On the upside
It's probably not as bad as coin mining malware which ends up frying your GPU if you use a laptop with terrible heat dissipation (i.e. most of them).
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Seems they've given up on regulating the entire Internet (odd that) and I guess the same address lists that are used to block pirate sites will have UK porn sites which don't verify age added to them.
Meaning you could probably get round this with a small ISP or changing your DNS settings.
So Something Has Been Done, with enough loopholes to get the tabloids frothing meaning yet another law in two or three years.
I was also rather hoping that this country would re-discover its collective backbone before it was too late and that once a decision was made that people would put aside their differences and make the best of the situation. Naive, I know, but without trying we would never know.
As it is, the remainers (who lost the vote by the way) have done everything they can to undermine the process and spread FUD across the land. Bloody annoying.
This is the defining issue of this generation, by this issue I don't just mean Leave-Remain but any difference care to mention because so much was promised, and none of it in writing, and people ended up voting Leave because they were unhappy with their lot.
Putting aside differences and making the best of the situation seems to mean the other side should like it or lump it, and that's not going to happen. This is going to run and hamstring the UK for decades.
Given that quote, Home Office disasters over the past year or two, and the spectacle of events like today in Parliament, that's reason enough to be against ID cards being introduced to the UK.
MPs and civil servants seem to have collectively lost their tiny minds. The last thing they should be trusted with is the ID card plans from a decade ago.
You should have gone on to explain that your Spanish tax return comes pre-filled (from loads of data sources) for maximum downvote fun.
Personally I think something like The Netherlands does, which is maintain a residency database without ID cards, is a reasonable middle ground.
The internet doesn't scale up well. It works fine with a few harmless academic types and undergrads, but when you scale it up to half the planet you run the risk of collapsing society.
You said you prefer anarchy to a police state on the internet, but the internet has real-world implications and you can't separate one from the other. If you have anarchy on the internet, you will more than likely have anarchy in the real world, and the same goes for police state. Russia realised this a while back and hence the Internet Research Agency.
You can't leave it to "law enforcement", there's too much to deal with and they can't even be trusted to deal with it properly (swattng).
The problem is how to put opinion back in its box without censorship (or as little censorship as possible). In more enlightened days opinion was not the same as fact, but now it is practically equivalent.
The easiest suggestion is for people to lose their anonymity when posting, but that is also not an option as it just means they're going to get doxxed.
I think Vince and Tim are glum because they've realised their inventions have turned out to be a Pandora's box and there's practically no way to close it.
But privacy is the way forward. The article says "Europe has put privacy at the heart of its approach – but with what impact on its economy?" There is no impact on its economy, the impact of no privacy is in the US where there is something built on a castle of sand, an aberration, another bubble waiting to pop.
Trolls and bots have no interest in privacy, real people do. People shouldn't be stalkable across the Internet, shouldn't have every post open to the world, should be able to mark replies to their posts as unwanted and unwelcome meaning something is done about it. Hopefully it'll lead to proper debate being promoted and trolling and bots being deleted.
And it has refused to undertake in the business model of our times – gathering and selling your users' data to the highest bidder - quite as badly as others it seems.
The best way to refuse to undertake in the business model of our times is to not collect the data in the first place. Windows 10 is an about-face compared to previous versions (unless you allowed the telemetry updates to be installed on 7 or 8.1). If they really aren't selling it, what are they doing with it?
You've been played by Google.
There's an old CSS call which everybody agreed was depreciated. Browser makers therefore didn't waste time on optimising it, except for Google who optimised it on Chrome and made YouTube's design call it a lot.
In other words Google are using their web properties to push people towards their browser.
I don't think they can get rid of IE 11, firstly it's the only browser left that can run Java and secondly there's far too many enterprise websites (i.e. slapped-together crap that has never seen an update) that depend on it.
They might rename it to Intranet Explorer though...
Using a computer is a life skill now, so if people can't use one it must be deliberate.
Imagine learning to drive a car, but then every so often someone changes your dashboard and controls around for no good reason. Also lately some controls will be invisible until you actually touch them when they appear.
this appears to be a honest to goodness accident
Of which there seem to be quite a few...
I didn't see anything in the story that substantiated any specific wrong doing by Amazon at least in this instance. Is there more to the story than portrayed?
The Guardian have just started a new series of articles: The Amazon Diaries
Having trouble reconciling the headline for this story with this other one:
NHS Digital have no say over trusts at all, they definitely have no say of GP practices, the majority of which are private businesses. As it stands it is always best to check facts before you go off on a rant.
So what are they there for then?
Of course. If it's not because 1) the IT dept can't make basic services work so employees have to work around the problems created by the IT dept, it's because 2) the IT dept themselves willingly outsource everything to Office 354 or 3) someone starts and has to make their mark.
Youtube is nowhere near as bad as the rest of the internet, if anything it one of the tamer places.
Mexican drug cartels, ISIS beheadings, and sketchy cartoons are tame? Parents, if they do let their kids see YouTube, have to constantly fight YouTube's suggestions?
Other video platforms are available, there's nothing intrinsically special about YouTube that warrants the current free-for-all and there's a lot to get bothered about. If YouTube were closed down tomorrow, the good parts would find somewhere else.
"We've only had one message for those who seek to push hate, division and violence," He said. "You have no place on our platforms. You have no home here."
We're living in strange times if a) this is news in the first place, b) he said it in the first place, and c) there responses calling for "anything that is not specifically illegal should be publishable".
Not every publisher should be obliged to publish Mein Kampf if they don't want to. The majority of people wouldn't even want to read it. And we wouldn't be in a good place as a society if they did.
Everyone can and should exercise discretion using common sense because extremes aren't a good thing. We seem to have forgotten that.
Apple just had the kext signing thing making hardware obsolete but even so there's a workaround.
Lately MS just can't leave drivers alone. There have been nearly as many updates to drivers since Windows 10 was launched than in the whole history of Windows since before Windows 10 (6 vs 8).
Which developer is going to keep on top of that? MS needlessly makes hardware obsolete, which is irresponsible given what we know about the environment.
Microsoft continued the policy of continually updating its bread-and-butter productivity suite, Office 365, by whacking it repeatedly with an AI stick for collaboration purposes. [...] If you write to-do items (by, say, writing TODO: finish this), the word processor will automatically track them and allow writers to navigate back to the correct spot.
Has AI learnt how to jump the shark yet?
Off the top of my head non-C derived languages are SQL, Haskell, Python, and R. I really doubt they can cure all of IT's ills.
Or maybe you mean ADA, COBOL, FORTRAN, LISP, Smalltalk, Pascal or other legacy language which on which to build the future of IT? Sinclair BASIC?
Bad programmer's gonna program bad no matter what the language.
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