4662 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007
I've just downvoted you for a silly analogy.
Yes, some things need to remain state secrets, but when a government passes laws through Policy Based Evidence Making or selects a supplier for a contract based on a handshake done in a back room with an agreement for a lucrative directorship to follow or many of the other decisions that are made on behalf of the public but not for the *benefit* of the public, we, the votes and taxpayers want, need and *deserve* to know what is being done in our name.
"Good policy grows from lively, uninhibited debate"
Which is a really great idea. Except people like Blair consider that "Good policy grows from everyone doing what *I* say" so the idea that the plebs find out that those who they elected to *represent* them in Parliament are being brow-beaten and having their arms twisted to support "Government Policy" is anathema to him.
El Reg writers has a security camera...
... in the bathroom?!
"deleted voicemails on a missing girl's phone"
"But it turns out they hadn't".
No, they just listened to the voice mails (which they shouldn't have been doing) and then the automatic system decided "Oh, look those mails have been listened to and not saved, so let's delete them".
So the actions of the News of the Screws *were* responsible for the voicemails being deleted and frankly, given that it was a gutter rag with a habit of fabricating details in their stories, they got everything they deserved.
1GHz ARM CPU running Android?
But everyone knows that the T-800 used 6502 Assembler!
Didn't Howard and Raj....
.... experiment with something like this in the Big Bang Theory...?!
So did they get their $75 trillion dollars?
Oh, no, of course they didn't!
'Judge Kimba Wood revealed that the record companies, seeking statutory damages against the music-sharing service, are seeking damages predicated on the “number of direct infringers per work” – leading to a damages claim of as much as $75 trillion dollars (according to Wikipedia, total global GDP is around $69 trillion)".'
"really weak demand and a lack of customers...
"... is the biggest problem facing small businesses right now"
Speaking as a small business owner myself, I agree.
But that doesn't mean that I wouldn't consider excessive government regulation to be next in the line of problems, nor that I would say I wasn't "unduly concerned" about it.
It all depends on how you ask the question and who you ask it of (and how you interpret the results)
"tried to sell $1m worth of Facebook shares that she didn't own"
Whereas if you do that on the official stock markets it's known as "naked shorting" and is often a legal (if risky and highly disapproved of) method of making lots of money!
an M-class dwarf star
Ok, thumbs up all those of you whose minds were automatically expecting "planet" instead of "dwarf star" when they read that? :-)
"Because of our prominence...
"... we believe that we are a particularly attractive target for such attacks"
And there was me thinking that the risk was from your "let's change the default settings to make everything public and *then* tell people what we've done" policies...
@Because it is backwards?
Making it much easier to hear those messages from Satan...?
Try searching on google for a street address, town name, country whatever. At the top or within the first few results will be a google maps image.
There might be other mapping services available, some might even be more suitable for your use, but they're probably not going to get a look in because google is prioritising its service over any others.
That's not success, that's abuse of a monopolistic position.
Anyone else think...
... that the prism shaped Grail mission logo needs a beam of white light coming in from the bottom left and a spectrum coming out from the right hand side...?!
To paraphrase the Hitch Hiker's Guide...
"If it comes to a choice between spending ten billion dollars finding that out that the entire internet is being run by a bunch of maniacs, and on the other hand just taking the money and running, then I for one could do with the exercise!"
"giving people control over what they share"???
This from the guy whose attitude has always been "it's easier to get forgiveness than permission"?!
Sounds like an excellent idea!
A while back I had a prescription which neither the Pharmacist nor anyone else could actually decipher and they had to phone up the doctor's surgery to find out what was actually prescribed!
Now they just need a system that can deal with typos...
... of derisive laughter, Bruce!!
Won't be compulsory, but...
... I bet that, like with Water Meters, once one is installed in a property it cannot (or will not) be removed.
... Tin Foil Hats for Satellites!!!
Or Road Kill Surveys?
@send them to Australia
Right, because that worked so well with the Cane Toad...
... LostMoney.com (sorry, wasn't that lastminute?)
"many of the allegations" levelled at Patel were "unfounded".
That's "many", not "all".
So I hope that if this goes ahead, *all* of the allegations will be investigated to see if this guy is "fit to be a captain".
Well either he sub-contracted the job or it's all just scenery...
"What we would like from advertisers is money, as such, all your data, search queries, location information and anything else we can mine from what you do with any Google products online is fair game for us to sell to them.
"Your privacy? Oh, you give that up when you use our services."
"Space Race Blastoff"
Good grief, that sounds so 1970's!
But think of the opportunities for targetted ads for burglar alarms, security lights, private guards...!
Here we go again...
... let's stop getting into the "Tis!" "Tisn't!" "Tis so!!" arguments and just do our best to use *ALL* our energy in a more efficient manner, that way we stop chucking out CO2 (and other pollutants) *and* extend the availability of fossil fuels whilst we put serious money into alternative methods of energy generation.
This is the future, get used to it...
Given half a chance, Google are going to be linking *all* those e-mail addresses and all the e-mails and everything that you do with them together.
Kiss goodbye to your privacy.
Re: what we need to do is attach engines to the EARTH
Hmm, sounds like a Feersum Endjinn to me.
(Personally I'd prefer a GSV!)
Re: A dangerous science...
And making a sharper carving knife also makes a better dagger...
Re: Dinosaurs are still around
They're just very good at hiding behind the furniture.
If that was supposed to be irony, I suggest you take some lessone from The BigYin...
"Why isn't there a "do not track" checkbox on my profile settings page?"
Because it should be an opt-in "please do track me, but only if I say so" checkbox.
Typical managerial incompetence...
... How could something like this go ahead without someone saying "Ok, we've got X many Officers in this area, so we need X BlackBerrys"??
... is still in short supply in many places in the world either due to lack of treatment plants or because of wars, natural disasters etc
If this technology pans out and provides a reasonable flow of water it could save a lot of lives and hardship.
'Outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means'.
—United Nations, Outer Space Treaty Article 2
The US signed and ratified this in 1967, but it seems that Newt doesn't consider it to apply to him.
"All your Moonbase are belong to us!"
No, we're Airstrip One...
@Andrew Orlowski Should Not Be Allowed To Write Articles Unless He ALLOWS COMMENTS
If I could update your posting name I would!
... of the old Topic advert "What has a hazlenut in every bite?"
To which, at school, we'd respond "Squirrel shit!"
"Its an email"
So is spam...
.... in his secret underground lair, Mad Professor von Krankenbrain is preparing his Atomic X-Ray Laser intending to hold the world to ransom!
Will our heroes be able to stop his villainous masterplan before millions die...?
Tune in for the next exciting episode!
“certain trusted partners”
ie those who we trust to pay us for giving them your mobile number...
... Magnolia does have its place, especially when most of the interior rooms in the house you've just bought were painted Terracotta!!!
Re: "Get a life"
What, you mean become a mindless drone assimilated into the mass collectivised culture rather than trying to be an individual?
Hmm, that's an interesting thought, I wonder where I've heard it before...?
"beating televised confessions out of people"
No, the West prefers to do that in private in Guantanamo Bay or by shipping (sorry "Rendering") people off to countries who don't have problems with torturing suspects to extract confessions from them because we don't want to get our hands dirty...
Except that, as that article points out, you have to go into the settings to make the change permanent instead of just having to select it once and that's it.
"I never was a big fan of jury trials."
Really? So you prefer, instead, a kangaroo court or lynch mob where the defendant *may* get a chance to protest their innocence before they're "given a fair trial and then hanged"?