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Re: @John Brown
"The second paragraph may help clear away some confusion."
Ah, rights, it's just "tradition" now, Thanks for that.
Wifey will be pleased when I tell her. She loves courtroom drama shows, including US ones. Sometime the procedures are a bit baffling, but it usually all comes out in the wash :-)
Re: @John Brown
So if the court is Superior to others, doesn't that also mean the judges of that court are also superior? Ie the can overturn judgements from lower courts? <confused>
"It's not like he was bribing an officer for his own profit, or influencing a trial case."
Maybe not, but it's not only the principle but in this case, his position as a judge. Yes, he's human like the rest of us, but as a dispenser of justice he really must be held to a much higher standard. I'm not au fait with the US justice system, but I assume that a "superior court judge" is fairly senior in rank and so probably not some young whipper-snapper with little life experience.
Re: Not Really
Since the subject is Budwieser, often abbreviated to "bud", that short phrase really is ironic in the extreme!
Re: Bud Light is beer?
" You get a glass, it never goes empty before you get the next,"
Are you saying they "top-up" an unfinished glass so you don't get a full measure? That's fightin' talk here in Geordie-land!!! Next you'll be telling be there's a big foamy head on it too!!!
<bloody stupid icon, not a full pint!!!>
"Not sure it's going to be worse than now. Maybe we'll be able to watch HBO shows without having a US cable contract."
The downside is probably that those with a US cable contract might then have to take out yet another subscription if some of the shows they want to see are restricted to AT&Ts own outlets.
We already see this now with Amazon and Netflix. Fragmentation of the market caused by the distributors becoming the content providers/owners/creators is only ever bad (and more costly) for the customer.
Re: Metric and imperial ... "...three body problem was solved..."
"That statement implies that the three-body problem has been "solved".
You got my attention with that. Did I miss the memo?"
I'm sure you are correct. It may be the documentary got it wrong or, more likely, I was distracted by other stuff and didn't hear it correctly. Maths is not my strong point.
"Why are we not sending GLIDERS "
The word "tenuous" is used to describe the Martian atmosphere for a reason. It's not far short of being a vacuum. To paraphrase Douglas Adams, "Mars; atmosphere is thin. Really, really thin. In fact it's so thin if it turned sideways it'd disappear"
Re: Metric and imperial
"interplanetary rocket engineering is really, really ******* difficult..."
I was just watching a documentary about the Voyager probes last night (recorded, not sure when it was broadcast) and it's still amazing to me that not only is it in our lifetime (well, some of us here anyway, youngsters need not apply) that the three body problem was solved but the guy was still around to be interviewed. Closely followed by an interview with the guy who then used that solution to come up with the trajectories and launch dates for The Grand Tour (amongst 100's of other possible planetary missions.
Ah here it is, Voyager: To the Final Frontier
Re: It's WAR
"Good Evening, Gentlebeings.
Even "listening" to that in my head, that just doesn't sound like the type phraseology that the Mysterons would use.
"We need to make the stores and online tat shops like Amazon and Ebay stop selling this crap."
Since both Amazon and EBay were affected by this outage, one wonders if either or both of them will take any notice. Did it hit their bottom line in sales? Chances are, no, it didn't. Sales may have dropped short term but most people trying to buy will simply try again later, so over all, the bottom line was barely touched, if at all.
Now, if we can get some non-thinking US Congress Critter to jump on a band wagon and scream from the rafters that the US economy lost $billions in trade because of this....
"The Chinese manufacturers neither know nor care about these things; mostly the same stands for their customers."
<tinfoil hat mode>
Or, just maybe, it's all part of "The Plot"
</tinfoil hat mode>
"It might be that some really draconian action will be required on ISPs and network operators to manage the security on their devices. A can conceive of ISPs and network operators being compelled to police their own user base for illicit traffic on pain of having some of their service access cut off which means, by implication, they have to police their users the same way."
