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Re: Missing the point.
He doesn't say that this won't prevent rape/death/murder/beatings - what he is doing is calling on this organisation, who got their sums catastrophically wrong by several orders of magnitude, to explain themselves for making such a monumentally stupid decision which appears to have been based on ignorance.
This happens too often - emotive subjects are used by people to rip us off, strip us of our freedoms, and generally act in ways that DO NOT get their actual agendas acted up on (which might well be of good intention) Porn, surveillance, paedophiles, child-abuse - need I go on?
It ISN'T acceptable - problems such as this need to be solved in efficient manners, not stupid, unworkable, time-wasting pseudo-activities where the KPI is pissing money away. If someone told me I could end the suffering of a human being for £1000, I'd do it. If he came back a year later and said it'll actually cost £1,000,000 and take 120 years - then what is the point? I can't afford it and the person I was going to save will be long dead. Worse, in this situation, they have other industries already using the £1000 model, and have still chosen the £1,000,000 and 120 year option just because we said we'd do it and then they moved the goalposts.
This isn't about "spending a small amount of money to solve a well intentioned problem so we should do it regardless," it's about solving the problem properly, in the most effiicent and quick time possible. The old adage "the road to hell is paved with good intentions" is one which should act as a warning from history in this regard, because often acting in a wasteful, unstructured manner is often worse than inaction.
That said - I agree that in this case, inaction is unnacceptable, but when the answer is actually so simple, and the problems are just politically difficult in nature, then I categorically disagree with putting all efforts into the politically correct solution of unnecessary bureaucracy proposed - because it's madness, and worse for ALL involved. Even IF it works, it's still a Pyrrhic victory.
Re: These figures are fairly irrelevant
Yeah - hit the nail on the head, though having been around town on Sunday in Birmingham, there were still consoles to be had if you didn't mind paying inflated prices for them - cheapest deals I saw were circa £550 for the console (either one) and a game (and a few extras like films I didn't want/need).
Both companies know how this game plays out - you just have to have sufficient demand that you sell out and stay sold out throughout the Christmas season (while the launch games are few and far between - dealing with headlines about people agonising over when they're going to get your products drives sales far more than loads of frustrated gamers with consoles who have completed both launch games within a week.)
It also hides glaring manufacturing faults long enough that they can be fixed for future batches, while the number of affected customers remain those who were your most loyal followers anyway. Keep the demand sky-high and release just enough supply to prevent a backlash, whilst constantly running campaigns telling everyone how high demand is.
The engineers have had their fun now - time to hand over to the dark arts of sales and psychology
Re: Lies, damn lies, and....
Starbucks also operates hundreds of franchise stores in the UK which are like any other small business and pay all local associated business taxes on their profits. Just because "Starbucks" the holding company uses tax efficiency to not pay tax in the UK (usually by means which the government INCENTIVISED - creating local businesses for one) does not mean that the exchequer doesn't take a healthy percentage of your £3 latte. They pay tax. Department B of Subsiduary C of Holding-company A might not (though it might be their UK head office), but that doesn't mean that the entire company isn't paying their lawful dues, does it?
I too am young though, perhaps you could educate me?
The only thing the panorama broadcast showed me is how seemingly workshy and ignorant young BBC reporters actually are. Zero hour contracts? they're great - I've been on them. It means you get to choose your work-life balance - and provided there is work available (which there inevitably is) then you can put in extra hours and earn extra cash. When you want to go on holiday, you don't have to turn up at work, because you aren't contractually obliged to. You behave like a full time employee, you'll keep your job. And if there isn't work, you go and find somewhere else to work - who the hell owes you a living, anyway?
As for the whole "picker" role - yeah, that's what these warehouse distributors have to do to get their stuff out on time. You're walking 11 miles a day - so what? so does everyone who stands up for a living. They buy comfortable shoes and don't spend so much money on unused gym membership. Treated like a machine? yeah, course you are, just like everything else on a production line, distribution network, whatever. You do your time, then you hang up your apron and leave your problems at work. It's mindless, but it pays the bills. Get over it. I worked in a supermarket - it's no different, except I had to get cold every 5 minutes in the walk-in freezers to get stock to fufil demand.
And as for tax, rather than MPs whine about how immoral it is, why don't they change the law - surely that's WHAT THEY DO, isn't it? Personally I'm of the opinion that corporation taxes are rather silly, and amount to double taxation. What money they make is either passed to consumers, who pay VAT, their employees, who pay income tax, or their shareholders, who pay income tax on dividends and capital gains tax on share price increases. It's a business - there is no further place for it to go, and as all routes are taxed, why do we need to tax their profits too? Maybe I'm missing something here, but even if a company just hoardes cash in an offshore subsiduary, it's not doing anything good there and sooner or later it'll become part of the tax-a-go-round again anyway as shareholders demand it to be used to gain them further value.
Globalisation is here to stay. The sooner our government accept this the better. As a result, my shopping will be done almost exclusively at amazon and other online stores this Christmas, and if that pisses off some MPs, all the better.
