143 posts • joined 31 Jan 2007
Re: .ditto for going through a window
IIRC there was some speculation that thieves were smashing window, reprogramming car and leaving it so owner then it fixed, then they steal car. Hopefully a smashed window will alert people something happened - but just getting into boot might not.
Re: not the key to enable them to actually start the car or anything
From the boot you can often get into the car or access the wiring loom thus allowing access car's security and in the last generation of keyless BMWs there was a lot of thefts because plugging a computer into the obd port allowed you to program the car to accept a new remote and at that point you could drive it away. (There is a patch but BMW didn't recall or otherwise inform owners). The thieves have since moved on to include other makes - such as Range Rovers. (BMWs also have some flaws in UK model's alarm systems/door locks which made entering them quiet)
Re: My 4G phone tethering is often a vastly superior solution.
I can see StingRay type attacks being a problem as well
re: Here you have condo-fees if you live in a flat or townhouse
UK has similar - it is called Leasehold - flat I was renting in was about £1,200 a year maintenance charges and you can get with big bills - Most flats in UK are Leasehold, though there may be more protection for leaseholders in UK
RE: Microeconomics does pretty well with testable predictions.
But do they scale to Macroeconomics?
Re: CompuServe computer magazine Forum
I don't think I visited that one - so unlikely to have got into any heated debates there
Re: the Beeb are happy enough to continue showing the repeats on BBC3.
and the BBC World Wide are happy enough to show repeats continually on Dave - They even had something saying because of a fracas Dave was the only place to see TopGear on Sunday
CompuServe computer magazine Forum
Was it Computer Shopper by any chance?
Discussions in forums strip out all the non-language communication (e.g. is the person being aggressive, laid back) and this information is substituted by the mind based based on clues in the writing - trouble is people are not that good at reading what is actually written and would rather read what they think is written and very quickly everything becomes very polarised.
Re: This apt xkcd should be taught in schools
I recall what I think was a news article about an inquest in a IEE mag (but may have been a story elsewhere) where a wife had described how her husband wouldn't leave the forums because people were giving "bad advise" and he felt the need to correct them, I can't recall cause of death but she blamed his "addiction" to forums for him neglecting his health.
No - it actually dropped by something like 25% recently - I am hoping just BT moving things ready for Fibre, but it could just be ISP connecting/disconnecting upsetting the system
Re: Fail fast, fail often, deliver shit.
Makes a change from normal Government IT delivery approach
Fail, Be very late, deliver shit.
RE: Meaning that income per inhabitant of a household has been rising
Or more members of the household are working for longer - so possible wages have fallen which has been offset by higher percentage of households having multiple breadwinners spending more time at work (e.g. several part time jobs)
Re: no other option than to work on an offline PC
Just stick with the paper and pencil - with my handwriting it is liable to be secure even from me
Don't worry not long after we'll be getting something like Douglas Adams' Electronic Monk ( http://theelectricmonk.com/ElectricMonk.html ) to read the news for us, so it'll be robots commenting you've wasted their time.
Re: and physically disable the mic and camera
I find just not allowing it access to the internet is enough to stop it calling home - if I find it has a built in GSM card, I can see them getting very big bills ;)
Re: It's all wrong anyway
Alternatively the big bang happened in a strong strong magical field -
When light encounters a strong magical field it loses all sense of urgency. It slows right down. And on the Discworld the magic was embarrassingly strong, which meant that the soft yellow light of dawn flowed over the sleeping landscape like the caress of a gentle lover or, as some would have it, like golden syrup.
The Answer is simple
Make the directors of companies and organisations where if they are hacked it can impact people's lives or seriously impact nations security criminally responsible for failure to adequately protect that data/system.
re: “we talk too much about code, we don’t write enough code.”
Stopping some developers writing lots of code is a good thing
Re: whoever it is who is currently their head of IT
I bet that won't be board or CIO level where the blame really lies
No spam for me at my designated plusnet address
I haven't see any to mine - it might be data breach was not directly from system but an old copy of their database.
Re: What happens to the grid ...
with the fire at Didcot Power Station and continued erosion spare capacity margins it is likely the lights would go out in Winter unless lots more money is spent on new power stations/sources
One I find invaluable is Agent Ransack for searching local PC - http://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack
Re: What, along every single track road?
