How much of the total payout went to the lawyers?
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If you just want to try and watch dodgy streams of dodgy movies, why not just fire up Linux from a Live CD or a memory stick?
I am assuming that most malware won't find anything to infect.
Or are they just phishing for people who are too low tech to grasp the concept?
There should be a market for a "safe streamer" where you just load the CD/DVD or memory stick and torrent away.
I'm waiting for it to take off then releasing some fake "safe streamer" devices at budget prices.
Air NZ have ceased flying from the UK via the USA?
Possibly people would prefer not to fly through the USA, not because they have anything to hide but because the last thing you want on a massively long haul flight is to worry about your phone, tablet, laptop being siezed and your journey being interrupted for arbitrary reasons.
Asian routes seem far more civilised at the moment.
Did nobody else notice that the phone part was so insignificant to the revenue stream that phone calls are free?
If the supposed main purpose of this is a payphone then why don't you have to pay for the phone calls?
Pay. Phone. Perhaps the clue is in the name?
Can it even be classed as a payphone if you don't have to pay?
Then again I almost never make or receive phone calls on my "mobile phone".
There seems to be a lot of technical superiority being bandied about, on the lines of "How dumb these politicians are. They don't even know that what they are demanding is impossible!".
Consider for a moment that they are probably not as dumb as all that. They have access to technologists who can use simple words to convey simple concepts. A lot of them are lawyers which points the finger towards morality not stupidity.
So why do they keep demanding "Back doors for the good guys only!" coupled with a Think of The Children and Paedo narrative.
If Law Enforcement fails to stop terrorists and paedophiles then this is ultimately the fault of the Government who hold responsibility for the funding and governance of Law Enforcement.
However if these hipster technologists from California block Law Enforcement because "technobabble" then they are obviously to blame, not the Government.
Consider that in the UK a terrorist was released from prison and not even monitored because, as far as we can tell, Probation Services, the Courts, and the Police are all seriously under resourced and under funded. Shambles is probably an appropriate word in this context.
How is breakable encryption going to magically cure that?
It is cheaper to find a scapegoat than pay money to fix the obvious problems.
Anyone familiar with IT projects and products will recognise the strategy.
The whole airline industry would be in deep shit because of the loss of production capacity.
Does the USA do nationalisation of key industries?
If not, how would you keep production going?
I suppose Amazon, Microsoft and Google could form a consortium to take Boeing over and implement their core business values.
Thank you. The one with the train tickets in the pocket, please.
And found that there were connections to the email account from unexpected sources?
As others have said, there seems to have been no attemp to exploit the access for gain.
Just someone making themselves feel special because they have secrets?
If so, sad rather than dangerous.
The instinctive swerve when encountering a fast moving unclassified object is more or less built into humans.
I assume is is part of the evolutionary threat model.
Advanced driving includes learning not to swerve to avoid a squirrel in the road which then results in hitting a vehicle in the other lane or a pedestrian beside the road. Or ending up in a ditch.
I wonder if the programmers were aware of this and compensated too much?
I learned a few tips when first learning to drive.
Along with the "ball often followed by child" I also learned to look under vehicles parked at the side of the road. If you see feet there is usually also the rest of the person who may suddenly appear in the road.
If you see the end of a pram or pushchair then the pusher is likely to move out until they can see. This leaves the captive child well into harm's way.
Oh, and never trust indicators. Wait until the direction taken by the vehicle confirms the intentions of the driver. Although this is probably not part of the current AI design (looking at indicators, that is).
Child running down a front path or drive? Well away from the road but may not have working brakes.
I wonder if the macine learning has covered this sort of stuff yet?
I am aware that the whole Court system is drastically underfunded and has massive maintenance problems, from leaking rooves to broken lifts and closed canteens.
But WiFi - Jeez! This is a commodity item and is installed in offices, shops, cafes, homes......it just works.
How the fuck can they spend millions and not have working WiFi?
However some very entertaining reading.
Some rambling thoughts.
(1) Lots of conflicting calculations about grid capacity. However I didn't see anyone explicitly point out that there is an entire energy distribution network which is for the most part independant of the National Grid. ICE tankers distrbute fuel to local storage and distribution points. Assuming that the same order of magnitude of energy is required to move EVs then there needs to be a comparable spare capacity in the grid. If you watch Gridwatch on a cold dark windless winter evening you are likely to see that there is very little spare capacity at times.
(2) I can remember when there were far more petrol stations because cars had a much smaller range. Long journeys involved a fuel stop part way and we always carried a can of spare fuel just in case. Modern ICE vehicles can have a range of 500-700 miles so fewer fuel stations are needed. Old fuel stations are being built over. Perhaps we should stop this before the space is lost.
(3) By the end of the rambling power distribution argument, when it was pointed out that local parts of the grid couldn't supply the predicted demand the answer apparently was to equip every supermarket with a bank of diesel generators (or gas turbines). At this point I wondered what the justification for EVs was. Distributed less efficient fossil fuel powered generating capacity doesn't seem to be a zero carbon emission strategy.
