178 posts • joined 24 Jun 2010
"Even if the law was to be approved; the evidence it produced would be circumstantial, at best,"
It's late but that's just made me think of a scenario:.
Prosecution: It was this IP address, so it was you.
Defence (carefully briefed): Prove it.
P: This IP address was allocated to your router at the time.
D: Not my router, mate, ISP gave it to me. Their router, I don't own it, or get any say in it's management.
P: They say this IP address was allocated to your house, and under the ConLabDem-sponsored "FSCK Freedom" Act that means whatever was done from that IP address was done by you.
D: Really? No-one at ISP has the brains to falsify logs then? Really? Let's ask them. One at a time. Call witness (one of ten thousand) ...
D: ok, so now we know the ISP employs a load of people capable of faking it. Who says i'm responsible?
P: Err, the Home Secretary
D: Right, let's have her/him on the stand next. This'll be fun.
P: Err .. err .. panic panic .. Crown Immunity
Re: MS, please help me understand
"And if I could specify a FAIL + ALE (As in I need a beer after this one...) icon in the future, that would be cool."
Have an upvote for the content, and a non-failed ale for the idea -->
i don't mind the steel framed glass clad ... might be just me but I like the contrasts. If I walk up the local hill, can look across the river over to a small forest of steel framed glass at Canary Wharf, but am looking through the trees and a thousand years of history.
Re: Theres a hair salon
Greenwich has a language school. It actively recruits overseas visitors, too .....
warning: contains reference to own previous post
"I always assumed it was called the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act due to Yes Minister's Law of Inverse Relevance: get the difficult bit out of the way in the title" etc etc
As for this article, "However, Lib Dem leader and Deputy PM Nick Clegg rejected those plans. And yet, under his time at Whitehall, the exercising of RIPA provisions have mushroomed" - mushroom management being a speciality of both governments this century, even more so than the last one. First Blair showed how to do it, then Brown took it to a fine art; now Cameron and Clegg continue the trend. Keep the people in the dark, feed us crap - the Mail, Grauniad and Times have all been helping them out, and ironically damp dead trees help mushrooms grow.
Re: Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges
et quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
apologies for misquote
Re: "Serious Crime Bill"?
I don't know if there is a "Not A Crime, But We've Riled Up The Proles, So Let's Make It A Crime Bill", but there is a "Not a crime if the council or police do it but it is if anyone else tries Act".
It's called RIPA.
Re: What Regulation of Powers?
I always assumed it was called the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act due to Yes Minister's Law of Inverse Relevance: get the difficult bit out of the way in the title, "it does less harm there than in the statute books".
In other words, if you intend to be an Act to be a free pass for the police etc to do whatever the **** they want, with no consequences of any note, then say in it's title that your Act regulates them.
Re: Turnabout, fairlplay, and all that rot
"just demanding the extradition of the guys that hacked" won't be enough; they need to charge those who harbour the persons in question, AND all those who provide their legal cover - including any judge who implies that law enforcement personnel can break any law they like anywhere in the world, as long as it isn't US,
If US law does not apply to US law enforcement officers working overseas, just make that clear - and let other countries decide whether their own laws and/or protections should apply to US citizens (natural or corporate).
Catch 22, subparagraph (a)
Re: So why bother to send a letter of request to a foreign country...
"I figure that what they should do is get a warrant for hacking the server, and once they locate the server either the server is in the USA at which point the warrant still stands"
well, yes and NO NO NO ;) Find out where the server is, then apply for a warrant if it's in the US. Otherwise apply to the relevant jurisdiction, via diplomatic channels if necessary, proving that criminal law has been broken in that jurisdiction. Not US law broken, relevant law broken: no-one gave the US legal system legislative control of the world.
Re: "key server under the customer's control"
[replying to my own post - bad form, I know...] - making a valid point though :-)
I'd say to an extent it puts some things where they belong; security of customer data should at least in part be the responsibility of the customer.
what's the date today?
not April 1st, is it?
"Apple said it wouldn't access any payment data" - yeah, right, and loads of brokers said clients wouldn't lose money with Bernie Madoff.
or if it gets halfway through the job & the driver decides to "phone home" to tell the printer company what you've been printing ...
Wonder how many people find The Shad, Indian restaurant. Also conveniently on Tooley St.
Complete coincidence, that name.
" This attitude of "we know best, to hell with laws and rules" " doesn't begin to sum up the sheer arrogance and extreme laziness of the Met. I recently had cause to put in a complaint against an officer who - while on duty in uniform - chose to assault a friend. He refused to identify himself in any way, and we were not given an opportunity to take a pic of him in uniform showing face and shoulder number. So the complaint included the fact that the officer didn't identify himself when asked for his name or rank, or make available the same information.
The Met response? As the complaint did not identify the officer, no meaningful action will be taken. "Sorry, we are too busy abusing our powers to actually investigate our own officers when they deliberately choose to put a member of the public in danger."
