2081 posts • joined Wednesday 13th June 2007 16:31 GMT
@Those wanting something useful done.
For fuck's sake lighten up!
Considering some cock-ends are presently filling the oceans with tons of crude oil and the governments of the world are doing fuck all about it, and the fact that the amount of money spent by the UK and US on killing people for no reason in Afghanistan could pay for a fuck of a lot of aid in Africa (assuming that some twat doesn't steal it like they do the majority of aid meant for the poor), I think that bleating on about one fucking phone being destroyed for a bit of a laugh is a little silly.
Hell, it's not like everyone is going to do this -- but plenty of people want to see it. So, perhaps, this person is doing us all a favour by disseminating this film so we don't have to waste any more phones?
That the company hasn't folded yet. With any luck the investigations will find them guilty of various data breaches and the investors will loose all their money. With any luck the founders will be depressed enough to top themselves -- well, we can only hope...
So, who is going to prison?
Please tell me someone is to be jailed for giving out* the personal details of all these people.
*Having data like this on a laptop goes beyond negligence -- there is no excuse for it and everyone involved with data like this should know that by now or their management should be fired and/or jailed.
Ah, so we are all America's bitches?
It's a shame when one country gets to decide its national interests are important to everyone.
Not that I condone what Ronnie Biggs did -- but at least, unlike a lot of other criminals, we didn't have to pay to keep him here. Is it cheaper to jail someone for life than to let them get away with it?
More to the point: What did he do wrong?
Is it illegal to board planes in Cyprus now?
Why is everyone in the world America's bitch? Unless he was spying against Cyprus or harming their citizens they should have let him go on his way.
So don't they beat sex offenders any more?
I was always under the impression that people who were in prison for sex offences were beaten and abused by the other inmates and the guards -- is this no longer the case? If so it seems odd that someone, even if homeless, would rather face that than another night on the street -- especially when they could just shoplift or something.
RE: Silverlight rocks
Does it? I doubt it.
Flash is bad enough but some of us don't want Microsoft's dodgy "intellectual property" running on hardware we own.
Does the local network card really make that much difference to ping times? Surely most of the lag comes from routers and switches making decisions rather than from your network card?
Also, does this mean ping is not cumulative? Because if your ping time to your router is really in the order of 40ms then I'd be asking why...
(I am no networking or electronics expert so feel free to correct my logic)
Oh, for fuck's sake.
"Won't someone think of the children!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" is turning this country into a nursery school.
Who the hell is it harming that a these people are giving out porn DVDs to people who buy burgers after they've been clubbing? OK, so they should probably be shut down for selling alcohol without a license or something, but prosecuted? Give me a break.
Does anyone need this at home?
For businesses with a lot of investment in MS infrastructure I can kind of understand why they would continue with MS Office. But, for the home user who doesn't need exchange integration (not that they get outlook) or any DMS integration and the like this seems like overkill.
Surely for the majority of people the adequate-if-slightly-flaky OpenOffice.org with a price of zero is a better option? It allows the opening of MS Office documents and the ability to write letters/CVs etc. which can be read by MS Office if necessary.
So, is there any reason anyone but a Corporate user needs MS Office?
Good to have a heads-up.
Though what this is really about is trusting your software sources, not trusting your OS.
If you install a program on your machine then, of course, it will have at least as many permissions are you (or as you explicitly allow) -- so given that this is a IRC server it's hardly any kind of vulnerability.
My thoughts exactly.
Am I a computer expert? I use them all day (and sometimes most of the night) -- is that enough?
Just how good do you have to be to be a "computer expert"?
I'm with the courts on this one.
Without some kind of permanent (only reversible by surgery) change taking place then I don't see that a person has changed sex. According to what this male seems to want people should just be able to change the sex recorded on their identification any time they feel -- taking this to its logical conclusion that would mean many people should be able to change their ID from one sex to another just for the weekend, or the night, depending on their lifestyle. Or, for example, leave one country as a man and enter another as a woman.
Be whomever you want to be -- but I'm afraid you are not a man unless you have male sexual organs and you are not a woman without female ones or, at least, a close enough approximation that someone seeing you naked would take you for that sex.
RE: Yet more Jobs-inspired Snake Oil...
What they can't do that any old generic netbook can't is look flashy and be "fun" to use.
If you ask someone who owns an Apple device what it can do that any other generic device of that type can't they just show you the flashy interface and a couple of games that take advantage of the accelerometer to make things move around the screen.
While I realise that HDDs are actually pretty robust nowadays and the accelerometer-controlled head-parking will likely prevent disasters I can't help but think that a device like this is crying out of SSD. Only recently we've seen reports that just the vibration from other equipment in data centres is supposed to slow down HDD performance and I know from experience that HDDs in portable devices cause "stalls" -- but with SSD you have vibration-resistant storage meaning your hard drive doesn't have to stop when you drop it on the bed or the bus or car journey is particularly bumpy.
