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Surprise UK raid of Cambridge Analytica delayed: Nobody expects the British information commissioner!
Anyone would think that the establishment are trying to give CA enough of a chance to clean their house before they have a snoop around.
Pah! Far too late for that - I triggered the Download Everything From CA App days ago.
Bum; oh what a giveaway. (Python, M)
Re: Eliminate any pedestrian humans
We already eliminate any pedestrian humans from the taxiways by having big jet engines to Hoover* them up
*Obligatory Note: Other makes of vacuum are available.
Re: I suspect that there will come a time
They can only get away with what their employees are willing to put up with.
That's true enough, but in many instances we are seeing long standing DB schemes whose members have been working for their employers for years suddenly finding that the music has stopped and that they are all required to transfer to a DC scheme for the rest of their working lives with reduced retirement benefits. At that point there is nowhere to go; they are stuck with it unless they can find another employer with a continuing DB scheme, which these days is increasingly unlikely.
Re: As could be expected....
As we are talking "BT" here should that not be
and so on...
Re: If you are not prepared to deal with that then get off the road
In this case I'd bet that the uber was cutting corners, not the cyclist.
If the AI was "trained" by a lot of drivers I see then that is a distinct possibility. At the same time a lot of cyclists aren't entirely blameless for cutting corners.
When I am on the road (exclusively 4 wheels now, but occasionally 2 motorised wheels in an earlier life) I am ever concious when approaching junctions that a cornering driver may well turn up in "my" bit of road because they were never taught to drive properly beyond passing the test or because they either don't know the risk of cutting corners or simply don't care.
Either is possible but they are a bloody hazard regardless.
People are often reported as leaving in a huff.
I always thought it was Groucho Marx as Rufus T Firefly in Duck Soup
Firefly (to Mrs Teasdale): Well, that covers a lot of ground. Say, you cover a lot of ground yourself. You'd better beat it; I hear they're gonna tear you down and put up an office building where you're standing. You can leave in a taxi. If you can't get a taxi, you can leave in a huff. If that's too soon, you can leave in a minute and a huff.
Re: Is there an economist in the house?
but that'll never happen while the pole monkeys couldn't learn 25 pair colour codes
Blue / Orange / Green / Brown / Slate primary
White / Red / Black / Yellow / Violet secondary
if memory serves.
And I never worked for BT or the GPO before it, but in another environment where wiring colours were the same.
Fortunately I never had to climb poles.
I wonder if Mr Gordon will be taking legal advice before May because I'd have thought that this...
Would that it were that simple. Article 23 of the GDPR provides for Member States enacting certain exemptions; see https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/exemptions/.
IANAL but I cannot see any government having too much trouble finding a way around some troublesome restriction elsewhere in the regulations should it be minded to do so.
Re: CE marked too
Where the CE badge just means
"Chinese Export" Caveat Emptor.
Where are OFCOM when you need them...
No further than a telephone call away. A well - crafted letter would be a better means of communication, though. Much as one might wish it to Ofcom is not going to assume an attitude on the part of retail consumers; it will need some evidence of customer dissatisfaction with charges before it considers doing anything. Why should Ofcom act against greatly inflated charges outside some sort of evidence base?
And no; I haven't written either, but the day is getting ever closer.
Who uses a landline in this day and age?
Well I, or more correctly we do. I would be very interested to know how much individual users pay for "all you can eat" 4G services; while I am willing to accept that it might well be less than we pay for our landline + FTTC, with both of us using the internet for different things at the same time there is no additional cost. Fortunately this house is sprog - free but even if it wasn't I daresay that we could accommodate additional use without incurring additional cost. (For the record we do not use bolt - on vision / sport and the like.)
Can 4G subscribers add additional users without cost? I strongly suspect not, but would welcome someone doing a proper comparison between line and radio based services that isn't heavily loaded with emotion bordering on a pathological hatred of BT.
And no; I do not work for BT. No; I have never worked for BT. No; I am not a BT shareholder unless some holding comes as part of a "bundle" from a Building Society investment account.
Re: Its not just manufacturing that needs a solution
@ Steve Todd: They are fitting fast charging points at service stations, and supermarket car parks are getting charging points also. People who don't have driveways do tend to go shopping. People driving long distances tend to pass service stations. That's most of your objections demolished.
I cannot speak for anyone else but when I (or Mrs Commswonk) go to a service station I am probably there for about 5 minutes. Time in a supermarket car park may well be a bit longer, but probably doesn't exceed 30 - 45 minutes. I don't think your "fast charging points" are going to achieve much in either time. Even a stop on a motorway probably doesn't exceed 45 minutes either.
