Re: Time Travel?
...kind of Minority Report thing?
130 posts • joined 24 Aug 2007
...kind of Minority Report thing?
... sounds interesting. Where was it published?
Also, a metric relating to threats on platform A has no relevance to risk reduction of platform B, unless one is choosing between platforms on the basis of number of threats.
In fact, sharing such metrics could increase risky behaviour by encouraging false subjective probability and potential harm re platform B based on an irrelevant comparison of unrelated threats.
I do risk assessment. Of humans.
... A bigger boy told me to do it.
.... that all the evidence is that many health workers forget to wash their hands when they should. Not a new problem, but something that has been harming patients for 50 plus years. (Difficult to take it further back because of course cross infection wasn't so widely understood.)
Ironically, many years ago, I crushed some of my fingers when I was playing a very minor role in a hand washing research project. No connection between the two, just a coincidence. The nurse who dressed the wounds didn't wash her hands or use aseptic technique. She got very cross when I commented on this.
The point is, this isn't just washing your hands before dinner, or after you've had a crap, it is washing after every physical contact with every patient, over again, all day long. And people don't do it.
Good.... But how about
"Buy Havoc and let drip the blobs of gore"
It even sounds like a Reg headline.
I'm pretty impressed. I'd love to know exactly how the software determined a test was in progress, and what it then did. Where did the software live? Who put it there? Who ordered it? Who agreed to it? Who knew?
acquires a whole new meaning.
The text the police refer to as being consent to be recorded for the purposes of their trial would to most appear to be consent to appear in videos and photographs taken as part of the festival itself.
Most are happy with that. My daughter was delighted to see her elbow appear in crowd shot.
To use this form of words is disingenuous and exploits an obvious red herring. I don't think this would stand up as properly informed consent.
I wonder how much they paid what nobs to come up with such toe-curlingly bad names?
They inspire images of light hearted, trivial, 'let's hope this works' kind of financial transactions.
I much prefer the staid, boring reliable and secure kind.
Is a packet? ( in this instance?)
Ah. OK. Sorry. My mistake.
And there's me thinking those "ha ha ha" sounds coming out of my mouth meant that I find it funny. Perhaps we should alert everyone else who is similarly mistaken?
Could take a while.
Keeping a range of Win OSs going for software testing is a pain. I use 95 first and often, then Vista, then 7.
If I could rent 10 for the afternoon, that would be great. Returned unscratched and with a full tank.
... or ... oh dear, oh dear... Have I just broken the car analogy law?
seems like it ought to be a deterrent, but research on delayed punishment shows that it isn't, particularly when the odds of getting caught are relatively low. Long sentences only reduce recidivism by virtue of preventing crime during imprisonment, the costs are high, as is the post imprisonment recidivism.
Physical punishment appeals to victims, and those with coercive and authoritarian personality traits, but that confuses retribution with deterrence. The fantasy that if you can just hurt someone enough he or she will stop offending is just that, a fantasy.
I have no beef with imprisonment, although prisons are ill equipped for reducing recidivism - so let's be clear why we punish offenders, and not pretend it will reduce offending.
Well as I live and breathe.... Edna Welthorpe!
Since Phuket is a transliteration, why did the h ever make an appearance? It doesn't make much sense to say Ph is pronounced P. That's why Hyacinth Bucket was funny. (Occasionally)
She said: "He is very quiet young man. I don't know him very well - he stayed in his bedroom a lot.
"I haven't seen the family yet but I imagine it will be a big shock.
"His mum is really lovely.
"He was a student but I don't know if he still is."
Not a surprise, I'll bet it was, I'm sure she is and I suspect not.
...ask 'em a technical question about a product, and they don't start reading off the box. Admittedly, there aren't any, so maybe that is the solution for other retailers?
Yes PC World, I'm looking at you.
Oh, and while I'm on, my theory is that disappointed apple customers tend to get extra pissy because they believe that the shiny kit is not just rather more reliable than average, but is guaranteed to be snafu free. They are actively encouraged in that belief, so who can blame them? Apple just has to man up and deliver support that closes the gap between reality and expectation.
"Whisper's editor-in-chief Neetzan Zimmermann and its CTO Chad DePue aggressively denied the allegations – but failed to provide any evidence they weren't true"
...but exactly what would the evidence that the allegations weren't true look like?