Surely this is _the_ application, outside of high-speed situations, where SSD comes into its own?
I may be wrong, but I don't think the BBC will have to do anything to cope with the demand -- they'll just broadcast over the internet live in a similar way to over the airways. Yes, OK, that's a slightly simplistic way of putting it but the congesting this will cause will be at the various routers between the BBC's network and the viewers.
How about moving the conference?
Rather than blocking the wireless communication of the people they serve why don't governments simply hold conferences in places with no mobile phone of WiFi signals? I'm sure there's enough room in Canada and the US (though you could struggle in the UK) to simply hold these things with a ten-mile exclusion radius or something?
It's about time these wankers stopped disrupting the lives of the people they are paid to serve.
My E71 does everything I need it to (and most things that the Jesus Phone and Android ones do) -- and it has about twice the battery life.
Don't get me wrong, Symbian is of course clunky and the screen doesn't look as flashy because it has a hardware keyboard -- but for email and internet it's great and it will multi-task so I can leave my FTP client or puTTY and web browser open and just switch between the two to test updates (for example).
Yes, the iPhone has a flashy interface that is, I'm sure, easy to use -- but as tools go it's not the only choice.
I just tried Meego today.
I like it! Well, with a qualifier that I only spent a few minutes on it and couldn't work out how/if you could multitask (I'm sure it's simple).
The colours I can agree on -- but I'm generally colour agnostic so they don't bother me as a day-to-day thing.
Meego seems to me to be a nice, straighforward, menu system on top of Linux -- which is about all it needs to be.
Doesn't mean I'll be changing to it from Easy Peasy any time soon -- but that's because I'd a .deb fan and not for any interface worries.
They want our precious bodily fliuds!
This moron has influence?
My condolences Australia, it seems you too are suffering.
If they can mong the firmware then the console is at fault.
All Sony had to do was put in a couple of thermal cut-outs, if it's heat, or make the firmware non-writeable without holding down a button or something (I'm sure there are more technical ways to do it). Unless you are explicitly telling a device "I am writing to firmware now and nothing else" it should not write to firmware.
A locked down piece of consumer brown goods should not be able to destroy itself. What's next, TVs that explode because you change their refresh rate?
I think the idiots should pay for their own rescues.
But I still think that the organisers are idiots and should at least pay to have the island cleaned -- possible as community service for "aiding and abetting morons".
Anyone not taking something warm to wrap up in and not realising that a tidal causeway is just that is stupid.
But -- the reason sensible people don't arrange "free events" is because they realise that, in organising something like this, you are taking some responsibility for it.
I recall a colleague got some free video call minutes from 3.
He used to video call his friends then they'd both either (if using a headset) put the phone in their pocket or put the phone up to their ear. I'm sure he isn't the only person to have done that.
So -- we've had video calling for a good few years now and I bet most of the calls are either 30 second demonstrations or the image being transmitted is of the side of the caller's head or similar.
I would guess the only time people have used this "in earnest" is fro the purposes of mutual masturbation.
Just thought of another group who could take advantage.
HR departments and/or bosses. You have an employee who you don't want/like and they happen to run a sweepstake -- now you can just sack them for gross misconduct.
@Those who think this article is in some way irrelevant.
While it is true that, in most cases, you'll be fine carrying on with whatever it is you're doing regarding sweepstakes and the like you should not laugh this off.
If you own a business, think carefully about this next time you fire someone around the time of the world cup, for example. I'm sure a disgruntled ex-employee who knows about this will try to use it to their advantage.
If you happen to be a law firm, or in another other highly regulated industry I am sure that your regulatory body will not take kindly to you breaking the law -- should a client, employee or competitor decide to report you to the police.
There are probably many other situations where this will get you into some kind of trouble -- even if you're never actually charged with the offence in the end.
So, yes, this may be irrelevant to you at this moment -- but, like many other minor laws we all break from time to time, there are situations where this could bite you in the arse.
What is it with these pricks?
"catching nascent paedophiles before they become a threat to children." What the fuck do you do then Mr Eurocrat?
Someone googles a few slightly dodgy things, but commits no crime, and you're going to do what?
Perhaps you ought to administer hormone treatment -- it worked so well on that queer fellow who used to break codes or something or other.
Or will you just ostracise them? Worked well for that McCarthy prick in the US.
I would also like to see the evidence that viewing paedophilic imagery actually causes paedophillia, or that someone who views the images necessarily has to enact them. I'm very concerned about the last part because it suggests that people who watch look at other forms of pornography enact them -- I hope to fuck I don't know anyone who has seen two girls one cup!
I've already played with an early version.
Installed an image in VirtualBox. It is just Chrome browser with an extra settings tab and an always-open GMail tab.
My reaction was "meh" -- I can see it being used on very cheap hardware but it's even less exciting than the iPad.
