You know in Britain, a mobile phone can be seized and searched without a warrent as well right? There are a couple of acts which could be used: PACE, RIPA and the Terrorism Act. Between the three of those the police just need reasonable suspicion.
85 posts • joined 7 Sep 2011
Re: I blame the four Norsemen with Paperclips
Tablets/phones are good enough for a lot of people. Email/Web browsing and social media. Why do you need a computer for home use unless you have a need to do something other than above etc. My mother in law had a laptop, couldn't stand it because she found it too difficult. She recieved an iPad (she has an Android phone too) a couple of Christmases ago and she loves it.
The second thing, is computer hardware from a performance point of view hasn't dramatically improved over the last five years - Unless you're into 4k. I have a really crappy laptop from 2010 that is able to run windows 10. Imagine trying to put XP or Vista on hardware that was five years old when they came out...
I remember my early days of the 486...the changes seemed more dramatic back then. It has gotten much more energy efficient though which is good as I;m now older and a bill payer. :o)
Would it be fair to say computers have reached the washing machine/microwave commodity plateu?
We're waiting for you Earthlings...*Ahem* I mean to say I bet they're waiting for us Earthlings to show a bit more maturity...Nothing to see here move along...
I have to agree with the grumble about maximum password length on being imposed by sites.
Especially after reading that XKCD thing on password length being more important that complexity. It inspired me to read a pretty good (its explained entrophy to me and I understood it) blog post on it which I think someone here linked.
I thought they're sending actual hedgehogs to mars...
My first questions was going to be why hedgehogs
I thought that was funny....
and topical. Not sure why folks are down voting you...seems there is a down vote monster...I'm going to get downvoted now aren't I?
Re: Bit shit.
Twitter client does this aswell; lots of friends have come on Twitter and I recieved emails letting me know x is now on twitter...do you want to follow.
I guess most social media & contected companies with social media aspirations have realised that the direct tap into a person's phone gives the richest data for building a more accurate web of who is really connected with whom. I assumed this is why FB bought Whatsapp. Plenty of people on my FB who I don't actually talk with or see which generates noise.
Agree, hours of fun and frustration was had...I remember arguing with my older brother about who got to be Spyder. He made me be Dwane..Older brothers are cruel at times...Still I beat him at it...
The Mega Drive was an amazing system...or most likely I'm now old...and just remembering it fondly with rose tinted glasses. :o)
Depends...on when people noticed the debate...
Truthfully I missed it, I don't know where I was at the time...it passed me by completely.
So from my point of view...it seems Gamergate whilst it may have started off about corruption it got conflated with lots of social issues, such as how certain people can behave on the net to one another. i.e. pretty damn vile.
Problem is whilst some folk were trying to discuss corruption/ethics, other folk* where threatening to rape/kill women. Didn't help the orginal debate at all.
Which is why Gamergate has many meanings depending on who you speak to.
*The same folk who did that are probably the same sort who think its funny/acceptable to call SWAT teams on those that they lose to in video games.
Anyway, above is entirely my opinion based on something I've tried to interpret. Either way, the whole thing from what I read didn't seem when taken collectively a shining example of rational human debate. But then its the internet, most things on it aren't rational ;o)
Brings a new meaning to LAMP...
Listening, Aggregating, Menacing, Processes?
Its early but open floor to others to do do better :o)
Wait...I'm seen the film Species...
The alien slime results in horny alien hybrids bent on breeding a new species of life on the planet. They tend to kill those that get in their way.
Nuke them from orbit its the only way to be sure*...
I'm aware that quote is from a different 'Alien' film ;o).
Should watch Spooks
Reminds me of Spooks. I'm sure in one of the episodes, Harry tells Tom after he starts having a fling with US agent "End it, you know there are no allies in this game."
Not saying its right, but echoing others here, its natural. Spying is what spy agencies do. Citizens, allies and corporates, everything is a potential threat. 'Threat' is broadly defined after all.