I am answering the questions without looking at them
1) Dead Flesh
3) Bugaboo the Flea
And the answer to the tiebreaker is "yes, of course".
Now, where do I collect?
There is an astonishingly high correlation between my predictions of Apple product success and what actually happens. Sadly it is negative. I am almost always exactly wrong.
I loved the cube. I thought the iPod was a pointless kids toy. I knew with great certainty that no one would pay silly money for a phone, even with an 'i' in front of it. I could go on.
The principle also applies to major technology decisions made by Apple over the years. I got them all dead wrong - although .... maybe choosing BeOS would have lead to even greater success?. See? I am the Anti-Paul the octopus of Apple.
What is the point of all this? Well. I think the Apple watch is a great product , and that the Health SDK thingy is a brilliant strategy. I really like the looks of the new iPhones. Pay by bonk (how it should be done) and many other iOS 8 features look excellent in my eyes.
Please don't think I am ignoring the horror and tragedy of this event.
However, that infographic is seriously misleading. In what way is the 25% circle 25% of the whole? (Don't respond with the correct answer. The fact that there is an answer is not the point)
Edward Tufte would be turning in his grave if he was dead.
Or did the good folks of Ars also decline to buy a stockie of the correct gecko species?
… but isn't that the part of the point?
Doing science gets really tricky when the objects of study get pissed off and object, or if you have to tell the object of study you're doing an experiment - "but just act as you would if you hadn't been informed".
<No doubt they read messages, viewed posts and pretty much all the personal information shared to formulate a case study.>
No, they didn't do those things…
" Researchers did not view any names of users or even the words posted by users. They relied on automated text analysis, through a software program called the Linguistic Inquiry Word Count, to measure the emotional content of each post."
<No doubt they caused a lot of sever reaction in the real-world with their invasive and intrusive private invading methods>
This is closer to the real issue, but still wrapped up rather in pitchfork talk. The research might have triggered a negative reaction sufficient in some vulnerable participants to precipitate significant harm. Did the researchers anticipate and mitigate that possibility?
I say this not because I am defending the apparent absence of consent in this research, but because there is a baby in this bathwater.
When they did the iPad Air, they had lots more guitar picks closely placed around the seam. So maybe an insufficiency of guitar picks on this one, boys?
I got a thumbs down, for that?
Barak......was that you?
I'm sure I read somewhere that in June Obama said that he was “not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker.”
Perhaps it is the specific use of the plural that allowed him to make such a statement - or maybe he just had his fingers crossed behind his back
Thank you for adding such clarity to a hopelessly confusing story.
Suddenly his defence "but m'lud, I was wearing boxing gloves" makes sense.
A crocodilian and a crocodyliform?
I wonder if remote lighting control assisted with this, or whether he was simply invigorated by his technical triumph?
Eadon the now Unperson was right all along?
He should be airbrushed back into the digital history of El Reg, and be rehabilitated from whatever Gulag to which he was banished.
The UK has 1.5 times the reserves of the US? Really? What does that work out per capita? Or per square Kilometre?
It's mines. Nasty dirty NHSICes. Master tricked us, nasty tricksy NHSICes.
But NHSICes is kind, and wants best for us, makes us all more healthy helps research
NO. They messes it all up. Master will sell us all and they don't know their arses from their elbowses.
STOP IT NOW!
..... Not since the Thatcher years have the old legs started twitching against social injustice. Not that there isn't any, just I've been leaving to the younger generation.
If they start doing bad things to Mr Snowden, I do believe I would get the old walking boots on again. Would there be other grey haired geeks out on the streets, I wonder.
In my book we owe Snowden a great debt, and not just for filling quiet news days.
1/ In what way (exactly) do these alleged personality traits reveal themsleves?
2/ Even if present, do they in any way detract from the service he has rendered exposing what is being done to us and others by those who claim a mandate to act on our behalf.
How do you do it, el Reg? I read it, and enjoyed shaking my head at various points.
And yet...... this 'story' ..... if it merits the term, is concocted around a thing that a few strange people thought was going to happen, but it wasn't. To most of us, it wasn't even a very important thing, and one of the head shakes came as a result of learning the thoughts of some to whom it was apparently very important. Or would have been, if it had been going to happen.
