re "culture of impunity"
Yes, the establishment do seem to get away with a lot... herd impunity?
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IANAL but I was informed online by someone who claims to be, that where people's lives have been impacted, from stress to suicide, Crown Immunity does usually not apply. He taught me two things I didn't know: there is a thing call crown censure and also that protection from prosecution does not extend to Crown employees (and, in the process, convinced me that he quite possibly was a laywer!)
"Therefore, they are going to track you no matter what. "
Ok, fine. So don't have an "incognito mode" then. Chrome says:
Your activity might still be visible to:
Websites you visit
Your employer or school
Your internet service provider
It doesn't say anything about "and we [Google] will still track you"
systemd, snap and even the Linux kernel itself all seem pretty monolithic to me. Is this the new "microkernel" architecture, then, made out of a few big blocks?
I'm very far from being anything like an expert in OS matters so perhaps someone can assist my understanding ... If systemd provides all the essential services userspace needs to make effective use of the Linux kernel, why isn't it part of the kernel? On the other hand, if it's important that these sorts of services are kept separate from the kernel might that not imply they should be kept separate from each other and not all bound up into another monolithic layer?
I can well believe criminals could find the money for a Greyhound to an area where they thought they would be able to commit larceny, or even felony, with relative impunity. But it seems to me unlikely (although I am open to persuasion) that anybody is paying them: first question: Cui Bono? second question: why hasn't anyone already spilled the beans on these secret networks?
(this might be a whoosh but ...) Gaslighting means trying to undermine other people's perception of reality: presenting false information to people in a manner which makes them doubt their own memory, understanding or perhaps even sanity. Etymology is from the play "Gas Light" by Patrick Hamilton in which the protagonist interferes with the gas supply (used for lighting) to his house to convince his wife that her perception that everything is getting darker was her encroaching insanity.
I think the Telegraph Crossword compiler discovered the best anagram so far:
Easily survives travel north to castle... A disaster for this contrary advice? (4,5; 7,3,5; 4,5)
(The anagram of EASILY SURVIVES TRAVEL NORTH TO CASTLE is (Rot13)
FGNL NYREG PBAGEBY GUR IVEHF FNIR YVIRF
I still remember when I realised I could do FOWIA (find out where I am) in Z80
with one fewer byte:
meaning my subroutine was just E1 E9 instead of E1 E5 C9. I have some vague memory that E9 was originally "undocumented" - does that ring a bell with anyone?
*Yes I had to look up the hex, it's 4 decades since I could program by
POKE addr,byte (at 14 it was easier to memorise the instruction set than find the money for an assembler).
Some scepticism may be required, but https://bylinetimes.com/2020/05/20/dominic-cummings-billion-dollar-brainchild is a bit of a worrying read.
Not sure where you get your figure of 1450. So far, worldwide, 14% of closed cases have ended in death, so you'd need about 200 undiagnosed cases for each case to justify that figure.
Furthermore, in the UK, the official death toll is currently 36042. The estimated excess mortality is in the range of another 20k, so probably at least 50k UK brits have died already: if the UK population is just under 68 million that's already more than 1 in 1360, and I suspect we are nowhere near the end of the UK death toll.
Most importantly, even if you a right, I think it's perfectly reasonable to have privacy-compliant* contact tracing on a temporary basis to save thousands of lives. YMMV.
*obviously this does not include the UK proposed app
... in rural CCTV systems: watching your barns, horses, etc. First thing I tell any potential clients: any system that gives you the convenience of seeing your camera feed over the internet is - unless we are going to lot more money (and still no guarantees) - going to be visible to at least someone over the internet. You need to double check the frame of all fixed cameras and perhaps even put physical shields on PTZ cameras to ensure they can't see sensitive areas even if they can be moved remotely.
Of course, most horses aren't that bothered about cameras (until one girl got enthusiastic and tried to remotely talk to her horse via the camera speaker!) but it's not unusual for a time-pressed groom to piss in the straw they're just about to take to the muck heap, rather than trek to the nearest toilet. Most of them couldn't give two hoots whether you see them or not, but you've got to make sure they know the cameras are there. (Of course I also have to explain to the stable owners/managers that such cameras absolutely may not be used to check on the work of one's staff).
