Re: not surprised on either front
Weren't the EU supposed to be considering suing the UK government for doing sweet Rockall about protecting citizens over the whole Phorm thing? Any update El Reg?
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Weren't the EU supposed to be considering suing the UK government for doing sweet Rockall about protecting citizens over the whole Phorm thing? Any update El Reg?
The real reason 'The Man'* gets irate about downloading is negative word of mouth, i.e. when they have spent millions upon millions on a film that turns out to be utter shit, they still have a chance to recoup most of the costs in the opening weekend before the news of how horrible it is spreads. With leaked downloads, they don't get to control the PR message and when word gets out that it is horrible sales plummet. discuss.
*'The Man' used because I can't remember the name of the shill being used this week.
The big difference between the all pervasive surveillance of a CCTV society vs. a Glasshole society is agency: All these Glasshole cameras are being actively directed and are linked to a user who immediately gets to decide if the footage is worth doing something with, probably without the subjects knowledge or consent. Footage can also be constantly buffered dashcam style so users can retroactively decide to save something for posterity.
My concern is that in both the CCTV and Glasshole worlds I can do an embarrassing trip-stumble-faceplant combo in the street, but only in one of those worlds I can worry about being on Youtube within the hour.
It's rare but not unheard of for construction to accidentally uncover a forgotten plague pit (I seem to recall it happened in London a few years back.) Knowing more about the lifespan of the virus in an isolated environment is definitely worthwhile.
I wonder what flying your drone through a firework display does to your insurance premium?
I feel your pain. But conversely, when they have put it in Safe Mode and "all my little pictures have gone" they suddenly lose the ability to turn it all the way off when you ask her to switch it off and on again.
I got my mum a tablet a few months back thinking it'd be pretty foolproof and I'd get some peace from this sort of thing. Within a month she'd lost the wifi login, installed about 50 different copies of Mahjong and put the tablet into Safe Mode - even I don't know how she managed the last one.
That's okay if you're the one in control of the recording equipment, but the noise randomiser could 'poison' another's covert recording and cause it to fail the non-tampered test.
I find it's a mixed bag myself. I can focus much more when I'm left alone to concentrate, but I prefer the office 2 screen setup as opposed to the hell that is trying to work out my shortcuts on my laptop screen. I suppose I could ask for an office, and when that inevitably gets laughed off I could lead into "well, could I do a few flexi hours then?"
Per the Gov website include:
extra costs which will damage the business
the business is planning changes to the workforce
Vague and nebulous enough that this can be another tickbox exercise like the 'maximum working week' we were expected to immediately opt out of.
What's the point of Shareholders suing the company they own? Unless they are trying to get the board personally on the hook for negligence, they're all in the same (per share) boat, aren't they? Unless it was a tactic to tank the share price temporarily?
If glass ever takes off the way smartphones did, I think we could be heading for a legal clash between the right to use cameras in a public space versus the level of intrusion inherent in ubiquitous worn recording devices. Under the 'people are bastards' theory it's not hard to imagine surreptitiously catching people off guard becoming an urban sport. We all know the dark side of some folk comes out when you give the the safety and anonymity of the internet; the cynic inside me is screaming that www.lookatthisuglyfucker.com is only years away.
Trampjuice icon because I'm rambling. It's Friday, need to pass the time somehow
The $2 cost is government mandated, not the actual cost. My hazy recollection of how it works is that the credit report services keep all this financial data already as part of their business of selling credit checks to companies; because citizens usually have the right to see information held about them under whichever Data Protection Act is applicable in the region by paying a 'fair' charge for the admin cost of providing the records, the government(s) usually set the price of this charge to prevent the credit agencies gouging people or setting the fees arbitrarily high.
In practice what usually happens is the option to get your credit report at the cheap fee is either hidden away in a tiny corner of the website or only available on written (snail mail) request. If you do get the cheapie report it will be nigh on unreadable with unexplained acronyms and horribly formatted layout. Below that will be an advert for the 'Extended' credit report at the 'low introductory cost of $6.99/Month' followed by the small print that shafts you.
It's been a long time since I saw the chillingeffects site, but I seem to remember the detailed document listed the link that Google had been asked to take down. For a while it looked like they were circumventing the laws as you could still get the link via Google, there was just one extra clickthrough on the way.
You could do that with positive skills they don't have as well, with designs on finding the perfect set of buzzwords to cram into a 'skillset' that will leave them permanently fending off recruitment sharks and thus both getting a taste of their own medicine and having no time to continue spamming friend requests.
Let's have this argument again.
