Just watch out...
... for any white robots...
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... for any white robots...
"... and you make that haystack massively bigger, it will mean that sometimes you won’t find that needle."
Something I've commented many a time in here.
Of course that doesn't mean that you won't *find* a needle (or, at least, someone^H^H^thing that *looks* like a needle) and you'll spend lots of resources dealing with that False Positive and probably ruining someone's life in the process until it turns out you made a mistake...
"If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged." - Cardinal Richlieu
"It is very difficult to establish they took insufficient care."
So HMRC have to prove that Google "took insufficient care", whereas the rest of us would have to prove the *we* "took sufficient care".
The Golden Rule: He who has the gold, makes the rules...
Are you kidding? They couldn't afford how much it costs for him to get out of his tomb in the morning (evening?)
"...to ask the Government to consult on ways to protect British citizens from GCHQ's bulk snooping and hacking powers, which are intended to be limited to “overseas-related” communications, and on ways to increase the Judicial oversight and decrease the Executive power when it comes to surveillance."
How, exactly, does this Committee "fail" to ask such important questions, unless there are members with a specific brief of "Make sure the Committee doesn't start asking awkward questions that will highlight what we're actually trying to do..."
What I'd have liked to have seen is for them to create two contributors (let's call them Alice and Bob, as is traditional) and get them to both submit the same code (with appropriate modifications so they're not obviously identical).
Do this a few times and in random order and see which gets accepted more often.
At least *someone* gets that the sort of scam is a waste of everybody's (except the lawyers') time!
Fine, let the companies sue for the *real* cost of their loss (ie what they'd get from a sale or rental of their product, but not get to parlay that into a shake-down with claims of "distribution" or other such nonsense.
EDIT ERROR IN THE ABOVE POST...
"that giving it all to FB would cripple any local attempts to do the same thing since FB could give it away for free for long enough to bankrupt any competition."
I managed to miss out a few words in the above after a cut-and-paste:
"that giving it all to FB would be a great idea, even though that would cripple any local attempts to do the same thing since FB could give it away for free for long enough to bankrupt any competition.
"The venture capitalist and Facebook board member Marc Andreessen"
That pretty much sums up what is going on here, Mr Andreessen, for all his fine words and logical fallacies is really only interested in the bottom line. He and Zuck have seen a lucrative market which is just ripe for the
fplucking with lots of customers who they want to get hooked on their product with a "free sample" knowing that if they can get in first, they'll have an almost guaranteed monopoly which they can exploit and sell to their advertisers.
This has *nothing* to do with benefitting the Indian people, nor is it that "Western activists" are "seeking to prohibit any free data services, which they consider fails their politically-correct definition of ‘net neutrality’", that's a total red herring, it is people who can see the risks of letting them control it and want to prevent that from happening.
It also has nothing to do with colonialism or nannying or thinking the Indian people are too stupid to understand, it's about making sure that the politicians and regulators don't decide (based on generous "campaign contributions" or any other such things) that giving it all to FB would cripple any local attempts to do the same thing since FB could give it away for free for long enough to bankrupt any competition.
Personally I don't think that's a good thing and Indian businesses should be allowed to develop their own products for the benefit of their own people.
> The recent Hatton Garden investigation relied heavily on CCTV and ANPR footage,
Good job it didn't rely on the burglar alarms that were switched off...
> Let's say in 3 years time that suspect is arrested on an unrelated crime but a vehicle registered to him for the past 5 years (after searching the database) shows he was at or near that scene at the time, whilst not conclusive it gives the Police the indication that it is worth investigating him further for that particular crime. Surely people see that too - no?
You (like many others) set up a hypothetical situation where, obviously, the "right" answer is the one that supports your position.
However that still does not justify speculatively holding on to all that data for all that time *just in case* it might be useful at some unspecified point in the future when there is the danger of all that data being *ab*used in ways that threaten our privacy and civil liberties.
"It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer" - Sir William Blackstone 1755
> (1) If a track of number plates from an ANPR camera helped locate an abducted child, yay!
This sort of speculative argument is a main plank of the Police's
excuses explanation for why they want to keep all that data and snoop on us all.
But, like all the other such hypothetical scenarious and wiith all the ANPR data that's been collected already, has this *ever* happened...?
"Well, it's never happened yet, but it *could* possibly, one day"
It's not very convincing, yet people keep falling for it.
