If you're that determined to read books and return them within a time limit to avoid paying a fee, I recommend you look up these things called "Libraries." I'm sure they're still around...
1223 posts • joined 28 Jul 2011
I can see the potential for phones and mobile internet diverging again for some users - snap up an old school 'dumb' phone like this one if days of standby are important to you, and a small tablet or smartphone for your internet needs. With them separate you can hammer the battery on the internet device and not worry about losing your communication capacity.
Re: A different model …
In theory, Fundamental rights cannot be signed away, full stop. In practice there are grey areas like the ones mentioned above. The key is with these clauses being in civil contracts, all the other party has on you is - potentially - breach of contract if you sue without the agreed arbitration or break an NDA.
In the example of suing before going to arbitration, assuming you have a semi-valid sounding grievance a decent lawyer could argue this shows the other party has breached the contract first and you have no reason or obligation to honour a contract when the other side isn't holding up their end*.
Queue the legal Merry-go-round.
*However this means time & cost to construct the argument on sound legal footing & opens up more options for counter-attack in the courtroom, so you could equally argue it still serves well as a deterrent.
Re: This is the kind of research the world needs.
Yeah, Reg missed the chance for a headline of
"Scientists get birds PISSED at work: 'It's our job, honestly' cry boffins"
Re: I know it's a long article...
Glad I'm not the only one to notice. For the love of the Emperor, please hire a proofreader El Reg. Most of us don't mind the odd slip but this is just embarrassing.
I don't think you're entirely right there. You can easily have a bait-and-switch where the bait was an ephemeral promise that never existed in the first place - having the bait technically available (but with the highly ineligible/tiny stock amount 'get out' of your choice) is just a loophole that stops the particular example of bait-and-switch being discussed from also being Fraud and/or False Advertising.
I think more worrying than someone scamming a seat upgrade would be someone compiling a list of people wealthy enough to travel who are leaving the country for a few days.
Is your passport number shown on your boarding pass?
Re: going down
I'm not saying what he did wasn't wrong*, I'm saying his life is fucked out of all proportion to the harm caused.
*Incidentally neither did he - he plead guilty - so all the comments claiming he is denying responsibility are misinformed.
Re: going down
I downvoted, not because I'm "another angry loner who thinks script kiddies should be allowed to DDOS anything on the internet", but because the original commenter is exactly right: that kid's life is completely fucked. On top of whatever punishment the courts dish out, he has a criminal record, probably an entry in the sex offenders register, and no work experience. AT BEST his future is shelf stacking or some other minimum wage menial job, more likely a life of crime as no one will touch him with a barge pole. All stemming from some petty vandalism when he was 16? Excuse me if I can't feel good about that.
BOFH will lose the Battle, but win the War eventually. Now that Gina is his boss we may see a sexual harrassment angle in upcoming episodes, although whether or not that will backfire I couldn't say. It's even possible that Simon will retreat/resign/fake his own death (again) and leave Gina running the show while he takes an extended holiday, like the brief era of the PFY's ascendance to the throne.
Re: Player morality
Have to tack my agreement on here. Indeed if the petition really does include the phrase "The incentive is to commit sexual violence against women, then abuse or kill them to proceed or get 'health' points" then I think Rockstar could have a fairly solid Libel/Slander case.
Not that I think they'd take that route, I'm sure they just want to walk away from all this idiocy after the Hot Coffee fiasco.
Why don't you trial a flag/checkbox for the comments like "This comment contains corrections to the article?" and have those comments automatically emailed to the duty editor when posted? Much easier/more natural from a commentard standpoint. And having it linked to a profile means you could revoke the ability to submit corrections if you get nutters correcting every article with "9-11 WAS AN INSIDE JOB ORCHESTRATED BY ELVIS BECAUSE WALL STREET FOUND OUT THE TRUTH ABOUT THE MOON LANDINGS" or somesuch.
I'd be tempted to change my gender identity to "Helicopter Gunship" just to see what sort of ads I get.
"shown to be primarily for the purpose of facilitating online copyright infringement"
Okay, that doesn't actually use the word prove, but it's strongly implied the intent is to have some due process. Of course what the law will actually say once the politicians and lobbyists finish warping it will likely be a different story.
Re: what happens
Or possibly the DoJ out for Microsoft's blood. It's entirely plausible that the organisation has an undercurrent of resentment from when Microsoft wriggled out of being broken up.
Re: Money speaks, as usual
Good Lord - maybe this is Google's long term strategy; fragment AdBlock until you wind up with AdBlock plus, AdBlock Edge, AdBlock Pure, AdBlock Super ad infinitum and no one knows which one is best to install and the coding talent is diluted between dozens of competing efforts.
