Re: Obligatory XKCD
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He took a job with a code of conduct - he broke the code of conduct (allegedly). He should have known the possible consequences of that. The argument that he shouldn't be fired for the conduct misses the point. He agreed to those terms already. What he should be doing is arguing that he didn't break the code of conduct.
Trotting out the old ".. a lot of fraud etc. is from insiders" again. While indisputedly true does nothing to help. There's a reason a 'lot' if from 'insiders'. The reason is obvious it's relatively easy for insiders to do this when compared to 'outsiders'. It doesn't mean 'don't trust your staff/employees' (or at least invest some trust in them). Trust is needed in order for business to function. Without some trust, then it's either difficult or next to impossible to do your job or it's just not a nice place to work at. The level of trust extended requires controls of course. Case in point - permitted access to copy the whole codebase it seems. Why? This access shouldn't have been extended to a new hire on their first day.
Here's the real reason "an unfamiliar warning popped up on its flight controller." Popped up being the words of note. It's not clear that this popped up 'over' some other button (the emergency cut-off) but if that is what happened then there's your culprit - a UI designer that allows critical flight controls to be covered up by a pop-up 'warning'. Why a pop-up - why not a fixed message window on the screen? Why a screen in the first place: why not physical controls for the critical flight controls?
I have absolutely no idea how subsidising £6k on ev car purchases helps uk business. Last I looked the UK doesn't manufacture many ev cars. Except maybe the Nissan Leaf. Although Nissan isn't a UK company...
I don't remember paying my taxes to subsidise foreign business.
A keg is only a big Can (a pressurised vessel with sterile dead beer in it). Perhaps you meant Cask? The only thing that could happen to a keg beer is that the keg can taint the beer - the breweries responsible for failing to properly sanitize their kegs will know who they are. Of course a properly stored cask that hasn't been broached will also keep for a good long time - and even improve the beer further.
"I think it’s safe to say most of the working population have a smartphone "
Not sure why you would think that (no supporting evidence provided)- you could of course be right.... by accident.
Just having a smartphone doesn't neccesarily mean 'an up to date, working, regularly used' smartphone.
Here's my problem with the whole concept behind the Tesla driver aids, and it's summed up neatly in this quote from the article
" he was able to "doze off" while not triggering any of the car's alarm features. These chimes and visual warnings are supposed to ensure drivers with the enhanced lane-keeping and cruise control features engaged pay attention to the road."
If, with the 'aids' engaged, the driver is still supposed to be paying full attention to the road (obviously) why does the driver need the aids? If they're paying attention then the features aren't needed as the driver is perfectly capable of managing to control the vehicle. If the driver needs the aids then clearly the driver isn't capable of controlling the vehicle so shouln't be driving in the first place. The aids are superflous.
Given the state of the last several large scale NHS IT projects - Why even debate this? Base on past experience it's unlikely that anything will come of it. Even if something does - the app will probably only work on one specific version of android or Apple (not both) - and crash at regular intervals - fail to upload complete logs to the servers or notify the wrong people to self-isolate. and It won't be able to do that for at least 2 years.
"Another incentive would be to tell people who install it that they are at the front of the vaccination queue when one becomes available." FTFY.
After all - it'd be more beneficial to vacinnate the people that are out and about rather than the ones that will sit quietly at home waiting for a vaccine....
Lack of understanding is not the fault of the student/pupil/person you are trying to convey an idea to. But of the person trying to the convey the idea. Either the idea isn't as valid/sound as they think it is, or they aren't up to the task of conveying it.
Resorting to abusing your audience/student/pupil is rather like trying to beat knowledge into someone - less than productive: and revealing of your own lack of comprehension that your viewpoint however firmly held is no more than a faith, not an absolute truth.
1984 by George Orwell: TL:DR
Orwells book is set in the fictional future country Airstrip One a state of Oceania. Winston Smith, the main protaganist lives in London. Oceania is at constant war with one or both of the other 2 superstates Eastasia and Eurasia...
£899 for a phone???????
