285 posts • joined Monday 6th February 2012 10:19 GMT
"So remind us, what was the point of Neelie Kroes again?"
If that isn't rhetoric, I don't think Neelie ever said anything about roaming outside the EU -- it's significant that 3 are actually doing this, but the EU's objective here is to get the mobile companies to treat it like the single market it (legally, if not yet actually) is.
We can never know if this is true or not, but I suspect 3 UK customers would still be paying extra for "roaming" onto 3 Österreich's network if she hadn't been making noises about this.
You want taxes? Hmm, can they be paid as a percentage of the minerals we're extracting?
OK, we've put together the payment, it's in tungsten, 1m diameter, 100m length rods, we're not sure where exactly you wanted it, so we've just put it on a trajectory that should be right outside your tax office.
Re: Sad to see ..
not sure if trolling...
Re: Does anyone else think that 'paedophile' is not strong enough to describe this guy?
I think the idea that it's possible to change/"cure" someone's sexuality isn't credible, except in the nuttier congregations in places like USA/Uganda.
You're probably looking at trying to help people channel their sexuality into exclusively legal activities, which I expect is bloody difficult when you're dealing with an attraction to children under the age of consent.
Imagine if a law was passed tomorrow criminalising any sort of sexual activity with adults, and possession of drawn/photographed/videoed pornography featuring adults. Also imagine that breaking those laws was regarded as worthy of a lynching by the majority of the population. I do not know what I would do in that situation, but it would probably depend on whether it was easier for me to drive to a very high bridge/cliff or get a shotgun license.
For most people, trying to help paedophiles live non-offending lives, surely falls in the "too difficult to even attempt" category.
Also, no politician is going to touch it with someone else's sterilised 10-foot pole.
Re: 'cracked the password'
"someone on the political side wanted to give GCHQ a chance to share in the glory and help improve their reputation"
It would be interesting to know when GCHQ were asked for their assistance, in relation to the Snowden stories coming out.
This reminds me of a while back (in the UK) when the police raided a house and shot someone (non fatally) while under the mistaken belief the occupant(s) were involved in terrorism.
Cue an unsuccessful accusation that the injured man had child pornography in his possession.
It was perhaps a bit too blatant use of the "Well, he might not've been a terrorist, but he was one of them paedophiles, so it's all right." defence.
This is what I was thinking of: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2_June_2006_Forest_Gate_raid
What is this I don't even
Re: Greater choice?
I half expect the next wheeze in domain names to be expanding the options available by allowing more forms of punctuation.
For example, it would be possible to register all of the examples below:
It's what I would want if my salary was paid by ICANN.
After all, doesn't "comma com" just slip delightfully off the tongue?
Especially when the "problem" is only due to the idiot web designer using an email validator written by an idiot developer who clearly did a tl;dr on the relevant RFC (assuming they even knew such things existed).
+ signs are valid in email addresses.
I think I feel inspired to (try to) put together a Duna probe once I get home.
Now that Java's been sorted, is there any way to turn off C/C++ in Firefox?
Re: BAD idea
I'd hope/expect there's going to be some sort of locking mechanism in the design, at least several manufacturers have figured out how to stop battery covers popping off.
This looks like Google taking a run up, with a view to planting a hefty kick in the (other) phone companies' collective
After all, it's probably to Google's benefit if its users can save money on phone replacements by having the option to upgrade only certain components (so as to leave more left over to buy apps, movies, music, and whatever Google advertises at them).
I (forlornly?) hope it works, I'd like to be able to build my phones the same way I build my desktops.
Re: What's Mobile?
Also, you'll have a lot of people changing user agent strings to avoid being served the crappy mobile version of certain sites when viewing it in the browser, further screwing up the numbers.
The stupidity of "this content is not available on mobile devices" makes it even more likely. (Which is a shame, because some mobile sites actually work OK.)
Re: Evolutionary Dead End?
AFAIK, the justification for Mir is that it's more suitable for a greater range of devices compared to, for example, Wayland. From someone who only has a very vague idea of the relationships between things like X, Gnome, XFCE, QT, dms, etc., is this actually true?
Re: During the meanwhile ...
"Lotteries are a tax on people who can't do math(s)."
There are some important exceptions to that assertion; in some cases (e.g. after several consecutive rolled-over jackpots, it's quite possible for the prize multiplied by the win probability to be greater than the price of a ticket.
It does get complicated when accounting for all the other factors (taxes, multiple winners with the same numbers, lesser prizes for matching less numbers, etc.), but there are situations it actually makes sense.
