A "new friend"? "Your plastic pal who's fun to be with?"
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Re: "why does the artwork always show a scenery which is pretty much unlikely?"
Or a quarry in Devon, like where Blake's Seven found themselves repeatedly.
Another opened bunker
Bunk'art, in Tirana, is a museum and art gallery built in the main Cold War bunker of the Albanian communists, and is fascinating to visit.
(And, although not a bunker, in the same city, the old secret surveillance centre The House of Leaves is also now open as a museum, with a lot of old wiretapping and other bugging equipment on display.)
There's always batbucket! https://batbucket.org/
Although gloating may not be nice in itself...
I'm always pleased to see the prospect of fewer pay-to-stay retailers in business. If Maplin's disappears, I hope that any replacement that takes their niche will have a more ethical management.
Yes, eventually, but...
As phone processing gets more powerful... yes, but you won't like it with the present level of battery power density, unless they drop this slenderness fad and give us a nice chunky phone again, perhaps with hot-swappable batteries.
And I suspect there'll be government pressure against it, from many governments, because of the enhanced privacy it'll provide. Maybe even some legislation on some weird pretext, such as classifying it as a munition?
No comment. What more could I say?
It's still a Lenovo
I stopped trusting them from the Superfish incident, and no good characteristics of the hardware will override that.
Perhaps by "hash" they mean file size? Which, after all, is a hash, albeit not a very useful one for most purposes. For the government's purpose, in this case, they might find it rather useful: "The sizes of the encrypted files are the same as the sizes of some encrypted porn images. Therefore the files are encrypted porn images, because hash collisions are so rare."
I'm sure a little "lobbying" from the industries concerned will change the MEPs' minds, and they will declare anything repairable to be dangerous (in case children eat the batteries, or something like that; actually that one is a real risk but banning removable batteries isn't the right solution).
Why don't we have a "brown envelope" (or currency notes) icon?
The explanation of anti-submarining bars (on the rear of trucks) that I remember from when they were relatively new was that they wouldn't stop the accidents from being fatal, but at least the car occupants wouldn't be decapitated, thus improving the reputation of the road transport industry.
I'm sure that's not the point
As others have pointed out, this looks like it's really about separating you from your equipment, so that keylogging firmware can be installed (the "evil maid" attack).
"Known to the security services" doesn't narrow it down much
We commentards are probably all known to the security services (at least in the sense of "in a security service database"), for posting on a site known not to agree with everything the government says.
If it's not expensive enough...
If the control software isn't overpriced enough, people will guess that it's actually an unauthorized re-badging of Ardupilot... which has been able to control multi-rotor craft for some time now.
I think it's probably more to do with separating passengers from their laptops, for convenience in raiding the laptops (planting keyloggers, like the first stage of an "Evil maid" attack, perhaps?).
Or perhaps they really do think it's better for people to put electronic devices in the hold. Remember Lockerbie? Well, it didn't happen over US territory, so I perhaps they dismiss that as irrelevant.
Why is fog such a problem?
Why can't a modern ship dock in fog? Isn't that one of the things differential GPS was made for?
But it could be fixed by a redesign of the front end of the bodywork, like the Belgian "Minerva" variant with a sloped front.
Re: How many houses per cat?
There being more Pis than Pi owners is to balance the survey finding that there are many more householders who consider themselves cat owners than there are cats.
So how many Pis per cat?
Big brother icon, because the NSA is sure to be tracking your cats via your catflap computers, and sending the results to MI5.
The Occupiers' Liability Act
I'm sure there'll be a way round this for the farmers, involving putting up a notice under the Occupiers' Liability Act section 4(2)(h) disclaiming any responsibility towards trespassers. Well it works for everything else, or at least you'd think so going by the number of such signs around the place.
If their genetic engineers can get the lettuces to produce ammonium chloride, the produce may keep a lot longer, and be more popular with the Finns.
Re: Commercial Aircraft Locations
The problem with a telemetry system that can't be turned off by anyone on the plane is that it might overheat and catch fire, but switching it off (even if that means pulling a breaker out rather than a normal switch) may prevent a class of accidents.
Prudishness, or business?
Who could have lobbied for such a law? Prudes and numpties, or publishers of hard-copy porn?
That would be a strange alliance.
Perhaps, like the Minds in the Culture universe, the assistants should choose their own names.
Don't knock Albania
Phone coverage isn't the only thing they do better than us; for example, their cafés are much better too. (In fact, Albanian friends assure me that if their café culture wasn't as good and people got out of the cafés a bit more, they could have a really thriving economy. But I think economics may be a bit more complicated than that.)
