53 posts • joined 6 Feb 2013
Re: Robot Wars?
I feel the same way about the use of "drones" to refer to quad-copters and such.
This is obviously intended as a send-up of the Kirk, Picard and Riker set of Starfleet officers, always looking to get on intimate terms with the crew and/or any passing aliens.
Picard? I must have missed those episodes.
Re: drones huh?
"every radio controlled flying toy is a "drone" now? I guess all those RC "robot wars" shows actually did melt the brains of the youth watching them.
If it isn't autonomous, it ain't a drone."
Re: NSA's job
No, there is no hope; the banks never lose.
Re: You Have Twenty Seconds To Comply
Some would disagree with you:
I'm sure that only a person who has actually been up to some murky activities would ever actually follow through with this. Everyone else would ignore it and/or report it.
Twice a year I have to remember how to change the radio clock - something best done while parked.
The actual instrument gauges, on the other hand, are easy to scan and interpret while driving. Monitoring the gauges is actually taught by driving schools - a quick glance to confirm everything is ok, then back to the road.
Don't use it myself, so would someone please explain how the real-name policy is enforced? Is a credit card required for registration now?
Or was this story a case where an existing user's name was demonstrably an assumed name, thereby prompting a response from Facebook?
And yet... All of the banks haven't been mysteriously stripped of all assets. Somehow, all of the banks' clients still have all their deposits and investments. Miraculous!
Do you think that all the banks in all the countries other than in the U.S. would pass the same type of scrutiny? I'll bet one or two would balk as well, and more than a few wouldn't pass the more stringent security tests.
No one has a monopoly on security.
Maybe it's because folks don't typically hold the coins against their bare skin for 4-6 hours per day.
How about the credit card holder (mom or dad) setting up an "upgrade password" when the game is purchased so that the kids playing the game have to at least ask for permission to upgrade? I'm assuming that there would be a clear indication of the charges to be incurred before agreeing to the charges.
Maybe that's more of a game delevopment idea rather than an Amazon idea, but you get my meaning.
"...infect devices or simply fail to do much of anything once purchased and installed."
Hard to tell from the real thing.
Re: Poor understanding of optics
Tosh or not, once I figured out how to change my e-readers to display white text on a black background I've enjoyed using them more.
Good for the owner
IMEI blocking, or whatever it is that service providers do, makes the handset less valuable to potential buyers who want to use the device as a phone. A kill-switch to brick the phone makes the handset less valuable to potential data thieves.
Re: men get told every day to conform
Depends where you live. If you live in a "western-ish" democracy you have it relatively better than those living in a dictatorship, no matter what flavour you are.
I agree that being told to wear a suit is a first-world problem and not a big one at that.
But we can always use Google to search for "what happened around me today?"
9 to 5
"For today at least, however, French workers are free to switch off their phones and log out of their email the moment they leave the office."
They couldn't do this before? Unless it's in their contract to be available 24/7, why wouldn't anyone in any country do the same?
Re: Lend Lease, please
All four seasons are on Netflix. Enjoy!
Re: Well done
You don't inherit a netflix account or frequent flyer status
No, but you might want to cancel the deceased's monthly credit card charges. A death certificate would likely allow an executor to do that.
Re: Not in the UK.....
Move to Canada and join one of the police departments here. I've met quite a few officers from the UK and they seem quite happy with the working conditions, other than the weather (-30 deg C at the moment).
Re: cosmetic dr's and surgeons terrify me
For some docs it has been superseded by “Make more money”.
I mis-read the title...
...as Robo-termites will attack boxes...
Which brought to mind the idea of using swarms of autonomous robots to chew up the space-junk in orbit.
Re: To use or not to use computers, that is the question
As this comment was not submitted on a stone tablet or piece of paper, you must agree that computers are handy things. An improper software setting points to a manufacturing issue rather than a computer problem.
Re: Phoneless Phreedom @DiViDeD
Those that "merit the help" likely walked off a cliff while looking down at their smartphone instead of where they were heading.
Re: So does this ban smart-watches?
We have the same "without due care and attention" law in Canada, but the police complain that it is too hard to prove in the courts. It now appears that police want laws that are specific and easier to prove if broken, such as "using a cell phone while driving".
