1019 posts • joined 27 Apr 2010
"No one has wilfully or knowingly ... tried to invade your civil liberties or privacies."
It was the machines what done it.
Huzzah - plausable deniability! Well done that man, have a promotion.
At last, Linux is being treated as a mainstream OS.
WHAT'S EADON'S TAKE ON THIS?
Don't like being bullied on the internet?
Don't go on the internet.
Thanks, Dave! Hold on - isn't this exactly the opposite of the message that Stella Creasy et al. have been trying to get across?
The more I use the "this being the internet, this sort of thing should be more or less expected" arguement, the less I like it.
I'd quite like a WiiU, for the kids,
but I can't really see it offering anything more than the Wii does. That, I think, is Nintendo's problem: the Wii is perfect for casual/early years gaming, and still is. If I wanted to get back in to "serious" gaming, Ī'd upgrade my PC, or buy one of Sony/Microsoft's offerings.
That said, there's a good few months before the PS4/XBox1 become available, so there's still the chance that some killer title for the WiiU will appear. Don't think I'll be holding my breath, though.
" In any other area (defence, health, treasury etc.) you'd expect the people involved to have at least some semblance of understanding of the topic that they're meddling in.".
Yeah, that'll happen.
Being a responsible parent, I decided that I would
use OpenDNS to filter my net connection (I've got a few years before the kids understand enough to know what they need to change to get around something like that, by which time I should be comfortable discussing "adult content" with them). Luckily for me, BT have locked down the DNS settings on their latest HomeHubs, necessitating that I either a) use their software filtering (not a enticing prospect, given the volume/variety of devices in the household, or b) faff about with the firmware on my own router to enable me to bypass the HomeHub settings.
Thanks, BT, for making it more difficult to be a responsible parent (I pity the tech-illiterate), and making Cameron's "default on" filter seem like an attractive option in the eyes of my better half.
Re: Just get the filters installed and everyone shut up.
Quite right, Anonymous Coward. Why, just the other day, I was casually surfing the web, when I found myself confronted by a wealth of grot; before I knew it, I'd accidentally caused the deaths of three children, and maimed a dog.
My wife was livid when the penalty notice came through the post.
All the more reason for the top brass
to behave equitably, then.
Re: Forget H&S, policies, road laws, etc
She did try to obtain her for without walking her horse into the establishment, but they refused to serve her. Non-violent protest is a good thing, and if brief proximity to horse shit is going to upset your tummy, might I suggest that you refrain from leaving the house, let alone eating at McDonalds?
Must be fairly new rule,
as my better half used to take her horse through the drive-thru. Friends of mine used to go through on skateboards, too - they'd be told it wasn't allowed, but be served, regardless.
The "opt out of filtering" doesn't bother me,
but the idea that the PM can dictate what terms we can/cannot type into a search engines, is a terrifying thought.
Re: Already done
"Mind the door"
Was that the episode that featured the line "Stand on my shoulders and pull me up"? Somethings just work better on the radio!
@ Hairy Spod
That's the best arguement in favour of smart watches, that I've heard so far. Of course, the watch that you describe is nothing more than a wrist mounted vibrator (oo-er) that previews text messages - given that it disregards all this "app" nonsense, you can probably keep the cost to a minimum.
Quick, bring this to market and destroy the competition!
I bought a pint glass.
NO ONE WARNED ME THAT I COULD PUT BEER IN IT. Oh, woe is me.
Female nurses at mine, too.
One of them offered to hold my hand! I declined, and got an electric shock from the trolley, so i assume the doctor hadn't been earthed properly.
In order to best protect my kids,
I shall take to hanging out on various youth-oriented websites, and learn the lingo. In order to blend in, I shall adopt the persona of a 12 year old girl, and behave accordingly.
What? Don't look at me like that...
@ David D. Hagood
One of us is probably suffering from confirmation bias.
Re: Android will become a poor choice soon enough
How come everyone went apeshit when Sony took OtherOS away from the PS3, but when Google take away off-line maps, the "freetards" should just shut up?
I paid money for my phone & tablet, so it's disappointing to see them lose functionality.
^ Downvoted for being pro-Range Rover?
Gotta love these forums!
Re: Have and have nots
Oh, dead. This is veering perilously close to the "I don't have kids, so why should my Council Tax be spent on schools?" arguement. The greater good, remember?
Re: Any one remember ...
I remember buying a frisbee that did that (from the Ideal Home Show, of all places), and those wierd, metronome-style clocks were a brief fad.
Balls to surfing the web. I left my newly setup Pi alone for 5 minutes, and my kids were running the preloaded Python games, and dragging things about in Scratch - OK, they didn't get anywhere (at an average age of 5, I can't blame them), and I was woefully inequipped to point them in the right direction, but it's a start!
Dumping the user at the command prompt would probably scare most people off (if you've never used one before, you'll be sorely disappointed that they don't work like they do in films!) - a GUI is familiar enough to encourage some exploration.
I do agree with the comment about the presence of 2 Python interpreters being confusing, though.
This still took me by surprise, though: "The malicious code poses as a real app released through the official Google Play store ". Having checked the Play strore on my phone, it looks like the app has been pulled (couple of obvious fakes still there, though), so maybe the almighty hand of G is already at work?
Do Google still have the ability to remotely wipe apps from users' phones?
