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Posts by John A Blackley
859 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Jan 2007
Dawn of the X-Men? MUTANTS swarm AMONG US, say geneticists
Better luck next time Blofeld! Five Bond plot myths busted
New science: seas will rise due to CO2 ... but not for centuries
UK.gov to spunk £2m a year policing global cyber-security
Climate sceptic? You're probably a 'Birther', don't vaccinate your kids
LONDON iPHONE 5 MADNESS: 'You must be CRAZY to buy Apple'
I think people who line up to buy any phone on the day it's released are........... well, they think differently from me.
Having said that, I think people who, over the course of a year, spend so much time and energy to piss and moan about one technology company and its products are equally......... different thinkers and they should all be treated in the same asylum.
Governments block YouTube over that video
Re: The film has served its purpose
Your stupid nonsense is their strongly-held belief. I understand that you don't share that belief (or appear to share any belief). What you don't appear to understand is that 'they' don't subscribe to your 'values'.
Say I met you down the pub one night and proceeded to rubbish your choice of clothes, drinks, football team and girlfriend. What then?
Re: The film has served its purpose
I am not, in any way, apologising for "these people". I am simply pointing out cause and effect and that the effect was entirely to be expected by the perpetrators of the cause.
I agree that the "civilised way of dealing with something you don't like" is very different from the way these uncivilised (by our lights) people reacted but the perpetrators of this film knew, when they made the film, what the reaction would be.
So, is all the blame to be laid at the feet of a group of religious fanatics? When you poke a beehive and get stung does all the blame lie with the bees?
The film has served its purpose
The film itself is a dreadful, childish p.o.s. that nobody in their right mind would waste time watching. So I did.
It is a cheap provocation designed (which is much too grand a word for this crap) to create fury among the more excitable parts of the muslim world. Whether the makers of the movie (and remember that 'Pastor' Terry Jones - he of the televised Koran burning was a backer of this 'movie') had a more complex motive in mind than simply to stir up trouble in the Muslim world is hard to say. (I doubt it. Terry Jones doesn't strike me as a complex kind of person.)
So rant about the ignorance of Muslims if you like. Rattle on about freedom of speech until you're hoarse. But think on this: This nasty little film was meant to cause trouble and the kind of trouble it caused resulted in the death of four Americans.
I wonder how 'Pastor' Terry Jones feels about that as he lies down to sleep at night.
The iPHONE 5 UNDERMINES western DEMOCRACY: 5 reasons why
Gunman takes potshots at Dell HQ, chopper search ensues
' Round Rock, which is part of the Texan progressive reservation of Austin'
Hippies are not allowed in Round Rock just as people from Round Rock have to bathe multiple times after visiting Austin. Round Rock people are people obsessed with ticky-tacky little boxes to keep their stuff in and SUVs. Austin people are, by and large, unemployed musicians with some vague idea of what a hippie used to be.
Old men who use computers less likely to get dementia
Auditor: You know what Scotland needs? Proper IT experts
No surprise that, A) when governments want to cut costs the bureaucrats cut what they don't understand and, B) that auditors will point out a lack of controls which leads to project failures.
One small problem is that, now we're paying Nicola Sturgeon to be Minister For Independence instead of doing an actual government job, there'll be even less money to do what the auditors suggest.
'This lawsuit is not about patents or money, it's about values'
China's net addiction staff told to stop the beatings
Watchdog probes rules for naughty mobe fondling on flights
Leaked Genius Bar manual shows Apple's smooth seductions
Apple demands a quickie, aims its torpedo at 8 Samsung mobes
Driving a car? There's an app for that
Hunt vows: 'UK will have fastest broadband in Europe by 2015'
Too little imagination
IN a time when Britain is crying out for meaningful infrastructure projects to stimulate the economy, there's an opportunity for the government to invest in a national fibre infrastructure which it could then lease space on to various private entities.
Unfortunately that would take courage, imagination and commitment. Things that our politicians do not even understand, never mind possess.
Investor pulls out of Facebook, pumps cash into pork-printing joint
Cloud engineering could save humantiy, suggests boffin
NASA gets funding for Mars InSight mission in 2016
RIM reshuffles UK and European team ahead of new OS
Samsung spends $4bn tarting up Texas factory
Jimbo Wales: Wikipedia servers in UK? No way, not with YOUR libel law
Surfing far too tedious or terrifying, say Northern Irish women
Biz chucks millions at anti-malware, but ignores shoulder surfers
Not the only weakness
Many companies rely on technology to protect their assets - and completely or almost completely ignore the process and the people surrounding that technology.
Password sharing is rife in some companies.
Too many companies do not educate employees on security policies ("Oh, they're out on the 'net somewhere. You should go read 'em".)
Too many companies do not employ sanctions for breaching policy.
Too many companies do not employ SIEM tools or the processes to make good use of them.
Too many employees walk away from terminals that they're logged in through
Too many employees talk too much, in public places, about their companies' security weaknesses
And on, and on, and on.
A tool is only a tool. Having a tool does not mean you're doing a good job.
Network sniffing algorithm could have fingered 9/11 suspects
First, Google goggles - now the world gets self-censoring specs
SHOCK: Poll shows Americans think TSA is highly effective
BMW slams ad machine into reverse, screeches out of pirate den
Kidney-for-iPad fanboi sues after illness strikes
Google may face grilling by MPs over 'immoral' tax avoidance
OK, hands up: Who hasn't sold an iPad to a big biz?
Do any of the Apple haters
actually own the networks and the companies that they're determined to "protect" from Apple kit?
If not then, in my experience, they'll allow Apple kit if they're told to do so.
Enough of this "computing as an end in itself". Computing power is a utility and the real world expects to be able to plug into it and get what they want from it. Techies get paid for figuring out how to make that work, that is all.
Greens wage war on clean low-carbon renewable energy
Reg readers scrap over ultimate bacon sandwich
BSkyB deals Ofcom a blow in battle over telly sports prices
Samsung to probe claims of underage workers, abuse at supplier
Microsoft and NYPD install big data crime-fighting system
Banking IT cowboys 'need whipping into shape by watchdog'
When compared to the amount of money to be made from speculation, the amount of money to be made from retail banking is miniscule.
Of course bankers appear to have a hard time figuring into that calculation the amount of money that can be lost from speculation - et, voila, we have our present crisis.
Back to the first line: This is why banks will invest in systems to aid in their specualtion but not in retail banking systems.