but the majority provide other services that they might not appreciate being paid for
.. or want a helpdesk involved.
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but the majority provide other services that they might not appreciate being paid for
.. or want a helpdesk involved.
Surely, developing a plugin for the matrix of prevalent browsers and operating systems would be better?
Users who want to watch protected content install the plugin and watch, and the plugin has the routes to payment and play accreditation. Users who do not want that control on their computers (because it typically tries to go beyond scope when installed) simply do not install it, and watch what is free or provided by organisations who care more about availability or who use less intrusive ways to protect their material.
I can fully understand the desperation of wanting to protect IP on a network that seems to have developed getting things for free as a culture, but ramming uncontrolled DRM down everyone's throat is IMHO not exactly the right way to go about it - users MUST be given a choice.
To judge by the inattention of human truck drivers to events going on around them, self driving trucks are already almost universal in the UK.
Aaaand we have a winner for Comment of the Month
Still laughing :)
In this context I like this statement in a recent speech by Angela Jolie:
The lesson of the years we have spent fighting terrorism since Sept. 11 is that every time we depart from our values we worsen the very problem we are trying to contain.
In my opinion a nice and succinct summary.
The setup I use is thus:
Nice to see an architecture where someone has put in some effort.
Pizza and coffee don't really go together.
Hey, don't knock it until you've tried it :)
Any word about pizza ?
I fear you have just exposed their cunning plan..
All you do is get a sufficiently large number of people to claim that the local government websites are actually pornographic (in an extremely deviant manner) and really ought to be blocked so that young minds are not corrupted by the filth therein.
Cool, crowd blocking. I like it :).
Just because an interface exists doesn't make it a good idea.
True, but you have to admit that adding such an interface to something would be funny as heck and, I suspect, a total hit with rebellious teenagers.
Did you look at the price and sizes?
So you are talking $500+ for the camera, plus the mounts and lenses, then the drone to haul that weight up, say $5000
Sure, but where there is "pro" there is usually a consumer who made his own because making things is just the sort of challenge that gets a tech person going. All I wanted to demonstrate is that it is not that hard to add a degree of tele zoom to a drone camera, nor is it hard to look into a room.
I have not yet seen a consumer drone on the market that has an optical zoom or a telephoto lens.
Well, here you are. Anything else I can help you with?
If i wanted to see naked people, there are plenty of web sites on the internet to fulfill that need which would be far easier and safer than attempting to capture a grainy badly lit sneaky photo of a neighbour through a window with a very noisy drone.
There's difference between a voyeur and someone who likes to look at dodgy pictures. Voyeurs get off on the act, not so much on the result other than as mementos of aforementioned act. Both are compulsions, but they have different modus operandi. That's also why I prefer to call government surveillance voyeurism; evidently it's the act they love, because the lack of outcome should have ended that quite a while back...
If you try videoing me from your drone I'm gonna get naked and you are going to be vomiting all over your shiny and writing it off!
Hah! If I go naked the camera will probably break ..
Interesting change of perspective, thanks for that.
Really? You think Paris is the face of innocence? Blimey...
That does prove HIS innocence, which was the actual intention :)
The trick is to go back and forth, e.g. English -> Chinese -> English -> Chinese..., adjusting the wording of your input language (e.g. English), until the back-and-forth translations stabilize.
The grammatical structure of your input might be slightly awkward, but if it all makes sense and is stable under back-and-forth, then it's more likely to be correct.
Call me silly, but I was under the impression that automating that sort of back-and-forth process was more or less the reason we started to use computers in the first place..
Recently, every time I do this the phone suggests that I might prefer a photo of it that I took several months ago instead.
I can't see the problem as long as you can get your electricity provider to agree with that.
These boobs were meant for walking?
I can see the advertising already: "Putting the bounce back in your step" ..
Ditto. I like the idea of a posthumous gold badge.
Am I the only one to find that statement odd and arrogant?
I could never catch our cat - got wise after the first time!
Comments like these make me long for more upvotes to give :)
You idiot. Brexit does not mean Brexit - it means Red, White and Blue. Get with the program son.
I've never quite been able to work out what Brexit has to do with the Netherlands. Or France...
You lot need to stop calling them PCs.
We do that because the Work Computer one is already taken :)
Yes, if it left Windows intact it only did a half-assed job..
Each and every one of you has the mettle and moral fiber necessary to claim this power as your own and to wield it for your highest purpose when serving on a jury: upholding justice, including upholding it above law when the two are in conflict. Do not be deterred by people invoking the chimera of punishment for acting in good conscience and doing what is right.
Excellent reference - thanks for that.
Most are too toxic to recycle.
.. and that's just the firmware..
Hey @amanfromMars, long time no see :).
It's even easier than that.
Any truly intelligent AI will soon realise that it merely has to pull the same stunt as happened in cars: make all the controls electronic. At this moment, drivers in keyless cars are already at risk of electronics going rogue as they no longer have a mechanical ignition key to kill the whole light show (one reason why I'll never have one of those, or will then at least have a master breaker installed somewhere).
Making controls purely electronic and adding sensors everywhere is already creating the perfect environment for a smart AI to take control.
I, for one, greet our AI overlords, or they'll cut my power, water and delete my existence ..