Where are IT forbidden from striking? Would it affect overtime bans or work-to-rules?
Indeed, a repair / refueling company might even manage to get someone to pay them to start deorbiting some of the hazardous debris we've been leaving up there over the past few decades.
I think you're massively underestimating the barrier to entry for other new companies. For once, it IS rocket science. Any new entrant would have to do all the development, building and testing that SpaceX has already got out of the way, sort out their own launch facilities and hire a shitload of scientists and engineers just to get to a position significantly behind Musk. They'd still need a compelling reason for send-stuff-to-space customers to switch from a proven company, and SpaceX would still have lucrative NASA contracts until they run out.
It took a visionary billionaire to get his company to where it is today, to get another SpaceX you'd need another Musk and they're few and far between.
Excuse me for going off on a massive tangent to the space stuff, but that's just struck a note with me: If Amazon genuinely barely make a profit, why do they bother with the whole double Irish Dutch sandwich half hitch shave and a haircut stuff?
In theory they could put them in a wallet and deliberately scramble the password I guess. My suspicion is that at least some bitcoins will be shifted around other government agencies for stings/undercover work and the like. If I was a criminal Kingpin, I'd be making my IT peons work on a way to decline any transaction involving a bitcoin that had been in Federal hands.
'Democracy Installation Technicians*' is the favoured euphemism of the internet - I'm surprised that the military PR hasn't tried to adopt this one.
*"Hello, Iraq here. I appear to be having some trouble with my recently installed Democracy, can you put me through to your support line?"
That might be okay if the companies involved were 'parking' cash in tax havens in a healthy manner, e.g. still paying tax but deferring some of their income to get a lower rate in the expectation they will have a slow year where they can draw this reserve down. Instead they appear to be gambling that they can lobby/bribe their way into getting a 'tax holiday' or cutting some other sort of deal to repatriate the cash at a minimal rate.
A whole TWO USB ports? I don't know if I'm ready for such opulence.
"It's even more scary when you don't have a big metal cage around you."
I know how you feel, I walk home from work alongside a busy road at rush hour. Luckily I'm not on the road itself but the number of times I've seen cyclists almost KO'd is insane. I'm occasionally tempted to become a Glasshole for the express purpose of snitching on nutter drivers.
The one that bugs me is the tacked on one about the quadrupled fine for speeding on the motorway. I'm not apologising for speeding, but long straight wide stretches of road outside areas of high pedestrian traffic seem to be almost exactly the wrong area to focus/crack down on, and smacks of meeting targets rather than protecting the public.
Not that I'm against raising money for charity, but surely there's a way of doing that with less chance for backfiring? I can't see the fans being happy if Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova or someone like him wins it.
If he had the balls he should offer a bounty that allows you to slap him in the face as revenge for your favourite character :)
"I don't think Bing's all that bad. Oh, except Bing maps. Which I used a few times on my old Nokia Lumia, and sucked."
MultiMap.com was my favourite Map site until they got borged by MS and became Bing Maps. Within a few days of the new logos appearing on the site maps were displaying incorrectly or not showing up at all in the browser. Microsoft pushed me onto Google maps by F'ing up a perfevtly good product.
My god the city is bland when you compare it to GTA 4/5 or Saint's Row. I keep forgetting which city it's supposed to be, only remembering when I pass a newsstand with Chicago or Seattle or whatever emblazoned on. You also get too much stuff straight off the bat. Within 1 or 2 missions I had a silenced pistol, multiple Assault Rifles and Shotguns. Ubisoft should have held some of this back to nudge me into the hacking side of things, with such a massive arsenal already at my disposal I didn't see the point in hacking once I got into a fight.
The biggest issue though is that I'm struggling to care about Aiden Pearce: he's got a half-decent backstory where he's out for revenge for his dead nephew, but he is also a bland amoral dickhead who by his own admission only prevents crimes as a 'distraction.' Ubisoft still have not got the hang of compelling protagonists, Aiden is much more Connor/Desmond than Ezio.
The bright side is those in the 'consultancy' have the right to time off for jobhunting & interviews etc. But it is pretty much a tick-box exercise on the company's part. Even if the employee came up with a really good solution that would save jobs, I doubt management & HR would go for it as this would mean admitting being wrong.
Didn't we in fact have a 'priority lane' during the Olympics that, surprise surprise, you could pay a charge to use?
There will never ever be a surplus for any length of time. Give everyone FTTH and it will become 'the acceptable standard' within a month and 'pretty slow' within three as everyone gets used to watching Bluray quality films over Netflix while also doing HD Skype and someone in the same household plays the latest PS4 game over OnLive.
