I don't remember Doomwatch, I suspect I was a bit too young to watch it at the time, but it sounds right up my street for some nostalgic 70s viewing. This is the sort of thing the BBC should be making available on iPlayer not Eastenders, Masterchef and the rest of the tripe they have on there.
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There is a simple solution to make Zuck take the committee seriously... get the country's major ISPs to block Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp until he answers the committee's questions in person and in detail. He'd be on the next plane to the UK before you could say "spotty little oik."
Re: Seems that
"who are then unfriended"
If you were really bothered about this you would have no one to unfriend because you would have closed your FB account. I've never had a FB account and regularly told my friends they shouldn't either, causing them to look at me like I have two heads so all I have to worry about is the shadow profile. I hope they have a robust process for shadow profile deletion requests in 10 days time.
Re: Probably mentioned already but
"parents take some responsibility for their kids"
Hahahahahahahaha. You must be joking, modern parents won't even stop their evil progeny running all over the supermarket screaming. When I was a kid my mother would have smacked me and locked me in the car for the behaviour I see in supermarkets and shopping malls.
"I frantically press at FF multiple times to get to track 10.... and now I’ve gone past the end and find myself back at track 1 again."
I used to have a cheap Sony CD player that would go back from track 1 to the last track on the disc when pressing the back button, much easier. You bought the wrong CD player.
"I bought it because the vibration strength on my phone is so weak... My phone has LTE and Wi-Fi that I leave nearly permanently disabled (I don't even have a sim card in it)"
What on earth do you need a stronger vibrate function for if you have all networking disabled? Why do you even carry a phone?
Make your mind up Gartner
No one is using Blockchain.
No one plans to use Blockchain.
There aren't enough skilled engineers to implement Blcokchains.
Seems to me that last statement is at odds with the first two. If (almost) no one is doing or planning Blockchain then how can there be a shortage of engineers? Make your mind up Gartner.
@Voland's right hand Re: Diversity in action ...
And you need to shut the fuck up on a subject you clearly know nothing about.
"or something the Scots have scrapped off the bottom of the barrel"
The gas basin is in the Southern North Sea, off the coast of the home counties, the Scottish parts of the North Sea contain mostly oil. There is a lot of gas still in the gas basin and also the Irish Sea off the coast of Morecambe. If the UK government could manage a stable tax regime for more than 5 minutes the oil & gas companies could build / repair the infrastructure to provide most if not all of the UK's gas requirements.
Re: "get those taken down"
"if someone looks for "suicide" is better to return results about how to get help"
That might help someone considering suicide (unlikely but maybe) but it most definitely won't help someone who is researching suicide for other reasons. Say a journalist trying to find the average suicide rate. A search engine should not make value decisions like that but should just present the data, properly sorted and indexed.
It has become so intertwined with how the world works
Not my world.
I don't have a Facebook account (or Twitter, Instagram, WhatSnap, etc) and have no compulsion to get one. Unfortunately the FB app has been factory installed on many of my smartphones but I always lock it behind a PIN so I can't accidentally open it and have blocked it from all persmissions so it can't send anything back to Zuckerborg HQ.
As for apps collecting data, that isn't required either. None of the Android apps I've written collect any data and I've avoided things like Application Insights because they have always sounded far too intrusive to me.
So it is entirely possible not to suck on Satan's cock, you just have to make the right choice.
"Imagine the added emotional damage of a mother figure attempting to kill the 2001 crew and the residual misgivings that would have produced with the arrival of Siri, Cortana or Alexa."
I guess the author and owners of such devices have never watched a little known Ridley Scott film in which a female styled computer called 'Mother' is instrumental in infecting the ship's crew with a parasite that kills almost all of them. I think its called Alien.
Surprise UK raid of Cambridge Analytica delayed: Nobody expects the British information commissioner!
"Your correspondent was the only journalist present for large parts of both cases."
Good on you for being present to cover the whole case. It is very interesting and will set an important precedent.
Shame on the rest of your profession, especially the newspapers, for not bothering their arses. Fie for shame!
Re: the Digital arm of the UK's National Health Service
I was just coming here to say that. It always annoys me when Reg articles talk about "the UK NHS" because there is no such thing or even just "the NHS" because I have no idea if what they are talking about affects me in Scotland (usually it doesn't).
(and presumably Wales)
This whole thing stinks to the heavens and I'm not talking about AMD's security. A company I've never heard of, a report that was published without responsible disclosure, no POC code, no CVE numbers, the vendor given 24h notice yet a random security researcher (who I've also never heard of) was supposedly given a week with the report and POC code... Meanwhile some investment company is citing it and calling for people to sell AMD stock? My local fishmonger smells less fishy.