872 posts • joined 29 May 2007
How long will they keep the collected mug shots ?
You might think that they are useless, but then the police correlate pictures with phone IMEI, do that the several times that these are collected and you will be able to isolate/de-group individuals and so get a mug shot of everyone who had a 'phone that day.
Change in contract terms ?
Surely this is a change in contract terms; so those with long contracts should be able to hand their 'phone back and walk. Price increases clauses in contracts should be for RPI increases not huge things like this.
Having said that: they have more expensive lawyers than you do.
Looks like a market there ...
Buying second hand 'phones in India for $90, import them back to the UK and sell for £100. I might buy one of those.
MS win 10 on it ...
Yes, they'd make great Windows 10 tech support. But that was evidently NOT designed by rocket scientists.
If the craft was running MS Win 10 then down-link would be maxed out by the telemetry channel that goes straight to the NSA - no bandwidth left for scientific data.
The world is a different place
from what it was when we voted to enter the Common Market some 40 years ago. In that time there has been a huge increase in globalisation; inter-country trade with all parts of the world has gone through the roof.
So: do we need to be part of a low/zero tariff trading block as much as we did then ? The whole world is moving to low tariffs.
Take 4 minutes to learn a bit about Trade and Tariff History, see how international trade has gone through the roof in recent years, not all of those countries are members of the EU.
So: why should we suddenly do worse than other non EU countries ?
People do know that we're only WTO members by virtue of our EU membership, right? Once we leave, we're no longer members.
That is completely disingenuous. Look at this map of WTO members, basically everyone is a member except for bits of the middle East and North East Africa. So how long do you think it will be before the UK joins in its own name ?
Which way round was that ?
“Our research shows that advanced cybercrime groups now mirror legitimate organisations in the way they operate,
and, increasingly, 'legitimate' organisations seem to be copying the cybercrime groups by employing tactics that are designed to confuse marks, sorry: customers, and scam them out of more money while denying any liability.
Re: Matter/antimatter vs "regular"/"dark" matter
Normal matter isn't just held together by gravity but also by electromagnetism.
But when a star forms it is gravity that pulls it all together and the other forces that, via solar ignition/fusion, keep it from collapsing completely - so what keeps dark matter diffuse ?
This cheating is morally, not legally wrong ...
I do have some sympathy with Riot Games in that they want their players to have a level playing field. Unfortunately: being a cheat is rarely illegal.
It is interesting to think what the consequences of Riot winning, would that imply that cheaters in other fields should also be had up ? ''Cheating'' in this context being acting to covertly tilt the odds in your favour. Some it would be nice to see, we could start with politicians...
Re: My only Win 10 laptop is now borked too
The computer is now effectively dead. Thanks Microsoft.
How new is it ? Under EU law anything electrical has to work for 2 years:
* first 6 months: the supplier has to prove that you broke it
* next 18 months: you need to show that you did not break it ... however all that you did was to leave it on & it updated itself, how much did you have to do with that ? Indeed you can do nothing about i!?
We need to see some law suits - MS (or the manufacturer [HP/Dell/...]) sued ...
Re: You Windows fans
Who's a fan?
Those are the ones fanning themselves as hard as possible so that they keep their cool and don't have steam coming out of their ears because of the latest MS f**k up.
Re: Single point of failure
Some twat manager was probably given a bonus for ''introducing efficiencies'' which he did by removing some ''underused'' systems and ''consolidating'' several sites to one place....
Re: What's next for Windows 10?
So basically being more like Google?
No. Google pushes ads at you when you ask it a question, it by and large leaves you alone the rest of the time. MS controls your desktop and so can interrupt you whenever it feels that it won't cause you to hit the screen. You can't get away from it.
OK: watch something long (& popular) on youtube and you will be occasionally interrupted with an ad for something.
Re: Only if it works.....
I have just come back from visiting my sister: her W10 box suddenly started doing an upgrade this morning "it did not even ask me if it was convenient", she can't do anything, the screen had been telling her that the upgrade was 91% complete for many hours.
"Will Microsoft tell me what to do, how do I ask them ?" I doubt that she will even get the time of day from them. The best that I could suggest was to leave it overnight and force a power cycle if it still at it tomorrow.
I told her that I had run an update on my laptop earlier, it runs Linux Mint, I continued working while the upgrade took a few minutes to happen in another workspace. She has now agreed that I can install Mint on her old MS-XP laptop - to make it run fast again.
Yes: I know that aviators traditionally measure altitude in feet, but that means nothing to me, especially when we are always told that the edge of space starts at 100 km (the Kármán line). The other thing that is of interest is how much air pressure is left at that height.
90,000 feet is 27.4 km or 17 miles, where the air pressure is 2 kPa which is 2% of what it is at sea level.
By way of comparison: in 2012 Felix Baumgartner jumped from his balloon at 39 km (24 miles, 128,000 ft).
I might buy one ...
when the Note 8 comes out and these are then available at 1/3 of today's price (whatever that is) -- that is if my current 2-3 y/old 'phone needs replacing by then.
Re: Dear Mr Policeman
That letter is obviously fake - it is not written in capital letters and is correctly spelled.
Missing option in survey
* No, I am using a superior, non MS, operating system
Some, like me, don't pollute good tea with milk!
Re: Patching speed is probably the issue
Your old phone will get security patches for its existing version of Android.
Oh really ? Try telling that to Samsung - I got one update for my phone. They lose interest as soon as they have something new that they want to sell you. Long term support - ha! a customer pipe dream :-(
What is wrong with an old handset ?
If it does the job, why replace it ? I'll spend my cash somewhere else and send less to landfill. This strikes me as a win all round - except to those touting things not really needed.
Was I the only one ...
to read the headline, pick out 'Piccard' and 'warp drive' and assume that it was a story about Star Trek' ?