So how many people are going to be happy to go to one of your chosen locations to find they can't even get in because others are kicking their heels waiting for their cars to charge up?
Those minor constraints aside, have you considered the fact that at the moment the electrical distribution infrastructure is incapable of carrying the likely load current, and will need to be (very expensively) replaced? Those infrastructure limitations will, untimately, go right back as far as the availability of raw power at the generating stations.
I think that's most of your "solutions" demolished.
Its amazed me that the more electronics has become a fabric of our culture, the less stores are commonly available.
I don't think it is all that surprising. Once upon a time (decades ago now) an understanding of electronics down to component level was not all that difficult to achieve. Now? With many components having an awful lot of legs things have become much harder; add to that the challenges of surface - mount and DIY electronics has ceased to be a subject that is readily accessible to many (most?) people.
Shame, really, but I suspect that it is a downside of progress.
Re: help Blackpool
I could be wrong but I'm fairly certain that most if not all of the Fylde Coast already has FTTC; I fail to see quite what will be achieved by a widespread upgrade to FTTP.
Having said that I am not a politician so they probably believe in Fairy Dust anyway.
FTTP; the Cillit Bang of modern communications. Get Barry Scott to advertise it.
Re: "positively Tigger-like"
Oi! You forgot Kanga. I hope that's not because she was Roo's mother and thus unambiguously female.
Re: There's a thought....
That's why I was trying to pour cold water on the idea of trying to have a permanent download and record of an ipad's GPS. Relying on a GPS aerial inside an aircraft doesn't sound like a good idea anyway.
GPS aside an ipad isn't going to record airspeed / position of control surfaces / altimeter pressure setting / aircraft attitude and so on.
Re: There's a thought....
Because if it was anything like the GPS in my car the height information would be wildly out. And I mean wildly.
And a "proper" black box provides far, far more information than simple positional data, even assuming that data to be correct.
Re: Good to see the AAIB keeping up with modernity!
Quite so. I would hope that there have been insufficient accidents for the AAIB to come to any statistically meaningful conclusions but I wonder if - on balance - the use of modern electronics such as ipads adds to, or detracts from, general aviation safety.
Whatever became of maps strapped to legs? And how long will it be before getting an Instrument Rating requires the demonstration of competence with an ipad?
Maybe el reg needs a crapita corner, a weekly round of the weeks outsourcing screw ups.
You mean that there isn't one already? It might not conform to a weekly schedule but there is certainly no shortage of outsourcing failure reporting.
Crapita Corner... just the sort of name Private Eye might use.
Re: What's the problem?
Humanity, en mass, is an appalling crowd of vindictive sheep with the attention span of a plank.
While I understand and agree with your underlying thesis I think that it is unnecessarily and unfairly critical of sheep. I am far from convinced that sheep can be vindictive, whereas people most certainly can.
Re: EE? No need to say any more
Actually there is every need to say more if the much - vaunted EE - based ESN is to have any hope of working.
At the moment things are not looking particularly good. I wonder how long Motorola will be able to keep things going with TETRA / Airwave, because it is beginning to look as though "quite some time" is going to be necessary.
...the SI Unit of Uselessness.
Re: sounded logical but.....
I came on to say the same thing; the article could and should have been a bit more carefully written.
If it were the case then the Mount Pleasant car park would be truly impressive sight.
However the problem is real; there is neither the generating capacity nor the infrastructure cabling right down the users' premises (including substations) to cope with a widespread migration to electric - only vehicles, and the longer HMG ignores this fact the less likely it will be that any sort of target for electric vehicles will be met. As another commentard said the "optimum" solution would seem to be hybrid vehicles, resulting in a major reduction in the demands placed on the electricity supply system.
And why would anyone ask Royal Mail when their car park would be able to support all - electric vehicle charging? That's a bit like asking UK Power Networks why the post arrived late yesterday.
...no one's sure what it's for yet.
Is that not better known as a solution in search of a problem?
If nothing else it provides a wonderful opportunity for "suits" to gather together in nice locations and spout management bollocks at one another.
Whatever the reasons it suggests that armed staff on campus are unlikely to be the solution in such situations.
The idea of armed staff with concealed weapons being a "solution" is bizarre. An attacker with a "long arm" is going to out - shoot anyone with a handgun, on the grounds of both accuracy and magazine capacity.
