1174 posts • joined 10 Jun 2014
Ex is a has-been.
(s)pert is a drip under pressure.
Re: "The former policy wonk -
If I may quote Tim Worstall:
It's bollocks – it's obviously bollocks – but unfortunately it's influential bollocks.
(7 Sep 2014 at 13:10)
Re: Free NHS. Terrorism. Bombs, have shown health insurance is one less thing to worry about.
I see three NHS admins read this board. (Three down votes as at 0758.)
Re: Free NHS. Terrorism. Bombs, have shown health insurance is one less thing to worry about.
Free at the point of delivery. There is no magic money tree.
Tory, Labour, whatever - vote (and do vote) for whoever you think will be best for the economy so we can afford the NHS. (Or at least most of it, many admins could go the way of free prescriptions as far as I'm concerned.)
Re: Typo? Looks strange
"You can't estimate things like that; a probability of 1 in 10,000,000 is almost impossible to estimate."
But it will happen 99.9% of the time.
(Apologies to TP.)
Re: Ignorance and greed
I've used this before.
The greatest test of an engineer is not his technical ingenuity but his ability to persuade those in power who do not want to be persuaded and convince those for whom the evidence of their own eyes is anything but convincing.
Extract from "Plain Words" in The Engineer 2nd October 1959
Re: OK Computer
Why didn't Microsoft and Intel consent 2 years ago? Don't they approve of you?
Re: RE: "Keyless" entry
"Oh, and good luck trying to find aftermarket parts."
There are reports of my car's manufacturer refusing to integrate replacement radios legally sourced from scrap yards. (Its on the Internet, it must be true.) This is, of course, to prevent you using possibly stolen goods - nothing to do with outrageous price of a dealer sourced replacement.
Re: Two solar masses (in energy) escaped
"IIRC up to 30% of the mass of a black hole can be stolen by throwing crap at it and missing by just the right amount."
So a bit like the Earth and flying?
Banks are businesses with customers. They have marketing departments. Cue whale song - "Our new account with blockchain support, so much better than ... "
Re: Just for the record ...
Re: a senior moment here
"Because the U.S. doesn't go threatening to turn cities that are home to 10s of millions of people into a "sea of fire""
The point of a nuclear strike capability, indeed the only point, is to threaten just that "sea of fire". To deter you must make that threat and make it credible.
(That is why I just cannot understand Jeremy Corbin's statement that he wants to keep the UK's deterrent but will never use it. You can't change your mind in the middle of a crisis - that is a huge negative signal to the other side.
Having a nuclear deterrent is a political, not a military, decision. If you are running the country and don't believe the UK should have it man up and scrap it. The money released can be spent on the NHS and pensions for superannuated techs.)
Re: Much like my pension, which I'll likely never get.
I can't believe we have had so many comments and Gordon Brown's pension raid has not been cited. Granted, increased life expectancy and employer contribution holidays have also had an effect.
(Edit: JS19 got in first - must type faster.)
Re: The Deep Ones...
Just as long as the Kraken is not awakened.
Re: It's odd
I know my own mind, just as soon as my wife tells me what to think.
Re: Clever Chap, Einstein
Ooh, you had the Henlightenment. All we 'ad was t' Renaissance.
Re: Or just MAYBE some company will get a bit smarter
Never confuse value, cost and price.
Re: Really a power failure?
"The idea was to ensure people couldn't casually plug uncertified equipment into those sockets."
But they would have to unplug my heart-lung machine to find this out.
I took over as project manager for a national radio project. New broom etc I queried the cost of a double 13A socket when we only need one. For the tech's kettle apparently.
Re: More to the point
If the best that Google an do is "somewhere in China" why are firms paying so much for profiles and targeted ads?
Re: I believed Jupiter threw bolts, not balls...
I think the quote is: By Jove, she's got it.
Re: Of course the companies like it
" ... paying your pesky workers what they're worth ... "
Are the staff in PC World paying Dixons Stores Group to work?
Its my boy who is Sue. You may be thinking of Sylvia?
Re: 'end stage Socialism'
Just like when it's Christianity until Christians do horrible stuff for their religion and then it isn't Christianity.
Works for pretty much all religions and none.
Re: why do I need to login to prove I have a TV license?
"Same reason you still need a TV licence if you have a device capable of receiving OTA TV broadcasts even if you never plug the thing into an aerial/STB-connected-to-aerial-or-TVOIP-feed."
Isn't the shiniest object in the solar system the sun?
No. I shone my torch at the sun and couldn't get a reflection. My mirror, however, ....
I think the problem with fail safe is that there are three limits:
Theoretical: Limited by the imagination of the designer/engineer.
Practical: Limited by the budget.
Political: What won't prevent re-election.
"This must then infer ... "
This must then imply ...
Re: Call me crazy
"This is a class of device that does not need a cloud connection, nor worldwide remote access."