"bypassing Oracle’s compiler"
Were Oracle the ones suing Google over Android a while back? Colour me surprised that big G are positioning to stop using their wares.
Re: A confession
I have a lot of sympathy for Jim Carrey. He desperately wants to be a serious actor, but no-one is interested in going to see him in a film where he is not making use of his rubber face or pretending to talk out of his arse.
Re: Best one...
I'm sure one or two names will have wound up in BOFH's 'dish served cold' file as a result of today's episode. And with the inevitable Christmas party episode coming up they'll surely be on the hit list.
If bitcoin mining is basically a distributed brute force attack, how long until the NSA come up with a system that rewards cryptocurrency in exchange for throwing your PC muscle behind cracking 'communications of interest'?
It occurs to me that this is basically Extortion Racketeering where the threat is the stress, drain & possible financial ruin instead of good old fashioned violence. They shouldn't be sued, they should be investigated by the police and possibly put in bracelets.
I suspect the trolls would never actually initiate court action, aside from being far too expensive they wouldn't want to push their victims to seek professional representation or to put their case in front of a Judge. Either scenario would see them ripped to shreds.
The only way they'll end up in court is with a suit against them, either a class action like this or if they balls up and target someone with money or legal qualifications.
@Persona non grata
"So, like to admit you got that wrong then?"
The Swedish courts have a warrant for his arrest. (which has just been upheld)
Interpol has a warrant for his arrest.
The UK courts agree that there is sufficient grounds to extradite him to Sweden.
I would imagine they also have a warrant for his arrest out given he skipped bail.
Ergo, he is going to be arrested and held as soon as he leaves the embassy, for bail-jumping at least even if the Swedish charges were to magically melt away. Questioning him in the embassy accomplishes the square root of fuck all for the Swedish prosecutors, so why would they bother? It would be bad precedent to pander to a fugitive in this way.
Re: Flame Suit Donned
This has been said a thousand times and I can't believe I'm letting myself be sucked back in but here goes: It's not about interviewing him, it's about charging him with the crimes he is accused of - the interview is a mandatory part of Swedish law that must occur before he can be charged. There were warrants out for arrest years ago. Swedish officials coming to the UK would accomplish nothing and would probably actually be counterproductive.
"Gavin Patterson, BT chief executive, has previously accused Sky of "buying" customers with its special offers."
Clearly BT are incensed at the prospect of the commoners getting a benefit from dealing with a corporation. Don't Sky know you just lock the peasants into a 2 year contract (3 when we can slither it through) and ignore them until they are free to leave?
Don't be ridiculous. if we tried something like that we could end up looking at a Resonance Cascade failure!
Even if they perfect the gripping operation so it is optimum for 'normal' building surfaces, I think they'll run into issues with the grip pads becoming clogged. Try it in the real world and the supergrip is bound to get clogged with dust and grit and become unable to make contact with the climbing surface. Possibly the next step in the technology will be 'switching off' the grip when it's not hugging a wall so crap doesn't accumulate.
Would a WhiteHat attack on the firmware be feasible? Have a background program on your machine attempt to own any USB device inserted, and if it's succesful throw up a panic flag, install verified clean firmware and start scanning for hidden partitions.
Re: Not quite sure...
I loved FC3, my main gripe with it was the speed of spread and deadliness of the fire. The most annoying bit was when you caught fire there was a delay between the 'oh shit I'm on fire' animation/damage and the 'heal' button switching over to the 'Extinguish fire' function. More often not I'd try to pat myself down too early and inject a healing syringe. Then I had to wait for a cooldown period on the button WHILE I'M BURNING to put myself out.
Having said that I did love FC3 and I'll probably pick this up. I hope they add some better mission replayability this time though.
Re: Obama Plan for Internet?? - Nooooo!
'Keeping costs low' is relative. I would say £110Bn a year is a (financially) high cost but we gladly pay it to live in a society where the sick aren't left behind. It only looks like a low cost in comparison to the mind-boggling US system.
One of these days someone over there will work out you could probably fly a patient to Canada, put them up in a hotel for a week and buy a minor operation from a private practice there cheaper than the US does it. Would be interesting if someone like Musk tried to build a business model around it.
Whatever happened to the Maunder Minimum we were supposedly due? I thought we were in for a series of SuperWinters.
Re: These can't be DoSed, right?
So what happens in a Civil War when both teams theoretically have home field advantage?
It's nice to see regulatory capture isn't exclusively limited to Blighty and her children at least.
Re: A large uptick for "Other" on the first graph
Or people still sticking/stuck with XP are taking steps to obfuscate their OS so as not to advertise a vulnerability to all and sundry. I could speculate that a 'hide my OS' browser extension has gone viral.
Re: Hippo Farts
I would pay to have that particular memory erased from my brain.
Re: makes you blind...
