"We have no plans to..."?
That's one of the politicians' classic Weasel Phrases. It doesn't mean "We won't", it just means "We won't *YET*, but we haven't ruled out doing it later..."
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That's one of the politicians' classic Weasel Phrases. It doesn't mean "We won't", it just means "We won't *YET*, but we haven't ruled out doing it later..."
> my toaster demanding a certain brand of bread
... why they want backdoors into encryption methods...
... there's a surprise...!
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("If it ain't broke, don't fix it". Motto of Lord Vetinari)
A fundamental principle of engineering is that function defines form, so if you have a design that works, why mess around with it? (Certain software producers could take better note of this!)
Not only that, but, as has been pointed out elsewhere, the amount of money spent on building not just one, but *two* Death Stars, could have been crippling to Imperial Finances, so when the Alliance took over, they'd not have a lot of dosh to play around with (but hopefully they had more sense than to go on a programme of Austerity!)
So widespread, centralised development probably stalled and it was only the Elon Musks of the galaxy who would actually be engaged in bringing new equipment and technologies to the market.
Time (again) for one of my favourite quotes, from Isaac Asimov:
"The most exciting phrase to hear in physics, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'"
ADDENDUM: Bugger, just read further down the comments and noticed that Joseph Eoff beat me to it... :-/
> Please, do point us at the phone that was identical to the first iPhone, including its user experience
Please do try to get it into your head that that is *NOT* what is being appealed in this case!
Quoting from the Documents linked in the original article:
The court allowed the jury to find infringement based merely on similarities in “overall appearance” and indeed, based on “any perceived similarities or differences” whatsoever.
Compounding this problem, the Federal Circuit allowed the jury to award Samsung’s entire profits from the sale of smartphones found to contain the patented designs—here totaling $399 million. It held that Apple was “entitled to” those entire profits no matter how little the patented design features contributed to the value of Samsung’s phones. In other words, even if the patented features contributed 1% of the value of Samsung’s phones, Apple gets 100% of Samsung’s profits.
The Federal Circuit did not dispute that such a result is ridiculous, but said it was compelled by Section 289 of the Patent Act.
The argument is that the Federal Circuit was *not* "complled by Section 289 of the Patent Act" and the awarding of 100% of the profits is completely disproportionate.
I also have to wonder what would happen if they were found to have infringed *two* such "patents". Would they have to pay out *twice* the profits...?
Homophobia is not exclusive to any particular national group or religion!
And I, too, fear an open and liberal society is being eroded, but generally that's by our short-sighted "we must be seen to be doing something" politicians who can't (or won't) consider the long-term results of their actions because they're not going to appear until after the next election. Again, though, this isn't down to the actions or demands of one particular group.
> I think the real worry is that there are sufficient of these idiots around, and it is not significant if there are 50 or 200.
Are you familar with the concept of "Risk Perception"? Put simply, you are *much* more likely to die in a car accident or be knocked down whilst crossing the street or any of the common-place everyday activities which we all engage in without a second thought, because, unless such things are spectaculare in some way, they simply don't make it into the mainstream media.
Of course Daesh love people with attitudes like this, because every time they should "Boo!" these people jump and demand even more restrictions of our freedoms and liberties and push for more attacks in the Middle East which will only result in the radicalisation of more moderates.
As for the story about the school (which is actually from a blog, I note written back in 2009, and from someone who has strong views about alleged "political correctness"), it was your "argumentation" which was dubious since you claimed it without citing a source initially, hence my scepticism.
In any case, it sounds to me like a mixture of a militant minority of parents and a group of spineless administrators who were so desperate to avoid offence that they were willing to agree to the parents' demands, neither of which behaviours impresses me.
In response to your final comment, I'd point out that *you* were the one objecting to the way "they live in our societies and are infringing on our beliefs and freedoms, by by pushing their medieval beliefs on us", I just pointed out that *we* were doing the same in their countries. If we don't want them to do it over here, it is hypocritical of us to do it over there.
