190 posts • joined Friday 6th May 2011 15:44 GMT
"it's just a handful of apps that customers really want and are eager to use."
I agree. All I ever wanted from a smartphone is an Internet connection with Web, Email, and SSH apps. The rest is either fluff or nice to have, but not required.
"Healthcare leads all industries, enforcing passwords on 97 per cent of their devices. The public sector comes a close second, requiring an alphanumeric or complex passcode on 18 per cent of their devices."
This must be some new definition of "a close second" that I was not aware of.
Oh They Are, Are They?
"Companies [...] collect large amounts of data [...] but such commercial systems are opt-in"
Odd, I don't recall ever giving corporations permission to collect my data...
"Did I miss something?"
Yes you did. FF23 removes this setting for some reason or another.
Seems like a dick move to me, but there are plenty of add-ons to overcome it.
Re: For pity's sake: DON'T MOVE to the USA if you want to live
This seems apropos: http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3020
Re: No Lightening Then???
It has rained many a time on Earth without the presence of lightning; same as well for snow fall.
Also, "lightening" is making something less dark or reducing its weight. Lightning is that which Mighty Zeus lets forth from the heavens and/or YHWH uses to smite the wicked. (Or so I am told.)
Re: Storage Crystals
Any imperfections in the recording are likely a result of the explosion that destroyed Vreenak's shuttle craft.
I hope Carl fails
I *really* don't want to have to start buying HP desktops at work...
"Basically, this move puts AT&T into the same sort of class as those rent-to-own stores and payday loan companies."
So you're saying it's a move *up* for AT&T...
I thought it was pretty obvious...
When the computer backwards-asks you if want to run a program, click the "No" button.
Misleading Article Title
For an article titled "Forget Snowden: What have we learned about the NSA?" there sure was a whole lot of text talking about his activities and statements. The word "Snowden" appears 22 times in the article, but "NSA" only 14 times.
Still enjoyed the article, I'm just saying...
Re: "most trusted services in the world if they actually desire to do so."
"9/11/01 was thirteen years ago."
My good sir, if you subtract 2001 from 2013 I believe you'll find that the answer is 12.
Re: I like it when some non-name-blogger calls me an idiot ...
I knew what he meant, but I was being a little pedantic and a lot sarcastic in my reply. However, El Reg doesn't have an icon for that...
Re: I like it when some non-name-blogger calls me an idiot ...
His name is Jasper Hamill, it's right up there in the slug line... Also I'm pretty sure that El Reg moderates articles, though they probably prefer to call it "Editorial Control" or something suitably newsy.
Where is the indignant eye-roll icon?
Night not withstanding, they get an awful lot of sunlight over there.
Mainly? Publishing breathless, gossipy headlines (like "Dog finds Bizarre Object in Colon?" or "There's A Monster at the End of this Article!") designed to cajole/trick you into clicking on the article and drive ad revenues.
Other than that, Email, Web search, postponing Google's anti-trust suit, and giving Bing users something to be smug about.
Re: Doesn't everybody do this already?
"There could and perhaps should be a Firefox plug-in to change the FFF7EC to something a bit more contrasty to the white FFFFFF."
There is such an add-on, it's called "Color That Site!"
I found it to be a little confusing to use at first but after a short while I was able to shift the Yahoo! advertising div layer background color from #FAFAFF to something much darker and more obvious.
Re: Just so you know....
> NES Property Investments Limited
Do you have thier number? I've been thinking of getting a summer home in Hyrule or the Mushroom Kingdom...
Text to speech already exists, so prior art would invalidate your speaking machine patent. Similarly, speech to text also already exists so ditto on that.
Reading a work aloud is considered a "performance" of the work. A recording of said performance could be copyrighted separately from the original work, even if the original work is in the Public Domain. (This is how Disney owns the copyright on a number of works that are derived entirely from Public Domain fairy tales.) Should the original source material NOT be Public Domain then unless you obtained the performance rights, your derived work would violate copyright.