I agree. And there's already precedent with email blacklists occasionally blocking a whole ISP for allowing outgoing spam. I can easily see interconnect companies and back-haul providers being the "police" in something like this. What about attacks against the various internet exchange hubs? Easy. Shut down connects with the ISPs with the top 3 or top 5 number of attack sources and tell them to sort it or find another interconnect.
Yeah, I know it's not really that simple, but all this talk of "big data", security services "black boxes" on ISP networks, ISPs own monitoring and records keeping of users data held for later analysis, "cloud" processing etc, you'd think it should be a piece of piss to track and block all this shite. Isn't this why all the data is being collected?
"In the good old days the ENTIRE DNS data files/database was mirrored on a number of servers around the planet ... so a DOOS would have to hit them all to cause things to fall over this badly."
I was wondering the same thing. Where are the master root servers these days? I take it they either no longer exists or people like Dyn don't bother with them.
Up to 15,000 customers affected.
Up to? So does this mean it's actually only about 7,000 in real world terms?
And will Network Rail or the contractors be paying out compensation to those affected or will they just have to pay a one off "fine" to each of the cable owners and the customers have to individually claim compo from their provider?
"Nothing to do with the cloud, where ever it may be data needs to be accessed to be processed. If you can't access it it doesn't matter where you process it."
Like all those small businesses conned into "upgrading" to Office365 instead of a locally installed MSOffice2013 and can't even type a letter now?
Re: DOSS attack
Well, it weren't no powershell after the battery frazzled.
Re: Are you saying the mini revamp was a success?
"As for merging with vans: that makes a lot of sense."
There's a commercial reason for that too. Not just the shared parts inventory, but the law on maximum speed for commercial vans is different if the van is based on a car.
Most vans under 7.5 tonnes laden (loaded) weight, including Ford Transit vans:
- have a lower speed limit than cars
- must follow the speed limits for goods vehicles of the same weight
A vehicle qualifying as a ‘car-derived van’ or ‘dual-purpose vehicle’ has the same speed limits as a car."
Re: Nice article...
"Not condemning your choice because there's all the other factors at play, just asking why small car fuel economy doesn't reflect the diminutive size?"
Not enough mass so wind becomes much more of an issue? Dunno really, I never thought about it but my gut feeling is I get better fuel economy when driving with a full load in the boot. Light footed driving and "coasting" downhill with the extra mass might be part of it even if that does sound counter-intuitive since the extra mass has to be driven up the hill in the first place.
Does this mean...
...the "technology tart" bit of the bio will have to be changed? What to? Answers below please.
"our obsession with political correctness that forces us to remain belief-agnostic."
Yeah, I always find that a bit weird. Every presidential speech starts and/or ends with "God bless America" and/or other references to God. Meanwhile, there are laws which pretty much forbid religion in schools and public buildings.
Someone else mention first amendment rights and state sanction of religion. Yet the Prez of the day endorses the Christian God all of the time.
Re: Not being old
"I really want to know why my TV has a red status light to tell me it's turned on. I would have thought the fact that I'm watching it would be enough to tell me that...."
Most are the opposite. The LED indicates that the power is on and it's in stand-by. The LED normally goes off when the TV is in use.
Re: LEDs = Street light polution
"Example: The red LED at pedestrian crossings next to the button they press is often brighter than a vehicles rear lights!"
Probably justified as being bright enough to see in bright, direct sunlight by someone with very poor vision but not totally blind, which seem reasonable to me.
"give our customers the opportunity to take even more from a brand known for great customer service and quality products."
I came here to say pretty much the same thing. See icon ------------->
"Is that the old Routemaster or the new one?"
European or South African?
Re: Start investing and laying some fibre, then we'll listen...
"So VM hasn't had to lay much fibre - only what they need to expand their network."
Yes, in the early days of cable, each local franchise tended have their satellite downlink station so as NTL and BlueYonder each startted buying up local franchises, they laid large amounts of backbone fibre trunks to link them all. Same happened when Blueyonder "bought" NTL to form NTL:Telewest (who later paid a fee to trade as Virginmedia) LG have come into a mature market and bought what is effectively single national cable provider so the only real investment they can make to increase the value of VM is to cable up more customers.