It's a bit more of a faff, but wouldn't getting another (no recurring fee, of course) credit card, and using it only for expenses, work just as well? So, every time the statement comes in, you claim the whole balance, and there wouldn't be anything private you don't want your employer to see?
(Assuming TfL ever get the card option working.)
Re: Where do you shop?
You say that like it's a bad thing; who wouldn't want to live in Twilight's library/house/laboratory/observatory tree?
Was it Morrisons? I get the same thing happening when I use theirs.
Other things I've noticed the 1p/2p-disposal machines doing:
Tesco have the amusing-the-first-time-it-happens quirk of the card readers being clamped left and right only, so when putting your card in they tend to slip out the top and clatter to the floor / basket area / behind the machine / any other inconvenient place the cable reaches.
The ones in Sainsburys tend to "just work", apart from the one time it gave me a £5 instead of a £10 note as change (quickly sorted after I told the guy on machine-duty).
Re: Please speak English (or Scots) [or Latin]...
"It would appear that no data appears to have been lost."
"The servers [are] now reloading, no data has been lost and 50 per cent of users now have access to the system with hopes the remainder would have access by evening."
Despite what the newer style guides might say, treating "data" as a singular noun still causes my brain to soft-reset every time I read/hear it.
Here's to the Friday-beer method of desensitisation.
I'd say Dragons' Teeth myself.
I am guessing that when the histories are written, Silk Road will be comparable to Napster.
With all those dealers and customers left hanging, more Tor/Bitcoin drugs marketplaces will be springing up soon (if not already).
They'll probably try to avoid the mistakes of Silk Road; some of them might succeed.
Also, if this makes "street" dealing, with the associated violence, non viable, then we should all celebrate.
Re: Mine cost about £100
It's probably one of the better ones that can pick up multiple time signals, I think as long as you're close enough to 48-state USA, England, Germany, China, or Japan you'll get a usable signal.
What I'm wondering, is what does the FBI do with them now?
I assume they go into an asset forfeiture process and then get auctioned, which will be slightly amusing to see (and perhaps slightly profitable if you're bidding).
Re: Why maths is important
In a few years, it probably won't be a typo.
Expanding the range of punctuation usable in a domain could well be ICANN's next wheeze.
Re: In the case of the Boss Design Group - compact office furniture
It looks suspiciously like something that would close up before being speedily ejected from a futuristic spacecraft's hull in the event of an important component going boom.
Re: If we all become immortal, must we stop breeding?
Yes, but Google could always buy SpaceX and promote expansion to other planets as a medium term alternative.
Another post I'm not sure should have a joke alert icon or not.
Agreed. George Bernard Shaw said it best:
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
Unreasonable goal in sight, full speed ahead.
The point about the remnants of Empire is an interesting one, and depends rather on whether Scottish independence is achieved through a secession or a repeal of the Acts of Union (1707 I think).
If the former, the question doesn't arise, Scotland becomes a new country with only a tenuous connection with the pre-1707 Kingdom of Scotland, with none of the shared assets, liabilities, or international memberships.
If it's the latter, you essentially revert to two countries called England (which had already had Wales for ages) and Scotland; everything, every liability, every asset that has been added since Union is up for grabs (e.g. "OK, if you take Northern Ireland, we'll let you keep Faslane until you get Spadeadam back up to scratch..."
I've no idea if Montserrat, Ascension, Bermuda, Pitcairn, etc. had English or British flags planted, before or after 1707, but it's easy to imagine the sovereignty of the sunnier British islands being up for negotiation as well.
(Having said that, it's probably more sensible for them all to vote who they're going with, NI included.)
Re: It's just a question of price..
Most people in Scotland probably favour remaining the EU, but not at any price. Any signs of Spain getting uppity in that area would probably lead to opinions changing quite quickly.
One can even imagine it being the perfect excuse for investigating alternative options (e.g. in EEA, but not EU, or any of the various other possible permutations of international organisation). This is especially true if Scotland votes for independence from the UK, followed by England/Wales and their (hopefully large) share of NI voting to leave the EU.
Re: If I were the councils of Carslile or Newcastle
1. - It's "Carlisle".
2. - If independence happens, the SNP will rather quickly lose the ability to be a dominant (if not single) issue party. Left-wing nationalists aren't the only type so realistically, you're probably looking at some sort of break-up in the medium term. (Especially as the pro-independence Labour/Tory supporters revert back to type once independence is "safe".) "Socialist" is a pretty lazy designation for the SNP in any case.
