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But who has control...?
This is a great idea *in principle*, but it also has the potential to be abused as a tool of repression.
Already we've seen totalitarian regimes shutting down phone service in areas where people are protesting (or even sending messages saying "you're in a protest, we know who you are!") so now imagine that they can remotely brick any phones they want.
The only safe (for us) way for this to work is that the "brick" code is owned and stored by the customer, not by the phone company so I can call them and say "My phone has been stolen, the brick code is 'Correct Horse Battery Staple', please shut it down."
Re: look what happened when they got smartphones
The "Downing Street police porn arrests" story mentions the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 (sec 63-67) which is the "Extreme Pornography" section.
It will be interesting to see what (if anything!) is done if they are shown to have possessed extreme porn...
@Sandtitz - Re: Can I get a refund...
I find it ironic that you claim I am using a Straw Man argument by using a Straw Man argument!
(Hint - You don't need a driving licence to buy a car...)
Can I get a refund...
... for all these vinyl albums and cassette tapes I have here and which I can't play any more?
(Ok, yes, I can get technology to digitise them but why should I have to pay for that to be able to use them in a different format when I've already paid for them once?)
"report has cast doubt on the ability...
"...of many of the US's largest government agencies to properly secure and maintain their systems"
*cough* Gary McKinnon *cough*
"When calling tech support they do not acknowledge an issue...
"... usually claiming the fault is with [the] customer-owned router."
This seems to be Virgin "Support's" default position and they'll try to get you to book a technician to come round in a couple of days and tell you that, no, it's a fault with their BB Network...
"why politicians often appear to think we're stupid"
No, it's because they *know* that the majority of people are either too lazy to actually *do* something about the crap that our lords and masters come up with or are so cynical about the whole political process that they realise that it really doesn't matter what we try and do, the politicians are going to do it anyway in their usual "completely divorced from the real world" manner.
@Mike Green - Re: Security? How about letting US have a choice...
"One of the more useful applications of QR codes is the ability to store contact info."
Ok, fair enough, that was an application I'd not considered.
But why can't (or isn't) such a thing be done on a case-by-case basis: "This application needs your permission to write to your Contacts - Allow/ Disallow/ Allow Permanently"?
I'd be happier with a system like that rather than one that demands over-arching permissions as a condition for installation.
Security? How about letting US have a choice...
I just tried to download a QR reader for my Moto-G. For some reason it said it needed access to my Contacts list!
Until *WE* get the choice of what data and personal information gets passed to Apps and the ability to say "You can have X and Y, but not Z" then there is *NO* real security.
"The competition is limited to students in the US"
Meanwhile that prize could create a whole bloody *school* in some parts of the world...
To the pedantic hair-splitters:
"In the UK a firm is said to have monopoly power if it has more than 25% of the market share. For example, Tesco @30% market share or Google 90% of search engine traffic."
... there was some sort of resource where they could look up this sort of information...
"Annoyance or distress at having failed or been humiliated."
Why were the customers annoyed or distressed? It wasn't them who had failed or been humiliated.
"Most of what gets spat out of office printers is...
"...glanced at once (if at all) at the start of a boring meeting and then ignored until it's consigned to the recycling."
@Vociferous - Re: Hmmm... Should probably order that Moto G I've been thinking about.
It's worth it, I've recently got one and it's a very good budget smart phone.
What a wonderfully smug attitude.
... whose? I'll leave you to answer that for yourself...
To quote from "I'm Sorry, I Haven't a Clue"...
The artist formerly known as Prince
On stage would posture and mince.
Then for a giggle
He changed his name to a squiggle
And hasn't been heard from since!
Ok, cab, take me to X shop...
... Oh you don't want to go there, Y shop is paying us more to get you to go there instead...
And slowly, and surely drew their plans against us...
"...What do you mean you mixed up tifanary measurements and qatotery measurements...?"
@AC - Re: Class War UK
"In the UK politics is the new Class war with the Labour Party Demonising anyone who is successful."
Thank you for those words from the Tory Party spokesman who went on to demonise anyone who is unemployed by implicitly characterising them as not "Hard Working" and not "Honest" and suggesting that anyone on benefits is a workshy scrounger and parasite...
So, of course...
... we're going to get full control over what data the Apps we install actually gets access to, aren't we?
"Our pissy little game needs access to your e-mail, your location, your contacts list, your photographs, your fingerprints, your blood group..."
"No, FUCK OFF!"
