Anyone remember the bid for the Olympics ?
Where they "forgot" to add VAT ?
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Where they "forgot" to add VAT ?
for a re-imagining of "Whacky Races". 21st century stylee
Isn't there a saying about why bark when you have a dog ?
Elsewhere on El Reg, readers were looking forward to autonomous cars getting them home after a bender. Staying sober in case your ride home malfunctions doesn't really make up for it.
(we can all think of abuses)
for making websites more accessible for partially sighted people, who might just benefit from tactile feedback.
Instead of tempting other countries to come here, why not get this country to innovate and expand.
To me this is chickens coming home to roost, and an acid comment on the past 15 years.
who spunked £2,000,000 (yes, million) on writing a custom website which is in effect, a CMS system.
Apparently "there's nothing quite like it on the market" was the justification for not using FOSS.
If you goto Birmingham city councils website I'm sure you'll agree. There really is nothing like it on earth.
(not that it diminishes the arrogance of Samsung)
I doubt the ad was "inserted" into the video stream. More like the users picture (i.e. film) was minimised, and the TVs picture (the ad(s)) was maximised. Although I would be curious to know if the TV managed to pause the film. I know HDMI is full duplex, so in theory a TV could tell a media player to pause.
I know my LG TV can switch my TiVo on.
to show appreciation of mention of a comic I have only heard of through Stewart Lees Alternative Comedy Experience [first series].
there might be some bargains to be had ?
Didn't Tommorows World (so must be 25 years old) show a system of spraying thousands of microdots with the VIN (look em up kids) all over a car. The idea being you could never remove them all, and only one would be needed to link a gearbox/engine/ECU (think about the last) to a stolen car.
The problem being the second a car is in pieces (where it's worth more than as a car) then the police are on the back foot having to prove where the piece came from.
the 'net equivalent of a pop-up shop ?
Something traders in the East End have been doing for years - with suitcases and genuine Rolex watches ...
For about 3 years now, MrsJP and I have used 2 folding crates we keep in the car. Usually one is enough. Unfold, put in trolley, and fill with goods. Get to checkout. Remove delicate items manually, then unend the crate onto the belt.
Total loading time <30s.
Then put crate back in trolley, and fill as operator scans. Be prepared to wait while you do this - you can pack faster than they can scan.
Occasionally 2 crates are used for a big shop. Or, if you want to use the self service tills, it's 2nd crate on packing area, and transfer from trolley to crate (scanning as you go).
Still weirdly minority behaviour, from what I see, despite the fact my Mum was doing it 25 years ago.
I hope the next product under development allows for *two* unlock codes. One for you, and one for the security services - like a TrueCrypt hidden volume.
It would be nice to imagine both Labour and Conservative high command roundly taking it in turns to kick each other .... it seems to me with the proliferation of Green/UKIP sentiments, STV might have actually helped the big two - particularly the conservatives. But, stuck with the system we have - and an electorate who knows exactly how it works, I suspect they will suffer. UKIP supporter know they have to vote UKIP to get UKIP, and their second choice doesn't count.
Boo fucking hoo.
Coupled with a requirement that a winning candidate polls >50% of the available vote.
If no candidate meets that criteria, the constituency doesn't return an MP (saving money on the salary).
People could still get elected. But they'd have to be worth it.
The problem is to stand in a general election required access to funds of £1,000 that you need to be prepared to wave goodbye to.
So it's "democracy" for those that have.
And of all the demographics, I suspect the one least likely to be able to spaff a grand will be 18-25 year olds.
and am more intrigued by how on earth it is supposed to work.
First off, where did the data set "facebook users" and "UK unregistered voters" come from ? Surely an unregistered voter is - by definition - unregistered.
I wonder if this scheme wasn't actually proposed by Facebook as a free way to acquire lots of lovely data on their fading "target" demographic.
and like most of his peers has absolutely no intention of voting. Because there's no one to vote for.
