Re: Talk Talk went down?
At least it's environmentally friendly - the whole network can be run for several hours on a sandwich.
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At least it's environmentally friendly - the whole network can be run for several hours on a sandwich.
The internet's effectively a mesh, but a mesh is only a mesh if it has more than one fibre route.
It looks like they had a single point of failure and basically what that amounts to is cheap infrastructure.
If it's anything like what has happened with Eir (formerly Eircom, formerly Telecom Éireann) in Ireland, they'll outsource everything for "flexibility" i.e. very few people will have real jobs.
I wonder if it would make sense to just publish and make the raw data from these old probes available to anyone who wants to crunch it.
The banks don't actually want to be dealing with customers. They just want you to give them your money and have you do your own banking.
They've far better things to be doing, like calculating senior executive bonuses and gold plating the toilets and managing art collections in their HQ to be dealing with smelly little people coming in with their cheque books and actually attempting to speak to the bank!
Who do you think you are? Expecting personal service! The cheek of some people.
Aviation is a lot less glamorous then the days when Concorde was envisaged. We've gone from expensive, luxury to mass market and that has entitled a huge switch towards ultra efficiency both environmentally and economically.
The other aspect has been post 9/11 security. No matter what you do, you seem to end up taking hours and hours to get to a flight these days. So whether your aircraft shaves a few hours off the journey starts to become less relevant.
Extra security has decimated the use of short regional fights too. Often even though the flight night only take 35 minutes, you would still be quicker driving due to all the rigmarole at even very small airports.
If we want to see supersonic passenger flight again, it's going to have to somehow archive ultra efficiency. That's a huge engineering challenge.
Could they not have made it look... you know.. a bit .. nice (and less like a fiery sex toy with crude branding?)
People also need to get a bit realistic about how thin a computer they actually want. The anorexic lappy wars have gone a bit insane. I mean the current Macs are so thin that a headphone jack barely fits into the case.
The problem is you're all typing wrong and need new fingers, obviously!
I know we all love to hate Apple, and there's plenty of things that I can think of about them that annoy me, particularly the way they've become quite arrogant since things really took off.
However, at their core (If you'll pardon the pun), they're a 1970s/80s vertically integrated computer company and one of the very few examples of one that still exists in that space.
Comparing them with Google is really impossible as they don't operate in the same business model. There's some bit of overlap with Google attempting to push into the hardware market and obviously Android's THE big challenger to Apple's ecosystem, however they're as similar as Google and are to Sony or Bang and Olufsen.
Likewise the comparisons with Samsung, a company that makes everything from pharmaceuticals to ships, to washing machines to smartphones, is also a bit ridiculous.
Most of the other phone markets are effectively like PC makers, producing generic flat black devices with mostly Qualcomm chips and Google software. Whatever badge and tweaks they have they're, it's very much like the "Wintel" arrangement with generic X86 PC hardware running Windows as their OS.
Also, I would just say that Apple have had plenty of opportunities to delve into "big data" but haven't either because they don't have the ability to or they don't have the inclination to. I suspect, it's a bit of both. However, they have been offering pretty respectable cloud services since at least 2000. I remember iTools which had many of functions of Dropbox 18 years ago. The only issue was it was mostly built to fit with OS 9 and OS X. They also have a history of chopping and changing services and abandoning customers who've started using them, as was the case with iTools when it become MobileMe and so on.
I think if Apple toned down the arrogance and the pomposity and rediscovered the fact that it had a great fan community and dev community, who were always enthusiastic they would go a lot further. They need to stop doing crazy things like throwing sue balls at fan-sites and so on they would actually have a far stronger future as they genuinely have some decent (if expensive) products.
They also need to stop doing stupid things like abandoning pro users. I am still using Aperture for example, as there's nothing really as slick to replace it.
You could also argue that they failed to keep accurate data that was relevant to these people's cases and then not only that, but made false and extremely damaging allegations that they were illegitimately and illegally in the UK, based on inaccurate data and then gave them no reasonable opportunity to correct this.
