What about them? When a large truck is heading for my self-driving car, I would rather that it did not take that as an opportunity to contemplate the significance of id and ego on a semi-autonomous entity.
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All three are valid and may not be what you want to submit to the TSA.
Apart from the custom security chips and fitting them to all(?) their servers, (more details would be welcome here!) they seem to be doing exactly the same as any other reasonably large enterprise. I would be interested in knowing the quality and thoroughness of the implementation, which tends to vary in organizations I have been involved with.
Not the end of free press, the
Sorry, but the more I read, the less this sounds like the end of a free-press, though it might spell the end of the current 'can't touch-me' attitude that a small but dangerous minority of the press enjoy. The legal and financial threats that the papers are claiming will put them out of business are the same ones that the publishers having been using to ignore or silence their victims for years.
All this talk of Fascist, racist and/or biased personalities is a distraction from the fact that today, an individual who believes they have been wronged by the press has no recourse but to take on the expense of a high court case. Section 40 will give them an additional option, fixed cost arbitration. The publisher can choose to accept the result of arbitration and the case is closed. The publisher can refuse to accept the result of arbitration and go to court, and the publisher can refuse to go to arbitration in the first place. Either action will result in the publisher being liable for the legal bills meaning the publisher can no longer ignore complaints from people who can't afford a high court case. And since the act explicitly says "the court must award costs against the defendant unless satisfied that ..." the the publisher need not worry about frivolous cases as they will be appropriately punished by the courts.
Re: Accuracy of Reporting
Now, now, a little more accuracy please. This is important.
Arbitration is a fixed cost process unless you choose not to abide by the findings while the cost to the victim of an incorrect article is open ended.
As an industry, you have had years to clean up your act, and have chosen not to.
Accuracy of Reporting
I am not convinced that the article actually reflects the truth of the situation that Section 40 covers. As I understand it, if some one is upset by an published storey, then the publisher has the option to a) go to arbitration or b) pay all the lawyers. The fact that El Reg doesn't like the current arbitration choices is not (IMHO) sufficient reason to block the law.
If you want an alternative perspective, why not have a look at the Myth Busters take on it. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1269663/
If I build a fence around a pitch and call it a football ground, I can charge people to enter the ground to watch a match, but can I sue the people who don't enter but watch the match by looking through gaps in the fence? No, of course not. My fence, my problem to block the gaps.
Can I sue the guy outside the fence who is renting step ladders that let people look over the fence?
Can I sue the guy who invites his mates around because his apartment overlooks the fence?
How about if the fence is made of gold plated unobtainium and cost me millions and makes me billions?
I think this is one fad that has run its course. If nothing else, the one thing that cloud has brought to the software world is the separation of software from the environment it runs in, and since the the Ops side of DevOps is all about the integration of the platform and software, what you end up with in a cloudy world is a lot of people looking for a new job.
Re: Provided by?
Yes they can touch personal encryption. It is currently a jail-able offence to not reveal an encryption key when demanded - even when it is not possible to prove that there is anything encrypted.
“The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.” - George Orwell, 1984.
Re: Science? What happened to "hypothesis" vs "theory"?
Duh... How else are you going to get a grant?
Does the A-10 still have a role to play on the battle field? Has its niche not been filled by attack helicopters?
Re: Clarification on LTE call/SMS interception (not!)
"So let's get rid of 2G fast, please." Why? It is simple, it is cheap and it works.
Why not get rid if the idiotic thinking that says a phone (wireless or otherwise) can be used securely. Must people would agree that a phone is fine for telling people you are on the train when you don't give a damn about being overheard, but is probably not ideal when trying to explain the results of your nearest and dearest's STD exam.
Re: 120 years away?
Sadly, no. Did you not read the article? They have achieved fusion power. It just took 1.4 million amps of power generated by something else to generate fusion power for two seconds.
Re: re: Sure, anyone can read them
Just as anyone who picks up your wallet and takes out your payslip knows exactly how much you are being paid. Knowable to the public is not the same as publicly known.
There is only one benifit to smart meters
The only benefit that I have been able to identify for smart meters is the remote application of variable tariffs. Instead of just a flat rate, or the current 'night rate' (which requires the fitting of a separate meter) suppliers can apply actual hourly rated or worse (better?) variably rated tariffs. If anyone here is old enough to remember the pre-mobile phone era and paper phone bills, then they may remember the massive change caused to teenagers lives by the introduction of itemized phone bills. I suspect the electricity consumer market may be in for a similar awakening.
Re: anyone play shadowrun?
