160 posts • joined 26 May 2010
Unlike some of the other commentards I like Scotland and respect it's inhabitants (by and large). The Scots have too much sense to vote for independence. I fully understand the emotional appeal of independence but they just aren't daft enough to fall for Salmond's ill-thought through promises of jam tomorrow.
It has been a source of considerable pleasure to me to see the collective inertia that has prevented any real action against copyright infringers. I wish the rights holders continuing success in ordering back the tides.
Being closely related to is not the same as being the same.
The Theft Act 1968 s1(1) makes it clear that, in order to constitute theft, an act needs to deprive the rightful owner of the thing stolen. In the case of copyrighted material, this is not the case.
You are wrong - copyright violations do not constitute theft as defined in English law.
Re: There should only ever be one thing "first" in business...
Indeed but Microsoft forgot about them long since.
Just refuse to discuss it
I had a similar start to a conversation when I left O2 after 15 years. I was asked why, I explained that Three was giving me a better deal. The CS representative asked what was better about it and I told him that I was contacting them to cancel my service, not to give them the opportunity to sell me anything and that I had no intention of answering any further questions. That was that.
I wasn't rude but I brook no nonsense and I made that clear. It really isn't that hard.
Gorilla glass works for me
My last three phones have all had Gorilla glass and, after a couple of years of daily use, none of them had a scratch on them that was visible except held up to a bright light and subject to very close inspection.
I never use a screen protector and Gorilla glass has served me well.
I don't know what you have been doing with your phone(s) but I suggest you give being slightly careful a go. A smartphone is an electronic device, not a lump hammer.
You have shown that you nothing about F1 then.
I have been watching F1 avidly since I was 6 (I'm now in my 50s) and the Bahrain GP this year was one of the most exciting races I have ever seen. It is also idiotic to talk about "bump and grind" at 200 mph. F1 cars have never routinely bumped each other because it's extremely dangerous in an open wheel car.
F1 has always been and remains the pinnacle of motorsport. Touring cars, not so much.
You are right about the noise though.
Re: Battery Times
That is indeed true but they only do to change onto a "wet" bike i.e. when it starts pissing it down and they need bikes with wets and a wet setup.
It also used to be the case that F1 teams had a spare car that they could use if a car were badly damaged.
I don't know why this story brought El Reg's churls out in force but I see no reason why this couldn't be a genuinely interesting formula. I'll make my judgement when I see the first race and I shall look forward to it.
Knox sucks, BB is worse
I hate Knox and it is the sole reason why I shan't be buying another Samsung device but BlackBerry?
My BB was replaced about a year ago by an iPhone and, while I much prefer my S4 to my work iPhone, it's a huge improvement over my BB.
BB is an object lesson in how complacency can kill a business that is dominant in its sector within a few years. Bye bye BB.
Re: Mogpiss Monday Blues
I used to have a rodent problem. My stupid cat used to bring them into the house all the time. I'd never seen a mouse in the house until I foolishly acceded to my children's wishes to get a couple of cats. Fortunately, they both got run over (the cats, not the children). Now I'm back to seeing no mice at all as opposed to at least one or two a day in the spring and summer.
Aren't inches those things they used to use in the Middle Ages to measure something or other? How very Olde Worlde.
Don't be evil - bollocks.
I used to like Google.
No-one should have to drink instant coffee. It's an abomination.
Re: Re. Crypto-Malware
What utter rubbish.
First of all, 2048 bit keys are used in asymmetric key cryptography whereas trojans such as these use symmetric key encryption like AES where 256 bits would be a very strong key.
Secondly, you cannot just play these backwards and extract the key so even knowing the exact plaintext (let alone a rough approximation) will not allow you easily to recover the key.
Re: AI is harder than Turing expected
Your understanding of the entscheidungsproblem is flawed. It is perfectly possible to determine whether some classes of program will halt and both computers and people can do this.
