643 posts • joined 4 Jul 2007
Harriet Jones got bored
No Sycorax recently for Torchwood to take potshots at
@ Dodgy Geezer
Probate is NOT required to settle an estate. I've executed several wills and thus acted as an attorney (IANAL. Any idiot can be an attorney and many also practice as what is referred to in the US as an Attorney-at-law, here we call them solicitors. Not all are idiots.)
As executor I didn't even need to involve a solicitor in one case and in the other the only thing I used them for was a land registry transfer of the house. It just depends on how reasonable the other parties are going to be about the will etc. Probate is usually required where there are high value estates and the parties involved (Banks etc) want to be able to avoid liabilities should they release funds etc to the wrong person, understandable from their point of view, but not a legal necessity.
Sheltering behind the requirement for probate and court orders is in many cases on the same level as marketing companies, councils and bailiffs that try to hide behind "data protection" when you challenge why they wont tell you information they claim to have about you (once identity and/or consent is established), or "health and safety" regarding stupid rules in other circumstances. In these cases it's the last refuge of scoundrels and the ignorant.
It is not the first time that Apple and what happens on the death of an account holder have surfaced here http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/09/03/bruce_willis_in_itunes_will_spat/ although apparently things later turned out not to be as originally presented.
There's no difference in the legal obligation on the gun dealer to make the appropriate checks simply due to the advertising being online as described in the article. Certainly it gives them a wider potential audience but this is the typical "blame the internet" response. Any substantial offence is the same and would be committed if they'd met in a bar or via a 5x3" card posted in the customer notices secton at the local newsstand.
It would be like complaining that paved roads enabled people to travel further and sell more guns and blaming the highways authorities for facilitating crime. That's leaving out the issue of the death rate on the roads...
Where will the savings be made?
"will soon only be able to watch programmes commissioned for that channel on the iPlayer"
There's been plenty of repeats on BBC3 recently, my little one is currently catching up on Dr. Who that I felt he was too young for a couple of years ago. It will be a shame if those go off air as I prefer him to see them on the freeview+ recorder than give him access to the PC, but I digress.
If the programmes commissioned for that channel continue to be made so that they can be seen on the iPlayer, as I infer from the quote above, there will be the ongoing production costs. The rest is just repeat fees ("residuals"?) which I assume apply regardless of the method of transmission and which might for some programmes increase as it is possible to tell how many people watch the more popular ones, and some incidental expenses for the off-screen continuity announcers.
Thus it would appear to my relatively uneducated eye that the only real saving is the cost of transmission. Assuming that Auntie is not selling of part of the multiplex, and IIRC earlier in the day that slot is used by one of the (younger, natch) children's channels, then apart from the electricity bill for the transmitters what is being saved.
Or have I misread this?
Originally: Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law-Enforcement Division.
None of this new fangled stuff.
"Most systems currently expect the call to drop, which means you’ll have to redial."
Not exactly convenient or safe if I'm driving, having started a call and gone to handsfree before I set off (before anyone starts).
Particularly irritating if its my controller trying to direct me to a patient or I'm giving the hospital an update on what I've got.
Dont repair it, replace with fibre as and when this happens
Gradually the entire country will get done. Given that the labour is being deployed anyway, the marginal cost is not so bad.
Mind you, I think there'd be a rise in vandalism between the houses of most Reg readers and the exchange. Funny that.....
Lets face it
If anyone (other than the NSA) knows how to find any vulnerabilities in (any version of) Windows, then given their resources, my money would be on the Chinese.
A better flying car
Have a look at the video http://www.independent.co.uk/video/?videoid=3061425677001
Looks better than the Terrafugia
Is it possible that such software has been "liberated" from such agencies in the same way as Snowden liberated documents, where lax controls seem to have not been much of an impediment?
I just wonder if a different agent/ex-agent with few scruples might have thought this could be a useful means of supplementing their meagre pension. I have no idea if the legitimate purchasers are required to do some kind of online registration when installing such stuff. I rather think they'd object to the IP/system type info that this would give a contractor so perhaps not, in which case once in the wild its rather free to replicate. Even dongles can be stolen and probably copied by those in such agencies with the right tools.
Is this the sort of thing that could enable me to scatter loads of pressure pads around the garden to act as a wireless, self powered net that can alert a home security system when activated?
Leaving aside the issue of false alarms from the cat, which can be filtered out elsewhere, if so there's a use for these in easy fit and (possibly) maintenance free fire alarms (the temperature bit) and security systems (as well as the pressure pad/door switch, the light sensor could equate to the old electric eye).
Enlighted replies from those who understand this tech better than me grateful appreciated.
Tech Support: Is their BOFH Mr Bumbledrop?
Because you know the PFY just has to be Torchy. The Battery Boy
Should we pray they don't alter it further
The black cloak with the helmet, thank you.