Ssshhh!!! Be quiet or you will have the lawyers onto you for releasing the script of the next Bond movie.
$280 million buyout, contingent on $250 million launch. Did they have any other assets or am I missing something?
I would see that as encouragement to explore non-proprietary options.
...when the drone flew alongside it.
Cool, a drone that can fly at 140knots (160+ miles an hour)! Where can I get one of them?
Drakes equation and statistics
>>>Not to mention, Drake's equation - the chance of observing THAT EXACT MOMENT of someone building this ridiculous structure (rather than it not being built yet, it being already built, or it already having blown to pieces long ago) is basically zero.
Yes it's a long shot, but is it exactly a million to one yet?
Yes, it is pretty odd. But to determine how odd, I think you would have to check all the places he flew to in the Simulator against all the places he didn't have a reason to go to in real life.
Re: 16 million holes?
I would like to propose the Albert Hall as the new El Reg unit of measure for counting holes. "Now we know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall."
I get it
I get the deploy benefits, but in my experience, deploying a solution is not the solution, it is merely one aspect of solution delivery, a thorny one admittedly, but no customer has ever paid me to for the deployment. I get the scaling of the application, the ability to just run up additional instances on demand and drop them when they are no longer needed, which leads directly to what makes containerization so good for testing, the ability to blow away what was there and start again clean. However, this is exactly what makes containerization a problem for me; If you are blowing away an instance when you no longer need it, what exactly was the point of doing it in the first place? Stateless activities are (IMHO) meaningless unless they take place within a statefull context, and I don't think Docker et. al. have grasped that.
I never quite got containers...
I never quite got containers and this article has brought my problem nicely into focus. I was brought up with the idea that the whole (and only) point of software was to take some data from one place, transform it in a way that adds value and put it somewhere else. Containers could never do that which explains why I never got the point of them.
Foot, Point, shoot.
You have to wonder who is responsible for US foreign policy these days, and if they have ever had to do any planning beyond the next quarter.
The US gov tells US companies that they can't sell their chips to China. Why? So China can't build a more powerful super-computer then the US. What did they think would happen next? Did they really hope that China would just kowtow and give up trying? Have they ever done that before? So China did exactly what China always does and learnt how to build the chips it needs itself. Now it no longer needs to buy any US made chips for its super-computers. And guess what? It longer needs to buy US made chips for its ordinary computers either. And because it will make so many, it can sell them to anybody else who wants them for less then the US companies can sell them. I wonder just how long the US chip industry has left? And more importantly, what act of incredible stupidity will the US try next to 'save' the US chip industry?
Talk about short-sighted! Should have gone to spec-savers!
"There are two sound ways to ensure that children are not exposed to dangerous or disturbing content,"
Three! The third option is for parents to take responsibility for their children.
Given how this intelligentsia reacts to criticism,
"Given how this intelligentsia reacts to criticism,"... No risk of you falling into that camp then.
Please don't take this as a criticism, but I am not actually sure what your criticism is. The machine shows the researchers what it sees, how they choose to interpret that data is up to them, but, in theory at least, their conclusions and assertions are supposed to be peer reviewed prior to publication (you were referring to peer reviewed papers weren't you?) and if they were publishing rubbish, as you seem to be suggesting, that suggests a problem with the review or publishing process, not with the machine or underlying science.
Re: Interesting observation...
In all fairness, I really don't think most Brits know anyone else's language...
Re: It's a negotiation.....
I don't think you get it. The 'banks' wont go, there are perfectly good banks already in Frankfurt and Paris. The debt wont go, the British get to keep that. The facility to do cross euro trades will be reduced to the same level as that of other non-EU banks making them less attractive for cross EU business. Only the better
wbankers will go, and their business of course.
Good job the English never behaved like that... Oh wait.
Do you honestly believe that? You have just filed for divorce and you are still expecting conjugal rights?
Paris icon because even she isn't that thick.
There are about 4.5 million people in the Republic of Ireland, which is 'officially' bi-lingual, ie the official languages are Irish and English (in that order). So that leaves less than 2.25 million native English speakers out of a population of over 500 million. As a good (Irish) European citizen, I am not sure that I want my tax money spent on translating every single document the already verbose EU produces into a language that is spoken by not much more then 1% of the EU population. Polish is (and will remain) an official EU language as the 40 million Poles are members in good standing.
Cost benefit analysis
He actually only got two years for tax dodging, the other two were for child benefit fraud.
Work for nine years @ 0% tax, do two years inside. income = 9/11 = 82% of gross potential
Work for nine years @20% corporate tax and 40% personal tax, income = 48% of gross potential
Just think. All of the lawyers getting rich off this spat are lawyers not trying to get rich off something that matters.
