84 posts • joined Friday 24th September 2010 12:36 GMT
Looks all right, actually!
Re: In a word...
What, exactly, has been stolen?
Re: I always use my phone for Google's GPS when I'm in California
The big problem is that, to date, there's been no appeals to the crown court so its relying on the fairly varied judgement of magistrates to define 'using'.
This isn't a bad thing as such, but it means that there are a lot of prosecutions that are being succesfully defended on the basis of some fairly sketchy arguments. Equally, there're a lot of prosecutions going forward that shouldn't (some over zealous traffic officers extending the definition of handheld to units firmly affixed to cradles, for example).
Re: Richard's has form manufacturing drama...
'under siege'? Or do you mean 'someone's got worked and is writing stuff that nobody's paying attention to unless they're interested in that kind of thing'?
I'm firmly of the opinion that if people simply didn't engage with trolls, they'll get bored and find something else to do. Honestly, internet drama only works if it's reciprocated.
Re: Doing the same!
I'm tied in to an android, (via an iphone) but do miss the BB I used to have, so will be interested to see how it pans out with a view to upgrade when I've shaken the shackles of my s3 contract.
That said, the Playbook is currently excellent value (£99? 64gb? Yes please!) and due to see the new OS, so might be a cheap way to have a play without committing to phone contract.
Re: Hmm, sounds like Google Talk
The kids who use BBM don't care about android. They want BBM, in part because it's cheaper and more interactive than SMS and doesn't use up their PAYG minutes. Stick a voice component into the proposition, and I can't see it exactly hurting sales.
Re: security STARTUP CrowdStrike
They've clearly spent the cash on a half decent PR bot instead.
Re: "I still wish people on JSA were forced to do some kind of work to earn the JSA."
<quote>I'm sorry but if your getting money because you can't find a job, you can work for it and have money for then working instead.</quote>
If you're going to force people to work, then it should be for minimum wage.
It's a bit of a shame
Back when I was contracting (swings lamp, etc.) in government, I had a lot of content that needed to go on directgov.
The web design may have been apalling, but the editors were very firm on making sure that the wording avoided the worst of the civil service's tendency towards buzzwords and the use of words like 'tranche', as well as the use of eight words where one would do.
Oh, the fights we had, trying to convince policy wallahs that it was alright to start leaving some of the footnotes out.
Re: Job opportunity -
Or dwarf bar-tenders. I think there's a clear need to expand the 'poorly stocked fridge' definition of a 'mini bar'.
You'd be very surprised at what can be entered as evidence and, more germanely, what might well prompt an out-of-court settlement.
Re: Uncloseable account
If they're paying interest, that's your meal at the Restaurant at The End of The Universe sorted!
Re: One tactic
And Barclays hoovered up the Woolwich. Granted, the latter only had about ten account holders, but the principle still stands.
Re: Problem is...
Probably because 'They' are GCHQ/Mi5/SOCA rather than CID down the local nick, who'd be going nowhere near that data even if they wanted to. And they probably wouldn't want to, as the local slag'll be using nicked PAYG blackberries, for which traffic analysis is about as useful as a chocolate fireguard, seeing as you've no idea who has what number anyway.
Re: I call bullshit
150ms? Luxury, kids today don't know they're born. When I were a lad, we were up at half five, tying the packets to rats, 'cause we couldn't afford pigeons and even if we could the rats would've et 'em.
stay for the lasers!
Re: Sex play gone wrong?
or possibly some difficulties with their short term memory!
Re: No, You need to get real.
Not being an OED subscriber, I can't comment on their entry. However, I note with interest that the Cambridge University Press dictionary sayeth that theft is "(the act of) dishonestly taking something which belongs to someone else and keeping it" and dictionary.com (Random House's offering) says "the act of stealing; the wrongful taking and carrying away of the personal goods or property of another; larceny."
Both definitions are heavy on the "taking" and "property" and very thin on the "copying" or "getting something for free" which you assert to be the common parlance for theft.
Re: No, You need to get real.
It's not a semantic argument. Theft (as defined by the helpfully named Theft Act 1968 in the UK) tells us that "A person is guilty of theft if he dishonestly appropriates property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it"
When you accuse someone of theft, you're accusing them of a very specific offence. An indictable one, at that. Copyright infringement is, simply put, not the same as theft. This is a matter of fact, not opinion.
Re: CE is Self-Certified
The problem is not PLT, it's cheap, badly built and non-conforming PLT.
Ofcom shouldn't take a pragmatic view - it's in no one's favour to permit shoddy kit to come onto market (and be distributed by BT).
PLT is not some 'great enabler', getting the great unwashed onto t'internets. There's no excuse for Ofcom to ignore their statutory duties; part of which are protecting the primary users of the spectrum, whether that's the military, or radio amateurs. In fact, the risk from an uncertified device like the pi is, in comparison, tiny!
Even if the pi turned out to be a spark-gap transmitter in disguise, you could fix the issue by putting it in a shielded box.
/Mine's the one with the two-part RAE in the pocket
Re: Good old VBS & IBB
At risk of going off-topic slightly, the issue is with CRB's is down (mainly) to OFSTED and other mentals.
A CRB disclosure has never been either a certificate of good conduct, or 'clearance' to work with kids and oldies.
The sole purpose of a CRB disclosure is to allow employers/volunteer organisers considering whether or not to place someone in certain activities to have full sight of certain information to allow them to make an informed employment decision. That's it. You could have a string of motoring convictions as long as your arm, and there'd be nothing to stop an employer taking you on as a school minibus driver if they especially liked the cut of your gib.
