87 posts • joined Wednesday 23rd January 2013 09:11 GMT
Re: What will Planet Earth's attention span be?
That's a nice idea, but beyond the most basic raw materials, anything required for a level of existence further advanced than the Stone Age is going to have to come from Earth for a hell of a long time. Nobody's even attempted this kind of self-sufficiency on Earth since we lived in caves, so why just assume that it'll be possible in the much harsher environment on Mars?
What will Planet Earth's attention span be?
I can just about believe that there are enough prurient saddos on Earth to fund landing a bunch of
fools adventurers on Mars through sponsorship, reality TV and advertising. But WTF is going to happen to those poor bastards when interest back here wanes, and the money for the necessary endless succession of re-supply ships stops rolling in?
Re: If it walks like a duck...
The telcos of all people should know how essential standardisation is - they just don't like the balls-achingly slow process involved. Just waving a magic wand and saying "we're not developing standards" isn't going to change that. If they don't make this process as rigorous as a proper standard then then they'll just end up locked into the first vendor's "innovative" new product they buy into. It won't help that the telcos have in the past shown themselves to be singularly bad at specifying innovative products and services, or co-operating between themselves, so I wouldn't put a lot of faith in the specifications and use cases they're agreeing on.
Why single this one out?
The blizzard of emails carrying these infected zips certainly isn't restricted to fake Skype ones: banks, DHL, UPS, Companies House, the list goes on and on. Focussing just on emails purporting to be from Skype may just give naive users a false sense of security.
Since you're using Norton, from another PC, try this from the Symantec website. Note the nasty bit about having your Windows installation CD handy....
Identify the rival ads!
If the Google proposal goes ahead I just hope the useless rival "results" from Foundem & their ilk are put in a nice named div so that I can Adblock them into oblivion.
Why? Don't you prefer ads that are witty, or funny, or don't leave you feeling sorry for the sad tone-deaf bastards who were falling off their over-stuffed boardroom chairs laughing so hard at their own lame knocking copy?
I imagine there must be some terms in their licences to address what happens if the company changes hands; no large company would effectively bet the farm on ARM devices if the pipeline could be abruptly cut off by a competitor. I think competition authorities might have something to say about it, too!
Be nice if it worked
"The Google Search Hotword Extension currently on works on computers in the United States searching on https://www.google.com."
Not that Google voice search works in Chrome on my desktop anyway, which is a shame as it works brilliantly in the Google search app on Android.
Re: @Buck Futter, Tannin, et al:
Microsoft must be paying by the word today. All that waffle to say that the GUI's wonderful, and any problems the poor bloody users have with it are their own fault for not reading the "WIMP GUI rulebook" and learning reams of keyboard shortcuts? Oh puh-leeze!
Anything for effect, Reg?
Nice job chopping off the Google definition of trigger - showing readers the next line, "an event or thing that causes something to happen", might have spoilt that dramatic gunshot analogy otherwise.
Ponderous marketing - again
Why is every MS marketing campaign so laboured and unfunny? "I'm a PC", anti-iPhone ads, Scroogled campaign, this... It's like watching Dad Dancing at a wedding. Does it play any better in Seattle than elsewhere in the world?
It's not as if you couldn't use alternative mapping applications on your shiny-shiny - Apple even pointed people to them, while working on improving their own app. I can't believe I'm defending Apple, can't stand them, and goodness knows they indulge in this themselves, but this kind of frivolous litigious class-action bullshit just serves to enrich lawyers with no benefit to the users whatsoever.
Re: What about small sites?
Presumably that's why there's the bit in the Regulations that allows the court to treat a late action as being in time if it's in the interests of justice.
Not just the users at fault
"Facebook won plaudits from security watchers for its actions but the schemes like this can only mitigate against the problem without dealing with its root causes, lamentably awful password security practices by many netizens."
Isn't another of the root causes that there are still organisations out there which were still, in 2013 and after all the other high profile data losses, allowing trivial passwords and storing them unencrypted as if salting and hashing were esoteric novelties? Arguably they were even more culpable than their poor dumb users since you'd expect whoever they got to build their site to be professionals who were aware of the risks and actually had a clue.
Re: I'm not having any issues
IMO Samsung make great products from a hardware perspective, but their software is uniformly shockingly bad. The bloated, bug-ridden POS that is Kies is a case in point. It's a pity that more people don't know about CyanogenMod and just how easy it is now to install it, or other great custom ROMs like Paranoid Android, and get the Samsung crap off their phone.