> Meanwhile, a few hundred meters from where I live, muslims were also demonstrating:
You talk about "believing the media". In the link you give (published in August 2014, I note), it claims "Hundreds of Islamic State supporters", yet in this one, from the BBC it says "a group of some 20 men were captured on video waving the black flag of jihadist groups and voicing support for the militant group Islamic State (IS)" and this one says "The Public Prosecutor's report of the rally said that "there were only 40 to 50 people present…", so whose figure do you accept? Whatever the case, I think you'd agree that they are a tiny minority of the Muslims in the country.
> Meanwhile, Moroccans are vastly overrepresented in crime statistics,
There are plenty of areas of the world where minorities are vastly over-represented in crime statistics, Possibly because they make easy targets for lazy Police who want to boost their arrest figures when it's convenient.
> Meanwhile, an elementary school in Amsterdam can no longer toast to the New Year with their pupils with fake alcohol-free bubbly,
Do you have a Dutch version of the Daily Mail? That sounds like one of their sort of stories!
> where I draw the line is when they live in our societies and are infringing on our beliefs and freedoms, by by pushing their medieval beliefs on us,
Yet it's OK for us to stomp all over the Middle East and infringe on *their* beliefs and tell *them* how they should live our lives because *WE* know better?! Pots and kettles come to mind.
> Just ask those that marched through London last weekend if next weekend they will march for women's rights or against discrimination of homosexuals and see how many show up.
Oh please. There are *many* worthy causes in this world, but if you wanted to join in marches and demonstrations and protests supporting them, you'd end up doing nothing else. Just because someone doesn't turn up to one does *NOT* mean that they are in favour of such discrimination and for you to suggest otherwise is a really shabby argument.
Oh dear, Turtle. You've been posting on El Reg long enough to have read posts of mine where I point out Straw Man Fallacies, so *why* do you base your arguments on several of them?
Yes, Turtle, I am *SURE* there were "secret Jihadis" going along in that march chortling up their sleeves "Hah! We will fool the stupid Westerners into thinking more of our people are against Daesh" and that *your* assumptions (without any facts or data to back them up) are entirely valid...
The difference between you and me is that your solution to the "real problem" of a violent minority appears to be to assume that they're *all* potential terrorists and treat them as such (just like the French Police have been doing), not realising that that just drives more of those in the middle *towards* the radicals.
It's hilariously ironic that you try to lecture me on "not havnig any great interest in, or respect for the facts", but, hey, as long as it makes you *feel* safer because "Something Must Be Done" and this is something, I'm sure you'll be happy.
> I'll probably be slaughtered for being a racist and a xenophobe
Or someone who believes what he sees in the media and accepts it uncritically.
As I've mentioned in the past, I have a Muslim family living next to me. Nice people, polite, hard working, don't cause any problems and I don't have to worry about anyone diving over the wall wearing a Semtex waistcoat (usually it's their kids saying "please can we have our ball back").
Meanwhile, for instance, thousands of Muslims marched through London last weekend calling for peace and unity and to say that they don't support Daesh, yet there was virtually *NO* coverage of this in the mainstream media!
So, please, spare us this BS about "large parts believe that religious law goes above secular law" or that "The ones that we have had here for decades have already proven that the majority is not making much of an effort to fit in" because the ones who *do* fit in are the ones you don't even notice because they're not causing problems or they're just not a big deal to the elements of the media who want to portray them as "the enemy within" as you have been conned into believing.
> currently there is only one civilization on earth that let people live their lives: Ours,
Only in comparison to others!
> freedom and tolerance do not defend themselves nor are the default state of a society, they are privileges we had to fight for over centuries to achieve. All that can be lost in decades.
Decades? These privileges can be lost overnight if (when!) our stupid and short-sighted political leaders decide that we should all be subject to surveillance and monitoring and be watched wherever we go and records kept of whoever we talk to and every website we visit noted because "Something Must Be Done!"(tm)
... the one who comes over here, sponges off our benefits *and* at the same time, steals our jobs...
> while a light saber's a very cool weapon, it's hardly "the deadliest in the universe".
