2792 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
Re: Privacy? What's that? @Pen-y-gors and other school IT commenters
Thanks for your input, folks. Mrs IP and myself are currently trying to decide where to send the IP-lings to school. Home schooling has been at the top of the list for a while, partly because of the whole surveillance thing, but your input has just made it an almost certainty.
The State has become malignant over the past 20 years, hasn't it?
Re: "Apple is the only poster child for destructive repair monopolies" @DougS
"I await the inevitable downvotes for daring to say something against Reg reader's strange obsession with going back in time to battery doors"
Well, in the 20 or so years, and six or seven phones I've had (I don't change them often, and many of them have been second-hand), I've never had a battery "door" come off. Most, if not all, required the entire back to come off, usually requiring incantations and dead chickens to do it smoothly. I admit that all my phones have lived (and four of them still live) in leather cases, and I rarely, if ever, drop a phone. So I've given you a down vote because I don't see why I should lose the convenience of swapping out batteries easily just because some people don't look after their phones.
"What if that USB stick was not made when the drivers were ? So you are content holding the vender liable know full well that you can not test for every condition?"
Yes - why not? You are looking at just one part of the problem - the important part is error-catching. Nothing should happen that would cause a fatal error.
Re: Amazing stupidity on part of the blockers
I don't agree with you. Advertising is not an immutable fact of life - it is (by and large) an invention of the industrial age. There are other solutions being suggested here - micropayment being one - but you think that advertising is the only revenue stream that will work, even though the evidence is showing that it doesn't (hence this article).
When everything was on paper, I generally paid for it if the price was worth it to me, and, by and large, I ignored the adverts. Yes, some magazines had more pages of ads than actual content, but it didn't matter - I could choose whether to look at them without penalty. I also lived through the pre-ad blocker Internet, where untargeted ads got more and more intrusive, and the beginning of "targeted" ads that were anything but, and still hugely intrusive. I began to block ads initially because they counter-productively demanded my attention, and now because, as I said in my earlier reply to you, because the risk to me of accepting them is greater than the risk to the ad-slingers whose security gets breached. That doesn't mean that I don't want to pay for content, but that I can't do so in a way that suits my assessment of risk.
I also think you are wrong in thinking that content creators don't care about the total number of views - it is that figure that says to a potential advertiser that there is X chance of someone responding to an ad. Lost views make a site less attractive - undermining your whole argument.
There is plenty of evidence to show that a small number of big ad-slingers are a risk to a large number of individual users - the reports can be found on this here website. The risk to me is too great, with little or no risk for either the hosting website or the purveyor of adverts - until that changes, no ads on my devices. I have no reason to trust you (I am inferring from your comment that you have something to do with the advertising "industry").
Astro-boffinry world rocked to its very core: Shock as Andromeda found to be not much bigger than Milky Way
Re: Films / TV-shows ever dramatize the collision of galaxies?
Hah! Until I checked the poster's name, I thought it was someone saying that no other politician was as successful at being ignorant about science as Trump.
Re: I have seen people work out their gardening leave.
@AC "HR go home early every day."
It would be better if they never came in.
To answer your question about whether it is worth visiting BP, my opinion is that it isn't if you are on limited time. The changes under the new manglement have done nothing for the place - it is now no better than a theme park, unfortunately. Definitely go and see TNMOC if you can - you won't be disappointed with the exhibits, or the sheer depth and breadth of knowledge possessed by the guides.
Hope that helps!
From the article: "However, 13 per cent said they wouldn't trust any of the organisations on the list – which also included governments, insurers and medical research charities – with their data."
I'm in that 13 per cent - I don't trust any of them, not necessarily because I think they are all inherently untrustworthy, but because, as we are all aware, there is always the risk of a successful exploit. With paper records, snaffling and aggregating personal information an even a single person was practically impossible without huge time and resources, but now it is trivial and the information only one hack/lost thumb-drive/underpaid techie away from being spa fed who knows where.
I deliberately give different false information to keep some sense of control (perhaps pointless, but it makes me feel better).
"I am not convinced of his innocence or guilty either way,"
I am convinced of his guilt with regard to jumping bail - he did it, he admits it - therefore guilty, and it is irrelevant whether he is a journalist or anything else. It cannot be ignored. Regarding allegations of impropriety in Sweden, I am convinced of his innocence - he has not been proven guilty of anything (or charged with anything, for that matter). My opinion might change if there was ever a proper court hearing, but for now he is innocent.