And really, despite it breaking my heart, his response to my urging is just this
"Voting, huh. What's that ever done for you ?"
and since he knows that I have never ever voted for a winning candidate in 20 years of voting, he really has a point. I voted against the Tories (well Tory candidate) in the 80s - we got Tories. I voted against nuLabour in 1997/2001/2005 - we got nuLab. I voted against Labour in 2010 and got a Labour MP.
He has a point :(
the thing is, getting encryption keys via RIPA is a drag. And annoyingly can involve one of those idiot judges who actually insists on doing things legally. It also generates unhelpful press coverage.
Banning encryption would bypass RIPA for people who obey the law, and give "probable cause" for those that don't. Particularly if their skin is off white.
But properly done steganography is impossible to detect in a fresh image. As long as no "before" image is kept anywhere, the spooks can have from now to eternity to try to decrypt them.
Besides steganography may not necessarily involve fiddling with the binary data in a file. Information in a picture may actually be contained in the subject of the picture.
Post a picture of "me and the posse" and you're signalling "go ahead with operation Pablo".
Post a picture of "me and Aunt Mabel and Uncle Terence" and you're signalling "Operation abort. Agent compromised".
Ever seen "Mississippi Burning" ? There's a scene where one FBI agent shows how Ku Klux Klan members were able to signal in photos their allegiance. You'd only know it was there if you were told.
but it means that the media trope of anyone using encryption is complete.
FWIW I suspect this is the governments real agenda. They know there's no practical way of banning encryption. However, if they demonise it enough, then it's another tool in their armoury of policing by prejudice, rather than policing by statute. Mention "encryption" when they arrest a "bad" guy, and he's as good as guilty.
How much of this stuff is already going on. Maybe not in a military context, but a political one.
Those Daily Mail comments. Are they genuine, or Tory party shills. Or Labour party activists ?
Those BBC HYS posters. Are they really what they say they are. Or plants to give the appearance of public dissent/support (delete as applicable) ?
Downvoted because it's irrelevant what private companies get up to. At the end of the day they are just that. Private companies. You can choose to do business with them or not.
Data held by the state is obtained under duress. Don't provide it - go to jail. Which is why it's imperative the state demonstrates it takes great care of this data.
Your tax money is the same. Obtained from you under duress. And look how carefully the government look after that. They would never lose that in the Royal Mail. (Although they may lose it in a Royal Mail sale).
We don't have capital punishment in the UK. The police can't go around executing people they suspect of anything.
The Duggan case raised enough serious doubts about the police conduct to be *very* wary of believing their truth of the matter. Something these disks might actually demonstrate - especially if it has *all* the police testimony there. Before it was "adjusted".
Since matter can't just vanish into thin air, they must be *somewhere*.
1) damaged in transit - presumably the royal mail have procedures for items like this
2) stolen by employee - although unless it looked like it had money in it, not likely
3) wrongly delivered - worrying if there was no tracking
4) somehow in the wrong part of "the system" - a thorough search should locate them
5) stolen by employee  - deliberately targeted. Raises more questions than it answers
6) we are of course assuming they made it to the postbox ....
However, there is a certain life-affirming feeling knowing that Royal Mail can cock it up for the great and glorious as well as for the little guy.
I wonder how long the MoJ had to spend on the phone ?
and they were encrypted to GCHQ approved standards
the mind boggles.
Just WTF are we paying for with all these government IT contracts.
In a way I *do* hope something bad happens as a result. It might just wake someone somewhere up.
By the way, my choice of icon is deliberate. This is in no way a "fail". It's sheer WTF all the way.
Slightly surprised that El Reg hasn't had a byline on this story about missing data
over 18 hours after I first saw it on the Beeb.
Was hoping for a more forensic analysis, particularly around whether the data was encrypted. That is encrypted as El Reg readers understand it, not just an Excel spreadsheet with a password
in Ben Eltons "Gasping" (which I saw with Hugh Laurie and Bernard Hill :) ) there's a piece of dialogue where the Ad agency boss (Hill) explains to the misbred young executive (Laurie) the concept of a Pot Noodle in marketing ...
