... it's insignificant compared to the power of The Force...
5453 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007
... it's insignificant compared to the power of The Force...
> you lot also dump tons of private data onto social media such as Twatter, Faecesbook, etc., with gusto.
First mistake: Not everyone does that.
Second mistake: Assuming that if people *do* put information on Facebook or Twitter or anywhere else, it gives permission for the authorities to say "well, if they do *that* it justifies us looking at *everything* they do simply because we can".
> you have failed to show that it is actually being chilled at all
Third mistake: Try looking at what's happening in China. Or Bahrain. Or Syria. Or Vietnam. Or any of the many other countries where access to information is being blocked or controlled or monitored such that anyone who steps out of line by looking at "unapproved" material or expressing views which contradict those of the state apparatus can be subject to legal (or illegal) sanctions, imprisonment, torture or even death.
The Right to Privacy and the Right of Freedom of expression are two sides of the same coin. If you are not free to express your thoughts because those in power are monitoring what you say and to whom, then your freedom of speech is being chilled because you will be inclined to self-censor.
Try reading this report by Frank La Rue "on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression" the UN Special Rapporteur made to the UN in 2013 which states, for example:
"Inadequate legal standards increase the risk of individuals being exposed to violation of their human rights, including the right to privacy and the right to freedom of expression. They also have an adverse impact on certain groups of individuals – for example, members of certain political parties, trade unionists or national, ethnic and linguistic minorities – who may be more vulnerable to State communications surveillance. Without strong legal protections in place, journalists, human rights defenders and political activists risk being subjected to arbitrary surveillance activities."
"Even a narrow, non-transparent, undocumented, executive use of surveillance may have a chilling effect without careful and public documentation of its use, and known checks and balances to prevent its misuse."
and has amongst its conclusions:
"States cannot ensure that individuals are able to freely seek and receive information or express themselves without respecting, protecting and promoting their right to privacy. Privacy and freedom of expression are interlinked and mutually dependent; an infringement upon one can be both the cause and consequence of an infringement upon the other. Without adequate legislation and legal standards to ensure the privacy, security and anonymity of communications, journalists, human rights defenders and whistleblowers, for example, cannot be assured that their communications will not be subject to States’ scrutiny."
> you really don't understand that this IS the mechanism that provides the targeting information for more focused activities
Fourth mistake: Assuming that it makes it easier to find a needle in a haystack by making the haystack even bigger. All this achieves is to swamp any "signal" that may be there with massive amounts of "noise" that totally drowns it out and you end up wasting time and resources chasing more and more False Positives.
This is not "targetting" anything, unless you think that if you make enough targets you're guaranteed to eventually hit *something*...
Oh and PS to quote from your next post "as admitted in Snowjob's own 'revelations', the vast majority of the data is never even looked at before being deleted."
Excuse me? So this information which "IS the mechanism that provides the targeting information for more focused activities" is thrown away without being looked at?
Does this mean that a) it's not actually as useful as you think or b) our Security Services are failing because they're not using it for their "focussed activities"? Just wondering...
PPS You forgot to come up with an "amusing" variant on skelband's name. Tsk, you're slipping...
How about not treating everyone as potentially guilty unless they can prove their innocence?
Hmm, a downvote.
Mr Andreessen must read El Reg.
Spying on the enemies of one's state? Fine.
Constructing a massive dragnet operation that treats *EVERYONE* as a potential enemy of the state? Not fine in the slightest.
Quis custodet ipsos custodes, Mr Andreessen?
"Paedophilic manuals" are just a desperate attempt by the Tories to appeal to the Daily Heil reading public who have defected to UKIP...
... is that the Planet Smeg?
Some years ago the Japanese produced a robotic motorised "hand" on a pole (snigger) that would move up and down in time to the actions of a young lady on a DVD that could be linked to it by USB...!
'...dubbed the "Supersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (SIAD) – will then inflate around the LDSD, "to slow the test article to a speed where it becomes safe to deploy a supersonic parachute".'
Sounds rather like the Ballute used in the aerobraking manoeuvre done by the Alexei Leonov in Jupiter's atmosphere in the film 2010.
Given the way Google has behaved over recent years and the irresponsible and arrogant way it has gathered, processed and disseminated people's private information (hint: Google, try looking up the Data Protection Act), it seems that regulation is the only way left to approach it since the Big G won't listen (or consider) anything else.
Ah, once again Matt Bryant goes for the man instead of the argument as if calling people names and insulting their intelligence because they don't agree with him is some sort of credible debating technique.
And then he tries to move the goalposts by making sweeping generalisations about "Leftie regimes" to try to divert attention.
Still, please, Matt, feel free to call me "Marsbar brain" again (who was it who just said: "Seriously, you thought that comment was witty?") if it makes you feel any better. It won't make your arguments any more convincing, though.
... try asking the Yanks whether they'd be in favour of reducing CO2 emissions by driving more fuel efficient vehicles or even (gods forbid!) using some form of public transport (which we all know is damn near to Communism!)
This reminds me of the days back when I was a kid where demo programs in computer shops would say "Type in your name" and then say "Hello, Graham, would you like to play a game?".
So I'd type in something like "Idiot", clear the screen, then wait for someone else to come along...
Now let's see, which profile name should I link with the photo of someone who is likely to walk past one of these machines? "Shit for brains"? "You, yes, the ugly one"? Perhaps just "Wanker" would do...
> the contracted photo people used the rider bib numbers to cross reference the owner from the registration lists, and posted all photos, along with an invoice. If you didn't want to pay for the photo, YOU had to post it back.
No, you didn't.
> The success of UKIP is down to voters wanting to stick two fingers up to the 'main' parties.