Wikileaks comprises of more than Assange. Yes, they have done some fine work, even if they have been careless at times. However, suggesting that JA should get away with blatantly breaking a fundamental law just because Wikileaks is overall a force for good speaks of special pleading.
@AC - the perpetrators of the miners' strike atrocities° and the Hillsborough mess-up were *South* Yorkshire police, not *West* Yorkshire.
° Well, until Thatcher brought in coppers from everywhere else in the country, and possibly some soldiers too...
Women beat men to jobs due to guys' bad social skills. Whoa – you mad, fellas? Maybe these eggheads have a point...
Re: Gender roles are the problem
"They quickly realised that the wife had much more earning potential (and enjoyed her old job a lot more than the husband enjoyed his) so they swapped: The husband stayed at home and the wife worked."
Mrs P and I are currently doing exactly this with our recent twins. I am better equipped temperementally to deal with high-dependency creatures with limited communication skills than Mrs P, and she is far more career-minded than I am. Contrary to some comments here, I have had no problems with respect once the initial "there's a man at the playgroup" reaction has passed. In fact, people are impressed (which is a bit sad, since it shouldn't really be worthy of any note).
Re: slang v gospel
It sounds to me that you are more closely related to A Man from Mars :-)
Re: Isn't it a small minority
I can name two separate university departments (different universities, different subjects) where the number of male academic promotions fell to zero, and the promotions of females with much less experience and fewer and less prestigious publications became laughable in its obviousness. I have no particular axe to grind since I didn't want any of the posts, but it is easy to see that there isn't a level playing field. The goal is simply to have more female* senior lecturers/readers/professors as quickly as possible, regardless of qualification. Unfortunately, the beneficiaries of positive discrimination will always be looked at with suspicion, as will any others with the same relevant characteristic.
There is pressure on the judiciary to do the same, simply so the numbers can look good - waiting a few more years until the increased number of female lawyers get the usual amount of time in before applying to become a judge just doesn't seem to be acceptable.
*Odd that the number of promotions for people with e.g. disabilities doesn't seem to have gone up in the same way ...
Even after all these years, there are still some people that still think it is important...
Well, yes - he wants more power to regulate surveillance cameras because he doesn't have enough now. Like most government regulators that protect the populace from government and big business, his office is deliberately underfunded. To do otherwise might actually constrain the data fetishism.
Re: Digital revenge
"...the crim population is increasing exponentially by the week."
Re: Counting chickens? @Dan 55
Not really a rant, though, is it - more of a "WTF?"
Young Scientist of the Year
If anyone was serious about getting young people into STEM subjects, this would be back on the TV. I used to watch it regularly when I was a youth, and we had several of the yearbooks around the house. In fact, it is YSotY that I associate Heinz Wolff with, not "The Great Egg Race", because you could see his enthusiasm and support for the contestants.
Needlessly cynical with no evidence, I think. TPTB might have made a mistake and appointed someone who actually takes his responsibilities seriously. Let's wait and see what happens - anything from a change of tune to sealing himself in a body bag...
Re: Just send him over there and good riddance.
"So what's the alternative, that the UK never extradite anyone to the US because our prisons are worse than UK prisons?"
Yes - that should be the default position, especially for crimes that were not committed by a person on US soil. The US "justice" system is irretrievably broken, the penal system even worse. The UK should withdraw from the disgustingly one-sided extradition treaty immediately so that this situation does not arise again, and think very hard about renegotiation.
Re: Not getting a break
Because nothing else would be better, and probably worse?
Re: "At-scale deployment to provide the evidence that AVs are safe for at-scale deployment"
@commswonk;I took JS19's comment to apply to the current rules about drivers of some types of heavy vehicles having to stop for a certain length of time after a certain length of driving (one hour after every four?). Thus, if the answer to his question is "no", then drivers would be able to knock one hour off a journey time for every five on duty, making the length of time away from home shorter.
Re: So long as the following criteria are met.
