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Swedish Fare Dodgers Organize Against Transportation Authorities

Boss, Pointy Haired Forget barriers - just a punative penalty fare (389 comments)

If I ran a transport network, I wouldn't bother with barriers - just occasional ticket checks / smart card validation and upon failure it's a £1,000,000 fine.

about 8 months ago

Web Surfing Improves Motor Skills

Boss, Pointy Haired Doctor, doctor, I'm suffering from fine tuning... (33 comments)

...of my motor skills.

That'll be RSI in your thumb.

If you haven't already you'll soon develop a callus on your little finger where your smartphone normally sits.

about a year ago

Twitter Will Track Your Browsing To Sell Ads

Boss, Pointy Haired Re:How does one prevent this ? (120 comments)

They know every website you've visited that has a "Tweet" or "Follow Me" button on it, so could easily target ads based on that - doesn't involved reading your browser history at all.

about a year ago

UK Minister: British Cabinet Was Told Nothing About GCHQ/NSA Spying Programs

Boss, Pointy Haired Web traffic must be significantly compressible (85 comments)

I keep hearing astonishment at how so much web traffic can be stored with relative ease.

Sure, it's going to be a lot of data, but a whole lot of that data is duplication, and where there is duplication there can be compression. And where it's not, even at level 6/7 you can identify significant commonality (facebook user home page) and simply store the delta.

It's not like they're storing every byte sent and received by every Internet user at all.

about a year ago

Cruise Ship "Costa Concordia" Salvage Attempt To Go Ahead

Boss, Pointy Haired D'you rekon it would start? (151 comments)

Put some fuel back in do you think it would start?

about a year ago

Technologies Like Google's Self-Driving Car: Destroying Jobs?

Boss, Pointy Haired Surely the system is self-correcting (736 comments)

You can't automate the production of everything otherwise you would have no customers.

I think Henry Ford put it better.

about a year ago

Cisco Slashes 4,000 Jobs

Boss, Pointy Haired What were they all doing? (139 comments)

4000 unproductive people?

Or is this just another 4000 people to go over the next 25 years taking into account the usual number of people who leave over 25 years if you don't hire anyone else?

about a year and a half ago

No "Right To Be Forgotten," Says EU Advocate General

Boss, Pointy Haired Just another cycle (116 comments)

Just as the concentration of computer processing power cycles between the client and the server (could/network) so to does the length of time that consequences of your actions stay with you.

This is despite most developed countries having a concept along the lines of the UK's "rehabilitation of offenders" - the right to put your wrongs behind you and start again. We have now entered a cycle where that is not possible, because your wrongs are documented forever on the Internet.

And that will continue, until such time as we can travel faster than information.


about a year ago

PHP 5.5.0 Released

Boss, Pointy Haired A public thank you to the PHP team (219 comments)

Yes it has its flaws, yes you sometimes don't know whether you're looking for needles in haystacks or haystacks in needles, but it's not like they're not aware of that, and it's not really a big deal either in these days of syntax and function aware editors and instant online reference, and it has provided me and i'm sure many thousands of other people with a career not just in contract coding but also in being used almost exclusively on our own websites.

Thanks guys!

about a year and a half ago

Virgin Media Demos World's Fastest Internet Service In the UK

Boss, Pointy Haired At what speed does it become irrelevant (for now)? (115 comments)

You could have a 1.5Pbs (peta* bits per second) connection to your ISP, but when the rest of the Internet sucks, at what point does how big your pipe to your ISP become irrelevant.

I know that the big UK ISPs are all peered with the BBC so things like iPlayer don't even touch "the Internet" so it could be good from an IPTV point of view with established players, but that's only a transient benefit.

From a wider point of view, would I notice much difference between my current 8MB (give or take) ADLS and 1.5Gb fibre?

* lots of

more than 3 years ago

Can You Really Be Traced From an IP Address?

Boss, Pointy Haired How do you prove a timestamp is correct anyway? (246 comments)

Surely the validity of any evidence citing party x having IP address a.b.c.d at time t comes down the accuracy of the clock on the server that logged the IP address allocation.

How do you prove in court that clock on a logging server was correct.

I don't think you can.

more than 3 years ago

How To Tame the Social Network At Work

Boss, Pointy Haired Move the firewall inwards (130 comments)

It's a long time since I had any involvement in corporate IT networks; and I realise that a lot is easier said than done, but if I were designing one from scratch today; I wouldn't treat any physical internal employee work location (ethernet at the desk or office-wide WiFi) as being any different to the wider Internet.

This would enable an infrastructure to be set-up where protection was focussed around the core services and the communications channel between them and the accessing client rather than having to worry about what is actually going on at the employee's desktop; because even if you do restrict external Internet access your employees are just going use dongles or their mobile phones.

more than 4 years ago

Web Contracts Can't Be Changed Without Notice

Boss, Pointy Haired Probably not a binding contract anyway... (169 comments)

...so it doesn't really matter. Big companies like Google etc. only have ToS because their lawyers said they must have a ToS (well they would, wouldn't they), and little companies only have ToS to make themselves look like big companies.

more than 7 years ago


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