"The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force,,,"
... Please, let's look at this from an "in universe" viewpoint, where you have directed energy weapons (blasters) and deflector shields meaning that you already have a way of containing and manipulating energy.
So you create your plasma from the same sort of "batteries" you have in a blaster then use a force-field of a similar sort that you use on your shields to contain it, giving you a) the cutting ability and b) the method of blocking other light sabre blades or blaster bolts.
Therefore all we need to do is to massively increase the energy density of our batteries and create some force-field technology.
How? Not my department, that's a hardware problem...
Who we pay for *anyway*.
All this means is that we'll be paying ISPs etc to do it through our bills, rather than Gideon having to raise taxes which gives him (sort of) plausible deniability.
... will that inconvenience? (Quoting Deep Thought from HHGTTG)
"... to make sure that users have confidence in the security of the networks that are being offered"
Minister: "Yes, we can confidently assure the public that we have been given the best advice on how to ensure that our systems are not hacked and that patients' data is secure. (Sotto voce) And we've ignored all of it because that sort of thing is expensive and by the time it all goes tits-up, someone else will be in this job and some poor sap three levels down will be blamed and any fines levied will just transfer money from one balance sheet to another..."
So, the first Extra-Terrestrial Burn-out...
> 1. No-one was targeted purely because of their religion so cut that bit out.
Really? Then how were they targetted? How many Churches or Jewish Temples were raided along with the 200 Mosques?
"Mr. Nogueras’s clients are all Muslims, and are in the S-files that register those considered possible threats to the state. Participants in all the major terrorist attacks in France this year were in the S-files, too, including those in the attacks on Nov. 13.
"But Mr. Nogueras says his clients, under the house-arrest procedure, are shouldering an intolerable burden that they do not deserve. Simple attendance at a mosque under surveillance can land someone in the S-files, he noted. The result has been a catastrophe for his clients, he said."
> 2, [...] no-one could say that it was the end of the world for them.
Oh well *THAT* makes it alright, then...!
> 3. You don't know France - this wasn't some local police chief doing this on his own initiative it was a direct, and I am sure detailed, order from the top.
“Police searches and house arrests can now be ordered by the Interior Ministry and the prefects” — local officials under the control of Paris — “without judicial warrant,” noted Bénédicte Jeannerod of Human Rights Watch.
> trying to make sure that there wouldn't be another 130 deaths takes precedence over seriously pissing off a lot of innocent people. [...] Nothing has changed my opinion that you are a great bunch of people.
You're a great bunch of people who just have to knuckle under and not get too upset that, because of your religion and the actions of a few nutjobs, you're *ALL* under suspicion...!
> Nice to see they haven't just been sitting around waiting for the next time.
Oh good grief!
Imagine *YOU* were one of these people who had your door kicked in, were dragged out of your home whilst it was ransacked, who were questioned and accused of being a terrorist based on nothing more than your religion. How would YOU feel?
Would you just say "oh well, it's ok, if they catch one terrorist that makes it all worthwhile" and go back home to pick up the pieces of your life?
> the police and security services came to you with all their intelligence about known, suspected and possible jihadi supporters
Didn't you *read* the article? These were *WARRANTLESS* raids! No need to contact the Minister, no need to even get approval from a Judge, just "Round up the usual suspects"!
The actions of the French are just going to make the next attack *more* likely, possibly carried out by someone who has been seriously pissed off by one of these raids and become a prime target for radicalisation!
"...the so-called cheese eating surrender monkeys can still teach the rest of the world a thing or two about how not to let the terrorists erode core principles."
Perhaps, because it's not tech related, El Reg has missed the fact that, under the current "State of Emergency" in France, their Police have been granted the power to conduct warrantless raids and they have been exercising this power with gusto.
Apparently they have carried out over 2,200 raids, closed three mosques, arrested 263 people for questioning and placed another 330 under house arrest.
Obviously they learned something between 1939 and 1944...
Do you work for VW, perchance...?
Didn't the Tobacco Companies say similar things when they tried to bury reports that cigarettes caused cancer...?
