[Dave Bowman] HAL, open the pod bay doors please.
[HAL9000] I'm sorry Dave but I can't do that.
And let Apple face the consequences as expensively as possible.
351 posts • joined 20 Feb 2007
... and there must be a fancy 'merkan name too.
It is the legal principle that if you fail to take action within a reasonable time to defend your position, it is deemed wholly indefensible (with thanks to Sir Joseph Porter KCB).
If someone steals your property, and you then fail to lock doors, restrict access, install an alarm etc, then the next time a burglar fronts up you may discover that your insurer isn't going to pay on your claim.
And THEN you may discover that Burglar Bill can't be prosecuted because there is no provable loss via the insurance company (it can happen folks).
So watch it!
By definition, when warrants are issued for an election, the government of the day resigns, and is required by the Governor-General to act only in a caretaker mode until the polls are declared and the Parliament sits again.
So not only have you N-issed something, you are liable to be dissed as well. Take care :-).
Icon is there only 'cos I have never used it before.
to be able to afford the NBN and don't expect it to deliver the speeds they are talking about.
If you look into the fine print, the NBN co is not going to put FTTH into every place where a carbon-based bipedal lifeform chooses to lay its head nightly.
Large sections of this sparse continent will only get satellite coverage.
The NBN will be Telstra writ large. Governments are not meant to run businesses, and nobody likes Telstra's monopolistic "divine right of kings" attitude to customers.
And if you have been around long enough, you may recall that our government of the day couldn't make a satellite operation pay (bleeding red ink for years before they sold it to Optus).
However, Optus have managed it very well, including putting up two more satellites since then.
I have it from an insider that they can't fathom the problems the govt had in making a quid - all they do is send bits up, wait a second, get them back again, and ring up the cash register (Dennis Bloodnok's favourite song as it happens). It's not rocket science, except at the beginning. :-)
"the possibility of being treated to a spectacular lightshow is enough to provoke 10/10 cloud cover and torrential rain."
...should solve the world's greatest moral crisis previously known as "global warming" but lately called "climate change"
Err, the raincoat, thanks.
The current policy positions are
a) Labor (yes, with 'merkan spelling) installing the NBN - an uncosted white elephant to run 100Mb FTTH for most but not all people (satellite for the remoter parts of the continent, and offshore territories)
promising this technological / political white elephant the Great Aussie Firewall (GAF and a big gaffe I believe it will be)
b) Conservative Coalition (Liberals and Nationals) scrap the NBN to save gigabucks (let free enterprise operators risk their own funds if they reckon there's a quid in it)
abandon the GAF probably by substituting parental level controls as they did last time (and like the set-top box add-in reported elsewhere).
...about the quality of evidence, the character of the witness and, as you say, a possible entrapment strategy.
I am not impressed by the AFACT argument that iiNet, by encouraging the user to pay more instead of having his traffic shaped, has somehow condoned, permitted or authorised the alleged breach of copyright.
That basically strikes at any business which dares to encourage its customers to spend more.
Should my humble oil <g> business be prosecuted for selling more engine oil to a customer who (unbeknownst to me) is a drug dealer?
Should a service station be prosecuted for offering a bulk discount for larger quantities of fuel used by said putative drug dealer?
Where would this end, eh?
...I heard about was to take a spam fax, make 3-4 copies, stitch them together in a loop through the fax machine feed tray and let 'er rip back to the spammer.
It wouldn't be long before they were calling you to say "err, is there something wrong with your fax machine?" To which came the sweet rejoiner "No - it's working perfectly! We just thought you would like to see how much of our paper you have wasted."
It was especially effective in the old days of thermal paper on rolls, because the result was a loooooong stretch of fax paper which wasn't any good for recycling. These days cut sheet fax machines are just glorified photocopiers and the effect is not so dramatic.
...your own petard, my friend.
Read the article where it states that human emissions are about 31Bn tonnes pa, vs forest absorbtion (alone) of around 123Bn tonnes pa or four times what we puny earthlings put out.
Just HOW much influence does all of humanity have, then, eh?
Doomsayers might need to be looking for a Vogon Constructor Fleet instead.
