1138 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007
Re: UK "Vanity" Plates
Vince, thanks for the reply.
I'm sure that as a kid, we had a car that seemed newer than it was because it was imported second-hand from Ireland by the previous owner, and then registered over here with new plates. I guess that would fit in with your importing loophole.
It's always something I never really thought was strange - having grown up with it. It wasn't until a few years ago when a friend visiting from abroard questioned it that I started to wonder. After all, accurate age info. Is readily available when needed these days!
Re: UK "Vanity" Plates
The current year-in-numberplate system will last us until 2049, though.
Whilst on the subject, what was the original purpose of the year in the reg? And what is its current purpose, other than letting someone (potentially) know whether a vehicle is old or not
They should use a system that is more vanity-plate friendly???
NOOOOOO!! Isn't this country dumbed down enough already?
What a load of sh11 tee
Talk about tenuous, and prudish.
By this criteria, I'm sure there are many older plates already out there that would fit the criteria.
Vanity plates are so sad anyway. Besides, why would I want a plate that was easier to remember? Harder to get away with fleeing an accident that way :-)
Re: Crappy Job but its still a job
... but you try and tell the kids today that, and they never believe you!
Re: Reality check needed
" I'm sure there are far more arduous, disgusting and lower paid jobs elsewhere in the world."
Indeed, and even in this country too.
Re: RE: I'd like the Government to make it illegal to strip the metadata from uploaded material.
.... and cars can be locked - it doesn't mean someone has permission to take your car if it isn't.
Re: I think the Photographer should Appeal
PeteA, iironically, it's you who needs the comprehension lessons.
No-one said or implied what you are saying they did!
Re: Helping with the non-threaded reply setup...
Without any replacement mechanism, replies do sometimss get easier to track if someone changes the reply title, and then someone replies to that reply without also changing it, but yeah, I like your replacement suggestion.
But yes, a properly threaded system would be better - I think the closest analogy would be like a traditional forum setup, but where every article creates its own sub-forum (rather than a new post in an already existing forum)
As for my current use of the system, I'd like to keep track of new posts in a forum I mark appropriately. I'd especially like to be alerted of replies to any thread I'm involved in.
At the moment, it's either a case of posting early (and missing other posts) or getting in late and missing the party.
I very rarely visit a forum twice. I have tried doing it whilst switching to 'latest posts first', but found that too confusing when tracking replies.
Helping with the non-threaded reply setup...
A much simpler suggestion this time:
When someone hits 'reply', how about pre-loading the textarea with something like:
"In reply to Fred Bloggs post at 12:45pm:"
Re: Some simple(!) suggestions!
As for the timestamp, more or less for that reason!
Not often, but sometimes there have been 2 articles on a story in the same day, and it's useful to know which is the most uptodate.
Also, if a story is about breaking news, it's useful to see the articles time (and/or last-updated time) to see how current the information is.
As you obviously know, the posting time is available on the main page, and there have been a number of occasions I've been reading an article, and have found myself going back to the main page to check the articles time - that's why I thought I'd mention it!
Sure, that information is largely irrelevent when the article is a few days old, but even then it could be useful on those occasions that a topic is covered twice in the same day.
Re: Beware of these so-called "Expert Witnesses"
" Uh, you do know this is a UK site, and we're talking about UK courts and UK expert witnesses here, right?"
So? Are you saying that Anericans aren't allowed to post here?
His comment was on topic, as the article is about expert witnesses, not something that only occurs in the UK (even then, his opinion would still be valid)
" Ulbricht is not a criminal but a decent man who lives by principles of "honesty, personal responsibility, and the importance of friends and family.""
Ahhhh, yes. All honest people I know have at least 9 fake driving licences
And how the hell does 'the importance of friends and family' matter? - it doesn't make you any less a criminal. Indeed, Mafia members are renowned for putting a great 'importance on friends and family"
".... headquartered in Paris, France, has surrendered....."
I see what you did there!
Re: If it's transmitted, it's collected
Well, they could be logged, but at default, the majority of web servers don't log the content of POST requests, just any parameters passed in a GET uri.
They are only 'fixing it' because they've been found out.