I thought Dixons were buggered? I'm sure they were slashing costs and closing shops. Not too long ago having too many bricks and mortar stores was a death knell; now they want to pile more under a single corporate umbrella?
I've said it before, but I would bet money that the Watchdog didn't get to see the Accenture report because it was lost or deliberately binned - and rightfully so if it's up to the usual Accenture scratch. As for the unfair dismissal, my heart won't bleed for the £287K/annum exec either way, but it does sound like he was made to carry the can and it would be nice if he could rattle some cages at the Beeb.
The cynic in me wonders however if there will shortly be an out of court settlement (subject to non disclosure so both parties can continue to claim the high ground) that will pay him off and bury the matter.
I don't know where they'll find a niche in the market for this really. Aiming at the high end like they are apparently planning feels like a non-starter if the Tesco brand is going to be plastered all over it.
Not to mention the hurdle to clear to be considered 'high end' keeps going up - the super cheap (for what you get) Moto G has redefined the mid-lower end of the range, and you can get older model Samsung galaxies brand new now for (comparatively) dirt cheap.
While there is an option to disable it. Chrome has a habit of 'streamlining' things by burying options they don't want used ten sub-menus deep (e.g. Import/Export bookmarks from HTML. Used to be only a click away and easy as mince, but then came along 'store your settings in the Cloud by signing up for a Google+ account...)
...If it would be worth a company rebranding their smartphones as Personal Computers that just so happen to take SIM cards and have the capacity to do calls and texts. Apple trying to ban your phone? We don't make phones your Honour, we make portable PC's that can connect to multiple networks including but not limited to legacy telecomms infrastructure. Ordered to unlock your phone? I'm sorry officer, I only carry a personal computer that stores my electronic papers and effects.
If they can play silly buggers with definitions, why can't we?
The more people in court against Apple the better. Throw enough lawyers from enough companies and those patents will be invalidated, and Apple's lawsuits will fall like dominoes.
We need a way to play the bastards off against one another. If only we could convince the RIAA/MPAA etc that pay to play will drive people to darknets and torrent sites.
It's entertaining reading either way. Do you have a website Don?
"in order to prevent HFT traders from making money they're going to artificially increase the tick size. Thereby, inevitably, increasing the size of the spread."
Has it been conclusively established that they will INCREASE minimum tick size as opposed to locking it from going below a certain level? And if it has what will the increase be relative to the typical spread?
The HTC rep is talking like they have a specific something up their sleeve; I wonder if they're working on a deal with a big name in compact optics like the folk that do/did Nokia's camera's (Carl Zeiss?)
Get off the table and sit round it. This is a respectable establishment!
Sometimes it's about having someone in their organisation knowing the names and faces of a few people in your organisation. That way next time the EFF or whoever discover a scandal at Google they just might phone up and call name & face out on it. This tips off big G that they need to kick the PR dept into top gear, and named face just might be able to spin that it is "something we are looking into, and would you mind giving us a few days to complete our investigation before you make a big announcement to the interwebs."
After a few years of cordial relationships, reps at your company are making speeches at EFF conference/shindigs (bankrolled by you) and there's a low-level indoctrination throughout their organisation that your lot are a decent bunch.
Did they plead no contest? I thought the usual corporate bargain was that they'd pay a big settlement fine in return for dropping proceedings against them (hence no guilty verdict and no open floodgates for lawsuits.)
XP hasn't been transferred to a new computer, honest. This is the same computer, I've just upgraded the Motherboard, Ram, CPU, Graphics card, Hard Drive and chassis. It's the same power cable and screws I've always used.
I'm occasionally tempted by laser surgery, but then I remember I'm a screaming sissy who can barely get contacts in without flinching. The idea of remaining calm and still while someone Clockwork Oranges my eyelids is not one I can realistically entertain.
You never hear about these BranstonPickleruined my life sites until someone tries to shut them down and it makes the news. Someone should explain the Streisand effect to these companies.
I would happily never speak to 'customer service' if companies actually admitted they made mistakes and had protocol to fix it. If I could fill out a box saying 'I have been charged for X when X is included in my plan, please correct my account and refund the charges' and the company actually did it I would be ecstatic.
If my POS PC can handle it, the 360 (and the PS3) should have had no problems. In fact they went out of their way to make sure it would run on older PC's - the audio files are installed uncompressed so that the rig doesn't have to unpack them during the match.
(The full install is 48Gig - roughly half of which is audio!)