OK - that sounded peevish, I'll try again.
£899 for a mini mobile computing device / camera /phone?????
Yeah, I'd probably pay more for a decent camera and more again for decent laptop. But dare I say...
£899 for an unrepairiable easily damaged computing device with screen so small I have to change specs twice before I can read the text (which will be obscured by ads, pop-ups, and those annoying cookie permisions checkbox lists) ??????
And the one, yes the only use for a smartphone - posting instant selfies at various random locations, or pictures of my restaurant meal (which I can't have right now anyway) straight to social networks - missing.
And did I mention that hardly anyone at the moment is in need of a mobile phone......
Mines the one with a nokia 8110 (original) in the pocket. (Not that I'm going anywhere)
"That's like the analogy I give to laypeople to explain this. Imagine that you're riding a cab when somebody slides into the seat next to you with a clipboard, asking you for where you live, where you work, what your interests are et cetera, jotting down your answers in minute detail. Any sane person would tell them to go mind their own business."
I think you might be surprised, Judging by the (unsolicited) phonecalls and visitors at the door who appear to take it for granted that I'll happily answer all sorts of questions without them really explaining (or proving) who they are or why they are asking. If everyone was as concise with an answer of 'None of your business' as we are at home then I doubt they'd be bothering.
(!Sherlock because the clueless are everywhere)
This complete mess.
El Reg does realise that the purpose of a headline is to attract people to read the article aren't they? I've no idea what the article title means - hell, I only got half way through it before deciding it would be more fun to do my own dentistry.
Ah, but to use GPS requires GPS receivers which cost ££$$ (or whatever your currency of choice is). Talking to the thing* next to you is much cheaper than hardware.
*Internet of Thing device: Know why they called it that ? 'cos they don't know what these things are or what their actual purpose is. (besides spying, eavesdropping, reporting location).
Press the 'esc' key and give me the ... sdcard?
Storing the password(s?)/credentials to access $24million in a cloud service?? Might as well try suing the cloud service. Or self for prime stupidity. Better off a password that is only stored in one place - your head: even if it is technically weaker. At least doing that social engineering the password out of you becomes a very difficult proposition.
Well, interested to hear you were around before Scotland was created - you must be real old by now!
OK. on to the subject
"Police CANNOT just take your phone when asked, the same.as they cannot just walk in your house and look around. The mobile phone examinations will be EXACTLY the same it has been back in 2009 when I joined at the time my local plods cybercrime dept."
Please tell that to all police - They need something to make them laugh now and again. Truth is that 99% do exactly whatever they like. Whether they technically "CAN" or "CAN'T". Post action rationalisation is used by most people. It's the same for the Police: only difference being that they often know which rationalisation will hold in court.
True, in which case the same person (who has never had a seizure) is unlikely to avoid other sources of flashing lights or be specifically following some epilepsy hashtag on twitter. They're going to find out at some point though - by witnessing a strobing light somewhere.
That aside, for those that are aware that they have a problem wouldn't they already have animations and auto-play videos disabled on whatever browser they are using to follow twitter?
@Primus Secundus Tertius
Diplomatic immunity is an expedient and unfortunately necessary accomadation to allow diplomats to carry out their work (ftfy), I think many would understand the reasons for extension to immediate family when domiciled with a diplomat as well. That having been said, the diplomatic status of Anne Sacoolas and her husband at the time of the accident is highly dubious at best. Her husband is described as an 'Intelligence officer' working at the Croughton listening post, at no point has anyone even claimed that he had any involvment with diplomacy or the US embassy or any consulate.
No, in a balanced world Anne Sacoolas would be facing charges relating to the death of Harry Dunn. After exiting RAF (aka USAAF/NSA) Croughton base (a spy-base/listening post near Banbury) earlier this year. She drove on the wrong side of the road, resulting in the death of Harry Dunn. Promised not to leave the country and then fled claiming diplomatic immunity.
"I need to powercycle/reset it every 2 days."
I smell a user-manual update in the sidelines - "Turn it off and back on again one a day to ensure a full BOSE experience" maybe?