Neither NTL nor BY nor the merged behometh of NTL:Telewest spent much at all on expanding the customer facing network, not even new builds where it would cost next to nothing to install every house at build time.
Re: "Hamstring investment"
"Because mine had been built later they apparently couldn't/wouldn't connect it up. I'm not sure they ever actually fill in the gaps in their current network let alone expand it!"
Just for balance, and without prejudice for or against LG, VM have not been investing in network expansion for years, but since LG took over they have actually started installing cables again. I'm also not happy with the price rises either, but it's not as if it was unexpected that there would be prices rises shortly after a take over. Inverters always want the fastest ROI they can get.
My solution in the short term is reducing the package size. Even their cheapest BB is fast enough for me and we are watching a lot less TV these days so reduced the TV package down also.
"Seem you would have to add MacOS X (macOS) and all the various flavors of Linux to the mix as well as iOS and Android."
Can you buy iOS or is it "free"? Linux is free, and you get what you pay for in terms of warranty, but Windows is most definitely something you buy, even if it is pre-installed on most new computers because it's clearly available as a consumer purchase and most suppliers, if you dig into their detailed pricing, will show the price of a computer with and without Windows.
On the whole, I agree. Software seems to have a free ride in terms of consumer law.
Re: "social engineering ... is not a new discipline"
"Yes, in the pre-internet age it was called a confidence trick."
What's it called when done "on a mobile device" and is patented yet?
Re: The State being made accountable
On the other hand....
Pardon: Granted by someone with the power to do so.
Apology: Given by someone who did wrong or feels guilt for something.
Personally I feel no guilt for something done by someone else, especially by dead people even if they are direct ancestors. "Sins of the father" is a silly concept. An "apology" given by the State out of the mouths of people who were not in charge, not responsible and may not even have been born at the time is a pretty empty concept and is is only done for reasons of current political correctness and points scoring.
Still waiting for the apology from Italy for all those slaves taken from Greater Britannia...
Re: So in a future distopean world
"Children still can't give consent "
That's an interesting concept in it's own right. The Law decides who is a child and what the age of consent is. And the Law can change and has done in the past and probably will in the future.
Re: The F-35 program was bad enough when it was about lining Lockheed Martin's pockets...
Just don't tell him where the key to the bear cage is!
Re: Four dozen?
Re: I'm pessimistic
"The decline of this civilisation (like Rome) cannot come soon enough - maybe the next one will finally get it right eventually."
But who will be the barbarians at the gates of our global village?
Re: Only half?
"Compare that with Facebook "
Exactly. Also, compare with the stories about photographers being harassed for legally taking photos in public places. Images collected by CCTV in public places are all legal too.
If, *and that's a HUUUUge if) there was a sudden outcry over this, you can be sure the knee-jerk reaction and subsequent legislation would affect anyone taking a photo in a public place that includes strangers in the shot.
<tinfoil hat mode>Of course, this might well be the actual plan within in the plan. Mandatory registration and licensing of all cameras and photographers and enhanced DBS checks for all involved</tinfoil hat mode>
Re: Politics is dying in favour of...
"We need a third option on ballot papers 'both candidates to be submitted for psychological evaluation'."
You could vote for Mr "what's a leppo?" :-)
Re: Who cares what the EU group think?
"Possibly, however, the UK government won't be able to claim whatever they come up with is because of the EU and there is nothing they can do about it."
The Tories are still blaming all the UKs woes on the last Labour govt of 6 years ago. Said Labour Govt. were still blaming Thatcher and Major for all the UKs woes right up to the end of their 13 year reign.
It seems that all politicians are actually quite useless and ineffective as they never seem to be able to sort out the previous Govts. "mess".
The author presumes that future economies must be Capitalist ones and then continues on that basis.
Society need not be so constrained.