Re: Why are the names of the two female accomplices being kept secret?
Because once they were known it would provide an easy link to the young victims, who are entitled to lifelong anonymity under UK law.
What is a realistic expectation then? I'm two years out of university, with an electronic engineering degree and I worked alongside many a computer scientist who put in as many hours as I did over the 4 years I was at university. I demanded (and got) £28k starting - is that ridiculous in your view? I suspect it might be. 2 years in and I'm comfortably in the £30-40k bracket. Is that ridiculous? over-inflated? unrealistic? I had a few months work experience and a 2:1 at a Russell group uni, but it's not really groundbreaking stuff. I'm not in oil, financial services or banking, just a run-of-the-mill corporation at the junior level.
Have you thought about considering them but offering a salary more in line with your expectations? You might be surprised that they'd likely settle for £10k less than they're asking. I appreciate CV filtering often involves chucking everything that is remotely aside from the narrow parameters you've set (split the pile, chuck the left one away - you wouldn't want to employ anyone who is unlucky, would you), but in my experience, our expected salaries on a CV were just the ones we'd seen from the 20 or so companies at the uni careers fairs, who are usually at the upper-end of the multinational corporations with large, well funded graduate schemes - after all, you'r not going to lower your potential earnings by putting down an artificially low expectation, are you? Equally, having no experience in the world of work, you don't have a yardstick to draw on to test whether what you read on WhatSortOfSalaryShouldIGet.com is remotely plausible.
Personally I think the whole reason so many people are underpaid in this industry is because we keep our salaries so private - the most common salary quoted to me during my job search was "competitive" which is a meaningless phrase which allows HR to get away with quoting you an offer 40% below that which they're willing to pay and you'll probably just accept it because the only yardstick you have at the end of uni is the daily mail unemployment figure.
If you want to be well paid, then start shouting your earnings from the rafters like those in finance do - they're doing it as much to tell if they're being ripped off as they are to boast. Directors publish their salaries in the annual reports. Why is there such a stigma over how much society values your time when you're a professional, other than the fact that it keeps people timid?
To get back to topic - the other reason people don't employ computer scientists is because they think it sounds like a pseudo-science, like environmental science, or social science, or watersports science. A couple of those are respectable disciplines, and a couple are a bit of a joke. But if you ask 100 people if any of them are proper academic subjects, 90 of them will tell you they're not.
There was also a glut of people studying around the dotcom boom and bust, meaning that you don't have a chronic shortage of qualified people at the moment, unlike most STEM disciplines.
It's yet another url addition which no one (except nominet who will make money out of the fiasco) cares about.
What problem does it solve? none, yet it's introduction allows for a whole raft of hell to break loose as everybody gets confused over who should be .org, .co.uk and .uk
I'm kind of amazed that no one had the foresight to stop all of this, when the previous system wasn't broken. Nominet must be laughing all the way to the bank!
Re: A bit harsh
Go on then, downvoters, prove me, and my electronics degree modules in computer architecture wrong. Last time I checked this was a tech site.
Why does 64 bit mean faster? It doesn't. It allows you to address more memory (last time I checked no tablets had 4GB RAM.) And unless you're doing CFD, CAD, HPC-grade analyses like weather prediction, stress analysis, or things like desktop-level gaming then you're not going to see the benefits in terms of the added double-precision calculation capacity that 64 bit offers over 32 bit.
Yes yes, those articles quoted are about the 5S. The A7 chip in that is the same architecture as the iPad Air.
Re: A bit harsh
Repeat after me: "64-bit architectures have NOTHING to do with speed"
If anything, they're slower than their 32-bit counterparts, due to having to process more bits for a given calculation. Unless you're doing lots of double-precision floating point analyses, their use is somewhat limited in a tablet.
As if I needed yet another reason...
... for why I don't buy apple.
What astonishes me is that fanbois still put up with this behaviour. They let apple drag them around on a leash like this and still sing their praises?!
It's this aspect of draconian control that apple place on their products which is the real reason for why I hold the company and their users in such contempt. It's laughable, especially when some of my "iPhone till I die" friends have bought something other than an apple phone and they exclaim "Wait, you can do that?!" for things as simple as bluetoothing a photo or music track.
I can only conclude that people like to be controlled.
Re: For everyone saying 'good'..
I use my phone as a satnav, and so do thousands of other motorists - afterall, with a 5" screen they're pretty much indistinguishable from a tom-tom unless you're in the actual car, and there isn't anything (apart from good old fashioned common sense) stopping me from streaming Tom and Jerry videos from youtube. Police have never commented on it, and I know no-one who has been told off for using the satnav capability of their smartphone.
As for wearing google glasses when they're switched off - that's kind of the point. They're glasses - handsfree, instantly available and you don't have to fish them out of your pocket when you want to use them - these would be the reasons I would buy one. Having to take them off and put them in a case every time I wasn't using them would be really annoying, whereas augmented reality at the tap of a button/voice command would be exactly as I would expect to use them - and I wouldn't want the HUD on all the time, just like I don't want my phone screen on all the time.