I have a better one for all police services to use:
"Looking for and sometimes chasing and capturing bad guys because you're not really allowed to and don't have time.".
Or, how about a more up to date one:
"Keeping our arrest figures looking as good as we can, no matter how petty the crimes, so half of us aren't made redundant.".
Pay more for less crippling?
So, you buy a car with the electronic equivalent a load of contact-breaking stickers and zip-ties everywhere and a bung in the intake and exhaust -- and they'll only remove them if you pay more money?
I hope this bankrupts the arseholes.
But do we need it?
The only programmes I've really bothered to watch in HD are nature programmes and the like where the photography is part of the draw of the programme. QI could be broadcast in 400*300 black and white and it wouldn't make all that much difference -- as long as you can see who is saying what to whom.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not a Luddite, I just wonder if we should be using all this bandwidth for HD broadcasts of programmes which don't need it.
It's a Quagaar in his cryopod!
Oh, wait, it's a Smegging garbage pod...
As long as we're allowed to stare.
I hope any woman going around with her nipples (false or otherwise) sticking out like that won't object if a few of us can't help but stare.
And there was me thinking women wanted men to talk to their faces and not their chests?
I remember it well...
You saw a link to a video you want to watch so you click it then one of a few things happened:
A new page opened with the video embedded in a Java applet.
A new page opened with the video embedded in an ActiveX control (shudder)
A new page opened with the video in an embedded Real Player window.
A new page opened with the video in an embedded Windows Media Player window.
A new page opened with the video in an embedded Quicktime window.
The video opened in Real player.
The video opened in Windows Media Player.
The video opened in Quicktime.
The video tried to open in Windows Media Player but you didn't have the CODEC so you tried right click open with on of your other players.
The video tried to open in Quicktime but you didn't have the CODEC so you tried right click open with on of your other players.
The video tried to open in Real Player but you didn't have the CODEC so you tried right click open with on of your other players.
Your browser downloaded the video and then you had to work out what to open it with...
Yeah, let's go back to that!
Let's not decide that the browser can be built to play a video format so that you don't need to mess around with plugins.
It's the sad truth about companies.
Nothing is ever enough.
If "the music business" fell apart tomorrow (I wish) then those of us who don't want pop product wouldn't really notice and those that do would soon find some independent artists to fill the niche.
The fact is that nobody needs the music business apart from the execs and the shareholders.
On-line file sharing doesn't threaten artists, it threatens businesses -- anyone who forms an attachment to an artist will want to pay them for their work (well, almost anyone I suppose). The fact that they won't be paying over the odds for the artists to get a low cut will be added incentive.
Have you not heard of URIs?
You know, those things you can post up on MyFaceBoWitter so that people can go and lok at a web page you'd like them to see? They work for iPlayer too you know?
What people have problem whit here is that time and effort go into developing this needless Web2.0 crap when they should go into making the site more stable and usable as it is.
If you do want to invite friends to "watch with you" you can always email them, or MSN them, or twitter it, or put the link on facebook, or... There is no need for hte BBC to attach this to the iPlayer.
Are Web2.0 fans so unimaginative that they can't work out some way of using existing technology to communicate and have to have some nice developer to make things easier?
Oh, do stop being a twat, Alfred 2.
When he allegedly* "did the crime" the punishment was not extradition to the US -- it was trial and whatever was punishment decided if* he was found guilty. Since then the situation changed -- so actually he is prepared to "do the time" for his actions as originally stated.
Aside from that -- I hardly think that throwing someone into prison to be beaten and abused for a few years is a fitting punishment for walking through an unlocked door** of a US public building**** and looking around.
The US just don't like to be embarrassed and so are using a one-sided extradition treaty meant for serious criminals and laws meant for suspects of mass murder (or "terror" as the governments like to call it) to punish this guy for making them look like the incompetent fucktards they are.
*He's innocent at the moment. Perhaps if he has a fair trial we'll find out if he's guilty or not?
**Weak passwords and other lax security isn't worth calling security.
***This is stuff owned and paid for by the public -- before anyone makes an comparison to housebreaking.
So, will you pay for news or not?
I particularly don't understand
"Sure Advertising is not funding online news any longer but in reality it does not have to when most aggregation services are small scale, getting their content for free and their hosting for minimal costs. Advertising just gives them a bonus."
Who provides the news to the aggregation service? Do pixies make it from thin air?
I'm not willing to pay for Murdoc's offerings, print or electronic, and I hate adds -- but I still realise that my news has to be written by someone, and even if I don't always agree with them they're still doing some work and it is entertaining me.
If El Reg went to subscription they I'd likely pay -- I'm certainly not paying now, I don't even see the adds most of the time, but I think they provide news worth reading and so worth paying for.
"News is news and will always be there. "
I don't know about you, but I'd rather not get all my news from people who don't get paid to write it.