161 posts • joined 4 Jun 2007
>> but you have to take into account the purpose of the legislation
Oh, puh-lease! Think of the children. We only did it to protect you. It's in your own best interests. The EU knows best. Along with patriotism, the restrictions for the greater good, are the last refuge of a tyrant. What I'm seeing here is tyranny writ large. Why should a US corp have to jump through hoops to satisfy the megalomaniac leanings of whoever it is who drafts and passes these EU laws?
I was getting on pretty well with my ad-blockers thank you very much. If a site required them to be disabled to enable me to view its content then I could make my own decision as to whether that was a trade I was prepared to make. If a site required registration, again, I could decide for myself.
Now, I have no choice. Except being of a technical bent I could always subvert the ban. But why should I have to?
I'm in the UK. I fully expect EU sites to comply to EU regulations. If I choose to visit a site in a different jurisdiction I fail to see why the EU should have anything to do with that. I know that the EU says it is so, therefore it is, but still it sticks in the craw.
This feels like the thin end of a very wide wedge. Possibly, the end of the world (wide web) as we know it.
I am discombobulated by this.
Adobe and eCommerce...
Given their extraordinarily great record for robust online security, demonstrated early and often with that fantastic contribution to safe browsing experiences that is Flash, I'm sure that Adobe's influence will be positively benign.
Certainly my confidence in this particular platform, tainted as the Magento brand was in my eyes by its association with eBay, has undergone a major shift in the light of this news.
Re: Routers, Routers, Routers
>>I recall stories of proposals in the early days of mobile for just that since they had a huge wired commas network for trackside
Imagine if someone hacked that. What an apostrophe!
Re: Implant them at birth:~
They already identity chip dogs. When that came in I posited that it wouldn't be long before they'd make it a requirement for humans too.
Re: Curse you, Dabbsy
>>a paddling pool of disembodied breasts looking at me
Yikes - that's all. Yikes!
She may be your sister, but...
>>>My sister picked up the word 'puter from somewhere
That just drives me mad. Worse than errant apostrophes. Willful arrogant ingorance.
>>When did this infantile word "poo" come into common use by adults...
I hate it too. Poo is a word for 3 year olds. But everybody's doing it now, from vets to doctors, the NHS to the BBC. No escape from a torrent of poo.
Re: Am I that much of an antique..
>>Sensor and lens aside, your proper camera consists of a screen, processor, storage and a battery.
A proper camera uses film as a sensor. Batteries and all the rest unnecessary.
Re: Just to be clear ...
>>My Huawei phone is wonderful at RF. It works where other phones can't even detect any signal.
Mine too. To the point where I can choose to use my mobile at home to make calls with quality as good as the landline. For the first time in 20 years.
This mighty old news?
>>Text data analyzed during 1910 showed that the adjectives commonly...
Anyway, I'm not convinced this is AI as such. Just lists of related words.
I was a customer of Melbourne
who sold out to Iomart.
I remember looking at the new owners and thinking Oh No when I saw their EasySpace connection.
EasySpace were the first ever domain name registrars and hosting service I used, before the turn of the century. I found their habit of charging you to release your domain name to another registrar quite apalling. I swore, once I'd coughed up the necessary Danegeld to extract all my domains from the sticky suffocating fingers of EasySpace, that I'd never have anything to do with them or any company associated with them, ever.
Little was I to know, happily ensconsed with Mebourne, who provided a reliable, reasonably priced service, that I'd end up in their clutches once more.
Looks like I'll be moving hosts again - looking for someone just like Melbourne. Someone who concentrates on getting the boring but essential basics right.
Re: So we've finally found..
>>Next step is pope sponsers...
I read that first as pope sensors. Like we've given up looking for intelligent life on other planets, so now we'll settle for finding the odd extraterrestrial pontiff?
I'm going to be 54 this year
I'm going to be 54 this year, too. How'd that happen?