As with most things - used sensibly, there is no threat - It might be a bit cliche, but fighter pilots use HUDs to allow them to process the information they need far quicker than the disruptive procedure weekend pilots have to do of checking outside, looking at an instrument, checking outside, looking at another instrument, checking outside. Yes, they're highly trained, but technology can be used to enhance rather than distract human concentration and mental processing. A knee-jerk ban isn't really doing anyone any favours.
Bottom line: the attitude of society towards these new devices is one of inherent suspicion and immediate jumping to conclusions, rather than reasoned, logical debate and actually thinking through the topic. Entirely predictable human response, but not necessarily right. Do I think they're dangerous? No. Do I think society is ready to accept them yet? No.
Drives down in price? Blu Ray drives were around in 2006 let's not forget, yet still, the cheapest OEM version online for a BDRW is around £45. 7 years of manufacture - they should be approaching the cost of the old DVDRW drives (~£15-£20) you'd have thought - yes they have an additional laser and have to pay a few pence to Sony to licence patents, but this still screams of price fixing. HP have had enough, and they're one of the few goliaths in the industry that can actually force the point.
Trouble is, we've seen this before - by the time anything meaningful happens the technology is completely and utterly obselete. If they're suing about blu-rays now, then I reckon the courts will slap a fine on them in, hmmm, around 2020. It's like CRT price fixing all over again.
Re: Why have PCs failed to have useful hardware improvements over the past 3 years?
I'll tell you what I think happened - consoles.
The biggest driver for PC development prior to Xbox 360 and PS3 was gaming, faster drives, higher performance graphics cards, faster RAM, more memory. Then, after PCs had caught up and surpassed the consoles, no one cared any more, because EA and Ubisoft had bought everyone, and believed that PC piracy would destroy gaming, so didn't bother developing for PC any more. Made commercial sense for them, and they've been successful, so fair play.
However, as a result, the market for PC gaming came to a grinding halt, and with it, so did development. Now everyone just wants free throwaway gaming apps where they can buy smurfberries, and they're happy - the drive for better machines dwindled, and what is most appaling, is that the PS4 and XBone have barely raised the bar by an inch, and will probably be the last of the old-style gaming consoles.
It's a pity, because whilst gaming is seen by some as a frivolity, the arms race it spawned in the silicon development stakes has benefitted us immensely - for HPC, parallelisation, simulations, speed - everything. These advances haven't gone, but they're slowing (though in their place mobile computing is driving down power consumption and increasing performance, but it will be a while before it gets to where the mighty desktop once roamed.) Desktops are part of the old "multiple consumers, limited markets" world. Mobile is part of the new "limited consumers, multiple markets" world. The King is dead. Long live the King.
They may be shareholders but having been in a position of a shareholder where the board lied to you, it's not so much about recovering the money you lost as attempting to send a message that if you lie about your company to those people who own it, then you'll pay the consequences as damn well you should.
Risk is part and parcel of company ownership, and you accept that as a shareholder, but in order to manage that risk and your exposure, the shareholders elect the board to inform them of the companies doings. When they lie, they should be strung up for it - as they are guilty of negligence, and it pretty much amounts to saying "everything is fine, keep paying me." Considering just how much these board members are paid to do their job, which is to act in the interests of shareholders, not against them, when they don't do it then they should be expected to be defending themselves in court with pretty hefty sanctions being applied if they lose.
So no, it's not about reviving the companies fortunes, it's about removing freeloading parasites who will say anything to keep being paid for another month even though they know that the company is finished. (PS, I'm not a BB shareholder so I don't really care in this instance, but just giving you my views of why somebody might take this sort of action|)
Re: Automated till hell ...
Did you know THERE IS A MUTE BUTTON for the checkouts. Just before you hit the start button, look at the bottom centre of the screen. HIT THE VOLUME ICON and it SHUTS IT UP!
It doesn't prevent the rest of the pain of using it, but you don't have to hear it moan at you EVER AGAIN.
Consider yourselves educated. You're welcome.
Re: At first
Of course it lowers the risk - you hand the sensitive data to a company whose only vested interest is to protect it - it's their job, and if they have a breach then they're going to be finished. As it's their vested interest, they'll spend far more time and money making things secure, and economies of scale mean you'll get a vastly superior offering to doing it yourself.
Otherwise what we'll end up with is every Tom, Dick and Muhammad Retail Ltd kludging together a badly implemented payment system which they don't understand and have no interest in keeping secure - they sell you their wares, not payment security. So long as it works and does the bare minimum, they're not going to improve it - they have their vested interests elsewhere.
Re: Did they ask about...
Simple solution - Leave cables lying around in your house and trip over them in your rush to call them, then explain that it is their fault you broke your leg in 3 places whilst rushing to the phone after following their simple instruction to "call now, don't delay" and tell them you'd like to sue them.