All of that looks like data protection breeches and mismanagement of data.
Not only that but they falsely accuatons have resulted in significant material and reputational damage.
I sincerely hope that there are plenty of very expensive law suits. They turned people's lives upside down for no reason whatsoever.
There may even be people who were actually deported because of this who may have no means to get back and may be in bad circumstances. Many are elderly, maybe unwell or disabled. Just when they should have been selling info to a long and happy retirement they were sent threatening letters and all sorts of crazy nonsense kicked off.
I wish them every luck in any legal actions that they take!
Don't forget they burnt down Cork City too!
The EU hasn't been threatening anything like that.
I find this ranting and raving stuff a bit ridiculous.
You've chosen to leave. So go and stop endlessly moaning and throwing hissy fits when you realise there are practical consequences to your decision.
It's like a toddler who's just throw their ice-cream on the floor in a big tantrum and then throws an even bigger tantrum because now they've no ice-cream.
All of these consequences were forewarned. All of the experts were told to shut up and go away.
If you think about this from a person who may be undocumented / have questionable immigration status, there's a huge risk that they simply will not access any form of healthcare.
The result of that could be anything from children going with out vaccinations, people suffering from highly treatable and highly communicable disease that could impact the general population. People becoming disabled and ending up wrecking their entire lives, people even dying from highly treatable common illnesses!
If you want to control immigration, this is most definitely not a source of data that you should be using. It's just creating a whole load of dangerous and inhumane situations.
It just seems very counterproductive and dangerous to me.
People also just guess what their next product might be. A lot of them are fairly obvious or can be deduced.
I'm genuinely curious, how does Telegram fund itself?
I can't understand how it's making any money. It's just providing a completely free service and is somehow supporting significant infrastructure.
As an end user, I'm always suspicious that when something's free of charge, you're the product.
Telegram's genuinely a very useful app - it works flawlessly across multiple platforms without any complications. You can blabber away on your iPhone, Android Phone or anything running Windows, macOS or Linux and do it all seamlessly, which is a lot more than most of the other messengers can do.
Russia doesn't strike me as an obvious place to base a company that provides secure communication though.
EMEA is a also an absolutely huge area that would contain 2.2 billion people if it were a geopolitical entity (which it isn't). The European Union only contains 508 million people.
It contains the entire African continent and the whole Middle East.
So the figure are utterly meaningless for the EU and contains a huge amount of countries (in fact far more than are in the EU) which would not have anything like its level of development or regulation.
It's actually twice the size of the population of the entire American continent (North and South).
As a region it's utterly meaningless and probably has something to do with using 230V 50Hz power or something like that.
You might as well compare the EU to AMChina (some weird amalgamation of North and South America and the Chinese Market)
It's about as useful a term as "Overseas" vs "US"
Strict gun control in one state, one city or a gun-free zone in a country that is awash with guns and where guns are nearly as easy to come by as a cappuccino? Of course gun controls are ineffective when they're about as relevant as a sign saying "Please don't shoot your guns here. Thank you for your cooperation."
I mean, US gun controls are only as good as the weakest link in the system and that isn't California. It will be a neighbouring state with far, far weaker controls.
Forgetting about the specifics of who this was and what they attacked for a moment, the thing that is worrying me is that there's this pattern of behaviour that's playing out again and again. It's almost become a narrative and a metaphor for expressing anger with the world.
i.e. : Someone is 'angry with the world' and then decides to go out and shoot random innocent people who've nothing to do with anything at all. This time it was YouTube, but it could be a school shooting, it's even somewhat the same with the radicalised, home-grown terrorist incidents.
Every time one of these events happen, the media, particularly in the US, tends to go on, and on, and on, about the 'shooter' and who they were. They were a ver y dysfunctional and utterly deranged asshat with a gun who decided to go out and take other people's lives for some notion they had in their head.
