Only one Ion Engine?
I understood they worked much better in multiples, usually in a twin arrangement.
Mine's the cloak, thank you.
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I understood they worked much better in multiples, usually in a twin arrangement.
Mine's the cloak, thank you.
Just how big a gun did they have?
To be fair to the police, the second interview was probably as they had two options, rather than the police decidng to be punitive torwards the victim which I infer from "how utterly disgusting that they made the victim go through a second interview":
1. Abandon the case and go "meh". Probably not likely to inspire confidence in the victim, obtain justice or inspire future victims to come forward.
2. Try again to get the best possible evidence, serving the victim and justice. The officer(s) making the decisions about repeating the interview may or may not be directly responsible for the loss of the first copy, but in any event are probably equally aghast at the loss and trying to salvage the best outcome possible from the situation.
when it is IT people (OK, perhaps led by marketing bods, but then "following orders" doesn't absolve us of all blame) who create these options, often making them the default. After all it is our industry selling this digital nirvana where everying can be done with an app/swipe/touch and no need for too much conscious thought.
I don't expect to be expert in everything, that's why I have to pay people to do things I cannot. Most people will be the same about IT. Perhaps, as an industry, IT should clean up its act and establish good standards, hopefully resulting in more secure/happy users and the rapid identification of "bad eggs" which if fewer in number would be easier for most users to learn about and avoid in the same way as they might avoid au unregulated financial advisor.
That said, I'm still unclear how sites selling material (CP/pirate movies etc) that is apparently unlawful just about everywhere are still reportedly able to take credit card payments. I expect that's one for the banks to deal with.
Now, I've just got to see these chaps who've turned up with a wheelbarrow of ashpalt "left over from another job" and are offering to do my driveway for a very small fee.....
....that higher speeds will lead to less conflicts, and therefore they can have a higher contention ratio (and ROI) without upsetting the customers?
I don't pretend to know the economics of being an ISP but it might be for practical reasons rather than to assauge the vanity of potential customers. I'd be interested to learn the informed views of others.
Bring back Connie now!
In the interests of some balance: with three successive parliaments and some pretty large majorities during that time, I failed to notice Labour implementing any significant changes to the electoral system if they felt that the future of our democratic system should be enhanced and ensured. Perhaps banning hunting (just as an example) or the three thousand or so other new criminal offences codified were more important.
Also now they've only got around 8% of the vote, calls from the Lib Dems for PR are few of late. If we had PR, or something approaching it, the likelihood would be a Conservative/UKIP coallition, with UKIP being about one in four of the ruling coalition. Would those criticising the Conservative party and its electors consider this a more palatable alternative?
That's why it's called The Onion Router
"They don't get sleepy, don't drink, don't speed, can see in the dark, can see 360 degrees and have perfect reflexes"
and from elsewhere..."It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear."
Need we go on to the bit about stopping, and death?
If you're in a prang, then plod can seize, examine and test the vehicle. If it is found to be over the permitted limit then you're facing various charges, driving a motor vehicle* on a road without insurance (and you're also on the hook for any injuries caused, which could cost you quite a bit if you knock down Granny Smith and bust her hip), riding without a licence (unless you have one, in which case it will gain some additional points), possibly without a helmet (needs to be a motorcycle one), violation of lighting regulations, no MOT etc etc
It might seem trivial, but if you have one that does 20, the next person will think "well, I could have one that does 25, after all it's not that much more" and so on and so forth until we're all zipping around on unlicensed and uninsured vehicles at incredible speeds and people start getting really hurt in large numbers.
*as at by exceeding the permitted exemptions afforded to e-bikes it has become an electric motorcycle
with all the IT talent at their disposal (and we understand that there's quite a few specialising in the security of OS and applications) could HMG not write, or adapt from FOSS, an OS and the relevant "office" type applications that suit the needs of the public sector (after all like everyone else they probably dont need 99% of the features of Word etc) that is lightweight, secure and can run on older hardware to extend its value to the taxpayer?
