'To a point. No country is likely to let stand some tiny Russian company that suddenly patents a Covid vaccine a few days before a well-known research team patents the same one.'
Fair point DavCrav.
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Are they trying to disrupt research or steal it?
Seems an obvious question to ask.
Both disruption and stealing is of course an option because if you can nab the research and build on it whilst hindering those you've nicked it from there is money to be made in being first to market with the vaccine.
A bit of detail on this area would be nice (well not really nice) to know.
Graham, did you really think that comment through before you posted it?
'In particular, they MUST NOT be permitted to ask for any sort of ID, - just a name and either a phone number or an email address'
I would say 'just' my name. my phone number or my email address would count as some 'sort of ID'.
Maybe we differ on what is ID, but I don't like your version of what isn't.
'Took about an hour and a half, IIRC'
I assume that didn't include the wait for the bus to arrive, long bus routes in London can be very unreliable. I know they try and regulate them as best as they can, but I once waited over an hour at Ealing Broadway for a 65 to take to me to a barbecue at a mates house in Petersham.
And of course the first but that arrived was filled up by those who had been waiting more than the hour I had so I had to wait another 20 minutes for the second one.
Damn I was thirsty when I got there.
Because the code is not fully developed for that hardware (call it shit of you prefer) and won't support that particular device.
Why that happens in the wild is different question, however I think 'shit' remains the answer.
There is always going to be an unusual combination of hardware/software that gives a problem but MS not getting it right for their own expensive hardware is something they should not have allowed to happen.
So, as a quantum expert I am convinced this must be a viable working product.
How else could a device operate at exactly a diameter of exactly 8 or 40 metres?
That has to be quantum weirdness in action at 2 very specific distances.
It's a shame Paul Dirac isn't around any longer, I'm sure he could have advanced his theories considerably by examining this device.
Maybe Einstein could then have built on the the work and explained it to us all.
What a fucking world we live in, how have we gone backwards this far this fast.
This must be a violation of the Second law of thermodynamics.
I'll stop now...
Bob, you complete fucknut.
'You can all act like small fearful rodents who won't dare leave their bunkers for fear of something that *MIGHT* be harmful to you,'
No. I act responsibly so that I can protect others.
Yes, that might also protect me.
I am not fearful, I am practical and (maybe) intelligent.
I'm not afraid of death, but I don't want to die because of carelessness either on my part or the part someone else.
WE HAVE the EQUIPMENT, and WE HAVE the MEDICATIONS.
Wrong and wrong.
I usually don't call you out on your bullshit because I have a full time job already but thought this crap you are espousing was worth 2 minutes of my time.
Sorry, couldn't resist goin' all BOB for the twat bit.
But if you do scroll forward to 17 minutes in to the video and listen to what is being said.
I thought I was for free speech, turns out I might have a bit of a problem with it.
In case you were wondering how I came across that website, I used to work with the nutjob Miles who runs it.
He regularly used to talk to me about aliens and how the place we work was overrun by scutters (no, not the Red Dwarf variety) and krakon.
See this link for more info - or don't. This one is less dangerous, more of an inkling in to just how deranged the man is.
Usually what he promotes amuses me, not so much when it is actively dangerous.
Some valid points AC, but...
Where are the 'Greener Pastures' of which you speak? Chrome is very popular.
'Those developers go to your competition' Again, Chrome is very popular.
'Microsoft swirling the toilet bowl of fail.' MS seem to be doing OK, not anywhere near the outfall as far as I can see.
'Don't Be Evil' Old news, not even worth mentioning these days. Sorry for mentioning it.
At least with Chrome you can see which extensions are installed.
For example IE can hide an extension from the user so you don't even know it is installed.
Snow Software being an example, that is legit software but it is an example of a user being denied access to view what is going on in their browser. Fine, install it and restrict use but don't allow hiding it.
There is only one valid reason for hiding extensions from the user, and that is nefarious activity.
If your employer wants to install stuff you can't tamper with that 's OK, but things should never be completely hidden from the user.
