There was also a Benny Hill sketch I remember about an army of women terrorising the menfolk.
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There was also a Benny Hill sketch I remember about an army of women terrorising the menfolk.
My view entirely.
I object to the phrase 'defeat device', when it is a software configuration problem.
Software that is expensive to develop and needs highly qualified staff. For most companies it would be more commercially sensible to buy in the software. So I am sure it runs on far more than a few VW engines.
I sure as hell do NOT want a 'personalised' experience when reading news bulletins or Wikipedia articles. Like Mr Gradgrind, I just want the facts, objective facts.
I do NOT want whirled news spun to the sender's satisfaction.
They have discovered nitrogen dioxide generated by alien diesel engines. That's why the whole planet is a brown-red colour.
@ Captain Daft
Whereas I rely on The Onion, which describes itself as America's finest news source.
Sure I do miracles. I can make shadows face the sun.
We are still living in the aftermath of an ice age that ended only some 20,000 year ago. For most of the time since the Cambrian era the world has been much warmer than it is now. That was especially so before Antarctica became isolated some 30 million years ago by an unbroken southern ocean.
The question is whether the world will revert to a fifth ice age (four in the last two million years) or will improve to a more historical level of warmth. It's no use asking the greenies, they don't know, nor does anybody.
@ Dan 55, Irony Deficient
Thanks for those workarounds.
Dear el Reg, if you want people to read 4-page aricles, bring back the "read in one page" facility.
It is a duty on all of us under English common law to help prevent crime. So MI5 are entitled to expect more co-operation than they actually get from Facebook etc.
As the US inherited English common law, there are similar obligations in North America with the arguable exceptions of Louisiana and Quebec. Some might argue that Alaska should respect whatever Russian equivalent there is of common law.
The easiest authentication is on the telephone:
"Hi, its me!"
"Oh hello, you, you know who I am."
Once upon a time that was how the banks worked. Not now, except perhaps for millionaires.
In reply to your point about Google Translate, one wonders whether in fact our brains do something similar. We don't know.
People have wondered for a long time how language began, and all the early theories were waffle spiced with religion. We need an evolutionary explanation of how we got from the kind of mutual understanding among animals to the achievement of human language.
"if it's all so innocent, why not be more up-front about it?"
Indeed. We the proles are always told, if we have nothing to hide we have nothing to fear.
Let's see that applied to the big boys.
This will frighten the dinosaurs. I do not think.
I like the 'leading from behind' approach. I presume it comes from the Duke of Plaza Toro, the Gilbert and Sullivan character: 'he led his regiment from behind, he found it less exciting'.
The only courses I was ever sent on were to use up the training department budget or to meet some other quota. Nothing to do with what might have been useful to me professionally.
I turned off the keylogger by upgrading (reverting) this machine to XP.
I have just updated a Toshiba Satellite 650 laptop machine, by asking the MSFT website rather than waiting for my reservation to come through. Historic OS sizes are:
Win10: ca 12 Gbytes clean install
Win XP original: ca 1.5 Gbytes
Win98: ca 180 Mbyes.
Win95 1st ed: ca 35 Mbytes
Win 3.11: ca 25 Mbytes
DOS: ca 3 Mbytes.
I ask myself what have we gained from this enormous increase inOS size?
I agree with all the previous commenters who say Tim's proposals are out of touch with real life for poor people.
But one sector that does need the cash is student grants. If the government is serious about getting people from families with no money into university - and I do have serious doubts here - the only way to do it is cash up front. Nothing less than that will do.
Someone whose parents sent him to Eton may not worry about a debt of £30,000 or more. But if your family has no money that is just not on.
No, you are the one citing individual cases rather than populations. You are the one with no clue about statistics.
"my friends is" - I hope that is a typo rather than a measure of your English. I can forgive typos; as my fingers get older the keyboard dances around under them.
My subjective impression of my country, the UK, is that about half the population just does not do reading and writing except under severe provocation, e.g. to claim governemnt benefits. Even then, they usually expect somebody to help them.
But they all have TVs and mobile phones, so who needs that stupid internet thingy, even though it has been dumbed down in an effort to get more paying customers.
How does natural language work? Is it really brute force and ignorance? Will we ever get beyond the current 90% accuracy of language translations, dictation machines, style checkers, etc?