"When it was first released, the market share of other snacks did not decrease .... the Pot Noodle made money where there was none before."
It may or may not be true, but it does stray into the Apple/Smartphone question upthread.
So what other products have been "pot noodles" ?
what was the point of this article ?
Who will see their Windows 8.0/8.1 apps binned can join the developers that saw their 7.5/7.8 apps binned, who had joined those developers that saw their 6.5 apps binned.
No wonder no one writes apps for Windows Phone.
ISTR it being a Bazza running gag in Film79, Film80, Film81 ....
interesting the design is strongly reminiscent of the space shuttle. Is that because that's what they started with, or that's what they ended up with ?
Either way, big thumbs up on this one.
that's it really
have a sense of deja vu ?
I've just briefly daydreamed back to the 70s/80s, when VCRs (Phillips, VHS, Betamax) were over a grand a pop, and no one knew anyone who owned one - you usually saw them in TV documentaries with famous people. Not everyone had a colour TV (and it wasn't unheard of to know families that had *no* TV). Generally nice TVs were rented (Granada, Radio Rentals, Reddifusion, Laskys ?) since the average family could never afford the £400+ price tag (when cars could be bought for £1,500.
Maybe 2015 could see an El Reg Icon review - I call for an "I remember the days" icon. Perhaps a ZX80 ?
or other ancient mysteries - like who made the Antitheka mechanism ...
(well I was)
I give you Sip'n'Puff (although I recall it as POSSUM)
interesting to speculate if this could be bought into the modern smartphone/tablet age ...
Not the Maltron (but thanks for the link)
That's the badger !
or thereabouts. And a British boffin unveils a device to allow you to enter data into a computer using one hand - an alternative to typing (which scared people for some reason).
Time has erased the name, but I am sure other El Reg readers can help
The main - almost exclusive drive to piracy is not people wanting stuff for free. It's people wanting stuff that is being artificially siloed away from them.
I'd pay £10, £15 a month if it was to a single gateway, and I could watch the content I knew was available.
Currently it's TV licence, £70/months to Virgin (and that's being reviewed), plus Amazon instants, plus netflix, etc etc.
early adopter fanbois ? Got your first iPad in 2010 ? How old were you ? 45, 50 maybe ? So you're now 50,55 ? Eyes a tiny bit weaker ? Fingers a tiny bit fatter ?
Not to worry, Apple will see you into the grave.
When I mentioned website accessibility in 2000, it was of no interest to anyone. But now those people are 15 years older ...
Might help disabled users into the bargain.
Yes I have seen the Imitation Game. It's a film isn't it. A work of entertainment ?
It's a well known paradox of cryptography that in order to maintain your advantage in the long run, you may have to make short term sacrifices. Sounds easy on paper, until you realise the sacrifices have families.
However, in *this* case, it's hard to see what the long term advantage being protected by leaking a story about how you had the capability to do what everyone thought you had the capability to do anyway is.
Although many people did make a sacrifice, and go and see "The Interview". I guess that's the price of [cyber]war.
if they had stopped the hack.
I'm not voting Green because I want a "Green government"
Nor because I have any natural sympathy for their cause.
However, a few Green MPs might be able to control the balance of power - particularly in a complex hung parliament (no *two* parties can form a majority). And curb the terrifying excesses of both Tories and Labour.
Maybe this is the rise of the cynical voter as antidote to the cynical politician ?
Moreover it got to Mars in one piece. So was it under engineered. Or was curiosity massively over-engineered ?
Interesting idea ... the access to outside services acting as a driver for political change
the government will just change those laws too.
Browsing in a London suburb recently, and 90% of the notes were in non-Latin script. Except for the odd number.
They might be saying "for sale, fridge freezer, needs cleaning"
or, they could be saying
"Drop the goods round the back, and knock twice"
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