Unless she magically figures out a way to ban mathematics
Don't give her ideas!
She'll have another referendum to do that!
194 posts • joined 15 Jul 2009
Don't give her ideas!
She'll have another referendum to do that!
John Harrison's clocks. If your face doesn't fit...
My parents got one of these calls, even though they didn't have broadband. My mother had
Alzheimer's, so we let her take the call...
Somebody put a petition on the Parliament website proposing an amendment to the Treason Act to the effect that anyone campaigning for UK to rejoin the EU would be guilty of it. Next we'll have one making it a criminal offence to speak French or Greek (both of which I'm studying at the moment). The Brexiters certainly have a particularly sick mindset and have no comprehension of what Democracy is, unless, that is, we translate it as mob-rule. Congratulations, by the way, to the Commentard who read the Supreme Court judgement: I forbad myself to do so because other things need to be done.
The article, comments and presumably the legislation all seem to be founded on the idea that private landlords are evil capitalist bastards who are in league with the evil capitalist bastard ISPs, whilst tenants are exploited but know best how to get the best deals.
The other point of view is that maybe the landlord has looked for a good deal, which the tenant screws up because, like many customers, s/he has been seduced by some marketing scam that will tie the property physically and legally to some evil capitalist ISP (or energy supplier or ...) long after the end of the tenancy.
We carry around with us nowadays plenty of spare storage and cpu power to include an atlas, or at least a street atlas of wherever we're planning to go. However, the powers that sell us the technology ignore that and want us "connected" all the time, I suspect for their own motives. Another problem with carrying a digital atlas is copyright.
So where I hoped this article might be going was to tell us that OpenStreetMap now has excellent coverage and some easy to use system for downloading data in bulk and displaying it as needed. Maybe it could use the Debian package management system. But no, that's not sexy enough. It would be nice to know anyway.
Au contraire. In 2009 BT Retail had my phone and ICUK my broadband. There was a fault on the phone line. BT Retail's reponse was to blame me. More faults. After 4 1/2 months the fault only affected ADSL so I got ICUK on to it. Within an hour or so they had got Openreach to "reset the line". My guess is that the DSLAM (or whatever it is called) was knocked out of place, but BT Retail was structurally incapable of fixing such a fault, because it would require insight or extended technical communication with the customer. Of course I switched my phone line to ICUK and there has been no similar problem since then. Lengthy discussion with BT "high level complaints" and the "ombudsman" was just a whitewash.
Rather than splitting Openreach from the BT Group they should split off incompetent BT Retail into ten bits according to the last digit of Granny's phone as independent companies. Let's call them the Ten Green Bottles.
£2b is rather less than the annual cost of employing the extra 30,000 civil servants who are needed to find out what "Brexit" means.
Wasn't this very illegal when Google did it?
Yes, but that was because Google isn't google.gov.uk
Yet another reason for not having a "smart"phone.
I don't have a "smart"phone.
It's a pity that the press (at least the Guardian online and Radio 4 lunchtime news) didn't explain the legal argument.
The Executive (in the UK quaintly called the Crown) has Prerogative to decide on foreign affairs. The Brexit Secretary's case was that membership of the EU is a foreign affair. However, only Parliament gets to pass domestic legislation. The Government's case failed because the 1972 Act and membership of the EU creates domestic rights, so it is not within "Royal" Prerogative to remove those rights without the approval of Parliament.
I am not a lawyer, but this does look like a pretty robust Judgement, so I have every hope that the Supreme Court will support it. In the highly unlikely case that the Government appeal to the CJEU, I cannot imagine that that would allow an executive to deny the supremacy of a parliament.
In fact this Judgement is another chapter in the 17th century struggle of Parliament against the Crown. A historic occasion!
In the Judgement, there are three Categories of such rights, of which (ii) includes for example my freedom of movement as a British Citizen in other EU countries.
I am immensely grateful to Shinzo Abe for knocking a rather large nail into the coffin of Brexit, but I also had this thought:
Any westerner who has visited the Land of the Rising Sun will know that it is impossible to satisfy the requirements of Japanese courtesy and one is always a gaijin. Anyone who has witnessed a Japanese apology will know that it is cringeworthy. So it is really quite entertaining to see them behave in a way that we would see as incredibly undiplomatic.
Jay, maybe you also missed the fact that it was a Leaver who started the petition asking for a second referendum,
which has now been signed by four million people and is due to be debated on 5 September.
There is no symmetry between whether there was a Leave or Remain win. There should always be a presumption in favour of the status quo and an obstacle to change. This has already been observed here by comparison to the US Constitution, for example, but since this is a tech site let me put it in engineering terms.