"....Native Americans were in part merely an earlier wave of European colonisation,"
" So it appears that the Native Americans were in part merely an earlier wave of European colonisation,"
If human life started in Africa, aren't we *all* simply the product of African colonisation?
Re: For shame
"It probably wouldnt have to remove it from sale to be honest, it could just stop their servers listening for the data"
You'd trust that?
Re: For shame
.... and the number of apps that startup on boot, even though there is clearly no need....
Re: For shame
What about 'theft of broadband data allowance' or 'unauthorised access to internet connection' etc.?
You've got to be kidding....
With the current Icaan 'top level domain' fiasco, I'd thought of nominet as the sane and stable member of the family
How wrong I was.....
Also.... buttons disapearing if they don't apply (back/forward etc) - arrrrgh - I hate that - it means the buttons you would want to use move about - that's terrible UI design in my opinion.
Re: I disagree...
" Granted, it may be the first photo taken of themselves online"
Really? In 2002? You must be very young to say that!
I posted my first "selfie" online in 1990, and I was late to the party! Or doesn't it count because I wasn't making a "duck-face"?
Re: In light of this
Steven, you sound like the sort of deluded person who thinks it's good that water/food/air are regulated to ensure that they are safe!
Next you''ll be saying that you agree with the stringent tests new cars have to go through, along with building safety codes, and those pesky fire regulations!
If they are so stupid to not understand the hierarchial system.....
..... just as well they aren't running the postal service!
Why couldn't Icann tell .london to sod off and pester nominet for london.uk (who I would hope would say no - maybe offering london.city.uk etc.)
Of course, it's money. A total conflict of interest.
I want my new postal address to be "jamie". That's it - I want that to be routable globally
And before someone says that 'one word addresses' could be sent to a particular place to deal with these new personalised addresses, I'd like to add that millions have signed up to the scheme, and more are to follow.
And all the worlds post has to be sorted with no regional distinction.
I may post a letter to my next door neighbour, and it may be delivered via America.
fter a while, we'd soon be wishing that there was some hierarchical system instead..
Another thing, web addresses become less noticable. You can put on your logo or advert "mysite.com" without needing to clarify further...
Remenber when gmtv got the domain gm.tv ? How many people, on seeing gm.tv at the bottom of the screen knew it was a web address?
It's about time the major ISPs got together and announced that they'd block these new stupid tlds. Heck, all it would take is for google to refuse to index them and a few major isps refusing to resolve them!
I read that as JSON :-(
I hope that title phrase was meant to be ironic!
It's been confusingly moved to the top of the forum page
Great article, as always, Bill.
I love the self-deprecating humour too!
I thought you'd left El Reg though....
Re: "This probably diabetic creature"
Most diabetics that I've met have a sense of humour
Re: Correctly done!
"white text on a black background (gee, like this El Reg page!)"
Re: Reality Vs. 3 billion.
I agree. When you gamble away a cool 3 billion, you must need your head examined..
Especially, as you say, the lawsuits will start coming - not to mention that once people realise that you CAN'T make such a system work as designed, what is there left of 'value'?
Ok, the typical targetted audience may not be able to override the deletions - after all, they are the same people who think it's secure in the first place; but all it takes is for someone to release an app to automate it, and their reputation will be in ruins.. At which point, a desperate game of cat and mouse will be their only other option.
Wrong layer! IPv6 ip-level encryption
Better to do this at the transport layer if it's to be mandatory.
I note that the IPv6 standard used ro mandate ip level security, but this is now optional:
" E.g. someone has registered PooReview.com.
To review poo of course!
Re: Google slow?
"... but stripping the "q" query so that BBC and other webmasters can's see the query terms. We already knew about the stripping bit - a sharp practice that violates protocols and withholds information from web site owners who then have to use google analytics."
.....Except that they aren't doing that
It's up to the browser to send the referer(sic) string, and this value is expected to be the URL of the linking page.
The only way they could hide this would be to use a POST rather than a GET for their search form, but still the browser could be rewritten to compensate for that if required (though, breaking expected protocols in the first place.)