What Turing showed in his famous paper was that there is no generally applicable way of doing so. Since we do not know whether human beings can determine whether all programs will halt, we cannot judge whether humans can do something machines cannot. Maybe we can, maybe we can't. My money is on the latter.
Indeed it is not fair to lump The Daily Mail in with UKIP.
One of these is only supported by people who are merely closet racists, the other by overt racists. Here are some examples.
Shall I go on?
Whatever your views on the EU, UKIP is a party of and for xenophobes, racists and bigots. It is the BNP with (slightly) better marketing.
Dante said "Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch'entrate." which means abandon all hope, ye who enter here not "all you who enter here".
Yes I am a pedant but since this quote is sadly about all Dante is remembered for these days, let us at least get that bit right.
The bezel looks enormous compared to almost any recent device. Even comparing it to my aged Xoom it looks big but it must be twice the size (proportionally speaking) as that on my S4 or Note 10.1 2014.
As my Australian colleague would say, not a good look.
This article is completely idiotic. The only reasonable thing the author says is "Somebody, somewhere, needs a highway traffic simulator... ". Since traffic simulation is extremely complex and the author has clearly not done the simulation he says is required, there is no basis whatever for anything else in the article.
What a waste of space.
Who ate all the pies?
Compared to an iPad or a top end Android tablet like the Note 10.1 2014, the Surface looks like a real porker. Its screen is too small to use for an extended period and it isn't usable with the keyboard except on a flat surface.
I can't see this doing much better than the previous iterations, of which I have only seen about 10 in the flesh compared to more iPads than you could shake a stick at. Windows 8.1 really isn't that bad compared to most previous iterations of Windows but this device sits uncomfortably between a consumption only device like the iPad and proper laptops on which you can actually do real work. It may not flop as badly as the first iteration of the Surface, but I confidently predict that it will flop nonetheless.
Re: I don't see this as a problem.
You need to communicate with better looking people then.
I use Skype and the front facing camera to talk to my wife and children on a regular basis and I rather like to be able to look at them. Whether they feel quite the same about looking at me may be another matter.
I don't know what's got into the commentards today but this is a Luddite's convention. You may be stuck in the 1990s but most people are not and front-facing cameras are almost universal on smartphones these days because most people like and use them.
Steve Jobs was right
The fact is that touch doesn't work well on a desktop as Steve Jobs repeatedly, and correctly, pointed out.
It just isn't comfortable to have to lift your arm up and stretch it out to the screen. Touch is great for a device that is close and more or less flat (i.e. parallel to the ground) but there is a reason why touch screen laptops never took off.
Re: Value, what value?
I am a Chartered Accountant and that is broadly correct although it wouldn't be a liability. If an asset has a value to a business, that value should be reflected in its balance sheet. If it does not (either through use or resale) then it should be written off and treated as having zero value.
As an example, if a business were to spend £150,000 on Oracle GRC licenses and find that the product didn't do what it expected (e.g. because it didn't research the product properly in advance as a client of mine foolishly did) and the licences end up not being used, you cannot show any of that £150,000 in your financial statements unless you can resell the licences.
Re: Hope the contract includes upgrading the website to mulitingual support
Sadly, neither have I but they should use the St George's Cross. That's the English flag and it's the English language. Apart from anything, the Cross of St George is one of the most attractive flags there is. The Union flag is a ugly mishmash and most UK citizens can't even tell which way up it should go.
If a schoolboy can't draw a flag in 10 minutes using no more than a ruler, a pair of compasses and a box of coloured pencils, it's a crap flag.
Re: Hope the contract includes upgrading the website to mulitingual support
Flags may be wrong for some languages (although it's not clear to me which) but not for English. It's called English for a reason - i.e. that it is a language made up by the inhabitants of England.
They should show an English flag and if anyone doesn't like that, they are free to go and make up their own language and use that instead and stick their own flag next to it.
Re: Sometimes, a telephone is just a telephone.
I wouldn't be that bothered if my phone (S4) couldn't make calls.
