people who run the secret services. In fact, if I recall correctly, they are the same people no matter which party gets elected! How would one go about getting them replaced, in a democracy where the "voice of the people" is a respected and potent tool?
quote: "(can't do much about 3G, but that's another story)"
Setup a femtocell for the relevant network(s) in the house routed through your firewall; I suspect that you'd need further messing around in order to make sense of the data (if it is not encrypted it bloody should be), but it would technically be capturing UMTS traffic from devices and routing it through your gateway ready for logging and analysis.
Whether you can actually be bothered is of course a whole different story, and of course it's only governments and TLAs that believe they have the right to do that to citizens with impunity. YMMV ;)
Re: The first question to ask before making any move
Enough hydroponics to spare for barley and hops cultivation and some brewers yeast; make your own once you get there. The advantage being that you can make it just the way you like it too ;)
Seriously, one of the first things any (non-teetotal) community does once the basic nutritional needs are taken care of and there is spare growing capacity, is manufacture brewing (and/or distilling) apparatus. I don't see why Mars would be any different in that respect. Even if they don't specifically provide equipment for it, stuff will get bodged together regardless, I guarantee it.
quote: "Do you really think that people still buy the iPhone because of the name, or manufacturer / "badge"?"
Yes (sample size: quite a lot). The corporate entity I work for has been supplying blackberries for years, and when we get the inevitable "I don't actually want that, can you support device X instead?" over 90% of the requests I've heard of involve the words iPhone or iPad.
Staff who just want a device appear to be fine with the blackberry, it seems that only those people who want to be able to show others an iDevice are the ones asking for something different (most of whom are upper management, or Marketing). At least in my experience, YMMV of course.
Re: At last, real scientific method!
quote: "Blueberry farmers unite! ....WTF are you on about?
I'm going to go ahead and nominate your comment for dumbassery of the day."
I suspect the intent was to point out that when faced with data that did not fit the model, these scientists first reaction was:
"Its discovery implies that we need to seriously consider alternative formation theories, or perhaps to reassess some of the basic assumptions in the core-accretion theory." (emphasis mine)
I'm not sure I've seen as much willingness to consider alternate theories or reassess core assumptions in some other (highly fashionable) models, when faced with data that does not fit; it's almost as if some people have an emotional investment in the current model and don't want to believe it might be flawed. I'm a climate agnostic though, so feel free to dismiss my opinion as the ramblings of an idiot who doesn't know what he's talking about :)
Re: If Occam was alive today ...
quote: "It's not assuming it means the same thing it's just not being an anally retentive knobhead who ignores common parlance so he can have an excuse to correct people. It's like how when you say 'Coke' you generally mean 'Coca Cola' and not Pepsi, even though technically you could mean both. Do you correct people on that one? You must be the life and soul of the party!"
Ad-hominem attacks should never be used if you are trying to assert you have a valid point, they do tend to immediately polarise the audience. Also, the generic term is "cola" not "coke", if you ask for Coke(TM) in a bar or restaraunt which serves Pepsi(TM), they are trained to specifically tell you that "I'm afraid we do not have Coke, we only serve Pepsi sir (or madam)". You need to ask for "cola" if you are happy with any brand of brown sugary effervescent beverage.
And the reason for that is lawyers. Not Linux users, not spotty geeks living in their mums basement, but the suited up and well paid masters of all pedantry. Seriously, us geeks have nothing on the legal system when it comes to the practise of pedantry. :)
Re: Just an illusion
quote: "These talking heads know full well that surveillance is necessary for national security"
As written, I agree. However update it to read "know full well that blanket surveillance with 24/7 monitoring of all citizens is necessary for national security" and I'll take exception to that.
Which is what this argument is all about, basically. We were under the impression that government surveillance was in specific cases, which were being requested based upon prior evidence and had to be approved prior to enactment. Apparently that is not the case though, and people are getting a little jumpy to find that out.
These general public know full well that blanket 24/7 surveillance of citizens with no oversight required is necessary for a police state. It seems like they have no interest living in a police state.
Re: "People committing $830 (£532) get a free phone"
quote: "Um, this is some new definition of the word "free" that I was previously unaware of, it is?"
Nope, not really. Pledging to crowdfunding is exactly that, a pledge. What they choose to give you for pledging at specific levels is also that, a choice.
So you are committing at least $830 purely to see the project take off. What they are saying is "assuming we get enough for this to happen, we'll give you one of the phones for pledging that much".
Whether pledging with an expectation of a specific tier reward, constitutes a "purchase" under consumer legislation, has not yet been tested in court AFAIK. The intent is to be a "donate more than £50 and we'll give you a free tshirt!" type deal rather than "buy our overpriced tshirt for £50 to help the cause!". Semantics, but then it seems a lot of legislature (and the interpretation therein) is based on that.
