2067 posts • joined 8 Mar 2008
Re: Oneway screws
most extension blocks in the UK use these nasty pieces
If you can't get them out by simply applying vertical force while turning them; the heads can usually be drilled away, the extension assembly pulled apart, the screws removed with a Mole Wrench.
They are mainly for health and safety, to stop idiots taking apart things they shouldn't be taking apart.
Mine's the one with the cut-down 6" nail 'fuse' in the pocket.
Re: Devil's Advocate
And what happens if you try to charge it from the mains without using some kind of AC to low voltage DC adapter*.
I would guess that's mostly done for shits and giggles to see how the owner handles it when they find they can't get their super-secure lock open and have to take the whole door and frame out.
In this case though; not so much of a problem.
Sending the lawyer's letter
I expect Indiegogo's letter from their lawyers demanding RCL refund backers will attract the same response as my sending a letter to them would.
It will be a curt "Fuck off. It really has got nothing to do with you. You have no legitimate legal grounds to make us do what you demand. Take us to court".
It reminds me of the Not The Nine O'Clock News parody of That's Life -
Does not compute
"Law enforcement and security teams are unlikely to be the only people affected. iPhone peripherals have industrial and medical uses - and DJs had better not wander too far from the decks"
Surely any owner who wants to allow an ongoing data connection will simply disable the 'disconnect after an hour' function?
That may be an inconvenience but not much of a problem. Apple could even arrange for a pop-up to remind users that they will be disconnected if they don't change settings whenever they connect to hardware which desires a persistent connection.
Re: Heavy handed treatment for possession of dirt
On a lighter note, how did the astronauts get their trophies past officialdom in the first place?
It was presumably a different place back then, when things were more relaxed, less lawyered-up. I imagine if an astronaut asked if they could keep some physical memento of their ventures it was often simply 'sure, why not'.
Only later did they come to see that The Precious had escaped their clutches and, since then, seem to have ruthlessly attempted to take back everything they can.
Re: I'm wondering...
So is Indiegogo a shop?
We will never know until we have a judgement on that and we won't get that unless someone takes them to court.
I am certain Indiegogo will claim they are not liable for non-delivery and non-completion of ventures, have no obligation to refund, but a court could find differently.
I suspect it was not wanting to risk the court finding Indiegogo liable which had them suggesting they would get backer's money back on their behalf as part of the effort of avoiding disgruntled backers taking them to court.
If crowdfunding facilitators can be held liable for failed ventures that will change the entire landscape of crowdfunding. The best which can come out of this sorry affair is that we may get better legal clarity on what responsibilities and liabilities are for all parties.
Re: Think of it as a donation, not a purchase
Crowdfunding is great.
More correctly: Crowdfunding is great when the backer gets what they consider acceptable for what they invested.
It's also great when backers don't get what they expected but they understood the risks of their investment.
It's not so great when backers don't understand what they are getting into and that's compounded by those facilitating crowdfunding not being entirely transparent and ruthlessly honest about what they are getting into.
Re: I'm wondering...
I would very much doubt it. I am quite sure Indiegogo were acutely aware they could be on the hook for a lot of money if they made themselves responsible for non-deliveries of products and made sure their legal Ts&Cs excluded disappointed backers making claims against them.
It's the old "I'm only a facilitator, any contract is between you and them, nothing to do with me" get-out.
And, if that's the case, it likely means Indiegogo has no authority to recuperate backers' monies or force refunds to be made, has no authority to act on backers' behalf.
"We will be working with a collections agency to attempt to recoup funds disbursed, in an effort to be able to refund backers" also suggests to me that Indiegogo has very little legal leverage to force RCL into giving refunds. The best they can do is ask RCL nicely to do so, or 'send the boys round' to ask nicely.
I have experienced collection agents arriving in the hope of getting money and it's always "piss off; take us to court if you think you have a case". I can't see RCL responding any differently.
The question begged is...
Was it simply a deliberate act of obnoxiousness or something else, more necessity and lack of other facilities?
The Pope is Catholic and Paula Radcliffe shits in the street.
This is a really stupid use for biometrics. What's wrong with a badge?
That provoked a flashback to my school days and being made to provide answers as to why round manhole covers are better than square. I would have thought anyone reading El Reg would be able to produce many compelling reasons why it's better than badges, could role play selling the fingerprint system as advantageous over badges.
