Re: It's all about the blinky lights
Wrong. I used to live in the W Midlands - local mice poo-ed curry pellets; I guess they adapt to what is easily available.
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Wrong. I used to live in the W Midlands - local mice poo-ed curry pellets; I guess they adapt to what is easily available.
'The resultant block to be deep fried to form a solid ingot of saturated fat batter, sold under the brand of "Ledswinger's Drinker's Friend".'
Though I hesitate to mention it anyone familiar with some of the more obscure items on the menu in Eastern Germany/Polish border might suggest they have beaten you to it. At least we now know why - because obviously I was not drinking enough at the time of sampling to appreciate the beneficial effects.
in my company's annual return "98% of business was with foreign clients". So this year lets go for 100%. I don't really know how this proposed change of rules helps the UK - most of my business is in R&D - obviously not happening around here. And the reported downloads of my past papers - well 5 out of 6 are in China. Dear UK government if you want to pick on an industry that has seriously fucked the country over try banking and not kill off one the last industries that UK is halfway good at.
being trusted with important, sensitive data - what was the Home Secretary thinking of? FFS how many more examples do we need of why the civil service, including the intelligence agencies, cannot be trusted to keep private data private?
In your tenacity you have just uploaded a trojan from my machine - please empty your Bitcoin account into mine before I expose your dirty washing, and location, on the web.
..who wants to do business in a country that routinely reads your post? If this is the slippery slope best the Torys have a think before the world's trade goes elsewhere. A previous comment pointed out what is currently proposed has been done already - at government expense. But the 'experts' at GCHQ do not have their septic cousins budgets to keep pace with an ever expanding problem set. So pass legislation to put the burden onto the commercial sector and call them terrorist sympathisers or closet paedos if they do not comply; is it '1984' or Terry Gilliam's 'Brazil' where we are billed our own interrogation? From the spooks' (narrow) perspective it might make their job a little easier in catching the 'Four Lions'-type "bullets" who use the lit net. However, it also opens up a system to woeful abuse down the line - if the government added a clause of £10M per persion automatic compensation for misuse of data I would start to think they understood the gravity of the situation - they don't. Any future abuse will be burried under the Official Secrets Act - revelations deemed 'not in the public interest' - the official term for damning incompetance. Anybody halfway serious (for good or bad) will get round this until the next round of legislation ups the ante. Meanwhile money is wasted and the UK made to look more like North Korea by the day. Write to your MP, get hold of strong crypto while you still can and stock up on lemon juice and stamps.
You don't care about the adults then?
But seriously the OP has a point. Third party remapping is already a problem - or consumer choice depending on your level of self-interest.
IF the offending VW engines are recalled in the UK then those interested in performance over societal needs will be best advised to ignore the recall. However, both the government and, possibly, the insurance companies will take a dim view on that. If you have an affected car under six years old and you allow VW to 'fix' it then you have prima facie claim under 'Sale of Goods' act for compensation. As the OP points out you could even invest your VW 'compo' cheque in re-mapping technology (which with an appropriate 'kill switch' is very hard to pick up at an MOT test station).
I can see 'emergency legislation' being enacted on this one - sadly not to protect the consumer, but to shore up the car industry whilst paying a sop to the health benefits. If this happens then I would suggest VW/Audi usw. (sic) dealers polish up their CVs - you will left be trying to sell a poisoned product. How many other companies will join you in the list remains to be seen.
Sure that his innovation could save the British home appliance industry Arthur was finally ready to try out his freshly patented, all electric "Tie straight check-omatic".
"Doc must be going a bit deaf - I said I wanted to view the forest in three years time"
"And when you have finished all of 'Breaking Bad' there is 'Orange is the New Black' - you're going to need more coffee!"
"Try it - its called Paradox Tea - its made with Polonium"
Vorsprung durch Betrug?
The things a girl has to do just to win a hard drive.
Kate was sceptical about the site's advice, but, amazingly, the suggested position instantly cured her trapped wind.
New to her job in 'live cam' porn Alice totally misunderstood her client's request.