Why rely on what a "car" is telling you? A car that can easily be co-opted into telling lies.
Why not use independent sensors that "see" what's really there?
@ Voland's right hand - Fail!
minorities also party on Ibiza you know and for that they need a passport (definitely was the case last time I flew there).
A driving licence is for driving. Not all driving licences have a photo. Not everybody can drive.
A passport is for foreign travel. If you don't travel abroad you shouldn't need one.
Re: This comment section should be good.
You forgot 4) the smug bastards who say they don't own a TV, never have owned a TV and "what is a TV anyway?", all posted with their own innate sense of superiority :-)
You got it. That's me. I am insufferably smug, safe in the knowledge I am avoiding the endless stream of mindless pap pumped out over innumerable channels into British households.
Of course, there's a small niggling doubt, gnawing away, festering in the darkened recesses of my mind, that I might be missing out on something good. Bargain Hunt, anyone?
Re: There's a worrying implication
My driving licence is paper and I don't have a passport. Guess I'm stuffed, then?
"I seem to recall Socrates (much later) saying that he would never write any of his arguments down in a book,"
...you're much older than you look.
All are equal
Seems odd that Getty gets singular treatment. Surely any infringement against anybody is equally egregious.
All Getty has to do is make sure that the image it offers up to the Google bot has a chuffing big highly visible watermark up it. Otherwise is that not infringing one of the "rules" that says different content shouldn't be offered up on the basis of whether a visitor is a crawler or a regular human browser?
Rosie does it for me. Lovely.
C30 C60 C90 Go!
They don't write songs like that anymore.
Re: Is it just me?
My thoughts exactly. Nominative determinism in action!
Re: If somebody does not understand...
>>....should think about a quick carrier change
Like from FedEx to DPD?
So, it's crap?
If a system can be "fooled" in this way, it's probably not doing it right.
Yet another example of AI proving itself to be Artificial Inanity.
I've just opened up my computer and tipped out all the ohms.
They are now homeless. Homeless ohms.
Sounds like a case for the great electrical detective, Sherlock Ohms.
Re: "binge watch TV shows for 12 hours straight"
>>Apparently you've never flown over an ocean, or had a delay or layover that's lasted more than a few hours.
I prefer a non-battery dependent paper based entertainment delivery device instead of sitting there drooling whilst infusing whatever mindless pap comes out of the screen directly into my brain.
Re: Operation haystack...
>>If they can legally keep my entire internet footprint I should make it as legally large as possible
Just imagine if the bots suddenly developed a penchant for visiting websites where Terrible Things™ are displayed. Quelle horreur!
"It wasn't me m'ud, it was my bot wot dunnit."
A legitimate defence if ever I heard one.
We're all guilty now
the threshold is about 500 quid in cash where the cops can confiscate the money
Outrageous and utterly predictable. Still this must be the world we want. Thanks to Michael Howard, Jack Straw, David Blunkett, Charles Clarke, John Reid, Jacqui Smith, Alan Johnson, Theresa May, Amber Rudd. A roll call of shame, if ever there was one. Chisellers and oppressors they are to a (wo)man. Is there one decent, uncorrupt name on that list?
Re: No KDE = No Mint for me
Ya mean where it says "As the distro announced in October, it also contains the last KDE edition of the project."?
I did and read the word "last" and that means when there ain't no more KDE in Mint, I'll be gone. KDE was the only reason for my initial dalliance.
Actually, distro tart that I am, I already left. Straight into the lizardy embrace of SuSe
No KDE = No Mint for me
Prolly have to move back to Slack
When I move house...
Google was recording the locations of routers to make it easier for Android phones to find out where they are when they detect the same WiFi network, and this is something relatively uncontroversial which iPhones also do.
...taking my router with me that will make a mockery of that particularly obnoxious freeloading means of location.
Re: Oh Joy?
