1820 posts • joined 21 May 2010
Re: Still a little harsh
"why on Earth should the ISPs get landed with the bill?"
You raise an excellent point. Should the various worlds Post Offices be obliged to stop scam letters being sent through their systems, eg the scammy "lottery" schemes etc (it's "easy", they have physical addresses at least on the inside)? If not, why not? It's as if the lawmakers think that anything illegal and internet related, not being physical, is easy and cost-free to block.
Using this new blocking logic, then how come so much money is "lost" from illegal downloads since not being physical, obviously have little real value. :-)
"...it's a stupid line to be only the pipe owner,"
"Steelie Neelie said. She argued that telcos should be creating specialised services"
That sounds like she's in favour of bringing back the likes of AOL and Compuserve. We already know what happened to that model.
Re: New name needed.
"In the early days of the internet there used to be an actual art to trolling"
Exactly. It's another example of "outsiders" mis-understanding a term, the media picking it up and running with it such that the term ends up with the new and incorrect meaning. Wannabee "cool kids" who don't actually understand what "cool" is, never mind what the "cool kids" are actually saying.
After all, we who read here all know what a hacker is, but try telling the media that they have it all wrong and see how far you get.
I'm pretty sure it's at least a few years since Govt. was talking about the "happiness index". It might even have been the last Labour Govt.
Re: Depends on assumptions
"Some Skoda Fabias need the front bumper removing to replace the headlights,"
As does a Kia C'eed. But in my case it's a company car so not my problem.
"bump to dump"
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I'll toast you from my Lohan tankard...
...when it arrives.
Anyone got theirs yet? I gather the mugs have been dispatched from comments elsewhere.
Re: Sorry to burst the bubble
Strangely, while listening to a SciFi audiobook in the car on Friday, one of the lines was "...and the guy from a British Tech rag..." and I immediately thought of ElReg and pictured Lester at the press shindig :-)
"Doesn't it frighten you that someone is his position actually verbalises these kind of thoughts?"
Oh, yes <shivers>
Oddly, I just read Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. An interesting scenario and despite apparently being aimed at teens, makes some good points. Especially in the afterwards. It's free to download under a Creative Commons Licence.
I must admit to smiling sardonically at the ironic concept of hacked XBoxes running linux to build a darknet to combat the DHS :-)
Re: Nice to see the Reg is really trying hard...
"They never phone do they, just like the girl that dumps you and you hope she'll call...
But she never does because she's already got someone else."
In this analogy, "she" has lots of other partners, so maybe you're implying Apple is like a high class whore who's choosy about her punters?
..but when the Data Protection Commissioner of Ireland needs to talk to the local head honchos of Google et al, it must be fun to say, "no, I insist, please visit me at my office...if you can find it. I'll put the kettle on."
Re: I Want To Believe
"Yes, they want you to believe."
Every time a Physicist says "I don't believe it", a fusion fairy dies.
Re: 10 years
"It might change everything"
First, most of the oil companies go bust (a few will survive. We use crude oil for a lot more than "just" fuel). Next,the solar/wind companies go bust. Everyone in the electric car supply chain make out like bandits. The financial markets are in upheaval as everyone tries to sell fossil fuel shares and buy anything else. I suspect an initial financial crash, worldwide, which will take a few years to recover from.
The biggest problem is that all the above would happen more or less overnight while the fabled cheap fusion is only just starting to come off the production line.
I reckon all the naysayers are wrong. Everyone knows that Lockheed Martin, the Skunkworks in particular, has links to Area 51. :-)
Re: Utopian drivel
"A more pressing concern is that not voting is a valid choice. I didn't have any acceptable choices for MP at the last general election, so I didn't cast a vote for any of the candidates."
I don't see that as a valid reason for objecting to compulsory voting (although there are other valid reasons) since a ballot can be spoiled, thus venting your spleen or alternatively, part of a change to compulsory voting would be add a "None of the above" choice on the ballot which is counted, totalled and announced as part of the results.