Ultimately, whether to send referring information is entirely down to the browser. Google has sod all control if your browser decides to tell a web site the URL of the previous page.
So, if you are seeing any protocol violations, blame the users browser, or maybe any proxy they use - nothing to do with Google.
What *does* happen, however, is related to Google now allowing users to use https access.
The standards specify that a browser mustn't send referral information if coming from a secure site. If they did, *that* would be a protocol violation. Again, this is a browser thing - nothing to do with Google.
Ironically, the closest Google come to protocol violation in all this is in the ways they try *to* get the browser to send query data for https links - the exact opposite of stripping it!
They previously did this by first directing the browser to a specially crafted non-https address, which then bounced to the final destination, so making the browser pass referrer info through as a consequence. However, I think they now do this with a custom header, which capable browsers can parse appropriately.
Either way, the redirect mentioned by the original poster has nothing to do with query-stripping, but instead, history gathering, and presumably some kind of click-through statistics.
Re: Just say 'enough', it's not that hard.
Seeing as you are changing your email address anyway, go for your own domain and get its email forwarded to your new mail-service.
That way, if you ever need to move again, at least your email address won't need to change.
Re: Jamie Jones Before anybody suggests it is confined to the US ...
I was just following up on anons assumption, in what was a polite post.
But as you say, there are obnoxious twats like you all over the world.
Still, apologies for not knowing all-things-Matt - how stupid of me to not have read and remembered every bloody post your Highness has made. No doubt, I need to get out more(!)
Anyway, in my El Reg postings, I've mentioned where I live, where I've lived, a few of my personal domains, and even my main email address - I wouldn't expect anyone here to know any of this. Obviously you know it -if not, is that because I'm not as important as you?
Re: Before anybody suggests it is confined to the US ...
Nice reply Matt. (no sarcasm intended)
And yes, I've witnessed first hand the expectation of Sky etc. as a right!
One query - I realise the way 'anon' phrased it was antagonistic, but is the term 'yank' considered offensive?
I know that yank(ie) actually refers to the stereotypical Southern (USA) American, but it's generally used outside America to mean an American, and I thought with as much offensiveness as you calling us 'Brits'
Does our use of 'Yank' imply ignorance and insult to you?
" Once the content is on your network, it doesn't cost you anything to deliver it to the end user. They even are willing to do all the work to set the damn thing up!
Not often true!
Opening your network to a huge traffic increase may well cause capacity issues that may require infastructure upgrades.
Also - in the UK at least - most ISP's don't actually own the 'last mile' of the connection - or even often the National network (when applied to phone lines) - indeed this 'local hop' usually costs more than the internet links.
ISP's are always going to try and peer with any large source of traffic.
ISP's are always going to try and peer with any large source of traffic. - you'll see that the 2 you mention also peer with the bbc and even tvcatchup.com
Re: Seems reasonable
BBC iplayer is the same - get the html/xml/ etc. data from a uk ip, but the raw rtmp data url can be grabbed from anywhere...
Wow! Rolling/staggered updates!
Why didn't anyone think of that before(!)
Re: If your not Asian, your opinion on this means nothing.
Hmmmm. I think the Taliban come out with a similar statement to this subject title, as do countries that have young girls marrying old men, and other places with laws we perceive as 'archaic' at best.
Ok, I used extremes to prove the point (I'm not comparing Japanese to the Taliban etc.) but it shows that such a line of 'reasoning' is bogus.
Re: Can we haul GCHQ into court?
asdf, am I allowed to say (as a non-American), that I agree with your post and the EFF opinions reported in the article?
And just in case, I totally agree with the original poster too!
Re: One of the most recognised web icons,...
Ooops, I missed the bit about them adding their logo..
Anyway, I get your point, but adding to JDX's comment about the English language, I'd have thought a 'thumbs up' more universal than words..
One of the most recognised web icons,...
..... and they go and change it.
I'm no marketing bod, so can anyone explain this disregard for 'brand awareness' ?
Also, 'no additional coding required' could simply be saying that you don't need to edit the fb code on your site to alter the image url etc.
To all but the most pedantic, this phrase could be used to mean 'no changes to the code-block required'
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