"If people do less, eat less, travel less, holiday less, replace their cars less often and stop building houses no one wants (UK excepted) then emissions of CO2 will fall dramatically"
Can you supply evidence that this will
a) occur as you posit
b) result in a cessation of global warming
c) averting doomsday disaster/s
...or are you just absurdly reducing the argument?
There is now sufficient evidence that those arguing that teh climate is being warmed to dangerous levels primarily by human activity have failed to support their case with verifiable evidence.
So I'm with the Scottish lawyer: Not Proven.
I also note as a separate factor that many of the hysterical arguers conflate carbon dioxide emissions with pollution.
Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant, it is an essential compound in the carbon/oxygen cycle for our "carbon-based life form" (thank you Douglas Adams for a top-class definition).
I have no objection to reducing pollution, or to using energy more efficiently and effectively.
However, I object to the bastardising of science by people wishing to banish the carbon from our carbon based lifestyle, and thus inflicting a death-wish upon the human race.
"Obsessive compulsive" ??
Sorry Vultures, but on this issue you can't even give credit graciously.
It seems someone still recalls the rankles when El Reg was sniping at PJ and Groklaw, and in particular the subsequent back-down when Groklaw pushed back - and was vindicated.
Bridge --> Construct -->> Traverse, please!
"the user would need to have IE set as their default browser and have never configured it for use"
Gee, that sounds like a default install configuration, straight off the DVD.
Imagine if someone had to re-install their MS-Windows from scratch.
Or imagine if your IT department had to wipe and re-install your machine
Or imagine your machine gets hosed by some malware, and you have to re-install.
Or imagine if you get to 6 months since your last clean install, and MS-Windows has slowed down with a heap of cruft - again - and you get out your discs to re-install - again!
Since I don't run MS-Windows at home, I have to do more imagining than most, of course. :-)
"only that the conclusion that the dry spell was good for the Amazon cannot be subjected to the scientific method."
Thus the original conclusion that the dry spell was dangerous for the Amazon and the entire planet, was likewise incapable of scientific determination.
So the science is definitely NOT "in" as the mantra previously had it, and the IPCC is once more demonstrated to be not a scientific document but merely a political one.
Which means that down under our PM's claim that the IPCC is "a bunch of 4000 scientists running around in white coats" is pure humbug.
1) be there
Well, I'll be - software availability?
2) install correctly
Wow! what are installers for?
Oh, yeah, force applied over distance, maybe?
4) keep on working ...
Persistence, backward compatibility, retention of learned skills
So what has Windows and IE got going for them?
"But because it's computer software, and Microsoft in particular, all hell breaks loose"
Well, it's because MS people at high levels keep making motherhood statements about security and top priority in the same sentence, and then go on about a quality assurance program, ad nauseum, followed by this kind of tardiness when the rubber hits the road, that the computing community becomes thoroughly jaded.
They NEVER spend enough on quality, but they sure as hell spend heaps on lawyers, and after-market support.
How come they can't grasp the financial impact of quality from the ground up? Corporate culture.
And that's why all hell breaks loose whenever these revelations are leaked.
[Thynne as auctioneer] What am I bid for this Army surplus shell?
[Henry Crun] Mgh! Um, mgh sixpence!
[Thynne] Sold! to the man who has lost his memory. Would you like it wrapped or should we arrange delivery for you sir?
[Crun] Mgh, er, oh, er, you can deliver it for me please. East Finchley will do just fine.
[Thynne] Ready? Aim... Fire!
[FX] Shell fired from large cannon.
[Thynne] I will be on your doorstep when you arrive, sir.
[Crun] Thank you! What wonderful service, eh Minnie? The tiger WILL get a surprise, won't he?
Can't recall it all precisely, nor can I recall the show. Sorry if it's embellished and impoverished at the same time: I must bow before the greater knowledge of the Goon Appreciation Society.
Since (and I quote):
"Internet Explorer is the default browser on government computers."
it would surely be incumbent on a competent government department to advise its own to be as secure as possible?
I recognise of course that the expression "competent government" is rather an oxymoron, but I am trying to be as generous as I can. We have essentially the same difficulty Down Under - such animals are as rare here as the Bunyip.
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