If it's in the Play Store, and it's malware, surely the responsible thing to do would be to 1) remove it from the store, 2) remove it from wherever it's been installed?
A bit Big Brother-ish, but probably to the greater good.
NSA data gathering was unnecessary and intrusive,
but Snowden was wrong to expose it? Ignorance truly is bliss.
"Having a watch on your wrist – that's pretty interesting, pretty appealing"
As is the movement of small pieces of green paper, but it still won't make us any less miserable.
<- Mine's the one with the towel in the pocket.
Most of the "pros" of an internet-enabled TV
(iPlayer, Netflix, local streaming) will already be included in the consumers' TV/Freeview box/DVD player/games console. If MS really want to put Metro on our TVs, so that we can wave our hands at them (is Minority Report still cool? Probably not), then they have the new X-Box, so I wouldn't expect MSN TV to get a direct replacement (unless MS really are as daft as everyone thinks).
That's got a lot of windows,
and no sign of a workbench. Are you sure it's a shed?
Re: The forcing down of the Bolivian ministers jet is especially concerning.
These Star Wars analogies are all very amusing, but we won't be laughing when Grand Moff Hagel obliterates a small South American nation to prove a point.
What happened to number III?
Or have they skipped that part and gone straight for the gritty reboot?
Can some enlightened person tell me what this thing does that a pedometer doesn't? Other than come with a bluetooth dongle and an app?
Re: Is it hoodie proof?
If it's going to have "Kinect’s gesture recognition" to track "finger movements", I'll be flicking it the Vs at the earliest opportunity. Maybe they can programme it to scurry away in terror if you roar at it?
I would have thought
that Google generally have a fair idea of where their users are (unless said users are making an effort to mask their location data). That being the case, it surely wouldn't be beyond Google's means to only show ads appropriate to the location (their whole business runs around targetting advertising, anyway - the ads I see from Google are generally UK-centric, so the must be doing this already), with a defult to no ads if your location is one of which they are ignorant the local laws (ok, Google showing no ads is probably pretty unlikely).
This sounds like it would fit their "don't be evil" mantra.
This was a shit idea when they pushed it on mobile.
It'll be shit on desktop, too.
Wait a minute.
He wants credit for Avatar? He must be looking for a big settlement if he wants a turd of that magnitude in his portfolio.
I worry that you might be right.
There's a version on the Google Play store, from EA, that is absolute gash. All I remember from the original is smooth animation and dying on spikes (much like Another World), so maybe the Android version is actually quite accurate, and I just don't miss the "die repeatedly until you learn the sequence of moves that will allow you to not die" mechanic that dominated games in my childhood (Ghouls & Ghosts, anyone?)?
It's still a classic, though (as are Another World and Ghouls & Ghosts)!
Re: Russell's teapot
Yup, utterly agnostic about the whole lot, teapot included (not to mention the dragon in your garage). None of it is worth losing any sleep over.
Never begrudge a man his vices, except perhaps if that man's particular vice is shooting pork-coated bullets at what he perceives to be terrorists.
Re: So much for respecting the religious beliefs of other people.
The law? I thought the Church of England was the spiritual home for we agnostics.
Re: Any pointers on how I can be a better agnostic?
I don't take said beliefs to be likely, much less certain, but have long since accepted that, since I can't prove anything either way, I'm free not to worry about it. It's highly liberating, and I would recommend it to everyone (except I won't, as that would be prosletising!).
Not being a Muslim, I can't pretend to speak for that group,
but even I can see that the "HAM in MoHAMmed" line is bound to offend (as is the little piggy mascot).
Just because you can make offensive jokes (and you can, that's free speech) doesn't mean you should go out of your way to upset people.
Re: So much for respecting the religious beliefs of other people.
I love it when atheists (sorry, antitheists) lecture Christians/Muslims/Jews/etc. about how to be a proper Christian/Muslim/Jew/whatever.
Any pointers on how I can be a better agnostic?
Re: if only the reverse were true
While we're at it, this moon I acquired HAS NO STICK!
Seriously, though, all the facebook ads that I see are for dating websites, too (despite my profile showing that I am married). Given that I don't bother with "like"-ing much on facebook, it clearly doesn't know much about me, and so the default profile for "man on the internet" must be "can't get a girlfriend".
You can live on it,
but it tastes like shit.
Nice try, Eadon.
I get most of my news from the BBC (primarily the Today programme), and find it to be very well balanced, grilling all of their interviewees, regardless of political colour.
The comedies tend to lean towards the Left, but that's inevitable when mocking those in authority, as those in authority tend to lean towards the Right.
"extreme left wing bias"? Pull the other one - it summons the train to the gulag.
@ Gannon (J.) Dick
I think you'll find that taking an interest in puppies, as part of your selection criteria, is going to put you on the wrong end of a harassment complaint.
Re: "go take a knife to them, that's what I'm planning to do"
So, where does the law stand on making empty threats?
Microsoft can't very well go with the
"the technology is right it's just the users who are wrong" approach - Apple are very protective of their patents.
^ Very much this.
Holding Google to be somehow responsible for these images, seems like a massive cop-out, to me. Then again, I wouldn't be massively surprised to learn the the UK government (or the Daily Mail) doesn't really know how the internet works.
- Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS
- Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
- Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
- Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER
- Wall St's DROOLING as Twitter GULPS DOWN analytics firm Gnip