I'm considering a blockchain rolodex startup.
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Re: What we need
I expect North Face and Superdry are two of those so-called popular music artistes that you might find on certain bands of the FM spectrum if you ever tune away from the Home Service.
Re: CMA is overzealous
The CPS has guidance for prosecutions under Section 3A of the CMA which covers the likelihood that software was being used to break the CMA. Amongst other things, prosecutors should consider:
• Was the software developed to obtain unauthorised access to a computer?
• Does the software have legitimate purposes, such as testing a device's security?
• What was the context in which the software was used to commit the offence compared with its original intended purpose?
I can't see how he has a case here. The CPS will point to their guidance.
Re: what the fuck does PC LOAD LETTER mean?
You were dancing on the edge of the volcano there!
I trust you didn't risk driving home? That would have been the day the balance of the Universe would require that you were run off the road by a juggernaut filled with faulty printers.
Re: Something wrong
It's the second pyramid, that of Khafre which retains part of its casing.
Judging by the whacking great gouge in its side, the picture is of Menkaure's pyramid. The damage was done by workmen belonging to Saladin's son, al-Malet al-Aziz Othman ben Yusaf who wanted to quarry the pyramids for building stones. Such is the quality of the building, they did precious little damage apart from stripping the casings.
If you want to see a pyramid with casing nearly intact, a trip to the twin pyramids at Dahsur near Saqqara is recommended. One of the two - the Bent Pyramid - is in especially good condition (apart from not actually being a true pyramid).
Re: "building material with the properties of an ordinary limestone is evenly distributed"
The sarcophagus, burial chamber, the relieving chambers above the burial chamber and the portcullises in the antechamber are all made of Aswan granite. The rest of the pyramid is constructed from local Giza limestone and was originally cased with Tura limestone from the eastern bank of the Nile.
[mine's the one with the Ark of the Covenant in the pocket]
The only way to stop a malicious and incompetent government department from misusing personal data held about citizens is to give more personal data to that malicious and incompetent government department.
Re: Hibonite Gems
It's a rare mineral occasionally found in high-grade metamorphic rocks that have been subject to enormous pressures and temperatures, but not quite brought to melting point. Almost all of the samples mentioned in the books come from Madagascar.
'Thank-you for coming Minister, we'd like to ask you about your department's use of computer technologies...
'...I'm sorry will I repeat what? Oh - com-pu-ter - yes that's right, like the box on your desk with the funny cat videos - only bigger. Moving on...'
'How much do you think Cisco's paying erstwhile Brit PM David Cameron?'
Too fucking much.
This is a real issue with machine learning. How much of the stuff is replicable when algorithms are proprietary and data sets aren't published? A lot of news about data science shouldn't be considered 'science' because the results aren't replicable.
But it's being pushed as the next big thing even though no one really knows how it comes to its decisions and many of those decisions and insights are of only marginal statistical significance. Dredge enough data long enough and you'll find some correlation - chances are it's bollocks, but you might make a billion.
With Facebook there are also all the 'shadow accounts' of people who haven't actively signed up with the service, but about which Facebook knows a lot from them being included in users' messages and photographs. Their personal data is at risk, but they don't have any way of deleting it from Facebook - because they don't have an account.
How these accounts can possibly be GDPR compliant is something of a mystery to me.
It's a shame the ICO didn't demand that Facebook stops processing Brits' personal data until it can demonstrate to the satisfaction of an independent body that it is not abusing it.
And at least the ICO has done something, there's still no pressure in Parliament to reform our electoral laws to cope with social media and campaigning.
You're indestructible, always believe in 'cause you are Go! Microsoft reinvents netbook with US$399 ‘Surface Go’
Re: A good windows ink device?
I don't think Remarkable does handwriting recognition - yet.
That would be the obvious next step (and have me buying one in a flash) - even if they went via a third party and used another service to do the heavy lifting. I'm thinking about how the rather lovely Livescribe smart pen integrates with Evernote's handwriting recognition to produce text.
