Will be very sadly missed
I had the pleasure of speaking to him once - completely engaging character who took plenty of time to talk. One of the proper "old school" characters. RIP.
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I left school at age 16 in 1990 to take a BTEC ND in Computing at the local college. The careers teacher at my school informed me and my best friend (who also left), that "there's no future in software".
Said teacher went to the same school, did their teaching qualification, then returned to the same school and gave careers advice. Go figure.
Last I heard, he was in charge of IT there. Still, I'm sure everything that he uses was developed before 1990... (eh, Jim...?)
And was set up for the free exchange of information...
The current usage may not meet those aims, but neither does it give anyone a license to mine it for commercial purposes.
If you wish to allow your personal details to be sent to a third party, that's fine. But that should be YOUR choice. An ISP that automatically opts you in, simply cannot be trusted..
The reason people are upset is that a large corporation with a vested interest in processing personal data has been gaining it against local laws. The offence is not "failing to secure a wi-fi point" - it's "capturing data without consent".
The debate about securing your access point is not the issue. The issue is "did you capture personal data without consent?"
If you leave your bank statement by a window, I read it and then drain your account or commit identity fraud, am I blameless, because you left your details available for anyone to read...?
This code didn't write itself; someone actively coded it, so they should take some responsibility for it. And whoever was in charge of them should have been aware of what they were doing. Even if Google do allow engineers time to work on their own pet projects, if that project is then used in a company project, then it should be subject to appropriate reviews. If basic code review and legal compliance is not part of Google's product lifecycle, then this excuse will be used by companies as a reason for non-compliance with data protection and privacy laws for years to come.
They clearly feel threatened by the HU.17 website. A BBC report from a few years ago shows how strongly they wanted to be sole media provider in the area:
Pages 37 and 38 refer to HDM's declining market share and are likely to be the cause of their personal attack on Mr Smith.
"The introduction of the Freedom of Information Act has significantly increased transparency in public life and the right to access information has become a cornerstone of our democracy," said Wills.
Have you ever tried applying for anything of use under the Freedom of Information Act? Good luck...
I was having huge problems after updating to Safari 4 with it continually crashing. A look at the crash dump logs pointed to the Shockwave plugin. I updated that to the latest, and it's been fine ever since. I'm not saying that's what's causing all the problems, but worth checking.
"...data privacy watchdogs at the Information Commissioner's Office criticised the council for carelessness with personal data, and for clear violations of the Data Protection Act. Any future transgressions by the council could result in enforcement action by the ICO."
So why aren't they being prosecuted? Surely if you violate the law, you should be punished?
And the use of the word "could" seems to suggest that even if they breach the regulations AGAIN, there is no guarantee action will be taken against them.
Just because people are (perhaps naively) willing to expose their personal information on places like social networking sites, this should not be used as an excuse by either public or private bodies to avoid their obligations to protect people's personal data.
In this case, as in many others, much is made of "actions put in place to ensure it will never happen again." But what about the potential (and maybe real) consequences of such a breach?
What on earth are these people doing to induce "dangerously frays, sparks, and prematurely fails to work." failures?
Yes, the cable frays if you run over it with a vacuum cleaner or any other physically-hostile device.
Sparks? What, between the connector on the device and the adaptor end? I assume the plantiff is referring to that very odd natural behaviour of electricity to flow to earth via the path of least resistance - and any video evidence would involve teasing the adaptor towards the unit...
If an adaptor becomes seriously hot enough to induce melting of its component parts without shutting down, that indicates that something is drawing too much current into the device itself, and therefore not tripping any fuses within the device. Have you perhaps tried lifting it off the bed and unblocking the ventilation?
Of course, Apple have many billions of dollars. How many users have common sense?
Because before the widespread availability of satellite navigation devices, there were absolutely ZERO instances of drivers getting lost, women driving into lakes, hitting bridges or attempting to navigate vehicles down roads that were too narrow for them...
Perhaps we should also mandate cartographers to provide road widths on their maps?
Quite what the government is supposed to do about this, I'm not quite sure... Perhaps signpost narrow lanes in Polish, Estonian, Hungarian, French, etc, etc...? A few years ago when I was working for a GPS semiconductor company, I was sitting outside a pub in the countryside (and this *WAS* miles from anywhere), when an HGV pulled up outside and the driver came in to ask the way to a particular town. Having been advised that the way he was going would not be wide enough to get his lorry through, he insisted on carrying on with his journey because his sat-nav had told him that was the way. I wasn't around to witness the point where our advice and reality crossed...
Of course, naturally someone from the UK government will undoubtedly pop-up in the press over the next few days telling us that the billions of pounds of taxpayer's money being invested in Gallileo will fix this.
If any politician can really solve this, they've undoubtedly also solved NP-complete mathematical problems as well... I'll keep an eye out for that...
I've had enough of this.
No, I'm not scared, but I am nervous. I've been taking a stand against this stuff for several years now, and if you want to, now is the time to act.
I have set up a Facebook group - "How mad is Wacky Jacqui?"
You don't have to join it. You don't have to flame it, either. But please look at what's been happening in this country, and make a considered decision. Some of my best friends haven't joined it because they fear it could attract attention to themselves.
I'll be at the "photo shooting" event in London on Monday 16th February 2009. Some people have said that making a protest on Facebook doesn't achieve anything, and that you should "march" to make your voice heard. Well, go for it...
This is about a single issue, but ultimately, all these issues terminate at a single one: Our Civil Liberties.
If you are going, print the above card.
I guess this post will be moderated - and if you're there, Sarah Bee, I'm the 5' 6" nerd with the short hair, long coat, glasses, and an attitude on YOUR side...
Yes, I'm nervous about going. Yes, I expect to be stopped by the police and possibly arrested. But rights are like muscles: if you don't exercise them from time to time, they'll wither up and die.
I’d like to thank everyone who has signed up to the Facebook group so far. I have seen a couple of less-than-supportive comments from people, so I’d just like to mention a couple of things:
This group is for an expression of public feeling regarding the curtailment of civil liberties by the current UK government, and one minister in particular.
Time and time again, writing to your MP simply doesn’t achieve results; it merely results a polite letter thanking for your time (and if you’re lucky, a couple of prints of existing departmental webpages restating their position).
Calling on people to march and protest in person is all very well, but it negates to mention:
1) People may not have the time to join a formal organised protest, due to family commitments, work, etc
2) People are actually scared of protesting in public, because of EXACT REMOVAL OF THOSE LIBERTIES that this group has been established to discuss.
The “Comments” pages of The Register are not the place to get into a discussion about how to protest about a situation you don’t like. Please have a look at the Facebook group, read it and if you wish to be part of the debate, either positively or negatively, then please contribute.
I've been so inspired by her apparent insanity, we now have a Facebook group dedicated to Wacky Jacqui. Please join up at:
April 1st should definitely be designated "Wacky Jacqui Day", so please join up and submit your ideas. Serious discussions on our continued erosion of civil liberties are very welcome.
Pity how the media are only picking up on this AFTER the laws are introduced... Still, maybe it will make people pay a bit more attention to what's going on...