2763 posts • joined 12 Oct 2007
Your sarcasm detector is broken or has ran out of batteries. :)
Re: Well, if this is specifically about the rape threat....
Compare and contrast with the ridiculous case some time ago where a totally non-credible and clearly jokey 'threat' was made on Twitter about Robin Hood airport, where the prosecutors jumped in with both jack-boots, and cries of 'terrorist' without thinking.
Or the more recent case of Justin Carter. Now even making sarcastic jokes flagged as being jokes can land you in jail. Incredibly stupid.
At least this case does seem to be based on actual threats, not only stupid people jumping the gun...
Though "generic x86" applies to all of them. Sad state of affairs, we're all stuck in the consumer side with ugly, hot and inefficient 20+ year old designs and no sign of a RISC switchover outside the mobile world.
When the playmonaut landed
Did he say "The Vulture has landed"???
Re: Postgres? No, thank you.
PostgreSQL is useful for the SME sector, and even some medium-to-large companies are well within the range of data where Postgres does work, while lacking the eye-gouging costs of Oracle. I wish there were better options, but on the commercial sector it's just DB2, Sybase, Oracle and um.... that Sybase-clone called SQL Server.
I despise most of the NoSQL stuff because it seems that most of those solutions stem from hatred of SQL instead of rational thinking. It's also the reason why I ran away from MySQL, ever since I found their "transactions are for idiots" musings on their documentation.
So basically if I don't want to do commercial DBs, I'm mostly left with Postgres. So that is what I use for those projects these days. If it is commercial, then I'll see my options between Oracle, DB2, and Sybase. And I pray they aren't a MS shop...
Re: No Radiation?
Fukushima isn't over yet. It remains to be seen what the consequences are.
Had the consequences been anything close to Chernobyl, we'd already know by now. By hell we knew what happened in Chernobyl mere months after it happened. This is the kind of fearmongering I'm referring to.
Chernobyl isn't over yet and reportedly won't be for another 10,000 years.
We all know that. The sarcophagus issue is an obvious one, given that it was hastily built to quickly contain the whole thing before it fucked up even more stuff than it already had. Had those RBMK reactors had a secondary containment shield, it probably wouldn't have been needed. Though the real lesson there was what gazthejourno said: just don't go around doing boneheaded tests during shift changes, if you cancel a previous test, return the reactors to their original settings, and please please don't build a reactor with a design that allows runaway reactions during a SCRAM.
The Three Mile Island plant has not been de-commissioned; they don't know how to do it.
That has more to do with Green Cheese scaremongering than actually knowing what to do. TMI was in fact pretty well contained, with no radioactive material getting out of the containment areas. In fact, this accident was far worse and had far worse risks than TMI... and again, it was a product of boneheaded designs. (Who in their right mind would build a frickin' open air fission reactor?!?!)
Re: No Radiation?
Indeed. I actually hated how the media started going "oooh the humanity! Another Chernobyl" and the fire becoming self-sustaining with the anti-nuke crowd fueling the flames and saying "but OF COURSE they say there are no aftereffects! Government CONZPIRAZY!!!11oneone".
Unfortunately, Fukushima does seem to have scared a new generation, especially one that is more prone to listening pseudoscience and internet urban legends than real science. Just see Greenpeace trying to block ITER, because they can't see the difference between fusion and fission. Or the difference between the unsafe RBMK reactor and what has been proposed for new stuff.
Oh my, so that's why I am no longer able to buffer videos! I rarely used the "stop downloading" option anyway, mostly to get the screenshots used for troll entries (i.e. showing boobs on the thumb preview that never actually appear in the video) but I did use the "pause 'till it finishes downloading" function a lot.
I can guarantee the author that I hate both audio and video autoplayback equally. Especially when this happens at work, when I have 20+ tabs and the one doing the noise has to be hunted down. There's a reason why I use my headphones these days.
Interestingly, the sites that don't do instaplayback are porn-related, so real-life actually ended up being the reverse of that "welcome to the first audio-enabled porn site!" joke. Good for them, but also sad to see that only the porn industry thinks about their users well-being...
Re: Sounds suspicious to me, better check where the Alphabet Agencies have been
Remember, the Bourne movies were fiction and get a grip on yourself.
Ironically, the whole Snowden affair reads pretty much like a Bourne movie by itself!
Re: Stupid title, helping propagate clueless nonsense.
According to my college degree, I'm a B. Sc. Computer Systems Engineer, so it seems the educational system disagrees with you...
Re: Packet Switching
The problem with packet overhead can also be solved by upping the packet size. We're currently doing 1Gbps on local networks, cranking up on 10 or even 100Gbps on backbone links, yet we're still stuck with a 1500 Byte MTU because most Ethernet hardware can't be arsed to stop supporting the old creaky thicknet (thinnet?) limit. IIRC we're currently losing something like 4-5% of bandwidth in packet headers, which might go down to 0.5% if we switched all networks to 9000 MTU jumbograms. Hell, I even think our current tech is good enough to even support 20k jumbograms by now! The 10Gbps hardware is already suffering because of the measly 1500 limit. We're going to need bigger packets...