If you move in the same area you can keep your landline phone number (still useful at times).
It was years after we moved before we stopped getting unsolicited calls quoting our old address.
Come to think of it, we haven't had any calls quoting our new address.
That might narrow down the source a bit.
Easy for you to say.
Nobody so far has mentioned a couple of minor downsides.
(1) LibreOffice doesn't play nicely with all Word features. Collaboration doesn't always work well. I have had major issues with automatic numbering, where paragraph (and other) numbers are different in Office and LibreOffice. Document reviews can be "interesting".
(2) Office includes Publisher and although there are some programs which claim to work(ish) with ".pub" files i haven't managed to achieve this so far.
As a non-employed person who works (in a volunteer capacity) with employed people who are in large Microsoft shops this causes me major problems.
I also work with someone (again in a voluntary capacity) who bought a used PC with Office, and who has presumably worked with Office all their life. In a sales background. So fancy use of Excel and Publisher and minimal ability to learn alternatives.
I am seriously considering buying a copy of Office because life is too short for all the hassle.
I just need to locate a slightly earlier version tnan 2019, preferably for multiple PCs.
I was going to comment that they seem to have justified purchasing drones because everyone else uses them, and then cut some important options out to "save money". In the fine tradition of Defence spending.
However the army vs airforce discussion upstream suggests that they may just have gone "Why would we need that?".
Was that the scheme was set up to cater for a workforce of around 225,000 which could pay the small number of pensioners out of current income.
Each "downsizing" increases the number of pensioners (if taking early retirement), does not reduce the number of future pensioners, but does reduce the number of workers paying into the pension schemes.
If they slung the proceeds of the property sales into the various pension schemes to clear the deficits that would possibly give a better balance sheet in the long term.
Long term? Who am I kidding?
The "Mohammed" quote could easily be repurposed to shouting "Jesus" outside a Latino school.
Or shouting "Kylie, Jason" for a certain age group and demographic.
I assume the implication in the context was that the place was overrun by bloody foreigners/people not of a chosen favourite religion or whatever.
The danger, obviously, is to use a quote with some underlying logic in a context which makes you accept the biased conclusion.
There seems to be a lot of relish for male rape as an integral part of a prison sentence.
Probably says something about the posters.
It also ignores the subset of the population who enjoy anal sex and are thus, presumably, getting a less onerous (perhaps even enjoyable) sentence.
Where's the Bubba icon?
Struggling with some of the assumptions here.
For instance if you know that the passphrase is composed of dictionary words spelled correctly then you can calculate the time to brute force based on using all the dictionary words and gradually building up the length and complexity.
However if you don't know then presumably you also have to brute force a string of random characters to the same password length. Possibly some of the examples assume that the first thing you do is a dictionay attack (but to what length of characters?) followed by a random character brute force.
I think that this was what the XKCD example was based on - making remembering long strings of characters easier.
If, for instance, you picked one set of 5 non-dictionary characters, say xf-r@, and inserted this into all your password strings then possibly a dictionary based attack would fail. Again I assume this is some of the point of requiring punctuation in a password.
I would be interested in the entropy of, for example, correcthorsexf-r@batterystaple given that you don't know that it is mainly a dictionary based phrase and you don't know the length or location of the non-dictionary string.
It is easy to work backwards if you know the answer. Assume you don't know the answer for a more accurate result, perhaps?
Tough call, but if I had to chose between a bank with user friendly software but occasional bouts of poor reliabilty or a bank with rock solid reliability and software which had me screaming at the screen every time i tried to use it then I'd probably suck up the unreliability and focus on the good UI.
Lookig at you, HSBC.
This article prompted me to look for a card which will allow me to watch UHD output on my TV.
This doesn't seem to feature in the general selection criteria. Apparently you only need a high resolution card if you are a gamer.
Perhaps this is a non-issue because most current generation cards support UHD output?
I am idly wondering about a UHD monitor but it would have to be significantly larger than my HD monitor for me to be able to read text when using the full resolution. Upping the default font size doesn't seem much point. I currently have two monitors on my main system which works well for me (full HD landscape and lower res smaller portrait) so I think I would need a screen the width of the two combined to get the same usable real estate. Then up a bit more to make text readable again.
However without looking at UHD monitors it is difficult to visualise.
I have a mini disc recorder for my component stereo stack resting idly in the loft.
Bought in a sale with the plan to digitise all my vinyl. I think I managed to record one album before becoming bored and distracted,
It must have been a while back since burningto CD seems the obvious option.
I'm mainly running W7 x64 but I do have a laptop running 8.1 which is fine, and recently inherited an all-in-one running W10 which seems to be happy just doing stuff.
I suspect that 99% of end users have no issues and it is only the deeply (anally?) techie types who care.
My main concern recently is the broken W7 update thst screws network sharing.
At some point I'm going to have to upgrade, although I'm tempted to move W7 to W8.1 if that is still an available option. A long time since i did the clean installs on the low cost upgrades from Vista.
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