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Yep, as someone currently studying for ITIL Foundation I find it quite ironic that ITIL and Prince2 are brought to us by the same government that brought us NPfIT.
Re: Title is too long.
And there you have in a nutshell - the problem with collecting data on everyone and everything does not mean the ability to detect more threats, it means the inability to determine what a threat actually is.
They need to scale back this bullshit and join the schengen area at least. The world is getting increasingly smaller and many more of us have to travel to Europe to do business. To me, border agencies increasingly look like my gran struggling with her Virgin Media remote.
Wouldn't that mean there are bits of Earth laying around the cosmos, possibly even to be found on Mars? At least, before our atmosphere was formed?
Wouldn't that just count against you in court? i.e. the "You do not have to say anything..." part?
On the other hand, the police do have to provide an interpreter if the subject doesn't speak English - how about insisting on answering in an alternative language such as Klingon, Elvish, Dothraki, Esperanto, Europanto or Transpiranto to name a few?
Perhaps the authorities need to understand that the reason that resources are stretched, so many cases are fragile, subject to falling apart and the odds are against convictions for refusing to give encryption keys - is that they are already dangerously stepping over the line from investigating tangible crime into thought crime and pre-crime.
Think about it, before 2001, for every 1 actual terrorist who carried out his act of terror;
- How many terrorist backed out at the last minute and went back to a normal life?
- How many potential terrorists went through planning/training but never carried it out and went on to live a normal life?
- How many potential terrorists wanted to do something but never really made connections or got to planning, got over it and carried on with a normal life?
- How many potential terrorists never plan to do anything, but secretly celebrate acts of terror?
- How many "potential terrorists" are simply interested in chemicals/history/terrorism/politics and spend their personal time researching the subjects?
- How many "potential terrorists" are critical of Western governments, socially and politically active and potentially brush shoulders unaware with other [potential] terrorists?
All of the above are likely to have interesting internet search histories, maybe even documents and plans (at university I knew someone who downloaded the code for Melissa because he was interested in studying the code). However, out of all those people, up until the act of terror - it's simply thoughts and thoughts laid out in print.
The more you investigate crimes of thought or intent, the more and more people you're going to find guilty, the more and more people you're going to have to lock up - or at least waste vast amounts of time and resources on, when the courts find that you're case is built on thoughts alone.
How much life has the youngest patent that Nokia got on it's books? 10, 15 years? That's how long before Nokia's name becomes all but history... if the
company troll even lasts that long.
He's got no clothes on!
"Our King is determined to clarify and is now doing a thorough review in order that nobody will have a sense of nakedness."
Re: Hands up anyone that didn't see this coming
I'd be very interested in seeing if Sony were willing participants in this sueball.
I remember reading mention somewhere that Sony has a bit of a multiple personality disorder (my paraphrasing)... essentially their technology arm are so far removed and at odds with their entertainment arm ideologically as well as goals; it's a wonder the company hasn't split already and started suing each other.
Still it would be interesting to see if Sony lose the right to use the Android trademark and Google Apps after this.
At current US electronics exchange rates $349 = £349.
Maybe instead of working on a tech standard that only works based on the whims of the advertiser, they should be working on an advertising standard in and of itself.
Specifying when, how and in what format advertising should appear. I have no problem with unobtrusive ads, it's the one's that popup in front of the text I'm trying to read, with loud noises or graphics.
Advertisers: Big splashy graphics, noise and popup windows make me NOT want to buy anything you produce.
Youtube: rather than a stupid minute long ad I don't want to watch, letting me skip after 5 seconds - which I almost always do; just have a 2 second splash that states "Video brought to you by..." (Google used to know how to do subtle advertising. Why does it seem like they've gone out and hired all the obnoxious marketers from other failed web-enterprises?)
Here's my application the NASA space program...
I am an Astronaut.
Intellectual property distribution is a
n serious civil infringement that is costing the UK economy hundreds of millions of pounds each year.