Hacks which only require sending a deliberately malformed SMS to (random?) phone numbers, on the other hand, are exactly quite dangerous in the real world. Especially if they can be subsequently used to sign an OS update which you then send to the phone in question. From the article:
"The most common Class 2 message contains changes to the list of preferred roaming partners, to reflect new deals between operators, but the Global Platform standard permits anything, even the entire operating system, to be changed using signed Class 2 messages.
Such radical updates are rare, but they have happened and are secured using that shared secret, so knowledge of the key confers significant power."
Re: Is it April 1st?
quote: "We can't currently repair damaged nerves in humans. It would a Nobel prize level achievement if you worked out how to do it. So head transplants are just nonsense."
From the article: "Last month, researchers at Cleveland University managed to heal rats with broken spines, allowing them to control their bladders once again. The doctors successfully encouraged nerves to grow between two fractured sections of spine."
Dunno about you, but that sounds like being able to encourage the growth of nerve tissue between 2 sections of spine in a human is potentially acheivable to me. For head transplants, you just have the tissue rejection issue inherent in all transplants, and also the issue that you cannot guarantee that nerves are going to reconnect in the right places. Do human spines really have identically placed nerve clusters so that your brain impulses that used to control your left arm, will still control your left arm post-transplant?
Sadly I do not think this will be the case, and that you'll end up thrashing like a newborn until you relearn how to send the correct messages to your new body parts. Assuming that you can get the heart and lung nerves correctly connected, of course... IIRC heart and lung function are usually considered critical for continued function of any body ;)
Re: Lazy users,Lazy politicians
quote: "90% of ALL cyber crime could be eradicated by using commercial-grade OS - ie FREE open-source UX systems. That is a fact that has NOTHING to do with with the lower use of UX but is due to the INHERENTsecurity in UX."
I did like that bit. You obviously missed the part in the article where they place a high value on exploits for browsers, like Firefox, which is available for install in various POSIX-compliant (or mostly POSIX compliant) operating systems.
From the article: "Browser exploits are second only to iOS pwnage tricks, according to figures cited by McAfee, commanding a fee of $60,000 to $150,000 for Firefox or Safari zero-days and perhaps higher for Chrome or Internet Explorer malfeasance."
Possibly 90% of all cybercrime could be eliminated by properly educating users, however that's the only way I can see it happening. Android is built on a "UX" (what does that term even mean by the way?) platform but users will still happily install malware themselves if it promises to be a free version of the latest craze (angry birds, gambling apps, that confectionary app I see advertised on the TV). Until users stop infecting themselves, the platform is irrelevant.
Re: Alternative to Windows?
quote: "This is six years old. SIX YEARS OLD! And in the time they have forked everything three times but not once have they managed to fix a critical bug for the de facto disc format standard. FAIL! EPIC FAIL!"
I mainly use Windows, and for all their good points Microsoft are just as capable of ignoring bugs for long periods. They also like the idea of massively restrictive DRM, locking in consumer choice and all sorts of other "bad practise" performed by pretty much all the large corporates in the IT sphere.
Also, LOL at "de facto disk format standard". I strongly suspect you are accidentally (or deliberately) forgetting about Android and iOS devices, which do not use NTFS on their internal storage, and USB storage devices and media cards, which come pre-formatted to FAT32 in most cases. I do not think you can claim NTFS is a "de facto disk format standard" without applying so many restrictions on the included device types to make the whole statement effectively irrelevant.
I'm a Windows tech, with a vested interest in Windows. I even prefer Windows 8 to Windows 7 (even though I realise this is heresy, and Win8 is an abomination unto Nuggan). If I can spot the flaws in your anti-Linux rant, you way want to tighten up your arguments a little ;)
Re: Dropping XBox
quote: "Sony are hardly angels, witness the rootkits they included with music CDs not so long ago. But until they start charging for the privelege of accessing content you've already paid for using a broadband service you've also paid for, I will stick with their products."
To play devil's advocate for a second, none of the XBox titles I have ever purchased have required me to be online just to play them. None. (maybe I just haven't bought the right ones though)
Yes, you need to be online to play Black Ops 2 against potty-mouthed, 12 year old Americans, but there is a single player campaign as well BTW ;)
So while I understand your point above, it's just a little too sweeping, and a little too generalised, for me to just let it lie. Yes MS charge for XBox Live Gold (which is required for online play), but they are not charging you to access the content. They are charging you to access the other XBL users via their hosted matchmaking + VOIP + social networking service. A petty distinction, but a distinction nonetheless.
Compare that with, say, Blizzard charging you a monthly fee to access content (i.e. World of Warcraft) over a broadband connection you have already paid for. How does that compare to Microsoft, and at what point are you deciding that the content counts as "already paid for" versus "this content requires an ongoing payment or we will terminate your access"?
I'm not saying either way is right, but an awful lot of people seem happy to pay monthly to play a single game online, via equipment and infrastructure they have already purchased and pay for. I don't see that model disappearing any time soon, unless every gamer migrated en masse to the free to play platforms.
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