Back to the article - just trawling facebook for "likes" ain't going to work unless facebook put the long awaited "dislike" button in there as standard.Otherwise these TV types with their overinflated egos are not going to realise just how rubbish their programmes really are. Not to mention that anyone trawling private conversations to see what was said for profit is just completely unnacceptable... oh, they've been doing it for years? Why do people still use facebook again? And more to the point, who still watches advert riddled TV when ad-free on demand exists?
When I'm world president...
...copyright, patents and rights for creative work will be given to the creator amounting to a term valid for 3x the time of the human effort that went into the creation, for example:
if you spend 20 years developing a fusion reactor then you assert rights over it for 60 years. (and serial, not parallel. Having 100 people work on it for 20 years does not give you 6000 years)
If you spend 3 years writing a novel, then you get to protect that work for 9 years.
If you spend 2 minutes creating a song playlist and then 1 day mixing them together, you can have 3 days and 6 minutes worth of protection.
They damn well need another cable - their broadband prices are about 4 times the cost of ours in the UKs for a limit comparable to most smartphones - 1-3GB a month.
Great if you want to slow down and enjoy life and retire in Lord of the Rings country, but if you yearn for an acceptable 21st century standard of living - able to watch moving video on a PC rather than an advert stuffed box for instance, NZ would drive you crazy before too long.
Burn baby burn
Personally I think that the chip companies should leverage the extremely useful heat producing capabilities of their multi-billion transistors switching.
I mean, who wouldn't want a house centrally heated by their computer? Picture it - SWMBO puts the thermostat up, AGAIN, and you get the option to model the microclimate in your back garden and sell the data to the MET office or perform a simulated nuclear test on the neighbour's cat. I might actually consider spending £2500 on a boiler if it came with an intel inside sticker and a HDMI port and could run Crysis at 42fps.
Re: You didn't already know?
To be honest, I'm just here to get some free votes
Oh for goodness sake
Prior to coming to work for a corporation, I was able to get away with probably around 5 core passwords (with plenty of merging and munging between them) around the internet, each of varying security, and very few being uniquely used, except for things like forum logins where I couldn't care less if I was compromised.
Cue the god-awful password requirements for the tens of systems I now use, that all have different requirements, all change at random intervals (some 30 says, some 1 month, some 3 months, some 6 months) and of varying degrees of forced control. Is it any wonder that I now actually store some of my passwords on my desktop in plaintext, simply because it is completely unnecessary to have to have a password with a complexity requirement more stringent that the release mechanism for a trident nuclear missle for a flippin "corporate HS&E e-learning tool." I mean, the only thing an attacker could do there is complete the annual "how to sit at your desk without becoming a paraplegic" refresher for me, which I would actually welcome.
I will use necessary security where it is needed, I studied cryptography at university, and people who think that security is enhanced by having the most draconian requirements really ought to learn about human psychology when it comes to security - as there comes a point where you end up compromising security very easily if you make things difficult for the end user. This is exactly why I store my password in plaintext on my desktop for aforementioned HS&E program.
I don't have a business mobile phone, but really - do the majority of users really have anything worth stealing on there? I mean usually it's just emails with the circular about the new cover sheet on the TPS reports... a 4 digit pin ought to keep someone out long enough for the user to realise they've lost it and security to remote wipe the device. Anything more is quite simply unnecessary, and more hassle (and cost) than the security is worth.
New Fangled Television
This might have been useful back in the 90s, where Ceefax existed and you had to wait 20 minutes to see what was on channel 44, but now? Seriously? I barely use the television, preferring on demand and my fondleslab/smartphone/ultrawhotsit And if I need to see listings, it's quicker to get my mobile out of my pocket and ask siri than to try and find the flippin remote and work out how the thing wants to work today...
Lots of money for an utterly pointless and meaningless investigation for a system which belongs squarely in the last century - of course the government are falling over themselves to pay for it - it's an IT project that cannot possibly fail (there, I've jinxed it for them)
As with the others, Automatic noise generation from somewhere in the browser gives me, normally a perfectly rational individual, an apoplectic fit. I start foaming at the mouth and turn extremely violent, and feel like defenestrating any device, non-screwed down object or co-worker, whether directly related to the noise or not.
I term this as the sort of rudeness as some guy ringing you up at 3am to sell you double glazing, or a waiter telling you to directly fuck off after they've just served you a starter because they double booked your table, or perhaps a customer service agent slamming the phone down after telling you to turn it off and on again without hearing the problem. Hell yes I'll vote with my wallet, and tell everyone I meet of my diabolical experience.
So Dabbsy, unless you are redesigning the website of the RNIB, or have a poor-taste Stephen Hawking style text to speech website which you want to go viral, if you're going to put audio in it, for gawds-sake make sure it doesn't fire automatically. Or if it does, it better be telling me how I can sue you no win no fee for the damage I caused by putting my fist through my monitor.