Remember how silly some people looked when the first bluetooth headsets came out for mobiles?
Patience people, patience.
@ AC 28 Jan 19:19 - Not necessarily true
In the UK at least, you are allowed to have screens or monitors on and visible to the driver if they are telling you about the condition or position of the vehicle. Examples include a screen showing information such as (k)mph, rpm, oil and tyre pressure, open doors, "GPS", and video including, but not limited to, reversing cameras. Some manufacturers are now fitting TV instead of rear view mirrors, on all the time, and there are trials of forward facing cameras using spectrum outside the normal range of the human eye to supplement driver's vision on a screen. There's nothing in law to stop you using your laptop or even your old CRT to rig up something like this, although the latter might prove cumbersome.
If the screens are positioned in such a way as to cause you to take your eye off the road for too long, and therefore becoming dangerous, that is a different issue and tackled with other legislation regarding drivers conduct. Google glass would seem to deal with that nicely so if it is in some way connected to senders in the car, that would place this information in the eyeline of the driver in an appropriate way, similar to the "heads up display" in the windscreens of some high end cars.
I suspect the legislation is broadly similar in other countries although there will be variations.
Sharing Intellectual Property....
Given that Google (and many other companies) regard information held on us as their property, does that mean the reporting back to the mothership that my Samsung "smart" TV does (or would do it if was actually connected) will be added to Google's "database of everything" or possibly vice versa?
Radio 4 is worth the licence fee alone
Oh the irony
"Radio 4 is worth the licence fee alone"
Re: Prior Art
And if you get the "shorty" configuration of the C3000, HP basically turn it on it's side and put a set of castors on, so the components can go in either way if MS as saying that's the USP. Also this chassis (and the 7000) is capable of taking blades of different sizes as well, some are "full height" as opposed to the more normal (here at least) half height and I think I've seen a couple of double width ones on an obscure page but I may be incorrect on that. Blades available in all sorts of types: Storage,Tape drive etc.
I am probably missing something but when I read the article I really didnt see anything our 3000 isn't capable of doing if asked nicely (and I get a budget).
"...to help /snip/ doctors..." Another pre-hospital health professional writes
We're going to need some new conventions, maybe even (gosh) standards:
How bright is this thing going to light up? If I rock up in my ambulance to a "person collapsed, query cause" with red flashing eyes, am I going to have to know that flashing red lenses are hypoglycemia if supplied by Google, of might indicate an MI if (for example) they're from Samsung? Do I look for a trademark? What if Eadon's made his own using Linux and I get it wrong (no, don't all reply to that one :) )
I might not want to get too close, it might in fact be that I'm actually looking at a damaged (but still powered) T800 with a slightly torn ophthalmic camouflage, or if the red effect is rather dull, maybe a human newly infected with Rage.
Also if the nearest and dearest are on scene, saying "my hubby's got these lenses which do X if Y has happened" and X has not happened, I'm still going to have to test for Y just in case the batteries are gone etc. I'm not sure who they will help but outside of a controlled environment it's probably not going to be anyone other than the wearer. Assuming they're in a position to relay the information of course.
That said, as an early warning system for the user, or a means to save people having to test their blood regularly, it might have much to recommend it.
By spooky co-incidence I saw TESIA today on a Nissan Leaf on the A12 Link Road coming into London.
Yes the letters were pushed together to make the name and no it doesn't have to be printed as TES1A.
Perhaps any Tesla owner happening to have 1EAF would wish to swap?
Re: If they are forced offshore...
If the googlemeisters venture out onto the briny deep, will this increase the risk of piracy?
@ Martin Budden - Lightweight
"I want my self-driving car! I want it now!!!" - Oh ye of little ambition.
I want my self-flying car! I want it now!!!
(Before anyone tries to up the ante, lets not get silly about having teleportation unrealistiacally early eh?, not before say 2017 anyway)
Re: Is it just me?
It just shows that they learn from their mistakes, for which we should give them full credit. I wish HMG (and others) would learn not only from our mistakes but those of other nations. Unfortunately at the time of writing, neither seems a likely prospect. It appears, and I hope I am skirting carefully enough around Godwin, that we are putting in place the means where such mistakes would be easier to execute, should anyone so wish in the future.
There's more good news in the press release
" The rules aim to keep pace with the growing number and variety of radio equipment devices and ensure that they do not interfere with each other while respecting essential health and safety requirements."
IF (note capitalisation) this works then presumably as kit us replaced over time my wifi and cordless telephone will no longer be wiped out by the microwave/baby monitor etc next door and also the amateur beardies will no longer be stuffed by Ethernet-over-power.
Admittedly when I saw the bit in the article about negotiating the sale radio equipment I held out some hope about abolishing DAB and standardising on DAB+ but you can't have everything...
