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@Mage: "PDF is now only of use for people preparing & proofing documents for paper publishing"
All my clients use paper, and lots of it, for contracts, specs, NDAs, minutes, invoices, as-builts, verification matrices, certificates, training packs, manuals, expositions, etc., and I can't see any of that changing in the next ten years. Even the ones who have integrated paperless systems (e.g. DOORS) end up converting to Word then pdf for reviewing and issuing docs. The Italians like to sign and date every page of a paper copy of everything. The Germans still use Fax, FFS, and won't take an email copy of anything vaguely contractual. Most European organizations have invested in a fancy company stamp and want some nice white paper to use it on. The Swiss won't even take a pdf scan of an invoice and want an original snail-mailed to them with a wet signature and then they'll bounce it because they want the original expense receipts as well.
PDF works OK for me and the most of the people who pay me. It's secure enough - but it doesn't have to be Fort Knox because there's a paper copy in a filing cabinet to resolve disputes.
Your friendly independent garage might be able to disable the seatbelt alarm for you, assuming they've got approved diagnostics kit. Or you could buy a Chinese knock-off of VAG-Com/VCDS and try it yourself at home. It's option-tastic and very tempting to fiddle. Could be risky, but not as dangerous as using a 1.3A cable to charge at 2.1A, though!
By serializing the parts and making their phones incompatible with cheap third party spares they've made the genuine parts so fucking expensive that they are worth stealing.
Ok - let me show my ignorance again, cos I'm really puzzled now. I've got three non-Apple-approved lightning cables. All three work fine as phone chargers, from both wall warts and Mac. What they don't do is work as data cables and when I connect them to the Mac the phone goes ding ding ding. So if the purpose of chipping is to prevent the phone drawing current from a non-approved connector then it's not working.
If the whole purpose of chipping the cable is to work out if the cable can take the current then all the phone has to do is check the cable. If it gets a response to say it's a valid Lightning cable then the phone can go and draw the full 2.1A. If it doesn't get a response then it can draw 1.3A. Unless, of course, it's just a ruse to rip me off for propietary cable.
@arthoss - I could almost give you that argument except for the fact that Apple does the same for a simple Lightning connector. Apple doesn't build authentication into a data cable to protect me - it does it to protect its business model. Same with the fingerprint sensor.
Funny, but when the car companies tried the same thing in Europe - i.e. wanted to force car owners to use genuine Ford/BMW/etc parts installed by genuine Ford/BMW/etc dealers on the basis of safety those same consumers with their inconvenient laws told them to sod off.
The only reason that Apple did what they did is because they could. I don't use the fingerprint sensor, so I don't give a toss if it's secure or not - so why should I get ripped off for a "genuine Apple part" which is probably made in the same factory by the same woman who makes the cheap one. My phone, my choice and if it's a bad choice then my tough shit. But it's a choice I'd rather have.
If in the good old days when they tried the same thing Ford/BMW/etc had had the ability to brick a car because its owner put Halfords brake pads on it then they would have done - and all in the interests of safety and nothing to do with the fact that a set of pattern brake pads is much cheaper than OEM ones..
It's a tough one, though, isn't it? There's a bit of a difference between finding out that a the kit has a port open and discovering that the CPU at the centre of the kit is vulnerable because of fundamental architecture design. Creating and pricing a contract between developer, vendor and customer to cover that range of installed performance would be tough. You can use words like "forseeable" and "fit for purpose" but someone has to be paid to carry the risk - either in up front costs or lease/support fees.
Air gapping looks (to me - but it's not my field) like the best tech option, but at the cost of losing the diagnostic and analysis benefits that connectivity probably brings.
@ubermunchkin - you're right. I much prefer the current system which gives anyone the right to identify themselves as me by simply presenting a gas bill with my name and address on it.
I listened to it last night for the first time in years. I'd forgotten about Phil Lynott.
I think that part of the problem is that the "market", whatever that is, demands killer innovation every year or so. As a result companies tinker around the edges and dress up evolution and stabilization as innovation. I imagine that Apple has a list of stuff that needs doing and "fix street address format in Contacts" has been in there for years, but scores very low in the "how do we sell this off as next season's killer innovation." column, and hence never gets done.