All this has done, is to illustrate (I'm was going to say prove) what a lot of people already asssume to be going on.
Upvoted - I felt compelled to upvote you... like reverse psychology or something. Please don't make a comment that you need a donation.
Wow thanks for the PSA, I did not know about Ctrl-Shift-Esc combo! I alway right-clicked on the task bar...
Love you guys. Always new things to learn :o).
Thanks for the put down, it has left me feeling enriched for it. So have a cookie.
I do confess however you are quite correct in pulling me up over that comment. It was rushed and generally not very good. I hereby so apologise to you all. I've let myself down, my family down and all of you.
I am concerned however that the message of the PSA you so graciously provided is wrong. It should be "Kids, here's why you need to spend more time on the comments that you post. If you rush them or otherwise not put adequate effort in, a fellow commentard will rip it to shreds along with your self-esteem at the first opportunity.
I do like it that I'm not the least bit sensitive*.
*I do say above in good fun and have taken your comment with good humour. It was legit.
Wow, from his own home? Obviously never watched the film Hackers.
To quote Phreak and Cereal:
"What are you, stoned or stupid?
You don't hack a bank across state lines from your house, you'll get nailed by the FBI.
Where are your brains, in your ass? Don't you know anything?"
"Stupid, man. It's universally stupid"
If its true that all those accounts were accessed from one place..One wonders why that level of activity didn't trigger some sort of flag.
Re: Signed up!
Well, I pin the apps I want to use regularly, in either the start menu or the task bar. I mean who repeatedly searches for the same thing...
Everyone has their own way of doing something, all because you do it one way doesn't mean all other ways are less valid or wrong. Besides if you've been using the start menu since Windows 95...old habits die hard and all that. I was that guy who used to to turn off Aero just to make it 'classic' looking. I don't like change - he sobs rocking in the corner.. :o(. I've got over that now with a lot of love and theorapy.
I guess the difference now is that the Sales and Marketing department can if has its own budget go off and get some cloudy service without the involvement of those of us in IT.
Well until they want it integrated...
Re: Get with the times
You're trolling right?
The only thing in the dark ages are fan wars over the different OSs. All have their charms or quirks.
Right tool for the job and all that.
Re: Russia is crumbling...
The good thing about the space programme is that it brings folk together even if there are issues on the ground.
I do like how scientific endeveurs are more often that not multi-cultural - bringing folk together, it gives me hope.
Ignore the harsh commentard, I also didn't think it was a real word. So I looked it up. Words are cool.
I'll admit I havent cross checked this but according to http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/impliedly
involved, indicated, or suggested without being directly or explicitly stated; tacitly understood
So yes it is indeed a real word, one that is also quite old too; goes back to the 1500s.
Re: I hate to be a whining prude...
My boss wandered past...that was awkward.
Not only that, its just a bit unneccessary.
Interesting article...not sure about the picture...
Re: More neutral language please
I see what you mean but "discounters" in this context is actually considered a legitmate retailing channel by the Food and Grocery industry. In the same way Online is. Its not meant as a pejorative or slight.
Example given here: http://ra.igd.com/Hub.aspx?id=113&tid=11
"Nothing goes over my head! My reflexes are too fast. I would catch it." I love that film.
When does it reach good enough
Progress is wonderful and all but it seems with TVs we're rapidly hitting that plateu for mass consumption, a bit like computers have in over the last decade. The hardware is massively more capable the software and services that drive them.
Features like 3D, 4K, curved screens - it all seems a little meh to me. Maybe I'm just getting old and I no longer get it.
I read "cover the throttling of, say, a usenet provider?" as throttling a mumsnet reader...
Long day..with a long evening...
Question for people here smarter than me...
Is there a little bit of confusion between complex decision making leading to varying degrees of automation (like self driving cars) using probability and stats with full blown self awareness like Data in Star Trek Next Generation?
