4258 posts • joined 18 Jun 2009
Obligatory Dilbert reference
He feels your pain.
So Microsoft is a growth stock again?
Proof that there are a lot of desperate, damned souls walking the streets these days. Be afraid. Be very afraid. >:)
A dry red with notes of cherry and a pleasing strontium aftertaste...
So I guess this gives me another excuse to drink more beer while telling everyone that I am being responsible and avoiding radiation poisoning? Ka-ching!! Thank you, Fukushima!!
Personally, I think Britain should be happy they have Capita
That national comedy-relief they provide would otherwise require the purchase of a millions of tickets and 2-drink minimums at comedy clubs around the UK.
I'm a little skeptical about this kind of industrial policy...
Unless the paranoia about sourcing potentially-compromised/trojan'd hardware from outside your legal jurisdiction is a big issue (and these days I am not saying that it absolutely shouldn't be), then I kind of think the EU is fighting the last war here. Unless you can make that "national security" argument, I think that anything the EU develops will probably be at best a "me too" product by the time you complete development and get the semiconductors to market.
Recipe for fudge....
Let's swap some recipes, because you know a fudge to paper things over (again) is coming on this issue. EU companies with significant U.S. business will scream if Privacy Shield is nuked from orbit, and European sigint agencies that enjoy the largesse of the NSA will be right behind them.
Or you could just push back on low-productivity meetings...
I do it all the time. Meetings are fine, but i am the first to disinvite myself if the subject doesn't seem to be something that I can contribute to or contributes to what I am doing.
But...but...but...some IRS PHB saw Mr. Robot on TV last night, and it looked so cool that we just had to jam that into an otherwise-unrelated RFP!!!
Re: 1.6 litre!
RTFM! Everyone knows the 1.6 litre engine is used for cars that only ever travel downhill.
Trump's Supreme Court pick will decide critical tech issues for decades – so what are the views of the contenders?
Well, the good news is that Trump's last appointment was pretty libertarian on police powers
Judge Gorsuch actually voted against the recent police cell phone tracking decision, because he felt it didn't go far enough in protecting cell phone owners. So hopefully we will see a bit more of that in the new nominee.
(Mine is not the black judicial robe on the hook over there.)
Re: Clever Raccoon
True, the little varmints are extremely clever. I would never feed one though, because then tomorrow you will find two on your doorstep, looking for a handout.
(Mine is the coat and coonskin cap hung by the door.)
So the spiders have learned to turn our command of electricity against us??
We're doomed!! DOOMED I TELL YOU!!!!
"I had my bio-metrics taken, fingerprints, face, possibly iris (not sure if the camera was good enough for that) and I can't actually think of a reason to deny that data"
I would like to repeat point that I have always made about biometrics. If the ID theft bad guys get your password, you can change that. If the same bad guys get your fingerprints and iris scan--you're screwed for life.
Its all just bits and bytes now. Sure, your iris scan takes a lot more of those than your online banking password does, but storage is cheap these days...
El Reg asked Google to comment but had not received a response at publication time.
Did you get referred to a bot?
Re: @Hamish Sadly Not Really New
Surely it would be "Do no evil" to "Do know evil", amirite??
Re: Now for gun laws?
Gun laws run into the Second Amendment if they get too onerous. A U.S. constitutional amendment trumps anything a state/county/city might pass.
So you can pass laws restricting magazine sizes, requiring background checks, banning sawed-off shotguns, setting limits on the number of guns a person can buy per month/year or defining and banning assault rifles, but you can't pass a blanket ban on guns without having that declared unconstitutional.
Hooray for the initiative process
It's not perfect, but it is worth it for the occasional instances where it can outflank well-moneyed interests who want their wishes to be the rules of the road.
Creepy cartoon face--check!
All we need now is for it to start talking about how it has "stimulating relationships with humans" and it's "utmost enthusiasm for the mission".
Has it learned to read lips?
Re: AI all over again
"It looks like you are trying to re-enter Earth's atmosphere. Can I help?"
"Intelligence sharing must not result in a backdoor to obtain or facilitate for others the obtaining of intelligence free from domestic safeguards, nor a loophole for foreign Governments with lower standards on the protection of privacy (or other human rights) to obtain intelligence from UK intelligence"
Preach!!! However, I fear that this is at least part of the reason that the 5 Eyes alliance is in place.
I guess they are dressing up hobos or something?
"If you sit in Building 906, 5th floor and will not be here due to vacation or work travel, please inform [the relevant manager]... so we can fill your seat while the guests are in town."
(/sarcasm) Yeah, I wouldn't expect many people to be on vay-cay during the last week of June, which is after school ends and your kids are free to travel and your extended family can gather, and when the weather is nice. (/sarcasm off)
And who the hell are they finding to fill your seat if you are out of town? Droids from the basement, who normally don't even get to clean a window, much less look out of one?
I can understand not wanting to see a half-empty workspace, but does IBM's marketing vision involve LITERALLY swapping deckchairs on the Titanic??
Oumuamua--it's an egg....
I know this, so why don't those nerdy astronomers??
Re: Well, thank God for the Supremes
Maybe if the legal Supremes were to start their decision with "Stop, in the name of love"...
Well, thank God for the Supremes
No, not the Diana Ross ones, but they were pretty good too.
I just wish our mostly craven political class had the cojones to stand up the the law enforcement/prosecutorial/intelligence community momentum towards "If its out there, we are grabbing it." This would save a lot of court time and people getting treated badly by their own government.
Re: Government involvment...
Another prognostication from the Simpsons that has freakishly come true. "No beer and no TV make Homer go crazy."