I'm really intrigued by the possible proofs on this one. Perhaps successfully activating some kind of massive weapon?
Further functionality to be added soon, as predicted in the 1970's
"....She could kill you with a wink of her eye,
Oh yeah, it was electric, so frantically hectic......"
Re: Nasty Blackmail @ rm -rf/
"The moral of the whole story is if you don't want to be highly embarrassed then don't have saucy pics taken of yourself and certainly don't be stupid enough to store them on Facebook."
That's a bit harsh. People take photos. People expect privacy, possibly based on what IT companies tell them. Sometimes people put the photos where they can be accessed by a wider audience than intended, and sometimes flaws are found in the configuration/settings of the software or they are (as appears to be the case here) victims of a crime which may include having their accounts compromised. We (as an industry) constantly bitch about all the security holes that get found in software we (as an industry) sell so how are the punters expected to have better security?
It's a bit like saying that if a burglar breaks into your garage, if you've a canister of petrol stored inside and s/he uses it to commit arson and burn down your property, that it's your fault.
Re: Nothing to hide
Or, hopefully, it may be someone sending personal data, and the sender is aware of their obligations under the Data Protection Act, It could for example be a GP responding to a request from a colleague for some information from notes on a patient and secure email is for some reason not available. The practice might irritate the authorities but actually it's just ordinary people/businesses trying to obey the law and it shouldn't upset them once this is pointed out. There's nothing to stop the authorities coming with a warrant and asking for the plain text if they've got a justifiable concern.
I handle some personal data and I'd present plain text in reply to a warrant to show that any concerns are groundless (at least as far as I know) and they can hopefully then quickly move on to something else needing their time and attention. (That's meant to be public spirited, not sarcastic)
In Mexico, thieves die like dogs.....
....in this case, they die like Strontium Dogs.*
*OK, some poetic licence taken with the source (oops, sorry again)
Adding kit in cars - actually a bit dodgy
Many of these things, like satnavs, are suckered to the windscreen. Anything in the "swept area", i.e. that covered by the wipers is an MOT failure, not just at the time of the test (when you can take it off) but anytime that the traffic police officer wants to start writing. It's especially relevant if you've been involved in a bump whether it's your fault or not. Having this sort of thing could make it so in the eyes of the insurers and the courts.
Yes I know world+dog do it with their sat-navs, that doesn't make it legal and I do see lots of road users with these things positioned right in their line of sight, not realising just how large an object it can block from view. Reaching for the thing to change channel if it's not close could also lead to a charge of failing to be in proper control of your vehicle. We used to have accidents as people changed cassette, that sort of thing might make a comeback.
I expect also that there might be issues with reception if they are not "visible" to the transmitter through the glass, and also some of the glass in cars such as heating elements, UV filtering etc can affect reception, so its a sort of no-win situation for many potential users.
And what of non-car vehicles with radios fitted? Radios are becoming more common on motorcycles, and I expect there are other types of users such as boats (both leisure and commercial). How far does DAB go, the trawlermen might need the shipping forecast?
Re: Don't get mad, get even
If the beancounters, or similar, play this one too often, print a few creative financial statements on headed paper showing their outrageous expenses at Spearmint Rhino, donkeylust.com etc etc, shred them to only halfway down the page and then leave a sheaf of them in the dumpster and "let" some hack find them. Or maybe the puritan spinster from HR.
"prioritise voice and sms over data"
Just a sec, has anyone thought about the telemedicine kit that we're all supposed to be fitting in our ambulances now? If everytime there's network congestion or a failure the people needing our help most will the ones really suffering from denial of service. Accolc isn't going to be triggered for stuff like this (and it's pretty useless for working level emergency services anyway)
And don't you dare suggest data over Airwave.
If you really want to cause confusion and upset
Think of a three letter word not currently banned, for the sake of example, lets choose "mim"*. Start something on the internet, mumsnet or the Daily Mail website might be good, about how this is a secret term for something really vile (remember "hobby"? http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/09/10/nominet_review_of_registration_policy_dot_uk_domain_names/)
Then whip up a furious campaign about how hundreds of vehicles are driving around with this message concelaed in their registration (eg LB56 MIM), exposing the kids to this vile term and they should all be revoked before the kids google it and clearly the DVLA don't care etc etc, the sort of meaningless froth which panics public figures into soundbites.
*if this is a term for something nasty already, your author is in genuine ignorance of this.
I say M15 SPY for sale many many years ago. I wonder if there's a "BT repair van" with blacked out windows and the registration NS4 parked around the corner from the Ecuadorian Embassy? On the topic of offensive registrations, does Eadon (where is he by the way, the place doesnt seem the same without him...) drive around with L1NUX?
"optically stimulated luminescence"
They fired frikkin' lasers at it?
