98 posts • joined 11 Oct 2007
Re: "“It’s really like the future is here"
It's not future I was hoping for, that much is certain.
Tin Foil Hat time
NSA/GCHQ are having hugh problems processing all the data they have been creaming off the world population.
So they came up with the idea of put a box in everyone's home that dose all the pre-processing of trawling through all your data and files locally and sending the results back to them.
Oh and BTW you cna play games on it as well.
And the full quote from the article is...
"There is nothing even close to 'Bittorrent Inc has access to all your encrypted files'."
It seems a little OTT just to be able to play network DOOM......
The will never be able to take on Tiddley Winks :)
Re: Juncker "has not yet decided how to institutionalise this independent scientific advice"
"how to institutionalise this independent scientific advice"
Does the word 'independent' become obsolete if it's insitutionalised?
Perhaps they outsourced the faked film of the landing to same guys NASA used for the moon landings?
Re: "allowing them to illegally slash their energy bills"
I've no idea how much a (oil/coal/nuke) power plant costs, but I would have thought £10.6BN wolud go a far old way towards it/them.
Just thinking out side the profit margin.
The HS Hunter was a wonderful looking jet aircraft, far more elegant then the moden jets.
I remember, many years ago seeing the Swiss Airforce display team flying Hunters during the mid/late 70's.
"says Assange. “... They don’t like to bite the hand that feeds them.”
So what has Assange got against El Reg?
This has merit.
Allowing for the valid comments above about the quality of research papers.
From my (limited) understanding of how Watson works, is by injesting vast amounts of raw data and then drawing inferance (joining the dots?) between items, and thereby giving pointers to new avenues of reseach.
As pointed out in the main article, the sheer volume of papers, even if only 25% where solid gold research, could one individual be able to take on board that volume of information and work on it in any meaningful way?
Overall +1 for Watson.
/grumpy mode on
I must be getting old as it was not that long ago when a PC with that kind of spec (apart from the screen) would have seemed to be top end......
/grumpy mode off
Oh, OK that's fine
"We have coded our answer and below you will find the link to our program. Run the application on your computer"
Yeah right, I'm going to trust someone I don't know to download something and run an un-trusted appilication. I wouldn't trust it if it came from my own mother, even after tripple checking valid photo ID, birth cert etc etc.
But thats just me.....
Re: Re "which could potentially bypass missile defences"
From the article, it said that this missle would take 60 minutes to get to where it's pointed at.
The problem with this, is that it only gives the other side (whoever the 'other side; is) 60 minutes reaction time, that it spot the launch, decide if it is coming their way, decide if it is an attack, decide if they should launch their slower(!) missles.
Not a lot of time to make your mind up :(
I'll buy that for a dollar.
Give him credit.....
At least he is giving the boys in blue some notice that he's coming out.
i'ts not like he can sneak past them and get away now and make them look foolish.....
"some fucking Yoda with tourettes on the back row, repeatedly calling out from the safety of his fake-velvet upholstered conference chair"
"commence an interminable monologue about OS/2"
"Yoda, naturally, remained silent. The piss just taking was he. Bastard the."
I don't understand why I don't get invited to the trade shows anymore.
Re: Rainbow Braces at Half Hast
On the Radio this morning, some numpty phoned in talking about how he met the great man etc, etc, and then how much he loved the song 'Angles'........
I know which is the sadder news, but the numpty came a close second.
Re: Step back and thnk about this.
On reflection I do think I put forward an 'optimistic' view, or perhaps it is a veiw of what I hoped to be the case rather than what is.
i've started to the read the Charles Haddon-Cave (Nimrod inquiry), but as it's some 587 pages long it may take some time! However so far, it is a surpising easy read for a non (aircraft) techie.
I've always worried why the Nimrod (based on the Comet 4) was kept in servie so such a long time, but I surpose that is more a question around MOD purchasing/specifications and the almighty mess that is.
Step back and thnk about this.
When the Boeings/Airbuses of the world design/upgrade a aircraft one of their over-riding goals is "let’s not make an aircraft that falls out of the sky". So their go to great lengths in the design/specification/building of the aircraft so ensure as far as possible, and then some, that this all the passengers arrive alive.
If you look back in history of the DH Comet the design flaw in the shape of the windows led to a number of fatal crashes from hull/metal fatigue. The point being that DH never recovered from this, in any meaningful way as the manufacture of commercial airliners.
How many aircraft have been lost due to a design flaw over the last 10, 20, 30, 40 years?
Can they make things better, sure they can.
