95 posts • joined 10 Dec 2010
They could have come up with a contract "Spying Plan", free spying on evenings and weekends? Then shaft them if they go over their 1Gb limit?
Re: As I read it.
Fair enough. But point 3?
As I read it.
This isn't just about private citizens refusing business on their private property.
This bill will allow the following:
1) A doctor to refuse aid, based on his/her religious belief, and not get sued/fired
2) A cop to refuse aid, based on his/her religious belief, and not get sued/fired
3) A private citizen to refuse to server someone even when an employee based on his/her religious belief, and not get canned (without in turn suing their previous employer!)
That was my understanding. It's basically "special pleading" for religious beliefs over the top of basic human rights.
Re: ...cannot possibly have any “causal contact” in the last 14 billion years.
Ahh, I lounge corrected. That is a valid point. Whatever this characteristic, it would be another unknown. I know you could entangle a subatomic particle, but at the macro level of a quasar?
Re: ...cannot possibly have any “causal contact” in the last 14 billion years.
I think you've misunderstood. They're not suggesting an entanglement between two particles 14 billion light-years apart, but suggesting that any observer bias could be mitigated by using quasars as random switch controllers for the standard "Bell's Inequality" experiment which has been done many times, always finding in favour of the Quantum Mechanics theory, over a theory of locality.
You are right about the effects of entanglement, however, they do seem to be FTL, but since no usable information is passed, without a classical channel, it does not, the theory goes, breach the relativity barrier.
Something I've always wanted to know. What's the point of a DDoS on a website?
Now I can understand a bank/credit card DDoS, that's going to cost money and potentially business, but a site like this?
I mean, I think of it like blocking the door of a building, for a while, till the people inside call for security. Once they arrive, business as usual.
I suppose it could be used as cover for a deeper attack, gaining potential information, but other than that?
Seems like an awful risk for very little reward, as it were.
More people are killed...
Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain, 2012
Seriously Injured 23,039
.... and yet we don't spend literally billions trying to prevent it. Why?
Re: Kerbal Space Program
Oh gods yes indeed.
*Launches "Strut Monster Mk 38"
I'm racking my brain to think of an private industry sector where that isn't true.
How is this an invention?
I don't understand. How is this an invention? It's a business process. Using software to anticipate product requirements has been around for years? Google "Just in time"
Re: Taking the ball home
Not in all instances. The whole point of a patent is to protect your invention so you CAN make a profit, otherwise it will always be those with the best economies of scale, who will. I agree that this has been abused, born from "dodgy" patents used to stifle genuine competition rather than to protect an invention. But that is a government/law issue to resolve.
59 years too late.
A sliding slope on the thin end of the metaphor
Porn, then "extremist" websites/speech... etc & so on. It WILL happen folks.
Energy though the atmosphere...
It is not feasible to beam energy through the atmosphere. That said, the energy could be used to power space factories, alternatively, a carbon nano-tube "cable" leading back to earth with a geo-stationary "top" could solve this.
See this study on the effects of the atmosphere on lasers...
As Jim Alkalili said on TV the other night "If someone says 'It's fusion' and there isn't a big bloody hole in the ground, it isn't."
Testable, repeatable, conclusive sigma 6 evidence, first, before forking over cash. (even if I had the moola)
More likely it's smoke and mirrors.
So, to get a good deal, you did some collective bargaining? Sounds a bit socialist to me!
Seriously though, the vast majority of customers can't do that and that makes BT very happy (and profitable)
Vague chance of being interesting...
... if it isn't summarily dismissed as being vexatious (or the American equivalent.)
Monkeys in tin cans.
Just a skim through the sci-fi trope, a number of ways of overcoming (rather than breaking) the lightspeed barrier, have been thought of.
Generation Ships or AI controlled with us monkeys sound asleep and the most fascinating would be some sort of cloning ship which "grows" the humans when the ship is within the sphere of influence of the target planet.
I don't think we'll become interstellar for perhaps 3 or 4 hundred years. We'll keep plodding towards it if we don't kill ourselves.
Re: Isn't this exactly the way Blackberry crashed and burned?
First of all Apple didn't really have any competition before Android, so didn't have to "claw" all that much. Yes, other slabs existed. but none with the same marketing and support ecosystem. Therefore I suspect the "market" will find a balance, in a similar way to the MAC/PC balance. People, of a certain type, will always buy Apple products.
Additionally, I'd be willing to bet that the profit margin per device is much higher, for Apple, so they can sustain a loss in market share, especially since the market is growing, without effecting their bottom line.