A better analogy might be carving a baseball bat out of a log. Nature made the tree branch the log came from, but you made the baseball bat by carving away the wood you didn't want. Arguably a baseball bat would be patentable if you were the first to come up with the idea.
It's also important to note that cDNA is merely patent *eligible* which means (in theory) that it still needs to be novel and useful before a patent is awarded. (I know, I know, US Patent office, etc... You can all stop sniggering now.)
"not being able to see at a glance what the weather's like outside my door"
Try opening it...
Re: @Johnny G
Ah, indeed. I don't believe there is an American equivalent dish to that.
I'm sure plenty of people eat such a thing, but as far as I know there's no special name for it.
"I think in America they call it 'Cheese toast', "
I have never heard that name used, though it could be a regional name, such as the various names for sandwiches on baguette-style bread (Sub, Grinder, Hoagie, and so-forth.)
Assuming "Cheese on Toast" (which sounds like it could be a little hamlet somewhere) is a literal description of the sandwich, we call this a "Grilled Cheese." Generally such a sandwich is "traditionally" made from white bread, buttered on the outside, one or two slices of cheese in the middle (most commonly American or Cheddar), and then heated on a griddle until properly colored (golden brown) and the cheese nicely melted. Often served with tomato soup.
If you stick a hamburger patty and grilled onions in there it's called a "Patty Melt."
Exciting New Product Placement Opportunities
Yes, now you can cram more adverts into every minute of broadcast TV and change them all again and again without having to re-record anything.
We'll swap the generic "cola" can in the first scene for a brand-name, replace the main character's sedan for the new sportier model (complete with glamor shots), and why not also change the location where the characters went on vacation to somewhere that needs a tourism boost?
Re: @User McUser (again)
Not being thick, no... Your point is absolutely correct that they don't know with 100% certainty who is actually talking on the line without eves-dropping on the call. But if a call came from my phone and went to the phone of a murder victim on the night they were murdered, getting the LUDs narrows the scope of who was on either end of that call from everyone with a phone down to a couple dozen people. I'm not exactly sure how this information could be abused, though I am keen to hear suggestions.
My point was that we've had a system that does this in the US for ages (at least since the late 70s that I'm aware) and so far the police haven't yet carted us all off to jail. Maybe the proposed non-legislation in this case *isn't* comparable to the US rule, in which case I will gladly STFU. But from the description I read it seems like exactly the same thing (note that I am inferring/assuming that there will be judicial oversight on the matter.)
Re: @User McUser
If you're that concerned about it, I suggest not lending your phone to anyone ever.
Re: "when it was made, who made it and when they made it."
"how exactly does plod propose to know _who_ made the call, without listening to the conversation?"
Because the phone company knows. Here in the US it's called a LUD (Line Usage Data) and it lists what phone called what other phone and for how long the call lasted. The police routinely subpoena this information as part of an investigation.
"The average user has to sign-on 39 times a day, and it takes them 2.3 seconds a time to do it each time"
Wow, it's a wonder we get anything else done, what with spending a whole 89.7 seconds logging into things each day. Hopefully someone will come up with a highly profitable way to solve this non-problem, perhaps something that stops working after two weeks so you have to constantly buy a new one?</sarcasm>
Where's the indignant eye-roll icon?
Re: $15.4 Million per Irishman
Oh, Ahem... Well carry on then.
$15.4 Million per Irishman
By my math, $74 Billion divided amongst the 4.8 million residents of Ireland is approximately $15.4 million each.
Now I'm not a tax lawyer (or any kind of lawyer), but I don't see how Apple can possibly claim that *none* of this revenue was from any other country in the world. And even if that's not illegal, it's certainly unethical (eg: lying).
BTW, for comparison, Ireland's GDP is $191.5 Billion.
The correct pronunciation is "P N G"
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Re: Over complex
"[in a] VHS it is always the magnetic tape that is moving, never the magnetic pick up head."
