"any company making over £3 billion in profits every year need to further gouge customers"
Because they can.
That's when you know you're dealing with a monopoly.
When they have no effective pressure on them to do anything else.
13844 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
Because they can.
That's when you know you're dealing with a monopoly.
When they have no effective pressure on them to do anything else.
Lucky the driver got away in time, eh?
Yes, mine's the one with a copy of the proper version of The Wicker Man in it.
TBH the best way for Rural communities in the UK to get broadband will be to form their own company and lay their own link to the nearest exchange.
Just my $0.02
Competition, American style.
"Of course you can change your ISP. But since we bought out the only one who would do the work (and so this is a sunk cost to us), and we've stopped any county or state run ISP's being set up (thanks to our friend "Sweet" Pai) all your bandwidth belong to us.
And while accepting blank login credentials that makes it a patio window without glass either.
It had to have them pointed out to it.
Because it clearly did not go looking for them in the stuff the code monkeys who wrote this handed over to them.
Let's be clear here.
Intel insisted on giving users a second processor they can't ordinarily access that has very deep control of their systems security and they wrote the software to run on it with the most cursory (if any?) checks on its fitness for use.
If Intel really want to differentiate "home" from "data centre" processors this would seem to be an area they should do so.
How many home users need this? How many home users even know it exists?
If you want all this high end sysadmin functionality then by all means have it, at the price.
But how many really need it? It looks like "Because we can."
And that's the motto of data fetishists everywhere.
And note that word "trusted"
Not in "we" can be trusted to run your applications safely,no.
You can be trusted to run only the content you have purchased.
This is at least as much about the hardware realization of Microsoft "Palladium" AKA "Trusted Computing Initiative" as anything else.
The computer hardware equivalent of "The Manchurian Candidate."
But this is the Unix philosophy.
1 unit doing 1 job very well.
This is not not really about the little boxes sitting under home users desks.
This is about the racks of hardware at the other end, and the much beefier cards sitting in the racks next to those, that handle the terrabits of bandwidth needed for a tier 1 backbone supplier. Where you want to p**s about configuring a router through a GUI, you want to configure 1000 of them (or patch them all when a vulnerability is found).
Performance says this is a job for a monolithic kernel. But maybe the time has come for a cleaner, layered, message passing approach (keep in mind Erlang is like this, but passing pointers, not copying chunks of memory for performance, and it was designed by Ericson to program PBXs).
Interesting they will only consider x86 and ARM architectures. A real recognition that in high performance embedded who the real main players are.
Or rather "anonymous server farms in unknown jurisdictions" to give them a rather more accurate description.
Remind me (again) how "cloud" apps never fall over and how they scale up under load.
BTW Sage is in someways the nearest the UK has to a major international software brand (they own Act CRM, and managed to f**k that up, although it got better once you'd patched it. A 400 rec DB with 2-3 secs to go to the next record before patching).
they've always spent more on their PR than their development budget (accountants "incentive" scheme. Recommend Sage, get
bung "finders fee").
When he puts it like that it does seem kind of dumb, does it not?
If you're going to spend > £q/2 Bn on UK roads perhaps rolling out more of the electric car charging infrastructure you're so keen on would be a better use?
My instinct is this will start with HGV delivery vehicles running well defined, mostly main roads between ports and distribution warehouses. The use case is fairly well defined, the sites are not worst case traffic and there is a significant financial incentive to do so. So I'd expect Amazon to be in the forefront of this.
BTW would an HGV driver not driving but sitting at the wheel counts as part of their "hours worked"? If not they can work longer hours, potentially eliminating one or two of them per environment.
I don't think any SF writers ever thought of humans inhabiting planets of more than about 3g.
That said if it does have the atmosphere issue taken care of you can run around the whole surface without a full space suit.
That's quite attractive.
Now all you need is the hand held anti-gravity unit to avoid needing massive genetic engineering in order to survive on the planet.
That is all.
Of course not.
You're not a Parking Enforcement company.
IOW, you're not a man in a van with a Denver Boot and a mobile number who's registered with them to get such data on demand.
Perhaps it's time you were? I gather the "qualification" are minimal, as are the background checks.
Which implies the current UKG has an existing industrial strategy?
Have people spotted this in the wild?
"We are here to defend democracy, not to practice it."
You may not like him but I get the sense you get a very clear of what direction he's going in, and what his priorities for Linux are.
Having observed Microsoft at work when it comes to competition I could see it in some peoples interests if the open source Linux kernel was degraded, so people were discouraged from it and encouraged to move to peoples more proprietary versions.
No he doesn't
"Fall back mode" is a tacit admission you not done a good enough job in the first place.