"This statement belittles the contribution of every woman working in the industry."
Abso-bloody-lutley? My wife for one! She once made a web page. With a picture of our cat on it. With a little help from me (a man. Oh, I feel so ashamed!)
I think you have the Cardassians mixed up with the Kardashians.
It's easily done, but a good way to remember which is which is that the Cardassians are bad-ass and the Kardashians have bad ass.
A colossal blunder?
"Despite what many claim, I don't believe that the IT industry in general is "Institutionally Sexist", it may well be male dominated, but that isn't the same thing."
Yup. And as a polar opposite example, Nursing is almost entirely a female profession.
Despite the protestations of ardent feminists, males and females are not the "same" or "equal" in general. It's rare that any two people are. Equal opportunity allows people to choose, not to force all work types/fields to have equal representation.
There is more and more research demonstrating differences in the way male and female brains operate, so it's likely that in general males and females will choose different career paths to suit them.
"a weaponized Powerpoint document"
Yeah,that phrase caught my attention too. It just sounds sooooo wrong. On the other hand, many people who have sat through an average Powerpoint presentation might assume all PP documents are weaponised.
A QOTW candidate if ever there was one.
Re: I find this report...still have Glonass and Magellan...
The French have their own GPS fleet up there? When did that happen?
Re: Only if
"Steve Ballmer's new job is with Arianspace."
But....he only launches through windows.
There may be very few of them...
...but IIRC this is at least the third one to pop up at auction in the last few years. Maybe forward looking collectors are now cashing in their "pensions"? :-)
"The largest Fireball was 60 GB. Smallest was 1 GB."
He probably meant a 5.25" Quantum Bigfoot, 50MB (I'm not sure if they got as big as 500MB)
"Well, Wikipedia would rather you not know about all the things he fabricates:"
From the page you linked:
"...we have historical evidence that Jesus Christ existed."
Umm, we have? When? What?
Re: Is there a non-proprietary 'app' for this?
I think you may be disregarding inflation. My first job in 1982 paid £1.20 per hour and that was a "living wage" back then.
Re: Very positive slant
"Add to that the loss of ability to scan and pick up on the auto errors (trusting the tech to get it right more often than a dyslexic would) and it may not always be the thing to do."
A dyslexic could always proof read it by feeding the text back through a text-to-speech engine.
Re: What were the criteria for model selection???
"It looks like they had a price range of £350-400"
Yes, it does appear that way. I suppose if one is prepared to pay ~£200 for the OS and software, they might be economical. Personally, I found that shopping around for an unpopulated HP Prolient Microserver at £150 (£100 after the cashback offer at the time) installing FreeBSD, ZFS for RAID and webmin for managing it was a far more economic result.
I wonder if the Apple ][ emulator will pass muster?
Re: change your passwords regularly
"So naturally everyone writes the passwords down on a sheet of paper under the keyboard."
...or re-use the same password with MMYY tacked on the end. Users will always find the easy way, even if that decreases security.
"Congress putting aside party political division to do what was right for American businesses"
Congress putting aside party political division to do what was right for American people.
Re: all you whiners
"They can just track your IP address."
Re: Fuck you, Microsoft
"People will now think long and hard about upgrades (simply not doint them) and even (hurrah) to Linux."
I remember a friend saying, many years ago while bemoning the latest tax increase on cigarettes, that if they ever went above 2 quid a pack he'd quit. He's still smoking nearly 40 a day at 7 quid a pack.
They'll use the Google defense
An adobe spokesman said that the phone home data slurping was a simply a test project carried out by one of the developers on his "20% project time" and it accidentally got left in the final production code.
Re: "Inflatables in spaaace"
Although to be pedantic, the first inflatable in space was Echo 1, an inflated, silvered balloon to bounce radio signals off.
Re: Starbucks, google, amazon...