> There are far more erosions of privacy and infringement of human rights going on without worrying about this.
But each one *needs* to be highlighted and opposed and every time someone says "I don't have a problem with it", let alone "I have nothing to hide..." it's another victory for those who feel that only a 100% Surveillance State will make
their little empires us "safe".
... "We could, but we're not going to because it's too difficult and we *like* having lots of data about you..."
> One day, I might change my mind. Or I might not.
Let me guess, you have Nothing To Hide (tm)...
"Excuse me, Mr TRT, a vehicle with your number plate was spotted at XYZ location, right next to where a serious offence of child abduction was committed. Do you have anything to prove that you *weren't* there? What's that you say? It's 300 miles away from your home? Doesn't matter, you have no alibi, therefore you are under arrest and, as part of our evidence gathering we'll take your DNA, sieze your phone, your computer and interview your neighbours and your co-workers and boss and make sure they know why we arrested you..."
... there's another bunch of cnuts here who think they can hold back the tide...
* Yes, I know he was doing it to prove to his Court that his powers were nothing compared to that of God, but don't spoil it, ok?!
> replacing them with excise and other consumption taxes
So your solution would be to tax practically *all* the income of the lowest paid (who cannot afford to save and need to spend most of what they earn just to keep a roof over their head and eat) whilst the highly paid get taxed on only a tiny fraction of their income whilst the rest of it gets shuffled off abroad into tax havens...
... when I used to play Traveller and Elite, I always wondered what those "Corporate State" governments would actually be like.
Now I know and it doesn't look like a good thing :-(
> in the end, all the idiotic plotting a scheming for naught
Would that that was definitely the case, but the fact that such an illiberal and clandestine power grab has already managed to get so far makes me think that whoever is behind this has already planned for this and will ensure that the votes go the "right" way for them.
"Err, but only in the same room..."
> if there was ever a good rationale for taxation to benefit the poor, this is it. You can't avoid SOME positive effects on a population newly exposed to big pipes, right? Beats most other social spending anyway.
I can hear your teeth gritting from here on the other side of the pond...
But will the computer voice start singing "You'll Never Walk Alone"?
You're missing my point: You're offering a False Dilemma where it's "either kill X or Y", I'm pointing out that most of the scenarios that claim such things are actually avoidable in the first place.
As for black ice, it's not difficult to have sensors measuring the temperature and slipperiness of the road surface and share that data with other vehicles, not to mention being able to independently control the power/ braking of each wheel to avoid loss of control.
I keep seeing these hypothetical scenarios (which tend to get more and more outlandish with stupid setups about train tracks with ten people on one side of the points and only one on the other) and my observation is "which idiot designed this system where such a thing could happen in the first place"?
I know someone who is a Police Motorcyclist and he comments about the number of times he's taken an accident report where someone says "suddenly" or "unexpectedly" or "out of the blue", which actually translates as "I wasn't paying enough attention".
Self-driving cars have 360 degree attention, so nothing short of an explosion will "surprise" them.
When you learn Advanced Driving or Riding, you learn about Riding/ Driving Plans where you are constantly evaluating everything that's going on around you and thinking "if that lorry suddenly swerves, where would I go?" or "If the car behind the one coming in the opposite direction starts to pull out, can I brake in time or, at least, sound my horn and flash my lights to make them aware of my presence so they back out?"
Sure, sometimes you will meet a suicidal or drunken idiot or that lorry's tyre will blow out and spread flying rubber all over the road, but there are so many of these scenarios which can be dealt with without needing to decide "who dies?"
> If you have autonomous cars interacting, this shouldn't happen
Getting more people on two wheels (bicycle or motorbike) would also stop a lot of that happening. Traffic flow algorithms clearly demonstrate that, whilst two-wheel users may take up a similar amount of space in freely moving traffic as cars etc, as soon as congestion starts, they "disappear" because they are filtering through the gaps instead of taking up space.
Also two wheel users take up a lot less parking space too.
Unfortunately you get greedy councils like Westminster who decide that charging motorbikes for parking is a sensible move :-(
The problems you list could all be fixed by, instead of "firing" the meatsack drivers, *educating* them properly.
The current Driving Test is only just fit for purpose, it only says that someone has achieved the bare minimum skill level to be allowed out in control of a vehicle, yet for most people they pass and think "I know everything about how to drive" before forgetting most of it and acting like an idiot.