I'm clearly not a typical user; I want functionality, compatibility and stability, OR real innovation. I'll jump into the next garden when something comes along that makes a step change in how a phone or PC helps me get on with my life, but I'm not going to get excited because a phone camera does 50MP instead of 20MP or because some perfectly good function keys are replaced with a touch-bar.
When the iPhone came out I was an early user (3GS) and have been ever since. But unless Apple really (REALLY) innovates then I want my next iPhone or Mac to be like my current one but maybe a bit better (bit more rugged, longer battery life, more.... erm, struggling here.....). Taking away connectors or making it too big to fit in any of my pockets is neither innovation nor incremental improvement - it's just a bunch of engineers being driven by marketing and finance to do something that can be given a page of its own in next September's Powerpoint presentation.
Charlie - I wasn't clear. The problem (for me) is that I can't set it to ignore the formatting and have the number like I like it. Why can't I just type in 01234 567 890 or 010 56 52 58 and the app accepts the spaces for what they are instead of deleting them. That's how I like my phone numbers and I don't need someone in California telling me where I can and cannot put spaces.
paulf - or, you could change the radio shows from music to podcasts then play them with the podcast player. Go to <Info><Options><Media Kind>
If you want to save the radio shows then remember to mark them as saved or convert them back otherwise podcasts will delete them.
Note that you can also use this method to turn podcasts into music so you can use the "play next" functionality in iTunes. It's a bit of a pain because iTunes and synched devices will download the podcast again - but Podcasts are so fucked up that it doesn't make much difference unless you're paying for bandwidth by the bit.
paulf - I haven't used the iTunes music player directly for a while now because it doesn't shuffle albums - for which I'm tempted to whinge at Apple, but it appears that I'm the only person in the world who wants to do this because my current and last cars won't either.
Anyway - on the phone I use an app called Smart Shuffle to do this (not affiliated). It can be a bit temperamental but it usually remembers where it's got to in playlists and tracks when the music player craps out. Like I said, it's mainly for shuffling albums, but it might work for you.
Now - if you want to talk about track order in smart playlists when synched to the iphone I'll have to go and put my ranting trousers on.....
Charlie - from my perspective (others are available) Apple innovation just means headphone sockets, USB connections, memory card slots and a host of useful features disappearing with nothing new that I need or want. I won't update my 5 year old MBA because the new Macs have got no connectivity other than USB C and I won't buy a phone later than an SE until I retire and only need a big-button phone. I understand innovation, but the only concept Apple seems to have is to make stuff smaller and thinner at the expense of useful connectivity, fragility and battery power. I can't think of a single useful HW or SW "improvement" they've made since my mid-13 Macbook air and my iPhone SE that I'd pay money for.
I fancy a new Macbook, but they can fuck off if it means that I've got to throw away and replace 4 PSUs and a bag full of network and video adpaters and replace them with new ones.
Here are a few things that have been problems for about ten years, which I don't think would be difficult to fix by a company which focused on quality instead of features.
Mac- contacts - the street address is pre-formated so you can't cut and paste in or out and it only has one line for street address, so those places whose address is xxx house, xxx trading estate, xxx road, xxx bourough before the city name are a pain to put in and get out and use with mailing lists.
Mac contacts auto formats phone numbers to US format.
iPhone - set a custom ringtone and watch it revert to the default one every few months.
Podcasts in iTunes and on iPhone: designed by cunts who clearly hate people who listen to podcasts.
Just a few off the top of my head. All bug-reported, all ignored.
And a (real) paperclip for next option; "if in doubt, short it out".
If it only stops to pick up passengers it's going to get pretty crowded in there
@tim. Knackered electrolytics won't be a problem in the brave new world of the manufacturers because they want us to buy cars the way we buy phones. Mobility as a service means that I buy miles by the month or year and either get a car to go with them or use a local pool of cars. It will be better for everybody - honest.
I went to a lecture recently by the bloke who makes hydrogen cars in Wales. He wants to run this model - lease the car and everything, including fuel and servicing, is included. He pointed out that car manufacturers only get a small fraction of the driver's total spend during the lifetime of the car - the initial cost of the car. The rest of the money we spend - insurance, fuel, servicing, spares, second hand sale, etc. - all go to someone else, and the manufacturers want it. By going to a lease model or a service model they think they can get more of it. So if they get their future then buying a car will be a simple as choosing a phone and tariff from Vodafone, O2, EE, etc. or signing up for an UBER-type autonomous vehicle scheme based an annual mileage. It will be better for everybody - honest.