If they did something that was relatively uniform across the public sector (with perhaps department specific bolt-ons or applications) then this could reduce the re-training costs as people move around in public service. With most of the unnecessary features removed it might also be secure for the processing of all that data on us and the services they provide us.
If it was sufficiently robust, there might even be a take-up for either home users with old kit who only do the odd bit of browsing, email and the odd bit of basic documents (tax return, renewing car VEL etc) and even, perhaps if certified by CESG or whoever, businesses, for a small fee?
I think you'll find soon that it will also cover "walking in a public place without your phone turned on (and tracking, remote mic access etc enabled)"
Did his number come up then?
That Predator PC looks unnervingly like it has a caterpillar track around the outside, in the style either of a throwback to a century or so ago, or something out of the Imperium.
Now that could be an interesting case mod, especially if your opponents can activate it mid-game. It would bring a new meaning to "keep your enemies close".
In the days when he played with such chemicals it may have been illegal, with some consequences but if he were to do this in the UK today (I do not know about the US where I assume he was) as a youth that would be his entire future probably blighted, in the legal sense, beyond any hope of redemption.
Similarly the modern equivalent, cracking systems, seems to lead (from other comments I have read here in the past) to a very significant proportion of the IT security community vowing never to employ such a person regardless of any real talent* they might have.
Yet among many readers of this article there's probably a combination of admiration and yearning for the things he did in his youth. Certainly I would wish to be able to let my nipper do such things (within certain safety boundaries) but probably even raising the issue with his teachers to try to do so in a responsible way would get me reported for, well, something. Probably terrorism. And child abuse.
I feel it doesn't bode well for the ability of the human race to discover and incubate talent**. It's a shame really.
*Not script kiddies
** I concede that doing a "Sheldon" and building a fusion reactor in the garage might be going a bit far.
Is there a white Persian missing its collar?
Or just a white Persian missing?
Icon from a different film in the series, but you probably get the point
We've seen some worring issues regarding how we are treated as a customer over the past few months and are actively investigating an exit strategy which will be excercised immediately we have one we are happy with. Its not that we are treated badly but there are things we should be told that we are not being told and our confidence in the account management and other aspects of their internal processes is at an all time low. Its a shame as the techies we've dealt with have generally been excellent and the kit works without issues.
I'd happily provide more detail to enlighten and warn other readers but at the moment we don't want to rock the boat with them just in case things turn nasty before we have found a satisfactory alternative provider.
...as I was when the US credit card companies elected to stop processing payments for Wikileaks a (long) while ago.
They can do this as the result of a court order as in this case, but dont seem to bother stopping sites such as those hosting illegal content (for example: child pornography, which many authorities seem to use as a reason to "restrict" the internet) from taking payments.
Something appears to be just a little bit wrong with this picture.
Ah, this misunderstanding still gets perpeptuated......
Windows 10 is free if you upgrade from one of the listed systems in the first year of its release.
If you want a copy after that, then you have to pay for it.
Its nothing to do with subscriptions, but should encourage reasonably prompt adoption by many.
We're probably all aware of corporates still running Windows XP. Not recommended but it happens.
I recall when ABS and all wheel steering (on consumer cars, it was a fad for a while) were "new" Tiff Needell* expressing on TV concerns about the likelihood (or not) of maintenance being properly arranged by the third or fourth owner of a vehicle.
Software is improved all the time (until manufacturers "bin" it, as they have done with my otherwise perfectly fine PBX) but considering the number of times when I update a copy of firefox and learn that the various plug-ins I have previously installed are not compatible and need to be removed, reinstalled or tweaked, do we really have confidence that these self driving systems will work and be maintained as intended? Given the lack of adherence to current mechanical standards by drivers, which are easier for traffic police to spot (where they have time) than electronic issues, probably not. I know my local Volvo main dealer has to connect a car to the head office servers for any updates, he doesn't hold a copy himself. That's great for ensuring that cars where the owners can pay the high costs are up to date, but not for those using independent garages.