If people would just learn a bit of sense and consideration, road use would be a much more pleasant experience for everyone.
Lego, of course!
But will it be 187.5% better?
Read it in the toilet, then every time you finish a page...
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The post is required, and must contain letters.
'..."Apple, Facebook, GitHub, Google, the Mozilla Foundation, Twitter and Yahoo," it notes that the city is "a natural jurisdiction to take the lead in developing and certifying an open voting system."'
Thank you for voting, would you like to take a quick survey?
She voted for candidate X, you'll never guess what happened next...
Click here to tweet how you voted...
Update your phone software now!
> Fell or pushed?
Those Soap Dishes can get really mean...
Naturally his next move will be to get the Government to ban security or encryption of such things or require businesses to install back doors...
... which was pulled out of someone's arse by a security company which wants to scare you into using their products...
... been involved in a collision?
You may be entitled to compensation!
> Facebook is not the only entity trying to help India who will be hurt by India's decision to can Free Basics;
Yes, there are other big businesses who are trying to get a hammerlock on a massive emerging market and block everyone else out before anyone realises that they've been screwed...
> Facebook will keep trying to help more people in India, and everywhere, get online because getting online brings prosperity;
Especially for Zuck!
> Facebook cares about you. Yes, even you. Which is why Facebook is going to ridiculous lengths to provide internet connections all over the planet and especially in its poor parts.
And no doubt they're Thinking About the Children too! (And how to monetise them...)
... or Trojan Horse?
And "Free Basics" sounds so much like Freebasing where, of course, the first hit is free, but then you're hooked and it starts to cost...
You open the gates, you let them in and suddenly you find that your people are hooked on something which doesn't benefit them so much as it benefits those advertisers and data merchants who are rubbing their hands with glee at the millions of extra sets of eyeballs which are now looking at *their* products and nobody else (not to mention the politicians et al who got tidy "campaign contributions" for their support).
Meanwhile your local industry finds itself blocked out of its own country because it can't afford to compete with the money that Zuck can throw at this (take a loss for five years simply to bankrupt the competition? No problems...)
The "racism" and "colonialism" angle is a complete red herring, does it matter *who* tells you the information provided you understand what is going on?
> ask yourselves whether you really want to go down as the imperialists of the 21st Century.
Hmm, nice False Analogy...
PS as for the "Are Indians too stupid...?" headline, I invite readers to familiarise themselves with Betteridge's Law of Headlines"
"On the back of us flogging everything we can to our mates in business"
"and because of our loathing of state-owned services and our values which say that healthcare can be run for profit"
... to get a well known phrase or saying:
Toss Couldn't A Give
In IVF treatment, more ova are fertilised than are actually implanted.
> Everyone needs an Igor to help make new friends.
(Well, the Troll icon looks like it could be an Igor...)
I presumed that was code for "Asked his mum" (presumably he still lives with her...)
> can i have my coffee back please? it's on the floor ...
Well at least you missed the keyboard and monitor!
> who is the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow? The chaps behind the curtain I think we know
Call me David, Gideon Osborne and Treasonous May, of course.
Pay no attention to NewsCrap, Greed4S, Screwco, Crapita et al lurking behind the curtain...
... the Government are still completely clueless about the whole issue, but they think that if they stamp their little feet and demand the moon on a stick, the service providers can somehow wave a magic want and make all their dreams come true...
(And, of course, the Government justifies all of this because of "Paedos and Terrorists and Drug Dealers, Oh my!")
> Also, they can unlock doors in the house to which you don't have the key
And come in when they feel like it, repaint the walls, move the furniture around and change the favourite channels on your TV...
... and if you don't like it, they say "fine, you can always move out..."
... your phone.
We are just kindly giving you permission to use it, but only in ways that *we* approve of...
> Replying to 300 or 400 emails at a time is easy if your software lets you do a select-all-and-reply-with-this-text to ensure everyone gets their own personal "your email is important to us" message.
Especially when the reply they send back simply parrots the Party Line which completely ignores all comments that anyone has made...
> The problem is that MP's (correctly) believe that they don't care enough to do anything more than tweet. Like vote against them.
No, the MPs (correctly) believe that it doesn't matter a damn how many people complain or write petitions or stage demonstrations because of the golden rule: He who has the gold, makes the rules...
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