532 posts • joined Wednesday 4th July 2007 09:03 GMT
Re: The iWatch is coming! Ergo The Microsoft Windows Watch 8 Pro is coming!
If they stop and and start with the "stand and deliver" bit, then maybe, but at the moment the trend seems to be pedalists snatching these things opportunistically when users are in conversation or looking something up in the street.
Re: I can't wait
Actually some people are waaaay ahead already
The trouble with shielding is that the device is designed to detect extremely faint signals and then react appropriately to them (or their absence, but some cardiac waveforms require action so it's not just a simple "absence of signal = shock now" issue). It's the same as when the ambulance crew turn up with a monitor and start putting ten sticky pads on you (12-lead is actually a slight misnomer) or you're in a cath lab. The human central nervous system and the heart don't exactly work only in a regulated frequency band and all those leads are in effect antennae (ariels?) that could also pick up lots of stuff around. One reason (perhaps less of an issue now) why in some areas of some hospitals you are requested to turn off your mobile phone, airwave handset etc.
The "fault" really lies with the design of things like the sino-atrial node. You could complain to the creationists or those supporting "intelligent design", but other than that your options might be a bit limited.
Genuine interest, but not just for an Apple one.....
One that functions as a remote keypad/screen for the xphone in my jacket pocket so I can see who's calling and accept/reject, dial numbers or look up contacts and control the media player functions, all whilst listening/talking through some tiny bluetooth headset.
That should cut down on all the opportunistic phone thefts involving bicycle riding ne'er do wells and similar problems.
It's alright according to Eadon
At least he didn't film through any Windows
The reason a non-RAF pilot got the gig
It involves evenings and weekends.
Icon as our strategic deterrent is with the Navy for the same reason.
"proposals that would see one car radio another to tell it when heavy braking is required"
So if I lived in the US and had the technical know how (or a transmitter bought from the wrecker's yard):
that's one to be fitted to the kid's bicycle to create a safe zone around them with nothing else moving within 200 ft on their way to school;
one to be fitted to the car with a manual trigger to get that tractor-trailer rig I'm trying to pass but who speeds up a bit as I pull out to let me in; also to get the driver of that Ponctiac who thinks he can overtake ME (the cheek!) to find suddenly he can't
one perhaps on each lamppost on the street so our kids can play safe..
Someone's going to be the first to do it....
Another reason its lasting so long
not enough bandwidth to cripple the OS with service packs
All four bounty hunters?
There's a few more than that, even on the bridge of the Star Destroyer in Episode V.
"A communications blackout can only mean one thing...."
They're just being a little more subtle.
They're trying to make the ISS uninhabitable by sabotaging that ammonia pipe. Then there are all those solar flares
Accidents? Co-incidence? Has anyone heard from Hans Zarkov recently?
Exactly what is to be gained by the granular remote switch off capability?
IIRC there was a case a long time ago when someone's equipement was damaged by either the frequency or voltage of the UK mains supply being dropped a bit during a time of insufficient supply, and the end result was you either get supplied power that meets "the standard" or you don't. I have no idea if this still applies.
If there's not enough power for an area, the surely they'd just cut it from the substation onwards? Much simpler and probably cheaper in terms of control kit. Apart from dealing with non-payers but there's already a mechanism for that. One also hopes that there won't be profiliing of customers with these things so that (for example) most people get cut off but not "VIPs" (politicians, local officials etc)
If some devices are recognised as being "critical" such as medical devices etc then will some form of UPS be required? That could cause an upset regarding costs but I'd also be thinking of one for things like my freeview+ box, simply as if I can't watch something at the time of broadcast as the power to the TV is gone at least I can hopefully watch the recording later, but for those people running a home based business on (say) eBay or even filling in government forms on the internet as a citizen, if the power to the PC/Router etc is going to just drop off then there's going to be an awful lot of complaints and non-compliance "the power company ate my homework/tax return" etc.
If they are thinking of some form of prioritisation where dryers are turned off before pumps on central heating boilers then there'll be a market in hacking your goods so that everying reports to the meter as being "critical for life" and doesn't get cut off.
The future (according to the sainted Gerry A.) is coming true
Flying cars, glasses that give us enhanced capabilities (well almost).
Soon my son can be Joe 90, yay!
The one with the leather elbow patches please.
"ahem - copied quite illicitly using a dual-tape cassette recorder"
Clearly you are the one responsible for the fact that the computer games industry died an ignominious death shortly thereafter and is but a distant memory to a few older readers.
The RIAA, MPAA, BSA and others will no doubt want to hold you to account for the fact that they're all living in penury.
Coconut is good. Then we could assign units of thrust measured in swallows.
Re: Easy security fix
Unfortunately if users (as I assume they will eventually be able to) needing prescription lenses to see clearly have these integrated, that might not be an option. One could carry around a "dumb" pair of glasses and I expect many employers might well insist on this for work time but if you're the sort of person who'd wear google glasses in their own time then you've every instance of needing to enter the pin at the Tesco checkout or unlocking your smartphone (with the 2 minute autolock that we're all advised to have) when you want to reply to a text or something and quickly it will become too tiresome to do this.