Re: Fundamental flaws
I hope for your sakes you're using a laptop and dongle - not your bank workstation - since El Reg forums are not encrypted and anyone can sniff your login details via a packet inspector, anonymous or not.
I guess I'm the only one...
Who would prefer to swear to God, but not to Queen?
“Again, you have heard that it was said to an older generation, ‘Do not break an oath, but fulfill your vows to the Lord.’ But I say to you, do not take oaths at all – not by heaven, because it is the throne of God, not by earth, because it is his footstool, and not by Jerusalem, because it is the city of the great King. Do not take an oath by your head, because you are not able to make one hair white or black. Let your word be ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no.’ More than this is from the evil one."
Re: @Callam McMillan - "the ..goal of putting a PC into every home came to fruition"
How could you forget Atari ST???
...puts Balmy in the corner.
I work in banking. If what you suggest were true, we could use that as a convenient excuse for money laundering. Guess what? We don't.
Obviously you don't work for HSBC, BOA, JPMC, Citi, Goldman Sachs or Barclays then? Or the majority of other global investment banks for that matter... always remember the Golden Rule, those with the Gold, make the Rules.
Re: Are they splitting hairs?
Good point - if this was a middle-eastern regime that was threatening Google for not handing over data most would be saying exactly the same - if there's no servers hosted there and no business being done - there is no case to answer.
If they do have offices and bank accounts however....
an opportunity for a competitor who better meets French and EU privacy standards...
Technically you are correct, but when you consider the competition (mostly US based companies) - do any of them really meet our privacy standards? The focus is only on Google because of the monopoly position - I don't think the likes of Microsoft are doing anything differently - and they're all handing over masses of data on Euro-citizens to the NSA.
Re: What's the big deal?
Yes it all makes perfect sense...
Just like bank employees should be expected to snoop into friends, families and potential lovers bank accounts just to check, y'know, there's no fraud going on. Because they could risk their job having a relationship with someone who is a fraudster. Against the rules, sure, but it's likely within the scope of this bank employees work.
There's HR, Compliance and other procedures for this soft of thing - whether it's the director, an agent, or the janitor who happens to be working at their offices.
Re: Regardless of the merits of the Apple patent
I don't support software patents in any form, but I agree, it's a bit strange that an inventor demonstrating their invention can actually be cited for prior art against their own invention.
It's almost as if an actual physical working product doesn't even factor into the equation. Why, someone could just come up with an idea and as long as they had a stamped and dated bit of paperwork - then all the rewards of hard work that goes into actually inventing something physical and tangible - belongs to them.
internally it's known as the "Spring 2014 GDR"
1) They're calling it a "distribution" now?
2) They still can't seem to get a consistent naming convention for their OS from one release to the next!
Sadly I see a lot of this in my sector... working for a client of a client in such a capacity now - but hey, can't afford to turn down the money.
Re: @Philip Lewis NOKIA
Just like how KODAK leveraged it's intellectual property to stay head of the competition and on top of the digital camera market (being the inventors and patent holders of the digital camera as such).... oh, wait...
Relying on patents is not a business strategy, it's a troll strategy which is becoming more and more precarious in light of the US governments recent interest.
I wonder if we'll see a shift...
Towards Europeans using proxies, vpns or other spoofing measures to get through to a non-bolloxed version of the US Google once the EU regulators are done with it?
They've already managed to make EU websites slightly more annoying with the cookies warnings appearing here there and everywhere - forcing us to do an extra few mouse-clicks! I fear Google EU becoming unusable.
And when we look back on the action against Microsoft, didn't Firefox and Chrome manage to beat IE even before the final ruling and forcing MS to put a choice dialogue box in their OS?
What good are EU regulations when they frequently target not only yesterdays problems, but problems no-one is complaining about. At this rate, might as well not expect any action on UEFI bootloader locking until at least 2023 - when it's been surpassed by another technology altogether...