It is difficult enough to find good programmers for the classic von Neumann sequentail architecture, let alone designers of parallel algorithms.
The old analogue computers were essentially parallel machines.
E.g. abolish our need for vitamins: that random set of organic compounds that our cells need but cannot synthesise from plain food.
Then we could enjoy junk food and tell the diet freaks to get lost.
It seems to me that devices will become too 'intelligent' for us to debug long before thay are 'intelligent' enough to rule the world.
Here's hoping, anyway.
Because of the cosmic abundance of hydrogen, we find carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen as their hydrides. Also, elements with odd atomic number (nitrogen) are less abundant than those of even number (carbon, oxygen).
Perhaps NASA have reasons for suggesting the ice is nitrogen rather than, say, methane. Or perhaps some mixture of methane, ammonia, and water. But please would someone give those reasons.
The biggest oxymoron of the current credulous era.
MS have just remotely terminated Security Essentials for XP, as reported in el Reg and confirmed by me personally.
If they can terminate that they can terminate anything they produce.
It would be cosmic vandalism for any civilisation to broadcast on the hydrogen 21cm frequency. But if they were run by accountants...
So for those of us who live in cities or large towns (the great majority) voluntary solutions will not work because there are too many people.
Mr Cameron, prime minister of the UK and leader of the Conservative Party, had ideas of a Big Society that would harness the charitable instincts of people. In his own constituency, a small country town, it might sometimes work; but not for most of us.
Wikileaks: the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Except where it has been censored to protect us, for our own good. Er, ?
Matylda went waltzing, but did not end up down udder.
You beat me to that comment.
Let me add that the local tramp/vagrant at GD did describe Nu-Meths as "OK if you are not particular", but could not abide Nu-Food.
The link in th Reg article claims to be a CSV but is actually an elaborate HTML file. Is there a real CSV file somewhere, that a spreadsheet can handle?
Close encounter - between Pluto and Bopeye.
Nonsense! 10% of the public are always guilty. That is why the Romans used to kill off 10% from time to time: decimation, they called it. Poor understanding of probability, though. If they decimated at random, that would still leave 9% for next time.
Seriously, not all the public are innocent. But in Britain we prefer the police not to make that too obvious.
Just what I was thinking.
Now why do I get all that spam email in Chinese characters?
Give the el Reg journos a break. This headline may keep them going until the next BOFH time.
Aw c'mon. It's a damn sight easier to talk to those guys than to someone in Calais, or even Glasgow.
It's a bit like that with a Markup processor called pandoc.
Except I did not uninstall.
After A_to_M I guess we have N_to_Z.
Then perhaps !to)
Or not, if you prefer EBCDIC sequencing.
There is an option.
You can chuck out the phone line, but then you get charged for TV channels that you never watch. As I found out.
Perhaps there was a data error, then.
But nobody checks anything these days until something goes very visibly wrong. The doctrine in schools is that we must not query the creativity of the little darlings by anything so vulgar as re-reading and checking their work.
And so they become the programmers who let the customer find the faults and complain.
I guess that firmware updates are the responsibility of the computer maker, rather than Microsoft, and would rely on the manufacturer's "value added" software being present.
Unfortunately, new machines come with so much crapware that the first thing a careful owner does is a clean install minus all the crapware.
In the UK they just send CDs of social security data in the post. As you say, they have not admitted that anyone has actually used that information. Also they leave memory sticks in pubs and taxis, but don't admit that.
The UK Treasury clearly did not believe in spending money to protect data about UK citizens. It looks as though the USA has a similar problem.
No, not very old.
Only yesterday I saw XP on a machine at my local council.
I seem to recall that Microsoft, or the US Government, once disabled the Windows machines owned by whichever wicked government was wickedly ruling Afghanistan in those wicked times.
True, MS are unlikely to bother a private individual who keeps himself inconspicuous, but corporations are another matter.
Looks to me like GOAB - Good Old American Bull****.
I find the radio key very convenient for opening my car in a dark garage.
Not far from Strangeways (a Manchester prison) I seem to recall.
It's not enough to have source code that you trust. You also need compilers, linkers, assemblers, library editors, etc that you trust.
Maybe Russia has spent money on these things. I doubt that the UK has.