Might this end up providing those who don't want systemd with a well-maintained version of Linux that doesn't use it?
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Might this end up providing those who don't want systemd with a well-maintained version of Linux that doesn't use it?
keep only the appropriate data
Initially when the DNA database was introduced, parliament had stipulated that records weren't to be stored and that it wasn't to be used for speculative trawls. It was not long before a weasel clause was added, in a Bill which few MPs would have understood and which made only a slight modification to the statute. This allowed records to be maintained indefinitely "for statistical purposes".
In the case of my girlfriend/partner's murder, the massive search that ensued for the driver of a white or light coloured Morris Traveller was completely misdirected. The supposed sighting on which it was based had been, as best I can tell, at the wrong place and the wrong time. Neither of these details fitted properly with the facts as I know them.
Given the number of wrongful convictions that occur it seems to me that opportunities for armchair detection trawls need stringent oversight. Something like the precautionary principle is needed here, that the easier it is to use a technology to get a conviction the more tightly it should be controlled.
My own experience of FoI in another area is that the police are generally unwilling to provide any information at all to members of the public; and that a range of 'acceptable' excuses for denial is available, more or less as boiler-plate text.
There's an urgent need for full investigation at the highest level of the ways in which crooks and villains are manipulating new technologies in order to get their hands on government pay-outs. The underlying problem is clearly international and he may need to spend quite some time away from the UK in order to gain a thorough understanding of the complete picture.
I assume that the router install base will suffer some 'shrinkage' over time.
One of the positive aspects of community involvement is that vandalism tends to diminish. When local people, including the young ones, are directly involved in the way that their local environment looks and functions then to an extent it becomes self-policing.
With details of the film being made of a bus exploding on Lambeth bridge streaming onto the intertubes, this is just the sort of story the viral marketers would be likely put out. There would be an interesting research project for somebody to chart the content of and links to sites that provide 'news' about the 'meteorite'.
Many will be awaiting with eager anticipation the latest conjectures from Chandra Wickramasinghe and Milton Wainwright.
It is also fascinating to read Simon Gray's book, Fat Chance: 'Stephen Fry Quits' Drama. which is about the time Fry walked out on the cast of the play "Cell Mates".
A reviewer on Amazon rightly commends Gray's "perspicacity and humour, even if the latter was sometimes of the dark, almost gallows type."
In this book Gray explains "[t]he devastating effects on all the rest of the cast, including all those who are employed both front of house and in the production, that one actor can have due to his actions... It is a fascinating inside look at what happens within a play and its performances when one actor reneges on a commitment not just to a contract, but also to the other people in the play."
Perhaps I can go some way towards explaining my objections by suggesting that the equivalent to Pindex in literature would be similar to an expectation that a series of precocious spelling bee competitions will imbue an appreciation of Shakespeare, Auden and Tennyson in the participants.
Although he comes from an earlier era, there are numerous videos of Richard Feynman on YouTube which convey an impression of what real scientific understanding is about.
Here, for example, is Feynman giving us a few clues about science, similar clips being easy to find:
And here are the Spooky Men's Chorale giving their insights into one of Tennyson's works:
To me it looks to be another ghastly collection of "interesting facts", which for those who can remember them will become a simulacrum of knowledge.
As Mr Fry so ably demonstrates from time to time, scientific understanding is considerably deeper than the ability to recite a collection of factual details.
... as bad a the auditors, always moving things around. Why can't they leave Greenwich where it's always been?
(Icon to ward off pedants.)
Sadly A/C seems not so far wrong. Here's the xkcd money chart:
Obviously they need an increase of funding to $100bn to achieve 100% coverage.
In another Reg article today is a report of a near miss between an Airbus 321 at 1500 feet and what was presumed to be a water rocket. It is astounding that the world record altitude for this type of device is 825 m.
Something on similar lines has the potential to be an ideal countermeasure against drones, when fitted with a lightweight control system (R Pi?) and ground-based guidance. On its return to Earth a two litre plastic bottle would do little damage to people or property.
If anyone reading is involved with the NHS medical records systems, can you please use this leak as yet another example and try to point out to those in charge that the creation of a large central database which holds personal data isn't a terribly good idea
Unfortunately there seem to be one or two among the powers that be who think it would be a good idea to hang on to it, just in case it's needed at some stage in the future.
As an example, there seem to be a bunch of manufacturers who do rather well selling routers which run open source software, such as DD-WRT. I would have thought that in areas such as home and environmental control a similar approach would also pay off.
It takes a certain confidence to be up-front and open. While this is not of itself a guarantee of quality, it goes some way towards it.
A Google search [site:nhs.uk paypal viagra] brings up several pages with many obviously dodgy links. Also there are usually a large number of similar offers for counterfeit goods of various sorts apparently on the NHS site. I don't know how the hacks are achieved or exactly how they benefit the miscreants, but it's been a couple of years since this misuse of nhs.uk was first mentioned on El Reg. And Google itself has supposedly been tackling the issue for about a year now.
It's not just that the ads are dodgy, the perpetrators are using the NHS internet presence fraudulently too. Must try harder.
The commercial product 'Olbas Oil', available at most supermarket pharmacies, contains a mixture of plant oils such as peppermint along with eucalyptus and is efficacious for me with few side effects; though it is quite strong and stings a bit if you get it on a sensitive area of skin.
