1190 posts • joined 10 Jun 2014
Just replace "Standard" with "ID"
Re: Slow moving targets only
The laser weapon was used to dazzle the Argentinian pilots at low level, say on a bombing run over San Carlos Water. It relied on the light being diffused by the canopy. Very similar to the prats who point lasers at airliners.
As I recall lasers used as blinding weapons are banned. Range finders, target markers and anti missile systems are OK, any of which may damage eyes as a collateral effect.
Force employees to take DNA tests for bosses? We've got a new law to make that happen, beam House Republicans
6:1 against me. I didn't make myself clear and if I offended anyone I apologise. Collection of DNA by companies is only OK if they are under a remit to help those unfortunate to be discovered harbouring a genetic disease, or disposition to disease, beyond that given to the fortunate majority. With power comes responsibility.
Any and all excuses will be proffered as to why a company should only take the benefit, I offered only one. If I was not able to impart my views that is a fault in my use of English.
So the companies can help the unfortunate employees with extra pay and medical cover. Oops - that would discrimination against the healthy.
There is no prize, none, nada, zilch for correctly guessing which side of the line this will fall.
Every time someone makes that comment I remind them about the way that Robin Hood airport was saved by checking social media.
"Last time I looked, "we" are more than happy to sell arms to dictatorships and oppressive regimes."
Yes, but they're our dictatorships and oppressive regimes, bought and paid for - this can be a problem because someone with deeper pockets may always come along.
Re: He's probably got a patent on
"All other units can only ever be fractions of B"
Wot about the Trump, surely 1B must be a fraction of 1T?
Re: General Protection Fault?
Is that because Major Fault wants to prosecute Private Data as he failed during the RAID?
Re: @ Mister D
You are at liberty to use "tv reception equipment" as a monitor or to play DVDs for free. It is reception of, or recording at the time of transmission, broadcast TV, or the use of iPlayer (but only iPlayer) that requires a TV Licence.
It is in the interest of the BBC to maintain, without actually lying of course, that mere possession of TV receiving equipment needs a TV licence. Vulnerable people will be more inclined to cave in.
Re: Two words spring to mind...
"What's wrong with configuring your own parental control software ... "
Because my children and their partners wouldn't have a Scooby. In any case I suspect my 8 year old grandchild can get around any blocks they put in place. Often said but none the less true. I can offer only limited help, sometimes I get the "Dad's got his tinfoil hat on again" look.
Fortunately they are able to make sure that their children get the correct advice and help about social media etc. They will see nothing wrong with the government mandating blocks on content - partly because they understand their technical limitations in this area and because they have already sold their soul to Google, Facebook etc. It is just part of normal life to them.
Re: Citizens paying taxes to be spent on spying on them
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all advertisers are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Personal Data, Legal Immunity and the pursuit of Profit.
Re: Not an Uber fan, but
" ... but they are the worst offender ... "
Are they? I don't know one way or another, do you have a reference that is reliable? Like them or loath them, unsubstantiated adverse comments don't advance the discussion.
(I know this is the Register and some leeway is expected but really only works in technical area where we are more or less expert.)
Funny old thing, I copied that phrase in order to make the same comment. I thought I would be lucky to get in first, I wasn't.
Re: Stern carving.
The Elgin Marbles are just as much a part of our history as that of Greece. Whether that means we should keep them or hand them back is a can of worms I do not want to open.
In the UK Insurance Companies, through the MIB, pay out when uninsured drivers are at fault. They are free to recover from the "guilty party". Quite often the guilty party has no funds but the victim still gets a payout. Of course the law abiding, insured drivers are paying for this one way or another through increased premiums.
I imagine that something equivalent will apply to autonomous vehicles once they become popular. It should apply if the software is out of date, just as the MIB is on the hook if some prat has doubled the power of his car and left the brakes as standard.
(Simplified statement of the MIB responsibilities.)
Re: 30 years....
Maybe I need to update my Satnav?
Re: Is this what is known as...
Being paid for sex is legal in the UK. It is the peripheral elements of the industry that are illegal: running a brothel; living off immoral earnings; soliciting; kerb crawling; etc.
'First ever' SHA-1 hash collision calculated. All it took were five clever brains... and 6,610 years of processor time
Is it possible that the change of background colour is a part of a suite of changes that hide the addition of "not"?
Re: In space ...
is always better than,
"Unexpected item in bagging area!"
Re: How's this stuff signed for then?
"Or even dropped off securely?"
Don't worry, once your expensive new tech has been smashed by the fall no one will want to steal it.
Services driven by open data ...
So why not put my paid for data (Ordnance survey, Post Codes etc) into the public domain?
Deleted personal data is the only thing that is properly backed up and always recoverable.
Trigonoceps' First Law of Data Storage.