Stop glorifying them and giving them a notoriety and even celebrity that they do not deserve. It's time to just start describing them as they actually are - sick, twisted and extremely strange individuals who really don't deserve any publicity at all. We need to start looking at them in the media in a much colder, dispassionate and even more clinical kind of way.
The narrative needs to be broken!
Yeah the Mac Pro was a completely stupid move. It's managed to be totally impractical and easily confused with a rubbish bin!
A surprisingly poor product for a company with Apple's reputation.
I've a sense the company will be back to its pre Jobsian days, floundering around again. It’s easy to forget Apple was a mess in the 1990s and even well after the initial iMac launch, which was a huge risk - had that failed to catch on, the company was finished.
From Apple's point of view, this is an opportunity to distinguish their hardware from being just another X86 PC, albeit a more expensive one with a different OS and nice looking form factors.
With modern approaches to software, I can't really see how it will make any difference to end users, other than just bringing a new processor to the ecosystem.
I don't really see any evidence or logical reason why they would remove macOS either. It would essentially completely kill their Mac business as iOS is absolutely not a competent replacement for a proper desktop OS. I would drop Macs like a stone if that were to happen and never look back.
It may not be their biggest product, but macOS and the Mac platform is still a pretty big niche. I mean they've the 4th highest laptop shipments globally, which would indicate that there are a lot of machines running macOS out there. Also the professional user base is like marketing gold dust.
They've got all sorts of creatives using Apple hardware and keeping it relevant. They've idiotically messed around with that in the past and it really is an area where they need to remain, as a lot of that 'cool' will wear thin if they're just a mobile phone and tablet maker.
I'd suspect you're just going to see iOS and macOS apps continuing to share more of the same code and a lot more inter compatibility between what are essentially two forks of the same OS anyway.
Well, they'd have fun explaining that one to the DUP, which has the ability to collapse May's self inflicted minority government at a whim.
The Tories are, quite amusingly, snookered by Northern Ireland. They have to somehow come up with a solution that involves preserving the absolute status quo.
This is about as likely to happen as flying pigs, particularly after the whole CA issue being UK based, but also due to UK tendencies towards extreme data retention, snoopers charter etc etc etc
Not a hope in hell of this happening. It's politically toxic across Europe and if anything data protection is something that's one of the core policies of the EU and something that's more likely to end up as a quasi federal central agency eventually, largely due to small states like Ireland not having the resources to police mega corps like Facebook.
Despite all the abusive terms like "remoaners" all I see is a group of commentators who think they should leave the EU, yet have absolutely everything remain exactly how it was.
There are consequences to massive structural changes like this. The UK is leaving the world's largest and the most complex, entirely voluntary and peacefully created intercountry organisation that has ever existed.
The consequences aren't "punishment", they’re reality. Unfortunately, reality isn't a strong point amongst tabloid writers (I'm hesitant to use the term journalists), Brexiteers, Trump supporters and so on. Everything's about rhetoric and spin and private ownership of facts, that are just rebranded opinions.
That could get quite interesting in Ireland as in Dublin and Shannon Airports you actually clear US customs and immigration in Ireland, and land effectively as a US domestic flight. It's very convenient, but I wonder about the exact status of those areas of the airports here in terms of EU data protection laws.
While it won't impact the majority of us (at least from the UK, Ireland, Australia, NZ, Most of Europe end so on) just visiting on 90 day visa waivers, it's still potentially incredibly intrusive. Also a lot of people coming from countries with rapidly growing IT sectors, aren't entitled to visa-waivers into the US, so will be subject to this kind of stuff.
Also, given the way the US has gone politically, pretty normal views could be seen as 'un-American' by someone with a very right wing political leaning.
I could see a lot of people deciding to have conferences and so on in Europe or elsewhere instead of US cities as a result of this. It's really over the top.
They'll want your TheRegister handle ...
I've always thought that the best approach would be to float something up to the edge of the atmosphere then have a much smaller rocket blast to get it out into space.
Using huge rockets just seems unnecessarily crude.