400 words for snow, and 650 for rain... :-)
Which raises a really good point - since none of the banks covered in the article have stellar internet security, which one should we use? I'm in the market for a new bank myself, and was considering Nationwide because of its customer service and not planning to shut local branches (which is one reason I'm leaving RBS), but the security report posted by an earlier commentard suggests Nationwide might be really lacking internet security.
Re: How as this even possible?
@COCM: I think you mean "PHB", not "PFY" (a mistake I regularly make when reading!)
Re: I know it's not capitalised but...
We're not supposed to call them "cat's eyes", are we? It upsets children and foreign visitors, or something.
Re: Fascinating Ignorance
Downvoted because you are assuming too much about how the proposed scheme will work. Shared Lives grew organically, with a great deal of input from all concerned. This proposed system has none of these qualities - instead, there is a get-rich-quick doctor using his contacts in the health trust to line his pockets. If there was the slightest inkling that this was a grass-roots movement, I'd be supportive of the idea, but not at present.
Re: I'm going to keep sneering, Amber
Indeed, Kurt. In my opinion, part of the current crisis in Western politics is that there are too many politicians with degrees, who have never actually worked in a "real" job. They don't know what it is like to live below a comfortable life, and they have rarely had to interact with people who have other opinions and motivations. The traditional Labour party made it possible for working class people to enter Parliament and have their voices heard, and the country was better for it. Sadly, this is not going to happen again.
AManfromMars for prime minister!
Sorry, Michael - Win XP was hardly affected by Wannacry:
It's time to put this myth to bed.
Hovercraft and submarine museums
The thick end of 25 years ago I stayed with a friend who was a doctor in the Navy, and lived in Hampshire. She had both of these museums on the itinerary for my visit - trust me, you need to make more than "a day" of it - a day for each is recommended (at least ...)
Re: Dover @ Rich 11
"... the wind and waves were still high enough to throw everyone around. Not fun when a number of kids had spent their last francs on fizzy pop and sweets..."
Almost the same here, only it was going to France on the hovercraft, and probably 1976, but the memory of sitting next to a classmate who had scoffed two packets of strawberry Chewits before boarding has never faded. Vomit should not be violent pink and smell like that ...
Re: Fuck mom-and-pop stores
I sort of know what you mean - small shops sometimes have curious restrictions on what they will sell, and really iffy service when you ask why. However, since I have never really liked buying things because of the need to interact with other humans, I may not be the best person to assess these things (the Internet has made buying things so much more pleasant).
Re: Interesting principles behind this
Mike - rights imply duties from those protected by them*. Animals cannot comprehend, therefore cannot fulfil, duties commensurate with the rights groups like PETA want them to have. Thus, any talk of rights is nonsense. Animals do have interests, though, which humans might have a duty to observe.
* Don't get me started on the nonsense about children having rights before they are capable of understanding the concept.
Re: people NATURALLY discriminate
Perhaps the word 'discriminate' isn't quite the right word to use... "
Actually, it is exactly the right word. What is being referred to in the article is *unfair* discrimination. We all discriminate with regard to people all the time - my experiences mean I'm likely to favour certain people than you would, for instance. The issue is how to separate these personal preferences so that people are not unfairly discriminated against. This, as mentioned, does cause a problem when building a team - someone with the best qualifications on paper, and then does well at interview might not "feel" right compared to someone who you know that would fit with the team, but has fewer qualifications. I end up being ambivalent about this - on the one hand, it leads to Oxbridge cronyism in high places, but, at the same time, I have been the beneficiary and the benefactor of this at various times.
My wife and I regularly go to mainland Europe, both to for holiday and to visit family. Until recently, we flew, even though I regularly suggested ferry and drive. Since the birth of our twins last year, my wife accepted that flying is just too hard, so we have gone the ferry/car route, and the difference is huge. Yes, it takes longer to get wherever we are aiming for, but we get to see much more, can eat for significantly less than the airport/flight prices, and we can take all the water and laptops we want! Added to that, the security people at ferry ports are much nicer than those at airports.
I doubt we'll be flying again.
Re: DYSUN is like TRUMP
Oh, come on, Ishtiaq - didn't the "IWANKER TRAMP" give it away that this is a spoof comment? It is the second one by this commentard I've read today, and I hope there are more - they are funny(ish)!