I have no particular love for the Greens, but if you (or anyone else) had actually had a chance to find out anything about their manifesto and intentions they could have discovered that they, too, had an anti-Europe stance and some reasonably credible and sensible policies.
See this guy's blog for some thought provoking comment: http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/green-party-protest-vote-eu.html
Unfortunately they (and anyone else) were totally drowned out by the whole Farrage farrago even though they managed to knock the Lib Dems into fifth place.
Oh look, once again Matt Bryant goes for the ad hominem, attacking the poster rather than addressing the argument.
Here's a quote from "A Man for All Seasons" that you might like to think about...
* * * * *
Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!
More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
Roper: Yes, I'd cut down every law in England to do that!
More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man's laws, not God's! And if you cut them down (and you're just the man to do it!), do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake!
* * * * *
... how about along with "Fastest Route" and "Shortest Route" they provide an option for "Flattest Route"?
Why plot a route that takes you over a hill when there's a route around the base that will save you a lot of energy and may well not take you much longer?
Well, yes. some will get sorted out.
Meanwhile others will get screwed, ripped off, conned, mis-sold or just be the victims of a well-meaning but totally ill-informed, misguided and poorly planned scheme which seemed like a good idea at the time.
Still, caveat emptor, eh? It was probably the victims' own fault for being so stupid...
> The problem is them damned Humans, they don't like change.
ORLY? Or perhaps they don't like the "Fuck everyone and everything else, I'm alright Jack" mentality which has caused so many problems in the past?
"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." - George Satayan
> the rampant consumerism pretty much guarantees you scads of money if you don't mind fighting off the constant legal attacks.
ITYM "If you can *afford* to keep fighting off the constant legal attacks..."
The point is that the broken patent system combined with rampant ambulance chasing lawyers pretty much guarantees that they are the only ones who will really be guaranteed to make scads of money.
... mine some Bitcoins with it...?
"could harm profits in the businesses which are owned by the people who pay large amounts of money into their political campaigns..."
Thank you, I thought it was a good counter argument too.
Oh, BTW, please can you point out to me exactly where I said that "this is the same as wearables not taking off..."?
"they dismiss something which is clearly going to be huge"
ORLY? Still watching films on laser disc? Listening to Quadrophonic music? Experiencing Virtual Reality? And how are you getting on riding your Segway to pick up your flying car?
Maybe you can call me on your Windows Phone and tell me...
"...you are getting far, far more than just $152.47 in parts and manufacturing"
You're getting the right to be laughed at by everyone else who can see through the Emperor's New Clothes...
... ignored, overlooked, swept under the carpet or rubber stamped and given the nod without awkward questions being asked by anyone who actually might have sufficient power to do something about them..."
"the most used button on a TV remote control is the "mute" button"
Not on mine. The only programme I watch live is the News, everything else is recorded to watch at my convenience, so the pause and fast forward (for skipping ad breaks) buttons are the most worn on my remote.
... when UKIP can get the Police to come round and tell you to delete blog posts...
Just another of the many reasons not to vote UKIP!
As I've commented before, it's really like the government selling off a lane on the motorway to eg Ford to make it a "Ford Only" lane and which has a speed limit of 100mph whereas everyone else has to stick to 70mph (if they can achieve that speed on an increasingly overcrowded road as more traffic is forced into less space).
... this would have been of use to the customer of mine who, for the past week, has been ranting that his order hasn't arrived, only for me to get the parcel returned "Address incomplete" because apart from the first two letters, the Post Code he typed (on his iPad as it says at the bottom of his e-mails!) was one character transposed left or right or up.
So instead of XX3 1FH it came out as XX2 2DJ!
Apathetic bloody planet. I've no sympathy at all.
Damn you, Sir, you just beat me to it!! ;-)
> moved to a country where freedom of expression is constitutionally protected, with no ifs or buts.
Presuming you're referring to the USA, that "protection" isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Look at the fate of Insex who closed down after Dubya decided to get his Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to start harassing such sites. An anonymous FBI Agent commented "We must have won the War on Terror if we can afford to use our manpower for this."
You may think you're joking, but after the Dangerous Pictures Act and the Dangerous Drawings Act, they're now after anything that *looks* as if it might be rape (even if consensual or a staged picture) because that's *really* going to help protect women...
Well at least you were good enough to apologise.
Unfortunately it seems that several other people need to buy new Irony Detectors...
Oh come on! Are you seriously telling me that they sold these things without making people sign a licence agreement (probably in blood) that they wouldn't try to take the things apart or examine them or attempt to decompile the code or do *anything* that the Chocolate Factory wouldn't approve of...?!
Colossus to Guardian: 1 + 1 = 2
... needs a glowing Frisbee on the back...
--- End of Line ---
So because (you think) *you*have nothing to hide, we should all be ok with it?
> I'd have thought congratulations were in order for a large multinational corp actually contributing to society for a change by paying tax
So that's *some* of the money they should have paid in tax.
What about the rest?
> I'm not saying it was actually funny but you should have heard of it.
You're right, on both counts!
... and of course that will in no way impinge on the activities of the rest of us who are (at the moment) legally and lawfully using the interwebs, will it, boys and girls...
> this rather scuppers the typical comments every time self-driving cars come up in the news "sure it can handle a boring empty road but what about city driving".
Sure, nice, reasonably ordered US cities.
Now try checking out some of the video clips of driving in Russia or, even better, what about this traffic in India. How do you think it will cope with that?!
If only someone could come up with some sort of vehicle which you hire or get access to for a fee for a short period during the day which would have someone else doing the driving and which would transport you to your place of work and then go off and provide the same service to another person so it didn't need to be parked in the city all day doing nothing useful...