I wonder if people realize the "The kernel keeps running" is exactly the approach of IBM mainframes?
User processes die. So what?
An interesting side view was the Bell systems approach to the first digital PBX, ESS1. They wrote scavenger programs that patrolled the kernel data structures and redundancy into the data structures so that errors would be purged out and memory leaks would not occur.
They indicated it found maybe 100 incidents a day but triggered a full blown reboot once every 4 years.
Something to keep in mind?
Especially with state actors.
Good thing it's not working on anything important or a lot of peoples cash could be seriously f**ked up.
IBM federal Systems developed the process to do this in the 1970's.
1)Do code audits which a)Record bugs but don't fix them on the fly and b)Find bugs, don't blame developers
2)Identify if there are bug "patterns" of error prone (or just wrong) code
3) Use those patterns to scan the whole code base for other examples and fix those before going back into retest
No "deep learning." No neural networks. Just small teams eyeballing the code and writing pattern recognition scripts fed from a code repository where all code changes were tracked by developer and date/time on a line by line basis. SoA in the mid 70's but today....
Of course that was for a code base in MB, when a 1 MHz 32bit processor with 1MB of RAM was screaming performance at a Rolls Royce cost.
You'd think in 2017 people could do a bit better, wouldn't you?
Yet with single processors several 1000x faster and memory several 1000x bigger, with potentially massive MIPS (GIPS?) available on demand, apparently not. :-( .
Or, as Upton Sinclair put it. "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it."
He was the guy whose book was the basis for the film "Oil."
And then there was his book on the US meat trade during the early 1900's
Not something you want to be reading while tucking in to a Big Mac..
Which I think I'm right in saying is the highest authority on what is "legal" in the US.
Which suggests it's time to consider wheather the Houses of Congress are still representative of the people or wheather or not wholesale change of the system itself is needed.
When lawmakers disrespect the Constitution isn't that where the Founding Fathers were expecting the people to take to the streets and exercise their rights under the 2nd Amendment?
Because it really does look like "the State" feels it needs these powers to protect itself from its citizens. IOW the people are the enemy.
Which was pretty much the attitude of the Communist Party of the USSR.
I thought the Growler was a Vietnam era EW aircraft, the A7 or A8 IIRC.
I'd never really thought about sky writing stuff but now you mention it.....
I think they succeeded.
Now the "Truck Park of Britain."
Please switch off your engines ASAP and make your way to one of the designated Customs Offices/Short stay motels.
Which of course begs the question was it used correctly?
I don't know what ApplicationMaster is capable of as I was not on the project, as I had not been conceived at the time it was built.
How interesting. Were you abroad when you voted?
I found it very telling that the Scottish Independence Referendum let almost anyone living in Scotland vote.
Because those people would mostly likely have to live with the consequences of their decision.
But you don't live in the UK. For you "Britain" is actually more a place inside your head, whose climate you don't experience and whose taxes (it appears) you don't pay.
I've often wondered how many UK elections have been decided by absentee "subjects" whose actual knowledge of the country is decades out of date.
Only if you saw them in the original B&W.
Which I rather think you did.
"Further I object most strongly the the oft mooted Brexiters are all senile racists line."
That was more an impression of all those Daily Heil editorials and the Leave leadership I think.
There really was something quite funny about people who didn't want furriners wanting to bar Europeans but happy to have a whole load more of a whole lot more darker skinned folk from the former colonies. Utterly non-sensical to the point of delusion.
"Personally I think it will be worth it. We'll see."
And if not you're retired on a good pension already, so who cares, eh?
Then perhaps you shouldn't have voted in the first place?
"f we dont try to move away from a bad system then we are guaranteed the bad system."
Only if you bi**ed about it endlessly while doing nothing constructive about changing it while you are a part of that system. Brexiteers whine about "remoaners," having bi**hed on for 42 years to get another vote.
British people seem to have some hazy, comfortable, idyllic view of the British Countryside which was bul***hit in the 19th century and is a total fantasy in the 21st.
That "patchwork of small fields" got ripped out ASAP during WWII as the UK struggled to live on what supplies it could buy abroad and ship back home without them being sunk by U boats.
What people don't realize is just how capital intensive modern farming is. That's why quite a lot of it is now owned by Insurance and investment companies. A decade ago the average hardware on an arable farm was £1million. That's more than a good few light engineering companies have as assets. BTW It's also a very tax effective way to operate. Write offs and support everywhere. It's no wonder a typcial large farm will have a "Farm Manager" and a full time Tractor Driver, because frankly Farmer Palmer ain't got time to actually farm.
