91 posts • joined 14 Aug 2007
Facial recognition is inherently unreliable
Remember when all plastic cards were going to have the account holder's photo on the back? That idea was trialled and scrapped when it was found that shop staff failed to identify a blatantly different person most of the time. It takes skill and practice to match a (probably bad) photograph to a stranger's face in a second or two. Difficult to see any layer of security here.
 I can't find a reference, sorry... and my memory is crap so this might all be rubbish.
Hands up who trusts Trusteer.
He got something right!
> Republicans to them, he says, “must seem like aliens from Mars, racists, sexists [and] bigot homophobes.”
Indeed they do.
Re: Israel's naked selfishness is gross to behold
I've been called anti-Semitic for suggesting that Israel's policies might not be entirely sensible and constructive, and I'm Jewish.
As many others have said: Jews != Israelis != Israel != Israeli government.
> It's not like the video-part of it adds anything to proceedings that the court can act on ("This witness is obviously lying because he looks a bit shifty", etc.)
Actually that is something the court will take into account. The magistrate (or judge & jury) will often refer to the demeanour and manner of a witness if it goes to the veracity of their evidence. Police officers are witnesses in the same sense as any other witness, and it worries me that permitting them to give evidence behind a veil will give the prosecution a small but significant advantage. Sometimes money is worth spending in the interests of justice.
Everything about this is awesome
I am absolutely loving reading every little snippet about this -- so much nicer than day job news of the form 'here's a grey humming box that's 1.06% better than last year's grey humming box'.
The company will push out a patch
that won't be received cos the data doesn't work.
Every time my eyes see 'Bookeen'...
...my brain sees 'Broken'.
'professional facilitation of agile elaboration workshops'
I'm willing to bet that no-one, not even the author of that document, knows what that phrase means.
Presumably they just hire people who say 'yeah baby, I'll facilitate the crap out of those agile elaboration workshops, and professionally too'.
Make one with a rotary dial and a bell
and then I'll buy it!
is currently serving a single file that looks like Cisco firmware. Odd.
Sadly this will just make my bank even more eager for me to install this Trusteer dreck...
Ugh, that display!
Was a proper dot-matrix display really too much to ask for? That horrible segmented display makes the whole thing look cheap.
Not where I live -- the only mobile operator available has zero indoor coverage. The meter can talk to itself.
Re: Is the manufacturer limiting future improved products?
> Giving your product the name "Ultimate" rather indicates that it cannot be improved. Sigh.
It didn't stop Sun^H^H^HOracle with the Ultrasparc, Ultrasparc II, Ultrasparc III.....
Alternatively they could get rid of this farce altogether
or at the very least withhold the signer numbers until the petition closes to prevent bandwagoning.
> > most people with a bit of brains will do anything to get out of jury service"
> Not sure I'd want my fate to be in the hands of a bunch of self-serving arseholes like that, however clever they might be.
Absolutely. Serving on a jury is a civic duty, and 'getting out of it' is simply selfish and anti-social. Equally so is watching your fellow jurors ignore or abuse the process without informing the judge.
'...Or genuinely unable to respect other people's opinions, however misguided you may believe them to be?'
Other people's opinions are not automatically worthy of respect.
If you have a billion years to configure it
then you could use Asterisk and do VoIP.
Doctors be prepared
for a whole new type of RSI!
If the BCS publishes a magazine and there's no members left to read it
is it still a pile of bollocks?
My 3GS is really sluggish since the 4.0 upgrade with regular freezes of a few seconds where it is completely unresponsive... most annoying, but slightly gratifying to know I'm not alone.
I can't imagine taking a small, delicate effects box made of glass on stage with me. When they were designing the input jack thingy, they should have gone further and enclosed the phone in a gig-proof case, protecting the screen and the 3.5mm plug that's itching to come out at the worst possible moment. If this was properly gig-hardened then I'd definitely go for it.
An organisation reinventing itself and suing everyone... hmmm, sounds SCO familiar.
should take heed; last time I was asked to assent to modified T&Cs on my iPhone, it said 'page 1 of 90'.
Who cares if it's any good
when it's that shiny?
Funnily enough they phoned me the other day
BT: would you like our broadband service? [5 minutes of blah free crap software]
Me: can you give me a static IP address?
BT: is that a website?
whatever happened to
Surely the title should have been
Bear Grylls is an Alpha Fail
> I can understand why people would be upset about losing a Final Salary Pension but to strike over it is counter productive, especially in the current economic climate.
