240 posts • joined 27 Aug 2010
There nothing, NOTHING, wrong with charging for free software. Zero, zip nada, not a thing. You can even charge for GPL software, there is no problem.
This is a Trademark / Contract issue. If there weren't any restrictions associated with the use of the Trademark then you would be correct. As it is, you're an idiot.
The shark is lurking in the bath; last place you would expect one.
Actually, the last place I'd expect a shark is the aircondition duct.
Think about it, you, being a sauve internationally recognised undercover agent, are casually walk around the room looking for venomous snakes or spiders or scorpions with a lighter and a can of deodorant thinking you're being all cleaver.
You open the airconditioning ducting and an angry 3000kg Great White slids out of the duct onto your head toothy end first.
Re: why just cars?
I agree, a home dropbox would make more sense in most cases but I think it will be more expensive than you realise for a dropbox idea.
A modern car already has all the necessary components build it, secure area with electronically controlled locks, with onboard power to drive the locks and possibly data commuication channels for checking authenticity.
Any home dropbox solution has to provide all of those things just to allow access for the occasional delivery.
Re: I'd pass that test @PyLETS
However, should you subsequently end up in a court dispute, you will likely have problems introducing said covertly recorded conversation as evidence.
I would have thought that the moment the company plays that "Calls maybe recorded" message, that the notification requirements have been met, it doesn't matter that the side doing the recording isn't the side which gave the notification.
Re: clean cut & paste
All word processors have that option, but it's NEVER the default, nor it is possible to MAKE it the default,
That often, but not always gives a plain text paste operation on window applications..
Jesus give it a break with the rootkit nonsense.
The rootkit was less a privacy issue and more of a damaging their customers own equipment issue, purely for the benefit of Sony.
As consumers, we have pretty much no power, watchdogs are toothless unless it becomes a political issue.
As consumers, our only power is to not buy from a company and that means you don't forget. Sony deserve to have potential future customers reminded about how they have treated those customers in the past for the root kits, other DRM schemes and for removing features from products after they were sold.
Re: Future of work
exactly, there's money to be made
Re: Block by default
JS is an integral part of a modern website!
Only because so many browsers allow JS by default, start turning off JS by default in browsers and you'll see more and more websites return to the good old days where content was provided as simply as possible and not requiring local resources to transform that content into something usable because if they didn't then they would lose page viewers.
Re: @Grogan 20:45
True gamers sweat pure caffeine as a result of all the coffee, red bull, and mountain dew they consume.
Which suggests the best thing for a gamer pulling all nighters would be to lick the sweat off another gamer
A Møøse once bit my sister ...
Massive Graduate Unemployement
In the UK, there are more unemployed graduates in computer science than in any other discipline.
Large numbers of unemployed graduates in a subject suggest that there are too many graduates for that subject. So a meeting is arranged to discuss how to get even more students to study the subject.
Does anyone else see a flaw in this plan?
Re: The downside of atheism
Effectively the company is giving away something valuable (a stake in itself) and GETTING NOTHING IN RETURN
A part from being able to make up part of the staff pay packet in a form which doesn't affect cash flow while actually increasing staff loyalty because they generally can't get at the shares which haven't yet vested if they leave. I.e. if the staff leave, they have to willing lose part of the compensation they earned with their previous employment.
The share options don't get counted as part of the wage at the point of being issued: as such it also reduces the company NI contributions compared to what the staff would have been paid without substituting part of their pay packet cash for share options.
Yep, company is getting nothing in return for those staff share options and are only doing it because the government is pushing them that way.
The reason the Do Not Track functionality exists is because the creepy line has already been crossed.
"Customers are caught in a Catch-22. They're afraid to deploy technology for fear of violating workers' privacy" even though security intelligence tools are ultimately the best way to protect personal information, Coviello argued.
Read as: "we've just spent a fortune developing a big data analysis tools but since the NSA leaks none of our customers want to be seen as collecting private information".
Re: A reason for a standard
should want the W3C and Sir Berners-Lee to develop a DRM Standard.
This isn't DRM Standard, it's a standardised method for DRM to interact with the browser. MP/RIAA are still going to be the ones creating/commissioning the DRM programs. Those programs can still decided they only want to work with certain hardware or operating systems etc. so there is still no guarantee that this will lead to Linux usable streamed media.
All this has done is provided a means to ensure all browsers interact with the DRM application in the same way. It's a way to reduce DRM development costs.
Why GPS to work out where the sun is?