So 87% are happy with Google search as it is?
Some of us in that 87% are really peed off that we're going to have our search results diluted with crap from shite 3rd part "vertical search engines" like Kelkoo. I suppose the likes of Bing might end up happy, since people will presumably click through to those useless sites and then blame Google for having given them rubbish search results.
Then perhaps you should disengage your patella reflex, engage your brain and read that bit again, because he wasn't making a case against "national health" at all.
Re: FSecure launching encrypted online storage
Looks interesting. Getting private cloudy data away from US companies and their spooky overlords is very attractive.
What law? There isn't one - he's just kissing Dave's arse in case Rebekah isn't the last of Rupert's crew in his sights.
It's seemed pretty obvious for some time that TPTB aren't really that concerned about RF emissions at petrol stations. Plenty of examples like this monster at Membury Services.
Re: Fight Club
Presumably you missed the bit where it says "provided their Wi-Fi, cellular and Bluetooth radios, if they have them, are disabled"? I think it would be quite entertaining sitting next to one of those twunts as they tried to work out why they couldn't get through to anyone.
Re: Frankly ...
That simple-minded approach fits very nicely with what most people think of as the typical Recruiter's skill set.
Decaying Coax Network
Taking a pop at BT's network is a bit rich when all your own company does is milk some ageing re-purposed cable TV infrastructure that relies on a coax loop for the bit from the cabinet to the consumer. Just 48% coverage and no investment to increase it, despite regular price rises; it's pretty obvious that their business plan is just to wring as much cash as they can out of the assets they bought from bankrupt cable TV firms, until it rots in the ground.
Bullying just like in the Old Days
"It also underlines Microsoft's desire to push users onto Windows 8.1 machines and leave the era of keyboard and mouse and the Windows 7 generation behind it."
All it's likely to do is push even more of Microsoft's customers into downloading an alternative browser - and once they've switched it's unlikely that they'll find any compelling reason to switch back to IE again. Wake up, MS, it's 2013 - you don't seem to have realised that you don't have the same clout with browsers as you did in those halcyon days of 2003.
Re: it's in difficult times like these
Quite - you insure for the risks that you can't afford to take yourself, surely? Like your data centre burning down, in this case.
Re: One of the most recognised web icons,...
It's hardly a disregard for brand awareness to plaster your logo all over the buttons.
Maybe someone at Facebook is actually dimly aware that there are other cultures than "American" and that gestures (including the thumbs-up) can have completely different meanings around the world.
Re: Race to the bottom
If you check the Amscreen website, it's not just Tesco using this creepy product.
Risky in this PC world
I wonder how long before the hordes of sensitive individuals feel so mortally hurt by their age/gender being publicly mis-classified that they decide to sue en masse? Tesco certainly won't want PC Chapman buying petrol from one of their stations.
Any chance of a sponsorship logo?
Since we're still giving poor India an average of £280m a year in aid, you'd think the least they could do is paint a little Union Flag somewhere on their massive penis substitute.
Re3 is just a recycling/waste disposal joint venture between Reading, Wokingham and Bracknell borough councils. A "three Reading councils group" exists only in your imagination.
Biomass != fossil fuel
Obviously it's Mr O's prerogative to rant about one of his hobby horses, but whatever else you might feel about the wisdom of burning biomass for electricity production, new growth wood burnt as biomass is not a fossil fuel.
Ofcom has obviously twigged that the recent NSA/GCHQ "revelations", and earlier experience of what happens whenever the authorities get their hands on some new power, are going to make people exceedingly suspicious that a perfectly reasonable feature (locating 999 callers) will be indiscriminately abused and used to routinely track anybody, anytime.
Calm down, dears
If you actually read the City of London police letter, it doesn't pretend that it's a legally enforceable takedown demand. It's saying that it believes the complained of IP is being used for copyright infringement, and requesting EasyDNS to review it against their own Ts&Cs with a view to removing it. The implied ICAAN threat is perhaps a bit OTT, but overall this really doesn't seem to be an unreasonable request. EasyDNS is entirely at liberty to ignore it and wait and see if the police get a court order.
What's this new concept?
