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Comment Beware houseguests (Score 1) 77

What about services which allow you to admit houseguests with access to your network? There's already been an accusation of an AirBNB host leaving surreptitious webcams about: http://observer.com/2015/01/co... ...but it would be pretty simple for an unscrupulous guest to leave hidden cameras about to stream other guests' activities.

I predict a business model in selling modified routers or network attached devices that search for network behaviour indicating this.This is a specialised subset of IDS I guess. I could secure my own setup, but I kinda know what I'm doing, but I don't see 99% of hosts being able to do this, so get going, entrepreneurs! I could see an AirBNB API certifying LANs...

Comment Wylfa local (once) here (Score 1) 98

Hmm. Wylfa - will I miss it? It's the largest employer on Anglesey, giving fairly good jobs to a shedload of people. Good jobs-for-life jobs. One thing to note is that it will continue to employ a good many people for a while yet, nuclear reactors don't shut down overnight, even if they're not producing any electricity. It used to power the local aluminum smelter, the largest single customer of electricity in the UK until it shut down in 2009.

We were very proud of it growing up in the bright-eyed technologically embracing 60s to 80s. Chernobyl cast a dark shadow on the industry in 86, especially in North Wales where the fallout meant that restrictions on highland sheep farming were only lifted in 2012 (yes, 2012, think on that those that think that Chernobyl wasn't that bad - 1500 miles away farmers were restricted for for 26 years).

I'm a nuclear believer, and there are plans for Wylfa B, a new nuclear generator, which I think is already a done deal. The inhabitants of Anglesey are divided over whether it would be a good thing (employment) or a Fukushima waiting to happen, but energy planning is not devolved to the people of Wales, so it's unlikely that local opposition will carry much weight in the decision. The biggest factor is how much subsidy the (UK) government will promise the French or Chinese investors for their nuclear megawatt-hour. Hinkley Point in England has been awarded £92.50, about 2x the current price of electricity guaranteed for 35 years, and the waste problem is owned (and paid for) by the government.

The fact that companies need shoveling crazy amounts of subsidy to build any reactors with the government picking up the bill for final waste management worries me that nuclear aint the glorious shizz that I was sold as a child in the 80s. On the other hand, if the UK government are hoofing megabucks somewhere, I'd rather it went to the incredibly beautiful but poor island of Anglesey than not.

Comment Sites you 'visit' (Score 1) 77

OK, say you take them at their word and they're just logging sites you visit (as in the domain). Have you ever looked at all the domains you 'visit' when you open a 'modern' web page?

What's to stop a random site from including an iframe or other call to http://dodgy-jihadi-site.com/ in their page? Does that get logged? If not, what's to stop a site from just being a wrapper page that lets you browse dodgy sites without triggering their metadata capture? What's the chances that loads of sites will put malicious img requests in for a 1x1 pixel from dodgy-site?

"Our metadata shows that on the X of Y, you visited 'dodgy-jihadi-site.com'"
"No I didn't, look, I just visited 'random-site.com', it must have pulled something in!"

But as they don't keep the full request 'dodgy-jihadi-site.com/images/1x1pixel.jpg', you have no defense.

This is a complete mess.

Comment Re:Uh huh... (Score 1) 206

Ah, sorry - misread you as asking for a working vmware view client, which was my problem. Isn't VMWare deprecating the vsphere client in favour of the web version? I'm not close enough to the administration to know whether there's missing functionality in the web version, but there's certainly functions in there that won't be supported in the windows client.

Comment Re:Cost (Score 1) 112

There are, in fact, several species of blueberries. The commercial cultivates in the USA and Europe are nowadays (unfortunately) the American high brush blueberries, but the European wild blueberry tastes far more intensive

AKA bilberries, winberries or 'llys' in Welsh. Unlike the relatively tasteless blueberry, they stain your fingers and lips purple. You won't find them commercially cultivated, you have to go up the hills to find them, and it takes quite a while to pick enough to make a tart (US pie). Blueberries don't compare to llys. They take a lot of picking, take children and even if you collect 20% of what they pick, it's worth it. Late summer picking of llys is one of life's joys.

Comment Re:Impressive but not unique (Score 2) 59

It certainly was online for whatever value of 'online' you'd choose to use. Obviously it wasn't on the web in 1990, as that hadn't started yet, but the web is a subset of the Internet. I was an avid user of rec.arts.movies db. When I accessed the very few websites available in early 1994 as a student at Cardiff University, the 'Cardiff Internet Movie Database' was there. I borrowed a copy of 'Clockwork Orange' on VHS (then still banned in the UK) via CIMB. Even then I was impressed that this obviously International resource was served out of the machine room downstairs.

Comment Per-capita fund value (Score 2) 284

Quick calculation seems that the fund is worth about $70k per head (pop 740k). Not shabby.

Norway (pop ~5M) has the largest fund in the world, also from oil revenues, which owns an estimated 1% of world equities. That fund value is about $170k per head. It doesn't pay dividends to citizens, rather using the money to pay government pensions (thus saving gov revenue).

I can't find (from perfunctory searching) historic figures of value (thus growth) for both that I can compare, but it would be interesting to compare the investment return of both, and the management fees.

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