Why not just a half circle hoop of Light Dependant Resistors mounted on that half circle part behind the cockpit.
Each LDR is facing in a slight different direction and which ever one registered the most light is probably the best direction to point the solar cells in, that way the panels are actually pointing at the strongest source of light and not just where the sun should be which could be obscurred locally by trees and landscape.
Re: People are starting to realise
With their hollow transparent fibre optic like hairs, Polar Bears would make brilliant chanderliers and cast a warm even light everywhere.
for an OS partition?
"These sorts of numbers will hardly cause traditional IT suppliers to quiver in their boots at the much-talked-about threat from the new bread of channel services firms. "
Here's A Crazy Idea
"The study warns that attacks on computer networks could soon threaten critical infrastructure"
Don't put critical infrastructure on networks accessible from internet. Even if you think you have a firewall filtering that traffic... don't do it.
Put an air gap in front of everything critical, it really is that simple.
The browser url will be tracked too.
Of course it will, but since it's a one time password it doesn't matter.
Of course you are still vulnerable to being tapped by Man In The Middle attacks but thats not the fault of the key generator
Although an interesting read in general. In the specific case of Snowden, surely the US Government already know what the contents are, since it was copied from them.
What they are trying to do is find out who now has a copy of it and maybe work out how Snowden is communicating and with whom.
Re: What has it got to do with SOCA?
I want comically organised crime... is there an agency for that?
Interesting as the prototype is, there remains the question of why one would want such a thing.
Shops need to updated price labels on shelf, at the moment it requires someone walking around changing the paper tickets.
A system like this would allow a member of staff to change the label just by holding a NFC device next to the label.
In fact I can think of an even better workflow allowing head office to dictact far more directly what goes on each and every shelve.
Since it's a NFC device is must have a unique identifier, so when a member of staff holds their handheld device to a shelf it knows exactly which shelf the staff member is looking at. The device can then update the price if needed but it could also change the label to an entirely different product indicating that the shelf needs to have all the jars of tomato sauce removed and restocked with tins of Christmas Pudding.
I've just removed all the shop floor managers need to organise stuff, their only role now is for staff 'motivation'
Re: Impossible conditions
Wanted developer with 5 years Windows 8 experience(mandatory)
Recruitment drones get a bit annoyed when you point out that there is no one on the planet with that experience. "It's what the customer wants" they wail.
Actually a developer working on the OS from inside Microsoft might do. Although obviously thats not what the company actually wants.
The point of celebs using twitter is that all their fans (mostly normal people) can see what they are up to.
It's not entirely clear but I don't think thats the point.
It more like a 1 way filter, the celeb can make posts to FB which fans can follow and view but they can't friend the celeb directly. Then the celeb can keep track of what the fans are saying about their post without having to friend random people or join groups etc.
Re: Many testicles are lost annually to kitchen appliance malfunctions
What? what are you doing with the toaster/kettle/washer/food processor ????
Real Men don't use shop brought gadgets for their "Will It Blend" experiements.
Re: Fiduciary duty
Fiduciary duty means the executives of a company must work in the best interests of the shareholders... that does not mean they have to use all possible methods to maximise profits.
Step 1) A telephone company changes the contracts for it's customers making the company vastly more money for than expected for a few years as the customers are trapped.
Step 2) As the various customer contracts end, the customers leave and swear to never touch that company again.
The executives have maximised the profit of a company for several years, but they haven't worked in the best interests of the shareholders because by maximising profit for a year or two they destroy the profit of the company futher down the line.
The change of location counts as redundancy for the role.
IIRC, if a company moved its office more than 15 miles from the original office location they have to offer redundancy to any staff member who doesn't want to move because the role in the original office is now redundant. Thats a good thing, because it forces the company to pay proper compensation instead of just firing people who wouldn't move and avoiding all compensation for it.
This story amounts to IT worker has part time job acting and a bit a background information to pad the story out?
Truely cutting edge IT related stuff.
Re: Own the box rent the motor (again)
People can own a standardised passenger compartment* and call up the autonomous motive unit as required and to suited to the trip.
Wouldn't that be the worse aspects of both systems.
+ No Parking Space Is Saved
1) Because you still have to store the passenger compartment at home, office and shopping center.
2) Still need multiple passenger compartments for multiple simutaneous trips (office and school run)
+ Up Front Costs
1) You still have to pay a large upfront capital payment to buy each passenger compartment your family would need. They would be cheaper than a whole car but not as much as you might think. They would need to be crash impact resistant compartments in the same way as cars are now so they will still be significant lumps of metal.