There's no such thing as a 'Commonwealth Citizen' the organisation has no legal powers at all. It's neither a trade organisation nor a political union. It's just a symbolic organisation for former British colonies and nothing more.
A UK resident (citizen of the UK or not) or, possibly someone resident elsewhere in the EU (until Brexit), if the UK could execute an EU arrest warrant would be under pressure, otherwise standard international rules of extradition would apply.
It's a bit of a genie-out-of-bottle situation though. I'm not really sure that you can put it back in.
On the other side of it, the UK's nice traditional tabloid media has also been hugely responsible for what's happened with Brexit and Fox News and others are deeply responsible for the rise of Trump.
Is the problem social media, or is it just a world where we've lost the ability to distinguish between 'content' and 'journalism'.
I just wish they hadn't gotten rid of MagSafe! That was genuinely very useful and I haven't found any USB-C adaptor / cable approach that works quite as well.
They generally have done on my Macs.
Just as long as it also feels ok to type on. I can generally manage to avoid throwing cups of coffee over my MacBook, but I HATE typing on rubbery keyboards.
This has *absolutely nothing whatsoever* to do with EU policy. It's blatant opportunism by a Minister to blame the EU on poor rural broadband that has been entirely in the gift of the UK government i.e. him and his buddies, to solve for years.
There are tons of EU funded programmes, notably cap, but also lots of cohesion funds going into UK regions and rural areas, that will have to be replaced by money from the UK exchequer anyway. A lot of what you put into the EU actually comes back anyway in terms of regional funding.
Then there's all the added costs on the economy of increased export/import costs to access market i.e. possible tariffs and unnecessary bureaucracy and then if £ takes a hammering (which is likely when/if no deal is struck) then the cost of rural broadband equipment and onward connectivity will go way up in relative terms, reducing bang for buck big time as none of is likely to be built in the UK (and even if it were it would be using foreign technology and components).
At this stage, sure why not blame the EU for bad weather. It's utterly bonkers!
Perhaps the phone market is just plateauing in terms of features, but I'm not seeng any phone that I am rushing out to buy as my 'must have'. I have an iPhone 7+ and a Nexus 6P and I quite happy with them and see nothing that's convincing me that I need to upgrade.
A few years ago, display technology was changing very rapidly, screen sizes were increasing and there were all sorts of innovative camera features that actually made a difference.
On top-of-the-market phones, you just expect and get fantastic displays, really good audio, processors that can do most of what you want them to do, etc etc.
I really think this is the point where you'll get a lag as the products don't offer anything amazingly compelling to upgrade. There needs to be some kind of major breakthrough on battery and charging technology, beyond just rapid charge, or something like that before I would jump to an upgrade.
Otherwise, you're really just looking at incremental processor upgrades and natural produce lifecycles as they fail after a few years.
In my opinion, any site holding personal data would be required to use multi-factor security. These hacks are becoming too frequent, and it's fairly obvious that a significant % of users do not understand how insecure their data is, if they don't take adequate precautions.
If they do merge, I'd say that's the end of the Virgin Media brand. It will just be Vodafone.
So, in other words, they hadn't realised this was going to be an issue and are now prepared to try to bluff their way out of it in a negotiation with people who are incredibly well briefed on every nuance of both EU and UK data protection laws.
Previously when we voted again, the EU added protocols to treaties to satisfy the Irish voters. We weren't just voting again on the same treaty without change. That's a total myth that's endlessly repeated by Brexiteers and others who want to make out that the whole thing was anti-democratic.
Irish protocol on Lisbon Treaty - have a read:
If we vote it down and they then address the problems and put it to me again, I might change my mind. Until then, it's getting a big fat NO!
Ireland has to have a referendum on harmonisation of European patents jurisdiction as it involves a court that is not described in our constitution.
In different circumstances, I might agree with the concept as it would streamlines development processes and opens up an easier path to market, but with this joke shop in charge, I will be putting my X right next to the big box marked NO / NIL !
I'm happy with our own patents process, until there's something properly organised to replace it. I would have no confidence in this body at all based on what I've been reading.
