2796 posts • joined 16 Jul 2007
Nobody gets let off
Unless they're called Vodafone, then they can say what they're willing to pay
Re: I pay my taxes happily because it's a moral obligation
Am I allowed to withhold my portion of tax that goes to MOD, GCHQ and 'projects' like all the failed NHS stuff and the farcical HS2? Not to mention private jet charters to errr... climate conventions.
No. because ethics and morality don't enter into it.
Re: And that's the end of Twitter
As soon as 'shareholders' get involved - that's when services start to suffer cos then it's all about monetisation and getting a return. No mystery there.
How the hell Twaddler proposes to create a sound investment opportunity, though, yet eludes me and, I suspect, them also.
If you ever wanted confirmation of a bubble post-facebook (why their stock is so high is a mystery to me, they're becoming ever more irrelevant), watch this IPO.
Re: Microsoft adopts standard!
Especially considering IMAP's only been around for 27 years, too!
Which would be OK if
The NSA didn't have 'Staff in "Leadership positions" in the IETF' as claimed in an article I came across on G+ yesterday which claims exactly that and that they actively disrupt processes like security standards. Written by someone on one of those committees, i believe.
I don't have a link but a quick Google should turn something up pretty quick i'd imagine.
EDIT: This TechDirt article should get you closer - http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130909/11430124454/john-gilmore-how-nsa-sabotaged-key-security-standard.shtml
Seeing as everyone's getting bored of AGW
Maybe it's a good time to start my Global Freezing Fear Quango and bilk some money out of Cameron
Will they try looking in my home next?
STFU you loon, you'll give them more crazy ideas they don't need.
Mind you, if you have a smart fridge they likely already check your milk bottles for 'terrorists'.
To riff off Noam Chomsky...
Terrorist: Utterly uncompliant, active hindrance to Foreign Policy Goals
Radical: An inconvenience, somewhat of an obstacle to Foreign Policy Goals
Moderate: Largely co-operative, occasionally useful for Foreign Policy Goals
Ally: Likely a member of the UN, often supportive of Foreign Policy Goals
Special Relationship: Bend Over Britain, an accomplice.
You'd think that between them
They could buy 'Corporation Island', make it an independent state and run their own fibre internationally with the money they have. Leave US-only data in the US data centres. Amazon would have to leave fulfillment centres in the US but then only locally store what data's needed for the centre to operate. AWS already has regions.
Then comply with nothing and take their tax out of the US (what's still there, anyway) and even offer to move their employees to the island if they want to go, with zero tax on their salaries.
I'm sure most of their techies can remote work when they want anyway and there'll always be a bank that wants to hold the company accounts.
Re: So which is it?
Because they say so. They're the NSA after all, they know this stuff and wouldn't bullshit you.
Ministry of Trolls
That is all
In which case
A spotify playlist wouldn't be reproducing that 'talent'
Top of the Opos
1975 or earlier ;o)
Mine's the one hung over the zimmer frame...
Re: Still no 5V @1A output?
Yeah we all get that it's a video thing but seriously, no-one thought to beef up the current capability of that 5V signalling pin that's not-supposed-to-provide-power or whatever it is?
They make money from licensing HDMI compliance, right? Should be in their interest to spawn more gadgets.
Still no 5V @1A output?
(Even 500mA would do)
Not in Ubuntu it seems.. æ e → ø u is what you get there :o/
Yes, if I had a Frenchy keyboard or could be arsed to find the accented e's via ALT+0xxx combo's.
Which I can't.
... votre telephone horrible, je pense.
No more Krug/Bolly for you Mr Cook, be the laughing stock of the board with Cava/Prosecco
Noki-soft, rolls of the tongue better
So everyone's just hoping this news report goes away...?
As far as I can tell it's really Yahoo, really news and really from January...
Apparently the Dail Mail disappeared it from their site but who knows with the Daily Mail anyway.
"overseas cash resources"
In other words a mountain of moolah they stashed away from the taxman
Freed Unexpectedly By A Rockblock
That corpse is mostly the BPI's
Re: The BPI are a bunch of turds...
Buy secondhand, isn't like the quality is degraded over time as on LP or Cassette.
No it doesn't support the artist but there's more effective ways to put money in their pockets like merchandise (which presumably gets a higher % of sale price into their bank?)
By 'eck you lot had it like the Queen. We longed for limbs and our parents all died long before we were born...
Re: "The damage, on a scale of 1 to 10, is a 12."
However their security (you know, the 'S' in NSA) incompetence on a scale of 1-10 is a 25
Re: Stupid Big Media@Shinku
They'd all rather cut their noses off to spite their faces.
