Does anybody think the fine will actually be paid?
398 posts • joined 11 Jul 2007
What a waste of good coffee, could I have another another keyboard please?
I just searched the intranet of the Company I work for (a European company with 100,000+ employees) for the key words "Data Protection Officer" and got zero matches. We ain't got no stinkin DPO!
The last time I dealt with a DPO was when I tried to resolve an issue with a telecom's company who claimed I had extended a contract over the phone and wanted to charge me early termination fees. The Data Protection Office had one single employee who was off on extended leave. (The temporary secretary who was covering for him told me that she probably shouldn't say, but that she thought it was stress related).
The experiment (as originally described) was clearly a multi-generational one, and the amount of power reserves required for it to survive through a lunar night are not actually all that high. However, 'not all that high' could still quickly become higher then 'safe reserves available for secondary functions' if the units insulation, solar panels, battery reserves or any of a dozen other factors were even slightly less efficient then planned, leaving them no choice but to pull the plug. I still say they deserve major credit for even trying.
"The UK is, and always has been, largely welcoming to true immigrants and asylum seekers." Bollocks!
"It's one of the most welcoming countries in Europe". WTF, did you read that in the Daily Mail? Did you also read the words "Windrush", "Hostile Environment Policy", "Deport First, Appeal Later" ?
The UK does charity quite well, but it does not do 'welcoming'.
Does anybody *not in the EU* get to use a .eu? No! So what exactly is the story here?
You may like the Daily Mail narrative of us and them, but UK politicians and bureaucrats have been involved in drafting, negotiating and approving every single thing that has come out of the EU since the 1970's. That is how the EU works and until you understand that you will never understand why the rest of Europe is looking at you in despair and disgust. You started divorce proceedings so you could find a better fuck elsewhere, so do not act surprised when the EU refuses to give you a 'quicky for old times sake'.
AC - Now that is an interesting theory, but I suspect it still has a few kinks in it.
The assertion "27. Which makes Gamma rays, 1x10^20hz ~ 99.99% W per Spin, and light at 10^15hz is ~99.9999999% W per spin. Gamma rays should be slower in a vacuum than light." has an implication that radio waves should travel faster then light, something which has never been observed.
"So once the request has been completed, there is no real reason for keeping the information around..." Not quite correct. If your Alexa initiates a 'contractual' agreement on your behalf (ie "Alexa, buy me a new toy Yoda") then the record must be kept for as long you can refute the contract.
What goes on in your bedroom between consenting adults is your business, no matter how distasteful others may find it. And as a self-professed liberal, I have a moral obligation to defend your right to continuing doing what ever it is you want, but that doesn't mean I can't ask you to keep the fcuking noise down. These guys have a closed shop development group so if they want to indulge in superstitious rituals, it makes no difference to me whether they use agile scrum, group hugs or Benedictine Christianity, as long as they keep the doors closed.
If you change one detail in the Bloomburg storey, then most of the contradictions and denials go away. Think what would happen if Bloomburg were to come out with a correction along the lines of... "So sorry, did we give the say the spying chip was Chinese? No, they just made it for us."
"Many people think they need to spend years studying advanced math first [to learn AI]"
As someone who has spent those years and learnt advanced data science (including the niche that is AI/ML), I initially laughed at the idiots who thought they could use AI/ML for all sorts of applications. Now I think that those years were wasted when I see PFYs being paid more then me to produce 'applications' with embedded AI's. When challenged to explain how they work (if they work) they claim it is too complicated for anyone but an expert to understand, when in fact it is usually just a pretty crude decision tree.
I think you meant republic, not democracy.
If the majority in a democracy decide the police can beat your door down, reason or none, then there is not much you can do about it. In a republic, or a democratic republic, the power of the majority is constrained by a constitution or charter. A simple majority decision is not sufficient to infringe on an individuals rights. A small difference, but an important one.
5G is not 'innovative startup' tech, it is boring, big business, infrastructure tech. Think of it more like water supplies and sewerage then bit coins and block chain. And what ever your personal opinions on Nokia phones, along with Ericsson and Hauwei, Nokia are major contenders in the telecoms infrastructure business.
Does nobody else think this whole security risk business is getting a little out of hand? If you want a genuinely secure box, then you don't need to worry about whether or not it has any of the go-faster features that convinced us to buy it in the first place, you simply need to ensure that it is not connected to anything. For ultimate security, don't turn it on. If you must turn it on, then you must assume it is not ultimately secure and treat it with the appropriate caution. What is so difficult about that?
"Just because dropbox isn't 100% secure, doesn't mean your local version should also be weak."
I am afraid that you have that backwards. Security is as good as its *weakest* link, not its strongest. It doesn't matter how secure your data is locally, if you leave it unencrypted on the bus, in the cloud or on dropbox, then it is not secure.
I think this is a good move.
