Hmmm .. except that if the UK leaves without a deal and don't put up checks on the Irish border they will be in breach of WTO rules by giving preferential access to UK markets via Ireland. Cue WTO sanctions !
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"I don't know. But remember, computing is about software not hardware.
Computing is not about electronics. Electronics are just a fast (very fast) implementation of computing."
What utter shite.
Computing is just one application of electronics, there are many others. Software is basically just switching schedules for transistors. You can have electronics without software, but you can't have software without electronics.
Re: They will change the target in legislation
Exactly I agree completley, but this is a dog that just won't leave a bone alone. Whatever they come up with, and they will come up with something, will be a mess. For example they will be able to say to users, you still have AES 256 or whatever on your device, you can trust us, no back doors - honest. Except there will be a huge weakness in some other part of the chain.
As for "rolling your own", yeah sure that will always be possible, it's the major players and providers they will target first. Any home brew setup will then probably stand out in their traffic analysis anyway and will attract appropriate attention.
They will change the target in legislation
End to end encryption is the issue here, I think they now know that there isn't an answer to this that will allow any access that they need. So I fully expect that in some way or other the end to end element will be targetted in legislation so that traffic will have to go via an intermediary step or even that a licence will be required to provide encrypted services conditional on the licencee having the ability to decrypt any content.
Re: Who investigates
I'm not sure the powers available to the ICO come close to those available to the AAIB. Obviously these powers are very different, but the principal seems to be, they get access to whatever they need without requesting permission. If The ICO had similar powers, and dedicated invistigators of similar quality, then we may see some changes.
"AAIB Inspectors have powers to investigate all civil aviation accidents and incidents within the UK. They are appointed under section 8(1) of the Regulations and have the powers under section 9 to have free access to the accident site; the aircraft, its contents or its wreckage; witnesses; the contents of flight recorders; the results of examination of bodies; the results of examinations or tests made on samples from persons involved in the aircraft's operation and relevant information or records. They also have the power to control the removal of debris or components; examine all persons as they think fit; take statements; enter any place, building or aircraft; remove and test components as necessary and take measures for the preservation of evidence."
That would surely require a body with powers to investigate and demand evidence like an Air Acident Board. Then someone would also need the power to impose remedial measure likes CAA, FAA etc.
However this is a bad analogy, not only is aerosapce part of engineering, it's misison critical engineering. The mentality is make it safe, and secure above all else. In no way can the software industry be compared to engineering. Software is the only discipline I can think of where it's accepted that nearly all products go out the door with issues. Until the cost and consequenses of fixing software issues match those with physical products, the mentality will always be "get it working, fix it later"
Re: All Meg has done is get rid of people, her answer to eveyrthing
Pretty much sums up a lot of current high level management. there is very little business acumen to be found now and everything is short term gain. If these people can make the numbers look good, then their bonuses are all they care about. never mind selling more as that's too difficult. Dipping into the pockets of employees by cuts to wages or staff is easy money. And when it all comes to a point where the best people have gone, and the company is going down the tubes, take the golden goodbye payment and off to the next victim.
I wouldn't worry too much
For regulations such as this, the UK will get what the EU gets even after Brexit. Samsung et al won't be producing a "Brexit Special Edition" of the Galaxy S13 or whatever. In fact the UK will have to toe the line on most EU product regs anyway after Brexit, in other words, obey the rules but have no say in their creation.
Take back control .. yeah right !
Re: Welcome to Trump.UK
"Why do you think the Common Travel Area that includes Ireland and the UK will have to end?"
Because the CTA has never existed where the UK and Republic of Ireland were in different border regimes. When it started both were independent states, all was fine. Then both were in the EU , all fine again. Now one will be in the EU other will be out, in that case keeping the CTA means the EU having to give unrestricted access to EU territory for non EU citizens, and vice versa, i.e. crossing the Irish "border" in either direction. I can imagine this will require a unanimous vote from the other 27 members before it will be permitted, and all it will take is Spain worried about possible implications for Catalonian independence or somthing like that to block it.
Re: "We need to promote women disproportionately, pay them equally or better..."
Ah the gender pay gap... median hourly rate for women must be equal to that for men, otherwise there is only one logical conclusion .. discrimination, nothing else can possibly explain this !
Absolute bollocks, see didn't even need the cough.
Re: "Gov wants to make the UK the 'safest place in the world to go online"
"Something tells me this is PR and nothing else"
Sorry no this is something much more sinister. They are trying to establish the concept of protection as equivalent to restricting access. Once that idea settles in for the majority who don't care as long as they have Facebook, the valves will be slowly closed until we can only see what we are allowed to see.
Why didn't they just use the French Charles de Gaulle as a basis. Nuclear powered with cat's and a design ready to use. Same goes for Trident replacement, why the UK doesn't share their ballistic sub program with the French I just don't understand. Shared costs, independence from the US on missiles.
Of course then BAE wouldn't call the shots
Re: Encrypted Morse code transmitted via sound
I think we're looking at DSP's etc. here, not a stringy piece of cable, attached to an old tape player with a dirty head, playing the lowest quality cassette media. However I agree that the audio spectrum tends to be full of audible, and inaudible crap, interesting how they will deal with that
Re: Once was a Fan ...
Also petrol cars made until 2019 will be allowed to exceed emission limits by 50% under EU rules.
To be fair that's because petrol particulate emissions are already an order of magnitude lower than Diesel. Meeting new even lower levels has proven to be a bigger techical challenge than first thought, slapping on a filter as the Gruniad implies is not the whole story.
Re: The software is still there
"And at the end of it they generally solve ONE problem. Now imagine a hardwired chip that had EVERY modern graphics algorithm built into it. Seeing my point?"
Jeez calm down, if you are a developer your output isn't going to be replaced by an FPGA anytime soon. The story is saying that hardware is more efficient in a lot of cases and these will increase. Nobody is saying that hardware can replace software, any more that they are saying that software is possible without hardware.