894 posts • joined 18 Aug 2009
Re: Cant trust my UK ISP
Your own ISP in the UK is more trustworthy than Google.
TalkTalk? Virgin? I'd trust Google more than cheap ISPs, because they're more competent and less likely to accidentally leak passwords and account names. If, on the other hand, you want to talk about privacy, that's a whole different conversation. That's why I run my own DNS servers, and web sites, and …
Re: The first thing that struck me
Is that home users nearly always get their DNS from their home router supplied by their ISP as standard.
Is it the customer's router that does DNS, or does the router DHCP DNS information point at a server run by the ISP in order to make caching more coherent? My ISP does the latter, but it's Zen who are usually more competent than most. (I run my own pfSense router and override the settings anyway.)
Re: Milk in Bags?
Used to be quite common in the UK - decades ago. I seem to remember UHT coming in plastic bags. That was in the days when normal milk came in glass bottles, before they invented plastic.
The main dairy in my home town switched to plastic bags in the late 60s, and got loads of complaints - not about the bags, but because people were no longer being woken by the early morning clinking of glass bottles, so ended up late for work.
Vacancy for a scapegoat
Maybe Zuckerberg has been chatting with David Cameron, and Clegg will end up taking the blame for Facebook's privacy invasions.
you can't make a Veblen good out of a dumb computer terminal
Isn't that exactly what an iPhone is? Dumb computer terminal plus various apps including a voice app called "phone"?
This guy claims finished product will be wrist mounted.
Does it have motion stabilisation as well?
"Want to see people without clothes?"
If so, there are plenty of web sites out there supplying such pictures and movies anyway.
Wasn't there some sort of moral panic over camcorders (*) with infrared capabilities being able to "look through clothes" back whenever?
(*) Youngsters, ask an old person.
Good news, bad news
The good news is that this is a government IT project so won't work for decades. The bad news is by default it'll say everyone's a criminal.
Joke or accident?
… has already raised eyebrows with the biometrics commissioner, and a particular concern is automated facial recognition
If that was intentional, well played.
Re: What's in a name?
One of my friends therefore always said he was a upholsterer when people asked him what he did for a living.
Was he automatically responsible for couch potatoes?
Re: Two cores? How do you know which one is wrong?
You don't know which one's wrong, you just flush and reload both.
Contempt of court?
Can't the judges declare his failure to identify himself to the court as ordered is contemptuous and jail him until he purges his contempt?
Re: A Mojave new feature
You can do simple things with files in Quick Look and the Finder pane (e.g. rotate, crop, shrink, generate PDF).
Sure. But my point was that you can't modify a file (*) without opening it, even if that opening is behind the scenes rather than firing up the usual app. The claim you can is yet more dumbing down for
(*) Except for totally deleting it.
A Mojave new feature
On Apple's web site:
Work on a file without even opening it.
As various text adventure programs would say "you must tell me how to do that".
Re: An amazing coincidence
AIQ continue to deny that they are linked to SCL, the parent of Cambridge Analytica and yet their registered address is identical to SCL Canada's office
That's doesn't necessarily mean anything. Here in Cambridge (UK) many companies use the St John's Innovation Centre as their address. It's a business incubator. It could equally be a law firm's address used as a registered office - the father of an ex of mine was a Jersey lawyer and had around a hundred company brass plates by his office door.
Re: Hooray! The Post-COBOL Apocalypse gathers steam!!
ADD COBOL TO ANDROID GIVING BANKING_APP.
All it needs is a government IT project run by Capita and all will be well?
Re: And given the shielding level of and lander you'll get the radiation workers annual dose
@Jack of Shadows [A neat name given the mention of cataracts.]
On a personal note, I've already had more than ten times the lifetime dose of a radiation worker and have the prosthetic lenses to prove it.
If you don't mind me asking, how did that happen?
Garbage collection – in SPAAACE: Net snaffles junk in first step to clean up Earth's orbiting litter
Garbage collection technologies
Let's hope they don't need stop the world pauses.
By the time the appeal is finished in a year or two
Ooh look, an optimist. More like a decade or two I suspect.
Vestager said […] with the firm paying "an effective corporate tax rate of 1 per cent on its European profits in 2003 down to 0.005 per cent in 2014".
Except that post-Trump, with the new US corporate tax legislation, Apple have repatriated their profits and paid significant US tax on them, which rather shoots Vestager's original argument out of the water. Continuing to insist Apple pays tax to Ireland would let Trump demand more taxes from all EU companies trading in the US.
QmXnnyufdzAWL5CqZ2RnSNgPbvCc1ALT73s6epPrRnZ1Xy happens to be the hash of a .txt file containing the string 'I'm trying out IPFS
Assuming the Riemann Hypothesis it's also the hash of a certain span of digits in π. Proof and identification of the correct span left as an exercise for the reader.
Re: This counts as _not_ going to the Moon
>This is basically a re-enactment of the Apollo 8 mission.
As long as it's not a re-enactment of the Apollo 13 mission
Or Apollo 1 for that matter.