Also for those of you hoping for a totally autonomous driving world: I get to my field in my Landrover (or similar) and need to drive to the other side of it to pick up the carcass of the sheep that needs to be removed and taken to an authorised disposal point. It's unlikely to be waiting for me on some convenient track. Do I need to swap vehicles, perhaps having to leave a "manual off roader" in each contiguous area that I farm? No. Its not practical or economic or particularly environmentally friendly (from an equipment efficiency/lifecycle point of view) for a small farmer. Manual/Dual control vehicles would remain a necessity. Likewise for the ambulance driver/fireman/vehicle recovery operator who may need to carefully negotiate past a queue of traffic by using a non-authorised driving surface on a temporary basis.
All this stuff is a lovely idea and I'd be pleased to see it happen with all the benefits it might bring, but I think its probably going to be a lot more complex and expensive than many of the proponents would have us believe. Still, their interest is sales/profit and hoping that the costs of the problems (infrastructure, inconvenience) will fall on someone else. Thats only human. Ironic in the circumstances....
*for the younger reader, he presented Top Gear before our lord JC** ascended to head up the current trinity.
** "He's not the Messiah"
I'd regard this as a matter of potential "national" security, certainly if there is a real vulnerability then the safety of citizens (also tourists, visitors etc, all human beings but sadly not necessarily benefitting from the protection of some US laws as they seem to be interpreted at the moment) seems to be in potential peril. Given the amount of people who hate the USA and want to create genuine terror (not the sort that in the UK treats dressing up as Batman and standing on a window ledge as being on a par with the PIRA of the '70's) then this vector of attack must be up on the baddie's "to do" list.
It might be nice to think that if there was a government body with the sort of technical/management skills to perhaps help advise the ATC operators how to reduce or eliminate this risk (also the risk of things like power stations and other essential utilities being disrupted electronically), in the interests of general orderly management of the country, that it might do so. Some sort of "Agency" dedicated to "National Security", or somesuch.
I seem to recall that even Machiavelli's Prince advocated "first; look to your defence".
Now it may be that highly technical minds have determined that there is no genuine risk. I'm not sufficiently qualified to determine that, however if they're wrong, then it's a terrible indictment of their ability to correctly determine the threats from which they should be protecting people. Ultimately the only real judge will probably be history (ooh, there's a joke there, must work on that one....)
Even so, it might be nice if such an agency could issue a reassuring note to the taxpayers funding it that their interests are being looked after in such a regard. A bit of joined up thinking in government perhaps?
No pithy space cruiser quips yet?
For shame commentards, for shame......
...then it should include an obligation to upgrade the infrastructure to allow us to receive stuff over the internet, on a national basis.
I think the license fee is good value overall (and I pay it), and have seen some worse proposals than this for funding (a per device charge for each TV sold for example, renewable after x years) mooted recently, but my neighbours and I don't subscribe to Netflix etc due to a poor connection. If we have to pay the BBC on the basis of IPTV or similar being the future, then there needs to be a corresponding payback for consumers in the form of investment in connectivity. We don't just listen to The Archers outside of the towns and cities.
Even with a decent connection, I'd be nervous that the subscription path might also lead to the end of terrestrial broadcasting which is at least a little bit resilient.
Now if there's a Landmate, I'm interested....
If they're a "sole trader" sort of practitioner, that might not be very re-assuring if you are being pressed to supply (or not remove, pehaps under the "title remains with the supplier until paid for" clause) £00,000's of kit or services.
I'm sure they will have some form of indemnity cover but that's then more hassle
If the cruise control is activated in my car, and I subsequently press the brake pedal, cruise is de-activated. Will the same apply in respect of driverless cars (which as I understand things have to have manual controls as backup)? Will the system interpret this as "fleshie wants to play" and switch off completely whilst perhaps ensuring that the data is ready to transmit to the resurrection ship?