I understand what you're saying, and if they had said 'everyone takes a 5% pay cut until things improve, or mass redundancies' then I'd have less sympathy for the dissenters. However, shutting the final salary scheme is permanent. You can bet that CSC won't give it back once the economy swings back to a boom cycle.
@AC ITV HD
> Get a freesat box. Simply plug it in instead of your sky box. This is currently the only way of getting ITV HD.
Not true -- Sky HD customers who have had the new EPG update can add ITV HD manually by following the instructions at http://www.tellytoad.com/page/itv-hd-on-sky-hd.aspx
Demon don't know privacy
Today I phoned Demon to get them to check the access lists on a router they manage for my employer. All I gave them was the IP address of the router, and they told me everything I asked for. Didn't even give my name or company. More than a bit scary, and makes this story seem entirely expected.
Women in the workplace... workplace women... who work...
sorry, touch of asthma
The cosmos thinks you are a dick.
You now owe me £1.20.
Cat 6 cheaper? Hmm.
To install Cat 6, the average homeowner would have to rip their house apart to bury the cables. Hardly cheaper than PLT, not to mention the millions of tenants that don't have the option.
I have a degree of sympathy for hams being an ex-one myself, but PLT is hardly the same as burning rubbish. Frankly, one of the reasons I let my licence lapse was the high proportion of obnoxious self-important people in the hobby. Ham radio will always be an activity that lives on the margins of 'real' radio users, and something like this will always be round the corner.
Having said all that, if the devices really are in breach of regulations then the authorities must act, although I'm not sure what could be done for the large install base already present.
Where will you find a DVD player in 1000 years?
...or in 50 years, for that matter?
Keith T: 'IT people are often sent on technical courses as an alternative to giving them pay raises.'
Dead right... but an important factor is that most training courses are rubbish, and the delegates thereon walk away with nothing except an attendance certificate and an expenses claim.
In the last fifteen years I've only attended two training courses where the trainers REALLY knew their subjects, were actually good at teaching, and the material in use wasn't hopelessly out of date.
101 looks like a dead project
I'd never even heard of it before this article, but www.101.gov.uk says it's only available in Cardiff, Hampshire, Northumberland and Sheffield -- and now that the Home Office has binned its funding, Leicester has dropped out.
the secret of Boddingtons is revealed.
It was already scuppered
because Dan Brown wrote the book.
has got slowly and progressively worse over the years, but sadly it's still the best I've used. I've never dealt with IBM's support operation; anyone care to tell me what I might be in for?
Google and IPv6?
$ host www.google.com
www.google.com is an alias for www.l.google.com.
www.l.google.com has address 22.214.171.124
www.l.google.com has address 126.96.36.199
www.l.google.com has address 188.8.131.52
www.l.google.com has address 184.108.40.206
I see no IPv6 address.
Stupid is as stupid does
Anyone that falls for this was only going to buy the Sydney Opera house from a guy in the pub anyway...
An industry-wide opt-out database
would mean that you'd need to find a way of identifying yourself wherever this matters. Who wants to have to log in to a search engine?
@Aaron et al -- spoofing hotspots
Having relatively recently implemented a web-capture-portal-type authenticating wireless gateway, I gave this a lot of thought... and came to the conclusion that, unless you know in advance what to expect as the host part of the URL when you get redirected to the login page, there's simply no way around this. It's not a new problem, but it's made worse by the sudden proliferation of BT hotspots, as people will expect to see them everywhere rather than in stations and airports.
Bad man carries pocket computer while walking through a town. Pocket computer advertises "BT OpenZone" (or whatever it is) as SSID, and redirects browser traffic to a domain for which he serves a valid SSL certificate. He presents a copy of the BT login page and collects the credentials. The SSL certificate is optional, as most users wouldn't think to check for an encrypted connection before logging in.
ISTR that there's existing malware that does this, advertising something like a "Free Wireless" SSID from its host.
That explains why
last night I got a BT Openzone login screen on my laptop, when I'm miles from the nearest hotspot. I just assumed it was a fake hotspot set up to gather credentials. But then how can you tell the difference?
> Symbian is basically an excellent OS, and S60 is a disliked and muddled mobile phone UI [...]
I stand corrected; I have always conflated the two. Nokia don't exactly go out of their way to differentiate between them, especially to users of their phones!
I'm glad I'm not the only one that thinks Symbian is cock. I've lost count of the number of times I've had to pull the battery out of my N82 because some application or other has hung and the OS can't terminate it, or it couldn't find a GSM signal at some critical moment so everything went tits up.
An expensive way to say
"I am a cock".