N-acetyl-cysteine also seems to help me cope with emphysema. I learned about it here:
It's sad that Bandolier is no longer in existence, for they did good reviews on somewhat similar lines to Cochrane in the search for evidence based medicine. Their commentaries on a range off alternative medicines, included in the overall index under the heading 'Complementary', seems to me to be as good as you can get. There do seem to have been a few medics who were neither in thrall to Big Pharma nor to quackery.
I wonder how much the NHS would save and how much overall health might benefit if work similar to theirs were to be extended and made easily available.
A while ago I've wondered about a scheme where holders of supermarket loyalty cards could swap them so as to confuse the data picture that was being compiled.
What would be fun is a browser on similar lines, designed to be packed and handed from one user to another. Perhaps the number of swaps could be listed in a manner similar to playing conkers, thus adding value. Then users could boast about the camouflage rating of their latest browser. E.g. "I'm currently using a 23-swap Firefox with 58,000 adsite hits listed."
USB stick? I wouldn't like to trust a single one of these to retain important information for any length of time.
I set up a large fan
That's the thing. A decade or so ago desktop fans used to be 5", now the trend has been to 3.5" or smaller, less efficient, faster running and generally more noisy.
... and someone noticed that, as reported the other day in El Reg, "instead of being a program ... worth only US$4 million in 2010, the asteroid-detection budget has expanded to $50 million for fiscal year 2016."
Paranoia pays plentifully.
An article in today's Guardian (12/01/15) presents a much stronger line. Under the headline, "Privacy watchdog attacks snooper's charter over encryption", it presents the Information Commissioner's warning that encryption ‘is vital’ for personal security.
Lord Strasburger reckons, "To some extent, the current draft of the Bill achieves [the] laudable goal [of transparency." To me it doesn't look like that.
The cost of finding one will increase as more and more are discovered and fewer undiscovered ones remain. The relationship will be approximately logarithmic, hence it will be possible to extrapolate both the slope and the total number from the published discoveries and annual cost.
From personal observations of bureaucracies I'd expect the 90% level to be reached when there has been a further increase in costs of somewhere between 20- and 200-fold, though there might be attempts to fudge the lower limit on size before this so as to increase the total number.
Aspects of your questions have been discussed by John Conway and Simon Kochen, who argue that if we have free will then so too in some measure do elementary particles.
The Free Will Theorem:
The Strong Free Will Theorem:
I can think of better, more sensible ways to spend £19bn....
Two or three Generation III+ nuclear power stations for a start.
There might well be scope for a limited edition range as an alternative to GPS. The mechanism is truly wondrous.
Got any evidence that such abuse has ever happened?
Albeit that this involved a horse rather than a dog, the case of Clever Hans shows how subtle communication by unconsciously delivered cues can be.
Who put glue in my deodorant?
Would it not be a cruel and unusual punishment to send a convict on their way, telling them they are free to go, then some while later to collar them for a further term of imprisonment?
This does indeed show up really well the impossibility of simultaneous security and 'privileged' access in large systems such as the internet and communications. Could El Reg bring this example to the attention of some of the politicians promoting back-doors in encryption products and ask them (a) if they are aware of this fact of life; and (b) how they would propose to overcome it?
For the benefit of downvoters:
A 'secret' security system may at first glance seem better than one which is open to scrutiny. But like back-doors in encryption or proprietary blobs in open source code, when things do go wrong, and sooner or later some aspects will surely be compromised, then it's a devil of a job to get things straight again.
Thank you Mr Campbell for your continuing good work. National security is much improved when its methods are open to scrutiny.
If the GOP can get smarter people to not vote ...
There's nothing they won't do to improve the standard of apathy.
Have another hamburger.
Is this perhaps intended as a way to get .NET installed more widely on Mac and Linux boxes?
This seems to have features resembling Deloite's RYOGENS scheme, which was briefly popular with the Blair, Blunkett and Straw version of hang'em and flog'em until an increasing number of parents began to recognise what it would entail.
It's interesting that the authors include in the source of randomness, "interference from other sources of stellar radio noise". Could the entropy of the signal be reduced through the use of local transmitters?
Will there be some means to screen out all the calls to additional addresses besides the page that the user has requested? ABP, Ghostery and NoScript suggest that there may be as many as ten or twenty additional requests for each page viewed.
... scientists on Earth can check Einstein's calculations.
The cookie is on your machine for 1 month.
Not here it isn't.
... and test samples on separate hardware to check that the backup works.
Just remember you have to trust some of the people some of the time in order to know who not to trust.
The Huffpo article seems to be hardline advertorial where the author has found a nice little earner selling scare stories like revivalist religion. It looks to be on a par with Chris Busby's sales of so-called anti-radiation pills to children in Japan and other quackery.
The "unified experience across all screens" seems to me to neglect the important part of all equipment design, that of matching the interface to the human form. For reading and writing documents, something around A4 size is near optimal for human eyes. Pen and paper and full-size keyboards suit adult hands reasonably well. For mumbling sweet nothings, "I'm on the train ... love you," and so forth, a tiny, lightweight box with a few buttons may be rather more appropriate.
Readers will doubtless think of other examples where the singular Windows I/O paradigm is not optimal. What the world really needs is a simple, consistent and reliable operating system onto which appropriate interfaces can be grafted to match our hands, eyes and ears to the various new devices that are supposed to enhance our lives.