If so, then a passenger "phantom braking" could find themselves unexpectedly in an uncontrolled missile until they realise they should be doing more. If they braked on the approach to a tight bend with busy traffic each way, and this stopped the car taking the bend correctly, that could be unfortunate.
Side question to elicit witty and/or informed responses: Why do some people refer to "depressing" the clutch, brake, etc?
You operate a drone, lets assume with any necessary licencing in place, and someone hijacks it, causing a crash with 3rd party injury or property damage as a consequence.
Appreciating that there might not be much of the device left, it will be interesting to see how courts will determine wether or not the original operator (and/or their insurance, if any) is liable for any civil claims or possibly even criminal charges.
I am reminded of the fun I had reading the comments on Bonsaikitten.com many years ago following coverage on this esteemed organ. I am delighted to see it is restored to its former glory.
...interpreting this as "for the first twelve months after release, the upgrade to Windows 10 will be free" and assuming that after that date you'd have to pay to upgrade (in the same way as if I wanted to purchase a copy of Windows 8.x now).
On all the articles relating to this that El Reg has published today, almost the entire line taken by commentards suggests that the OS will cease to function (leaving all the usual jokes aside) after this period and some kind of licence/subscription will be required. I'm no M$ schill but that just seems a tad pessimistic, even to my somewhat cynical nature regarding IT firms.
I could be wrong, and there's some suggestion (I don't know on what basis) that OEM installs mighbt be treated differently and of course there's the issue of versions (Pro, Ultimate, Enterprise etc) being upgraded appropriately (and I apologise if I've missed this information somewhere) to be sorted when the detail is made available, but on the face of it this seems a simple offer, and for those so inclined, not a bad one.
A decade or so ago, MS release "One care". Commentards on El Reg make fun of this when spoken in a mock French accent.
MS now base their entire product around "One core".
Will they have a network product in a decade base around looking after a WAN?
to help defend the UK, which eventually became the Territorial Army*
Alas these days, I fear that any attempts, or even declared interest, in doing something similar or assisting these excercises would not go down well with the powers that be. Certainly I don't seem them appreciating efforts along the lines of Gary McKinnon exposing security weaknesses.
I only hope we don't have cause to regret such an attitude. Whilst I appreciate there are routes for some talented people to join "the club" that does deal with this, its not a route for everybody.
*Apologies if I have skipped some important steps in this history.
It is not just the statutory services that need to be considered.
They are supposed to be used by the voluntary services, e.g. Red Cross, Mountain Rescue, St. John, Lowland search etc but the sheer cost of the units and the "fleece the taxpayer" billing system that Airwave impose (take the maximum use on a day in that month and multiply by 30 for the monthly fee) does not work well for part time services. That's to say nothing of the complexity of use where some calls are assigned by text and you have to navigate a menu to indicate your receipt and compliance, not easy for very occasional users compared to a PTT on a conventional hand held VHF/UHF.
Much of your rescuing is likely to be done by smaller organisations in the future, and if you want them all to be able to talk to each other, then a less expensive option is going to be required.
So, and this is not a criticism of Google per se, once they’ve cherry-picked the high density areas with attractive bundles covering several devices and offering internet, IPTV and telephony, if this really does well it could drive out the current incumbents providing mobile telephony and data in urban and suburban areas as the profitability of GSM networks collapses.
In theory we could eventually see the provision of traditional mobiles becoming as expensively prohibitive as decent broadband currently is out in the sticks, with a probable reduction in the number of providers, competition, etc.
The one comfort I could take from that is that it might stuff the deployment of smart meters where I live as that seems to be GSM dependent under current plans.
As I really could do something fun with that
You should be asked the questions "have you had a (n alcoholic) drink in the past 20 minutes or a cigarette (to the best of my recollection) in the past two?". If the answer is yes then a period of time should be allowed to elapse before the roadside test is administered. If you've just left the pub it can be an uncomfortable period of time but it's there for a valid reason. The issue of "mouth alcohol" has long been recognised as distorting results, so this period of time is allowed as it is the concentration in your bloodstream, then exchanged into gas in the lungs, that is the factor regarding impairment. This may also be the procedure in the US (or parts thereof) but I have no knowledge of this.