No mystery there. Where do you think the governments, regulatory bodies, and so on get their money from? Who do you think they're answerable to?
With regards to regulatory bodies it's the opposite problem - not enough money and not enough experts. Regulatory bodies suffer from a particular type of brain-drain.
In that they hire fairly inexperienced or average types to investigate bankers books; then after they've gotten some experience, banks will swoop in with offer of a salary the government can't compete with, and hire these experienced regulators to help them find ways around new regulations.
It's a lovely parasitic relationship. Anyone looking for a high paying job in banking should get a job in a regulatory organisation.
Re: Genuine question...
I would like to see the results of this little thought experiment.
I'd also like to see the result if someone programmed a bot to tweet random sentences and one so happened to be a bomb threat. How would the thought-police deal with that one?
BTW I find myself feeling threatened by this picture of a bomb exploding -->
Permit me to take a stab at it...
Most of these large global entities are responsible to shareholders, no matter where those shareholders are based.
So rather than reported profits in $region, why does the government not simply require that companies report:
a) share value
b) dividend value
c) presence - percentage of business done in $region (based on property/employees/sales)
and come to a percentage of tax required based on that - not unlike the inexact IR35 requirements for individuals.
Rather than a dividend tax, this would be a tax based on projected value of the company as a whole calculated from shares, dividends and presence. The bonus being that
a) companies have a disincentive to try and hide or reduce shares and dividends and for fear of punishment by the shareholders.
b) companies can use clever accounting, but they can't hide the the physical number of employees, premises and sakes that they have in a region.
Anyone see any holes in this idea?
Re: codename "david cameron"
Got any CP? (Cameron Porn).
Is it just me that sees the problem of putting closed source code on an 'open' repository?
Given the mission of GitHub is to share and fork code, why would anyone put code that they want to 'protect' on GitHub in the first place?
I mean, if you're really interested in extracting a profit from it, then you have to be prepared to pay legal fees to go after someone who forks your code without seeking a license. Therefore aren't you just creating a rod for your own back by way of exponential lawyer fees and the inevitable Pandora's box of not being able to prevent the code going viral?
You don't see Microsoft putting Windows code, or Adobe putting Photoshop code up online for everyone's perusal - there's a reason for that.
Re: You have two hand-picked partisan polticians: CHOOSE ONE
I tend to bang a drum about this but I don't apologise and I really feel that it needs to be mentioned more... Switzerland is a great (and the only) example of a direct democracy that works. No career politicians and functioning on public referendums for every new law, just as you describe.
Career politics is the enemy and it needs to end - spread the word!
I would also like to complain...!
The games' title alludes to murder, which I find highly offensive on behalf of murder victims everywhere.
I think Microsoft should apologise and change the name to "Rainbow Hugs".
Let's face it...
We're already under a global tyranny of having to carry passports when we want to travel beyond certain invisible borders.
Real freedom would mean real (pre-WW1) freedom of movement. A prison the size of a million football fields is still a prison.
It definitely is conformation that was going on. Just repeating the same stuff, slightly different.
And yet the EU has yet to address Microsofts dominance of the traditional 'desktop' and force OEMs to provide alternative OSes as a pre-installation option!
For me that would do a lot more good than forcing a search engine to provide extra hyperlinks, when navigating to a competitor is 2-clicks away.
Que Es Search?
I can only see (3) and (4) being relevant since Google is already doing (1) and (2) to a degree and it would only require a bit more tweaking.
I assume Foundem and the other MS proxies will not settle until they've drawn blood. They don't want a fair solution, they want Google to lose some serious cash - it's about hindering rivals after all, not about fair competition or the end user.
As long as I don't do a search for something I'm looking to buy and get offered Foundem as a valid result, or another search engine as a valid result then that's fair to me.
I suspect if Google was forced to start redirecting people to Foundem, only to duplicate their personal search efforts, Google would start to lose mindshare - and profits - rapidly (but not to Foundem - to Bing or DuckDuckGo or someone else).