But seriously, it is embarrassing for the UK when you consider that a fairly poor and very mountainous country beats us at coverage.
This could worry the spies
If you get a large enough mesh, it will increase the communication that avoids going via ISPs, and hence reduce the amount of storing and filtering.
On the other hand, it's a radio protocol, and a published one at that, and so implicitly observable by anyone who joins the mesh.
I wonder which way that will play out? (My guess is neither; that areas of mesh won't grow large enough for this to be much of an effect.)
In what kind of company can "to converse with clients" reasonably be given "as the reason the site needed to be whitelisted"?
Re: They had one job....
And also, for those working at a higher level, Edward Luttwak's "Coup d'Etat --- a Practical Handbook".
We need e-paper spectacle frames, so appearance can be changed on the fly.
Indeed; and those politicians are, on the whole, keen on even larger organizations such as the EU, taking the power even further from the people. The EU, in particular, seems keen to promote the idea that smaller states (such as nations, or even smaller ones where democracy has already been shown to work well) must inherently be at war with each other; which is very convenient for them.
On the other hand, modern communications has started to shrink the world, in the sense of bringing more contacts and information into reach, so effective democracy could become workable on a larger scale than has been done so far; and developments such as Pirate Parties and DemoEx show that there is an alternative to "government as distinct from citizens".
Re: How about testing it ?
Perhaps because they haven't worked out how to put something like Superfish onto Linux?
I don't know why anyone trusts Lenovo any more.
Re: Spin is the answer
You don't need to stop the rotation to, for example, connect to a supply / refuelling ship; you can either have a section on the axis that turns (relative to the main body of the ship) on bearings, but is stationary as seen from outside; or you can spin the supply ship before docking.
Propellor-head icon, because they'll be good at managing all these rotating and counter-rotating and co-rotating things.
A step forward
If significant numbers of the non-technical public are sufficiently wary of phishing not to have simply re-registered without question, I'm pleasantly surprised.
Re: Poor chap
Ian Bunkum Smith?
Time for FLOSS firmware for printers?
Perhaps it's time for some people to put together free-as-in-speech firmware for printers, starting with HP printers?
Yes, I think it's likely Android has been propping Java up for some time now. Unfortunately.
I guess it made sense at the time (in terms of which languages it was easy to get application programmers for) but I wish they'd picked a decent language instead, or just defined the interfaces and told people to call them from whatever they liked.
But back then, SWIG wasn't as good as it is now, and Go hadn't been invented.
Checking back to the underlying maths?
So which parts of the maths could be based on things the NSA have helped to bring to prominence? (I hope that "many eyes" will have helped to check this.)
No need for any extra equipment?
No need for guns, or other specialized drone-busting equipment --- just fly above the drone and drop water on it!
(Not a serious suggestion, I doubt it's possible to aim a planeload of water that accurately at a small moving target.)
C++ comment syntax?
C++ didn't introduce the //. It reintroduced it; it came from BCPL, a predecessor of C.
Mine's the mammoth-skin cloak.
Emacs does all that (including, for a more keystrokes, boxed comments, should your really want them).
One keystroke does most of the commenting stuff: start a comment, realign an existing comment, comment out a block of code or uncomment it back in again.
Just make the login process take 18 years. By the time it completes, you're old enough.
B&Q have also tried "pay to stay" with suppliers, but were careful not to do it in writing.
Re: Cheeky but effective?
I think Premier Foods backed down (but I'm still not knowingly buying their products, as they've shown what kind of people their management are).
Re: Just when I think I've firmly decided on Remain
Exactly. I don't like protectionism, and try to avoid buying products that I know have such protection.
There's hope for us yet!
I'm glad it's not designed to encourage people to write bloatware from the start.
A smart city shouldn't be casually detectable
If you notice your city being smart around you, it's not smart.
Things like this should Just Work, quietly and inconspicuously.
Maybe over the long term you might notice things working better than they did before, but moment-to-moment, things you notice are likely to cockups.
Sometimes it's handy to have something that shows the messages as they come in, without having to take an explicit step of "reading mail". IRC FTW.
Re: Housing shortage
And Limerick has excess housing, and also possibly an excess of tech workers (maybe now commuting?) left over from when Dell went.
That one's easy to filter
It's likely that what you'll do after a crash is to whip out your phone and dial the emergency number (999 / 112 / 911 / whatever) which is a distinct and well-known number that cops should be capable of recognizing.