"Police forces around the world are also targeting people they suspect of dealing drugs on the Silk Road. In Seattle, the Feds placed tracking devices on suspects' cars and claim to have watched a dealer and his female accomplice drop off drugs packages at post offices around the city."
We could call it - dunno, "policing"? Obviously it does have disadvantages compared with just sitting on your lardy arse and hoovering up the entire population's private communications, but you never know, something this crazy might just work...
Re: KISS principle
Not to mention being able to see what's happening should (heaven forfend!) something go wrong with the autopilot, and you'd like to know something about rotational rates, or even which way up it was.
Re: Regardless of the merits of the Apple patent
No; you just have to keep quiet about it until you've filed the patent application. If you can't STFU and start waving it around in public before then that's what makes it prior art.
Oh yes it is...
How is this not 2FA? It requires a password (something you know), plus your mobile to receive a text, or your smartphone with an app, or your telephone (something you have). Sounds like two factor to me.
Unfortunately the PAC nowadays appears to be little more than a media platform for it's partisan (Labour party) chair, chucking out one-sided reports after conducting "evidence-gathering" sessions more reminiscent of the Spanish Inquisition than any genuine inquiry. As a result the perfectly reasonable conclusions it's reached in this case will be ignored with impunity by the tame DCMS, and the BT infrastructure quasi-monopoly will just carry on as before.
Why the time limits?
I'm having trouble getting my head around the idea that the injunction should impose time limits (and different ones for different publishers at that) on prohibiting the price fixing agreements. Surely they'll be just as illegal in 30 months or whatever as they apparently are now?
Re: "exactly what government can and cannot do"
"As for freedom of speech, if I remember correctly nobody has ever been arrested for posting something on a blog in our First World countries (with the exception of the English guy who blew his stack on Twitter and ended up making an unfortunate comment that was interpreted as a bomb threat - and that is still not something that impacts freedom of speech in a general sense)."
No, we're much more civilised - we just have draconian defamation laws that allow the rich and powerful to enforce self-censorship on pain of being ruined and living the rest of your life in a cardboard box.
Re: Price competition?
"Am I being slow or have I missed something? Weren't consumers getting the best possible price under the old rules (on Amazon)? Amazon only required the price to be the same or lower than anywhere else, meaning you were unlikely to find it cheaper from the same seller"
You're missing the fact that sellers couldn't offer less than their best price PLUS Amazon's cut if they were to stay in business - so you weren't getting the lowest price they could offer if they were selling through their own website or a cheaper marketplace than Amazon, say. Price fixing isn't good for consumers, no matter how it's dressed up.
Crystal ball or bowling ball?
I'm sure that IDC are excellent at counting beans, but ISTM that their predictions aren't any more accurate than those of any other informed observers. I suppose it would be too much to hope that the meeja would bite the hand that feeds them ready-to-eat news bites, and run a retrospective assessment of these forecasts?
The more this kind of fatuous "intellectual property" is kicked into touch the better. With their former Canadian CEO looking at possible criminal charges over alleged price fixing in Canada you'd think Nestlé would have better things to do with their time.
Re: Who really owns these?
Apart from the fact that salvage laws basically apply to seagoing vessels and cargoes, not space rockets, salvage entitles you to a monetary reward related to the value of the salvage - it doesn't give you ownership of it.
Putting a remotely controlled kill switch for MY mobile into the hands of the manufacturer (or operator) - what could possibly go wrong? Apart from incompetence leading to inadvertently bricked devices, offering a blackmailing opportunity to operators, creating an attack vector for the black hats, providing an excuse for manufacturers and operators to prevent rooting and keep their bloatware installed, ....
Re: So once again the kneejerk reaction is wrong
The 787 battery deal may or may not have been a fluke, because as Boeing admit they don't actually know the root cause. The "solution" has been to enclose the batteries in a stainless steel dustbin so that they can burn away without setting the rest of the aircraft on fire!
"Early adopters"? This stuff's been flying around in aircraft primary structure for well over 30 years. The fact that it's only now appearing in large portions of commercial airliners is down to its reducing cost and the caution of the aerospace industry, not a lack of experience.
When it takes 5 years just to make a stretch of existing motorway a "managed motorway" - in other words put up some CCTV cameras and build a few refuges so the hard shoulder can be used - then 2040 seems woefully optimistic to get affordable fail-safe fully autonomous vehicles designed, tested and into production, and make all the legal and infrastructure changes necessary.
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