could be a good investment...
if it's all spent on cyanide capsules.
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if it's all spent on cyanide capsules.
We have a small "overflow" fridge in the cellar. It came from the "scratched/dented discount" section of a local appliance dealer. But as you say, it's "set and forget" -- as is the more expensive one upstairs.
George "Two Kitchens" Osborne
"I have often said that there should be a 'none of the above' category on voting forms and if that gets the most votes then no MP is returned from that constituency."
I like the idea that if NOTA wins, all the candidates are banned from standing again for a number years. The parties have to field new ones for a by-election.
I usually say that in a democracy you have to let everyone vote but you should not encourage everyone to vote, because we're all better off if stupid people, ignorant people, and Sun readers don't vote (I realise there's some overlap in those categories). But I see here that they are particularly targeting universities, which might be a good thing -- except for that recent news item about UKIP support among students (educational standards have obviously dropped).
Worrying about ads is missing the real issues, we think, which are security and privacy.
Advertising to children is a real issue too. I'd like to see it banned completely.
I'll try that out. I've been using these to "fix" the website:
You'd get more sympathy if the ads weren't so obnoxious that they get in the way of reading the news.
...and if the redesign in general didn't get in the way of reading the news!
The staff here seem to think that everything is fine and dandy with the new design.
I wonder what size monitors they have in Vulture Central?
Think otherwise? Why not comment in the following thread?
I joined many others in complaining about it! As you say, the staff think it's fine and dandy.
For instance a custom filter removes all the junk from the homepage of the Reg but leaves any subsequent pages/articles images displayed.
Could you post your filter rule(s)? I'm still tinkering with mine. Thanks.
obligatory "El Reg is supported by ads, please whitelist us to continue reading more top-notch tech news" post
I agree in principle, but can you guarantee your ads are malware-free --- and accept liability in case they aren't? And there's the question of the new design, which is bloated even without the ads....
You can add El Reg to a whitelist on Adblock to allow advertising on the site. You get to read El Reg guilt free and they still get their ad revenue.
I like that idea in principle, but there are two problems.
1. How do I know the ads here are any "cleaner" from a security viewpoint than anyone else's?
2. The recent redesign already wastes too much screen space with giant photos; I'd have to scroll through a full screen of junk to get to the actual words.
AIUI, this is about planning permission, not income tax.
"The flaming film business should let you download the bugger if you purchase the DVD or throw in a USB stick for an extra quid."
OK, but don't expect to use a mouse at the same time as that stick!
"what do you use an SD card for???"
I think a laptop needs at least 3, more if it doesn't have an SD card slot built in!
Cars themselves will be smaller, not much larger than the person they carry and there is no technical reason why they have to have 4 or more wheels.
Make them human-powered and people can get exercise for free while they commute! The technolog already exists (pedals).
If I invest MY money in a company, I damn well expect them to do there utmost to make it worth my while.
"I've got mine, screw the rest of you!"
if you are running a publicly owned company (ie., anyone can buy shares in it) you have a legal duty towards the shareholders to maximize the return on their investment
Right there is one of the fundamental problems with our society --- you aren't allowed to do the right thing even if you have morals.
I think you underestimate the number of people who won't want to share their car. I wouldn't.
It's about time we stopped widening roads to accommodate all the lazy, selfish people who want to move around in an oversized box by themselves. Some people have a legitimate reason to commute in a single-occupancy car; most don't.
As an IT news site, shouldn't El Reg set a good example?
You _CAN_ be reassigned to a local serving GGSN, but you are not. This is done on purpose to justify high charges.
Well, that's at least as bad as what I thought was going on!
I can (to some extend) understand high international phone call charges --- the company you're connected to actually has to connect a phone call to another country. But for data, the local company, which is probably another subsidiary of the same big company as your "home" company (if not the same company) is just connecting you to the local internet. So there's no justification for charging you any more abroad than at home (which may be £0 if you're still in your allowance).
Likely they took the view that the public and parliament had a right not to be lied to, and that "public interest" was not necessarily and only whatever the executive said it was. And possibly that it was for them, the jury, to decide guilt, not the judge.
Such acquittals are however sadly rare.
That's because (in both the USA and the UK) prosecutors, judges, and the gov't go to a lot of trouble to prevent people from being educated about their right to jury nullification. I think it should be a required part of the school curriculum.
Regardless of whether you agree with the things he revealed, revealing them was illegal.
Some Android Lollipop handhelds ... are simply not automatically encrypting their files by default. That includes the second-generation Moto E and the Samsung Galaxy S6, according to Ars.
I'm not surprised about Samsung, one of the worst crapware installers. I am surprised about Motorola, though.