Re: They don't want independance
It's generally accepted that Scotland raises more taxes than its share of government spending.
You're thinking of Borisstan.
Re: Prior Art
I may be wrong, but I thought the clever part was that this device fakes the negotiation just to grab power.
Re: Now watch all Western European Mobe companies go bust overnight
"when all the UK's mobile providers have gone bust because they can't compete with Estonia or where ever, who'll run the UK mobile phone networks?"
GCHQ wouldn't let that happen.
I can imagine every employee, shareholder, and supplier of the networks getting slapped with a hyper-super-duper injunction forbidding them from letting the networks die, no matter the financial losses, and forbidding them from disclosing this has been done.
I think I'm joking.
transfers - a very fiddly way of acquiring a saucer full of torn, multi-coloured flecks of something considerably more fragile than tissue paper, and less likely to adhere to a coat of paint than powdered teflon
polystyrene cement - a material used to securely attach newspapers, tables, model boxes, etc., to models (but, incapable of securing a rotor head to a small Airfix Mi 24 "Hind")
I think my first one was a Hawk in Red Arrows colours (which I think turned out pretty well) - I just ignored the landing gear and glued the panels flush to the bottom (despite my dad complaining "It's not a proper model if you do that.") before asking him to secure it to my bedroom ceiling with a bit of string. (the excuse for taking the easy option was that my model was "...going fast, so it's not got its wheels out.")
Can you find a nerdier digital watch than this?
Anyone else have one of these?
The benefits of having a dad who often went to Hong Kong for work...
Maybe I'm missing something, but this:
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is quite a bit more than 4 characters.
(I added a space in the middle, so as not to actually crash anyone reading this.)
Re: a question
The whole concept of subsidiary companies seems deeply fishy to me; it allows such things as:
-insulation from liabilities (e.g. Acme PLC goes bust owing several £1,000,000,000 while their owner, Acme GmbH says "Das ist nicht our problem mate.")
-licensing shenanigans (e.g. Starbucks UK saying "Profit? - no, that's not something we do - not after all those licensing fees we pay Starbucks to use the name "Starbucks".")
-probably more I can't think of
There may be a legitimate reason for companies being allowed to own other companies, but I can't think of it.
Maybe she's planning on making the cap based on what a user would pay in their home country? So you might still pay extra, but it'll be no more than a certain proportion, e.g. 20%.
e.g. if it's €0.01 per MB for you normally, and the maximum roaming markup is 20%, you pay €0.012 per MB when abroad in another EU country.
Of course, it's really called Elerium.
Re: thuggery isnt it?
Obviously, if the car is genuinely self-driving, the fault lies with the car if it makes a mistake.
Equally obviously, a range of punishments will need to be defined, varying from periods of clamping for minor offences right up to having its OS replaced by Windows ME (for causing death by dangerous driving, for example). I realise that last one might be declared to be "cruel and unusual" by the Americans.
(Lapsing back into serious mode, I'm pretty certain it'll be the manufacturer.)
Re: New Security Application
Better to do it in hardware, if the actual drive does not detect that it's plugged into the "safe" computer, it passes as much current as it can draw through the thermite package built into its case.
I'm imagining a 3.5" case, where there aren't actually any platters, just an SD card for storage; and the rest is security logic, thermite, and whatever is necessary for igniting the thermite.
Re: Poisoning the well
Could be amusing, I prefer the idea of several big HDs, full to the spindles with copies of the BadgerBadgerBadger animation, with each copy altered slightly in a non-significant bit of one of a random frame's pixels such that each copy generates a different hash.
For a 1TB drive, that's almost 5 months of badgers, even before compression.
Re: These people really put the n in cuts
"what has Snowden got that they're terrified the rest of us might learn?"
There's a slim chance that that information is in the various "insurance" files that Wikileaks have released.
Worth a download (and the indefinitely long wait for the key) perhaps?
Re: The Red Ball has your name on it
Why assume that anything other than the version 1.* Glass will look like anything more conspicuous than a thick-rimmed set of glasses?
A few versions down the line, Google will probably be able to make it indistinguishable from a contact lens.
Re: Is it Fully Functional?
Meth labs or lego models?
Either way, you were doing it wrong.
Does anyone know where exactly (in Hz or m) on the dial Ofcom's jurisdiction starts and stops?
I assume it's something a bit less vague than "all frequencies below infra-red".
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