It seems like the a.i. label is being given to the former a bit to readily. My car is able to park itself quite reliably and though its the wierdest sensation but its not a.i.
A self driving car might crash because it was coded badly or didn't know how to respond in an exception.
A self aware car might crash because it was day dreaming about flowers.
Really enjoyed that,
I join the others in asking for more updates, photos and videos.
Jolly good thought I was going crazy. Interestingly...I opened this in Chrome, where I have no ad-blocking installed...no pictures either?
Re: One Tip...
That is a very good point...To much like the 'Dark Net' the media and politicians are getting het-up about.
Safe Mail! Protecting you and your loveone's emails from peophiles and terrorists.
"There are two things that will get instant heavy traffic to your profile: A picture, or, state you make a couple of hundred grand a year. Either will do. They basically do the same thing."
I haven't got the looks nor the money....balls.....
The comments are interesting...
Personally, I'm skeptical of both parties as mentioned by many others here..as I should be I wasn't there.
However, food for thought,
When you don't have complete trust in one person...you can move on through life without them.
When you don't have complete trust in a powerful institution of state which you can't vote for...what do you do then?
Re: "Graphene is relatively simple – a sheet of graphite atoms"
Yeah....its very similar to Unobtainium.
A hyperthetical question...
Is it workable for Europe to enforce a piece of legislation that basically sets out that if a user specifies that they are located in Europe along with IP address checks etc. then their personal data can only be stored/ backed up on a database located in Europe. I guess it would be hard to implement and enforce..
I guess in an ideal world we could do with some Europe centric services.
Re: For those who can.
Why are people down voting you for pointing out that fact...The internet is a funny place.
Up-voted you just to balance it out.
Re: You should only apologize for behaviour you can control
That is an extremely level headed and rational comment...on in the internet.....my mind is blown.
I liked the article until,
"But in the BYOD era people simply bring in their own iPhones and Galaxys"....
No we don't. Let me correct this for you. "But in the BYOD era people can* simply bring in their own iPhones and Galaxys".
It narks me with the constant tech media pushing the "we're moving to this utopian BYOD society" message.
My two reasons...
1) Why would I want to pay for having work being able to email me 24/7
2) Why would I let the sys admin have access to my property, giving my employer permission/access to my personal data?
It can be annoying carry two handsets around, but the time comes I head to pastures new, here have the company phone back with nothing personal on it.
I don't normally rant by there is something about BYOD that raises my hackles.
Where to begin with that...
That's a little sexist isn't it and an unfair accusation to make.
Okay there is a clear male majority of commentards (affectionately meant - I love you all) on El Reg due to the history of the IT industry. (Time is changing)
However the "outrage" isn't to do with the MP being a women.
Its to do with decisions being made by those who are very ignorant of the area they're making decisions on. Though this isn't a unique or new and has happened since time immemorial; in the context of the internet it effects a very large proportion of the population.
As already stated adult content != child abuse content but this correlation is being made stronger all the time.
The true problem isn't the internet, the web or computers. Its people. Those who make this content and commit the abuse. I listened to an interview on Radio 4 not so long ago. They had an analyst from the IWF discussing their job. The analyst then made this throw away comment of "I've taken down this image and the child is now saved". This sums up the problem; removing content from the internet doesn't undo the abuse a child has just suffered in the production of said content! The child has still been raped and/or indecently assaulted.
Re: "... as simple as DNS nobbling ..."
This reminds me of the time, my father (an electrician) in an attempt to ground my older brother whilst being slightly lazy, actually took a pair of pliers to the flex and cut the plug off to the TV in his room rather than remove the TV. (It was unplugged at the time).
My brother simply found a spare plug around the house when dad was at work (father had plenty in stock acquired from work) and rewired it correctly. He was 10 or 11 I think. Dad then congratulated him on his initiative for both doing it and wiring it correctly and but then took the TV away and added a week for being cocky.