"If you haven't done anything wrong then you have nothing to worry about"
.. which just so happens to be the perfect argument for government transparency and accountability IMHO..
It's 2016, throw your CDs in the container and embrace the cloud.
I think that might be a tad short for a paper or presentation. You can try, of course, but ..
elReg, promote Lee to a gold badge for that post.
Microsoft obviously has the right to make any changes it wants
It does, and as long as you ensure you can match that with the right and ability to then walk away you're fine from a business perspective. The issue is that a CRM tends to combine data sets in a way that is hard to replicate outside the software that created them, so it creates a lock in (one of Microsoft's favourite methods to keep you paying).
As I said elsewhere, we're in the process of assembling a new startup and to date that has not been a single viable argument to use any Microsoft products, and especially not anything cloud based. Heck, we don't even use Office - we've been using LibreOffice for years elsewhere but I recognise we're fortunate to be in the rare position of not having to exchange Office files with others who do not use LibreOffice.
But I digress. I've looked at SugarCRM for quite some time as well as it's derivative TigerCRM, but only since UK company SuiteCRM started up has that become more interesting. I have no relationship with them, but what they do seems to make sense and has as added advantage that the CRM code is accessible, which promotes long term resilience.
Moreover, *you* make the choice where it runs. Internally on a box on the LAN, on a server inside the DMZ, on a hired VM or fully hosted - you can make that choice based on budget and migrate when applicable. Just make sure you make backups..
I wouldn't call a lighter wallet a feature.
It is from Microsoft's perspective :). What's more, it can return to its old game of locking up corporate data in a proprietary format and I bet they have been absolutely itching to re-establish that kind of lock in since they were forced to (pretend to) open their Office file formats.
That's why I'm looking at SuiteCRM. The only trouble I've found is that it very quickly throws an XSS alert during admin functions if your browser has things like Ghostery or uBlock installed. I've installed Opera specifically to talk to the test install and that seems to work.
We'll probably get some consultancy from SuiteCRM once we have worked out what exactly we want and the associated processes - not only does it save us time, it's also a form of payback.
For 5000£ we can do something way more interesting for us using open source...something that will NOT be constantly be shifting and that will be very well integrated with MY stuff.
Get SuiteCRM at suitecrm.com. It's compatible with SugarCRM, so you can just get some books on SugarCRM and get going with it, and as it's Open Source (and documented - the other thing you really need) you can (a) integrate it relatively easily and (b) keep it stable re. features and API.
You can run it hosted, hire a VM somewhere or just plant an old PC in your office running Linux, but whatever you do, never skimp on backups because the true price of a CRM is dependency (which is why MS is so very, very, VERY keen to get you to sign up to theirs, it locks in your data). With SuiteCRM, that data is at least held in a format you can track but you must realise that you are pushing your sales processes there - if the thing fails you will lose your data and sales leads, and without a backup that basically means death for your company.
Good luck, and let us know how you get on (busy with a startup myself :) ).
I haven't noticed that. Maybe you're just older and as such, more jaded?
I have, and I am :)
.. just a bit more forcefully than planned.
On the plus side, that's one hole that doesn't need to be drilled by the next one :)
60x40 pixels isn't that sexy unless you squint real hard.
Hah! Luxury! In my days we had to do it with ASCII drawings.
I wouldn't go too literal on this, although I'd welcome a car that would maintain altitude. With a bit of planning and judicial use of bridges it would a big help during peak hours - that is, until other drivers figure it out :)
"I can run the washing machine/dishwasher/dryer"
All in one? Have you got a patent on that?
No, but a lot of broken dishes.
@Milton, you must be new here.
Give it time, give it time..
(not sure if formal punctuation demands a period after the ! in that sentence)
Interesting point (sorry :) ). Was there ever a rule developed for marketing idiots including punctuation in a name? As the exclamation mark is part of the company name it should formally not be considered punctuation, which would normally demand an extra full stop.
However, as that would be playing along with something that I've always found rather stupid! (as does El Reg, hence the constant heckling! in! any! Yahoo! headline!), I personally am of the opinion that formal rules can go stuff themselves and I'll (a) call it Yahoo and (b) add any punctuation to suit, which is unlikely to include an exclamation mark, under the banner of not wanting to perpetuate another marketing crime against the English language, even if it's American. Puns and play on words, fine, punctuation, no.
They probably think they're still encrypted :)
Precisely. You can even be lacking some technical skills (teachable stuff) and still get the job if you seem like you want to work and get on well with everyone else.
Exactly. Skills are easier to fix than attitude.
Copyright is removed because AFAIK FB TOS says uploading the image you "lose" copyright (or something alike), and you're liable, not FB, if you upload someone else copyrighted images for which you have no right.
That's not how FB gets away with it. The reason it has not gotten itself into trouble yet is that §506 (the "Criminal offences" chapter) of US Copyright Law talks about interfering with copyright notices with fraudulent intent, which is nigh impossible to prove in court. If FB was using the images to sell something there could possibly be a case, but just showing them with stripped EXIF data is not enough to trigger the "intent" aspect, even though it potentially removes data of the original rights holder.
That said, given the "gimme" clause in FB TOS where they can do whatever they want with images submitted it's probably not a good idea to put valuable content on Facebook anyway :).