People rarely misplace fingers, they tend to always be where they usually are, no one forgets to take them with them. Fingerprints don't really wear out, damaging them is usually self-rectifying, and losing fingers is hopefully rare. They can't be easily lent to others, they tend to come with the person and don't have to be created separately, and we usually carry around our own spares.
Thinking on how badges would be better than fingers: Being not so easy to slide up backsides avoids unexpected surprises and lawsuits. They can carry human readable information and can be checked without requiring technology. They probably make for better bookmarks if wanting to put a book down.
I can see some use for a dual-screen clam-shell but not much for an LCD touch pad. It feels to me they are just testing the water rather than being entirely serious.
I'm still disappointed I never got my hands on an Asus Eee Keyboard; a keyboard with integrated display -
"Oops. Alert the Moderatrix - The coders need whipping"
^ Getting that on up-votes I attempt to make for posts above this one.
Added: Seems to have fixed itself after posting, refreshing the page.
Re: The gift that keeps on giving
Sky has nothing to do with the delay or games or the lack of them
I am wondering, if Indiegogo have figured out there's little they can actually do, if they aren't simply hoping one of the big boys might be coaxed into kicking RCL into line and shifting the issue off themselves?
This fiasco isn't playing out very well for Indiegogo and there's a lot at stake.
The gift that keeps on giving
Another deadline passes and another is set.
It looks to me that Indiegogo are perhaps having to face up to not actually being able to do what they had said they would.
Having followed the sorry saga so far it would not surprise me to see RCL claiming any non-compliance with what has been asked for has been justified by that "via FedEx" being too restrictive and they couldn't supply "name, phone number, and email address of the main contact at Sky" due to GDPR and confidentiality agreements.
One question which rarely gets asked is; will this make me safer or put me more at risk of what I seek to protect myself from?
In the area where I live; having any identifiable security measures would be like putting a "rob this one" sign on the front of my house. It might be some deterrent to opportunists but an advert professionals would be very grateful for.
On the other hand; I hear they make great Christmas presents for people living a few miles away ;)
Take it round some jaffa cakes.
It’ll be a long while yet before Alexa, Siri, or Google Home can make us laugh
I don't know; "I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that" might hit the spot at the appropriate time.
Humour's a fickle thing. I've watched entire episodes of comedy sitcoms without exercising a single face muscle and they are written by teams of writers who have supposedly honed their craft over many years. On the other hand I have near wet myself at a perfectly timed expletive.
Good luck to any AI trying to figure out what's funny and what isn't
Re: I'm sorry, but incentives have nothing to do with the economy
The iPod was the result of looking at a new form factor of HDD and thinking 'what can we do with this'?
The iPod came about because Apple looked at what others were already doing and figured out the way to do it much better. And they did an astounding job in doing that, really hit the zeitgeist, deserved the accolades.
Apple and their fans may like to think they are an innovator but they never really have been.
People will eat any old shit if you present it the right way, how else does anyone explain rustlers microwave burgers?
I quite like Rustler's, pack of 8, cook-in-the-oven burgers. But I wouldn't eat one of their bun things which rotates in a microwave if you tried to pay me.
I'm eagerly waiting to see what 'shit in a sarnie' we will get thanks to our trade deal with America. I'm sure Greggs will embrace Grits and Gumbo with a Spray Cheese topping and a side of Chicken Feet.
Mine's the one with the sick-bag in the pocket.
Re: Irish abortion referendum.
For the common market, which was a good thing. We should have kept it.
As a remainer it is what I could compromise on. I believe it is what most leavers wanted and voted for; removing ourselves from the political diktats they didn't like or want and going back to the old 'common market' thing.
That's what Farage and others were promising when they said 'wouldn't it be terrible if we were like Norway and others'. It's what Hannon and others were saying when they said 'no one was talking about leaving the single market', 'only an idiot would do that'.
But then, when leavers had voted for that, it was bait and switch, they were told they couldn't have that. Out meant out, and the common market was classified as being in the EU through the back door so it was never an option.
The irony is that it was 'project fear' which kept warning out meant out. Leave campaigns were telling us this was nonsense because they knew that if people actually knew what they were voting for they never would have.