If you want to make sure that your raid never fails ensure there is a deleted personal data partition on it.
Trigonoceps' Second Law of Data Storage.
Re: Yet-to-be-patented technology
"Kites are worse! Also been used since radio was invented."
I have a WW2 box kite used by downed airmen to elevate a rescue beacon antenna. Flies really well.
Re: Power optional
The Chinook, the Khamsin, the Mistral, the Freemantle Doctor - now the Goldilock.
As property value can go down as well as up, a minority will have been overpaying.
Any tax based on a property value needs some form of "agreed value" as its base. This to avoid fluctuations in tax take and constant arguments about the instant value. When there is an election due it is politically expedient and all too easy to postpone the revaluation. When the process if finally undertaken the result is a vast hike. Those affected forget that they may have had several years underpaying. As property value can go down as well as up, a minority will have been underpaying.
For what it's worth one of the drivers for the change from domestic rates (a property tax) to the community charge (a personal tax - poll tax to some) was the pain of the great increases expected in ratable value. Ratable value was calculated according to some arcane formula base on the rent that may be obtained at some time in the past. Rates were neither fair nor transparent.
The BT TV boxes that I have seen require a terrestrial TV antenna to play the freeview channels "live". Don't know about Virgin but Sky is, of course, satellite transmission.
Isn't that Samsung's new 'phone?
I Look Forward to
The EU's 303 Laws of Robotics.
It's the Klingon of the Interwebs!
Re: Former libertarian
@ Charles 9
Ask Jeremy Clarkson, I think he has an inkling.
one of the inventors of public public key encryption,
No crypto backdoors, more immigration ... says Republican head of House Committee on Homeland Security
Re: These aren't the Republicans you're looking for
You know, I was in total disagreement with you, right up to the Wikipedia reference you used. You convinced me that you were right and I was wrong by using the most irrefutable source of reliable information.
Re: Weasel words
No, they mean "up to mandatory." This is the Internet after all.
Re: Incoming: Harsh action from ICO?
"... as they'll obviously promise to try and do a bit better in future."
Oh come on, that's no good. What about learning lessons?
Re: Whats the strangest thing you have used to measure something?
That's funny, I only use a third of my cock.
"The brightest minds do not look at a police salary and think "yes ! this is my ideal career path"."
Not everyone is just a venal free-booter. You do disservice to anyone who just wants to help society in general and policemen in particular - some of them clearly brighter than you are.
Re: Can't be a single movie
"Who knows, Trump might even ban it."
Thus ensuring it will be an outrageous box office success.
Re: Trust? Who, me?
Professor Jimmy Edwards DFC please.
" ... one-time Royal Military Academy Sandhurst officer cadet ... "
Are you sure? I ask because I knew the man who claimed to be the first of his tribe (and tribalism was still rife) to go to Sandhurst. The reason he was selected was that he was of Idi Amin's tribe and not, like all the previous Ugandan cadets, one of the just overthrown Milton Obote's tribe.
Re: Welcome to our new Fridge Overlords
Only if it makes it to the first service unbroken.
Re: Occam's razor says...
May be it is the well known stereotype of a German. If the policy is not to open unknown links in an email a greater proportion of Germans will comply. If you can get your ransom ware delivered to a German company then change it from v0.9 to v1.0 and you're ready for the big time.
Re: More worrying
The EU has form for that, the whistle-blower who pointed out the inconvenient fact that the accounts had not been signed off for several years was sacked by Niel Kinnock.
What are your stretch goals? A particularly gruesome and expensive death or another target?
Re: Sonic Weaponry?
Just play Slim Whitman's "Indian Love Call."
Pleae State Your Name!
Re: Android vs age
I have heard that an auto manufacturer (Ford?) had an "Old Suit". Young, svelte designers were made to ware it during development. Joint movement and stiffness could be set for typical of age, say 40, 50, 60 ,etc. Did wonders for practicality of cars.
We need some IT equivalent, say:
Various specs to blur and restrict vision
Vibrators on arms to simulate various tremors (no potential for misuse what so ever)
Semi gags to modify the voice
A bag connected to a tap that needs emptying every half hour or so
Re: Current pet peeves:
"* Speaking of fonts... what the eff is up with the gray50 (or even lighter) text on white backgrounds?"
There was a fashion for light blue text on a dark blue background in the '80s. This was done because the then state of the art in photocopiers prevented copying tech handbooks etc. There is some woeful ignorance of UIs if that is a current anti pirate measure. I want to add 2 or more effs.
" ... as long as we fight to stop them ... "
Glad of Amendment 2 to the Constitution?
(Yep, you got me, just +/- vote bait.)
Re: Not very future-proof...
So after some 200 years of predicting US Presidential elections the pollsters have not yet realized that he is not directly elected and that there is an Electoral College. No wonder they got BREXIT so wrong.