Anon because - no, wait, not anon. I -want- them to knock on the door for this one. ;-)
Good luck with the complaints procedure if your team choose to go that way !! (They need some new toilet paper at the local station, £5 to the El Reg Beer Fund if you get a meaningful response that results in published actions against named officers; will double it if those actions include any sanctions with any teeth - ie more than just being fired)
Re: BBC goes titsup: iPlayer to News websites down
absolutely - the same as you get a refund on your TV licence every time they show a repeat.
Re: "If Scotland get independance, I'll be the first one to move there."
". How is this "in general terms [...] painfully similar" to spending oil money to attract business? .... However, your analogy is preposterous."
It's as preposterous as calling John Law an economist (Wikipedia) or Gordon Brown an honest, intelligent and clever man (read Jonathan Powell's excellent book on Machiavellian politics if you think for one moment Brown was not a total *).
"Google was failing to comply with English (and EU) data protection obligations and weigh the public's right to freedom of expression to read those articles."
surely Google is only interfering with the public's right to freedom of expression to read those articles if it removes the articles themselves? Only an idiot - or a lawyer (there's an interesting Venn diagram project for someone out there) - would claim that removing an item from a table of contents or an index actually removes the item itself.
You're right about the politics, but sense when has politics had even the slightest connection with reasonableness? A reasonable person would not attempt to claim for mortgage payments on a mortgage that has been paid off, or £8k-worth of cleaning, for example ...
Re: colourful rosette designs = jobs for the boyz
"soon to be a booted out MP or Business Secretary."
Can we have both please, in one easy to vote (out) for package? Damn, I live in SE London, not SW. Not that there are many other options to choose anyway.
Got to let him have his optimism about 10% of a £900bn market though - he's a LibDem. Take away his optimism, what's he got left? Self-respect and the knowledge he stood by all his pre-election promises? (Actually, that's prob true about all of them, so maybe unfair to pick on just Vince "It wasnt me it was that nasty Lord Oakeshott" Cable).
As for IHateWearingATie's comments about "south of the river (there be dragons etc etc) ", I should hope there are dragons here, and I know they will be welcomed as part of our openness to new ideas, diverse culture, and new things in general. Unlike in the Stalinist- and assorted fascist- supporting area north of here. :-)
"changes existing laws on the jurisdiction of courts and recognition of their rulings. "
Well, that will make lots of people very happy. Specifically the types of people who want referenda on EU membership should it try to change or extend it's "competences" - changing existing laws is definitely doing that.
Oh dear, more nutty politicians ahead ...
"and the people who most need to hear this simply aren't listening :("
Well, they certainly won't be reading this, at any rate ...
at least it's not from Brother .. telling them what you've made / printed and crashing your machine if you try to disable that ....
Re: Different rules /Arnaut
have a thumbs up and a beer for the word "whataboutery" :)
especially from next Jan, when Southeastern have conspired with Network Rail to steal our train services, without providing an acceptable alternative (yet still charging the same for the journey, of course).
Sorry, it's a sore point ;-) I have this old-fashioned view that if you are taking someone's money for providing a service you should actually provide that service, and that if you don't provide the service you should not charge for it. Weird, I know.
"In the end, judges are the last people in America still sometimes allowed to apply common sense."
'Sometimes' and 'apply common sense' being the terms which allow one of them to decide unilaterally, that his domain covers the entire world - clearly this is not one of those times.
Re: LEGO for the modern era @pete @Daniel
"You two really take the biscuit. You clearly do not get it. Both clearly glass half empty people."
Wasn't it a Far Side cartoon that had a survey of personality type, offering glass half full, glass half empty and "hey, I ordered a cheeseburger!"?
This seems closer to "glass half full" / "glass half empty" / "i have an idea for a better glass than that, so this glass isn't interesting" ...
Re: Russia disconnects from Internet
"a late clone of American/European service."
Good to know there are some things even the USPTO won't patent (and East Texas won't enforce) .....
Re: "it’s at least as secure as printing a secure envelope and trusting it to the postal system."
"Well... that's why whenever I request a new PIN from my bank I have to go to the bank myself to pick up the envelope and show them my ID to prove that I am who I say I am..."
Last time I needed a new PIN i was told by the bank it could only be sent by post as that was trusted - I couldn't pick up either a new card or a new PIN from the branch, both had to come via postal service. Doesn't say much for their view of their own staff's trustworthiness, does it?
"The news set alarm bells ringing in Berlin as DLR not only researches space and aeronautics systems but also “armament and rocket technologies”."
This also set alarm bells ringing in parts of London: I think we always knew there was some reason the DLR manages to be more efficient or at least less cr*p than some of the alternatives, but armament research isn't on the list of things that would seem obvious .. (unlike some very obvious things such as being a hacker from absolutely anywhere in the world and trying to leave China-shaped suspicious markings behind, knowing that certain parts of the commentariat will blame the NSA anyway, no matter what the truth, and others will find China a perfectly credible suspect)
Oh well, back out in to the sunshine (via the arms and space research company) ...