In that respect leavers are being more screwed-over than remainers are.
Re: Well, duh
You can be in the EU and opt out of things, but you can't be out the EU and opt in to things.
Technically speaking, why not? Works for Norway & Switzerland. It's politics, anything is possible.
Norway and Switzerland may not be Members of the EU but they signed up for Associate Membership and agreed to what the EU demanded to get that (*).
Britain doesn't want Membership, doesn't want Associated Membership, doesn't want any kind of membership at all, doesn't want to agree to or be bound to any EU rules.
That's why we cannot have what other people get. Out means out and, if we want out, that's what we will get.
(*) Kippers consider Norway and Switzerland to be in the EU because of that.
Re: --->Everyone is allowed to make a mistake.
And think, assuming you could rerun the original vote... what do you think would happen then? Do you think the now-just-under-50% who won first time would quietly fade away, chastened, and learn to listen to their betters? You think the Daily Mail and the Telegraph and the rest of the Leave press would see the error of their ways?
The same is true of those who don't want to leave.
We polarised the country 50-50, then made that divide irreconcilable through all the hatred which followed that. Farage declared it a victory for "decent people", inferring remainers were not. It got worse with the labelling of those against leaving as traitors, saboteurs and enemies of the people. It was topped-off by Katie Hopkins, Paul Golding and friends declaring war on liberals, multiculturalism and everything standing in the way of their taking back control.
Brexit has fucked Britain over and there's no easy way back. It's what brexiteers intended.
Re: --->Everyone is allowed to make a mistake.
I know you've been brainwashed by all the little echo chambers saying that the results 'would be different next time'.
But honestly the amount of salt after a second loss would be delicious!
The really odd thing is that the second referendum wanted by remainers is being denied to them by brexiteers.
One would have thought brexiteers would leap at the chance to prove themselves right, to rub salt in the wounds, to make remainers cry more snowflake tears. Brexiteers say the vote will be more for leaving than it was last time around. And yet they won't allow that vote to happen. Absolutely bizarre.
One might well conclude they are still lying and bullshitting and they know full well they would lose.
Bring it on!
Why is it even being discussed?
"This is despite a 2012 High Court ruling that said keeping images of presumed innocent people on file was unlawful"
I imagine that if I ignored a High Court ruling and carried on doing what was unlawful for six years I'd be facing some pretty severe punishment. And rightly so.
The race is almost run
David McWilliams, 'Days Of Pearly Spencer' - That took me back! Thanks.
For some reason it also reminded me of Zager And Evans', 'In The Year 2525' -
Bugger. Now I'm going to have to work through Prelude's 'After the Goldrush"', Joan Baez's 'Rejoice in the Sun', and decades of haunting melodies. Maybe there's an App for that?
Ever since I resigned my membership of the local gym it has been a nightmare to get in and use their equipment. I have to suffer awkward receptionists, "computer says no", and just plain "fuck off" at times. Still, the wrestling with security as they haul me out is building core strength.
I pointed out that I had paid them hundreds of pounds in membership fees over the years and, if they were not going to let me in, they must return that money. Again they said "fuck off". It is exasperating.
I tried explaining "you need me more than I need you" but they seem to believe that is for them to decide and told me to "fuck off" again. I tried escalating the issue but was less than impressed when the Managing Director said "you're a fucking idiot" to my face.
This is getting nearly as bad as the wife and kids hanging up on me every time I call since I told them I wanted them out of my life.
Some people don't seem to know how things are meant to work. I keep trying to explain it to them but I am just meeting a wall of "fuck off", "grow up", and insults whenever I tell them I voted for brexit and I'm not stupid.
I am probably going to have to take this all the way to the European Court of Justice. I feel so let down at present.
Re: Does not compute
You could think of what he's saying this way: It is absolutely fine and dandy to have a company which will only deliver a service to white people but only so long as there's another company which will deliver the same services to non-whites.
Re: I'm convinced they'll deliver.
I'll have your garden up to RHS Gold Standard and your driveway resurfaced next Tuesday for just two grand but you'll have to front-up £500.
'Take the money and run scams' have probably been around ever since anyone had anything which could be taken.