It's a camera, a satnav, music player, ebook reader, web browser, video recorder, calculator, email client, metronome, (instrument) tuner, compass, notepad, diary, address book, IM client, torch, magnifier, games console, video player, bike computer, barometer etc. Almost all of these features are ones I use daily and if not, at least weekly. All of this easily fits in my pocket.
Life is possible without a smartphone. Modern life is not.
There are good reasons to doubt the attribution of BWV 565 to Bach but it is not true that it has been proved conclusively and the doubts over the attribution are certainly not universally accepted by Bach scholars.
Re: Audiophile and Sonos mentioned in the same article?
Isn't that the point?
How much cachet would your absurdly over-priced equipment have if ordinary people had heard of it?
Audiophile = snake oil consumer.
You are a buffoon. That is not a double negative but a perfectly correct use of the word "nor". It would be wise to learn English properly yourself before attempting to correct other people's English.
Re: Idiot tech?
Californian Law prohibits having a visible monitor on while driving. There is an exception for GPS though.
She is apparently appealing although I have no idea how successful that appeal is likely to be.
Re: I've ordered a 5C
I have a Galaxy S4 and an iPhone 5.
I hardly use the iPhone because I much prefer my S4.
Trilby not Fedora
I came here to show off my knowledge of hats, but I've been beaten to it no less than three times.
Re: Idiots. @ItsNotMe
You have a poor grasp of evolutionary history.
You remind me of a women I heard on Radio 4 once referring to the oldest profession (using those words) as "going back to the dawn of time, even back to Victorian times".
Nestle has a terrible reputation for all sorts of things but its profiteering promotion of baby formula in the third world in breach of WHO guidelines in particular has led to the deaths and impaired health of tens of thousands of babies.
Does Google really want to be associated with a company like Nestle?
Calling the next version KitKat may be preferable to calling it Marlborough Lights or AK47 but not much. What an idiotic decision.
If you don't need one of these, feel free not to buy one.
I think is't a pretty neat idea and, if they end up making them, I shall probably buy one. I can think of lots of uses for something like this.
Re: SAP is for saps
In that case you have seen teeny weeny little projectettes.
No reasonable scale SAP project could possibly be carried out or even led by a single admin so that is a ridiculous comparison. Not that I am sticking up for SAP, which is an absurd behemoth that has a tendency to grow like a cancer. It is also hideously ugly and user-unfriendly, producing utterly incomprehensible error messages, often in German (although they aren't any more comprehensible in English).
Re: How strict are gun laws in Japan ?
Fortunately this sort of behaviour is largely limited to the US.
Japanese people are too polite to do something like this.
She is right. Anyone who posts bile-filled messages to someone they don't even know is the epitome of a sad, bitter and pathetic individual whose life is so meaningless and empty that the most useful thing they can do is to try to make someone else feel like they do.
They are utter scum and this sort of behaviour is starting to make me wonder whether anonymity on the internet isn't almost entirely a bad thing. These miserable little worms wouldn't have the courage to insult anyone to their face. Most of them have probably never even spoken to a women in real life who wasn't related to them.
My contempt for these worthless individuals is almost unbounded.
Re: Welcome to the real world, kid.
We don't because a far higher proportion of men are arseholes than women.
If I think back over my whole life and all the people I have ever known, far far more of the arseholes were men. The simple fact .is that prisons are full of men not women, obnoxious, threatening and violent behaviour is almost always perpetrated by men and all these cretinous trolls on the net are men.
It may be true that we (men that is, yes I am one of them) handle it differently but then we hardly have to as we encounter almost no unpleasantness from women compared to the barrage of unpleasantness many women have to tolerate from men.
I'm sorry to say it, but men suck.
I think one can reasonably conclude from this that that no real crimes happen in this country, otherwise the police and courts would be spending their time dealing with thieves, rapists and murderers.
I count myself lucky that the most useful way that the law enforcement authorities can spend their time is prosecuting small producers of a relatively harmless drug. People clearly worry about crime unnecessarily in the UK.
