613 posts • joined Wednesday 4th July 2007 09:03 GMT
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.....
How would this stop the issue of toy selection changin from one week to the next?
They'll surely have some kind of expiry/lockdown on the file in the same way that digital cinemas do. After all regardless of how they are produced there's a licensing cost for all these things, which I expect is per unit or "up to a given number".
If they want to offer a menu (sorry) with multiple options, they could just ship boxes of each in an adaptation of what they currently do.
I'm less worried about AV than backdoors buried in my firewalls
And it's probably less easy to do the comparisons that effectively make the case that AV is not where we should be looking.
Just how much of this sort of article will there be as 23.11.13 approaches?
as I'm thoroughly enjoying it all.
Re: F******G AMERICANS! @ Getriebe
I think the Americans have changed the meanings of words over time, in some cases much more recently than the 1700's. For example The Astaire/Rogers film "The Gay Divorcee" would not have been so titled with todays meaning.
Re: "You can't have your privacy violated if you don’t know your privacy is violated, right?"
Working in the City, I feel a better comparison would be to those who never knew they were paying for things like PPI on which they could usually never be eligible to make a successful claim. Chickens coming home to roost there, hopefully in his field they will as well.
I'm all for properly resourced security, tempered by proper regulation and oversight, perhaps derived from a fantastic constitution such as the Americans have. I just wish they'd observe it properly. If not, perhaps we might be allowed to borrow it.
Re: rE: Will they work in mysterious ways?
I just thought that if Kevin Mitnick is allowed to make a living having "learned his lesson", and he pops up often enough giving talks, that it was only fair that we should allow others to do so as well. Turning their talents to the public good also seemed like a nice idea, both for the direct benefit and also that of perhaps enabling them to rebuild their reputaton and seek gainful employment outside of the reserves rather than being driven into the darker parts of the IT industry.
Many of these companies made mistakes, and many paid for them
but without all that energy and effort back then we'd probably all be the worse off now, either as IT/Tech types with jobs or the general public with the benefit that we're all five times more productive these days (ahem)*. Regardless of how things turned out I feel I owe them part of a collective "Thank you".
Will they work in mysterious ways?
and on that theme, Luke 15:7 everybody
Judge: "Automatic video recorder?"
Counsel: "Yes, I'm sorry m'lud. It's a machine that records television programmes on special tape."
Judge: "Oh, how fascinating. What will they think of next? Proceed."
The discerning reader will recognise the source of this, and perhaps observe some similarity between the judges in each case.
Colonel White and his colourful band of helpers
Will their servers be a Cloudbase?
"not a single one would describe where they work as Wokingham"
To (mis)quote Mandy Rice-Davies, "they wouldn't, would they?"
The internet protection offered by BT OpenReach protects my 8yo from this kind of thing very well.
No effing internet worth a damn.
The downside is he cannot access the support website the school has for homework etc, we're all still headscratching over that one.
Complaining in the wrong place surely?
What's wrong with Second Life?
Re: opt out link?
Direct link to the form http://systems.hscic.gov.uk/scr/staff/aboutscr/comms/pip/optout.pdf
Those WW2 fighter pilots saved us from a life of tyranny and enforced conformity.
In this case, if it is true, I'm going to need a new irony meter.
Still, it makes you wonder what he'll come back as this time and how (if you're into reincarnation with Karma) this might differ slightly from what he expected.
would the techie readership that occasionally graces the forum
let us know in due course if it's as accurate as, say, the hacking and money transfer scenes in Swordfish?
Re: "more people have died as a direct result of Atheist governments than all religious wars"
Only because the machinery was there to enable it. That's technological progress, nothing to do with fanaticism, or the lack thereof.
I'm sure if various of the current religious nutters could get hold of them, they'd be popping nukes off in as many major centres of population as they could. To save our souls of course. I'd suspect "ours" would have done the same centuries ago in sandier parts of the world had this been possible, for the same spurious reaons. There are those who think that given the chance some of "our" dodgier mates remain inclined so to do.