I like to sneak in my most recent copy of Viz as a gift
Please can you visit my dentist? It's only Country Life and colouring books for the kids there.
I'm reminded of the old gag:
Q. How do you make a small fortune through publishing?
A. Start with a large fortune.
the familiar vocal squealing of some modern flat-haired, orange-faced cretin
Your local gym works out to Donald Trump speeches???
Re: Why not take it a step further..
Seriously, who at Google thought this was even a remotely good idea?
Well, they've dropped "Don't be evil" as a motto, so someone came up with the idea of borrowing Microsoft's old one "Embrace, extend, extinguish".
JPL code still running after four decades
I wonder if there's any IBM 1401 code still running (via nested emulators) on an IBM zSeries machine?
Re: Compromised CA
Oh, and btw, what's "Trent" in this context?
Crypto-speak for a Trusted third party. Here's a complete list of names used for cryptographic roles.
Double Irish With A Dutch Sandwich - it's dead(ish) Jim
I realise lots of people really don't like the "Irish double Dutch sandwich with extra ketchup bullshit" strategy, but there's no reason at all why this won't work afterwards. Arguably, it'll work even better than it does now.
Nope, the Irish government closed their part of the loophole in 2015 and pre-existing structures can only run until 2020.
See here for an explanation of the whole thing.
Re: taxation vs economic activity
"Corporations" don't pay tax. It's the people who OWN the corporation [through stock, equity, etc.] that pay the tax.
Bugger me, I'm almost agreeing with Bombastic Bob. Hell must have frozen over.
However, to correct a point, the incidence of corporation tax is primarily on the shareholders in the US. In the rest of the world the incidence of corporation tax is primarily on the employees. This means increasing taxes on the FANG companies in the UK would make their UK workers worse off. Not a good idea.
Re: An "AI powered cooking assistant"?
Occasionally I might use a browser to view a recipe, and the timer function on my phone... so that's two apps. Can't think of a third, unless I went all Heston and bought a IR imaging camera.
Agree with the first two. I also have an IR camera in my phone, but prefer to use the cheap chinese IR spot thermometer to check temperatures because it's easier.
Councils however do pick up the cost of dealing with this selfish minority act [fly tipping] which we all then share the burden of.
Not if it's on private land, which it usually is round here. Then the landowner has to pay for the lot.
The chatbot, which works via Facebook Messenger
Up to this point it sounded good, but there's no way I'm getting a Farcebook account just to complain to the council. That's a cure worse than the problem.
Re: Heart age
not drinking to excess, when the bottle is empty I rarely open another.
Exactly like my whisky drinking. Gin, on the other hand, is so terribly moreish.
The original concept of an omnipresent surveillance system
It's worth remembering Bentham only intended this to be for convicted criminals. It would seem that's changed lately so the government now thinks we're all guilty of something, if only thinking they're simultaneously totalitarian and as useless as a fishnet condom.
"Trying to talk a user through a procedure over the phone,"
Is the worst thing ever , it should be an absolute last resort
I once had to talk a Sales & Marketing guy on the other side of the Atlantic through patching a Unix binary using adb. (Very long story.) My initial remarks were "Only press the keys I tell you to, when I tell you to press them. This includes the return key. Do not press any key that I have not told you to press. Do not think or try to be helpful."
Re: Great, but...
Why not simply submit pull requests fixing some of the issues in BoringSSL
From the Github README for the C++ version:
Tink depends on Abseil, Protocol Buffers, and BoringSSL
Re: Then they're hurt or killed
Welcome to space, where EVERYTHING will kill you.
The nothing can be pretty bad as well, if you get it in your lungs.
Re: Hate speech
It occurred by means of an unlawful breach of a computer system, which itself points to a malicious motive.
It was data entered into OpenStreetMap. The first four letters might give you a clue that it's meant to be crowd edited. Unfortunately that makes it a griefer magnet, hence filtering being necessary.
and probably setup sanctions against Mexico for the Chicxulub impact
We'll build a wall, a huuuge wall, the greatest wall ever, to keep out meteorites, and the meteorites will pay for it.
Re: Is ABC...?
He's really "Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells", isn't he?
That'll be "Royal Tunbridge Wells" if you please.
Royally Disgusted of Royal Tunbridge Wells?
Wake me up when it's over.
Great anonymisation technique.
And for the UK, we have the totally anonymous individual "EW" in post code SW1A 1AA.
Most of the water on Earth has been drunk at least 10 times over time.
Most El Reg readers have been drunk at least 10 times over time.
Re: Some design tips to help sell this thing
- Free with the purchase of my next box of cereal
And for those of us who don't eat cereal?
Re: I don't need it yet...
As for memory, it came with 4GB and used all of it all the time but the "memory pressure" diagnostic metric was normally low. It was just the way the OS worked. I eventually upgraded to 16GB and it made virtually no difference for normal use.
Horses for courses and all that. My sister-in-law had a 4GB Mac Mini and complained about how slow it was, so I upgraded it to 16GB and then she was happy with it. Mind you, she usually has 20+ tabs open on her browser and at least one Excel spreadsheet open as well.