I'd also echo Dominion's caution against reliance on these devices if they're not regularly re-calibrated. Virtually all medical devices should be, down to the glucometers used in home testing, even the manual sphygmomanometer (spelling that could be a good test for impairment) in a first aid kit can easily go out of kilter.
The housing on the right hand side looks suspiciously like it has an appropriate lens.
It's an elaborate escape plan.
They're not statues, they're just quantum locked.
"the opportunity to create an IT infrastructure for each company that isn’t based on our legacy IT systems"
This would be the same quality kit (and I'm talking enterprise grade stuff here) they had/have us customers spend so much money on buying and supporting then would it?
OK, lesson learned.
or ones with a British accent
They've limited resources, and according to the newspapers today police forces may face a 20% cut in future budgets/manpower.
Whilst there is an argument that the vast amounts of money reportedly spent on spying on us all could be better spent, perhaps on preventing cybercrime, that's not an issue that can be affected by individual police forces, nor the national bodies such as the NCA, and certainly not the officers and staff working at this sort of level.
Perhaps a little more moral support from the IT "community" (sorry, a dreadful term but I cannot at present think of one better) would be appropriate. Someone somewhere has hopefully not had their computer hijacked today as a result of the disruption caused to these (alleged) villains, in the same way as I or my loved ones might not be mugged tonight if the beat patrol has raided the house of a known mugger this afternoon.
I'm never going to know about that, and the system isn't perfect, but for the time being it is what we've got.
Perhaps we as an industry should devise better OS that ordinary users dont need a degree level education to configure properly to reduce the risks of such crime in the first place in the same way as as we dont expect to be mechanical engineers to use a normal car safely.
http://lyrics.wikia.com/Gilbert_And_Sullivan:As_Some_Day_It_May_Happen and variations thereon
Is this what Terry Pratchet described in one of the Johnny Maxwell books as "getting your retaliation in first"?
And if the devices are only switched on once the craft are airborne, then there's no deviation from that statement. I can't see any spokesperson having difficulty keeping a straight face with that one, it might even work in a court of law!
Anything by David Gemmel*, and some by Terry Pratchet if you're after guidance on how to live. In some cases by laughing at the mistakes of others
*"Do not complain of life's unfairness. It is never fair - at best it is impartial"
Apologies if I was not clear.
Currently as I understand it, each country controls aircraft in its own airspace. If a plane fails to respond, the military of that country can be called on by the local ATC to investigate as in the article I referenced. They'll know who to contact and how to do so quickly.
If the control is centralised, then unless there is some pan-European air force on call, a controller in whatever node is in charge (lets say for example that a centre in Italy had for some reason got responsibility for Europe for that shift/day/week/whatever, perhaps if the Northern Node is undergoing some technical issue) seeing a problem such as that described in the article has got to work out which nation to contact to scramble their aircraft, and then perhaps (in the case of a large country) which region/airbase/whatever to direct the call to. I am sure they'll have procedures but its all adding time to the response.
A busy controller might go a bit "meh" if dealing with an errant aircraft in some far away place of which they perosnally care little, becoming in effect a call centre. If I may draw an analogy, fine for controlling your AA breakdown response (within reason), not fine for sending you a fire engine when your abode is going all Piper Alpha on you.
@AC "This only concerns civilian traffic (CAT and GA) under the provisions of the Chicago Convention (1948). State and military aviation is an entirely separate matter."
The trouble is these things can very rapidly become a military matter when (as for example a couple of weeks ago) that large Antonov suddely stops responding to ATC radio. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-29823148 and I'd be wary of beleiving that every node which might at some stage be responsible for our airspace under this plan will know exactly who to callon the hurry-up.