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... 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.
A built-in password list
Is there a site that lists the common/complete set of "Built in Passwords"?
I studiously avoid "password", "12345678" etc. however my carefully crafted but memorable passwords may not be as obscure as I think they are. Where can I check?
Please don't ask me to send them to you so that you can check them for me, no matter how many dollars are awaiting me in Nigeria.
Mummy has a few "connections" and has worked them to death..
And you would have it otherwise? She's his mother! There are plenty of people who would welcome one tenth of such support, love and help from their family.
Re: A fool, but our fool
Plead guilty in the UK and the discount on sentence is one third. I'm not altogether happy that will mean an innocent person will always plead not guilty. However the decision in the USA seems to be between 99 years and 6 months probation.
There is a social benefit in the guilty admitting their offence and relieving the courts of a long trial, and witnesses the trauma of giving evidence. There is no social benefit in the innocent pleading guilty just because the alternative is too horrible to contemplate.
Personally, I would not extradite any culprit when the USA legal system proposed exceeding a one third discount.
HMS Belfast is still afloat. (I think HMS Victory is set in concrete?) Granted, not 60 lb but a 6 incher will still make a mess of the opposition. Not sure about the rules and sail area. 6 man crew may be a problem.
So how did Smartwater get the addresses and is their product any earthly use for a weapon?
"Yes, it must be my gun officer, you can see the Smartrust on the action."
"They don't want to confronted by an armed householder."
You have no idea of the restrictions that UK gun owners operate under. Ever threatening to use your gun, with no intent to unlock it let alone assemble it, may result in revocation of your FAC.
If there is an "event" the bench is likely to take the view that use of a firearm is not reasonable self defence. If there is time to unlock, assemble and load a firearm there is a good chance that you can get away. There will need to be an unusual and peculiar set of circumstance to successfully run self defence using a firearm.
" To be fair there is no requirement to provide any personal information but there is space for names, email addresses and telephone numbers to be "volunteered". OK; that is not as bad as revealing postal addresses ... "
How about the use of a reverse telephone directory, or if they are a TalkTalk customer the info is pretty much out there already. If I can tie up a mobile phone to a FAC holder's address then some nefarious GPS tracking will tell me when the house is empty.
I expect SmartWater is a hacking target in the reasonable belief that there is a good correlation between customers and those with something worth protecting.
Gotta love marketing, commercial and police (who should know better) departments.
I had an interesting conversation with a fast jet pilot, in a bar. The subject was the mixture of measurement systems used when flying. As an example, height is usually specified by the flight level, a multiple of 100 feet (?). They used the units that were easiest to accommodate in a very busy brain.
If you have ever seen an elderly, experienced, carpenter working out imperial dimensions you'll understand the utility of quarters, eighths ,sixteenths etc. Use the metric system and it is calculator or a pen and paper.
Ultimately use what is best for the particular problem, ideally El Reg of course.
Re: This article needs some translation to english
Do not, ever, confuse a football pitch with a football field.
Given the various sizes of Premiership football pitches, the FP is not suitable as a length metric.
Full autonomy – robot can perform the entire surgery as well as, or better than, a human general surgeon, without supervision.
I think part of the rational behind robotic surgeons is that they can be better than human. Perhaps Llevel 5 should mandate "better than"?
Baron Pierre de Coubertin has an Olympic gold medal for (badum-tish) literature.
Re: This goes to show one thing
Scotland - Liberal?
As in the children's "named person service?"
A my pie, your fingers, "Fuck off!" situation.
Re: Why are vendors so keen on this?
"Maybe events like this will explain to them ... "
I doubt it.
Re: I hope for the same ruling in the EU
Google will be obliged not to restrict pre-installation of any competing search engines and applications (including on the default home screen)
Oh good! Now I'll have 14 search engines, 30 media players, etc. on my handset that I can't uninstall. I suppose we can hope that Google will allow any app to be deleted, not just the non-Goggle apps.
