241 posts • joined 24 Aug 2011
Re: Why Do Apple Think They're Different?
If it involves property, land or shares then you need to get a "grant of representation". You get this simply by filling in a form and swearing an oath (and sending loads of documentation). The grant costs nothing if the estate is under £5k and £105 if it is more. You may also need this grant of representation if the contents of a bank account or value of an asset are more than about £20k.
Once you have this all banks and other organisation (utilities etc) release the assets to you.
It seems that Apple are saying "prove your mother owned this". That is not their function. If Apple believes that the sons are illegally in possession of the iPad then they should report this to the authorities. Otherwise they should release the assets (username and password) under the authority of the grant of representation.
Re: Good lad!
I see you never bothered to read the article.
The teen said he had been inspired by Taylor Wilson, who became the youngest fusioneer in 2008 when he built a small nuclear reactor in Nevada at the tender age of 14.
Just in case your ignorance extends beyond the ability to read an article, Nevada is in the USA.
Re: Something doesn't add up here...
Here is the confidentiality clause:
. . . [T]he plaintiff shall not either directly or indirectly, disclose, discuss or communicate to any entity or person, except his attorneys or other professional advisors or spouse any information whatsoever regarding the existence or terms of this Agreement. . . A breach . . .will result in disgorgement of the Plaintiffs portion of the settlement Payments.
Here is what the Judge said:
The fact that Snay testified that he knew he needed to tell his daughter something did not excuse this breach. There is no evidence that he made this need known to the school or to his or its attorneys so that the parties might hammer out a mutually acceptable course of action in the agreement. Rather, before the ink was dry on the agreement, and notwithstanding the clear language of section 13 mandating confidentiality, Snay violated the agreement by doing exactly what he had promised not to do.
One of the reasons that Judge found in favour of the school was because the language of clause 13 was clear and unambiguous. Snay also testified that he knew he could not tell his daughter. If Snay thought that the restriction was unreasonable then he should have negotiated a different deal.
Re: Something doesn't add up here...
> Of course now that the settlement no longer stands I would have thought he could renew the action.
Nope he couldn't because the settlement is still in force.
The settlement was in 3 parts: 10k back pay, 80k to keep his gob shut and 60k for his lawyers. He got the10k back pay and the lawyers were paid. He never got the 80k because he didn't keep quiet.
He had an opportunity, after his daughter blabbed, to vacate the settlement and renegotiate but he declined. As a result, the agreement to settle stands, even though he is no longer entitled to the 80k.
Re: Something doesn't add up here...
> For a "contract" to be valid, it must be fair to both sides, offer both sides some approximately equal benefit.
It did. In return for their silence the school offered them $80,000. The former headmaster considered it fair and the school considered it fair. The former headmaster then proceeded to break the terms of the contract.
> Yes, some will say, "tough, you should have read it", but not everyone is an expert and we all know how weasely most T&Cs are
This wasn't a "click here if you agree" type thing. It was a contract negotiated by their lawyers. They would not have been presented with the contract and told to sign here. Their lawyer will have explained exactly what they could and couldn’t do and what the implications were. They did not need to be expert in legalise, just expert in the plain English the lawyer explained the terms to them in.
Re: "the currency helps facilitate criminal activity"
There is about 1.25 trillion dollars in currency.
About 8.5 billion notes where printed last year with a face value of $360 billion and about 7.6 billion were shredded.
It costs about 9 cents for each bill so last year the US spent about $760,000,000 printing currency (this years budget is $826.7 million)
Re: "the currency helps facilitate criminal activity"
> Any deposit (or withdrawal?) of more than $10K in cash
UK: Banks must report any "suspicious" deposits (not just cash) and any cash deposits of more than £6500
> You're required to report transporting more than a certain amount of currency (from any country)
UK: You must declare when entering or leaving from non-EU country any cash of more than 10000 euros.
> The "Patriot Act" requires verified owners of bank accounts,
UK: By law, UK banks must verify the identity of everyone opening a bank account. This has been the case for about 30 years.