Yes, that's more or less what I took from this story too. Capitalism as currently practised is broken and unsustainable. We seem to be heading back to the time of the robber barons trying to buy up sovereign governments. It'll take a strong leader to do to them what was done to Carnegie, Rothschild et al. Bank of America, Bank of China, Deutsche Bank have fingers in many pies but the ones we most see lobbying and influencing governments seem to be the tech titans of Apple, Google, MS, Amazon etc though Samsung seem relatively quiet on that front despite being the only tech titan in the top 10 most valuable companies list (5 are banks, 2 are big oil)
And as for the authors derision of "basic income", most of the civilised world pretty much has done that for many years, the USA (her apparent place of residence) being a notable exception. Dole, social security, whatever you want to call it, is not exactly a new experiment and gets tweaked and twisted on a regular basis in most of the countries which operate a form of unemployment benefits, sometimes to decent levels, sometimes to bare subsistence levels. The biggest problem with living on benefits for someone previously employed isn't the income and expenditure to survive, it's servicing the debts built up in the hope they'd always have a job (and the current pressures to cut budgets by governments)
Re: @Doctor Syntax
"I reckon the horses produced more pollution, too."
Yeah, but the rhubarb and roses were better then!
hold the market back.
"The IoT market is so diverse, with every product seemingly requiring its own app (and sometimes its own hub), that it has actually started to hold the market back."
It's the Apple effect. Or the AOL/Compuserve effect if you prefer. The walled garden where once the punter is tempted in, they can never leave because they have so much invested in your proprietary systems/hardware etc. Maybe call it the Hotel California effect if you will.
Another cause (or possibly an effect) is NAT. You can't expect average consumers to learn how to safely poke holes in their firewalls. So you need something the IoT device can connect to and something the users smartphone can connect to. Et voila, remote servers are the answer.so both devices can talk to each other with almost no complication for the consumer. If we had widespread adoption of IPV6 then we'd not need the intermediary remote servers. On the other hand, NAT forcing the use of remote servers is a dream come true for the data slurpers. (yes, I know it's not impossible, but Joe/Jo Chav just wants to plug in their new light bulb, install the app on the phone and start playing)
Google’s not-at-all-sinister self-driving clown car
I wonder why they placed the big on/off switch on the outside at the front?
Yeah, yeah, yeah, and the CIA blew up the twin towers, launched a cruise missile at the pentagon and all those missing people who died were really taken to the dying and polluted future to save the human race from extinction. Oh, don't forget, the lizard people are the real rulers of the world.
Re: Interesting approach, just one problem
Worse, with the $$$millions sloshing around in campaign funds, it only takes a diversion of a small amount to the sort of companies who do social media marketing campaigns to put out any message you want. Yes, they already do it, and a Ministry of Truth would just be another target for them. They'd just need to to widen their range and create "references" for their "truths".
I remember seeing one of these companies highlighted on The Gadget Show last year (when I finally decided enough was enough and cancelled the series link) and they were demonstrating and bragging how they could get almost any topic "trending" within hours by splashing it all over their own feeds and bots and how they cultivate and even pay for "followers" and re-tweeters etc. Naturally the Gadget Show hosts were impressed rather than horrified or critical.
Re: and after the objective sea...
"...when the paint starts to drop off, you can wave it goodbye, and have Rust."
I'd have though Sir David would be more into Python.
Of course not! A submarine is always a boat. Not a ship, not a sub, not anything else. Always a Boaty McBoatface.
"Crime, but where's the punishment?"
The only possible "punishment" would have to be against individuals. You can't fine GCHQ or MI5, Anything taken from the budget would simply be replaced by a budget increase, because "terrists"
Since that's a coined word partially in Mandarin, then yes, you can. But the nearest English translation would probably be spacenauts, or maybe astronauts.
Re: Heavy regulation
"request assistance in determining who the drone in question was sold to?"
That's assuming the seller took or kept details of the buyer, that it's not been sold on. There is no compulsory registration scheme and no one ever fills out and returns manufactures guarantee cards because they mean nothing, the contract is with the seller.
"Why not have a go at your mates to sort it out rather than pander to their failure to do things properly."
I was wondering the same, but with a bit less veracity. I was expecting to eventually reach a paragraph telling us that Vimeo have now fixed this "hole" which allows the blackmailers easy access.
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