Even the idea of "concealed carry" is absurd. What sort of weapon is envisaged? A James Bond style Walther PPK? Little better than a popgun in the circumstances. A 38 Special? Maybe, just. A 357 Mag? A bit better, but a capacity of 6 rounds? Pointless. Colt 45ACP? Well it does mean a couple more rounds. Browning or Glock 9mm? Better magazine capacity certainly. Any handgun capable of stopping* an attacker is going to be big and "heavy". Concealed carry is relatively easy to achieve in some circumstances but impossible in others, with a classroom being one of the "others". Miss! Miss! It's a hot day why are you wearing a coat? And the coat can't be zipped up either because deploying the firearm would take too long.
Arming teachers is likely to result in the teacher being the first one to be shot whether they are armed or not.
The idea is so silly on so many levels it's hardly worth commenting further.
*This is a euphemism for "killing"; no one should dream of thinking otherwise.
Talking of Exorcism...
Obligatory Dilbert: http://dilbert.com/strip/1994-02-02
If BT can wholesale at (currently) between £88 & £89 per annum, WFT do they provide by way of "added value" for their retail customers, given what they (which includes me!) have to pay? And now Ofcom are instructing BT to reduce that already modest wholesale cost by a significant margin.
I don't know the full details of Ofcom's remit but looking after consumers interests doesn't seem to feature in it.
I fully expect another large increase in monthly charges to come along before much more time has elapsed.
Re: "Technical Dept"
I call this "screwing your future self"...
Pity you mistyped the title. A good "Technical Dept" should be treasured, not eliminated.
Re: "a connection between sitting in front of a screen and raised blood pressure"...
They do realise that it doesn't just apply to smartphones do they ?
It doesn't need to be electronic either. Neither, for that matter, is the effect limited to children.
By way of illustration just see what happens if you try simply quoting the Daily M*** on this site, never mind showing anyone an original print version.
Re: Vehicle Solution
@ AC: turns out first responders don't want to have to remember a username and password while on the way to a job
@ Peter2: The exceptions are when the police/ambulance crew/fireman leaves the vehicle with it unlocked.
I would hope that PIN entry is universally implemented on all existing TETRA terminals, vehicles included; User IDs were not required when I retired (a depressing number of years ago now) and would only be required if the capability of assigning terminal rights and priviledges on a per user basis was brought into being; it certainly wasn't when I shut the door behind me.
Furthermore Police vehicles have a "run lock" capability that allows the removal of the ignition key with the engine running (to maintain the battery for flashing blues or reds) whereupon the door can be locked; if anyone breaks into the vehicle the engine will immediately stop if the handbrake is released or the footbrake operated.
I would expect leaving any emergency service vehicle unattended and unlocked would be an extremely serious disciplinary matter; think of the all kit in an ambulance (drugs included) that could be stolen or damaged if anyone managed to get in unimpeded.
Having said all that the idea that vehicle solutions have yet to be found would be bloody funny if it wasn't so serious. Equally not funny is that Samsung should be awarded the "equipment" contract without being able to demonstrate a complete range of the required hardware in a working condition, which is clearly the implication here.
The one and only advantage the old Tetra had over GSM was the ability of handsets to serve as repeaters to provide coverage beyond the limit of the network.
That didn't used to be true, and I rather doubt if it is now. Vehicle installations with proper vehicle equipment* could act as repeaters, but handsets couldn't. I have been out of the game for some years but I very much doubt if any manufacturer managed to cram in the additional hardware required to make a "handset" sized repeater. In addition how would the handset "owner" know to put his / her radio into "repeater" mode?
*Handsets in vehicle adaptors don't count!
Re: The problem that I have
@ AC: Otherwise who shall judge these self-appointed Judges but those Judges themselves ?
Tut tut. On this forum the correct expression is Quis custodiet ipsos custodes.
Sorry but no one is going to believe that.
"Sorry but no one is going to understand that" might have been closer to the mark.
@ Alister: Aren't humans weird?
Some of you certainly are.
High Risk Strategy
It turned out a woman was attempting to mask the smell of her trump by striking the match.
Dear <deity> it was lucky the aircraft didn't break up in flight. Explosively.
Re: I may be missing something
@ Mycho: Probably this will involve Satellite uplinks a couple of hundred meters from the church itself.
We have to hope not. Why introduce significant latency if a conventional SHF link from a nearby location can be engineered? (See Duncan Macdonald's post just before yours.) Admittedly even with > 500 Mb/s capability a lot of simultaneous users in our sample village would result in a reduced bandwidth to each, but using satellite links has to be the last ditch choice.
Having said that providing a link from another site can only work if that site has spare bandwidth available on its backhaul, and that may or may not be the case.
Re: Good stuff but a sticking plaster fix ...
I don't think even that's necessarily true. There aren't many rural businesses that need video, but they do need e-mail that works even when the local cabinet is standing in water - most of them could manage with "basic but reliable" broadband, at least for the near future.