..but could do worse. I for one find it frustrating that Apple does not reach out to known customers when there is a problem identifed in specific equipment. I also dislike its habit of time limiting replacement programmes to typically three years. However, I will point out that in the UK Apple is all too aware of the 'Sale of Goods' act; this means if a) your Apple product fails within 6 years of purchase b) ..and is in a batch of products known and, crucially, acknowledged by Apple to have your specific problem Apple will very likely fix the problem for free. I speak from personal experience, and obvioulsy this is only going to benefit you if the problem is genuinely of Apple's making and not old age, abuse etc. It does not mean they are obliged to fix any other problems found at the same time as the repair either - at least not without charging you for those. Note that an Apple 'genius' told me that serial number batches are not gospel in identifying a necessary repair - there may be affected devices just outside either end of the published batch list and Apple normally take a pragmatic view on this.
..or at least I first heard it on BBC premises:
describing the unidentifiable warm liquid dispensed from the hot drinks machines where selecting tea or coffee made little difference to what was served.
The virtual environment was perfect, but meanwhile reality had suffered auditory glitch in object inheritance.
Instead of berating a test mode mandate one - a mode the turns all the dials up to 11 to turn the set into a black body radiator on scale close to a Red dwarf. The equivalent of driving your car, windows down, heating up and every electrical accessorty, A/C etc. on full blast. stuck and left it in 2nd gear. Introduce huge fines, manadatory life sentences, genocide etc. for the manufacturer if anyone ever discovers a mode/feature combination worse than test mode. The challenge becomes who can actually make the best set that performs well in the worst case - because by definition it will always perform better in the real world.
He thanked his father for another accomplished feat of creation, but JC had not reckoned on having to wait another 2000 years for Windows 10.
The Skype complaints investigation team were relieved to discover that the "Hot Bra Action" was not what they feared.
Well bang goes that theory then - although I still blame Hitler.
Okay how many Brits have been to the good ol' USA? Seen the portion sizes? It seems all, but the most snobbiest, establishments seem to equate quantity with value for money. Of course, with waiting staff living largely on tips, and lower transportation costs, US establishments can afford competitively larger portions. However, watch the average 'joe' eating; by average, I specifically mean not the spherical, trailer trash, morbidly obese specimens visible on Google Earth. Average Americans are content to leave half a starter, pick over a main, scrape the top off of a desert and, maybe, ask for a doggy bag. Why?
Perhaps food is just cheaper with respect to higher disposable income, but also when did the USA have food rationing? A generation of Brits were brought up to finish everything on their plate because there was a war on. They passed this sentiment to their children who in turn have maintained it until it has passed into social norm. The simplistic cure is smaller plates, smaller portions and, for restaurants, smaller bills. However, the real challenge is educating people to eat according to their needs and not simply consuming whatever is served up to them. To illustrate the ludicrousness of the current catering situation one Italian restaurant chain offers a 'lower calorie' alternative to several dishes at a higher price; so ordering the normal version and simply not eating all of it, and saving some money, could never be an option then?
Use that young 'un picture for the next Reg caption competition.
Sergei found a convenient log behind which he could leave a log of his own.
(One for the Michael McCloskey fans)
Has a great firewall that is far from airtight despite millions of dollars spent with western companies helping them build it. What hope then for Fortress UK that cannot even afford the schematics? Cameron please go and bother somebody else about something else you can actually fix. T'internet is about the flow of information and whilst GCHQ can pull the odd stunt with mis-directions they are only for the uneducated masses. People who want to route round or through will, and introducing fruitless schemes of control will be nothing more than needless expenditure and unnecessary embuggerance. Furthermore, swelling the ranks, and skills, of the dark brigade is probably the last thing you want to do; even more concerning (or edifying?) is the number of game keepers who have turned poacher - rightfully paranoid at the unfettered zeal of some of those in power. Snowden is the just the tip of the iceberg (sic). Anyone who thinks this is just about Pr0n think again - as should Cameron. Impact assesment? Law of unintended consequences? Next he will be telling us that only governments can have stong encryption ..oh, wait.
Data are Power.
literally, to being profiled - alcohol - varying quantities from none to a bottle (or two).
(someone who should have empathy with being cast out into the cold)
you do know you're stark bollock naked don't you?
Well done Andrew, if only more of the press would call Apple on its incessant drive to insanity. Insanely great? No, just insane.