+ Still Dependant On Someone Elses Schedule
1) So you've got the cost of buying, storing and maintaining your own passenger compartment, but you are still dependant on someone elses schedule before you can make a trip, if there are enough motor units to nearby that wont be a huge problem, but image you live in the sticks and need to get into town, the nearest motor unit might be the town you want to visit, so you order a unit, it travels from town to your house, back to town, goes off to do other trips, then picks up your passenger compartment again to travel from town, to your house, and back to town again (a single 2-way trip needing a minimum of 6 journeys)
A final proof that this idea wouldn't work is this. Nothing in your suggestion couldn't be done now using small tractors units with drivers instead of autonomous cars and yet no one does it... anywhere in the world as far as I can see. The closest analogy is 40ft goods containers but they work because they are built in places with lots of space to store containers, lots of expensive machinery can be concentrated into one place to store and stack the containers and transport time isn't as critical as it for passenger journeys.
Re: First experiences
While I can walk into a computer store and see rows of devices showing the tile interface and not having a touch-screen, Window 8.x is going to deter buyers.
While there is still a physical keyboard attached, the touch screen is pointless, either:
You have the laptop positioned so that the keyboard is positioned so it's comfortable to type on in which case you will have to make be large arm moves to reach the screen
- or -
You position the laptop closer to you so the screen is easier to reach in which case you are no bunched up to type at the keyboard.
Touch works if you are holding the device because then your hands are right there, but if you have the laptop/PC setup on a desk it just makes no sense because the ergonomics are just wrong.
Re: California Coastal Commission
5 miles inland? That's a bit more than most people would accept as being "the coast"
You're right, it's not like a gigantic body of salt water, which has huge influence on weather conditions and the chemical makeup of the rain and mist in the area there could ever have an influence on the local ecology 5 miles away. </sarcasm>
In fact one of the defining aspects of Redwood forests is the mists and fogs which roll in from the sea overnight, it's an important source of water for the forest.
This isn't giving the government money in the hopes the government will leave the alone.
This is trying to buy a bit of good will from their customers, I bet it's even come right out of the marketing budget.
Re: And this is where the complexity comes in..
I'd argue it's the other way round, it's the stupidly complex tax system which is ripe for gaming.
What we need is a dirt simple, back of the fag packet type of calculation, that way there is nowhere to hide the money.
Personally, I'm in favour of either a vastly simplified income tax with a large personal allowance, same rate of tax regardless of source of money, so it doesn't matter if it's capital gains, salary, benefits (either from the state or from companies in the form of health insurance/company car etc) or investment interest it's all the same rate.
- or -
some sort of land value tax, on the basis that you can't move it outside of our tax jurisdiction. However although like the idea of a Land Value Tax, I haven't seen a good anwser to the issue of asset rich but cash poor people.
Nice in theory, complicated in practice
VAT is a regressive tax because the poor have to spend more of their income just to survive compared to the rich and so end up paying a higher percentage rate.
Thats not to say it's couldn't be made to work, you would need to apply zero rate VAT status to everything that is considered essential goods and services, and keep that list of goods and services up to date as time goes on.
What gets included on that list would be very politcal.
For example, a car is an essential item for a lot of people, without access to private transport access to jobs, entertainment and participation in a lot of what society offers is restricted or completely cut off. However there is a big difference between a Ford Fiesta and Ferrari 458 Italia. That means someone in Government/Civil Service needs to review everything, even different models within the same class of goods to decide on a tax rate which companies are going to want to game because it directly affects the price the end user will pay (see Jaffa Cakes)
That's assuming that the information is deemed as admissible evidence after someone hacked the site it was posted to though I guess....
Which would be a shame, but since the cops had already ruled out any further investigations, it's made no difference to the legal position before or after the hacking.
Re: hang on a bloody moment...
No, you've got it the wrong way round.
Apple isn't give Most Favoured Nation status, it's recieving Most Favoured Nation status from the publishers, although obviously Apple asked for it. It basically means that the publishers can sell to who they want to, but they will never offer a price to anyone which is lower than the price offered to Apple.
Re: When you look at it it's actually pretty stupid...
Getting Users to use Metro is only part of the issue, they needed Developers to make Metro apps as well.
There are approximately 1 gazillion non-touch PC/Laptop based Windows installations out there and about 100 metro touch installations. If the developers aren't forced to develop for the new UI they wouldn't bother because it makes no economic sense for them.