@Stuart Castle - Re: Mass e-mail != Spam
"The problem there is that, in my experience, people do not read what they are signing"
Actually you make a good point there.
Whilst making an edit to my site, I once accidentally broke the link to the Terms and Conditions page from the checkout and it stayed that way for a couple of months.
Yet *everybody* when they ordered, ticked the box saying "I have read the Terms and Conditions" even though it was physically imposible for them to have done so...!
Mass e-mail != Spam
As part of my business, I have an e-mail list.
This is 100% *OPT IN*,you either have to click the box at the checkout on my website or put your e-mail address in the "sign up" list or physically write it down on a piece of paper if you buy something from the stall I run at a market once a month.
*NOBODY* gets anything from me if they haven't asked for it.
So *WHY* do I see e-mail unsubscribes where someone has ticked the box "Spammy content"? FFS, the instructions to opt out are in the e-mail. You can click on a link and unsubscribe. You can visit our website and unsubscribe, hells teeth, you can phone up our office and unsubscribe, but only *after* you opted in in the first place!
So don't accuse me of spamming you when you asked me to send you e-mails!
Re: So ...
Re: Hold on...
And, of course, there's a difference between someone *saying* they would pay more and actually *paying* more.
If the surveyors had then said "Ok, stick your hand in your pocket right now and pay", how many people would have said "Sure!" and how many would have said "Err, well..."?
Re: In reality ..
"I could happily live with BBC4 only."
Except that, with a subscription model, BBC4 would probably be first against the wall. "Too niche, too boring, nobody wants to watch a documentary about XYZ, we'll never sell it to other broadcasters, no, get rid of it and let's have more Britain's Got Big Brother Coming Dancing Strictly Through a Hole in a Wall on Ice..."
... surely this autopilot isn't inflatable?
No, and don't call me Shirley!
Can I trademark...
"where there are two, consumers can and will switch"
That's why everyone is now on the best energy tariff and with the best bank current account and buys petrol from the cheapest garage around and has the most sensible mobile phone tariff and why you never see online businesses saying "here are our new terms and conditions, agree to them or close your account" and people sticking with them because they can't be bothered to switch or don't realise there's a better option or think (often quiet rightly) that the other options are equally as bad...
"For the last time, we're NOT a security risk"...
Well, they would say that...
"Everyone remembers what happened to the Comet..."
Yes, they do, and other aircraft manufacturers have privately admitted that, had the Comet not suffered the problems it did, those problems would most likely have occurred in their aircraft.
Long Lost Twin...
... so is that Telos or Mondas...?
" You can cancel your evaluation at any time"
"We're just hoping you forget so we can keep charging you month after month" they added sotto voce...
"It's not remotely possible...
"...to provide any product "for life" that has recurring costs associated with it."
See icon for details...
... put some Iron Maiden on to play...
Two minutes to Midnight!
... that slap on the wrist *really* hurt, you know...
Re: You're holding it wrong.....
No, you're just *reading* it wrong!
So you'll end up with bits that don't quite fit properly, holes that don't line up and, when you've finished, you have a bag full of miscellaneous screws, bolts and other fittings which don't appear to be part of what you've just been building...
The time to worry is when all the signals from those tags form one massive Super Swarm and is found to be heading towards the research laboratory!
All your data...
... are belong to them....
(What is Russian for "Bitch"?)
@Psyx - Have a look at the Tweets posted here: http://tompride.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/threats-of-death-and-violence-after-channel-4-programme-benefits-street/comment-page-3/
Now they may not be *personally* addressing the people there, but this isn't a joke about blowing up an airport either.
... so now how about all the people who have been tweeting about the people on the "Benefits Street" TV programme, calling for them to be locked up, spayed or even gassed (to mention but a few of the delightful comments levelled at them)...?
They really need...
Beowulf Shaeffer to go and have a look.
(Well, that and the Quantum II Hyperdrive Shunt!)
"Time to change..."?
See icon for details...
The sound you hear...
... is an enhanced cattle prod being charged up in Mission Control...
Re: Ofcom , 118 , 192 ... I can handle all that crap. Just ban NON geographic numbers. PLEASE.
Don't forget to http://saynoto0870.com/ :-)
Whilst Custard the cat falls off the fence laughing... :-)
@AC "contacts are rubbish at night with a high index"
Really? I have an *extremely* high index (-10 right, -11 left!) yet I have no trouble at night using RGP lenses.
I've considered laser treatment etc, but since nobody can promise me that it would make my eyesight perfect, I'll stick to the contacts.
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