I was going to come up with several reasoned objections to the raison d'etre of this mechanism. However, the more I thought about it the more I realised it is complete and utter abject nonsense. It just does not solve any real work problem in a manner that could not be negated with a few minutes of clear thinking. Could the perpetrators please be redirected into doing something useful?
Brave talk Cameron, but unless you want to award the United Kingdom junk bond status in the world of commerce you should really engage brain before opening mouth. Not everyone who uses encryption is a terrorist or a paedophile - in fact, most are absolutely not. No one trusts governments anymore, and for good reason. Making everyone sensible an outlaw means you will only have the halfwits and the dimwits left on your side - really, really not a good place to be. Work out a way to quietly retract your words - start now BEFORE you face the electorate.
preceded CSI by a fair few years. However, look at "Refelective Eyes" on tvtropes webpage - the whole concept is hardly new. More recently one online reviewer of the Nikon D800 was impressed to find a recongnisable reflection of himself in the eye of a bird he had photographed at a wildlife park. For the full "Blade Runner" track/enhance effect we are probably waiting on an 16 Gpixel Lytro to add the single lens 3D plus ridiculous resolution - so not long now then. Plus the workstation is more likely to be a MacBook Something rather than a box that looks like it came from Amstrad.
Whether it has an 'e-' in front, or not, SUV is a misnomer for the Model X. It is, I believe, better labelled a CUV - the 'C' standing for 'cross-over' (perhaps). Certainly the design is to the fluffy end of 'soft-roader'; the sort of vehicle that might, just, make it across a wet lawn rather than tackle anything resembling a ploughed field. Anyway, if it makes Elon and the tree huggers happy then so what - it still makes more sense than the civilian Hummers ever did.
Increased fragility is not progress. It a disease that started with the MacBook Air, spread to the MacBook Pro and has now infected the iPhone. Apple, do you know some people use their laptops and phones outside in the real world? Out in this real world things like battery life, anti-glare screens, water resistance and overall mechanical resilience matter. Steadfastly putting aesthetic appeal above practicality IS starting to cost you - no need to think the two cannot be combined, but you do need to think. Having "Genius Bar" staff recommend rigid shells might look like an up-sell, but it is also a tacit admission of failure. Have a word with yourself.
"Apple has received an order under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. Apple challenged the order when it was served on it, but to no avail. When our collective balls are in a vice, what we are going to do? You never saw this message, if such a message exists Apple is indisposed to comment about it at the present time."
So the poll, from a reptable company with mutliple data points, is wrong from the perspective of your single data point with a vested interest in not being laden with stock you cannot sell without massive discounting. Hmmm. If 'one' is buying a quality TV now and the price is not too different one might as well buy 4K as a means of future proofing. Just as not so long ago one might as well have bought 3D (still not much content outside of BluRay). However, at a screen size practical for many (most) homes one is buying pixels one cannot see (although in a chain of MTF processes one will still perceive some improvement) . As everyone is pointing out currently getting half decent 1080 broadcast content is problematic let alone 4K. By the time 4K content is abundant the 4K TV you buy now will be poor in comparison to then current models. Just as the LG "SMART" HDTV I bought 3 years ago is getting dumber by the second as its ability to support newer or reconfigured services diminishes (for Roku sells a cheap fix). Which basically sums up as right now there is no compelling reason to buy a 4K TV, but don't let me stop you; personnally I suggest saving your money and going to the pictures instead.
Everyone employs idiots - we all do idiotic things at inappropriate times. The problem with the Cloud model is the "force multiplying" effect it has on idiotic actions. One cock up, a million unwanted pregnancies. If I spill coffee on my laptop its me who is suffering a single local consequence - if Adobe mis-fiddle with their authentication database it is thousands around the world suddenly, instantly, being unproductive. Worse yet, Adobe are charging you, the lucky customer, on monthly basis to be put in 'that' position. Now I know Universal and Busch Gardens charge people to be placed in seeming peril and a good slug of adrenalin it is too. However, there is enough added adrenalin in running a business without the top-up of outsourcing to idiots beyond your immediate control. Me, I trust Adobe, or indeed any other Cloud based service, about as far as I can piss. When the T&Cs say we get a £1 a second for unavailability and get to watch the public execution of the hapless minion responsible I may reconsider.