Re: Some good news, at least
I'm really hoping they will send our new Foreign Secretary on a tour of Latin America:
a) it's a long way away from the NHS, but mostly;
b) the Spanish pronunciation of 'Hunt'.
There's a Black Arrow rocket in the Science Museum and doesn't Leicester have a Blue Streak standing around doing nothing? By jove, we can have a space programme again!
Re: NATO... And the German car industry.
Airbus was originally proposed by Hawker Siddeley, Breguet and Nord to rationalise construction of a single airliner rather than having three competing planes each taking an uneconomically small share of the market. The name itself came from Hawker Siddeley. In 1966, the three founding partners were Sud Aviation (now Aerospatiale), Arbeitsgemeinschaft Airbus (Deutsche Airbus) and HS. The memo of understanding was signed by the UK, France and Germany in 1967.
The UK then had one of its usual fits of incompetence and withdrew in 1969, fortunately for the sake of UK aerospace, HS was allowed to continue wing design as a partner outside of the formal consortium. The UK rejoined as a formal partner in 1979 when British Aerospace bought a 20% share in the company.
Re: Swansea 0 London 13 mil
Absolutely - it's not like there are plenty of places outside of London with top-notch universities teaching cybersecurity or with established security businesses that could help mentor startups.
Give it six months and this place will host one company spurting 'innovative' cybersecurity-related spam advertising on social media and the government will trumpet it as a success nearly as dizzying as Silicon Roundabout.
Someone should implement a date format starting at 'around 6 pm on 22 October 4004BCE'.
Re: Wait a minute...
I have less of an edge on my rolling pin.
'Move fast and break things' and self-driving really don't go together.
Re: Well that's odd
You got further than me. I was given the 'go away and come back later' message for most of Sunday and Monday.
On Tuesday I was able to pay my credit card bill - I think. The site said the money had been taken, but it hasn't left my current account and hasn't appeared on the credit card yet, nor have I had an email confirmation that the transaction has been made.
I blame Jamie Oliver - not just this, but in general.
Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...
Re: Oh how the might have fallen...
Could have been worse - you might have had a Plus 4.
Re: You call this a trade war?
'Pah! When I were a lad we had propertrade wars - gunboats off Iceland arguing about who owns the cod! But if you tell that to kids today...'
We lost that one... to a country with no navy, but one with a long history of being Vikings.
Re: What do people want in a smartwatch?
Mondaine are the other company that comes to mind with their Swiss Railway watches. Looks good, tells the time, battery lasts ages.
Re: Of course National ID cards are the answer
Yes - you'd be so worried about the surveillance state that you'd never leave your home and in doing so massively cut transport emissions.
They could also be used to clean a frosted up windscreen.
Re: Main issue I've always had with the ID Card schemes
Had ID cards been made real, the government would have breathlessly announced the scheme was now completely 'self-funding' thanks to innovative third-way stakeholder-engagement multiplatform linkups with Facebook and Google.
It's their answer to everything
Two of Javid's predecessors, Charles Clarke and Alan Johnson, have popped up with their answer: identity cards.
Claiming benefits: ID card
Underage drinking: ID card
Buying tobacco: ID card
Terrorism (they're against it): ID card
It's a one-fuckup-fits-all policy.
My understanding is that they're way behind in jet engine technology - so much so that they still buy them from the Russians.
Re: Stupid... Just stupid...
I like the apocryphal story that French intelligence were aware the KGB was sniffing around Michelin at the time the tyres for Concorde were being designed. Because a very heavy plane landed at very high speed it needed special synthetic rubber - something Michelin had cracked, but the Soviets had not.
Rather than round up the spies, the story goes that the French instructed Michelin to come up with something the consistency of bubble gum and let the spies get their hands on that formula.
I've never seen an authoritative source, but I rather like the image of a TU-144 stuck to the runway whilst a lot of men in fur hats stand around wondering if their next trip is to Siberia.