Re: Under UK Law
This is simply untrue. It is NOT an offence to delete material accidentally downloaded and it certainly is not tampering with evidence. This is just scaremongering.
Section 160 1(c) of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 provides that it is a valid defence "That the photograph or pseudo-photograph was sent to him without any prior request made by him or on his behalf and that he did not keep it for an unreasonable time." Therefore deletion of such material actually strengthens the accused's position.
We have one of the best and fairest legal systems in the world. It is not perfect, but it comes to the right result in the vast majority of cases.
What's the matter with you lot?
I completely fail to understand why so many of you are making excuses for someone who had images of "penetrative sexual activity between children and adults" on his computer.
Given the rest of the story it is reasonable to assume that these were not planted on his computer. That being the case, I have no sympathy with him at all.
How would your opinion change if your young son or daughter had been sexually abused in order to create images for paedophiles or don't any of you actually have children?
You are spot on as section 1 of the Theft Act makes abundantly clear. Anyone who calls it theft is an idiot and a legal ignoramus.
YouTube vs TPB
Much as I dislike the legal attacks against TPB etc, YouTube does have substantial non-infringing uses whereas TPB doesn't. The reality is that YouTube was set up for people to share their videos. Many people but not most post infringing content. TPB, on the other hand, exists solely to facilitate piracy and has almost no non-infringing use.
I still don't think that TPB, which is really no more than a search engine, shouldn't be allowed to carry on fairly much unfettered, there is a clear distinction between the way YouTube and TPB operate.
Sadly, he's right
I have used various forms of Unix as my main OS almost all of my computing life. After I left uni, I briefly ran MS-DOS 3.1 on an IBM PC but as soon as I had a 286-based machine I moved back to Unix and have stuck with it through Coheren't, Minix, ESIX SYSVR4, Solaris, Linux (starting before Slackware was even thought of), OpenBSD (for a firewall) and BSD-based MacOS X. I am completely in favour of the simplicity of design of Unix and also the broad aims and ethos of open source.
I am even typing this on a Linux laptop but I cannot help but agree that the whole experience of using MacOS (I also have a MacBook Pro) is much more pleasant. I bought my non-techie wife a Mac and she loves it. I didn't even consider giving her a Linux laptop. Linux has never been driven by usability or attractiveness and it shows.
I still use a bash shell and vi almost daily but if I want a graphical OS I usually use MacOS these days.
Re: Curious morals
The brief visibility of Janet Jackson's nipple was the most complained about event ever broadcast on US TV. God forbid that children (for whom, of course, nipples were designed in the first place) should see a nipple. Regular intense violence is fine though.
This is warped beyond reason.
Minix and Coherent did both support the 286. I remember them both fondly.
US rather than Russia and China
The US is far from perfect but US control over the internet has resulted in what we have today, and I think it's pretty good.
Am I comfortable with the level of power the US has over the internet at the moment? No, I'm not.
Would I feel more comfortable if some of that power were transferred to Russia and China. Definitely not.
Radioactive decay is a good (possibly even perfect) source of randomness but not one widely available. In any event this has been largely replacement by Zener diode noise as a source of randomness but this also requires hardware.
Mouse and keyboard movements are not predictable as long as the resolution is high enough. The exact movements to the pixel measured in milliseconds are not truly random but are really almost as good as one of the above sources for all but the very highest security requirements. Linux has been using an entropy gathering daemon for at least 10 years based on these sources and I have never seen the reliability of this seriously challenged.
Most pseudo RNGs are not sufficiently cryptographically secure but the EGD is as good as any private individual is ever likely to need.
Re: 1.2 billion followers
The difference being that, for better or for worse, most of the Pope's 1.2bn followers actually take some notice of what he says.
- Review Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3
- Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?
- Microsoft refuses to nip 'Windows 9' unzip lip slip
- Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC
- Special Report Roll up for El Reg's 3G/4G MONOPOLY DATA PUB CRAWL