The Owls are not what they seem. Just ask Agent Cooper
(Very very old cult TV reference)
There's also the cost to end users
You can bet your bottom dollar that IP in this spectrum for end users watching TV won't be "unlimited" and that therefore there will be a cost to the end user in terms of bandwidth usage etc. Now this may not bother those of you "buying" your boxsets from Sky, Netflix etc but all of a sudden it will cut a swathe into the viewing figures of much of the television output, and viewing of different programs at the same time by members of a family in different rooms would also be costly. (I remain deeply deeply traumatised by having to miss Planet of the Apes as it clashed with The Brothers in the early-mid 1970's)
Whilst such a cull might improve quality a bit it would also make the producers less likely to back anything "risky" and therefore ultimately choice will deteriorate and we'll have even more repeats of Bargain Hunt. I would point out that it also means that you're paying to watch advertisments but on reflection, given that some people pay nearly £1000 p.a. to Rupert Murdoch for just that my arguement invalid on that point is rendered somewhat invalid.
Trouble with the mouse buttons Mr. User?
No sir, no need to take it off for me to have a look, let me just try to activate those buttons a few times. I'll have to press them quite hard. Really really hard.
Icon, well from so many perspectives really
Will this be as successful as BT's Century 21?
As the changes I see as an end user (both domestic and business) are not quite what I understood to be what was promised, I can only hope that they have more success over the water
Re: > illegal to carry a reptile - Futile effort
This will be to Godzilla as the "Keep of the grass" signs would be to a squadron of Challenger Tanks.
why, are you in danger of losing yours?
On the initial map
our green and pleasant land doesn't look very, well, green.
Are things that bad or did we plant the wrong kind of forest?
Lots of comments about it being ugly and "why cant they make it look like a normal car".
- Ugly, a matter of personal opinion. The Ford Sierra was deemed ugly when it first came out but was soon accepted. There are probably many other similar examples but I'm not knowledgable in this area. Personally I quite like it.
- Why make it look like a "normal" car? It's got significantly different components to your average car and is designed for a relatively specific task. A grand tourer capable of taking a family of four and luggage for a fortnight on the continent it is not, so the three-box design, with all its particular limitations has been discarded. If you were designing a new type of PC now, based on say the Pi rather than the BBC Micro, would you insist on such a large beige box?
@ AC 12/11/13 23:29 - Extraterritoriality
"You cannot break the law when you are not in the country and as such not subject to their laws". Some prosecuting authorities take a slightly different view, although in this case there might not be any applicable agreements or treaties.
See Gary McKinnon, The Natwest Three, Christopher Tappin etc.
IIRC when the US imposed new visa requirements on arriving foreign nationals, the Brazilians retaliated by doing the same specifically to arriving US passport holders. It could be interesting to see how they might take a creative approach to remedies for this sort of thing.
KYC failure on the part of IBM
Did they not realise that the CIA might at least be their equal in the arts of deception? Don't kid a kidder and all that.
Icon, traditional spy wear under the Fedora
Thank you your silverness. I was worried that not only might a truckful of this stuff being set off in the city knacker the IT setup in the office but then there'd be no transport home as the ECU's in all the vehicles would be stuffed. Now I can be happy that not only can I get home but that the DVR will not have been wiped and that we will not have to revert to Victorian-era technology.
I have to say that EMP is one of the real assymetical threats that causes me concern
Not being a person reassured by many of HMG's reassurances about how well prepared we are for anything at all, I think the secondary effects of a strike on the UK might be pretty serious.
So far as we can reasonably guess/extrapolate, if there was a well funded, suitably motivated nutter with access to the right kind of technical support around, how effective actually are these things?
"The cars were diverted to Europe", because?
Do we get a different kind of battery that they'd ordered in sufficient numbers or, primitive "old-worlders" that we are, are we expected to propel them in the style of the Flintstones?
Re: 42!!!! - Well, for a given value of Earth
It depends, do you think they included Ravalox? That turned out not only to be Earth (stupidly "hidden" by being moved less than the distance to our next nearest star, D'oh) but when he looked around there was even the remains of a tube station when he went looking around, so I think that should be counted as well.
About 30 years ago on BBC1....
I remember being shown central locking for houses, in the same way as with cars so you could go out, turn the key in the lock of the front door and be confident you'd not left any back doors or windows insecure (it was locks only, not closing of the apertures). Whether or not you got a "bip-bip" to confirm that all was well I do not recall but it would seem sensible, as would not unlocking all doors around the perimeter in a reverse of the operation.
Seemed a good idea but I've not seen it since in the mainstream, however it seem the sort of thing that would go with home automation, but it begs the question "would anyone really have this if it was vulnerable in any way to outside interference?" I'd willingly put it (wired only) on my house for nipping into the garden but for longer absences I'd still have a mechanical deadlock on every door and window, just as I do now, which makes me wonder if much of this automation is worth the bother in the first place.....
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