Re: 'Whiff of octogenarian media lord sends 1 in 5 running'
I think 100,000 people leaving from an estimated subscriber base of circa 500,000 shows the effect pretty clearly. Let's not forget that Be subscribers were there because Be broadband was actually good, and when you had a problem they weren't afraid to speak tech with you if you wanted. I was with O2 for a while at university because it was very cheap if you had a phone contract with them.
Both O2 and Be had something to differentiate them from the market, and hence their subscribers have already shown themselves to be a far more savvy bunch than the usual crowd- and losing 20% of your userbase even when you're offering a fair few sweetners just shows that Sky didn't do their homework properly. That's a disaster. Sky is seen to be run of the mill, poor customer service offering a mediocre product - definitely a step down from Telefonica's offerings.
If I had a MAC right now I'd be looking at someone like Andrews&Arnold (recently quoted in the Cameron Censorship fiasco article as they'll give you active choice - you can have uncensored internet, or you can go to hell) - they must be rubbing their hands with glee at all the potential customers.
Re: Are you Ignorant or just Stupid?
I'm gonna bite. The city of Detroit DID go bankrupt because of American cars. Detroit was completely and utterly reliant on that industry to fund their economy - it was therefore the root-cause. Back in the 90s, the cars Detroit was putting out were nothing short of uncompetitive - the South Korean manufacturers absolutely rinsed the floor, on cost, build quality, fuel economy - the only thing they didn't quite match up to was size (which to some Americans == luxury). Detroit continued, as you said, being bent over by the unions, building up huge debt obligations without the means to get a return on investment (due to the uncompetitiveness of the auto-industry) and as people lost their jobs and quality of life deminished, crime went nuts and everyone left. Cue bankruptcy, it's as simple as that, and it could have happened anywhere that rests on their laurels about how awesome they were in the past, not just limited to American cities - UK shipbuilding and mining towns went that way not that long ago either - again, due to reliance on an uncompetitive industry.
I have driven about 20 hire cars in North America over the last 6 months, all 2013 models, and I can safely report that all the American models still suffer all the stereotypical problems that Europeans think they suffer - build quality is pretty poor, there is loads of shiny chrome, computers that control everything (which WILL break and be extortionate to fix,) and cheap plastic all over the dash. Fuel economy is still dire - an average 2.4L car (which is about as common as the 1.4L/1.6L car in the UK from my observations) will just about get 30MPG (imperial), which is still considered "good." They accelerate quickly though handling is still rubbish, but their ride is comfortable, and there is lots of space inside. I remember seeing an advert for the Chevy Cruze which can do 56MPG as being the lowest highway fuel consumption in class (it's the size of a mondeo). Euro cars were doing that 5 years ago. The Hyundais and Kias and Toyotas I've driven are worse than in Europe, (they've obviously cut costs in their US models and it shows) but are pretty much superior over US built vehicles, in everything other than space and comfort (which is highly valued in the States but not elsewhere in the world) They're also all sold far cheaper than anything in Europe, and encourage you to go out of your way to pick them up on finance.
Americans still suffer the delusion that the bigger the vehicle is, the safer you are inside. They have never seen a Euro NCAP style crash test which proves otherwise - I'd take your bet that one of our 2013 "Minis" would be safer for occupants than one of your 2013 Chargers or something in a 40mph collision. I think you'd be surpirsed. Sure, in a question of energy transfer in a collision, a lorry hitting a car is only going one way, and there are a lot of oversize SUVs on the road in the US, but there is an awful lot that can be engineered to mitigate that. I don't accuse the US of standing still though - safety is getting better, same with fuel economy, but they fell a decade behind and are still playing catch up. You're not going to see American models taking the world by storm any time soon, with the possible exception of Ford - their Focus and Fusion (Mondeo in Europe, not that stupid box thing we call the Fusion) are actually reasonable. Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge and GMC (Vauxhall, Opel in Europe) are still woefully outclassed by the Europeans, Japanese and South Koreans.
But yes, it's an enormous country, it was built around the Internal Combustion Engine and not the horse (as Europe was), and therefore to do anything there you need a car. Sidewalks, more properly known as pavements, are for cities only, as everywhere else is just too far to walk. But when petrol is still sub $1/L, it's not painful to fill up like it is in the UK (doesn't stop them complaining though, hehehehe)
Re: Sense at last
You're hopelessly naive if you think that an 11 year old hasn't seen things in the playground that would make your hair curl. Kids have the ways and means to distribute files, via phones, memory sticks, whatsapp, you name it - they'll have seen stuff of the most extreme hardcore nature (and most likely illegal) by age 12, I guarantee it. You're kidding yourself if you think otherwise.
ISP filters DO NOT WORK, all they do is add pointless inconvenience to the average user. I can imagine it now - trying to access instagram or flikr in starbucks - sorry, our free wifi is family friendly, and uses government approved ISP filter lists. Public libraries wifi - "sorry, that research material is classified as adult material and unsuitable for our family library." The internet is most useful when it is available widely - and government guidelines coupled with opt-out mean that you will only get government sanctioned internet in the future. That's not on.