I got an email from Noddle on 2nd May 2019:
'We have some big news. Noddle has been acquired by Credit Karma —a company with more than 85 million members across the USA and Canada.'
It goes on a bit but they did send out notification of the takeover.
I'm no fan of these companies but I do take issue with your 'no information sent to subscribers' comment.
'Why did the school not have an inventory?'
Maybe because they are a school, not a museum or logistics operation?
In hindsight it seems obvious, but maybe not at the time.
Unless I've missed it it is not clear when the school came in to possession of the items.
AT's accomplishments are well known today and rightly a high value is placed on them.
In times past this information wasn't so widely known and accordingly the perceived value of the collection may have been different.
I hope they get everything back.
Ninja'd - Gonzo wizard just beat me to it!
I know you've used the joke icon so you're not being serious, but then you say you might be justified in your thinking.
Make your mind up.
Anyway, if you purchase something from a reputable (yes, yes, I know) company you should expect a level of security, especially if it is marketed as a security device.
The issue it seems to me isn't that the young'ns had access to the device but that some unknown person had access. That unknown person could have been on the other side of the world or outside the window.
Still think it's funny?
A bit off topic, but:
'handles an estimated nine out of ten web searches in France, and four out of five globally.'
Why not write 'nine out of ten web searches in France, and eight out of ten globally'?
It feels a bit like Tesco randomly using price/100g and price/1Kg across similar weight goods to confuse customers and I don't like it.
'They didn't see that coming? I have it on good authority the weather will soon start getting warmer once again. Some people even claim to be able to predict these changes with some degree of accuracy.'
Maybe they could foresee the nuclear winter the Orange Shitgibbon might inflict on the world?
'Sometimes being a loudmouth on Twitter gets you somewhere these days'
I refuse to deal with any 'social media' platform and it has left me with little or no recourse to resolve issues on occasion.
My option is to not deal with that company again and tell them why,
I'm not going to change my opinion and if enough other people feel the same as me then things might change.
Probably not in my lifetime though.
So I'll die happy with my decision but sad because I'm unable to complain to anyone about anything.
I so love complaining.
My main reason is it means I can listen to programmes without logging in.
BBC Sounds requires me to create an account and log in to listen which I don't want to do. Doubly annoying as the people who pay the license fee have to have an account but people outside (or pretend to be outside) the UK don't.
I like the bit in the middle of the article:
'The attack was able to use compromised credentials through a temporary VPN profile that had been activated by mistake and didn't have two-factor authentication enabled.'
This is from what is (or is pretending to be) a computer security company, really!
Seems a bit strange every time a company gets hacked the attack is always "extremely sophisticated".
It may be true sometimes, but I doubt it is true as many times as the oft trotted out phrase is used.
And in the case of a security company I would say it is ineptitude or complacency to blame rather then the sophistication of the attack.
A bit like call centres' line of 'We're sorry but we're really busy right now' when they just can't be bothered to pay for the staff needed to provide the service.
And thanks El Reg for reminding me of the CCleaner thing, not that I ever trust 'cleaner' utilities.
God knows all, so a bit of leaked info surely won't worry them.
The church has moved on from accusing Galileo of heresy, funny how those 'red lines' keep getting nudged every time they are proved wrong by irrefutable science.
I really couldn't care less about this particular fuck up, but it is indicative of a wider security issue I do care about.
We need some regulation on security of personal information and from recent things I've read (mostly here on El Reg) I hope this might be on the cards.
I'm not sure snowflake means what you think it means. But leaving that aside, If a major manufacturer sells a feature as secure most people will believe it.
El Reg readers not so much.
So I think it's a little harsh to blame the users.
I do agree with you about biometric security, I use (what I believe to be) a fiendishly difficult unlock pattern. It surprised me how complicated I was able to make it.
We really need lawmakers to wake up from their afternoon naps and see the real world.
Not going to happen anytime soon I know.
My thoughts go out to those who have suffered injustice and also to those who will suffer in the future.
New tech companies aren't the only bad actors, but they are getting away with making money whilst bad shit happens.
They don't care because they aren't regulated and they have no conscience.
Time to pass some new laws, time put put some people in jail.
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