@JohnFen - I agree with you that being legal and right might be different things. The difficulty comes down to who decides. In theory the law is straightforward - you either comply or not and if you don't you're sanctioned. I know it's not that simple in practice, but at least the law is written down and I can check it before I do stuff to make sure I don't end up using hairy soap.
Defining what's "right" is a whole different ball game. You and I might think that FB has done some bad things which affect privacy, rights and could even impact democracy and the future prosperity of the country and for that FB should be punished (I do think this, by the way). However, I probably wouldn't have to make much effort to find a bunch of people who couldn't care less about what FB has done and would be outraged at the thought of losing access to the service and benefits they get from using it.
Who's right? Who gets to decide to block FB at the Great Wall of Outrage? And once they've done with FB what happens when they move on to a law-abiding activity that I enjoy but others find objectionable.
When I had a proper job we used to get annual ethics training about accepting gifts, etc. We played games, had facilitated discussions and were lectured at, before sitting an exam. But for most of us non-psychopaths it was easy; if what you're doing isn't something you'd be happy to tell your folks about while sitting round the table over Sunday dinner then it's probably not ethical. You know when you're doing bad stuff.
"How can we expect multinationals to fear the law if the highest bodies are totally incapable of imposing any sort of respect, let alone fear"
I know I'm beginning to sound like a two-bob watch, but which laws have Facebook broken?
Regarding respect: as far as I can tell Facebook hasn't broken any laws, so Zuck's position is that he's dragged across the Atlantic to face a grilling from people who are pissed off at what he's done, even though he hasn't broken any of the laws that these same people made. How can you respect a bunch of people who whinge at what you do but won't (or can't) change the law to get the behaviours they seem to want?
If governments want to deal with Facebook they can, easily, by passing laws. If this had happened in China or Russia or Saudi then Zuck would have been on the first flight over with a completely redesigned product in his hipster backpack pausing only to take an immersion course in advanced grovelling. (I know it's banned in China)
Dragging people in front of committees to explain why they didn't comply with with a set of standards which governments think should apply but haven't got the bollocks or democratic mandate to pass into law is a rank waste of time.
This Governments vs Facebook thing is a bit like a fight in pub. There are two types in my experience:
A: two blokes face up to each other, there's a bit of pushing and a lot of talking. Bugger all happens and both blokes leave the pub knowing they won.
B: two blokes face up to each other, one talks a lot, the other one says bugger all. Then the quiet one lands two decent punches out of the blue and the noisy one goes down like a sack of spuds. Both blokes leave the pub knowing who won.
We're witnessing situation A. We need B.
I remember the unbounded joy of getting my Palm Pilot to talk my Siemens phone using infra red and then downloading mail using Eudora. I was in a meeting with the High Paid Help a little while after and got a ticking off from one of the directors for playing with my Pilot. I told him I was taking notes and checking emails (both true). He didn't believe the bit about emails so I showed him (he had to shuffle round the table cos of the IR link) and he was amazed. A few weeks after this all the directors turned up with Blackberries, and I like to think that it all started with my Palm Pilot and Eudora
Shadow - they can't get them under GDPR because it doesn't become law until 25th May.
What's the legal basis for blocking Facebook?
Stoneshop: luckily we live in a country where a few MPs can't shut a company down just because they don't like what it does. If Facebook has broken the law then the relevant authorities need to get involved and take them to court, prove it and then they'll be sanctioned. The purpose of the select committees is to collect evidence and report back to parliament so that it can change legislation if it sees the need.
A committee can summons someone, hold them in contempt of parliament if they ignore it and, theoretically, parliament can imprison them. But it's not a crime and I don't think they'd be able to make imprisonment stick because of human rights legislation.
Interestingly, the people with the most power to change Facebook - its users - clearly don't give a toss about any of this. If they did they'd be closing their accounts in droves and then we'd see some pretty rapid change from Zuck.
Lee D. Live radio is buffered at the transmit end, not the receive end.
It's not delay I'm talking about - it's the fact that vast tracts of the country don't have enough data coverage to do a Google search, never mind live streaming. The train journey from Ipswich to Liverpool Street has 10-15 mins of no data coverage - and no signal at all at Shenfield (Vodafone). You can't buffer that. I was in North Norfolk two weeks ago and spent hours with no data.