To use the network/internet, it must have an route-able IP address. Most home/small business networks, set this by DHCP for devices. In other words, it would "show up" pretty quickly and any tech worth his salt would investigate... 3G however, is much more "black box" until it gets to the carrier.
Oh the irony. "If you hate it that much, buy something else - or do you believe that anyone whose views are different to yours is deserving of abuse?"
You obviously do.
First sentence: "Another trollfest from El Reg."
Nokia's mobile division? I thought is was one big mobile division, it being a mobile phone company....
So many attack vectors.... and claiming an absolute? Impossible is a strong word. Tends to be taken as a challenge, by some.
"The value of your shares may go down as well as up."
Meanwhile in the UK...
BT have been doing this for a few years with BT-FON. Yes, it does impact ADSL2+ performance, (after a number of experiments with a HomeHub3). It is a "secure" web page and if you "opt-out" and turn it off, you are not allowed to use anyone else's BT-FON hotspot, but to be honest, I've never had call to use it.
I like the idea, but I think the opposite will most likely occur. As a product becomes successful a company with shareholders to pay will do everything, including fragmenting an established product, to increase any and all available revenue streams.
Profit over all.
Re: Rip off
Quite simply, psychology. Even though you or I would not care about 1p, studies have shown this to be an effective marketing ploy. Same goes for "headline price", it may not work for some, but enough to make it a viable trick.
Swings and Round(corners)abouts.
Well the Chinese corp is "only protecting their Intellectual Property*" after all.
*Where have I heard that before?
The Defence sector has a bunch of standards we have to follow. (eg JSP440), plus a quango to approve applications etc, (CESG). I don't understand why UK.GOV aren't chatting to those guys.
(All defence IT systems are supposed to be pen. tested and must be accredited)
Not for me. I don't live in a WiFi (or for that matter decent 3G) area, apart from my own at home and at home I have a plethora of devices. Looks like I'll be sticking to my trusty laptop whilst out and about.
Re: Minority report?
As much as I find this current 'attempt' at behavioural change a joke, I don't think you've thought this through. There are many laws which require a third party to change/restrict something to prevent you from breaking a law. For example, gun control. Restrictions on the sales of certain chemicals, seeds and animals. Your argument could apply to all of these, but should it?
Re: Lawyers fees?
Exactly. The lawyers need to be seen to be doing, something. Even if ineffective, in the longer term.
Re: Just what do fistsful of penniless pounds and treasuries of dodgy dollars buy you these days?
Awesome as always AMFM. :-)
Nice little earner.
The technology for net/web use monitoring/app tracking has been around for years.(eg OPNET products, even SolarWinds stuff) This is just a subscription based version. $2-$10 per employee per month would mount up for larger businesses.
Get your SLAs and DR plans in order!
For small to medium businesses, I'd suggest this a great way to expand without the capital out lay of your own data centre. If you understand and mitigate the risks, as best you can, then it can be treated it like any other layer of storage, with associated pros and cons. Anyone who uses it without that understanding the risks is foolish, in my humble etc.
Re: Publish the logs and be damned
They did, somewhat.
Isn't it Apples contention that the 'copying' of their IP is already occurring?
Additionally, IIRC they are 'design' patents rather than invention / technological. IMHO, they should never have been granted. Some trademarked, perhaps, not patented though.
Can you imagine if Xerox had patented the WIMP system? Or someone else, the double-click?
A publicly traded company must a track record in submitting accurate accounts, so when and how did it go wrong and is the CFO still in a job?
I just hope there's no domino effect from this collapse.
Upvote for Bill Hicks quote!
RIP Very sad.
Does this mean that no other company in the US can utilise NFMR for charging mice and keybs, before a product of any type is on the shelves?
I think the author confusing data values. That is the value to the corporation rather than an individual. A twitter feed, or facebook status is unlikely to have any value. Whereas a visio network diagram, simple access db of a client list or even just a doc with a business procedure written down, has inherent value. IMHO, Office as a distinct application layer, is here to stay.
... not the only one.
There are some public bodies, here in the UK, that are not just locked into IE, but to IE6, because the bespoke apps written in the "naughties", won't be updated. The firm responsible, knowing they have said body over a barrel, are pushing for an outrageous fee to update.
(As an aside, it appears, finally, that the management are going to 'do something' not because of the MASSIVE security flaws, us in IT have been pounding into their skulls over the last few years, but various sites 'don't look right'.... *sigh*)
It's the sort of thing one would expect in countries where profit is the only goal.
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