> Nothing any of them is reported to have done is illegal or even unreasonable. The library system's provision of a TOR exit node certainly will facilitate criminal activity, just as it will facilitate legal activity that users want to keep private.
And both just as law-abiding people use motor cars, so they also facilitate terrorists and drug dealers and child kidnappers being able to make a fast getaway, yet nobody calls for them to be banned.
The DHS et al were trying the usual "Terrorist and paedophiles and drug dealers, oh my!" tactics and someone needs to stand up and say "No, we're not going to let your FUD-mongering override our liberties!"
The sooner the DHS is held to account and its powers reined in, the better!
... the "Vast majority want safety over privacy"?
Oh yes, because he, via Faux News and his various newspapers keep banging on about this idea that the only way to protect ourselves from Terrerists is to allow the State to snoop on everything we do and everyone we talk to and everything we look at and watch us everywhere we go...
Oddly, they're also the people who, AT THE SAME TIME, are arguing *against* "Big Government" because it's too powerful and wants to control people.
Hmm, Schrodinger's News?
... Something Must Be Done! (tm)
And, look, we're *doing* something!!!
"...is go a tiny bit further than that, and actually try and open people's minds up, and ask, ‘Have you thought of looking at it this way?’ [...] What really happens now, is that they're so entrenched in their self-referential groups, anyone who joins up the dots any other way is a bad person."
Of course it does also help if the journalists have an open mind too, instead of being stuck in an entrenched viewpoint which won't let them acknowledge that other viewpoints may be correct and that someone who holds them is not necessarily a bad person.
Alternatively, they'll write an algorithm that will look for any reference to explosives, guns, radical terrorists, Daesh, Isis (the goddess or the organisation, doesn't matter) etc etc etc and forward EVERY SINGLE ONE to the authorities and say "Here you go, guys, knock yourselves out..."
(Well, that's what *I'd* do in response to this sort of BS!)
"Can we have this?"
"Can we have this?"
"Can we have this?"
"Can we have this?"
Repeat ad nauseum...
So, basically, you're talking about (another) massive Pork Barrel...
Inter-connected Devices for the Internet Of Things...
What, not even the Monty Python Papperbok?
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Driving on black ice makes *less* noise than a normal road surface, so if the microphones pick up a reduction in road noise and you've got a temperature sensor that detects that the surface is below freezing, it's a pretty good indicator.
Also the steering gets "light", ie inputs become easier (because the wheels may be slipping) and, of course, at worst, there may be understeer.
All of these can checked by an autonomous car.
> Amy and Rory were sent back to early 1900s New York, and the Doctor noted that he couldn't land the TARDIS anywhere nearby.
No, the point was that the Time-Lines were so messed up that he couldn't get to that time period, full stop.
Sure, yes, some of it was a little ropey and wordy and, yes, there were flaws, but overall I loved the last three episodes, not least for the fact that even the Timelords are terrified of the Doctor, even more so than of Rassilon!
To borrow a line from Pratchett: “Sergeant Colon was lost in admiration. He'd seen people bluff on a bad hand, but he'd never seen anyone bluff with no cards.” All the Doctor has is his reputation, but that's all he needs and you *really* don't want him to be angry with you...!
So we get to the end of the universe, but we still don't find out who the Hybrid is. Is it Who? Is it Me? Is it Him and Clara? Who knows? (Or does he?!) There's got to be more to come on that story...
Meanwhile, some other great in-references, him possibly being half human, four knocks, telepathic mind-wipes, reversing the polarity, and I also loved the touch of the Diner seeming to the same one that he meets Amy, Rory and River in. Was that one actually a Tardis in disguise? Who knows, but never mind :-) plus a great line from the Doctor when asked if he'd been travelling? "Yeah, from time to time..."
Finally, of course we have, Run, You Clever Boy, Run, but this time he doesn't Remember...
Some people may not like it, some may sneer and bitch, but I loved it and that's all that matters!