Stupid Big Media
If they looked through their telescopes from the correct end they'd see stuff like this was a positive not a negative.
All that hosting of TV archives they're getting for *free*?
Seriously, if I created a site that legitimately had all the discontinued TV on it (think loads of old Doctor who, Robot Wars, etc, as mentioned above, plus others that you can't get on DVD/etc - OK Doctor you probably can) how many people would actually either subscribe to it or pay, say, a fiver for a mint legit season of something.
Oh but then the where's-my-cut-gang suddenly get involved and toss the whole thing into limbo because some greedy fuck wants a cut of something whereas previously he was happy with a cut of nothing. Not that they're not entitled but you know they'd break the entire concept with their dismal 'rights negotiations'. And that's before you get into DRM enforcement on the files/streams cos, you know, meaning nothing meaningful (like a DLNA device) would ever be able to play the shit anyway...
Which is exactly why you _can't_ make a damned useful service like that without a shitload of cash, lawyers and the patience of Job.
In fact the BBC are 'uniquely positioned' (hem hem) to be able to set a frigging example and do this with the vast archives of content they have. Yet they don't.
Re: Members are inconvenienced
Hola.com + Hulu.com ?
If he's registered with the TPS he shouldn't be _getting_ those calls, so are they going to complain that they should be given the rate for a number they shouldn't even be calling in the first place?
That stacks up actually, cos don't various US Agencies run exit nodes?
" tweaked by Microsoft to within an inch of its life"
Hope the heatsink stays on this time.
Best give them some Freedom From Above then, pronto
But we expect snark from El Reg.
Apple are supposed to be some kind of higher-evolved utopian entity unless you think their marketing dept might lie
Re: A simple Linux distro ...
Yup, or Xbian or OpenElec (my choice here)
XBMC is pretty flexible :oD
Re: That seems like a very sensitive revelation
Well if the Miranda thing was a journo counterintelligence sting and his USB stick was full of lolcatz then HMG have no idea still what the Graun has which must worry the hell out of them.
Jobs at risk
More realistically, so far
What's all the fuss about, anyway?
If the government has nothing to hide, it has nothing to fear.
Re: The more I think about Miranda's detention ...
I think he was an intentional ploy to flush the government out into the open. They'd have expected to be being watched, even tapped.
A good chance the data sticks were just 20GB of encrypted lolcatz imho. Hope they were, too, would be a great 'you've been framed' moment for SO15.
Re: This drip drip drip
Drip drip drip, however, keeps the topic in the public mind whereas a large flood of information can quickly be forgotten by many with a simple media distraction like, perhaps, something happening in Syria at the same time, for example. Or X-Factor. Or football.
Re: How about strapping a micro-SD card to a homing pigeon's leg?
Full steam ahead!
Re: Not that daft
When you put it like that the Graun suddenly seems far more shrewd...
WTF do you think lolcatz is...
I didn't even know those things existed
Want one, now!
Oh and how does the 'electrocution' thing work on something with no more than 5V inside it? Did they put a dirty great voltage doubler inside for shits n giggles?
Not to mention
An arrogant disdain for what the public opinion will be of the actions.
I'd like to have said 'naive' but even C-for-Cameron's idiotic cabinet and ministerial lackeys are likely very aware of whatever the hell it is they're up to and they're starting not to give a shit if we know, too.
Re: @Facebook and @Google
And before anyone says 'The Brits did that' (yes, we're looking at you, USA apologists) you really don't think the current pathetic & spineless UK govt would jump up and do that without the Whitehouse yanking their leash do you?
Watch 'Failsafe' too (Clooney, Keitel, et al) ;o)
At least with a console
I know I won't have to upgrade any hardware in the next five years to play games in surround from the comfort of the sofa on the 46" TV handily fixed to the wall, so my expenses are covered and I already have the sofa and the TV which I also use for non-gaming pursuits, too.
Beats the hell out of having a PC you have to upgrade when the next killer game comes out and your GFX card can't quite do max framerate at highest resolution (and then you find you need more ram and cpu hence a new mobo) and everything has to be arranged around your computer.
But then we're a family so shutting myself away in the office to play games would be a dismal and antisocial route to entertainment on a screen 1/6th the size. Fine if you're a single bloke/gal of course, I too remember being plonked in front of the computer as a single chap in days of yore and I wouldn't go back to those days for anything. Hindsight reveals they were indeed dismal.
Re: "Sony wasn't forgetting its older-platform customers"
Surely a PC would have been cheaper if you didn't want a games console...
Raspberry Pi + XBMC
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