Does anybody remember?
Does anybody remember when small business's bought computers to help them with their business? What part of the sys admin and patch management that is required for Win10 is helping a small business to do business? In much the same way that DEC captured the medium enterprise market from IBM when IBM thought it was too small to count, I suspect that Microsoft has accidentally walked away from the SME market. I wonder who will fill it?
Maybe I am just older then you but all the cool things that I remember IBM announcing are now available to me.
Re: I think there is a wonderfull message behind this
"Good grief it's a wonder that any software has been developed at all."
Haven't you been paying attention? No working software has been developed at all.
Google 'Bjarne Stroustrup interview' for a really entertaining and informative read, and although it is claimed that the interview was a spoof, I would suggest the the progress of the F35 software suite proves otherwise.
High school equation
If I read my wiki right, Orbital velocity (Vo) is proportional to the the square root of Big G times Mass divided by radius.
Turn it around and Mass is velocity squared times radius divided by Big G.
Unlike San Francisco, Dublin has the capacity for further expansion
Capacity for expansion? Really? You obviously don't know Dublin very well.
Let me remind you; Airport to the north, mountains to the south and sea to the east. The expansion to the west was supposed to have been 'planned' in five fingers separated by green spaces, you could argue that one survives. One of the five (Tallaght) has a rapid transit route into the city (~35mins). The second and third largest conurbations in Ireland are suburbs of Dublin, one of them has a hospital, the other doesn't.
Are your sub-editors on strike or are you using Office 365 for your spell check? For an 'article' that is just cut-and-paste from a press release, the writing is as bad as I have ever seen on el-reg.
Just think of the possibilities for fun you could have if you hacked into Alis. Those are not your target coordinates, these are. Detect an fault on a minor sensor, better be safe and shut down the engine just in case.
Re: This is a lie
The breach was 'through' an email server, not 'of' an email server, and if their company was anything like mine, in one, in all. As for worrying about 5M/min and the time taken to move terabytes, I call BS. Any top company is going to have better then 50M/sec and if you do much international video conferencing, as I expect they do, then 500M/sec is not unreasonable.
If I were the hacker, I would look at creating an AWS storage and backup account in the targets name and run regular backups to it. No reason for the companies IT department to be suspicious and 3TB would cost less then $2000.
Dodgy dealings doubled
"The documents landed first at German outlet Sueddeutsche Zeitung last year".
Last year! Why has it taken so long for any mention of it to be released? Could it be that the actual guilty parties have been given a chance to clean up their act? David Cameron's daddy was a bit naughty, but was David really that squeaky clean? How about Blair or Sarkozy, Chirac or Merkel. I don't care about Putin as I expect him to be bent, but I would love to know about the Clintons and Trumps of this world.
Why is there any surprise that they brought it in house? They require a physical storage for lots of infrequently accessed data. That requires infrastructure and costs no matter who physically controls it so they either pay some one else enough to make a profit doing it or pay for it themselves and keep the profit someone else would make.
Re: Bernoulli's Principle?
"if the lift came from downwash..." but it doesn't come from downwash, does it? Any object being pushed through the air with a positive aspect ratio will push the air it displaces down and forwards. The reaction is up (lift) and back (drag). The pressure differences at different parts of the wings surface are not the cause of the lift, they are a consequence of it.
No! No! A thousand times NO!
"it's fair to say that the majority of law-abiding citizens would want prosecutors to be able to access evidence that could help convict someone of a serious crime, regardless of how strongly they feel about their own personal privacy."
No it is not fair to say that. It would be fair to say that citizens object strongly to innocent citizens having their rights violated, whether by criminals or by the criminal justice system. It would also be fair to say that citizens expect investigators to follow a trail of evidence to its logical conclusions, remembering at all times that all citizens are innocent until proven otherwise. If, and only if sufficient evidence warrants it, should prosecutors consider bringing criminal charges. Does this mean that some criminals will get away with it? Yes. That is one of the prices to be paid for living in a fair and honest civilization. The alternative approach, which is to assume that everyone (you included) is a criminal, has been tried many times, and has failed every time.
Re: RS still has 2,128 in stock.
About a wheel barrows worth by my reckoning, possibly closer to a hat box in official El Reg measures. My Pi 2 box (still waiting for my three to arrive) was 3.5x7.5x12cm or 315cm volume. 1285 of them would have a volume of 404775 cubic cm or a cube of 74cm per side (about 2'6" x 2'6" x 2'6").
The cloud just got physical!