Freedom of speech is about the exchange of ideas. Advertising is not worthy of protection as free speech.
After all, they would never go after peaceful protesters like Martin Luther King, opponents of the Vietnam War, trade unionists, etc., would they?
In the end, it's all about what people are prepared to pay for a PC and the battle for the cheap end of the market.
Well, it's also about deliberately keeping the masses badly informed and unequipped and dumping on the public competion on price without regard for quality.
Long-term solution: if you pay for an OS, even indirectly, the supplier should be legally required to give you the media to do a full format and reinstallation without crapware.
"That'll probably be because LyX is quite emphatic about the difference between presentation and content, so people think it's *hard*?"
I prefer to edit LaTeX in emacs, but I'm giving you a thumbs-up on principle.
"Surely any long time Linux user would have used Word for Windows running under Wine?"
The apps can do exactly what the permissions would allow them to. Those permissions are transparent for you to see what they can do, they are also there for you to make sure they won't do anything beyond that.
What legitimate reason does a game have for access to my SMS messages? (That's a common example on Android apps, BTW.) None. Therefore, I should be able to selectively disable permissions and see if the app still works. That's what Google "accidentally" gave users in 4.3 and stole back from us in 4.4.
Yeah! How dare they give you a game for free that has add in it. /s
Downloading ads on wi-fi and showing still ads are OK. Seizing up your phone to show videos is wrong. Downloading ads on cellular data is wrong.
If they are programmed to comply with Highway Code rule 163, they will be an improvement over many driverful cars.
"Google's advisory panel on privacy recommends rolling back 160 years of UK common law, say legal experts, with Google itself creating new interpretations of well-established legal principles. The consequence would be that Google usurps the courts' role in guarding individual privacy, which critics say would be like the fox ruling the hen house."
No surprise there.
But where's the evidence for the subtitle "And 'privacy campaign' groups actually support this madness"?
Will this have a proper, granular permission control system, unlike Android 4.4?
Will phone owners have root without having to void the warranty?
Well, they would say that, wouldn't they?
If you want a darker example, how about the benign practice of asking for religious affiliation on census forms in the early 20C which came in handy when the Nazi party took control of the data.
It's especially important to bear in mind that that happened in what was, at the time of the census (ca. 1930), the least anti-semitic country in Europe. Dutch Jews had nothing to worry about from their government. But even if you trust the current government or management of Google to not "be evil", you don't know who will take over and get the data. When the Nazis invaded the Netherlands, they found the comprehensive database of Jews and used it to carry out a more effective extermination than in any of their other territories.
The inherent desirability of "the efficient working of a market" assumes you agree with a particular ideology. I don't think there's anything inherently good about the free market --- it works well for many things, but not for everything. It should be applied where it gets good results, of course, but chucked out without a care where it's harmful.
The comparison with Ryanair is just silly. In fact, Aldi does a good job of providing decent, inexpensive fresh produce (good for public health).
Sorta funny they brought them in to address the Sugar Cane Beetle problem, well, they licked that allright, and continued to eat everything else and multiply.
They didn't even fix the beetle problem!
However, the toad was generally unsuccessful in reducing the targeted grey-backed beetles, in part because the cane fields provided insufficient shelter for the predators during the day, in part because the beetles live at the tops of sugar cane - and cane toads are not good climbers.
In a democracy, you have to let everyone vote; that doesn't mean you should encourage everyone to do so. We'd all be better off if uninformed people, stupid people, and tabloid readers (I realise there's a bit of overlap) didn't vote.
I'd be less opposed to care.data and similar projects if the gov't guaranteed that my data would be used for the public good only, and not for private profit.
Add unlimited fines to the companies involved and you might start to get somewhere.
No, it needs to be jail for the directors, not fines after the directors have been paid.
The scariest part of all this is any misinformation that gets into the system, stays there and then spreads. Such as some idiot mistakenly puts someone else's info in your file.
Just ask Harry Buttle & his wife (who got to keep the receipt for her husband, I guess).
I don't get how 95% coverage would mean they could switch entirely to internet, that still leaves a pretty sizeable population who won't be able to use it
Simple: "I've got mine, screw you!"
It does seem a little disingenuous for el reg to criticize apps for sending information to Google when the page containing such criticism is running Google Analytics.
True, but at least I can run ghostery in my desktop browser.
Some phones are as stable as most PCs.
Installation at the owner's control is the real issue. I can reformat a computer and install a typical GNU/Linux OS and copy the user data onto the hard drive --- successfully --- in a couple of hours.
But try doing that with an Androidy phone? It's hit-and-miss.