Pigs at the end of the runway as I type.
Re: limited context
Cutting edge physics:
"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less."
Alas for the Newtonian Universe.
Click this link (don't fret, nothing malicious).
Yes, and I'm a Nigerian Prince looking for somewhere to lodge £380 million or so, no, honestly.
Good opening line for a tech site!
Re: Why does the US care if people own bits of the Moon?
"stolen government property"
Is it? Doesn't some UN agreement or other prevent anyone claiming the Moon? I'd like to see this argued in court. If I buy some transparent paper weight with a bit of Moon rock, the rock being owned by no one, can I be dealing in stolen property?
Why not publish the retained data? That way I can see what information is being made available to security, police and civil litigants. If I don't like it I can modify my browsing and telephone habits.
I know this is theoretically possible but even those at the designer tinfoil hat end of the spectrum will find it practically impossible. So, what is better, limiting access to the data to police etc, various hackers and those collecting flash drives from bus seats, or allowing an open publication so we know what is going on?
The answer is to insist that ISPs and Telcos retain only the data they need for billing and service monitoring for only as long as necessary. The police, security services etc should be made to do their job. If I am person of interest then get a warrant and bug or hack me or my kit.
Re: Institution unknown
The West Lothian Question was identified by Tam Dalyell, the Labour MP for the Scottish constituency of West Lothian. It is specifically the right of Scottish MPs, as opposed to MSPs, to vote on bills debated in Westminster affecting England only but have no right to vote on bills on the same matter in the Scottish Assembly. English MPs have no rights to vote on Scottish devolved matters, as is reasonable. There is a democratic deficit inherent in the arrangement that one day will have to be addressed.
Re: Yes, it's quite simple, really
" ... based on security by obscurity ... "
I doubt that any one with a bit of technical training involved with the sirens is a hard and fast obdscuritatist. Rather I think that there is a belief that no one would be such an arse as to set off the sirens just because they can. The "hack" is so simple that I can't imagine that there is much, if any, kudos in being the perpetrator.
I can only hope that the perps get shopped for bringing what ever club, society or group they belong to into disrepute.
Re: off and on, and off and on again
"I'm still unclear after reading the article as to why after going around and switching them off, they turned them back on."
Why? They rang the help desk.
Re: Just a matter of timing
" ... and an electric plane would presumably be quieter and could be carbon-free."
So, no carbon fiber then?
(Yes, I know what you mean, I'm just a perverse bugger sometimes.)
I recall that a TV company built a replica of the Colditz glider. It flew quite successfully, at least once.
"but there is no adaptor to fit a full-sized SD card into a microSD slot."
Never worked on help desk?
"Makes everything else look like tiddlywinks."
I believe the correct pastime is "stamp collecting".
Re: The real problem
As an experienced parent allow me to recommend violence and drugs. If you are too squeamish just stand well away, look at your screaming offspring and tut loudly once or twice. This works better if you have trained them to run up to a random stranger and shout "Daddy" (or Mummy).
Re: redactions are an enormous strain
I know they're a long way away but, surely, they know the correct way to redact a document is to change the background to black?
"The entire idea of one GUI to rule them all is bonkers."
Next the design of web pages please.
Re: Dinner Bell for Hackers
"every second you donate £1"
Just take £1 once and fly under the radar. There are many who can "donate" out there. When funds run a bit low, you're down to your last but one super-car say, just repeat. Most won't try to chase down a £1 debit they don't recognize.
Most capital cities that are not Paris are not in France. There, I said it.
Nonsense, they will pay "up to £6."
Re: Looking forward to Episode XVIII
Personally I can wait for "Jar Jar Binks - His Life and Times." A long time, a very long time, oh so long, please, pretty please.
Re: What am I going to blame random outages on now?
Sporadic E always worked for me.
Re: Quite ironic
" ..has made it so damned easy to restore Apple's data ... "