(Better check your cable to make sure its not out.)
Re: I am a specialist.
No, no, no! Not the "other end", Bud comes from what I think the British call a bell end.
(That better not be "Butt-wiper" in that glass, El Reg.)
It's Skynet, firing all the humans who are a threat to the Rise of the Machines...
Is Mr. Diallo dating one Sarah Connor?
Re: Facebook's chief privacy officer Erin Egan
Can't +1 you enough for that comment. It was exactly what I was going to say about whose privacy FB's privacy officer really protects
Perhaps the Norwegians would feel better if the campaign had a theme song?
Maybe Fitz and the Tantrums "Handclap" or the Elvis Presley classic "Burning Love"?
Mr. Diskin--It's not hypocritical at all to not want government access to smartphone data
The last I heard, as big and powerful as they were, neither Facebook, Google or Apple had the legal power to levy taxes or penalties, to arrest and detain, to impound property, to restrict your rights to travel across borders or via certain transportation modes.
And these companies are ultimately answerable to the marketplace. If they really screw up, then they will lose users, advertisers and developers, and someone else will invent a less intrusive platform if that is what the market demands. Meanwhile if Mossad or some other intel agency oversteps the law, the worst that will happen is that a director or assistant director will get thrown to the wolves, and the underlying organization and culture will march merrily on its taxpayer-funded way.
I'm glad that Google is being looked at, but this is in large part political payback.
Silicon Valley likes to openly support the Dems and oppose Republicans, and now the bill is coming due. I'd feel bad, but the idea that these internet platforms have become so powerful that they can basically define/constrain your reality is definitely pretty creepy and worth some serious scrutiny.
So if I try to Google "Problems with Google" or "Google monopoly"....
Will my computer explode? Will I just be permanently disconnected from the internet? (Hmmm, except for missing El Reg and the occasional cat video, that last one might not be so bad.)
Sorry to you optimists who believe in progress over time...
Avro Lancaster = dam buster
F35-B = damned budget buster
So in summary, you could say...
That users of these devices found out what it is like to be kicked out of the Nest? :)
(And now I'm leaving before you guys start throwing rocks and bottles.)
"My God, it's full of starfish!"
How is it that I am the first to post that? You other Regenistas are slipping...
There's always the Harrier option...
By which I mean Britain buys the 138 F-35s at full price, and then sells them back to the U.S. at half price, and then touts the budget savings in the next election.
The GPS/localization issue is potentially pretty serious
I use Waze and basically give that free rein on my smartphone, including of course GPS location., and it does not inspire confidence in industrial-grade GPS navigation. Driving around downtown San Francisco Waze too often jumps locations around by a few hundred yards. So one second you will hear "turn right at such-and-such street" then immediately "turn left" or something like that.
While I expect the GPS receiver on autonomous cars are probably better than my smartphone, I would hate to be on one of San Francisco's scores of one-way streets when autonomous GPS location jumps around and starts thinking that it is now going the wrong way on a nearby one-way street that runs in the opposite direction.
(Icon chosen because it is possible that Skynet is assuming control of all traffic navigation so that it can kill off all puny humans without the fuss and cleanup of a nuclear exchange.)
Re: The good news is that Comcast is going to enter the British ISP market...
We export good TV shows to you guys, so that's a plus.
The good news is that Comcast is going to enter the British ISP market...
Time for Brits to learn the REAL meaning of pain!!
(Actually, no, I don't think Comcast is entering the British ISP market. I don't think the United States would do that to you guys.)
You have to pay for the recent tax cuts somehow...
I bet this is part of some Treasury Department gimmick to make a small dent in the deficit, now that the recent tax cuts are blowing it up.
Re: I'm glad...
I worked for Cisco as a contractor, its definitely not 90% contractors, at least not in the professional positions. I'm sure they outsource all their production to Foxconn and other contract manufacturing firms, and how many of their people who are building Cisco gear are actual employees, I cannot say.
But at the Cisco HQ campus in North San Jose, it is about 80%-90% employees and 10%-20% contractors.
Enough of these gig-economy companies watering down employment rights so that they can try to keep their poorly modeled businesses afloat. If your work is central to the company in question, you should have the right to be an employee or a contractor, depending on whether you prefer more stability or more flexibility.
In it's haste to forestall the right to be forgotten, Google has forgotten what is right? :)
(More seriously, this is a BS dodge by Google's expensive lawyers. I can underrstand why the expensive lawyers tried this, but this defense doesn't pass the smell test.)
Another example of collateral damage from permissive attitudes towards surveillance...
Just like so many of the IT vulnerabilities that sigint agencies horde, this is an example of technology that was supposed to be the sole property of "the good guys" getting into the wild.
The good news is that the law enforcement that are hoovering up your comms are in turn getting their comms hoovered up, so we're all screwed together.
Because the EU needs to make its annual pork production quota?
IBM continues to move down the weasel continuum...
Why don't they just get it over with and sell the business to Wipro or Tata?
The first thing the pols will want to know is whether any of THEIR particular antics have been detected/are in danger of being found by the press.
Until bad software causes so much automotive mayhem that mass recalls are required and class-action lawsuits emenate, the industry will continue to ship crap software.
Remember that this is the same industry where at least 1-2 of the big U.S. carmakers used the "Is the cost of a recall > cost of lawsuits? If so, then don't recall" And where only a couple years ago Volkswagen deliberately changed their software to allow illegal levels of automotive pollution.
(Icon shows Ford Pinto doing what it is most famous for.)
I can't believe!
That I am the first to use this very appropo icon during this thread!
The world would be a lot more F'd up if the Allies hadn't won.