Don't most HPC tasks consume lots of CPU? If you compromise the account of a known userA who runs the known taskB, how will you know that the task isn't doing what it says it's doing: surely you just see the processB, owner userA, at roughly where you expect in the process monitor?
This sort of hack could be very damaging because it's not just compromised accounts - what if they've compromised some of your code? Every time you run it you get bogus results ... and someone else gets cryptocurrency.
EDIT: I know nothing whatsoever about HPC, although I'd love to.
... like your comments, here, Bob, that
a) it's less dangerous than the flu
* time passes *
b) it's only as dangerous as the flu
* time passes *
c) it's only about 50% worse than the flu
* time passes *
You don't seem to be saying too much about how it's not such a big deal now, which is something, I guess.
Not a fan of Mrs T., especially not her damaging lingering untruth that a national budget is just like a household budget, but fun fact: the UK actually acquitted themselves pretty well in the Falklands, both operationally and morally. There was a bit of controversy about the Belgrano but, in 2003, Captain Hector Bonzo, in a Nat Geo documentary, claimed that he was readying for attack, and that the sinking of his ship was entirely concordant with the "rules of war"
"Most people complaining about the governments handling are actually complaining about the conservative party's handling of it because they support the Labour party."
This is doubly invalid. Firstly, they are entitled to complain whomever they support, whether anarchists / communists / fascists / people's front of Judea. Secondly, having complained, the validity of such complaints has nothing to do with their motivation.
Me: "Maybe if they had bothered to RTFM from other countries who had it first they'd have made fewer mistakes."
AC: "What, like Italy and Spain, both of whom have higher death rates than the UK? Great examples to follow."
I was talking about avoiding making the same mistakes, sorry if that was not sufficiently clear.
"Nowhere near. 8th highest number of confirmed cases per capita"
We're quite a lot further back in total cases per capita, but we're only 6th in deaths per capita, --- or, if you discount San Marino (pop. <35k) and Andorra (pop. <80k), we're more realistically fourth.
But it all depends on when the growth really started -- if we use per capita measures without adjusting for date, USA seems to be doing quite well. And it really isn't, as the absence of BOMBASTIC BOB telling us that it's not much worse than flu tends to show.
"1) There are a couple of clusters of unexplained Coronavirus outbreaks in the UK in December and many more in January (two choral societies in Manchester for instance) - all linked to people travelling back from Wuhan."
It's either unexplained or linked to travelling back from Wuhan. Given the infectivity, I would suggest it may not have been Covid19. I have friends who returned from Wuhan in Jan with severe Covid19-type symptoms but it seems inconceivable to me that they wouldn't have started a local cluster.
I can see no acceptable explanation for why the UK is performing so poorly and, unless the UK is to be considered far more rebellious than any other country, you haven't really provided one here. This is a failure of government, they only excel (especially with the latest vague non-advice) at shifting the blame back to the citizens.
"Yes, the Government has made mistakes in the handling of CV-19. They are writing the user manual as they go."
Maybe if they had bothered to RTFM from other countries who had it first they'd have made fewer mistakes. It is becoming harder and harder to claim that the UK has not badly mismanaged this: we squandered several advantages (Island, reasonably wealthy, state health service AND MOST IMPORTANTLY at least two headstarts [China and Italy]).
The fact that some will criticise the government whatever they do does not invalidate all criticism of the government.
... it would be possible, on a non-rooted phone, to allow permissions on a basis of "yes but ask for every access or at least a log of when which apps ask for which services.
Permissions should also be more fine grained "access to your photos" seems reasonable if you are going to post pictures to Facebook ... But I'm pretty sure it analyses your entire camera roll.
Ideally I would like to give dummy permissions as well. So an app that wouldn't install with microphone access can be given a yes but just receive a silent (or filtered) audio stream; and a GPS "for regional purposes" can be blurred - I can see why an astronomy app might want to know where I am to within the nearest kilometre when I open it it but what I don't want it knowing my location to within 10 metres every second its open (or even worse, running "in the background", another place where Android is deliberately unhelpful as to what is really going on).
At least Facebook is only an app ... Having an entire OS under the control of an advertising giant is never going to be be an optimal situation.
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