Lee D.: how do you buffer live radio?
Quality is less an issue for me than battery drain. DAB battery radios last a few days at most. My Ferguson transistor radio lasts weeks on a PP3 and the Cossor radio in the bathroom lasts for years (at 10 mins a day) on a zinc pp9 - and I mean years.
The delay is only a problem a the cricket. You can't listen to the commentary on a DAB radio because it's too far behind. When the last LW valve goes life is going to get a lot worse.
The thing that's not fixable is that I can take my battery radio away for a two week backpacking trip and I'll get something on either FM, AM or LW wherever I go in the UK. Even if the Highlands get enough data coverage to stream radio reliably my phone battery will be dead after 24 hours, so it will be bloody useless. The transistor radio will work for weeks on a couple of AAs.
Select committees can only summons people who are within the UK. I don't think they can use the police or the courts to enforce it, but they could send a man in funny trousers (the sargeant at arms - and he might wear normal trousers these days - I didn't want to use my work PC to search for "sargeant's trousers").
As to the action they can take - if Facebook has broken the law then parliament should let the relevant authorities (police, ICO or civil action) deal with it; it's not parliament's job (or place) to prosecute. If Facebook hasn't broken the law but parliament is unhappy with stuff that they've done then parliament should change the law, but given the apathy with which most Facebook users seem to have approached this situation I don't see much incentive for parliament to do anything; the constituency of people who don't understand but care very much that they are able to post cat pictures is probably much bigger than those of us who understand and don't want to be shadow-profiled.
...which have working credit card machines. I never realized how unreliable credit card readers were, but 6 out of the last 7 cabs I've booked over the phone have turned up and opened the trip with "Do you need to go to a cashpoint cos my card reader's not working". Someone should do something about it ;)
Maybe Robin is sceptical because the same people who can't go fast enough in embracing DevOps, agile, etc. aren't interested in dealing with all the other arseache processes which haven't changed since they were first written down in Latin - like expenses processing, getting a hire car authorized, needing 6 directors' signatures to download something onto a USB stick, having a joined up config management system,......., etc. Just ask Robin - he'll have a list.
"Ach - mein bollocks!!"
If we can't trust the US then we'll have problems with Tomahawk, F-35, a few missiles, a couple of radars and probably quite a lot of other military kit.
I'm still OK with "deviation west, compass best", so I'm not losing sleep over the GPS thing.
Bombastic - doing everything by the app is OK, as long as Apple don't get involved, cos you'd come home one night to find that your sex buddy's equivalent of the headphone socket had been removed in the latest update.
The biggest threat to privacy and security is a bunch of users sharing everything about their daily life - where they are, what, where and when they eat, shop, run, cycle, holiday, etc. - with a bunch of other users whom they call friends, even though they have never met them and don't know what they look like. They clearly don't care about their, or their contacts', privacy - or if they do, and they are thinking rationally, they are trading it for the utility of the free app. If they cared about privacy and security they'd stop publishing their lives online.
I've never used FB. I know what my friends look like, and, unless it's pretty f*****g spectacular, I don't care what they had for tea tonight or what they bought on Amazon. If they want to get in touch with me then they either have to wait till I see them in the pub (preferred), phone, SMS or mail me - and it seems to work OK.
AC - wasn't there a Benny Hill sketch where he marries a beautiful woman, gets her to the honeymoon suite and looks on lasciviously as she removes her makeup, teeth, wig, leg, etc....?
I let Fowler be my guide:
"The English-speaking world may be divided into (1) those who neither know nor care what a split infinitive is; (2) those who do not know, but care very much; (3) those who know and condemn; (4) those who know and approve; and (5) those who know and distinguish. "
There's more if you're interested - GIYF.
Alan - you might not be allowed to. I've been to a couple lectures recently on autonomous vehicles and the point came up time and again, in both technical and psychological contexts, that the benefits of autonomous vehicles are best realized when all the vehicles on the road are autonomous and cooperating. There were discussions/speculation about road space for non-A vehicles being reduced or restricted.
I'm firmly in the "... drag the keys out of my cold, dead, driving-gloves-with-little-holes-clad hands " camp, but when the only route from A-B for old gits like me is on B-roads with 20mph limits then there might not be much of an alternative
Jelly - you make a good general point. However ATC don't tend to have a massive UPS in the cellar. They distribute them about the racks and only protect key kit. UPS are sized to keep the kit going long enough to implement the identified shut-down procedures should the generators not kick in.