For some unexplained reason, some people seem to think that because of their having made a little effort to secure data on their local disk, it is somehow still secure when shared with dropbox. It is only a few extra minutes work to set up a non-secure partition on Linux that can be shared with dropbox which would help make it (more) obvious to the user that no matter how secure your data is locally, anything outside that security net is, well, outside that security net.
I am not a tax expert but I had a quick look at the HMRC web site and I couldn't find any reference to 'fair share'.
Amazon in the UK obey the laws passed by UK politicians including the tax laws. If UK politicians want them to pay a different amount of tax, all they have to do is change the tax law. Of course they wont do that because the new laws would apply to all companies, including Stemcor. Instead, they prefer to get a few column inches by grandstanding without doing anything, it just happens that this particular politician is unusually stupid and/or hypocritical given her family connections.
An all-weather aircraft that the RAF are afraid to fly in less the perfect weather is an embarrassment, but the sight of it failing to land on the ship explicitly designed for it would just prove that the Royal Navy can screw up an acquisition process every bit as well as the RAF.
"There's 27 of them, so they have a fair choice....
Which one of them is going to take up the UK position in the financial world? Or pay the UK share of the budget?"
Financial services accounts for roughly 7% of the UK GDP at about £120b. Since Frankfurt, Paris and Dublin have already picked up a good deal of the financial markets business and most of the rest will follow, the income from that should help offset the 'pain' of losing the UK' s share of the EU budget. I wonder what the May and crew have lined up to replace that source of income?
It is your *registered address*! It is the address that you have chosen to register as the *public* point of contact for the website that you have chosen to *publicly* publish! Of course this must continue. Your lack of ability to set up a spam filter or use a firstname.lastname@example.org address doesn't stop you from publishing the site (though maybe it should) so why should it stop me from inviting to partake of the latest special offer?
Every fad that I have come through has, with hindsight, brought at least some advantages over its predecessor but not one single one of them lived up to the marketing hype, and most even failed at their major selling point. Remember how OO was going to create a world of reuse-ability? When will the evangelists get the message that each fad they are singing the praises of is not "THE ANSWER", it is just a tool, and that every professional knows that some tools are better at some jobs then others.
Can somebody please explain to this poor thick Irishman what the British politicians think is going on?
A rather small and self interested group of people supported by the media they owned managed to force/trick/con a tiny majority of the British population into thinking that leaving the EU would be a good idea. OK, well sh1t happens and maybe leaving is the right thing for the British nation (though I strongly doubt it) but having then (unnecessarily) signed and delivered divorce papers to Europe, why on earth would anybody think they would be able to keep the best silver or that their requests for a quickie 'for old times sake' would be granted? Sorry lads (and lasses), the only people who do well from a divorce are the lawyers. If the costs of Galileo, or any other project that British politicians representing British voters agreed to is increased by the actions of British politicians, then British voters and tax payers will have to pay those costs.
Am I the only one to get nervous about the use of 'goto' statements in the code?
If (err == 0) goto retry;
Huh? Does zero mean no error, in which case why are they retrying, or is it a recoverable error, in which case why not use the appropriate constant?
I don't know who approved it or why, but I can see why they didn't spot this problem. I don't know what other problems they have missed but I am sure they are there.
For a story about the benefits of open source, you have picked a very poor example.
Daily Mail reader I presume? Nice attempt to associate recreational drug use with emotive headlines without the use of evidence. Just think, if governments got their head together and taxed drugs they way they do booze, 90% of societies drug related problems would be solved overnight, but I suspect that doesn't fit with your view of the world.
When the US banned the use of Huawei telecoms equipment from federal contracts it was because they claimed (without evidence) that Huawei equipment was phoning US secrets home to China. Snowdon later proved that the NSA had corrupted US company equipment to do exactly that.
If the US is now banning Kaspersky for phoning home to the FSB, then I think it must be safe to assume that US software has already been corrupted to do exactly that. Methinks it is time to find alternate suppliers.
When was the last time that the person paying for a hundred shovels actually used a one of them?
The 'customer' is the person signing the check and has a correspondingly loud voice. The user is almost always a completely different person with completely different needs and requirements and, in my experience at least, is a person without a voice.
30 comments or more, and not even one that actually defends agile as a way of working. It has been around for 25 years and mainstream for 10 to 15 years, and yet the most supportive comments here still damn agile with faint praise.
Is it time to finally admit that the fad has past? That agile is merely a tool to be used when appropriate.
"I own a computer and have the skills and ability to do harm with it - does that mean I have a pre-meditated intent to do so?"
No, because a computer is not primarily designed to do harm, and has many practical uses other than doing harm. An assault rifle on the other hand, does not.
You own firearms, that means it is safe to assume you intend to shoot them. If you own a firearm whose only purpose is to shoot people, then yes, it is safe to assume you intend to shoot people.
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