Exactly. Identification not Authentication.
Just like at an ATM, the card is the identity, the PIN the authentication.
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"What sells windows (apart from being pre-installed) is ability to run stuff even from 16 bit windows."
Good luck with that. Almost all PCs sold these days run the 64-bit version of Windows, which, natively. completely lacks 16-bit support.
That just leaves businesses making a choice between very legacy software and running modern, more memory hungry, applications within a limited address space.
"Not only did every political party send me crap as soon as I was on the electoral register (despite opting out of the public version)"
That will be because they are part of a group that has access to the Full register, most political "entities" have access on request. It's quite a long list too.
The "public" or Open register is the cut down version sold to companies.
But how can you tell you've been discriminated against if someone decides to not use your services without you knowing?
You go searching for, lets say for arguments sake, an accountant.
You check them out on Google, so you get some idea if they are any good.
You find an old report about how they were accused, and may or may not have been convicted, of defrauding customers a long while ago.
Do you still use them? or do you pass them over without ever having spoken to them?
They appear to be offering you two choices when it comes to data permissions, either accept it, or refuse it and don't use the card, their services or anything else they may be offering that requires your data.
By granting them permission, you know what you are granting them permission to do, it is their choice to be basically giving a binary choice. Hopefully other companies will offer a more granular approach, the old "allow us" and "give to 3rd parties" choices.
In theory, however, you should be able to write to them and explicitly revoke the use of your data with 3rd parties or even other businesses within their own group, except where they are legally required to do so.
Either way, it will be forbidden under the overly draconian and knee jerk changes that get made to appease the thin skinned.
It is quite definitely one thing to be rude or even offensive towards something someone has done or said, but quite another to make death threats or harass someone just for who they are.
And Microsoft dont, and wont, care about old legacy apps that fail to run.
You cant run ancient 16bit or DOS software on x64 Windows for example, and most of Microsofts more recent shifts have been towards UWP which means 1 program for x64, x86 and ARM without changes to the source.
Because its not at all even slightly discriminatory to act in favour of a minority.
Now, if only "positive discrimination" didn't have the word "discrimination" in it.
It also makes me wonder what the workforce make up is, both in the company as a whole and in each unit.
If the Trustworthy Computing unit had 10% women, I'd expect more men to get pay rises and promotions, simply by numeric break down. If it was 50%, then I'd expect it to be equal.
I liked the bit where Facebook said they are "not in a position to resolve a dispute", they know most people cant, or wont, bother getting legal on them, so its a clever fob off.
Perhaps Facebook are under the impression that as part of any take down, the claimant also tells the other party that they have made the request.
The £58million has been derived by the usual method, "out the arse".
Probably some non-accounting, non-financial exec at that.
Sometimes, very very rarely, and only because its at some ludicrously low price, will I buy a digital copy of an album I already own on CD.
That said, I do like Amazons approach, if you buy the CD, you get a digital copy to play/download automatically. Even Apples iTunes Match is going some way towards common sense.
Same here. Current router has been reconfigured to use the WPS button as a WiFi on/off button instead.
It becomes very annoying when something requires UPnP to work, I'm sure its useful for the average low grade consumer, but I know what im doing dammit!
UPnP would be much better if you could control what was allowed to use it and/or when it was active, I really dont want random bits of software opening up my firewall without me knowing.
No, wasnt SoFA, thats an agreement between nations.
It was the ASPA, the American Service Members Protection Act, brought in to protect US troops from the International Criminal Court.
It even allows the President to use force to free US troops being held by the ICC, regardless of guilt.
Indeed, the US is very much against anything happening to them, whilst at the same time doing exactly the same thing to everyone else.
And if the US law isnt up to it already, they will rush in something that shields them.
The "our troops can do no wrong" law, i forget the actual Act name, is a good example of this.
Obviously its e in both cases, as "terrorism" is the bestest thing since sliced bread as everyone can be arrested for it without warning or proof or legal basis.
That is, until it gets into the media, the police get embarrassed and have to admit they were wrong and issue a full apology to Jonny, where in next time he does the same thing they dare not do anything incase they either end up in the media again or in the ECHR accused of infringing his "human rights".
Damned thing is a pain in the ass.
My Dell came with it, just the BIOS part, and even though I've disabled it in the BIOS, it still keeps installing its evil sneaky service and drivers.
I say evil and sneaky because it tries to disguise itself as part of Windows, using a service name similar to the RPC service.
Its worse than that though.
The people with common sense and technical knowledge DO speak out, regularly, just the Government doesnt listen because the hysterical screaming nutters from the "think of the children" brigade just start shouting and screaming louder even though they are in a minority.
"We don't think for ourselves, maybe they don't trust us to think for ourselves as human beings, I don't know."
Probably right, but they're not paid to think, they're paid to be fast and efficient rather than waste time thinking and as some employees probably can't do both at once, all have to be treated equal.
If the warehouses were smaller, it would be automated, people are still sometimes cheaper.
"Just don't sit on it. If you are unwilling to continue providing it to the public, through whatever means you want, then it should become public property."
Which is exactly how patents should work too.
You should patent something to give you a head start on producing the item, as a means to recoup R&D costs, or licence it to someone else thats willing to make it, not sit on it so no one else can make something vaguely similar.
Its interesting though, that from the other perspective, ie when the public has something they dont use, we get told "use it or lose it".
Again, thats the problem, almost the entire majority of the country do not go looking for things like that, and as such do not require a block to not look at something theyre not looking for.
It has nothing to do with thinking anything that is illegal should be legal, claiming its all about child material is the weakest and most feeble argument thrown about by screaming hystericals.
Driving over the speed limit is illegal, taking illegal drugs is illegal, but neither of those require someone appointed by the government to spend all day with me checking i dont do either of those things.
Either way, implementing filters only makes people complacent, when really education and taking responsibility for your or your childrens activities would be far better as those determined to access illegal things will always do so whilst the rest of us suffer snooping on our non-porn, non-illegal web usage.
Its not the right to access streaming such content that should be at issue, its the right to personal freedom, freedom to make choices for yourself and also the freedom to accept responsibility for the choices you made.
Just because something is available, doesnt mean it becomes mandatory to watch it, doesnt also mean others should make the choices for you, if they did, id start demanding they stop showing religious programs on TV.
Depends where youre located.
If its a public place, plod has no powers to stop you nor do they have the right to see or delete the images, unless youre taking pictures of certain things of a "national security" nature.
That said, its still good practice to at least listen to the officer before making sure youre on public land and continuing.
I think some of the reluctance to block by IMEI is that a savvy criminal will have the IMEI changed, and blocking it will be pointless, not to mention each network would have to block it, not just the one it was originally on.
Quite why IMEI numbers can be changed is a mystery in itself, and worse still, theyre not necessarily globally unique, although with more people roaming, I'd imagine the newer handsets were.
I think thats the key point, consumers assume its a fixed-price contract, but the operators sell you a fixed-term contract.
A quick glance at T-Mobiles T&C for the 24month plan starts with a sentence about you "promise to stay with t-mobile for 24 months", not a mention of the price being fixed at all, but I do wonder just what they say to people in stores.
Of course, hopefully some investigation and kickings by Ofcom (yea right lol) will eventually force them to be fixed-price like consumers assume.
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