Toffer - with regard to Air Traffic Control (i.e. not the other systems on the aiport like baggage and security)
Backup - everything related to ATC is recorded real time - At the Glass (what the controller sees on the screen), Through the Wall (Data feeds - e.g. radar) and Voice Comms. All dual-redundant with backup power; it's a legal requirement in case of accidents and investigations.
Fire, Flood - big airports have contingency facilities, which replicate some or all of the main tower's capability. Smaller ones might have limited contingency just with comms to clear their skies and hand aircraft over to other sectors/airports. Search for "Rubble Mode" or "remote contingency" in the ATC context if you're interested.
Power - critical systems have UPS in the racks and generators on site, with maintenance plans and procedures to make sure they're working.
Data - redundant, diverse systems. Key data feeds have no common points so it would take two idiots with excavators to take the data out.
Terrorists - If terrorists attacked all these at the same time then NATS/CAA would ground everything not in the air and divert flying aircraft to other airports. Anyone on final would land on visual unless it was dark or foggy.
...are people like me.
I was shocked to get the email from them last week because I haven't used the address for a very, very long time. I must have set a forwarding address when I moved to BT (frying pans and fires - I know). The modem buzz is still ringing in my ears.
His passage won't be safe if he ends up in an American prison.
"If you can't be bothered to set it up and use it properly, then stop using it!"
I agree in principle, and I live with broken websites, no videos and pictures, failed payments, etc. because I value my privacy and can't be bothered to spend the time setting up NoScript - principally because I don't really know what I'm doing and haven't got time to learn.
But what about people like my mum? When she rings up with a problem it's very difficult to help her because she doesn't know what the following mean; "window", "return key", "Finder", "Menu Bar", "Side Bar", "Folder", .......; so expecting her to be bothered to set up NoScript isn't a realistic proposition. I installed AdBlock for her a while ago, but disabled it because it breaks enough sites to be a problem for her.
I don't think that people should need a degree in website design to protect themselves online and if, in the absence of proper legal protection from HMG, Moz comes up with something that gives some simple protection to people like my mum then all power to them.
Maplin's finally the shop it should have been. I went in a couple of weeks ago; the staff didn't pester me with hellos and I managed to stock up on self amalgamating tape, PP9 batteries, freezer spray and a couple of diecast boxes at prices that were close enough to reasonable.
Can't vouch for them. Don't know if they're available in UK.
"When he had connected his phone to the car earlier, it had crawled his entire address book and email list, taken a copy of SMS messages and logged his most visited locations in the last month ..."
Designed by Linkedln?
Alister - I'm not missing it. I know that crims are likely to keep using encryption and innocents will suffer. The cops don't care - they just want a law to make their life easier.
I've got a drawer full of small penknives which stay in the house because the cops will treat me just the same as the teenage drug dealer with a zombie killer if they stop and search me. Knife law is a shit law, but the cops love it because they can nick more people and pretend that they are saving lives.
Encryption law will be just the same - as someone above says, they'll pull you over for speeding and nick you for stuff on your phone, while ignoring the ransom notes you're getting from the crims who're threatening to send your porn viewing history to your wife and boss. It'll be shit, but the cops will be able to present better arrest figures and continue to exclude cyber crime from their stats. I'm not missing any of this - I expect it to happen.
I just hope that when we're living in this world of crap that no one looks back and says we could have done it a better way that would have retained some protection and given the cops most of what they want - if only we'd tried to talk sensibly about it instead of shouting everyone down with a religious fervour that would not have made the final cut of "The Life of Brian".
The OP has a good point. I think the the tech community (that's us) needs to get behind the concept of accessibility and start suggesting potential ways to keep both sides as happy as possible instead of saying "never". The feds will win this one way or another and I'd rather have a solution that's got some creative tech input rather than mandatory back doors. I don't know what solutions might look like - but I'm not a data or crypto expert. Like all the commenters here, I like my privacy, I like encryption and I understand the benefits it brings and the systems that couldn't work without it, but if we continue to just shout "NO" we're going to end up with a crap, insecure, risky-as-fuck system designed by a policeman.
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