1040 posts • joined Thursday 7th June 2007 13:47 GMT
I'm no conspiracist but....
How do you know that the off switch really switches the phone off?
ICO to PCC
Passing the baton from the sycophants to the arse lickers.
BB would liek to remind you that "all your crats are belong to us"
Not even that much
Shareholders demand a return - the only other question is the term they are willing to wait.
Cos 38 on Fortune 500 - thats the epitomy of getting nowhere.
Data mining could be deprioritised if there was bigger money to chase going after a large subscriber base. More likely is that it would become part of the deal with different subscription levels based on degrees of data access. There would likely even remain free de-featured entry level products - try before you buy stuff.
One thing is for sure - monetization of the click is going to increase somehow cos there's been a lot of money gone into the web and someone is going to start demanding a return soon. The problem is going to be that this has to take place against a general global recession (soon to be a depression maybe?).
What will be interesting to watch will be the way FB develops after its IPO and the accountants start to increase their sway at the expense of the idealists.
Not just Skype
But social networking, self-reinforcing cliques and wilfully ignorant fanbois. Brilliant book.
If your drive letters are moving around, you can't read the DVD name and your AV slows your system the problem isn't with the OS - you are doing something perverted to your PC.
We must seal Dalgety Bay in concrete
Along with the rest of Fife.
Shame about all the sasennachs being trapped inside the infection zone but it's a price we must pay.
I'll get ma kilt.
A bit bigger than a sky+ box but much better looking.
Running a GBPVR setup on Vista it's really quiet - just keep the dust down on the fan intakes every few weeks.
P/E may be an expression of earnings over time but the reality is that it reflects many more elements. Indeed earnings seems to be a fairly minor consideration for many "tech" companies investors - the anticipation of acquisition is a driver behind some high prices - particularly if some key IP is attached. I am afraid that a lot of it is simply uninformed money looking for somewhere to go. Facebook's IPO should be an interesting indicator of how this market will continue to develop.
Re: "fiddly remote controls and complicated DVR user interfaces"
Simple solution - make user friendly remote controls and user interfaces - there's loads of em out there.
Simple TV - monitor with loads of i/o ports.
I saw that movie
A guy called Winston Smith was the data manager.
QE is inevitable
Just as the crash of the Euro (and the dollar) was inevitable.
And it is not the banks you should be blaming but the politicians who built the system - all the banks did was operate the way they were encouraged to by successive generations of vote-buying politicians.
QE by the ECB shouldn't have been necessary - according to the theory. All the Euro countries were going to live within the strict parameters set down and take early measures to address any breaches of those parameters - there were even penalties to be imposed to force compliance. However, economic management theories produced by crats and accountants never survive long in the real world.
Unfortunately the whole show was being run by a bunch of people who were so tied to the Euro project being seen to succeed that they ignored all their own rules because they simply couldn't work - Greece (and almost certainly Ireland and Portugal) could never have complied with the original (or revised) rules for the Euro zone, Spain would always be borderline - a monkey with an abacus could have calculated that - the scaling made every day a toss of the coin for these small economies and their desperate need for growth gave them a vastly disproportionate exposure to bad debt.
The parameters for action over inflation, indebtedness etc became fuzzy targets and those very clever people in Euopean finance ministries forgot that economic trending amongst a bunch of countries with lots in common would multiply the effect of breaching those parameters - like everyone rushing to starboard at the same time - and the small fry would always fall first - Greece could have been as prudent as you like for the last hundred years and it wouldn't have made any difference at all - they'd still be bust today.
Being all smug about the pound isn't clever either - and all this talk about "european firewalls" and stopping the spread of contagion is childish nonsense designed to protect UK politicians butts. We are just as exposed as the rest of the Eurozone because the big debt is now on Europe and we don't have the ability (will?) to force our solution down everyone elses throats like the yanks do.
The failure of Bretton Woods to agree a proper balancing mechanism was the fault of wussy Brit and French pols not standing up to Uncle Sam. For many decades the third world paid that price. Now we are having to suffer a bit of the pain ourselves and it is again wussy euro politicians who are going to see us come out of this with a "solution" which sows the seeds of the next disaster - i.e. WorldBanking 2.0 - "get your Chinese credit cards here".
QE is going to happen when the europols realise that the IMF and World Bank will allow europe to do it just like it let the US do it. The UK should get the printing presses going right now. As for Greece, Italy, Spain and Ireland - let em bail. The last time the world tried to get blood out of a european stone we got nazis and WWII.
What is it about research stories?
36 healthy individuals between the ages of 20 to 40 over two days
The scales alone make the results statistically insignificant.
And what is the value of knowing the health effect of a two day exposure?
Low-level long-term exposure to CO can lead to depression, slightly higher levels can cause fetus damage. How were these health effects accounted for?
Sniffing glue would also help you deal with the noise and stress of the city for pretty much the same reasons as CO - maybe that's what the prof has been doing?
Way to miss the point
Sophos equates hidden tracking activities with loyalty cards?
How do you stop web tracking? No-one really knows - you probably can't eradicate it 100% without making the web useless.
How do you stop loyalty card tracking - don't use the card - 100% effective and simple.
I think the reg should be looking for a new regular expert commenter on security issues - sophos clearly isn't taking it seriously any more.
Starting at the wrong end
This study is just another piece of PC reinforcement of the status quo
It takes no account of the huge frustration to individual human beings of having to deal with automaton like corporates who can never be in the wrong.
