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I've stopped reading articles about snake oil.
509 posts • joined 23 Aug 2008
I've stopped reading articles about snake oil.
Not until the credit card companies are made jointly liable.
Had a house sale complete today, so would like to move some funds, but...
Well, I look on the bright side: at least they claim to be "ethical". And perhaps they are (if you overlook the occasional drug-taking and procurement of rent boys by senior management).
It will take a lot of AI to make up for having nothing important to say.
I suppose it could work, if it's not another annoying elbow-nudger.
Password hints can only weaken the security of a password. Apple just did it better, that's all.
That's convenient. No need, then, for the company to shrivel and die like Arthur Andersen.
"...societally unacceptable...for a large commercial aircraft to be missing and for the world not to know with certainty what became of..."
As a kid, I would wander from home, maybe climb a tree or two. I recall once for a thrill making my way across a railway bridge (on the outside). If I'd never made it home I doubt that the world would be much different now. I quite like the notion that there are still places you could disappear and never be found, somewhere still neglected by Amber Rudd, GCHQ and the CIA. If you step outside your home or fly across an ocean, there's a risk. It would be useful to know what happened, but that's a long way from insisting that we monitor every inch of the planet (unless you're a company looking to sell numerous radar and other systems to satisfy those who can't handle uncertainty).
If I remember correctly, packet switching was conceived by a Welshman (Donald Davies) who invented the concept of a router and did the hard work in analysis of problems like network congestion. On that basis, the internet is Welsh. Any more stupid ideas?
You can still sleep soundly at night...Particles with an energy level greater than 10 EeV, and typically arriving from beyond the Milky Way, tend to hit Earth at a rate of one per square kilometre per year.
That's no consolation if you happen to be standing there at the time. I think 10EeV is about 2J?
"There are two possibilities...1...Kaspersky is a tool of the FSB..."
If so, you'd think the FSB would choose a more American name, perhaps "Dexter" or "LeRoy".
No doubt this has uses, but it's not clear how it can help to "...shoot slow-motion video of electrons and atoms...". However short the pulse, surely an electron which absorbs an X-ray photon will immediately head off at high speed, so won't be around to be "videoed". If the photon isn't absorbed, I assume it just passed by. Can anyone explain?
...we believe that this sets us up for an exciting future of innovation in the sign-in space
When you read this kind of drivel, expect trouble.
How about the full multimedia experience? Visitors could enjoy dealing with a crotchety postmistress or learn about the Post Office Act. We're sorry to hear that your Recorded Delivery item is missing without a signature, but there's no refund as we don't guarantee anything. Here's a book of stamps. Now go away.
Only one vote...that's so sad! I'll get my boyfriend to sign it.
"Alphabet had revenues of 90Bn last year". Revenue is not profit and the court hasn't said "This is our final settlement": these fines can be applied again and again, if needed.
"Other solutions...have to be considered". No, courts have standard means by which penalties are imposed e.g. fines or (for criminal cases) imprisonment (or worse, in some countries). Although other means may be available to the court, they don't "have" to use them to suit you or the defendant.
'The former MI5 chief said...she went to Moscow to make "first contact" with the KGB. "I found myself facing a long line of KGB officers in their headquarters".'
The surprise must have ranked with that of visiting a nudist camp and finding it full of naked people.
But I don't want to go to London at any speed. Besides, I thought we were all "telecommuting" by now?
"...we continue to treat this issue...major issue...Once this issue is resolved...some of our customers have experienced technical issues"
It's not a problem, then? Just an "issue" (or maybe a "challenge").
The UK will pick up the tab, in support of the US empire.
It's difficult to take ATMs seriously on security when they show adverts. Given the struggle to make any software secure, adding unnecessary parts to financial applications seems, at best, ill-advised.
"We have already identified the root cause in our server software and applied a patch immediately after the incident occurred".
I'm not sure if, reading that, I'd be reassured that there'd be no more problems or hardly any more problems or if I'd wonder why a problem that could be fixed "immediately after the incident occurred" could have been anything but obvious on cursory examination. I might wonder how many more such "immediately" fixable faults were overlooked by similar lack of cursory examination and remain unfixed.
Why would anyone trust important data (with no local backup) to this Wild West world of the cloud? Surely we must be years away from reliability. If the IT industry's track record on quality is a guide, it's more probably decades.
I have no experience in writing accounting software, but surely a basic need is an audit trail (journal of transactions) so that any fault can be found easily? At the end of each day, does the Post Office system really just say "You owe us xxx"?
I'm...er...washing my hair.
"I'm not too sure they have any legal grounds either...after 30 years the copyrights basically drop".
There's no need to remain unsure. Take a look at the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (1988) and the Intellectual Property Act (2014):
"Copyright expires at the end of the period of 70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the author dies..."
"If the work is computer-generated...copyright expires at the end of the period of 50 years from the end of the calendar year in which the work was made".
For sound recordings: "at the end of the period of 50 years from the end of the calendar year in which the recording is made...".
You say "...do your homework and if you do get called out have your statements ready so that you at least leave a solid impression instead of that of a bunch of goofballs". Are you one of those "goofballs"?
It's especially important not to be a "goofball" if you're planning to steal others' work. From the CDP Act: "A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1)(a), (b), (d)(iv) or (e) is liable (a) on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or a fine, or both; (b) on conviction on indictment to a fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years, or both".
Hmm...Good point. Have you noticed how you never see Rupert and Sir Clive together?
I'm confused as to how an author (or any other business) can operate where the customer says "You invoice us and we send the money to our favourite charity".
"Surely this can only bork the radio, right?
Yeah, and who needs that bit.
Given Zuckerberg's worth of almost $60 billion, even a $50 million fine might not change things...
It's a measured response (a 'warning shot', if you like). If a $50m fine is ineffective, the German government may choose to add a zero. If the response is still poor, further zeroes may follow. Soon, it looks unwise to have ignored the warning shot.
Is this a joke that I don't understand or does the author just have very poor Latin?
This is the man who said he'd give $3bn to cure all disease by 2100. I assume that by now someone told him to "get real". Why are we still listening?
India "now joins a select group of nations having such an effective Ballistic Missile Defence System.
Here, the word "such" converts a statement incredible for any country into one that doesn't say much at all.
Is this an article for some specialised group?
Were was this man brung up?
Neither the US nor Russia wastes favours on dispensable items like people.
It looks like the best job advice is "start looking as soon as you hear the rumours". The reassurances are worth nothing.
"...people realised watching a load of rubber balls being spat out of a drum doesn't make for very interesting viewing..."
I hope you realise that Mystic Meg is going to cry herself to sleep tonight.
BT / Post Office - just say "no".
Let's see how it answers "Have you stopped beating your wife?".
50mW (1/20W) may not be insignificant when focused onto a retina. It's not just the heating: the term "burn" is used here to describe the effect of very bright light on the pigmented receptors. The good collimation of a laser means that a signficant portion of the power reaches the target. (The beam doesn't spread).
Suppliers often experience "deep learning" when account closures accelerate.
The government's concern is losing taxpayers before they retire.
50ns would be slow RAM, by modern standards, so I'm not clear how it can replace DRAM completely. Can anyone provide details to make sense of this?
"...for all but 200,000 of the customers, payment in the settlement will come in the form of credits applied to their monthly bills, while the remainder of recipients will get a check in the mail".
I think this means 200,000 customers will get a check. The rest will have their account adjusted. Have I missed anything important? Why the waffle?
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