Re: Good old Alan T
They're going to keep bringing Alan Turing into anything vaguely tech-related aren't they? Everyone knows the man was a hero and a genius, so they assume their pet projects will get some reflected glory from Turing's work. Expect any number of PPE ministerial statements along the lines of:
Alan Turing would have loved automated car tracking.
Alan Turing understood the importance of technology in war so he would have worked on our new megadeath 7000 hunter-killer drone project.
Alan Turing's work made biometric ID cards possible.
The MayBot isn't exactly showing the best in British intelligence. You'd get more out of a slightly racist speak-your-weight machine.
Re: Perhaps I need a forwarding email address for every shop
Did not know about that - thanks!
Re: in time any internet device with audio in and audio out will work
And then it will be a smart lightbulb calling you to pass on a message from the fridge that you're out of milk.
'Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, the RAF's Chief of the Air Staff, chipped in: "If you can’t see us coming, you won’t be able to stop us, so with its stealth and other world-beating technologies the F35 Lightning takes the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy to a whole a new level of capability."'
Lockheed Martin certainly saw you coming.
What is this sa-lad that you talk about?
Re: "CEO said city law firm Slaughter and May is conducting an independent review"
The next step is to kill off your competitors and have a monopoly on mediocrity.
Re: Another false claim...
Politics would mean a pay cut, so I suggest he's going to be appointed as a university vice chancellor.
Based on that performance I can only conclude they share a media team with Elon Musk.
This from the same government that contains the FCC
"Which foreign laws and policies restrict the free flow of information online?"
It's not the foreign laws and policies they need to worry about.
I've heard this somewhere before
'One company – Bird – has already responded through its lawyers claiming it has no responsibility for what its users decide to do when on their scooter.'
Ah, the old 'we're just a tech platform' argument.
"I'm angry and sad. The same kind of sadness as when you have to put down your dog."
Is there anything more Swedish than trying to quantify the exact type of sadness? Hope he gets his apian pals back.
Re: I'll have some of that business please
£23m includes the cost of the extended warranty and a premium rate phone call to the customer care team at Lockheed Martin.
Re: Infect it with terrestrial trash?
Probes to Mars and Titan are sterilised before launch (although the Soviets may not have done so with some of their early Mars probes). The type of sterilisation depends on the mission, but are formally known as COSPAR Category III and Category IV. Mars missions are further categorised depending on whether or not they are searching for life.
Dawn was classified as Category III requiring a ultra-high cleanroom. In part this category was due to the probe making a Mars flyby and there being a non-zero chance of it splashing onto Mars; but also because Ceres had previously been identified as a site where there may be evidence of life or its precursor molecules.
Probes to the Moon and Venus only need a lower Category II certification since neither is thought to be capable of supporting life as we know it. Category II requires the mission planners to inform the world of where the probe is going and the impact of it - well impacting - such as if it contains toxic materials or radioisotopes that could be hazardous in the future.
There is also a Category V which is reserved for sample-return missions; again this is subdivided into whether probes are going to potentially life-bearing destinations.
And finally, Category I is for missions going to places where there is no possibility of finding life or its precursors - such as solar probes.
Perhaps another jaunt is in order
There are some more sound mirrors at Abbott's Cliff near Folkstone.
Anyone know of any others?
It’s a mistake in the article. Every German airship was inflated with hydrogen, although Hindenburg was originally designed to fly with helium.
Re: Are Dixons...
Airports have Dixons Travel offering all the charm of the old Dixons stores with additional hard selling and eyewatering markups.
I'm rather surprised they haven't pounced on home automation as the next opportunity to offer barely-functional stuff they don't know anything about at a premium.
From their public statements it is quite clear that Facebook considers itself a publisher when it wants to be - and simultaneously isn't a publisher when that would be inconvenient to the bottom line.
Re: I love the $5 multimeters in the picture
It does look rather like the great British shed has been involved in producing this bit of boffinry. I trust a suitably Bryllantined pipe-smoking gentleman is lurking just out of view.