We need to take a serious look at what part crowd-funding facilitators play in misleading investors. Too often it seems they take a bold 'you can trust us that things won't go bad" stance with "but, when they do, that's your problem, not ours' only found in the small print.
You can't just "send in debt collectors". Indiegogo will first need a Court judgement that the debt is owed
And for that they will need to prove it is a debt owed to them, that they can recover the money investors put in, or they are empowered to act on behalf of investors.
I am not convinced Indiegogo have any legitimate grounds to "send in debt collectors" or do much else beyond recovering any fees RCL may owe them but I guess we will all find out when their deadline arrives.
If nothing else, when this sorry affair eventually ends up in court, it might clarify what obligations and responsibilities each party has in a crowd-funding arrangement, including the facilitators who get rich off that while usually distancing themselves from, and washing their hands of, any problems which arise.
I suspect it is fear that the whole house of cards is about to come tumbling down which has Indiegogo presenting a pro-active front.
I need to buy some more popcorn.
Re: Block FB until he answers them properly.
Maybe the EU could do something but I doubt the UK could or would dare. We really cannot afford to risk a trade deal with America because our entire future rests on that with brexit.
Not that we're going to get a good trade deal with America any time soon but, if we don't brown-nose the pouty-faced orange one, embrace American exceptionalism, put up with everything which comes with that, it's going to be worse than the bad deal we are desperate to get.
We're going to have to get used to being 'America's bitch', bent over and shafted, treated with contempt. It's what the people voted for. Apparently.
Re: Um… Why?
Why, if he had real teeth, did he need to have false teeth as well?
I suspect that, despite the "45RPM" moniker, you haven't quite reached that age where you would know, or you've been lucky. It's not an all or nothing state, more a spectrum as young'uns would likely say these days.
Once one goes they all start to go. Like tumbling dominoes, but not so much fun to watch.
Mainly soup these days ->
Re: Out of sync
I'm surprised at the difference in time between the signals: 2-3 seconds usually.
It's the same with digital TV. Thankfully I'm not an ardent football fan or cheers from the pub next door, when it's world cup season and a goal is scored a couple of seconds before I get to see the shot, might take the shine off the experience.
Re: Did you ever notice...
Maybe the real problem is that these rules, laws and taxes are basically not fit for purpose.
And you are probably right. These kind of scams have been going on forever, happen whenever someone spots a loophole or sees something to exploit.
I don't know why you single out the EEC/EU. Though I could make a guess.
Re: Makes me wonder how much of this goes on at police stations
There is temptation and curiosity everywhere; anywhere where records are held and are accessible.
It is up to people to overcome their temptations and put curiosity aside, backed-up by having systems in place which identifies failures and f appropriately punishes those when they occur.
People have to earn the trust others put in them, but we also have to accept that people are only human and naturally curious, that stupid one-off mistakes do happen in the heat of the moment. The punishment has to be fair and reflect the damage done to trust, the intent, and the consequences.
Re: Nicely Done Reg!
crucially, this has never been ruled on before.
Thanks. Think I've got it now - One can ask but they could shrug and play their equivalent of a 'go get a warrant' card. The judgement now provides for waving the ruling in their face and "don't need to; hand it over".
Re: Nicely Done Reg!
As much as I don't really want to piss on the fireworks ...
Aria Taheri, made a formal application to stop its clerks from revealing ATL's "grounds of appeal"
That suggests to me that the document would have been handed over were it not for the application to prevent that being submitted.
The ruling seems to me that there were no grounds to stop the document being revealed, that what should have happened will happen; an upholding of the law rather than a change of the law.
I can accept I might be wrong but that's how it reads to me.
Re: Knocking on my firewall door
Luckily then I had Kerio/Tiny Personal Fire Wall.
+1 and 'beers all round' for Kerio.
How about an od-hole? :) (Optical Disc)
Perhaps "chod", a variation on paper "chad"?
Whatever it is I have no idea of its size. And that's why we have the El Reg Standards Bureau -
Unfortunately, from what I know of silicon chips, its size is smaller than a nano-Wales, so we need a new standard unit for smaller sizes. "Royal Mail Definitive Stamp" (Machins) might fit the bill but that's perhaps too British-centric to be a Universal El Reg Standard.