Since UK regulations are now dictated mostly by the EU this is probably the same for all EU countries.
> ban the use of cash ... if that happens I'll go elsewhere
The number of countries you can go to is remarkably small (and mostly unstable)
I assume then that you have banned everybody else who has your name, address, phone number, email address from ever letting facebook, twitter, whatsapp, linkedin etc from uploading their contacts to put them in touch with people?
Facebook et al probably have enough data about you already to determine where you live and work, what your phone number is and who your acquaintances are.
You don’t know if 100 is extremely low or extremely high.
Is it 100 out of everybody who used the product or 100 out of a sample of 200 or 1000 or 10,000?
Without context the 100 figure is useless.
Re: I like Virgin(s)
Did it arrive yesterday or the day before?
If you have to reboot, it isn't fixed
>occasional problem on Infinity at my previous place, but nothing that a re-boot of the router didn't fix.
You haven't "fixed" the problem by rebooting, all you have done is re-establish the connection. Whether it is a memory leak, poor implementation of the protocol or some other issue that is causing your occasional problems you still have it and the reboot has not fixed it.
Re: Undocumented test interface ? WTF!
Do you really think that the NSA and Cisco are so stupid as to to have a backdoor that you simply telnet to?
A backdoor is supposed to be hidden and protected so that only those in the know can access it. Whilst the NSA might like access to your router they do not want others having the same ability.
This is simply some internal development test code that has been left in the production build by mistake.
Re: Thermal stores would help too
"but how about running hydro-elecrtic turbines in reverse? Pump a shedload of water to somewhere of higher gravitational potential energy, can be turned back to leccy pretty quickly"
It is called Dinorwig Power Station and has been operational since 1984. It can generate 1800MW of electricity for 6 hours before it runs out of water. It takes 75 seconds to go from a complete standstill to full power output.
Re: Optimistic +1
> but mostly it's been stringiness, slimeyness and bitterness covered in
yummy yucky custard...
Fixed it for you
Perhaps you should pay your tax bill.
Re: More lols from
And yet if you want to make equipment that works with Cisco gear you look up the protocols, design and build the equipment and there is no need to pay Cisco.
Perhaps you could point me to were the Skype protocols are defined?
Re: More lols from
Their hardware might be the backbone but it still uses open standards. Anybody who wishes to can build their own routing equipment and communicate with the backbone. This is not the case with Skype. Skype uses propriety protocols which means you can not easily integrate other systems with it.
Re: Let (s)he who has failproof software cast the first stone.
> (Ok I admit the solitaire game bundled with windows seems rather resilient :-))
If it is so resilient then why is it on version 5.1?
Re: Lithium Metal...
You have only ever taken apart a discharged lithium battery. In a new disposable one the lithium is in the form of a foil. In a used battery this has mostly broken down.
Adam Littler is a journalist ...
... and therefore ranks just above a politician on the truthfulness scale.
"He claimed to have walked 11 miles (17.7km) each shift"
This simply doesn't make sense. If he walked less than 11 miles on some shifts then this is a lie. If he walked more than 11 miles on some then he would say "at least 11 miles" for better effect. It is more likely that the 11 miles is the maximum he walked or the distance he walked on a couple of days.
"... pickers are expected to collect an order every 33 seconds."
Assuming a circular building with the collection point in the centre then the furthest shelves are 505 feet away (800,000ft2) which means they would have to travel 1010 feet (there and back) in 33 seconds or at an average speed of 21mph. Usain Bolt's average speed is 23.31mph. It seems that the Amazon warehouse is full of potential Olympic sprinters.
Re: What exactly is the problem here?
"Liberty too, we haven't been successfully invaded by a foreign power in almost 950 years. We'd like to keep it that way."
In 1688 William of Orange invaded with a Dutch fleet and army and overthrew King James II of England and he became King William III
Article 45 section 1(a) of the Schengen Convention:
(a) the managers of establishments providing accommodation or their agents see to it that aliens accommodated therein, including nationals of the other Contracting Parties and those of other Member States of the European Communities, with the exception of accompanying spouses or accompanying minors or members of travel groups, personally complete and sign registration forms and confirm their identity by producing a valid identity document
I guess you keep finding hotels that don't follow the rules.