And none of this new-fangled broadband to overload the webforms neither
28.8k is your limit mate
(A policy helpfully supported by BT around where I live)
six original TV shows, including one about a bite-sized private detective
nothing like "Inch High Private Eye" that I recall from my youth then?
Or is the original bit just because they didn't even bother with a cursory check of search engines?
Re: Whilst I can see the value.....
"the electricity companies are paying for them"
Out of the goodness of their hearts?
No. This will be them paying for them in the same way that the mobile telco's give me a free mobile if I take out a high enough monthly tarriff.
Unless of course you think that any electricity company will take an exceptional charge (sorry) on their accounts, reducing their profit and director's bonuses because they really exist just to help us, the customer.
I'm not just worried about this threat for my home, but also my principal employer is in a multi-occupancy office building with separate metering per floor for recharging purposes. I can't really see them securing the intermal meters either, at least not until after all the tenants have gone to their offices with pitchforks and burning torches demanding the restoration of supply after the first outage. If these things are hacked "randomly" it will take ages to sort out if it's the main one for the building "in the street" or all the internal meters that have been done. All the while we'll be unable to conduct business, although a more damaging attack might be to get them to cycle every 45 minutes or so, just long enough to exhaust the UPS and frustrate all the staff
"According to Government Communications Headquarters, four in five (80 per cent or more) of currently successful attacks can be prevented by simple best practice, such as ensuring staff do not open suspicious-looking emails or ensuring sensitive data is encrypted"
At Infosec yesterday, an enquiry was made at the CESG stand "what can you do for me, as a private business" and the reply, confirmed by a manager called over, was "nothing, we're (currently) prevented by law from disclosing our guidance and policies to anyone not working for HMG"
Perhaps if, like the police, the offered foc the equivalent of crime prevention advice and listed some approved hardware/softwared/configurations there might be a little bit less of these apparent losses taking place, all to the public good. They did say they were trying to change the law but someone somewhere imposed these daft regulations and now we're collectively paying the price.
Re: Moral to attack a wearer ?
"Maybe wearing glasses that have a bright IR light that will overload the camera on the Google Glasses"
Head mounted lasers should do the job.
Now i just need to ask the shark if it wouldn't mind my just borrowing his.....
Admittedly I'm not sure what this is, but if it is just a curfew, compared to time in jail would that really upset a computer geek? He can still get Pizza delivered, right? Or is there some kind of "thou shalt not use any electronic device/the internet" provision
I must admit I thought I'd probably charge my future electric transport (or whatever) by opening the flap and just plugging in, a bit like I do when charging my smartphone at home, an equally complex device but not vulnerable (afaik) to hacking via my dumb toaster. I now realise that's a bit simplistic and there is a cost to the end user and it is necessary to prevent abuse.
Given that I recall somewhere being told that these electric vehicle are so cheap to run that it's only a £ or two to charge up, would it really be such a drama to go back to coin operated meters where a £ gets you all the juice you can take whilst connected, or say 8 hours worth before it cuts off? I know there are cash collection/handling costs but the increased IT/security cost, potential vulnerability and potential consequent losses related to a complex electronic system just to run some plugs seems increasingly to not be worth it and is complexity for it's own sake.
This smacks of a missed opportunity
"hoped the British example of good web design would be copied around the world" and "The potential is massive"
So that's going to be licenced then, so that we taxpayers get some kind of return? Perhaps with a bit of (court) enforcement action against other states that don't pay up?
I suspect this will be another case of our largesse where publicly funded people give away what we've paid for whilst expecting us to fork out for everyone else's stuff.
linked to smart parking meters
those would be the ones on trial in Westminster, that notifiy a warden to be on hand the moment the "paid for" time expires. Irritating if you've been held up for a few minutes getting back to the car.
you're all missing the point about this "insecurity" - its a financial issue.
It saves on the cost of the writeable optical media with personal information on personnel that they'd otherwise have to leave on a train.
It just shows they're doing their bit for Britain in cutting back public expenditure.....
Actually on reflection I'm not sure about the icon.
@ Jim Carter - A møøse bit your sister?
Realli? They can be pretti nasti you know.
So can møøse bytes....
So next month at Infosec....
....will I be seeing "approved by CESG" stickers hastily added to any appliances and if so, would these reduce my employer's e-crime insurance premiums?
Re: I miss working @Adastral
What was the significance and intent of the thin lift door? Does this refer to the aperture (no fatties allowed?) or the thickness of the door itself?
the only safe way to explore security.....
I've seen plenty of documentaries in which UK policepersons will sneak up on unsuspecting people in railway stations or similar places and take their bag (which they are not watching properly) and wait until the person notices it is missing (usually when then setting off) before advising them of the error of their ways.