Re: Are you telling me...
Awesome bit of trolling :)
Baseball, that's like the game Rounders isn't it but with a larger bat right?
Like the article...
Don't take this the wrong way but I'm a little bit younger than some of you...I'm 28. I know that makes me a complete a child..but anyway..here is my two pence.
Been out of uni five years having studied Comp Sci. I had this pure (replace with academic or ignorant) idea of how things 'should be' done. Like I knew! Wisdom is realising you know a lot less than you think you do. Employment is good way of telling you this....nothing like being enlightened by someone who actually does know and the the character building embarrassment of looking like complete a tit.
My degree was enjoyable, however it never prepared me for dealing with the real world. Take a company's legacy; having to fix/update code that hasn't been written by you..maybe not in a language you've been taught against the backdrop where it was originally intended to solve a problem that was relevant 5 years ago and the business has moved on since then. Oh the ignorance of youth. I wish my letterers had been a bit more this is a pure way of developing, in the real world code it won't be this neat, it won't be fully commented and you'll be lucky if there is any documentation.
Employment - There are lots of references to mediocre programmers both in the comments and article. Honestly I would probably count myself as one of them. A confession, I haven't learnt C or C++, I don't know the ins and outs of a compiler. I have an idea of what it does in principle. To be honest the last time I actually needed to know was for the exam I took about compilers whilst at uni. It hasn't come up in my career once - yet. (Oh he's is one of those..I know my worth has just dropped through the floor...)
Now I'm going to mount bit of a defence... My role is of a developer not a programmer.
In my current role, I'm not working in team - Its just me for the time being. It has been. So my role is wider than just being able to knock out code like a robot on a production line for a supervisor. It would be nice occasionally if I did have someone telling me now just code me a class to do this but I think I'd get bored very quickly of being spoon fed. I do have to engage with end users quite a bit...Its a smallish company..I actually enjoy this.
The enjoyment I get from working in IT/development isn't coding, its problem solving. Now whether the problem involves code, some system issue or taking a user through something is to me of little consequence. Or whether its the creation of something new or the fixing of something existing. I will have a go at it, I won't stop until I've understood it and beaten it into submission.The weirder the problem the better, especially if it forces me out my comfort zone to learn something new.
In my admittedly limited experience, having a knowledge of C or C++ hasn't helped as much as being flexible and adaptive and willing to listen to and appreciate when someone "senior" like an architect speaks.They normally know what they're talking about.
There he is!
We've been waiting for you to post with baited breath. Thankyou my day is now complete.
Question.. on 4G...and beyond...
I'm ignorant on the subject of phone masts and how mobile technology work,
Do you guys ever think there will be a convergence of Wifi technolgy with phone technology into one wireless technology, where a device connects to the "best" connection available, be that my wireless network in my house, a public wireless network in a shop or the wider area network (in place of a cell tower). Legacy aside aren't newer "generations" treating phone calls like data?
I stand corrected said the man in the Orthopedic Shoes.
But my version of events sounds so much more sensationalist than the actual event....
This reminds of the time when a pediatrician was incorrectly named as peodophile by the press and an angry mob bricked and tried to set fire to his home.
People stop using reason when they form groups, like the IQ drops several points for each additional angry mob member.
Re: Gates vs Politician
Buggering balls I used the wrong "there" sorry all.
Re: Gates vs Politician
I've never met Bill Gates, so I can't say whether I like him or not. I've just grown up with his influence like most others.
True it can be considered that he was a ruthless businessman of that their is very little doubt, but he has also done wonders for philanthropy. Not only spending vast sums of his own money but also encouraging other super rich to do the same. You can be a cynic and say well he has got the money to spend and its a tax dodge but I actually don't think so. He wanted to make a difference to the world, he did and he is using his vast fortune to continue to do so.
He maked a gaff, lots of people do some worse than others. We have a teenage former Youth Crime Commissioner wondering where it all went wrong.