Only if your aim is off.
Didn't know people found the Argos app useful, last time I tried it was dire; might be worth giving it another whirl. Maybe they are changing their ways after all.
Argos seriously need to get with the times. Laminated catalogues and slow broken touchscreens aren't cutting it any more. They should have a decent Argos app and WiFi in every store so you can smoothly browse, reserve & pay with your phone whether there or at home.
Also they should be partnering with Amazon/others for the locker thing where you can have online goods delivered to a store. Their entire business is basically storing stock in a warehouse, a partnership that would bring extra revenue and footfall should be a no-brainer.
Re: Are the strikes the reason...
Minimum wage, minimum effort.
Simple as that. When you know your employer is scaling your pay to the lowest setting allowed by law and busting your arse won't change that, it's entirely rational to save your energy for jobhunting / uni / generally pissing around.
Re: BAE a 'Brit' company?
I think they are typicallly only 'BRITISH' when they do bad, i.e. how the US politicians were lining up to bollock 'BRITISH Petroleum' after the Gulf spill. Kind of like how Andy Murray is Scottish when he crashes out of tournaments.
"A missile can take down ONE attacker. If the enemy attacks with a wave of drones then the available supply of missiles will be exhausted very quickly leaving the vehicle with no protection."
That's currently one more than a not yet existing railgun that will be highly unlikely to effectively scale to APC level. Even if a ground vehicle railgun did come into being, it would still suffer from the same ammo limitations. Okay railgun slugs would take less space than missiles, but now you need something in the vehicle to power the accelerator.
Also if the railgun projectile is to be launched at speeds that make it worth using a railgun instead of an old school decent calibre cannon, the air disruption at launch would likely pose a serious threat to nearby infantry if not the vehicle itself.
I think the main purpose of this project is as a money funnel flowing from the military to BAE. God forbid a General have time to think and realise the best thing for the army would be to demand more of the missiles that have done the job for years at a cheaper price.
Re: We shouldn't be surprised, should we ?
"Linux is providing them with revenue via patents"
I think that's a VERY shaky house of cards that could fall apart at any time. Sooner or later someone will standup to the Microsoft shakedown, and MS will either have to back off or declare once and for all in court the patents allegedly infringed by Linux. Neither option would bode well for strong-arming further licencing agreements.
"The more feral kids will use this to write rude words, which can be a powerful motivator to learn things at that age."
10 PRINT "MR STEPHENS IS A BELL-END"
20 GOTO 10
Re: 10 years
I don't think Big Oil could afford a bidding war over the fusion startups; a lot of their value is tied up in the company's core business being viable. If fusion genuinely becomes a realistic thing Oil companies will go from multinational money machines to debt laden liabilities sitting on obsolete kit they paid billions for in a very short span of time.
Hiding in plain sight
It occurs to me this could be them actually so paranoid in the wake of whistle-blowers like Snowden that they were genuinely spying on their own department. The stroke of genius is to admit it as a 'technical error' rather than trying to bury it.
This way the headlines are more 'HAR HAR SPIES ARE MUPPETS' and less 'Warrantless Wiretapping Scandal Continues'.
Re: Nice, but why...
It's so the bloatware is always in your face when you're on the tablet. Every time someone less technical than a Reg reader sees the icon, there's a chance they'll go "Oh, what's this?" and fire it up without realising it's a hook for someone who wants your money. Or you could be trying to buy the latest Patsy Cline album and suddenly find your favourite Goongle muzak player cannot connect to servers. You really want that album today though, and look, there appears to be a ChamChung muzak app already on your phone...
Basically the bloatware is always there to maximise chances of preying on a moment of weakness.
Re: No-one gets away scott free
"Yes, he should've been fired right there, on that moment, for melting down 50% of Nokia on the market in ONE F'N DAY. "
While I agree with your assessment, who on the board would realistically have pulled that trigger? Firing a brand new CEO with clearly no planned replacement strategy would have only doubled down on the share nosedive, and then the firer has then just committed the same offence as the firee.
Ironically picking a direction and sticking with it come hell or high water was probably at one time the best strategy for Nokia, unfortunately that time was months ago and definitely long before they were brought low enough to have to accept the Devil's coin from MS. That just left them with outsiders effectively setting policy for them.
Re: Pope Francis patting a fanny
You're meant to keep it in your head as a mental image of the scene rather than a collection of words. It's proven that imagery is much more memorable, especially if it's amusing. And if you can imagine the Pope waving a fan over a patty it's much less likely to mutate into an image of the Pope patting someone on the [body part appropriate to the nickname on your continent.]
Although that image would be much more memorable...
God forbid the free* news services make any money.
*Yes, not technically free, you are the product, free at the point of delivery or whatever bollocks it's called today, I don't care.