It used to be common practice for police on foot patrol at night (OK, I know, I'm nostalgic) to rattle the doors/gates to commercial premises to check they were secure and if not, to pop in to check that all was well and if possible, later advise the owner to apply better security.
Both of the above are laudable, and done with the best of intent. In the latter case there's no reasonable suspicion of an offence other than an unlocked door and in the former there's no crime except that possibly (no permanent deprivation intended so it's not theft but it might be something like "interfering with my stuff") being committed by the officer.
I wouldn't seek to stop either practice but perhaps on examination the actions of the police are a little bit greyer. PC Dixon's not going to do the same to my computer. How, really, do the actions of this researcher in this instance (and I appreciate the danges of setting precedent) differ? I know, I could pay a company to do this but most people aren't going to, in the same way that most people won't engage a security contractor to come and assess their home. You're certainly not going to get such a wide survey done via contractors. Just food for thought.
Re: It is, ... absolutely awful
On BBC News this morning they showed "her" in angry mode shouting "You're late! Where on earth are you?" in a way that I found really quite unnerving. I suspect anyone feeling a little harassed would not want one of these.
The consumer and the trader will then agree on which ADR entity to use to solve their dispute
Unless, of course, they can't.
Given the notoriously parochial nature of some regulators, is there a means to "force" a decision if none can be reached amicably. Is there an assumption that it will be in the country of the consumer unless mutually agreed otherwise?
The data published by Ofcom was fairly limited in scope given that......
effing useless regulators
Not taking sides but if, IF
it turns out that the HP claims are utter bollox as the former management assert, then leaving aside any defamation claims they might have, do our investigators get their costs back from HP? It's our tax pounds after all.
At what point will sombody judge that having a set of these and NOT wearing them at some time (other than perhaps in bed) constitutes suspicious behaviour?
For those of us less technical.....
....assuming that the relevant mobild carriers will operate in my area, does this mean just a retune of our current freeview kit or its possible obsolesence? I ask simply as I'd been about to splash out on a TV, possibly spending extra for an integral Freeview HD tuner and want to know if it might all need to be replaced or supplemented sooner than I'd normally hope for.
Thanks in advance for any reasoned guidance.
Pah! If it's a lab it should have
Van der Graaf generators, bubbling jars of strange coloured liquids with not-easily-identifiable-but-nevertheless-rather-disturbing-looking things occasionally floating to the surface and a metal table suspended from chains with various body parts on it (not all from the same body).
Oh, and an Igor.
Re: Cunning Linguist - The old ones are the good ones
Really? like C'thulhu?
nice to see the National Grid are prepared for this
but a bit of wind and snow still foxes the system up.
Nothing but broadcast, or recorded off air.
Your tv may be smart but my broadband sucks
Value for money
You can be sure that if the police have to pay all that extra money for information for use vs. terrorists & serious criminals that after a period of time a "business case" will be made for using the data that they already have to deal more effectively with lesser offences. And then it will be passed or "sold" to other authorities for dealing with de-criminialised or civil offences and we'll be back to the local councils using really intrusive methods (RIPA III style) to catch you for something that's perhaps anti-social but not really that serious.
Don't get me wrong, I think that there should be investigative powers for bodies that enforce, and that these should be regulated, but I fear that the ratchet generally goes too far and generally the wrong way.
Danger ahead, everybody peeps - we need to fund this by stealth
We've been beaming TV and radio out into space for a while and now its possible that any "neighbourhood" aliens think that our culture is based on Sgt. Bilko, Jet Morgan and anything with Alan Whicker in it, but if this item makes it into the broadcast news, and if they don't have a sense of humour then in a while they might think that in defiance of a major government who've advocated galactic peace, that the people are indeed aggresive little mammals determined to "do unto others", simply because we can.
If they're listening to their own version of albums starting "No-one would have believed....." (and Richard Burton's voice is much better) then we might be on the receiving end of a pre-emptive strike. I beleive that one of Sir Terry Pratchett's "Johnny" books alludes to aliens finding it sensible to get their retaliation in first, where dealing with the human race is concerned.
All of which of course just goes to show that in fact we'll need one to defend ourselves from space lizards who think that our having one is dangerous in some kind of recursive loop. We'd better hope to find that T'sentradi ship soon.....
Will the local produce sale in my village hall be sued?
The trestle tables are arranged in a similar fashion and they sell apples.
Would it be made worse by the fact that they also have blackberries for sale?
A little off topic but it reminds me that when clearing out an old desk a few days ago, I came across some floppies for an Apricot. Memories of a sweeter time.
Re: I hope this causes the BT staff lots of problems
Which in turn would knock onto their customers.
Thanks a bundle. Really. No I don't want my phone line fixed promptly when it's not working and I really like problems with broadband meaning that I cannot download my emails etc. Perhaps when you next spot an openreach technician you could scatter some caltrops around his tyres so that he can't help anyone else either.
(To be clear, officer I'm not attempting to incite an offence. I'm feeling sarcastic)
Re: Cat murder algorithm???
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