Oh how true. Take a product the world used and admired and make it almost impossible to buy and expensive to own. I have this very week told Symantec's third party thugs that I will no longer be paying protection money (i.e. renewing service agreement). I have migrated to more reliable and affordable alternatives. This is what happens when companies have no plan other than to get bigger and bleed existing customers dry.Savvy people find new suppliers. JMVAO
..without actually writing it?
Asking the experts to be more assertive in their arguments because politicians struggle to sell policy decisions on inconclusive or contradictory evidence*; I can't really see anything wrong with that. Just sex up that dossier a bit. No, it will be alright. I'm sure it will end well and not add trillions more debt burden for no assured outcome. Its not like there is an historical precedent to the contrary is there?
*I would say 'shades of grey' here, but the phrase seems to have hijacked by the mummy pr0n brigade.
No Ethernet. No AR screen option. No upgrade path. No effin idea. No sale.
Looks like my three year old MBP - maxed out spec at purchase and then upgraded to 1 TB SSD after AppleCare lapsed - will be my last. I expect it will be a couple more years before I need to talk to some of my big ticket software vendors re cross-grade licences and return to the dark side. Or is it a bit brighter these days? Apple take note - look what complacency and stupidity can do for you. "Loyalty is something that should be earned, not given."
never help your promotion chances.
So next time you seek parliament's assent for draconian power pt.3, pt.5 ... you might just be invited to have sex and travel PROVIDED us sheeples in the UK voice our disquiet over this latest blatant abuse to our local MPs ASAP. As for you spooks - if you want this information then go get it in a spooky way rather than showing the world that intelligence gathering is increasingly both viciously and publicly inept. Anyone check inside Mr Miranda's watch clasp or behind his teeth for a microSD card btw.?
To quote George Santayana "Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it"
To quote Adam Hills "Dicks"
How far would the government go with this ..if reality didn't get in the way? How far the government will practicably get with this ..well, is a femtometre a valid unit of measure?
So I run a fully licensed PS CS5 Extended under Snow Leopard Server via Parallels because some extremely expensive add-ons won't run in my fully licensed PC CS6 Extended under Mountain Lion. Sometimes I work in bunkers, sometimes in deserts, sometimes both. I haven't got time to *rse around wondering if and when my s/w wants to call mummy. FFS Adobe grow a brain or pass quietly into history.
Because they are idiots? The only things that interest me about this phone are the better processor and 'a bit more' battery life. FFS I had an Ericsson mobile (Not Sony Eric..) that had a thirty day battery. I don't want slimmer, I want tougher and a screen that doesn't crack when my daughter fumbles it in the park. I want a phone that still sits in my enhanced GPS car cradle. 90%? in the wrong direction!
Yes, I was shouting. According to the dictionary on my SuperDrive equipped MBP (cmd C, cmd V):"advance or development toward a better, more complete, or more modern condition". Optional optical media then for those that have to move data across air gaps, because data sticks can't be trusted and wifi would set off alarms (no, really it would). I am taking to Apple to the small claims court for my son's less than durable MBA (cracked screen, of course). The measure of progress is that it replaced his ownership of an ageing PowerBook with a screen that had taken a direct hit from a 5.56 mm cartridge case fresh out of a brand new M4. Now the Geniuses at the 'Bar' (its a long counter, not an optic in sight, sadly) recommend customers buy nice translucent hard shells to protect the effete 'object d'art' that Apple call laptops. What is the point of making it so thin, light and shiny if I must add weight and bulk to aid its survival outside of its designer shipping box? I want a well engineered laptop that runs MacOS, Linux, Unix and Windows at push. Once upon a time Apple made them - until some lotus-eating aesthete decided he/she knew better.
LINE 1: Drop the C.. people in the real world work in IT not ICT - unless you are teaching the kids how to build RF TX/RX and free space laser links you ain't in Comms.
LINE 2: The next t**cher to say a byte is 8 bits ...and leaves it at that... loses the gift of sight courtesy of my multi-tool. Know you history - KNOW YOUR SUBJECT!!
LINE 3: Data ARE not IS ...guard your vitals I still have my multi-tool out!
LINE 4: Oh sod it .. learn Chinese, this country is too far gone.