> No point in arguing with him any further. His lack of logical education, critical thinking and social skills combine to make him utterly unapproachable.
I know. It's a shame, because, just occasionally, Matt *does* actually come up with some intelligent and pertinent comments, but he can't resist his habits of name-calling, goal-post shifting and absolute inability to admit that he might be wrong at all.
Ah well, it's fun occasionally to bait the troll, but now I think it's time to trit-trot along again...
Congratulations, Matt! You managed to completely fail to quote the bits from my post which addressed the issue which you raise.
Here, let me quote them for you again:
I will, instead, refer you to the Burden of Proof Fallacy where someone (ie you) makes the claim that this "Does No Harm" and then demand that the rest of us prove that it *does* before you'll believe it.
Of course, as past experience has shown, despite all the examples which you have been presented with, you will then repeatedly dodge, evade, move the goalposts etc etc because nothing will *ever* convince you to *your* satisfaction that harm can possibly arise [...]
Now, boys and girls, do you think he's going to ignore this once more and keep going for the Burden of Proof Fallacy?
I'll give you three guesses...
Name Calling? Check
Goalpost Moving? Check!
Matt Bryant BINGO!!
And, no, I'm not going to use the Straw Man Fallacy because you actually managed to post a reply which *didn't* use one (if you'd understood what a Straw Man is, you'd have known that you hadn't done that), I will, instead, refer you to the Burden of Proof Fallacy where someone (ie you) makes the claim that this "Does No Harm" and then demand that the rest of us prove that it *does* before you'll believe it.
Of course, as past experience has shown, despite all the examples which you have been presented with, you will then repeatedly dodge, evade, move the goalposts etc etc because nothing will *ever* convince you to *your* satisfaction that harm can possibly arise from the Intelligence Services performing mass surveillance and intrusions on people who have committed no crime and who are not a threat to National Security, since you clearly believe that we should all be happy to be snooped on *just in case* one of us might do something bad or might know someone who might do something bad...
Still, please keep calling me "delusional" if it makes you feel better.
PS Matt, again I'll offer to sell you this magic stone which protects you against being bitten by a crocodile. It must work because I've had it for years and I've *never* been bitten by a crocodile!
You see, Matt is *so* ok with ALL Intelligence Services being allowed to do what they like that he's be fine with the idea that if the Belgian Intelligence Services thought there *might* be a terrorist living next door to him then, without the knowledge or consent of the UK Intelligence Services or our Government, they could come into this country, illegally break into his home and plant surveillance devices to monitor what's going on next door to him!
After all, if he's ok with us paying *our* Intelligence Services to target people who don't "pose any legitimate national security concern" in Belgium simply to get access to the customers of Belgacom, then what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, isn't it?
(Waits for Matt's trademark brand of name-calling, obfuscation, evasion and goal-post moving in 3... 2... 1...)
"Why do you collect all this data?"
"Well, because we can and it might be useful someday..."
"But many recent events have shown that, even when you've *had* the data and *known* about the perpetrators, you've not been able to use that information to stop the attacks because it's buried under a mountain of crap about everyone else."
You've managed to convert another tragedy into another MAJOR FUCKING VICTORY for the terrorists!
And, even better, it looks like you've just given your version of the National Front the biggest share of the vote in your elections!
Je Suis un Idiot!
> Have you forgotten the 747 that used to carry the Space Shuttle on its back?
*cough* Moonraker *cough*
(Although why they were shipping a fully-fueled-to-orbit Shuttle never really made sense...)
So now we're not only sending Laser Armed Vehicles to Mars, we're *giving* the Martians the equipment to shoot back!!!
Excellent suggestions, guys, I've just *really* been laughing out loud at some of these!
- Sending it back with a note attached saying "Help, I'm being held prisoner in an Amazon distribution warehouse"
- Hanging a giant rubber spider underneath it on a long length of fishing line
- Attaching a load of helium filled party balloons to it
- Add an MP3 Player and speaker saying "Step away from the Drone, you have ten seconds to comply!"
- Painting "Cyberdyne Systems Series 01" on the side...