I'm sure in the back of their crazy little minds they were hoping forcing Metro on everything makes Windows mobile development more attractive because even if the code can't run directly on mobile hardware the UI restrictions will already have been taken into account.
Re: Morally repugnant
"Since when is it the job of politicians to cast moral judgements? Never."
Why was the slave trade abolished if not as part of a moral judgement by MPs? Or enabling women to vote?
Politicians are always making moral judgements and then enacting laws to force those judgements on people, it's basically what their job is, after all we have a civil service to actually run the country.
I'm not saying the moral judgement is always right, for example Iain Duncan Smith seems to have an amazing talent for always ending on up on the wrong side of a moral argument, but pushing through laws which back up his own twisted ideology, but to say it's not the job of a politician to make moral judgements seems to miss a huge part of their job description.
Re: Get yourself issued with two notices for two different car parks at the same time
Thats not the same thing at all.
You got tickets for 2 seperate vehicles breaking the law, in the case where a driver can not be identified the owner of the vehicle is charged instead.
Why do Google's accountants have anything to explain?
The whole point of the original hearings was to work out how such huge companies with very large turnover were paying so little tax, it wasn't trying to establish whether the companies were acting illegally but to work out which loopholes were being exploited in an attempt to close those holes at a later date through changes to the law.
Google said they keep all their sales staff in Ireland specifically to take advantage of the lower Corporation Tax in that country (completely legal) and that the UK staff weren't sales staff, if they are just support staff they don't generate any turnover and are only a cost center and hence generate no profit to be taxed.
When the PAC asked the accountants whether they checked Googles offices to make sure what Google said about it's staff was true they said (and I'm paraphrasing alot) "Yes, Google sales are all based in Ireland, take our word for it".
Google and Ernst & Young have been summoned back because of a report by a US newspaper has evidence that Google's London Office is teeming with sales staff. Both Google and Ernst & Young are not being called back because of their tax arrangements but because everything they said to the PAC first time around now smells a little bit fishy.
navigation is just a matter of knowing one's __VELOCITY__ and duration of travel - with suitable accuracy of course.
navigation with speed and time is useless without direction but velocity contains a direction compnent.
You seriously don't see a problem with every search term you make on your computer being shared with at least 2 companies, only 1 of which is anonymised, and you just have to take Canonicals word for it that the search terms they pass on to Amazon are anonymised, there is no way for you as a user to check?
No problems searching for the report you've got on your harddisk using the search terms "Terminal Cancer Doctors Report"?
Re: Is not the legal first duty of a company to its shareholders?
Having a responsibililty to work in the shareholders best interest does not mean it has to maximise profit at all costs.
1) Company shafts customers with corner cutting and poor service (e.g. Tesco's)
2) Customers get annoyed and boycott the company or the government changes
The company's net profit margin is higher until Step 2, at which point turnover drops, profit margins drop etc.
In the short term the directors were working to the idea of first duty to the shareholders, but those business decisions are not working towards the interests of the shareholders once step 2 is reached.
I thought that was learning a specific objects , based on colour and shape, it was good, but if you taught it to recognise a picture of a Mini, and then showed it a picture of a BMW, it wouldn't recognise the BMW as being like a Mini.
Fixing the Price over 2 Years Is Difficult
If phone operators don't think they can competatively predict the right call charges for 24 months, they are free to only offer contracts of 12 months where expected cost forecasts will be more accurate.
This is a case of the mobile phone companies wanting their cake and eating it, they want to lock customers in for long stretches of time but don't want to be locked into contract themselves.
Re: Didn't have a telly for many years
I'm in a similar position, haven't had a TV License since the Analogue signal switch off for our area, then I get a girlfriend and now there are constant comments about getting a new TV cos they are really cheap.
Re: Faraday cage
Faraday cage might help with stopping getting signals back into the room to prevent the guy at the table from learning how to bet at each hand but you'll note that the CCTV camera feed is going offsite to the Gambling Commision... and also presumably out of the room for the in house survailance team (i.e. I doubt the CCTV monitoring station is in the same room).
That means all the CCTV feeds are already being shipped at the very least around the hotel and probably offsite to a different building. Hopefully the camera's probably have a some sort of basic encryption and I would hope that the feed going off site is getting additional more beef encryption.
Sounds like someone somewhere managed to get physical access the the network equipment and either the feed decryption keys or the feed at that point wasn't even encrypted which is possible if the hotel thought no one would have access to the network hardware.
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