Wrong question ...
the article started by asking who would bear the brunt of this. It should have started by looking at who benefits: the large consultancies. If they can remove many contractors there will be a bigger market for their overpriced people ... and, oh, it is not their workers who get most of the loot but the upper management.
I seem to remember that these same consultancies where behind IR35 in the first place.
Can you see what MS sends to itself ?
I have seen articles describe in vague terms what this telemetry data is supposed to be, but I have not seen anyone actually reading and inspecting the data - which is encrypted when it is collected and stored on the PC prior to transmission.
Has anyone decoded what is sent by their PC ?
Until you can see it I don't think that you can really believe what you are told.
Boon for burgulars
and overseas call centre staff seeing that your power use suddenly dropped on Saturday when you went away on holiday ...
Paid licensing is a thing of the past
for the infrastructure and main software items. Just use Open Source. There might need to be some solutions that are only available as proprietary systems, but most of what you need get for free and sleep well, don't worry about a license audit.
Cost is more than just purchase price
People will also have spent a lot of time installing them and setting them up, maybe getting some paid help. This should also be compensated - there seems to be the idea that customer time has zero value.
Other costs: getting to/from the store where they bought it, also had to return to get a refund (presumably).
Re: I didn't even want contactless
I took a chisel to my card and cut the antenna - result: no contactless.
That "shooting victim" was a well-known black thug with a long rap sheet ...
Re: What a choice
UK adult population ~61 million. Number of people who voted out ~17 million, number of people who didn't vote out ~44 million. Which number is the minority?
Using that logic, we count that ~16 million (35%) voted to remain. Or number who did not vote to remain: ~45 million.
So stop pissing about and abusing the numbers.
(Me writing as someone who voted remain)
Re: Regression to the really mean
Suddenly the Labour party is starting to seem electable.
Her and May - not much to choose from is there ?
Re: To be honest, who cares?
Teenagers watching porn can't screw them up any more than UK secondary school sex education does,
Nah, to really screw kids up just give them a dose of religion. I think that we should also insist on age verification for religious web sites.
"blue on blue! Nobody can read that !"
I wonder if that makes the screen illegal under the UK's disability legislation -- re those who have poor sight.
Porting software ...
Back in the days when many CPU types were common I used to regularly port software to new hardware, no big deal. OK: I needed to get the source in good shape (proper typedefs, etc) & once I ensured that I had got rid of all warnings when compiled with the Most Fussy option. All assuming decent compilers and a known operating system - which HP have got.
So why does Oracle, apparently, have a problem ? Their database already runs on several different platforms, so it can't be that hard. Agreed: every extra platform does involve more work, but it isn't as if they don't charge enough to cover that.
I have an ongoing case against a UK based content streaming service ...
Do, please, let us know how you get on.
In truth they haven't a clue ...
so why not wait a bit for the dust to settle ?
Oh, its Gartner: they make their living by puffing all sorts of reports and quietly forgetting the ones that are disasterously wrong.
Re: Big government is watching you
Data protection and employment protection were the the reasons that tipped me over the line to vote remain - I do not trust UK governments to not play fast and loose with that, to benefit political and big business ambitions.
Re: See what can happen when you work together?
My head is spinning!
As is mine ... and the reason is that most of the politicians have said almost anything to get people to vote the way that they want us to; regardless of evidence or consistency with previous assertions.
They disagree even facts that should not be hard to verify; just call each other liars rather than try to agree numbers (possibly with error bars).
The result is that I will take whatever they say with a larger dose of salt than I have in the past. Seriously: when one of them pronounces on something in the future - who will believe them if they do not come out with good evidence with all the points carefully attributed to an unimpeachable source ?
Politicians have become the big losers in this campaign, it will take a long time before I trust them again.
Actually: I suspect that many have been reasonable, but (as a result) have lacked media attention and have thus been ignored. Thus I (falsely) denigrate all politicians due to the antics of a few.
But that rant does little to help me decide which way to vote. I might spoil my ballot in protest.
What is rare about this ...
is that it has been exposed. A lot more like this happens but no one ever knows about them. The current spy's charter going through Parliament will make this harder to detect.
(OK: I know that this is OZ and not the UK, but cops/... are much the same the world over.)
Who to outsource ?
It seems to me that the manager should have been outsourced rather than the engineer. Presumably also earning more than the engineer - so that would have resulted in an even greater saving!
Nightly downloads ...
how long before someone at the energy company writes a script to find those who are using less electricity than usual - so probably away on holiday - pass that info to his mate Burglar Bill.
Re: It's obviously trying to start a fusion reaction...
It needs some obelisks.
Several years ago some British cider makers sold what they called 'Champagne Cider'. The EU stopped them selling that - apparently confusing with something made with grapes in North East France.
If we leave the EU will they be able to market it again ? (In the UK/world, but not the EU).
Yes: the French would complain about their sour grapes - but would we care ?
The more closed Android becomes ...
the more that I will worry that it will have MS Windows 10 style 'remote diagnostics'. Google is subject to the USA Patriot Act.
Re: Good Luck on that...
My Samsung - stopped getting updates very quickly. I contacted them and was told that they had done a study and that what I was running was optimum for me -- or some similar bollocks; they had sold it and maintaining updates cost - so why bother ?
Their ideal customer is one who wants a new 'shiny' every year.
USA & standards ...
and when they start using the A and B paper sizes like all the rest of the world.
So following that advice ...
Microsoft, knowing that the 'upgrade' to MS 10 will not work, will presumably not push the automatic upgrade out to Samsung machines. Or, maybe, if it does then MS will pay for someone to downgrade the machine again.
Oh, I thought not.
So: when we were told ''you are better off with Microsoft for their support than you are with Linux'' - what did they really mean ?