It is censorship. It's not a great idea, and people with views like you are actually harming children by destroying responsibility toward them - and that is far greater than the harm done to them by viewing "naughty things" on the 'net. It is NOT societies responsibility to parent properly, FULL STOP.
Re: Bring them on....
do a search then- El Reg is a good place to start - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/16/vm_fraud/
Re: "a £265 piece of kit"
Its an industrial grade product and has to last 10 years. It is not a consumer-grade item, therefore you won't get a consumer-grade price. Besides, the government has "mandated" them, and that means that the company that makes them will suck as much blood out of that government mandate as they can possibly get away with. It's a bit like anything "military spec" - build it for market price, then move the decimal point to the right.
It would also appear
that ReKey is having problems and causing some devices to enter a boot-loop. They say it's fixed in the latest version, but "non-destructive"? a boot-loop you can't get out of is a major implementation flaw, and almost as good as bricking your device.
I'll be waiting for a few more positive reviews before I take the plunge, personally.
Re: You mean like this web site does....
But I, like 95% of the internet, use the same password everywhere - your argument is invalid.
Re: I love the idea and desperately want one but what about professional drivers
You missed the point made, as punishment you can read it again. ALL the way through.
It's simple - by removing the humans and their cost, the money which would otherwise have been spent on them doing something that they no longer need to do is available for them to do something else. Yes, they're instantaneously unemployed, but their wages are availabe to them on kickstarter (put there by evil capitalist looking for a quick buck from the profit he made by laying them off), if you want a 21st Century example. They do something else and society benefits from the auto-captioning of cats software they create, or somethng.
Capitalism is the same game it was in the 18th Century. The rules haven't changed, just the quality of life.
ARTICLES without comment boxes - Climate, CO2, Anything authored by L. Page...
Seeing as I have no where to agree with/ vent against Messr L. Page, I've created a topic as he suggested.
CO2 CAUSES GREENING: Having long been sceptical of CO2 rising = death and Earth turning into Venus, I tend to be interested in how biological systems manage to avoid runaway feedback mechanisms, and am not suprised when things like this come up. Hurray, we're saved! (maybe)
SCOTLAND and TIDAL POWER:
Whilst the firth itself may have lower estimates of capacity, the UK has a whole has something in the region of 15-25% of the worlds easiest available tidal resource. I've worked on tidal turbines in the past, and as with any brand new tech, there are teething problems. Once again the UK has a huge advantage - we had the sea protecting us against Europe for millenia, copper and tin mines making us a world leader during the bronze age, we had loads of coal (still do) to power the industrial revolution and to develop the railways, and now, in the 21st Century, we realise that we're on one of the strongest tidal stream resources in the world.
It is never going to replace fossil fuel, but unlike wind or solar it is very predictable, and hence many times more useful for electrical utilities. As usual the biggest problems with anything that makes sense seem to be the green brigade, who are scared that whales can't avoid things which are very large and rotating, or that rising waters in estuaries will destroy bird habitats. Whilst I am not hung up at all about CO2, reducing pollution in general is a fair plan, and tidal is a clean resource, and there is much to be gained from harnessing it. If the Firth can produce a mere GW, that's half a very large power station that doesn't need to be built on land. But the government will have to underwrite the risks, as no private corporation will take a gamble of this magnitude. Green energy doesn't look like it's going anywhere soon, I'd say it would be a wise investment of my taxes to make the UK a world leader in tidal technologies.
Why should strict privacy be the exception? - it's none of anybody elses business what I say to other people behind closed doors. That I have "nothing to hide" doesn't mean you can invade my privacy to check. You will take me at my word until my actions prove otherwise - it's a basic right of respect, and fundamental right of innocent until proven guilty.
Just because I use tools that protect my privacy != my activities are illegal, no matter what the do-gooders say.
In a healthy society, privacy ought to be the norm, not the exception.
Project - sham. IDS - half a modicum of sense
It's obvious that this is a textbook government IT project. And as such, baby steps are needed to limit the damage and give the firefighters the 3 years they need to get this thing fit for purpose, which sounds like what is proposed by IDS - Get the basics right FIRST, then start adding complexity after you've fixed the initial (inevitable) problems.
Yes, it's a proposal that is due a lot of flack for not getting it right earlier, proves that the project was poorly planned and executed and isn't going to deliver on time, but compared to the alternative, it's far better than just rolling it out regardless and bringing the entire system to a standstill, specially when it affects the lives of so many of societies vulnerable people.
Don't get me wrong - it's an omnishambles, but in terms of dealing with said shambles and damage control, (and I can hardly believe I'm saying this) I think IDS is probably doing the right thing.
Students have never paid more for the higher education than they do now. The tax payer is steadily reducing the available subsidies to higher education, and has been for decades.
Student with a broken laptop? good like trying to get it repaired without shelling out for it yourself. That's the beauty of BYOD - the device is the users problem. Bandwidth? Yeah, the university pays for it through a combination of corporate R&D money and student fees, and the taxpayer benefits from the enormous pipes that university institutions have laid between them (and a few taxpayer subsidies implied - good use of money IMHO).