Re: I can't see this guy winning the case
But that is the key point here - being sued is a civil action between two individuals (natural or legal), and where the penalty is damages (money). What you have described is not criminal (where the actors are the State and the individual) and you could not be arrested, tried, convicted and imprisoned for it. The question here is whether what the sysadmin did was criminal or civil - and I think the point being raised by the lawyers is a good one. Even if the appeal is unsuccessful, we need to ask ourselves very seriously if we want the State intervening in this sort of dispute - i.e. *should* it be criminal?
Re: How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?
No - it's a Dingleberry (see post above by Dr G. Freeman).
Re: Demote Neptune as well
Dr Freeman - I think you have succeeded in ending the debate. Dingleberries it is!!
Re: Interesting - Thank You
In principle, this is a good idea, but not useful for the hearing-impaired - whilst I may be able to hear the commentary with earbuds (no Cyberman-style headphones connected to my phone!), it would still mean taking my hearing-aids out (which I don't like doing). Glad to read that you are looking at how to add text, Simon - thanks for that.
The issue of where the money is going to come from to pay a basic income to millions of people has been troubling me, too. The point about taxation of multinational companies that seem to exist everywhere for sales purposes and nowhere for tax purposes is a major consideration, especially since, even if there is a successful way found to extract proper levels of tax, it will just be passed on to the buyer, and so higher basic income will be needed. Whilst a naive part of me hopes that the companies will realise that absorbing zone extra taxation is in their best interests, I have no evidence that such enlightened thinking exists in board-rooms.
Re: Adam 52 - Linux not easily fit for purpose
I moved to Linux Mint around eight months ago, but will soon be changing back to Win 7 because there are so many problems that take so much time to find answers to (or not, in some situations):
1) I have been unable to connect my laptop to my employer's wifi (Eduroam), because Mint will not accept the security certificate, claiming that I do not own the appropriate folder, even when logged in as an administrator. The University's Linux guru has been unable to sort out the problem, and so have several, usually reliable, online sources. I have now given up
2) WINE works when it feels like it - not particularly helpful when ...
3) ... Libre Office reformats everything that was previously made in MS Office, and then MS Office reformats everything again - not useful when trying to do a presentation to a lecture theatre full of students. I do not care whether the problem is with Libre Office or MS Office - it is completely unacceptable, and, since my employer uses MS, it *has* to be compatible with that.
4) Oh, and don't suggest VM - VirtualBox is as bad as WINE for deciding not to work.
5) Oh, and installing software is a bigger job than it needs to be - okay, perhaps Windows is too easy, but the Linux route is a pisser. I really don't have the time to mess about finding the nearest thing to do something easy in Windows (let's say, rotating a video 180 degrees), find out there is nothing that actually does the job, try the four possible solutions, find out none of those actually work, then try some command-line technique that may (or not) work, but which takes an entire evening.
I have sympathy with Munich - if you are trying to accomplish something that makes you look professional within a reasonable time, Windows is the way to go.
Yes - I have been warring with my feelings about this year, because, by any objective criteria, it has been utterly shit, but my subjective joy at the birth of our twins means that I will remember this year as one of the best ever (and I do find myself worrying about the equivalent of the eagle swooping down on the little 'uns ...)
Let's hope 2017 is less awful than 2016.
Oh, and this is for Lester, a man I wish I'd known -------->>>
Re: on that (lack of) accuracy claim:
"It turns out the imperials where just having fun hunting desert rats ..."
Shouldn't that be Womp rat?
Re: Errrm @Charles 9
"Nice guys finish last." That is the most depressing, and the most wrong statement ever made, and it is only ever used by psychopaths excusing their world-view. It is time the nice guys got together and made sure that the bad guys never, ever, get a chance to screw the world up again with their selfishness and hatred of standards of behaviour that most people accept as decent. There is much more to success than money and screwing everyone else over.
Re: Lots of people...
Why would it stop? There is no mandatory requirement for a police officer to arrest in any situation you describe.
'Paul Ehrlich was correct when he said in a speech in 1969: “By the year 2000 the United Kingdom will be simply a small group of impoverished islands, inhabited by some 70 million hungry people … If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000.”'
It is unfair to criticise Ehrlich for being a few years out. Brexit will achieve his forecast by 2050 at the latest.