>> a complete list of user names can be exposed simply by poking the URL:
Yikes!! Sometimes I wonder why I bother, I really do. What a POS.
Wrigley's spearmint anyone?
I mean, when was the last time you asked for a packet of chewing gum and mistakenly received a mouthful of Colt 45?
Re: And everything will ether have a GUI update or functions removed.
BB >> sigs are pointless
Too right. My email signature includes both landline and mobile numbers. Nobody notices. People still ask me for them.
Re: @Loyal Commenter "It is bad for everyone else..........."
>>Uber is an example of predatory bandit capitalism at its very worst. They are no example of freedom, they do not enter a market to disrupt it, they enter it to destroy it and impose their own interests on the remains.
What you said. For one shining naive moment back when t'internet was taking off I truly thought it was going to put consumers directly (ish) in contact with producers. Now it's increasingly a market place dominated by big money and thuggish middlemen.
Re: Damn it, 1984 was not a How To Guide!
It's about time people stopped using this line.
I think I first spotted a variant of it last century. It ain't original and its utterance marks you out as a failed wannabe wag.
Only allowing cookies from the page domain - that which is displayed in the browser address bar?
I've probably said something extremely stupid there, haven't I.
So, what is new?
All the basic everyday "magic" was sorted by the end of the 20th C. Photography, telephony, radio, television, audio and video recording, computers, internal combustion engines, etc. What we have now are the results of incremental improvements to those.
It's not surprising that as the "optimum" is approached, the graph of improvement over time starts to level out. All the low hanging fruit gets taken. The law of diminishing returns kicks in.
Unless something completely new, akin to the discovery of electromagnetic radiation, comes along then I guess it's just shaving a bit off here, adding a bit there and getting marketing to call the result revolutionary for the next few years.
Re: I must be missing something ...
For me it was KDE 3.5 or thereabouts that hit perfection. Everything was so easy to use. Even Kontact email / calendaring worked great. It's just about getting back to somewhere near now in KDE 5 but the devs seem still to be antagonistic to the idea of a good user experience.
Who'd be a web designer?
...because though it might be MS's fault, it's our problem.
Re: RIP Voltaire
Down the echo chamber of my mind comes the phrase, "I agree with Nick."
Re: Like the idea, but...
Look at it this way. In the olden days a square wave would be generated with discrete components, transistors, resistors, capacitors, diodes, etc (talk about unnecessary complexity...)
Those "olden days" of which you speak, they're my days, they are...
</wipes rheumy eye>
I fully get the point about ease, convenience and all the rest. It just strikes me as ironic that as a result of progress, it now takes millions of transistors to do the work of two.
Like the idea, but...
...using an Arduino just to generate square waves? That's a fully fledged computational device doing the job of a simple astable multivibrator.
Everything these days seems to have an extra layer of unnecessary complexity. I must be getting old.
Re: firmware update
Light bulbs with firmware? FFS!
Re: One day I will perhaps understand
When I was younger, how I laughed at those further along life's highway than I with their craving for 150W lightbulbs. Now, as presbyopia sets in and a wide open iris results in unfocused images, I too seek out ever brighter illumination...
Re: Smart things need smart solutions!
Or even make the light switch the clever thing...
I love reading about this stuff, but it makes me realise that I can't understand it and never will.
Good work - carry on.
Anything you want - you got it!
I for one welcome our spooky overlards. They have the guns and the trained thugs - who am I to disagree or antagonise them in any way?
I've written and rewritten my response to this piece about 5 times now... I've even quoted Bob Dylan's My Back Pages, and I still feel that there's something relevant there.
My considered opinion is that there's nothing to be gained here. I genuinely cannot understand the complete and utter condemnation of Damore's original transgression. Those who can understand why it's such an egregious piece or writing are so certain of their rightness that they are unable to countenance the need to explain their position.
Apart from the undoubted sincerity of Kieren on this matter, I take away nothing to help me grasp why he says what he says.