Pound to pinch of the proverbial that the class will have cloud and world wide access. This is because:
The manufacturer wants to collect profile information (for service optimization obviously).
The "engineers" just got it wrong.
The PHB curtails development at the first opportunity.
Of course Vegemite would make a trademark claim - just as soon as the publicity from the naming process died down.
Haven't they switched it off then on?
Re: It's a mistake
4711 eau de Cologne (4-7-11).
Yes, but if the crypto is back doored all I need to do is ring NSA/GCHQ, problem solved!
Re: infuriated those people who know a thing or six about encryption
I'm glad that my post ignited some discussion about compromised crypto systems. (Bet you can't guess my views?)
Still no citing of a proof one way or another. That doesn't surprise me, if there is one it is probably highly classified because it will reveal state of the art of whichever state funded the research.
Key escrow is a perfect theoretical "back door". However in practical implementation it is vulnerable to: hacking; espionage; incompetence; idiocy; political expediency; bad programming; unpatched systems; etc.
I also make the point that even in "liberal" Western democracies the protection of the law is not a given.
infuriated those people who know a thing or six about encryption
Is there any one out there who knows six (or more} about encryption? My limited scientific and mathematical take on back doors is that there is no way that one would be compatible with secure encryption. What I want to know is whether there is a peer reviewed proof that a secure back doored system is impossible? Conversely is there a proof that a secure back door is possible?
My proof would start and end with something along the lines of: "Its bleedin' obvious that a secure back door is impossible."
I am also convinced that even if a theoretical system can be designed implementation will be practically impossible.
... some law that was less than a thousand pages (incl. 900 pages of pork) and clearly set forth ...
Re: "more than a thousand different internet protocol camera models."
"What ports are open on my machine?"
I'm sorry, can you say that in English?
Expected answer from >99% of a random sample in the UK.
Re: I imagine if that the tobacco industry were to cease operation...
Sadly we are where we are. We know where we want to be. Betwixt these two is 50 years of damage from past smoking to deal with. I say ban it but no government will forgo the tax take, not if they want to be reelected. Then of course there is the slight problem of the efficacy and results of a ban. Prohibition worked out so well and as for the war on drugs ...
A down vote I see. My immediate reaction to the article was to make some comment about at least being able to understand the call center after the move. I nearly said "funny comment" but quickly realised that I would just be relying on stereo types for a cheap laugh.
So I went with a historical comment. Frankly I expected more down votes.
Well Wales is still part of the English Empire.
Re: Appealing to the individual voter?
"Ooh I love to dance a little sidestep, now they see me now they don't-
I've come and gone and, ooh I love to sweep around the wide step,
cut a little swathe and lead the people on."
The Greatest Little Whorehouse in Texas
Re: How's that gonna work?
What they need is a system like the EU mandated cookie warning - you know, something really useful.
Re: it is unlikely that it carries any weapons... cough... cough...
" weren't rifled because rifling was expensive "
There were two other reasons why muskets were retained past their sell by date.
Training for a musketeer was quicker and simpler.
The tactics of the day emphasized relatively short range mass fire. A bludgeon, not the scalpel of rifle fire.
" useless hour-long meetings "
Ooh, you were lucky, when ...
You know the rest.
Re: Accuracy of the highest order
In this matter gross oversimplification is good, at least for me. YMMV
Re: I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.
Employees cost money. It also costs money to give them this money. Then there are the compliance and direct costs of tax and employment, equality legislation etc. It is no wonder that the smaller companies out source these aspects so they can actually get on with running the company and making the money needed to keep afloat.
There are, of course, risks in outsourcing. Never run my own company so can't really make any sensible comment beyond if you do do it, go to one of the big boys and employ someone to monitor their performance.
Re: In related news...
"The film industry is always loosing money."
I thought that was the point of Hollywood accounting?
Re: Rule one of tea club
"I'm doing it wrong"
Where's Steve Jobs when you need him?
Re: Hadecs 3 Cashcow, it's worth reading up on them to save yourself £200.
" ... failing to turn on the overhead NSL (National Speed Limit) sign ... "
It is the national speed limit, no signs needed. The round white disc with a black bar denotes the end of a lower speed limit. If the NSL sign is not displayed then the existing limit still applies and they are doing you a favour by setting the cameras to 70 mph.
The concept of the NSL and disc sign allow changes to the limit to be made (up or down) without spending £lots on new speed limit signs.
However, I am by no means convinced that speed limit enforcement in some areas is entirely, absolutely, 100% to do with road safety.
Re: Trump had better hurry up and ban Mint
And don't forget Trebor, Polo, Fox's, Tic-Tac etc.
One assumes a Proceeds of Crime application. This will be judged on civil levels of proof, ie. balance of probabilities, so a successful appeal may not prevent Mudd having to pay up.