To start with only those where the speed vehicles need to drop navigating a bend would cause major inconvenience/tailback - which there shouldn't be that many if humans can currently drive them safely.
Re: collision detection systems can't currently see around corners
It is easy - car slows down to a speed where it knows it can stop within half the distance it can see, unlike human drivers the computer won't get impatient and start taking risks if that is 5mph.
It could easily be allowed to see around the bend, it just needs things like sensors and cameras placed strategically along the the road transmitting data about conditions further along and other cars similarly passing data along.
re: en route for an “inevitable” head-on collision on a mountain road
I can't help thinking by the time becomes “inevitable” it will be far too late for a computer controlling a vehicle to make significant difference to the outcome.
It is almost as if they are expecting a computer to be super efficient at judging the environment only when things start going wrong but not far enough in advance to stop things going wrong in the first place - maybe because that doesn't allow them to get involved.
Must get eyes tested
Read as "So you want to introduce a BOFH"
Re: Am I missing something?
This last week when I payed by a Barclays' Visa card it just come up and disappeared (but I am not sure I ever set anything up on that card), but when I used a HSBC Mastercard it came up and asked me for 3 letters of the password.
Re: Its not like my DOB is very secret.
Mine is if your website is called something like Facebook (I had to create facebook account but fortunately for an organization page not myself) or I don't think you need to know it at which point I take days, months, years and/or decades off my age
re: setting up a competent authority
This is something they expect governments achieve, despite all the evidence to the contrary ???
Re: WHY WHY WHY WHY !!!!!!
Living in a large new estate with low broadband speeds and no fibre/cable despite the town having both. I am pretty certain the discussions go between BT & house builders - what is cheapest option we can do for legal requirements as house builders don't want to pay and BT want to angle for getting government paying for the fibre stuff.
Hopefully, after lots of pressure from residents, council and MP the estate I live on should get Fibre options late this year
Re: There is simply no way I'd go to the garage to replace some stupid brake light bulbs
I got the garage to change a sidelight bulb once, I couldn't workout how to do so without loosing skin off knuckles or dismantling half the front end so when it was in I asked them to do it - I figured the cost the least pain for me
Re: I'm not sure why directors are so gullible when faced
Because then they can tell the world that they have saved x by going with outsourced, the cost is transferred from one set of overheads to another. This makes their company profile look better to the people who invest because it fits better their expected company model on overheads etc. so the share price rises.
But in reality no one sees the decrease in efficiency in other parts of the company who now can't get IT problems sorted out so put in old style time consuming workarounds, and no one is left to tell the Director they are being ripped off because thought it only costs peanuts per hour - those peanuts add up when it takes weeks when someone who knew the system would fix in minutes
re: since it won't be the driverless car making the mistake
It might just though, see Toyota's Killer software -
Re: I have a dream
I understand 4′33″ ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4%E2%80%B233%E2%80%B3 ) sounds OK on Bose etc.
I wonder if today will be
Invite Alistair Dabbs into your social network day and whether we'll see a Register Doodle to celebrate it.
Re: Next Response from OZ Govt
No need to block them - just ban (and fine) any company operating in Oz using Google (or other non-locally paying tax entity) for advertising in Oz.
re: countries might start passing laws about what can be outsourced?
I am sure first on list will be CEOs and Lawyers.
Re: One unit of measurement PLEASE!
Just wondering what standard reg speed unit would be? 1 full size Paris Hilton picture per minute?
re: A. I've never had a pet so wtf am I supposed to say?"
how about "PetsIHaveHadNone" (or similar)- usually gives you chance to enter something more secure than Rover/Spot etc.
Re: but it feels too parasitic to be regarded as a distribution in it's own right.
Maybe, but how do you let Canonical know what you feel is going wrong with their distributions. By picking up one of the forked distributions you like, if enough people follow same then that distribution stands chance at gaining enough resources to become a true distribution.
If phone sizes keep increasing - then this might be easier than anticipated
RE: Nobody makes things that bad by accident, surely?
I think a lot of these people must have had a really good course on UI design & usability - you can't miss that badly without know what you are trying to avoid
Kies - is so good l have dedicated a machine just for it's exclusive use (VMWare one) - Or was it I didn't wantto reinstall windows again?