"the next thing there'll be a law making Reality illegal"
Can we get this changed:
"the next thing there'll be a law making Reality TV illegal" ?
that'd make today a worthwhile day ...
It is a ruthless inquisition, how can you question that?
Possible correction: maybe for Fleet St it's more like a witch-hunt - well, this kind of witch hunt (with apologies to anyone who takes the "she's a witch" reference as a reference to gender)
with the pleasant side-effect that it gets phone-tapping, bribing public officials etc out of the public's focus for a while ..
Re: What has the EU been smoking?
"15% is the lowest national VAT rate permitted by the EU. 21% is the agreed target rate.
Well, because ..." .... because theft is legally endorsed by governments and the EU. 21% target rate is taking the *, a target rate of 2.1% would be more reasonable ..
Re: Only block illegal content...?
"So the ISP cannot block the website and framework that, by itself is not illegal, but must solely block the illegal contents within that framework?"
Sounds perfectly reasonable: before suppressing content that is 'illegal' that content must be identified.
Only things missing are painful (punitive) sanctions for blocking content that is not illegal, seeking such a block without identifying the specific offending items (ie requesting an ISP block access to an entire IP range just because one item on one virtual server in that range has been shown at some point to be 'illegal'), and similar sanctions against anyone aiding / abetting such a "blanket" block or those seeking it.
In a country where a subway driver can fail to provide a breath sample for intoxication testing, and yet the tube unions can claim drivers are necessary for passenger safety and driverless trains are dangerous, not very much is that surprising any more.
As I said, :(
suppose it was only a matter of time .....
Re: It's the same as with companies
so don't fine the organisation, fine the individuals - and if a specific named individual cannot be identified for a given *-up, levy the fine on the salary bill for the entire organisation, and then apply the same fine again (on the same basis) on the political overseers who were asleep on the job ...
"This is not a cPanel exploit per se."
There's a relatively old TV comedy show Drop the Dead Donkey, set in a TV newsroom. One of the news anchors (ok, the airhead in chief) is talking about US gun policy, and corrects a journalist, saying "Guns don't kill people, people do".
I think his reply is "Yes, but guns save so much time .... "
"Does /any device/ generate more energy than it consumes?"
A Northern line tube train fitted with the new "passenger frustration : electrical energy" conversion unit ....
Thank you for your measured response to that comment.
i like this overall idea: £16 plus full retail cost of software to install it, therefore they should discount machines by £16 plus retail for software you don't want ...
£299 Inspiron 3000 (base model)
-£16 McAfee Live Safe remove
-£40 McAfee Live Safe 12 month subscription (approx avg of UK retail)
-£16 MS Office trial remove
-£16 MS Windows 8.1 remove
-£110 MS Windows 8.1 (PC World price, saw it yesterday & still laughing)
brand new PC for £101, with free shipping offer?
Oh OK, go on then Mr Dell, you've twisted my arm ....
Re: I dispair
"Is there no end to their lies, deceit, arrogance and ignorance?"
Is there no beginning to their honesty and competence?
Re: call me a cynic
"(As I understand it, this second factor is the official reason that folks like ATI don't just document their hardware and let the experts write the drivers.)"
At a guess, you could probably remove the word "just" from that sentence, so the rest of it couldn't really apply anyway? As I said though, a guess ....
Re: Database file compatibility
"who runs windows on Itanium these days?" Well, certainly no-one who wants to run Windows Server 2012 ;-)
Re: Probably because it is wrong
"PAEs should be branded, right down to the individuals running or supporting or enabling them, and banned from related activities"
More fun - if it's a non-performing PAE (ie one which does no R&D of it's own, just tries to make money off the efforts of others), then the accussed infringer should be allowed to choose random members of the PAEs management, staff and/or subcontractors, and make them explain under oath what a random patent clause means. If they can't, case dismissed and PAE required to pay all costs plus a huge punitive, with all claimed patents owned by that PAE granted a new status of "free of charge for any use whatsover", Oh, and it's lawyers disbarred.
Re: Avoid the commodity
"I'm not saying that all workloads can have their power significantly reduced, ...... running simple data processing workloads, and running web sites are hugely inefficient because of the way they have evolved and the tools used to write them."
Very true: why, for example, in a system specification I recently reviewed (it had come from a reasonably sized consultancy) have things like dual-socket x quad core boxes just to run caching in front of a web server farm? Surely that's the sort of job crying out for lower power boxes with lots of RAM, not big (ok, relatively big-ish) tin with RAID5 for the O/S (!) and SAN access for the cache data (again, "!") Surely a small (maybe 32 bit, maybe 64, does it matter for this task?) ARM server can do something as simple as a static file cache, with the correct software and configuration?
well if Mr Obama does, why shouldn't NASA? At least this is a more appropriate place .....
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