The thermostat on your central heating doesn't turn it on as soon as the room goes 0.1 degree below the set level, because to do so would damage the system. Anyone who argues that one vote over 50% should be enough to trigger drastic change must equally accept that if two people change their mind then there must immediately be a drastic reversal. Clearly that would be stupid. Ergo, making the drastic change in the first place on such a flimsy margin is stupid.
PS don't forget the March for Europe on 3 September.
I seem to have missed the bit about there being a designated 60% threshold,
You missed it because the Cabinet, Opposition, Select Committees, House of Lords and maybe even the Queen (in her private weekly chats with her PM) failed to do their jobs in scrutinising proposed legislation. The one Remaining hope is that they will do their jobs at least in the rearguard defence.
that when Parliament (especially the Select Committees) gets back from its hols, they actually do their job (as they failed to do by allowing the referendum to go through without a 60% threshold) by grilling David Davies and his pals mercilessly until they finally admit that this whole affair is economic suicide, a pack of lies and vastly infeasible.
does new PM May intend to give the arch-buffoon and his two sidekicks before she deems them to have hanged themselves and reverses this national suicide pact?
They also have a policy that has been noted here for banks: phoning customers and asking for their address and other details, and insisting on this before proceeding with the business of the call.
Any organisation that does have a codified constitution has clauses in it about how to change it, typically requiring a 2/3 majority. In the US some large proportion of states have to ratify it. The first Scottish devolution referendum was in favour but not by a large enough turnout. Tory trades union law puts up hurdles for strike ballots. Yes, in an election, some> candidate has to win, even if by 50.0001%. When the issue is to create economic chaos, as we are already seeing, 52% is nowhere near a big enough mandate.
Why the hell is a single website being allowed a monopoly of data about the political views of supporters of diametrically opposed parties and campaigns?
The connection requests that I get from LinkedIn are from (a) people I've never heard of, (b) tradesmen that I contacted but who never actually came to see the job and (c) people with the same name as someone that (let's say) my partner doesn't know that I know. In the last case, Apple must have sold LinkedIn my name and email address and the name but not the address of the person in question.
The link for deleting your LinkedIn account is not hard to find. However, when I hit the final "close account" button, nothing happens. I send a "feedback" message saying this and am told to go to the same page. I try to reply by email saying that it doesn't work and I get a delivery report saying "mailbox over quota".
Lloyds keeps sending stuff to (presumably) the lodgers of the previous owners of my house. After I had delivered a letter by hand to the relevant branch, they sent two Visa debit cards. When I made a formal complaint they said they had done nothing wrong and refused to search for my address and remove it from their database. When I made preliminary enquiries to PRAwhistleblowing@bankofengland.co.uk, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com, they all passed the buck.
Banks could not give a t*ss about their customers' information security.
As for pursuing every complaint as far as the ECJ, when the banks do this to us every day, how can you possibly have the emotional energy, let alone the money, to do such things?
Since the average medico's expertise probably doesn't include antivirus installation and configuration,
The surgeon is ipso facto likely to be the smartest person around and therefore probably the one who knows most about computers.
When I went to my dentist last week the practice computer was down and the receptionists didn't have a clue, so it was up to the dentist himself to fix it.
Of course surgeons and dentists should be spending their expensive time fixing people not computers.
On Brummie buses they'd take the note off you and give no change!
$ base64 craig.txt > craig.txt
Not sure what shell you're using, but base64 and sort trash the output file before reading the input.
Is this name change an excuse for disregarding the opt-outs? "Oh no, sir, you opted out of Care.Data, but that no longer exists - you haven't opted out of NHS.Digital, so we have your consent to sell your records."
After they had been forced to implement technology for censorship, it is hardly surprising that they use it for their own purposes. This is the same argument as Apple's "back door".
If a coachload of football hooligans vote to drive it over a cliff, some bits of the coach will remain intact.
Clicking on some recent Radio 4 programmes, I get "This content cannot be played in our HTML5 Player - Download Flash Player now" (under Ubuntu/Firefox with various blockers like AdBlock, NoScript, Ghostery but no Flash).
RadioTray only streams, it doesn't appear to play archived programmes. It doesn't come pre-configured with BBC Radio and it stops playing after a couples of minutes.
No, I don't mean that literally.
During the Cold War, we had the Communist "Control Economy" to point at as an object lesson in how not to run an economy or a society. Without it, the victorious Capitalist system has become more and more of a Control Economy, in which only the CEOs of huge companies are allowed to say how things should be done and ordinary people just have to do as they are told.
The reason why The Free Market and Democracy, and indeed Evolution by Natural Selection, work is that many minds are better than one.
that you're never seen a thrup'ny bit!
However the original concept of the web is now so seriously broken and I can't see how it can be fixed.
and the rest of the post - my thoughts entirely.