The European Commission needs to go back to the drawing board. This simply isn't good enough.
The reason for the delay was the Irish Government and Apple spending months putting legal and financial structures in place to allow the money to be invested in a mutually agreed way and in such a way that the Irish Government isn't left holding the can, should the value of the investment fall.
They spent several months basically crossing all the t's and dotting all the i's.
The issue is that they Irish Revenue Commissioners aren't simply collecting this as tax. They have to set up a special purpose system to hold it. You can't just put that kind of money into a deposit account.
Ireland = Ireland in English and Éire in Irish.
There's nothing any more complicated than any other country.
I say this as someone who lives in Ireland. I think some people are getting a bit too pedantic and looking to find offence when the country is referred to as Éire in in English in Britian. If is one of its official names.
Meanwhile, the UK is the United Kingdom of Great Britian and Northern Ireland.
The adjective used to describe its citizens is somehow "British" rather than UK citizens, even though that would seem to imply someone from the island of Britain.
All of its component nations are referred to as countries, even though they're comparable to states in a federation. It has some of the structures of a federation, but somehow it isn't really one. It's more like England and some other former countries that are still referred to as countries for historical reasons. Sorry Scotland, but unless you declare independence, you're still only a sub national entity that is referred to as a country for legacy reasons.
Then in sport they all play separately, and sometimes Northern Ireland plays with Ireland as Ireland in rugby for example.
Then you've Team GB which would imply the team that represents the island of Great Britian, yet it is actually the UK Olympic team.
Then you've the utterly unfathomable level of complication in terms of how the UK somehow controls a whole series of small islands (including several right next to it) as crown dependencies. These seem to basically function as a money laundering and tax haven system.
Yet somehow Ireland's confusing and complicated ?!?
I've no issue with the feature, but why do it sneakily without user control?
If you want to have performance and no battery life, surely that's a choice issue?
I am getting a bit fed up with what I tend to see as "tech washing" or "app dazzle".
If you are using online technology to simply streamline an existing business and shake up an established market without really providing anything new, it is not a new business.
Other than a change of medium of communication and payment, I don't really see any difference between booking through an app with GPS location, using a phone and a radio cab office or using a telegram, a carrier pigeon and a chequebook and quill for payment. You don't get to just not be regulated because you're an app-based service.
I am also getting a bit sick of this 'gig economy' thing. It's piece work / freelance work and it's incredibly bad for society to start dismantling regular employment, deconstructing what it is and turning people over to what are effectively even worse than zero-hour contracts. The cab business has generally always been a bit like that, but I see other online companies pushing it out in other sectors.
There are tech companies out there who've pioneered entirely new business niches that haven't existed before, but there are plenty that are just shaking up existing markets with an app / website.
People need to start looking beyond the hype and finding the radical innovators that are really creating new markets.
I don't really understand what Apple's reason for being so restrictive with browsers in iOS is anyway.
A few more rendering engines would drive some slickness of experience and I doubt they'd undermine Safari either.
Don’t worry, these jobs will be filled by unskilled, unemployed people who voted Brexit.
Meanwhile, the government needs to ploughing ahead with education cuts because you need those for progress. Damn teachers wasting good money they could be spent on important things!
Ireland has to have a referendum on this patent court and granting if jurisdiction as it clashes with our constitution.
I'll be thinking long ana hard about what I'll be voting for, that's for sure.
Careful now! The concept of using a set of biological sensors mounted in a chamber through which air is passed, and then processing those signals in a poorly described biological computer of some sort is also probably patented.
I'm sorry but how can any supposedly modern democracy hold someone indefinitely without trail?
I find some of these cyber crime based cases in the US have punishments that are completely disproportionate. Actually, in a lot of cases US sentences are completely disproportionate. You'd wonder about extraditing anyone there at all.
Even just based on the fact that their incarceration rate is so high should be an indication of the kind of system they operate.
Prison population per 100,000
Northern Ireland: 78
Republic of Ireland: 79
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