Every single time I have stayed in any hotel in any other country, including Europe and Ireland, I have had to provide ID, usually in the form of a passport. In most of the places they photocopied it.
22 of the European member states are also signatories of the Schengen Convention (not the UK or Ireland). This requires all hotels and other commercial accommodation to have foreign guests complete, in their own hand, a registration form and provide valid identification documents.
Spouses, children and travel groups have different requirements.
Re: I don't get it...
The passwords were not reversibly encrypted.
When you get hold of a large number of encrypted passwords you do not target an individual and attempt to crack their password.
What you do is encrypt commonly used passwords and compare it to all the accounts. Since he is a "password security expert" he probably has pre-generated rainbow tables of a dictionary (with salts) that would enable a rapid comparison to the passwords.
EDIT: Having just read the linked to post it appears that Adobe didn't use a one way hash, but instead used symmetric key encryption with the same key for every account. This means that once the key is recovered then every password can be decrypted.
Re: Would be very useful
C++ is criminal.
Re: What's the repairability index of a Z80?
About the same as every other microprocessor out there - nil. Unless you have an electron microscope to look at the silicon wafer and some sort of method to re-etch the damaged parts.
Cheap crap sells better than expensive
quality crap stuff shocker.
Fixed it for you.
Re: 2hrs 45minutes and still not done !
I'm happy for you. No really I am.
You managed to install a 4 day old OS, and all the megabytes of patches it has accumulated over those 4 days, in 25 minutes. Now come back in about 6 months after it has accumulated a few patches and patches of patches and try it again. Then you will find they have patched the patcher module but the patcher module depends upon a previous patch so you have to install that patch, reboot, install the patcher patch, reboot install next patch set, answer a bleeding question half way through, reboot, patch some NET framework which depended upon some previous patch, reboot, patch everything that depended upon the NET framework, agree to some new license halfway through, reboot and then use your machine.
The good news is that it installs fairly smoothly ...
... The bad news is that you still have Windows installed.
Re: 2hrs 45minutes and still not done !
> you've got a 600-700Mb update-fest,
You have a multiple update fest. The last "fresh" install I did was W7, there were 5 different lots of patches so I had to check for updates, install them, reboot and the check again only to find a whole new set of patches.
One lot of patch installs even stopped half way through (not at the beginning or end but halfway f@cking through) to ask me a question so leaving it untended isn't an option.
Re: To get back on-topic...
It will make anybody selling 3 or more
unregistered unreceipted burner phones as a suspected criminal. Shops will still be able to sell brand new burner phones in any quantity to anybody they like, it is the second hand selling market this is aimed at, not the second hand owners.
Re: " it is the fastest Man-made thing - and heading to Jupiter at 12,000kph"
And in proper measurements the gravity assist will take it from 78,000mph to 87,000mph
Since El Reg is a private business it would difficult for them to waste your money.
They are free to waste their own money as much as they want.
Where I worked we called the windows "sys admins" reboot jockeys. A name that they fully deserved. It was not uncommon, at the end of the day, to see them drop a windows machine from the load balancer, reboot and then put it back in again and then work their way through all of them like this in the hope that they would last overnight. The idea of investigating why something went wrong never entered their head.
A dozen years later and things have improved significantly. Most of them now look to perform a reboot as a last resort rather than a first and they will actually investigate the cause when something goes wrong.
Re: Amazing video
> It is illegal to deliberately issue weapons which deform on impact to cause greater damage to a human target.
Protocol I of The UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons that came into force in 1983 restricts weapons with non-detectable fragments. There is no ban on rounds that deform or fragment, only a restriction on making them out of something that can not be detected with medical equipment (eg plastic).
Protocol II restricts the use of landmines and booby traps but does not ban them.
Protocol III restricts (but does not ban) the use of incendiary weapons.
Protocol IV restricts (but does not ban) the use of blinding laser weapons
> That's why the British SA80 couldn't use NATO standard 5.56mm rounds, instability in flight, causing tumbling and deformation on impact.