"Size of the hole in a CD-ROM, DVD, Blu-ray disc" might be an internationally acceptable alternative. Not sure of such a unit's name though.
One in the bush is worth two in the hand
I took a gamble on a used 500GB USB drive for a fiver at the car boot sale last week and to my joy discovered it was packed full of downloaded porn. Bargain.
I expect efforts to make porn harder to access will mean a boost to 'specialist DVDs' becoming more widely available at markets and even on the high street and we'll be able to go back to dumping what we no longer need under a local bush for other lucky recipients to find.
I am sure 'the good stuff' will find a way to avoid any brexit customs regime just as unpaid-duty tobacco did.
Why would you use your own address for a scam like this? Surely it just makes it incredibly easy to catch you.
It offers a level of plausible deniability; "no one would be so stupid as to do that".
Putting doubt in the mind of a jury as to guilty intent may work if one did "just let it all pile-up in the hallway" but after cashing cheques it's really not very believable.
He obviously didn't get the memo; let it pile-up, cash-in, ship-out quick.
Re: Trafalgar Square
London International Airport (YXU). About 3,600 miles.
Re: Security researcher clickbait
You really need to introduce some editorial control over reporting this 'researcher' bollocks.
And preferably before Ben-Gurion University comes along with some wank about how to exfiltrate passenger data by speeding up and slowing down the train to generate a bit stream which can be observed using a satellite-borne camera.
Re: The UK go it alone?
We're not 5th biggest economy in world for nothing.
"World's sixth largest economy" according to Hammond during his 2017 budget.
And there's plenty of opportunity to drop further.
Which is, of course, the main reason the EU is building Galileo, it doesn't want to be seen as living off US and Russian crumbs.
Rather the EU realised it would be at a significant disadvantage if America or Russia denied or restricted services they critically relied upon if they ever ended up in a serious dispute with either, such as a trade war, a sanctions battle, or a physical conflict.
It may mostly be 'a waste of money' but most insurance is. Its worth only materialises when it's needed.
We don't like to be seen as a second class country. America, Russia and the EU have their GPS systems while we are scrabbling for crumbs like every other third-country.
We want a seat at the top table; our exceptionalism insists we deserve that. It is just a little inconvenient that we resigned from the club which is the location of this particular top table.
But, never mind, we'll show Johnny Foreigner we can do just as well without them. British pride and patriotism requires it. For Queen, Country and St George. We may have lost our empire but, by God's divine hand and grace, we will have that British constellation above us, above everyone. Huzza!
Re: A cunning plan
Yay for short term thinking by Trump - but hardly surprising for a guy who can't even think far enough ahead to know how a sentence he begins will end.
Doesn't every sentence he start end with an exclamation mark?
“Users cannot be expected to take it on faith that age verification providers will be trustworthy"
I think most of us will take it as fact that they are not.
However it's whether anyone cares. These days it seems many people simply don't, or have given up fighting against lack of trust, are relying on 'it will happen to someone else, but not me'.
It appears to have come down to 'don't like it; don't use it' with wanting to use it winning out.
If there's one thing governments should be good for it's keeping us all safe. They have spectacularly failed in that.
"the scheme would have to avoid imposing excessive overheads on authentication servers"
The scheme would only need to be used when a user creates a new account or changes a password. Once uniqueness of password has been determined it's business as usual; login password checks done against the local password list as it currently is.
I wouldn't object to a system shouting out "I have a hashed-user wanting to use hashed-password" and getting an answer back indicating how bad that would be. The repository doesn't need to store additional identity data or where the passwords are being used. It would seem trivial enough to implement.
I am running out of popcorn!
It seems this might only be settled when Indiegogo send in the debt collectors. But I am not convinced Indiegogo has the right to do that. I expect things will only get settled through the courts who will have to untangle this unholy mess and decide what rights and obligations everyone involved has.
I think this fiasco has some time to run yet.
Re: Tamper Resistant
I presume that's a part of what they hope to defeat. Other microcontroller manufacturers include physical safeguards so one can't take a hammer or a gently wielded scalpel to a chip without destroying its contents making that attack vector non-viable.
That doesn't mean it cannot be done, as acknowledged in the article, but it does raise the difficulty and cost of doing that. It's a variation on security through obscurity; not worth the cost or effort.