The headline promised dead puppies. Or at least one, threatened, or bumped off by a heartless corporation. To demand my pound of puppy flesh would be very, very wrong. Yet, surely there has to be some correspondence between the headline and the facts of the case?
And another thing. Am I alone in suspecting the whole thing is a marketing ploy? Designed to get the playgrounds of England abuzz , like it was when we all had to work so hard to save Tony the Tiger. Or was it the tiger in our tanks? I can't bloody remember.
So some arsehole runs software which harvests all the mentions of puppies and toilet paper on the interweb post 'story', converts that into an advertising value, generates a report which goes to an executive, who smiles.
Our only weapon is to make sure we wipe our arses on something else, and I resent having to take time to think about that.
After 8 years the rate of release really ought to be reaching an asymptote on iOS. Unless there is something really weird going on. What kind of thought processes are involved in a developer now deciding that a fart app is the way to go?
Unless of course there are new challenges and frontiers in the field of fart apps that my blind prejudice has prevented me from appreciating. Any aficionados out there who can ... Ahem.... spill the beans?
So this isn't about combining solar sails with a gravity converter to finally allow interstellar travel?
Don't you know HOW OLD I AM? My time is running out, and I have been waiting so long.....
Nice trick with a bag of rocks and an LED though.
....demand to read the Estonian/Russian 2011 click fraud botnet article.
It is exactly the sort of stuff I lurk around el Reg for.
Comet was fine. But Karen Fox talked to me as if I were 8 years old, and nobody else seemed to quite know what was going on.
Seems like NASA wasn't really ready for this event. Really?
... did the male secretary adopt?
Kafantaris2...... Steve....... Is that ....... you?
... But in fact there is a lot more bumbling about, arbitrariness, argument and delay in the whole process. The police hi-tech units are hugely overworked, and often the work is rather less hi-tech than this article suggests.
There is no universal standard for analysis, or reporting thereof, so even reading the statements prepared for court, it is often it is rather difficult to gain a clear picture of exactly what was where on a drive, and why.
I recently spent a long time trying to find any research on the probability of finding illegal materials on an ordinary sample of domestic machines. There are anecdotes about malware, poisoned torrents and zip archives containing unexpected and unsought but disturbing images, but just how much illegal material is the baseline on your average multi user family machine?
If any Reg readers have any references, or informed opinions, I would be interested to know.
... Is what I diagnose.
I've experienced this from both sides. I train professionals who have no wish or capacity to understand the brutal realities of professionally administered IT systems. I also struggle to enable them to be creative and productive in the face of those constraints. I understand why they exist, but that doesn't make them easier to cope with.
The comment "The ipad I have.....I don't want. It makes a nice toy but a pitiful excuse for a computer. A ten year old laptop is more of a computing device than a brand new iPad." caught my eye as getting to the nub of the issue here...
I doubt anyone is asking you to give up your precious 10 year old laptop (are they?). If they are, I can see that might be upsetting. However, why is it so hard to imagine the possibility that an iPad is some professionals' ideal tool? It's almost as if it makes some people cross that productivity and profit are substituted for personal preference (pause to wipe screen). I'll admit I have been amazed at how much I enjoy being a consumer of the iPaddy stuff. However, I have also been amazed at the boost in business related stuff too. Not top 500, but it's still a business, and my iPad has paid for itself many, many times over.
What I look for in an IT professional is someone with an open mind, as well as expertise. A facilitator of what needs to be done. Of course I want to hear about how I might get in a pickle with the ICO and whatnot, but I also want to hear how we can get round the problem, in a way that doesn't involve a 10 year old laptop, or XP, or switching to Surface unless that will also pay for itself many times over.
I couldn't care less that other businesses take a different view. I have no interest in persuading anyone angrily, dismissively or with a reference packed post that businesses should support the use of iPads. In fact, if I am right, the more they don't, the better for me.
So, feel free to completely dismiss the above.
"... Exactly match the ones that were engineered for them on the basis of a gravitational model of the solar system."
Well, that's not strictly correct, is it?
O h for goodness sake man! Just put them on upside down.
Upvoted. Good point, well made.