Re: Tough as old boots
Moi aussi. 11 years and still going strong. The only downside is the lack of HD on a 42" but that's just a function of progress, other than that it's rock solid, and I agree with the comment above regarding the lack of need for "smartness"
@Sean Timmarco Baggaley - "Yet he, too, chose to stay and work with Jobs."
I don't know the details of the case, but if I had a new boss arrive who was a pillock, and I had relatively non-transferable skills (for example being a paramedic) and a family to provide for, I might elect to stay. It's not an endorsement of my new boss or their views, its living as most people do, in the real world.
Good night Westly, Good work
Sleep well. I'll most likely kill you in the morning.
Do Sandmen still get to renew?
Only I've got this itching in my palms
Re: TSA - Spectator sport :)
I'm pretty sure that if a passenger said they had an atomic device of any kind, even a wristwatch, a zealous security official (not being "rocket scientists") would interpret it as being something prejudicial to the integrity of the aircraft as the popular link is immediately to radioactive/nuclear/explosive, and the subtle difference would escape them. Perhaps others as well.
Emergency Services Tranining
There's a few comments above about training firefighters to deal with "this type of car". Even one suggesting "in the target market areas" which presumes that, charging/range issues aside, that owners might in some way be restricted to certain areas. I can think of better criteri to confine people to certain areas, but that's for another thread....
Car design has become hugely complex. I'm involved in rescuing people from cars in the UK and even with petrol ones there are issues. For example, in serious collisions, the best way to extricate someone involves removing the roof. A few years ago Trumpton would turn up, fire up the Holmtatro and six snips later we were shoving spinal boards and KEDs (other extrication vests are available, if your local NHS trust bothers to carry any at all) down people's backs.
Now there are all sorts of hazards in the roof, some cars have airbag curtains (meaning there are possibly un-discharged pyrotechnics in the roof) and for a few the fuel line goes through the roof via the a- and c-posts, so removal becomes a nightmare. Remember it's your ability to walk again that we're trying to preserve here so whilst cutting a car apart is fun, there is a reason behind it.
Another issue is power. In the old days (again) turn up, open the bonnet and cut the earth strap from the battery to prevent sparks and make everything safe, then attend to the casualty, perhaps wind back the seat after we've braced them to get the extrication gear on, maybe even slide the seat backwards to get better access to the legs or forwards so we've more room to work on the rear passengers. Oh no, not now becase all the seats are electric with no manual release (at least not without tools and a mechanic).
I'm sure there will be issues with electric vehicles as they become more widespread and the subject is of interest as I'm hoping to get one for a few days trial later this month (Not a Tesla), but now crews are having to try to identify the model of a vehicle on arrival (can you tell a partially burned Cosworth from a normal Sierra?, showing my age I know) and then look it up which requires lots of books or a tablet of some form with connectivity (and we're not all in shiny London with good signal) whilst trying to work out if the time critical patient can be removed "properly" or if we're going to have to risk their spine because there is not time to make the scene safe and their compromised breathing or circulation takes priority.
I've no complaint about the article and this is El Reg but comments having a pop at this car because it's electric are rather wide of the mark.
How broken is retreivable?
Some companies put their old HDDs, once wiped, through industrial shredders.
As we're not big enough to afford that I wrap mine in a plastic bag (to prevent shrapnel), put them on the hard standing outside my office and apply a sledgehammer repeatedly before they go to the recycling bins at the local tip. If picking up any old granule means that the bin-divers with cracker friends can recover my data, we're going to have to think of a new strategy. Do these things dissolve harmlessly over time in sea water perhaps?
I'd love to see the faces in Mission Control if they get a request from above for the plans.
To be clear I don't mean the DSV, lovely bit of design that it is, although that would also be an interesting build.
Shouldn't GCHQ be doing this? After all we paid for it with our overseas aid....
Icon. Something that definitely won't be lobbed around the region by technology funded using our money.
Life imitates art
Man hit with brick and stabbed after buying his copy
A bit of a rum do.
What will happen if one NATO country (or perhaps more) is found to have effectively conducted a damaging electronic attack on the infrastructure or commercial interests of another NATO country? If the attackee really kicks up a stink (and given that the EU has ambitions to subvert and replace NATO) this could prove really quite awkward.
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