I wouldn't pass too much blame onto the media studies students either - they pay 9 grand same as I would if I was studying engineering. My labs and full week of lectures cost considerably more than their space in the library and their 5 hours contact time a week. I think if you look at the books, they're paying the subsidies to train engineers and doctors - you know, these people that you and society has come to take for granted.
The commercially relevant example is that BYOD is done, and done well at universities. Yeah, sysadmins have a hell of a lot more work making their systems hardened and solving new IT problems that BYOD introduces- that's why they are paid to do what they do. For the time being, executives in industry listen to their scare stories of viruses and pen drives being open gateways to the pirates in the East who will steal all IP they can get their hands on (i'm not arguing that these are false threats), but the world is changing, and corporations will have to start tackling this problem head on.
I never said it was going to be easy - but times are changing. I've often heard that brand new graduates are often the cause of the most major security breaches at corporations. When that is happening, it's time to up your game. Restrictions that work with your current employees do NOT work with my generation, we've had years in school to learn how to circumvent filters to do what we want, and to use our IT for our purposes efficiently. IT security is generally not something we take seriously, but that is your problem to solve.
And seriously, when corporate suppliers websites don't support IE6 anymore, don't you think that archaic IT is holding you back? I've got adobe acrobat reader 4 installed here, it can't open half the pdfs I throw at it. It's getting to the point where I can either obey IT policy or I can do my job, but not both. Tell me again how BYOD isn't relevant in the corporate future? It'll be keeping job security for reg readers at an all time high for the next decade if you ask me...
Give the toddler a bigger firearm
So far, EU cyber law enforcement includes trying to lock someone up for a joke on twitter, trying to extradite Aspergers sufferers to corrupt regimes who exercise capital punishment, trying to jail 9 year-old girls for downloading pop music, and jailing those who provide a search engine capable of throwing up allegedly copyrighted material which technically is no worse than google.
I guess if the MBTA subway hack happened here with these new laws, they'd also get the book thrown at them. National transport infrastructure - check. cyber attack - check. Automatic minimum 5 year jail-time - check. Never mind that the guys responsible were security researchers showing flaws in security for the public interest...
How about they first prove they can apply the law properly - maybe then we can trust them with stronger deterrents. Until then, this move is idiotic, and bordering on dangerous.
If temps go negative...
Then yes, the government SHOULD have to pay out - what better incentive to crush climate taxes and misinformation - an evidence based, risk:reward approach which if they prove to be wrong, end up costing the government money. If it happens then they'll do a U turn on AGW so big it will cause the milky way to spin in the opposite direction.
I'm on 4G in Canada
I get a 1GB allowance, and you know what? It's enough. It's nice to be able to get a decent speed - downloading app updates doesn't take forever, and when I need something sent from personal to corporate email, it goes in seconds, not half an hour. Whilst I look forward to the Singaporean phenomenon of streaming TV to your mobile on public transit on your way home, we're still not there yet, but it's where we're heading.
Competition in pricing from O2 and Vodafone ought to be felt by Christmas in the UK. I can wait.
It's 60 jobs over the next 3 years, so even better value for money.
R&D should be encouraged, and this to me actually sounds like a far better investment than a lot of the bribes that local government/councils put up to multinational firms to get jobs into the area and start a development community. It's a seed. It needs to be embraced by others in order to flourish. They've done the first step - and like any good investment, with it comes risk - risk that Nintendo will pull out as soon as their sweeteners dissapear, but if they're there for the next 3 years, then that is time enough to build up a regional hub for this type of thing. It'll be a waste of money only if they fail to continue the momentum they've just been granted and fail to get the full reward from their initial investment.
Re: <3 Competition. Still not buying an Xboner, however.
And the subscription model will be their undoing for precisely this reason, unless they manage to bend the schools over backwards to pay for the education of the masses in their software. Worked very very very well for Microsoft. Arts budgets in my schools definitely would not have stretched that far, thankfully.
But yeah - prevent your younger users from pirating your software, and a generation down the line, no one knows how to use your software. I'll give Adobe 8-10 years.
Re: The feds are not going to stop themselves
Nice benefits - prevention of the global free market through protectionism and pointless and artificial delays in recieving media.
These institutions are global now, and have been for decades. They need to adapt their business models, not introduce more (easily curcumventible) barriers. I welcome the day where we get global releases and global pricing, and no more artificial meddling and unnecessary restriction. The internet allows it. We have all the necessary infrastructure. All that is needed is for the dinosaurs to die out. A balance will be struck, one way or the other, but as the internet becomes the distribution system, and treats barriers as damage around which it actively heals and re-routes itself, then I don't need any convincing that the media industry as it currently stands is on the losing side.
Re: Guess what?
Good for you.
I on the other hand do use facebook - it has it's uses - why only last weekend, I checked in the middle of nowhere in Canada in a little town and got invited to a cruise and BBQ from a mates old school friend who happened to have a holiday home + boat not 20 miles away and saw us post up on facebook. Few cold ones, free bed for the night and a wonderful evening rather than driving 4 hours back through the wilderness on the way home.