Their SPOKESman refused to confirm or deny the rumours leading to a circular discussion with no end in sight as, at the hub of it all, Apple fritters away money on vanity projects.
Re: More of this sort of thing
Likewise, running Windows 3.1 on an Amiga in an MSDOS emulator was fun, if ultimately pointless. It worked but was so slow I noticed that the windows 3.1 boot logo is drawn line by line from the bottom up :-)
"I could think of 10 million more ways to use my time more constructively"
I'm sure you could, but this kid is only 16 years old FFS. His idea of fun is just so different from yours it's on another planet. In a different solar system. In a Galaxy far, far away.
At 16, he's probably more interested in showing off to his friends and saying, "hey, look at this shit. Just like grandad used to have but mine's in a watch instead of a huge beige box"
what's it got to do with Facebook...
...how much the drivers are paid? Or if they are in a union or not?
"Loop Transportation, the company it contracts for bus service"
Oh, I see, shout about a big company and how they are stiffing the poor working Joes to grab some headlines.
Whatever the rights and wrongs of the dispute between the drivers, the union and Loop Transportation, there's just a service contract between Loop Transportation and Facebook. Drivers wages and conditions are not part of Facebooks concerns, certainly not to the extent that the Union need to ask Zucks blessing for unionisation. FB just put out a contract and bus companies bid for it. If said winning company can't pay their drivers enough based on their bid terms, then they need to pull out or renegotiate (and someone else might win it)
“First Smartphone” the IBM Simon
What? Surely that should be the iPhone?
It's not even a robot.
It's just a radio controlled toy. I grew up with proper SciFi and the robots were always intelligent to some degree or other and able to operate autonomously. These toys can't do anything without the human operator pushing a button or waggling his joystick. It hasn't even got the ability to follow a preprogrammed path, let alone make decisions based on it's surroundings. At least the military UAVs have a bit more smarts than that.
Re: "the machines are on the rise"
"They are armed with lasers as well."
...and a network of orbiting satellites too!!!
No one would have believed in the first years of the twenty first century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's ...
Re: 1.3 billion tonnes
"the dogs are aliens who've been quietly exporting dog farts to a parallel universe to build up enough mass to swap the moon for a neutron-egg to hatch a space dragon"
I think you'll find that extra mass is soup.
"Then there's the visual opening sequence... which is really, really tacky... oooh look spiral clocks... because he's a time lord... geddit... nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more, say no more."
Upvoted for that.
"Shame about all the land area used though."
I wonder how much area there is just using roof spaces? Would that be as economical given that smaller arrays means many more inverters?
On the other hand, is this actually useful in large(ish) scale if the life is only "hoped" to be as long as a current rechargable batteries? A couple thousand cycles doesn't sound very long.
It's a clever idea and sounds very efficient but the life-span indicates it's use in niche applications such as remote sensing/monitoring.
Re: Old dogs, new tricks
"where that key was stiff."
Yes, we all have that problem every now and then. The need to bash a stiff one.
(Hey, it's the weekend!!)
"I might actually have difficulty next time I need to get into BIOS, the bootstrap flashes by so quick."
I don't see why that might be a problem. The HDD check is a very minor part of the POST and it's "delay" in starting the selected boot device.
Re: It's not the character
"What a vista that would be."
You mean a Modern sonic screwdriver?
A simple solution...
...at least from the point of view of Google is to geolocate search queries to the local, national domain only by forced redirection. That way, each country can apply its laws as it sees fit.
Of course, this will piss off the users royally and may cause a backlash against both the local government and Google (who hold up their hands, and do a Gallic shrug while saying zut alors!)
Re: ...and the business angle?
"What is 'business' going to gain from this?"
Exactly. No one here really thinks this is for our benefit, do they?
Re: finally some sense
"although I don't think this is fair: "making a private [backup] copy of a computer program is still be prohibited under the new framework"."
Yeah, so everyone who does a system backup is breaking the law and has done for years. Stupid law.