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Re: I still get wound up...
Am I the only one here who understands the definition of TRESPASS in this context to be "entering another person's land or property without permission"?
No you aren't. I understand perfectly, unlike the dimwits above.
You cannot trespass with permission, because if you have permission it is no longer trespass. It's quite clear.
solutions should confirm only that a person is aged 18 or over, rather than confirming their identity.
So, as already mentioned, that pretty much only leaves the "Are You 18 or over" checkbox as the solution of choice...
Anything else like Credit Card validation, AdultPass etc would require proof of identity as well.
Re: Silly first name.
You just need to listen to how it is pronounced, Alistair, Alastair etc.
Except that almost universally, people pronounce my name as my username is spelled, and I'm sure Mr Dabbs gets the same, too. Even if I carefully emphasise the second "A":
Hi, I'm Alastair, pleased to meet you.
Silly first name.
I was christened Alastair, but quickly gave up on the idea that anybody - even immediate family - would ever spell it correctly. Birthday cards over the years have been written to any number of variants, so I can probably claim at least 20 pseudonyms.
I have never frequented Starbucks, but were I ever to attempt transactions with one of their baristas, I think I would just accept defeat and go for Fred. Let's see them mess that up!
Oh and did one of your cups say Avast - that's some serious mangling of Alistair!
I find your lack of faith disturbing, IBM: Big Blue fires photon torpedo at Pentagon JEDI cloud contract
Re: What about towing trailers?
Are they really expecting the driver to get out and use a box on a cable like many cranes have? Or maybe to yell instructions at the tow vehicle?
No, they expect you not to tow trailers or caravans, be a pedestrian, or a horse rider or a cyclist. For truly autonomous cars to work, they must be the only item allowed on the roads, and will only take you from clearly defined point "A" to clearly defined point "B".
It appears that with all these "innovations" what is considered normal behaviour now will be curtailed to meet the limitations of the new technology.
To me, this seems the wrong way to go about things, the new technology should be designed to work within the constraints of current behaviour, but that's not how it seems to be at the moment.
Re: Space Shuttle - Pop Culture Favorite
There's something very inspirational about a spacecraft that flies into space and lands back on the ground.
That's why, whatever your thoughts on Mr Musk, the SpaceX booster landings tick all the boxes - it's how spacecraft should be, as we've seen for over half a century of Sci-Fi movies.
Re: "Everything blamed on the firm they bought the app from."
And rightly so!
I'm no supporter of the Conservatives, but I'm pretty sure they didn't go to the developer:
"Oh, and please make sure our app includes loads of bugs, and is more full of security holes than Adobe Flash"
It's fun to blame the party, but it's the company who sold them the app whose fault it is.
That scary old system with 'do not touch' on it? Your boss very much wants you to touch it. Now what do you do?
It shouldn't be a surprise, really
Given that all higher forms of life uses electrical signals to control muscles, communicate pain, and do the whole "thinking" thing, it shouldn't really come as a surprise that bacteria have the ability to swap electrons.
The evolution of life from single-celled beings to multi-cellular organisms must have started from such basic building blocks, and the ability to pass electrical signals between cells is essential for that process, whether you are a bacteria or a eukaryote.
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Re: Weaponizing AI will happen, denying this is suicidal
For much of human history, there was not even the concept of a 'civilian'.
And yet, for a certain period, it was only professional soldiers who fought.
I remember reading an account somewhere of one of the classical Greek wars of Alexander's time, where the combating soldiers were fighting, in a city, dodging round the incumbent citizens who were trying to carry on with their normal lives.
Even in First World War France, if you came back thirty miles or so from the trenches, civilian life pretty much carried on as normal.
Re: Couple of questions
My other question is, are tongues the usual way of picking up shoes?
I think you would only pick up a shoe by its tongue if it is as a preparation to putting it on your foot, (you would normally pull the tongue towards the front of the shoe to open up the aperture to put your foot in).
You know what, thinking about it the above is wrong, and that yes you would normally pick up a single shoe by putting one or more fingers under the tongue.
For a pair of shoes, side-by-side, I would tend to put my fingers in one shoe, and my thumb in the other, and pinch the sides together to lift both.
Re: third party scripts, including from external domains that the company itself owns
If the company owns the domain then it isn't a third-party script.
Modernizr is a third-party script library, as are JQuery et al. They are produced and distributed by a third party. Just because you host a local copy on your own domain doesn't make them not third-party.
Re: @John Leyden / ElReg: Can you please get the headline changed?
it is clear that there were no "third-party scripts" involved
Modernizr is a third-party script library, as are JQuery et al. They were not written specifically for the BA site, or by BA's dev team, they were written by a third party...
No, they weren't hosted externally, but that's a different matter.
So the headline is technically correct.
Let's just be clear
The scripts WERE NOT hosted on an external resource, they were served from inside BAs infrastructure. The path they came from was:
However, they WERE third party scripts in that they were not written specifically for the BA site, but were local copies of script libraries freely available to web developers from various vendors.
In this case, they were modified versions of the freely available scripts, with malicious extra code added to siphon off users details to an external domain.