When drones are outlawed, only outlaws will have drones.
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When drones are outlawed, only outlaws will have drones.
Was someone at El Reg hitting grandma's sherry a little early this morning?
The compelling reason for dragnet surveillance is that it is a necessary tool against attacks from terrorists and rogue states. Fair enough, allow it to continue, stop any attacks when possible, but prohibit the use of any dragnet collection in domestic law enforcement actions. It is not admissible as evidence, either for prosecution or even for a criminal warrant. Make dragnet surveillance data 'legally poisonous' to domestic LEO, and most of the associated civil liberties problems vanish.
there are two people in the world that would refer to Mr Stewart as "a big name"; Mr Stewart's mom, and you.
i am not convinced they are not the same person.
>> If you work in marketing or social and you see something written that you don’t like, the first reaction should not be to try and get that person "on-message"...
Well-intentioned advice, but perhaps impossible for large vendors to actually implement.
When a company exceeds about ~3000 people, it becomes a bureaucracy. When companies are small, they are similar to tribes, where cooperative behaviors clearly advance both selfish and collective interests. Bureaucracies are fundamentally different; conformity trumps results. Ceremony trumps outcomes. The contrast is nearly as sharp as the contrast between centrally-planned state economies and decentralized laissez-faire state economies. The latter is vigorous, progressive and chaotic, while the former is lethargic, stagnant and predictable.
Start-ups are perennially successful a penetrating all markets, even ones with very high barriers to entry, specifically because of this problem in scaling human organizations.
until you realize how buggy both software and human procedures are, and there will be phones getting wiped for no reason
You are living in the past. The Great PC Gaming Era is over. Get a PS3.
because one guy at NYT who wrote one article equates to "world+dog"
none of those people use WinXP because of Microsoft "support"
none of them care that the support is going away
even though that really really bothers the El Reg staff
....only toe pieces of toost...
As an added benefit, all generated binaries are guaranteed to be Patriot Act compliant.
Mouse movements are somewhat like handwriting; everyone expresses uniquely, and algorithms can be 'trained' to recognize noisy samples. When the husband logs into a service using the wife's credentials, the mouse 'telemetry' data can be used to detect the difference via statistical inference.
This sort of thing is handy for all sorts of situations.
Miley Cyrus did a backend-as-a-service advertisement on the video music awards last night.
On the bright side, you will now always have your cafeteria tray with you.
I wish the newshounds in Murica were like you guys. This study is being reported via multiple outlets, but the others are cringeworthy dullards by comparison. And it is like this pretty much all the time.
I don't always agree with El Reg, but I always enjoy the read.
Funny how El Reg keeps flogging Microsoft Security Updates for XP, even tho the evidence clearly shows virtually everyone else considers that an irrelevant data point.
Give it up, El Reg, it's not going to happen.
The Canadians are smarter than the Americans, they are choosing to *observe* the development of virtual currency initiatives before they clamp on regulatory controls. Even though virtual currency is an intolerable competitor to fiat currency systems, it is not clear how they can be killed, let alone how best to kill them. There are too many unknowns, to start driving anything underground.
The problem with "object storage" offerings is that they are all based on slow and bloated subroutine libraries intermediating data access, reducing performance to a crawl. Nobody wants that.
They are also based on opaque proprietary standards that transforms an otherwise-normal data storage system into a data prison you can never leave (or backup). No one needs that either.
Bleh, more Cloud UberHype, this read more like a paid advertisement than an objective piece.
Please start reading the Terms of Service for these cloud services, instead of just pimping them, and you'll find that there are some substantial problems actually worth writing about.
It is not the fork's fault you are fat.
It is not the seller's fault you failed to use the software.
If you bought something you really did not need, then you are an idiot.
If you bought a tool you actually need yet you plod along as if you did not have it, you are still an idiot.
Tis a poor craftsmen that blames his tawdry kitsch on the tool seller.
* How does getting rid of older kit reduce capital expenditure except through accounting wizardry
Shutting down an N-1 production line is the shutdown of a *program*, not merely de-commissioning as-deployed assets. That program had a budget which programmed replacement activity, not simply maintenance, and the early termination of the program early returned capital budget allocations as part of the savings. No 'wizardry', just very ordinary consequences of similarly ordinary operations changes. Put the pitchforks down, lads.
Para #3 might be one of the worst thumb-fingered messes ever published by The Register.
Maybe I'm spoiled, I normally think El Reg has good writing, whether or not I happen to agree on a point.
There's useful business and technology criticism of either FlexPod or NetApp, but honestly, what the heck WAS THAT?!?
Bankers Behaving Badly
People do not want to write tapes anymore because (a) they cannot write them fast enough because they are drowning in file-level metadata, and (b) they are only used for data-burial, there is no useful thing that be done with them after that.
Data Domain is an electric casket; your data is still dead, but now you have to keep it plugged-in, too.
If you are going to bury your data, use /dev/null, it is a lot cheaper.
Yes, there are people dumb enough to buy electric caskets, but that still doesn't make it sensible.
...the rings around Uranus?
Kind of a ironic to hear the Chief Patriot Act Enforcer whingeing about bad governments spoiling the internet.
Seriously, what is the negative outcome? Why is there any reason to think an XP virtual desktop that ran fine in 2013 will have any problem running in 2033?
Analysts love to sneer at new buzzwords, rival analysts, and vendors. But APS is missing the point.
Improving Worker Productivity is the imperative. The best data for making workers more productive is already held by the organization, but that data is federated and noisy and will always be federated and noisy. Big Data technologies handle the discrete technical challenges associated with that reality. Some products are better than others, caveat emptor. But don't dismiss the importance of this next phase of computing just because it clashes with your expectations about third normal form.
The most dangerous thing about asteroids is how vulnerable they are to human curiosity.
The solar system is One Interdependent Web of orbital paths and objects, stabilized over billions of years.
It is computationally impossible to model that system in hi fidelity, the effects of any changes we make are completely unpredictable on long timelines.
Changes that seem innocuous at first could have unmanageable after-effects decades/centuries later.
Asteroid mining is an activity in which the entire human race can win a Darwin Award.