Should they be complacent with security/resilience of the 'fly-by-wire' etc, coupled with advent of powerful table/phones on the plane, and high end equipment on the ground with high speed communications, in the hands of folks that may not think kindly of others. Absolutely not.
Are the airline designers complacent? I very much doubt it. They have too much to lose.
One the amazing engineering feats from the war has to the Merlin engins. There where used in just about every aircraft from Spitfires thur to Lancs during the war.
My particular fav aircraft was the DH Mossie
Hi, have we met before?
".. of bonding with their fellow Johnny-no-mates and striking up conversations with potential stalkers and psychopaths"
I have no idea why I get a warm fussy feeling of self-recognition......
Re: Builders don't put up with this shit
There is a greasy-spoon cafe at the far end of my local high street.
Great food, full blown fry up, tea the spoon stands up in, but the real draw is that people go there for the free insults from the owner.
How many Bitcoin's will you give me for this leaf?
It's a very nice leaf, honest........
Re: US Immigration
On the half-dozen times I've been to the US, they have always had a significant lack of humour.
On one trip they where very perplexed that my wife was travelling under her maiden name - we had only been married a year at that point and she hadn't renewed her passport. They just couldn't get their heads around that one.
Re: We know, you know.
Some years back, at the immigration desk I got asked "Have you been to <some US city> on such <date>", I said no, and the guy just said "OK thanks, enjoy your vacation".
I never knew what prompted such a specific question, and the guy did not seem much bothered by my anwser.
How to get funding...
... from TV advertising the latest fad extreme sport : Luna Pot-holing.
Just an idea but.....
67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is a bit of a mouthful, how about we re-name it to something like Howard?
But still, beers all round chaps.
Car Names/Model Numbers
I;ve heard stories over the years about one side geting upset by another using a similar model number etc.
But I always wonders how come Volvo with thier 850 range, and BWM with their?
I know they are VERT different beasts but still....
Twisted logic : Fail
"Assange's lawyers argued that the Swedish arrest warrant should be thrown out because it cannot be enforced while Assange is holed up in the Ecuadoran embassy"
It can't be enforced becuase the guy is on the lamb.
How can any lawer keep a stright face when putting forward this faulty twisted logic?
Following on from some of the Snowden leaks/reports it is niegh on impossible to be certain that a modern PC does not have any covert backdoor/keylogger/etc either designed and built-in or added during shipping.
So, do you go back to a basic manual typewriter, or perhaps it can a time to devlope a new approach to hi-tech,
Anyone for Steampunk word processing?
I KNOW HOW THE INTERNET WORKS.
... but I just don't care enough to tell anyone how to fix it.
Depressing => "the layout of a retail store"
Just what do they think they are doing here? How many ways can you layout a retail store? Really, how many ways?
Re: Must *bzzz*, spend *bzzz*, less time *bzzz*
New keyboard needed please.
Oh, and some screen wipes.
I have always told tut' management, that "The Register" is in-depth, demanding research, keeping up with industry trends, cross market infussion of ideas, peer-to-peer networking, and just taking the piss out of stuff............
Only in the land of dixie
Over the years I've seen the odd video review where they drop a phone from 5/6ft to simulate dropping your phone on the pavement (sidewalk). Drop it into a bucket of water - to simulate (it's lunch time so I won’t pollute your mind with that mental image - Thank you Steven R - bar-steward), all reasonably average simulations of what might happen to a phone real life.
But an "assault rifle"?
My assumptions, which may well be complete shite, but here goes.
#1 The pilot of the PD helicopter, will have a significant amount of training and experience to be allowed to fly over the city at the low level (800ft) that the PD require without crashing/putting the general population at risk.
#2 The pilot, will be keeping a good lookout for other ‘stuff’ around him - to the left and right, above and below, things like other aircraft, skyscrapers, not just stuff in the direction he is heading in.
#3 So the pilot has ‘seen’ the ‘vehicle’, to one side/a little above/a little below, and then at some later point considers it to be in such close vicinity and/or changing direction that he veers off to avoid a mid-air collision.
I’m not sure how close the helicopter and the quad drone where, nor do I know what shade of smelly brown the pilot’s keg’s were afterwards, but I assume they became smelly enough to follow the quad drone, and explain the facts of life to the dim-witted owner.
Re: No worse than Las Vegas, surely?
Las Vegas is a very 'different' place to anywhere else I have ever been to!
Wife and I, walking around the hotels taking in all the sights, as you do. Went looking for the canals - I thought I would get extra points for the romance!! - so I kept saying they must be on the lowest floor, I mean who would build a canal upstairs on the 3rd floor. come on, who builds a canal, with so many million gallons of water on the 3rd floor.... who does that?????