Nope, in VHS both the tape and the read/write heads move. There simply isn't enough fidelity in linear recording for the extra video information. (Google "helical scan" for more info.)
"If the head was re-engineered to be a moving part then it would probably fail, and fail often and fast."
No more so than any other mechanical device.
Authentication Tokens are dumb unless it's just one part of a n-factor authentication scheme. If my access is dependent entirely on a single piece of gear then if it's stolen/lost A) I'm screwed and B) Someone else gets to access all my accounts without being challenged. (Same reason I don't let my browser save passwords.)
While I truly detest having to create separate logins for every f-ing site on the planet, I don't think we'll be excising passwords/PINs any time soon. Biometrics might manage to do it, but inexpensive USB fingerprint scanners have been available for at least 13 years that I'm aware of and it hasn't happened yet.
"[...] stealing fairy tales from the public domain [...]"
By definition, you cannot steal from the public domain.
"Project Bread Bin" has been Binned
Apparently he's called the whole thing off now.
From the site: "I've decided to cancel the project. It seems someone who is very public and someone who I admire has publically pronounced the whole thing a scam."
@Peter 48 Re: Skipping a version
The difference is that once I buy the new version I STOP sending them money AND I still get to use the software. With a subscription model I'm left with nothing at the end of it.
And suppose I'm NOT one of those people who upgrade to every new version? A copy of CS5 will still work in another year and costs me exactly nothing beyond the amount I already paid. What benefit does a subscription give me here?
Why not sell the latest version normally and then offer a maintenance agreement/plan and provide me with the latest/greatest and what-not so long as I pay the maintenance fee? That way when I stop paying I get to keep whatever version I currently have rather than it evaporating into the æther.
"Google will [buy the network] for the measly sum of $1 [...] The search giant says it expects the network to be profitable..."
I don't see how. I mean, they've already invested nearly 1/48 billionth of their cash holdings into this boondoggle.
"...with 48 hours of YouTube video coming in every minute, we can't mechanically do it."
Sure you can, just hire 2,880 people to watch one minute each. With 3 shifts of 8 hours each, that's only 8,640 people to run the process 24/7. California's minimum wage is $8 per hour so it would only cost a bit more than $200 Million in salaries, plus incidentals (electricity, health insurance, etc.) Given that Google made multiple Billions in 2012, this seems entirely feasible.
"[...] Android has granular permissions [...]"
Well no, not really; they only have granular requirements.
If they were permissions I could enable or disable them as I see fit. Instead my only choice is "do I install or not" which makes them requirements.
Re: Lets see...The pregency stick came firts...
"The pregnancy stick came first."
If you're using a Home Pregnancy Test then I'll wager that the man came first...
> What's so difficult about pasting the public dropbox link for the file in an email and send it?
You're asking users to stop and think; that right there will stymie most people. Have you never done technical support before?
Re: Seems a great way to lose business.
"Just curious if someone refused to pay would she then be able to call the police [...]"
My guess is that if you don't pay you'll be asked to buy something or get out.
"You can't use the DCMA in a trademark dispute."
I would think not. The Defense Contract Management Agency has plenty to do already!
Re: SIM card
"Ummmm is not saying 'I have a mobile phone with me' enough?"
Or, perhaps, he had an additional SIM card besides the one in his phone.
From the Abstract
"Controlling for country-specific trends and the Christmas holiday, we find no statistical relationship between Megaupload penetration and changes in digital sales *prior* to the shutdown. However, we find a statistically significant positive relationship between a country’s Megaupload penetration and its sales change after the shutdown..." [Note: *Emphasis* is mine]
So the number of Megaupload users in an area had no measurable impact on digital sales/rentals *while it was operating* but shutting it down pushed sales up? Maybe I don't understand the math here, but to me that implies any change is just coincidental rather than causal.
The only real issue I have with this study is that there simply isn't enough data; a 9 month window (September 2011 to May 2012) isn't a big enough sample. You really need two or three years of data tracking both legal and illegal downloads to reach a meaningful conclusion IMHO.