So I find all this social networking actually does have benefits, and through that I submit to a certain amount of profiling and tracking (or a significantly reduced amount through noscript and adblock) - I mean, it's not like you are forced to pay for it now is it? It opens up lots of opportunities that previous generations have never had, and could not possibly imagine. There are hundreds of people in my past who are a click and a message away if our paths happen to cross again, and this information is facilitated by these social networks. You don't want to be a part of it? you don't have to. That's the beauty of it.
Yes. Then to prove it is properly robust, enter it into the Mongol rally.
Just because the UK lags behind...
...doesn't mean the rest of the world hasn't found usefulness for very high mobile download speeds.
Blame Ofcom and the 3G debacle, some of us have had acess to LTE for years. Here, I can download that stupid 12MB attachment that some "reputable" *cough* big four *cough* firm sent me on my phone, remove the offending bitmap image, and then actually get it onto my corporate email account without it crashing and burning due to email size limits. In Singapore, people watch TV on the train - you guessed it, streamed through their mobile. Not going to happen with a 1Gig data limit, but 5Gig is enough.
Not that the UK mobile network is all bad - I mean at least you don't have to pay to recieve phonecalls or messages as a matter of course, and there is actually enough competition to have sub 3-yr contracts...
But yeah - maybe we should all slow back down to 14.4k dialup - should keep the loom smashers happy, eh?
I think there are 2 problems with Samsung. 1) they're trying to keep the investors and banks happy, who are reliant on exponential, infinite growth to keep up with their predictions of ever-increasing profit. Even Apple are struggling with that one, and they have lots of wealthy fanbois throwing money at them.
2) They keep announcing more variants of the S4. It's been out what, a month? and already - "btw if you wait a bit, we're doing a waterproof version" oh, and a "different coloured version other than black or white" and a "LTE-Adv version," and "a mini version which isn't really an S4, but we're calling it the S4 mini."
It's no wonder no one is buying the flagship model - you've announced that there will be better versions coming out in a short space of time - way to put off those who want the latest and greatest and want it to last more than a month. Take a lesson from apple, gulfstream, all the automotive manufacturers - and keep your development models under wraps until they're almost out the warehouse door, otherwise you harm sales.
Re: Sonic Screwdriver
There is a defense - stop using security through obscurity. History has told us a thousand times over - It NEVER works. If US defense contractors have had half their secrets spilled with their security budgets, then I'm not going to be the least bit surprised if automotive manufacturers have leaks.
And get the guys creating the "secure" systems talking to those who break them. The former don't think outside the box enough, and the latter are never taken seriously enough, or worse, they're criminalised. The entire industry needs a change of mindset- quite how automotive industries expect a proprietary secret such as a key fob switching algorithm to remain secret for the lifespan of your average car (15 years or so) would be laughable, was it not so serious.
We have a phrase for it in business.
"Not fit for purpose"
Thank god we've just had our IT modernisation program. We'll be using Windows 7 for at least the next 5-10 years.
Re: Planned obsolescence
I worked out a long time ago that if you pay apple any money at all, you'll get the device in question, which will work well for a year, and then they lose all interest in you whatsoever. I remember being treated incredibly rudely in an apple store after a faulty iOS update bricked my device, due to a dent being present in the casing (which obviously was absolutely nothing to do with the problem - I managed to solve it myself in the end.)
Android at least has ways and means of keeping old devices working, and paid-for apps tend to work on most available flavours. seems iOS apps just stop working every time an update to iOS happens, and sod you if your device is deemed by apple to not support the update. That's not to mention the fact that they "decide" what is good for you and what you can and can't do with what belongs to you.
I am not prepared to put up with that attitude, so I exercise the only right I have - to vote with my wallet.
Re: Half a second?
So this is actually reasonably good news - I'm fairly sure I can extract said android phone from said pint/ toilet bowl/swimming pool, pop the back and remove the battery in this amount of time thus removing the electricity from the equation. Pop in some rice/silica gel desiccant, leave in the airing cupboard for a day or two, and fingers crossed, it'll survive the ordeal.
With an iphone, you have to remove the battery - oh wait, no, sorry - unlock it, hold down the power button, swipe, and wait for a shutdown, still waiting, oh darn, it's shorted. Back to apple it is then. Still, at least their customer service is top notch...
Re: It's £399
You're all screwed. I was contacted directly by the FBI to see if my account had been hijacked by these people promising people money turning out to be Nigerian scammers. They promised that if I donate $300 to the UN World Health Organisation's refugee orphans compensation scheme fund, they'll send Interpol out to recover the $6,500,000 money I lost. All I need to do is give them the account details - easy!
Brilliant thing is, that I never got scammed in the first place - they must have accidently thought I was one of you lot, so I donated the money this morning via Western Union and will be laughing all the way to the bank with your money when it comes through from the FBI Director General of MI5!
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