Corporates and Governments view is generally that if human beings (customers, voters etc) don't like what happened it was
- they don't understand
- they didn't listen to us
- we didn't explain it to them in small enough words (the nearest thing you get to an admission of culpability)
- it was a contractor so nothing to do with us
- it was some bloke what doesn't work for us any more/has been retrained
Sure there's trolling for the sake of it but it's mostly political based - most of the anti-corporate stuff is rooted in truly frustrating experiences in dealing with corporate robots who just want you to STFU and hand over your wallet.
Emergency licences are available?
I would have thought that any situation which called for the emergency presence of a gun would be beyond even the most expedited of licensing procedures.
Carrying guns in the RC church in should be fun - specially when the traditionalists and the modernists decide to have a "full and frank exchange of views" on the mystery of the faith.
I may be mistaken
But from my (somewhat hazy) recollection of my boozing days all the best publicans used to chuck out the phone crowd. I simply cannot imagine the Cheese plus phones and sans smokers.
Smoking icon of course
Not that much?
Its still 12bn quid of other people's money on a project which will deliver no useful outcome.
Poorly educated NASA boffins
"I cannot begin to guess why this little comet became such a big internet sensation," - Don Yeomans of NASA's Near-Earth Object Programme
What kinda scientist is he?
Has he never heard of the inverse proportionality rule of triviality and the web
Nothing like an easy target
Those unions eh - whats the latest list?
Coal mining industry
And lets not forget the "spanish practices" which destroyed our traditional newspaper industry.
All destroyed by a bunch of working class lads. You would have thought the revolution would have come by now with such an ability concentrated in the hands of a few thousand people.
Try reading beyond the Daily Mail headlines. Piss-poor political management, a lack of long term strategic thinking and operational practices determined by accountants - that's the enemy.
But you just keep on taking the easy shots and sleep soundly knowing that you have an enemy that you can put a face on.
Me - I'd put my trust in pure luck before I'd trust a purely programmatic approach to complex, dangerous operations.
There's nothing inherently illegal about "working for one company but secretly directing customers to their own personal company". It would be a contract matter.
And copying the strategies of succesful companies is nowhere near protected. Otherwise the first guy to buy low and sell high woudl be the only game in town.
The problem with the industry is nothing to do with format. Nor does it matter in the long run if print media lives or dies. The real problem is the increasing corporatisation of the media.
People think that politicians are the playthings of the media. Well the mass news media itself is constrained by the journalistic model it has adopted since the eighties. It is a reactive, populist model which chases numbers by pandering to and reinforcing the prejudices of the masses it seeks out as customers. News is a secondary consideration, human touch has been replaced with the celebrity journalist and judgement is left to the lawyers.
Missing the context
We need a new context to consider things done in a different medium.
Simply treating the internet as a different type of newspaper or public meeting or club isn't dealing with the dynamics of the place and assuming that anonymous posts are untrue shows an unwillingness on the part of the "reformers" to engage with their subject.
It suggests to me that these "reformers" might have an agenda which is less to do with helping frame the internet and more to do with ensuring that it fits their preconceived notions of acceptable behaviour - perhaps they should be called "conformers".
Big Brother say - get your forehead barcode tatoo now.
Very few rootkits are kernel mode
And if you do have one of those this system would actually do you a favour by treating a kernel mode rootkit as a corrupted MBR and forcing you to replace it before you could run the OS.
I am fairly confident that the implementations will be able to fail properly after a corrupted MBR is detected - after all - corrupted or missing MBR isn't exactly new.
Back to the future
I had cut-off limits and notifications with the first analogue phone I ever had - 1995?. Any tech arguments put up by telcos against doing this are spurious - it's not even expensive to do so there is very little regulatory cost being passed on.
And of course what Baker really means by passing on regulatory costs is, in this case, about reducing the opportunities to rip the customers off. I'm not one to support extra government or regulation but there are some areas of consumer protection where we have to start setting some minimum standards beyond which the lies and rip-offs are just too big to bear. The telcos have been such liars and cheats that they have only themselves to blame.
Now - how about stopping telcos stealing your data allowances by making them ask specifically for each auto phone home app that they want to run against your minutes.
That's really a different issue. Any sysadmin who has one model only isn't worth paying.
Many operations will require various environments including development, public facing and secure. Insisting that all these environments operate to the same standards is actually creating a security problem. Get an undocumented workaround to enable some dev work and your sysadmin's 'faultless' security is wothless. What you can't fault is your sysadmins CYA ability.
Oh the ironing
Re windows training
Had terrible problems with my HTPC setup. Hardware conflicts, failure to resume, empty recordings. Tried all sorts of solutions. Various OSes and apps.
Vista (with GBPVR)
Continuous up time now at about 9 months - never missed a beat.
So there is at least one useful installation of Vista in the world.
T/T2 not the point
The point is S which I am sure the reviewer would have mentioned no matter how bare boned a review.
And why do you assume that the products do a lot more than the reviewer has mentioned? Are you referring to the long list of things like "EPG, remote control, power on light etc" which manufacturers of shoddy crap like to include to distract us from the fact that it's shoddy crap? Or are you aware of some actual useful feature that the reviewer has failed to mention?
I gave up on freeview recorders as they were consistently underpowered and poorly featured.
From the look of this bunch it doesn't look like they have moved on a lot.
What's the betting you could cure most of the LG crashes with an uprated transformer unit?
And DVB-T only? Do they even know what year it is?
The lesser of three evils?
Most evil - Hardware company
Not quite so evil - Software company
Least evil - Advertising company
Yep - I can see how the history of the whole C20 leads to that conclusion - for open source crusaders. Stallmans sense free proclamations and advertising have a lot in common - they both pretend to be profound whilst on examination actually say nothing of substance.
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