I want a "browser" that treats every incoming byte as possible malware/spyware, shows me the pure information content and sends nothing back to the source.
The reason why banks refund fraudulent payments is that it draws attention away from the fact that the system is fundamentally moronic in its design and cannot possibly be secure.
In a secure system, customers would initiate payments (cash or BACS) instead of giving payees the authority to take money off them (16-digit numbers, Direct Debit or, craziest of all, "contactless").
You can be 2 or 3 miles outside a major town like Reading in the "high tech" Thames Valley, an area that by any comparable international standard is densely populated, and still get shit broadband speeds.
You can be 2 or 3 miles outside a major town like Stratford in the "high tech" Lea Valley (in London Transport Zone 3), an area that by any comparable international standard is very densely populated, and still get shit broadband speeds (4 megabits/sec).
The "last 8%" that is mentioned elsewhere is familiar. In the early 1990s the Stratford exchange (code 555 to the amusement of Americans) was in the "last 8%" of mechanical Strowger exchanges.
I was about to up-vote you for fitting the tune, but the penultimate line has too many syllables.
They now have sufficiently many members that it can be used to compile a shortlist of people to contact by email to do a job.
They do verify whether the reviews come from customers, though they have not yet told me what penalty they intend to impose on a trader who sent in one purportedly from me.
Of course there is suppression of negative reviews - by the customers themselves. Was this mediocre job bad enough to warrant a complaint or do I just want to get on with my life?
But it's much better than when we only had the Y*ll*w P*g*s.
HP will this year refresh BIOSphere, a self-healing BIOS tool that can spot when someone's tried a BIOS-level hack and return things to your pre-determined configurations before reboot.
Ah yes, that useful "feature" that considers my Linux installation to be a "broken" PC and offers to "repair" it back to M$, but fortunately gives up after a minute or two of "preparation".
I read about it at www.physicsworld.com and picked up the paper from journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.061102 with no paywall. (And that's my first use of links in El Reg.)
The problem with phishing emails is not that they make any serious effort to look like banks - often they're illiterate - but the lengths banks go to to make their emails look like phishing.
The article doesn't say how gmail recognises whether an email is genuine, but the obvious tool is SPF. Unfortunately, banks and utilities like to send their emails via third parties such as messagelabs.com, without bothering to declare the fact in their SPF records.
Then there's their liking for registering loads of domain names, not just bank.co.uk but bankonline.co.uk, thebank.co.uk, mybank.co.uk and so on.
Linux servers power pretty much most of the Internet
I know that, which is why I was careful to say "desktop".
I would guess that servers and websites (at least their hosting companies) are on the whole run by more competent people and have fewer frilly "apps" running on them than desktops.
My point was that if Ubuntu becomes popular on phones it will attract malware and spyware, which would then have its way clear to my desktop.
I am glad that Canonical is trying to break the Apple/Google duopoly. Running Ubuntu might conceivably persuade me to buy a smartphone. However, my worry is this: Linux desktop users like me have so far avoided malware because (the security model is better and) we have been too small a part of the market to be worth the notice of criminals. This is not so for Android. If Ubuntu is successful in the mobile market then the malware that it attracts will be compatible with desktops, servers and websites and so spread to them.
More geek-friendly, more resource-friendly, no commercial searches (unless you choose to make them).
but since it's a home device, nearly nobody will ever hear about the fix
Nonsense. My box sends me emails, in particular when a new version of the firmware is available, so I have had 6.30 for ages now. No story.
You mean Clive Kilmister, the (late) physicist?
I have been a (Debian/Ubuntu) user of Linux for 20 odd years (and a user of other Unix variants for 10 before that), but I don't feel the "vice-like grip" of Red Hat. Please explain. I have never voluntarily used Microsoft, but I do feel their "vice-like grip" because I am forced to buy their OS with my computers and possibly surrender my consumer rights when I remove it and install my own choice of OS.
such a verbose, unreadable language as HTML that was incapable of representing mathematics when he was surrounded by physicists who were already by that time writing all of their papers in the far superior language LaTeX?
Is this a scare story put out by M$ to frighten people into not disabling "secure boot" and so not installing Linux?
If the Linux installation in question is being used for some industrial purpose then there will be physical ways of preventing access to it.
If it's a laptop then for someone to be able to do this they have probably stolen the machine first. In this case the owner has bigger things to worry about, the thief will probably give up once he sees that it doesn't run M$ and the operating system is not going to be able to defend itself anyway.
So the protection is (1) only buy a laptop that is only as powerful (expensive) as you actually need, (2) encrypt your private data and (3) keep it backed up elsewhere.
So can we get rid of this crap from websites, not just the Grauniad, please!
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