Foundem? fuck 'em!
LG Display said its operating profit was 151.3bn Korean won ($135m) in the first quarter.
And what is that in British £?
Because I checked, and yes El Reg is still serving from a .co.uk domain, I know we seem to have a recent flood of US readers and writers but if this rag starts going US centric I'm going to have to cut loose and join the Inquirer or something drastic.
Re: Copyleft... bullshit
So you want to work for free then? What is the point of writing any code if someone bigger is going to come along, take your code and sell it?
This is a good question and I'm going to attempt to answer it...
* If everything is public domain - people can take your code and sell it, but you can also take their code and
a) sell it,
b) use it,
c) improve it,
d) merge it back into your own source.
* Even if they take your code and produce none of their own for you to take, users will tend to focus on brand and trust. You can trade on your
a) brand - companies will come to you for original code.
b) trust - people will prefer to get source from you direct (free and supported), rather than pay a reseller.
And for those that still want to pay a reseller for your free public domain code, well they deserve to go bankrupt and probably soon would.
Forgot to mention in my first comment - props to El Reg for actually linking to Groklaw for once, rather than that troll Mueller.
Forgive me for being naive, but how can a company sue for infringement of some intellectual 'property' that hasn't even been established yet? How could any judge presiding this case not be embarrassed for their justice system is beyond me.
Is it not like sentencing a suspect, imprisoning them, then waiting to see the outcome of the police investigation to see if a crime was actually committed?
Re: PCMCIA dongles?
I'm surprised she was even aware of how to use these hugely technical terms given she posted a 7-minute long technical instructional video on YouTube teaching how to... wait for it... plug in a HDMI cable to your laptop and display a 2nd screen on your monitor.
Go ahead, try to make it through the whole video.
Re: computer crimes @WatAWorld
Because we put people in prison for 3 years for not picking up dog poop? Because altering a URL and then creating an automated script is a crime on par with forcing yourself upon a woman and subjecting her to a despicable assault such as rape?
People who think like you are the reason this world is so f**ked up.
Wot.. no outrage?
No outrage over yanks coming over and stealing British jobs? No lengthy discussion over the merits and drawbacks of the UK visa system or immigration quotas?
Come on Brits, we're really being shown up by our counterparts on the other side of the Atlantic, on account of our lack of patriotic zeal.
Re: Is this the 80s????
Just be glad they're not calling them "cyber leaders". I'll take the abuse of the term "digital" over "cyber" any day.
Re: Let's pretend the internet doesn't exist for a minute... bear with me...
Well that is the truth, someone can steal your number-plates and not just number plates, whole cars get stolen. But the difference once again comes down to cost-benefit.
Whilst it's trivial and would take less than 3 seconds to steal a print left on the street, even less time to Ctrl+C and copy an image - for a small amount of risk and storage space. It's a bit more risky to steal a car in that you can't hide it up your jumper and you can't hide it once it's in your possession (without paying a lot more than a picture for storage space).
That's even ignoring the fact that you can take a picture of a picture and you can create a slightly inferior copy that you can enjoy. You can't take a picture of a car and say now I have another slightly less quality car to drive!
So I'm not sure how you defeat my analogy? It just makes me think you didn't really read my comment and neither did those who upvoted you. Why even bother replying?
It's not just sellers getting scammed - buyers too.
Anecdotal evidence I know, but I paid for something that never arrived and tried emailing and calling the seller. Eventually got Paypal involved and the seller sent Paypal a scan of a postage receipt... for a completely different name+address.
Paypal accepted that as evidence and closed the dispute. That was where my relationship with Paypal and eBay ended. Will never use them again.
Let's pretend the internet doesn't exist for a minute... bear with me...
You are a photographer, you spend money on a photo shoot, printing your photos. Then you take those prints and hang them out on the street and walk away. You then come back in 24 hours to see if anyone made an offer to buy one - but you discover they've all been stolen and no-one left any cash.