Then ofsted went 'kin mental and deemed that every man and his dog needed a CRB check in some sort of half-arsed bid to enforce some sort of gold standard, despite the DSCF guidance at the time being crystal clear that they didn't. As one civil servant pointed out to me, "If we wanted to enforce a higher standard, we'd have put in the guidance!"
As I pointed out to many a journalist, the simplest way to cut down on CRB checks was for people to simply stop doing them.
Funnily enough, no one ever printed that bit...
Re: Boring arrogant factoidery
but I like to think that in the deepest, darkest part of the night shift, someone stood there thinking "what would happen if I put my finger in there?"
Re: Thanks (!)
So am I. However, being on £10 goodybag, my sums suggest that GG owe me about 35p.
I think I can probably afford to take the hit on this one...
Re: "rampack wobble"
Re: Giffgaff is fine normally
It's not just GG that's slow in London. Vodafone was chronically bad, which is why I switched. I'm a bit miffed, but I'm not too upset considering that my jésusphone now costs me a princely £10/mo to run (and I can use Spotify on the mobile without the terror that comes from an overage charge).
Besides, the only time I ever contacted voda's support was when their billing went up the swanny, at least GG don't charge me for freefone calls.
I am a little bit surprised that there appears to be a single point of failiure for both voice and data - given O2's involvement, I would have expected some more resilience. That said, I'm so not a mobile telecoms infrastructure expert (but that doesn't stop me pretending to be one on the internet!)
Re: It'll never catch on*
Yes, but Light Squared rely on being allowed to go mental next to the GPS allocation. Oddly enough, the rest of us aren't too keen on that
If you get it right (firing from more than 4' to get the separation, barbs penetrate) then you get the involuntary muscle spasm - you might be fine to fight through the pain, but you won't get your muscles to do what you want them to do!
Anything else and you're in pain-compliance territory. This you can fight through, with enough incentive, and actually getting the barbs to penetrate (as you rightly point out) is another matter entirely!
Navigating from London to Portsmouth?
A3, point south. If you've got issues going south of the river, down to the bottom of the M25 and point south.
This didn't need a satnav, it barely needed a post-it!
this is a 'gang', who happen to be on bikes. (Albeit of the 50-125cc) variety.
With respect to the leather-clad-and-harley-riding lawyers and accountants, there's a big issue with the islington gangs who've worked out that scoots n' tings are nippy, nickable and disposable, and ideal for this kind of shenanigan.
(Given that my commute to Covent Garden takes as long on the 1L bike as it does on the 90cc, I think they've got a point...)
They can pry my modem
out of my cold, dead hands.
Until they start bundling a modem-only option, I'm staying on 20mb until they serve a court order requiring me to surrender to an upgrade!
My satnav is out to kill me. First it directs me into an EDL 'static demonstration', the next thing I know, I'm half an hour round the south circular! Laugh? I nearly bought an oyster card...
If there are better things to spend money on
than uberfast porn, I've yet to spot them.
/mine's the one with the stains
At least you know it'll start in the morning and you've a better than 50/50 chance of completing your journey!
But one could (reasonably) argue that if your prison is so large that a key based system no longer scales, then it's probably too large. My big complaint, vis a vis a push button prison, is that the interaction with the staff is part and parcel of the rehabilitation process - take the officers out and you're just warehousing people.
The trust issue is always going to be difficult, whether you're pushing buttons or turning keys. Clearly, the only solution is the panopticon!
If you're running a prison by pushing buttons
you're an idiot.
Keys. A fixed number of complicated keys, kept out of the view of the prisoners, numbered and accounted for.
This way you either have to copy a key, requiring sight of the key head for a useful length of time or you have to take it. The latter generally involving the prison officer at the other end of the keychain getting a bit upset, and vouchsafing his views on the matter in some depth.
 the BBC did one of it's occasional documentaries on the prison system once upon a time. They were told, categorically, that they mustn't show any of the keys in the programme. What did they have on the opening shot?
You think changing the lock on the front door can be pricey, I understand that that little cock up cost the beeb some £500k.
Mines the one with some putty and a file in the secret pocket...
The right to silence in the UK has never been absolute - if it comes to trial, the judge may order that certain inferences be drawn; this is, as I understand it, the big difference between the right to silence/5th amendment.
Equally, however, nobody can be compelled to give evidence against themselves, and even a confession can be inadmissible under certain circumstances (although evidence gathered as a result of information from a subsequently inadmissible confession can be used...)
when the yanks proposed legislation, and it suddenly became a free speech issue.
I'm all for it, personally. I'd be quite happy if my TV could detect the ad-breaks and auto-mute them.
/mine's the one with the manky earplugs in the pocket
My missus bought me
one of the plain one's for chrimbo, which had the problem with the locking catches resetting the kindle.
One phone call to amazon and they shipped one of the lit ones out as a replacement the next day. I like it - it's a little bit thicker than I'd like, but the light works and is great at not disturbing the other half. Ideal for long haul flights.
He's merely paid for the right to have a specific registration mark associated with a specific vehicle.
The best he can hope for is a refund and a generic registration.
(I imagine he can do what he likes with the physical plates, except use them on the road)
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The only corporate lock-in is if you want to use amazon's backup/cloudy-sync-wossname.
You can skip the whole amazon step and just plug it in to your computer via the magic that is USB, and then use calibre (or conversion software du jour) to put whatever you like on it.