If a round is unstable in flight then it is inaccurate and not suitable for use by the military.
As others have said, the new law doesn't really do anything as you can always take down your own content.
I don’t think you should be allowed to take down other people's content because it embarrasses you since one person embarrassment could be another persons achievement. For example if I get totally annihilated by you in a competition then I would find this embarrassing, whereas for you it is an achievement. It isn't just competitions either, I might have a party that, for me, and nearly everybody else there, holds some wonderful memories but for you is an embarrassment because of your behaviour. Should everybody else be denied those memories because of you?
As long as the content of somebodies web pages is legal, no third party should be able to force them to take it down no matter how embarrassing it is to you.
Re: Come on
> There's no way catching beavers is easier or cheaper than growing vanilla plants.
There is no way those who process dead beaver would not try to extract every last
scent they could from the dead animal. If this includes selling its dead arse juices as vanilla flavouring then that is exactly what they will do.
They found the vehicle, determined the owner lived nearby so conducted a quick search around the vehicle before going to the owners home. They got no answer so went back to the vehicle and conducted a more thorough search but still failed to find the driver.
They found the car, the problem was that the ditch was hidden by dense vegetation and, like a previous commentator said, it is not uncommon for drivers of crashed vehicles to leave the scene.
Having more than one dot is common practice. For example:
Re: Nothing to the taxman?
Most of them will have to pay 25% income tax on what get.
Apparently, Labours 2002 finance act intentionally introduced the exemption for capitol gains for substantial shareholdings by companies. Nice one Gordon.
Copyright law offers far to much protection to the content providers and confers to few rights on the public.
If you create a work and want to make money from it (or not) then fine do that. Sell, license it, give it away with the newspapers, whatever works for you.
Just don't sit on it. If you are unwilling to continue providing it to the public, through whatever means you want, then it should become public property.
Re: It works for men, too
> And went to the same bank, with the same chavette behind the glass. She cashed my cheque without a murmur, with no ID and called me 'sir'.
Perhaps the chavette had more intelligence than you give her credit for. Perhaps she remembered your face from your previous visit despite the change in appearance.
I have my hair close cropped, I'm usually unshaven and wear cheap jeans, t-shirts and old trainers. I look like I don't have two pennies to rub together. I have never had anybody in any bank treat me with anything other than respect let alone have any of them "snarl" at me.
Re: See: the Lensman series, by E.E "Doc" Smith, from 1948.
First read the series back in 1960s. Found them tucked away in a box a decade ago and read them again.
I still enjoyed them.
> Literally millions of Americans violate UK law every day by driving on the right.
Driving on the right on US roads does not violate a single UK law. The Road Traffic Act 1988 only applies to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Most laws enacted in the UK are limited by geographical area. Some will only apply to England or Scotland or Wales or Northern Ireland (or any combination) while others will apply to specific overseas territories. Other laws apply to UK citizens no matter what part of the world they are in.
> I performed a traceroute ....
Reality and what google claim might not be the same thing. This thread has nothing to do with whether Google's claim is true or false but everything to do with whether google is claiming US law applies to UK citizens.
You can find the discussion about the veracity of googles claim here
Google are claiming that US law applies to UK users because the software is in the US so those making a claim need to do so in California, not the UK.
So Google are actually saying that what UK users do on US servers is subject to US law.
The reality is that what you do on some remote site is subject to laws of the remote site's country, your own countries law and quite possibly some other countries law. For example, somebody in the UK using a German site to scam people in Spain could be breaking the law in the UK, Germany and Spain.
No, said Australian would be in violation of US law. It might be difficult for the US to enforce that law, but he would still be in violation of it.
Just because you reside and operate in one country does not mean that you can not violate the laws of another.
Since the article and video were about what is happening in Australia, my guess would be that Australia still uses mag-stripe.
The UK still uses magstripe. If the chip and pin device can not read your card then they will use the magnetic stripe. Some places still have the old machines for taking an impression of the card for you to sign.
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