Seriously though - If it were a paperweight no amount of turning on and back off again would work for any useful period of time would it?
Can I just add - do you (the quoted speaker - from the article) do anything else other than watch TV? Like Sleep, eat, have a life outside of your TV space? What I'm getting at is, don't you turn it off and go do something else at least once a day anyway?
So getting away with rulebreaking is a valid argument that the rule shouldn't exist?
So that's alright, we'll let all the serial killers out of jail on that technicality then shall we? What were we thinking? If they'd managed two or three over a couple of years without sanction then surely they should just be allowed to continue?
... and start again down an ethical path.
This is biometrics gone mad. The very concept of linking all these systems together has only one outcome, whatever the intent. The unnecessary and unlawful monitoring of citizens going about their daily business. £842million could be better spent just by giving it to me. I'd spend it in a more beneficial way to the country by Pi****g it up the wall than the govt spending it on Biometrics.
Well then, that's settled isn't it? provided you've got £50k to spaff on just a car. Many people buying new ICE cars now are paying under £10k for a new car. Those same <£10k cars can drive the length of the country in a day just like any large ICE car. Bet there's no EV car under £10k that could do that.
I don't need a petrol pipe at home to refuel my infernal combusting engines - The car does 600-700 miles on a tankful of diesel and both bikes can do well over 100 miles: it takes minutes to fill up any of them at any fuel station. I would need a massive power cable to re-charge electric vehicles if the argument is that a large part of charging would be done during vehicle downtime at home. This is why this fast charge news is welcome. Just need to up the range to 500+ miles for a large comfy car and 150+ miles for a proper sized bike. (oh yes, and also half the initial purchase cost, and solve the pollution problem of batteries (yes I know there's problems with oil pollution as well)).
Someone already mentioned an SMS switch - but better suited would have been a system to that would request the device to send data. First is a 'where are you, and what network are you connected to?' if the response is somewhere cheap then 'Send data', if not then wait a period (hour/day/week?) and ask for location again.
OK, So I must be dumb.
The red light camera should (in theory) only catch people that cross the line when the light is red. As long as the light is green when you enter the junction, why should there be a time limit on turning? In the UK unless it's a yellow box junction then you could legitimately be sat in the junction waiting for the exit road to clear (turning in either direction). The lights may turn red in the meantime. It's not so much a problem with timing of applying a penalty - more a problem of logical thinking.
Seems that there is a reader who knows what the relationship between cooling air and rocket engines is then. IMO the article could do with a brief overview of how the engine works or why the super rapid cooling is a benefit. Perhaps then we'd be able to make more jokes....
Elementary of course. A legal Adult, having obtained said stash at some point has to restrict their collection to the best/latest that will fit in the homely hidey hole. But wait! how to dispose of the older unwanted stash? You couldn't exactly just throw it in the bin without raising some eyebrows. Home shredders weren't very popular back in those days either. How about a quick detour on the way to work down that track to the railway arches....
They haven't got a clue how to fix it, or even if it can be fixed have they? 'Issuing a patch soon' is one of those wishful marketing phrases. Meanwhile there's some smartypants developer laughing his head off in a back office somewhere repeatedly saying 'I told them so..' to anyone within range.
It would be a certainty in the UK that a prerequisite to register your new address for your ID card will be..
Can you guess?
Yes a Utility statement with your name and new address on it.
How else do you prove that you are entitled to an ID card with that address?
Or purchasing said drones : or if already in posession - practice flying them, make plans for flight paths, charge the batteries etc.. etc.. The list of acts in furtherance of the conspiracy could go on and on. Seeing as they were planning for this weekend, it's highly probable that they've commited some act in furtherance of the conspiracy already.
I was going to comment - But just downvoted instead...
But then again...
I'll just point out that some motor vehicles are paying zero vehicle tax/car tax/ road fund licence whatever you want to call it. for the reason that they have low emissions. And a Bicycle emissions are zero, (the engine may contribute some CO2 but we aren't taxed for breathing... yet).
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