If asked for personal information not required to complete the purchase, say no. Lots of retailers routinely ask for addresses and phone numbers in order to mail out flyers, but you can decline to provide it.
"Well that is a recipe for disaster...."
Or for the creation of Michael Smith.
Capitalism is a religion in the US. Some may consider Jobs to be somewhat god-like.
Service providers could simply refuse to activate smartphones without proof of ownership, such as a bill of sale. Just like having to provide a bill of sale before being able to register licence plates on a motor vehicle. This would kill the black market demand, assuming the demand is for functional phones.
Yup. "Valuable patents" sounds familiar. Lay everyone off, sell off the intellectual property, gut the employee pension fund, fold up and die.
Face it - Canada is just a warehouse of raw materials to be used by companies that can actually compete in a global economy.
...they'll just move on to destroy other Canadian tech firms like Nortel. No wait...
This from one of the countries that wanted local BlackBerry servers so that they could (supposedly) spy on people using BBM.
[picture caption} "Oh my god, it's full of stars!"
I believe Dave Bowman's words were: "My God, it's full of stars!". In a voice filled with wonder, not OMG.
Re: I've said it before...
"...giving the best of all worlds, then I'd rip their bloody arms off!"
Why don't you want the best of all worlds? Or is ripping arms off a compliment where you live?
Global Warming -> End of the World (as we know it) -> Zombie Apocalypse = Need more target practice!
Not our fault that there aren't any real zombies to practice on.
Re: 500 feet altitude
I think that it would be AGL. Airports have runway height ASL posted so that pilots can calibrate their altimeters for local AGL reference.
App Developer Default Settings?
I don't write apps, so this may be a dumb question to most of you, but could this and other instances of "all or nothing permissions" be a default setting when compiling apps? Isn't it possible to fine-tune permissions to only those necessary for the app to function?
How about having the monitoring equipment record to a "patient monitor" located, say, on the equipment panel beside the hospital bed. Then, a central sever could poll the "patient monitor" for info, rather than the individual equipment. That way, the equipment could be isolated from the network, and would not require password mods, etc. Security could focus on protecting access to the "patient monitor", which could be handled by each hospital or central monitoring location as they see fit.
The War Against Terror. Thanks for that!
goose and gander
I wonder if the First Family and white house staffers use Verizon? Would they be exempt? It sounds like an all-encompassing data dump, so I'm sure that people for and against this type of thing are included. It all depends on what triggers a "closer look".
Users already have fingerprints
Why not just keep improving biometric technology like a fingerprint scanner for two-factor authentication?
Re: Save us from the bloody Puritans
Go ahead, but now there are folks who have the power to send them back to you.
Just because *you* don't understand it doesn't mean it's not a succinct explanation of the issue, which is further expanded in the article.
Re: Seen from the other side, Hotmail is a pain too
I've experienced no problems with corrupted authentication e-mails from any of the sites requesting them. Is the problem only with your site, or have you been made aware of others?
Re: I am not saying "if you have nothing to hide"....
There could be a visual assist such as displaying the subject's name in red if they have a history of violence. Something that the user could key on quickly.
I agree that the biggest hurdle will be updating the database from multiple sources.
If it takes 3 months...
... before your family notices that you're missing, then you're not all that close anyway.
Have fun and use it to send nasty messages to ex-significant-others, old enemies, grumpy bosses, MP's, etc.
Dovetails nicely with the news I heard yesterday. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that police agencies here must obtain wiretap orders before asking telcos to hand over text messages of targeted individuals. Sounds like the courts in both countries are trying to catch up with technology before it gets too far out of hand.
Re: Only believe a rumour
"Can the chaps in the Doughnut translate a call made from Skype to Viber and rerouted through Tango and identify all parties involved without asking anyone at all?"
Cite references to support your claims, or STFU and go back to watching X-Files reruns.
I believe the term is "Steely-eyed Missile Man". Ref:
- Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register
- Review What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight
- Product round-up Trousers down for six of the best affordable Androids
- Why did it take antivirus giants YEARS to drill into super-scary Regin? Symantec responds...
- Vid Mysterious BEAM outside London Googleplex ZAPPED