I wonder if the UKG is ready to go on handing that money out to the Country Land and Business Association Limited as they are now called (who are BTW currently looking for a Taxation Adviser )
Membership has it's privileges.
with certain (armed) members of the NI population.
Who Teresa May is not-in-coalition with.
She and Arlene Foster are just good friends and friends do each other favors from time to time.
The Conservative govt gives NI an extra £Bn and they agree to turn out for crucial votes to stop the Conservatives calling another election and BoJo/Rees-Mogg/Other right wing nutter to take over.
Well there you go then.
Planning sorted. *
*Actually I think they believed the Brexit fairy would wave her magic wand and it would all magically sort itself out.
Well how would you explain doing f**k all planning, other than positing the existence of a magical supernatural being with vast powers to sort out such a colossal s**tstorm ?
You bet it is.
A substantial part of the Europe still has the idea of "part time farmers," where they have smallish holdings and day jobs. People who run a few chickens, and/or cows, maybe some rabbits.
But the UK had to "industrialize" it's farming during WWII.
As a result it's got a relatively small number of very large (by European standards) farm holdings in a small number of hands.
And a lot of them are on a nice fat subsidy check from the EU, along with assorted MP's and TV presenters.
A lot of them are also in what was the "Country Landowners Association" and (surprise surprise) are part of the Tory rump.
Fat cats don't like having their cream supply cut off, so don't be too surprised if your little free market fantasy "suddenly" develops a few hitches.
Oh, it's "Abdul" you say?
I am so sorry for having spoiled your evening, and your ceiling, Madame.
We'll just be on our way. Good night.
As in lethal force Intruder Countermeasures Electronics.
This will not end well.
You make it sound like that's a flaw in the requirements.
It's a feature.
But let me try and lighten the mood as it's Friday.
You forgot to allow for future growth options.
NSA Supports BYOD
NSA lets devs run Kaspersky
Devs will pirate MS Office
And in process open themselves up to being penetrated by Chinese hackers, which is stopped by Kaspersky AV.
Hard to decide which element of this situation is more disturbing.
Does kind of explain how the Equation tools got onto the open market though, doesn't it?
Or does that front end look like an upside down T?
No doubt all about streamlining for wind resistance.
The ultimate fusing of robot and AI technology.
A Glaswegian Terminator.
Be very afraid.
Shadow Robotics idea was quite simple.
Robots live in the human world.
Not humans live in a world made convenient for robots.
Hence a literal human skeleton (made of plywood IIRC, because it matched human levels of strength and mass better than steel) with equivalents to every muscle in the human hand (and there are lot more than the 17 joints up to the shoulder of a normal arm).
They also use a very clever, every light pneumatic muscle to keep the weight down and the response adequate (but they had trouble finding/building a noiseless 3Kw 4-8 bar air compressor, which is what a full unit needed).
AFAIK some of their work is still the SoA.
Then they are "Invasive" and "Not able to keep up with modern police methods" blah blah.
It seems this "Biometrics Commisoner" will be another "tutter" who is basically toothless. A true "sleeping policeman"
Where they close to saying "Nayyyyy" at several points by any chance?
Sorry, couldn't pass up the chance.
Exactly my point.
Please note. I'm not saying that DJI's is doing that, but not being transparent about it does make it look that way, doesn't it?
IOW All information about wheather a researcher is even looking for ways in disappears into an information black hole.
Which means they can claim "We have no security issues. You can ask any of the researchers in this area."
Reporter asks researcher (who's signed NDA). "I know nothing of any bugs. I can neither confirm nor deny that I am investigating any vulnerabilities. I cannot comment on their security. Goodbye."
It may be like those "National Security Letters" the FBI have been issuing to ISP's. They can't tell a customer they're being spied on. They can't tell them if the customer asks them and they can't even answer if the customer asks "Have you received an NSL on my account?"
If I'm right would that sound somewhat Orwellian to you?
Of course releasing a copy of the full NDA would settle matters more or less instantly.
After all if DJI has nothing to hide, they have nothing to fear. Right?
That's what I think is a big driver.*
Let's be real f**king honest here. Historically it has taken actual deaths for industries to start seriously caring about safety, and it looks like IoT security will be another such issue. These are the sort of borderline psychopaths for whom "Carter Burke" in "Aliens" is a (flawed) role mode whose success is to be emulated.
*Who then hire code monkeys too ignorant, or scared of them, or harassed, to find secure implementations of functions even when they exist and are too exhausted/lazy/stupid to implement from scratch when it does not.
Clearly they understand who the real enemy is.
The American people.
That is the implication of this sort of Draconian legislation, is it not?
And Doctors in private practice.
The universe's way of telling you too many of your brain cells have died for you to remeber how bad it was.
Something to keep in mind.
Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2017