You could well be right, but substitute "farmers" for "rural businesses" and things start to look a bit different. By all accounts the farming community is now more or less forced to do on line that which it used to do by pen and paper, and having to download a (large) form from DEFRA, fill it in and then upload it again is consumptive of bandwidth, and time if the bandwidth isn't there to start with. The farming community has been disadvantaged by compulsion to go digital, and it is one group that would definitely benefit from better broadband.
Other rural businesses? Then I suspect you are right; the need is "unproven" and we are stuck with the assertion that universal FTTP will result in a land of milk and honey, and I fail to see how, exactly.
Fibre to the Pulpit.
Now that is simply brilliant.
Re: Good stuff but a sticking plaster fix ...
VDSL and Wifi will not assist materially with deployment of the fibre we will need to everyone's property to embrace the opportunities of the future.
I can fully accept that rural businesses are likely to need better broadband than this proposal is likely to bring about, but I would be very grateful if someone could list all the "opportunities of the future" that will accrue from providing ubiquitous FTTP to domestic premises.
It always strikes me as an unsubstantiated assertion to claim that manna will fall from heaven simply because domestic premises have eye - wateringly fast broadband.
Cue downvotes, I daresay...
I just cannot comprehend how someone in his position, seeing this train coming down the track, can stand there and honestly believe (and I figure he *has* to believe) that they have done nothing wrong. There must be something seriously wrong with the brain of such an individual. And this "wrong", be it disease, or invalid reasoning, or broken logic, or some sort of psychosis seems to be utterly pervasive in politics.
IMHO all you need to remember is that narcissistic personalities and sociopathic personalities are real, not imaginary. Both types are attracted to politics because "control freakery" features in both types.
Possibly at the other end of the scale look back at yesterday's El Reg story about the computer miscreant who burst into tears when handed a two year custodial sentence. Finding out the rules did apply to him after all was probably quite painful experience.
The Gupta brothers in South Africa might be about to make a similar discovery.
Re: It's all about control
Surely it is the victim or witnesses who do the reporting, not the people who run an hailing app!
I have often thought about that anomaly and how the "app" operator should not really be involved until such time as the police come a-knocking.
But please stop calling me Shirley.
Re: "containing a myriad of nutrients and food additives"
So, please help me with the grammar here.
Funny you should ask that, because where you later wrote So, journo types, what is it please? you ought to have written So journo types which is it please?
And the phones have 25-30Mbps because they can utilise it easily. Multiply by, what, 8-10 devices in the average family household and you need 250-300Mbps to match the performance of a smartphone.
The above makes me wonder... how many people are there in the "average household"? 8 - 10? Seems a bit high that.
4 - 5? Well pehaps, but WTF are they doing that each of them needs 2 devices each gobbling 25 Mb/s simultaneously?
To my (cyncial) mind this looks like a case of deciding what you want your argument to conclude and then manipulating a few "facts" to make sure your conclusion is achieved.
Re: Doubtful it'll happen
Within five years high speed fixed wireless broadband will roughly 100% of the population able to afford Musk's satellite broadband.
Not Captain compute does.
Re: How Come The USA Thinks It Owns All The Slots In Space?
Come on now... do you really need someone else to answer that question for you?
To me it is ironic that Porthcurno, of all places, should be a not - spot for modern communications.
:@ jalabarre: And with the state of online phone directories, and internet lag times, the paper phone books are still quicker and more reliable to use.
Eh? Are you in the UK or elsewhere? Not least because of the 3 point type to which you subsequently referred I rarely use the printed phone book. My experience with BT's on - line directory is entirely satisfactory; on one occasion I was able to tell one of my wife's friends what her number was going to be when she moved house a couple of days later (she had not been advised by BT) and on another some acquaintances who relocated had their new number available on - line within about a week; should I have waited perhaps 12 months until a new directory had plonked through the letter box? A paper directory is utterly useless if you don't actually have it, such as one for outside the area in which you reside.
And what is an "internet lag time"? I know some people justifiably complain about under 1 Mb/s speeds but even that ought to be enough to look up a phone number. Perhaps it is something else entirely, in which case please tell me what it is.
I shouldn't worry too much, unless you insert it into one body orifice or another during play.
Ditto a golf buggy.
Point of Order
The 6½” thing is made by filling an oversized Yorkie Pud...
By what right do you describe it as "oversized"?
This creation is a proper response to the entire concept of Nouvelle Cuisine.
Re: To be served with chips & curry sauce obv.
@ disgustedoftunbridgewells: Good thick gravy you can slice with a knife.
Reminds me of a line from Tony Hancock... I thought my mother's cooking was bad, but at least her gravy used to move about.