You still have the original film, of course, but you're miffed as to why someone would steal the high quality prints you left outside for the world to look at and offer to buy. Everyone you complain to thinks you're a bit daft.
Let's repeat the mantra of the internet again, if you don't want people to copy your digital property - don't put it on the web!
The internet is like a public street. If you leave something out there there's no guarantee that the public will behave in a trustworthy manner and not take it. So what you need to do is put out low quality prints, or use watermarks, or simply announce you have a gallery and registration and/or fee allows people to come in and look.
Watermarking images on the web these days is a trivial thing and if you're photographs are worth it then buyers will look past the watermark to see how decent the picture is and then be able to make an offer. Anyone who copies the watermarked digital file just looks like an idiot - and are usually called out on it without the owner needing to assert their rights. If anything it just creates more publicity for the original image.
As far as aerial photography goes. I call bullshit. There will always be a market for these, but the nature of how that market works is going to change. Governments and private entities will have a desire for aerial photography but they may find themselves commissioning work, rather than purchasing it at £10 an image.
Here's the second tired, old mantra: No-one owes you an income. You create income for yourself by finding skills or product people want, and selling it to them at a price optimal to marginal cost.
Whilst regulations exist to ensure employers and business contracts remain fair, it doesn't mean someone can't be let go from a job, and it certainly doesn't mean that the government must try to force people to use new more efficient technology in a less efficient way in order to preserve diminishing marginal utility.
Re: despite Microsoft offering customers deep discounts on Windows 8 upgrades
El Reg really needs a shovel icon!
Fragmentation again? Really El Reg, is it still 2010? I could have sworn we had a couple of New Years Eve parties between now and the last 'sky-is-falling' article about Android fragmentation.
Android fragmentation is, and always was, a red herring. Did anyone complain about fragmentation of Symbian all those years ago when Nokia was market leader and cranking out feature phones faster than duck farts? No, because back then phones were sold on features, the OS was irrelevant in most consumers minds.
iPhone raised the bar on feature phones, but was it really a smartphone? It was missing several 'smart' features that phones like Blackberry and Nokia had for years - MMS, removable battery, 3G, calendar to name a few. Remember on it's first release the app store wasn't even a desired thing - Steve Jobs actively resisted the idea. I don't think the simple shape of a phone is a deciding factor in whether it is a smartphone or not.
So then Android comes along and leverages the plasticity of Linux to make it an iPhone contender. At this point iOS has grown into a smartphone OS as much as Android Donut started out as one. It was at this point that people stopped thinking of phones based on their hardware features and started considering them the same way they did desktop and laptop devices - a piece of hardware that can run an OS.
Of course the problem is that OEMs had yet to come round to this way of thinking. They were still trying to promote their hardware based on features, rather than as suitable hardware for a smartphone OS. I think it's been a learning process for manufacturers to come around to the idea that they are no longer selling features, but capable hardware. I'd say the learning process is not yet complete but some seem to be learning faster than others.
It's not like desktop and laptop manufacturers are any better anyway. One could equally argue that all the different types of Windows OS pre-installed with crudware (e.g. OEM version, Norton Anti-virus, Hardware Utilities etc...) causes fragmentation but people don't call it that and seem to accept it as a given that Microsoft is quite happy for manufacturers to sell crippled versions of Windows.
Re: There's a reason for Geolocation lockouts.
This only ever made sense when media was a physical import like food, utensils and other commodities. This day and age geography is not a physical restriction to distribution unlike it still is to physical items.
Tell me, when the telephone was invented, did the post office lobby for laws forcing people to mail a letter before initiating a telephone conversation? Because that is what region encoding is - it's an arbitrary block to render technology almost useless.
What about the motor car? Do we still need a law that states someone should walk ahead of the car with a flag to warn people so they don't get run over?
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