I beg to sugest that the weakness is thinking that people want "Wi-Fi/mesh networked lightbulbs"
@ Neil Barnes Re: The thing is...
Spot on. My understanding of the CAA/FAA etc to provide the saftey for different types of use of Airspace, whether your in A380, a vintage Tiger Moth, your paraglider, hot air ballon etc.
The type of airspace, ATZ's, air corridoors, NOTAM's all allow, (or at least shold allow) everyone to do their thing without endangering anyone else.
I would have thought, that these things would be covered the same way as any other Radio Controllered Model, sure they may have more 'smarts' built in then the old RC models, but they are still RC craft.
This numpty taking to 3,000FT close to a commerical airport is just plain mad.
Re: @ Evil Auditor
In retrospect, both would work, and you make my piss poor spelling sound more exciting.
Have a beer on me.
@ Evil Auditor
Didn't your mother ever tell you to "play nice" with those poor unfortant souls?
"nutters with an unhealthy fixation for Friday-afternoon El Reg columnists"
I take excpetion to that remark.
My Doctor's tell me that my fixation is no unhealthy. Honest.
Is it time for my meds yet nurse?
Two Tales of Woe, and Two of Payback
Woe Tale 1:
I looked after 6 Netware servers in the finance Department when one day I got a call from a user saying "The network is dead, all the servers are dead". I checked the monitor dashboard, all servers showed green. the other phone lines weren’t melting so I told the user "Nah, all is well, but I'll send someone down to check it out". That afternoon, the news came back that the problem was the users mouse had stopped working - ful of fluff warped around the roller ball.
Woe Tale 2:
A user was having a problem unable to remove 3.5inch floppy on his machine. Went along to find out that he had used a floppy in the drive but the metal sliding cover had come off, inside of the drive. So he naturally, instated of reporting it, tried to force another floppy into the drive, thinking that the detached metal sleeve would magically attach itself to the floppy. It didn't work.
The head boss of the IS/IT section wanted one of these new-fangled PC thingies in his office. So I duly ordered up a top of the line IBM PS/2 Model 30 (that shows how long ago this was)
I set the machine up on my desk, gave the boss a quick demo of the machine working so he was happy. Then moving the machine to his office, set everything up, plugged in all, but on cable. Out of curiosity I wanted to find out how long it would take for him to notice that the power cord was missing. The answer was three years.
A boss had sent out a memo (paper memo in those days) to all staff saying “no-one is permitted to move/re-arrange their office desks for any reason without my prior written permission”. About a week later, I was working late so went into the boss’s office and cleared the top of his desk, and then turned the desk through 180 degrees and put everything back on his desk. The next morning, there was a very loud scream of pain when his knees hit the wooden back of his desk. The thing that always got me was that the boss was convinced it had to have been two people to pull of this prank, of picking up his desk and turning it like that, to the extent that he came over to me (he knew I had stayed late) and asked me who else worked late the night before. If he ever knew it was me, he never said a word to me about it!
does it also need the magic mushrooms?
An estate car (station wagon) - taking the equipment to/from the garden shed, most likly a Volvo.
Re: definition: applied scientist?
Do they not also need a garden shed to work in?
Re: Isn't a number that is almost infinite, er, infinite?
When ever the word 'almost' is used, it mean "not quiet" or "less than"
Q: Are we there yet?
A: Almost there: in other words, not quiet there yet.
Q: Is 0.999 recuring equal to 1.0
A: It almost qual to 1.0: in other words it is less than.
Re: Intractible problems @DrXm
All good points.
with my crystal ball, I see these things coming in two flavours.
For the car without any controls would be of use in a 'closed' environment, say a city centre, where there is no interaction with any other type of traffic.
The more open type/mixed traffic conditions of auotmated self-driving car will still have all the controls to allow manual driving which can be used for when the computer just can't work what to do.
There is still a lot of work to be done before any of this is even close to a commerical product that would be allowed on the roads in any meaningful volume.
Re: Lets not forget who is to blame
Oh dear, how we forget the past.
Five-Eyes - started in 1940's, not surprisingly trying to figure out what the Germany/Japen where planning. The use "Colossus" machines was a major break-through. Then along came the Cold War. The "Colossus" machine where still being used, now for trying to crack Russian communications. The Echelon system was developed for two reasons, to spy on Russia, and to spy on each of the other Five Eyes (UK spy on US, US spy on UK then swap results), then share the results.
The problem with 9/11 was not that all the TLA's in the US could not monitor comminication, but that they did not SHARE with each other.
A Nice touch
I thought the story added a nice light bit of humour, particularly the end.
"Just a word, to let me know that you still care".
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