Re: US cloud suppliers "Foreigners are dumb and can't read." @p.houpperman
My feelings on the one are if the processing and information are core to your business don't let anybody else near them. That includes putting sensitive information on the cloud, and indeed inter company transfers of information to any other territory. Don't even mention outsourcing/off shoring ... RBS anybody?
Now you've got a mighty point there. Yes, it's true; companies shouldn't be outsourcing critical corporate data into the cloud at all! Indeed the Snowden affair has raised concerns about this, but even if the USG didn't engage in snooping, companies should be wary of putting their bits outside. Fortunately the clients we've had in the financial sector know this as well, and as such nobody has even thought of doing the RBS "send all our mainframe management stuff to flaky Hindi provider" even before the RBS meltdown.
Re: Does anyone else
This does seem to be Icahn's Waterloo, and boy oh boy do I want to see him go down!
I feel your pain
Ever-changing defaults on config files have been a headache precisely because they hit me when I migrate stuff to new boxes. Incidentally, the first time I got hit with something like this was with PHP, so I see they have marched on with the neverending changing of default settings.
'Tis been 3 years since I last experienced a test switchover to the DR system, and that was at a former employer. At least the systems I managed worked fine, though the DR site was heavily underpowered. Hopefully they'll never need to use it, as everything does run but much, much slower.
By the way, I wouldn't quite spend the budget on cloudy backups; what that particular employer did was to have the DR stuff in a DR-specialized facility. They even had an Ops Center that could be used by the operational team for both testing and actual work if the DR plan had to be executed. So while the company didn't own the DR facilities, they were there for the using. Much better than relying on 'the cloud'...
Re: Score one for the good guys
Too bad you went AC, because this is the appropiate icon ----->
Welcome to the 21st Century!
My bank just forced me to start using a hand held token generator to access my account, pay bills, make transfers etc.
Yay! Welcome to the club, we've been toting keyfob tokens for e-banking since 2007, by law!!! Depending on the system used by said generator, it'll be secure enough to hamper phishing attempts. Only one bank uses SecurID, but the others use one that does seem to have the generated numbers time-fixed so that the code is only valid for a short time.
I do wonder why banks in other countries haven't done this already?
Re: details please
Is it a boot sector virus?
Does it add itself as a service?
I don't quite blame El Reg for not giving details, it might be that the press release doesn't give us the juicy bits yet.
Y'all got trolled
Snowden didn't get the exit papers. Someone either misheard stuff, or this was an actual trolling by the airport authorities just to ruffle some feathers.
Who should get into MSFT is Icahn. He's an expert at destroying companies, which is probably what MS needs these days. If they're going to crash and burn, at least they should do so with "style"!
Fix the laws
Just make it so that "must carry" stations can't charge if they carry commercials, or are forbidden from running such commercials in their Cable TV feed.
Re: The one time....
Sory it is 2013 and I can find a wifi hto spot somewhere around me, even in the middle of hadrians wall country I could find a wifi hot spot.
Sorry it's 2013, I have better grammar than you and I don't get WiFi coverage at our client's office. At all. And internet access is heavily restricted, services such as SkyDrive are blocked as they are bandwidth hogs and the internet link is better used for work stuff.
See? One size does not fit all! Curiously, this is the same problem MS is stumbling with on their TIFKAM approach...
I can think of many people who would like this feature. Not techies, but the sort of people who realise they need backup of some sort.
Anyone thinking this feature is in any way a backup solution is really, really stupid. No, cloud storage is not a backup solution if it is synched to local storage; it only means that when you delete stuff by accident, your data destruction orgy is replicated on the cloud as well. Same thing goes for those who think RAID is a good backup solution. It isn't.
Backups store data in another media, and that media is usually not insta-synched with the changes in the main storage system. Because backups are used when you fuck up on the main storage system...
Re: Only voters can change this, but...
But at least it does seem that Snowden's actions are slowly but surely firing up a debate on the surveillance state. That at least this senator is calling into question the current state of affairs is remarkable. It has turned things upside down, with the traditional conservatards supporting the administration keeping the PRISM snooping powers even if said administration is a "liberal" one.
And now we all know why the Patriot Act was extended; PRISM would've had to be dismantled otherwise. Hopefully we will actually see this change in the following years.
Re: It is perverse ...
Java isn't that bad, bugs and Oracle bug galore nonwithstanding. It's much better than getting yourself locked down with .NET! That said, hardware acceleration for Java has existed previously with Jazelle and the later thing that isn't Java-specific on ARM, so it isn't like its something new.
Interestingly, the Java slammers are AC. Why so shy?
Episode1 being taken over by a Dune...
It seems that Mother Nature deems Dune a far superior masterpiece than the Star Wars prequels, and I agree. I fear for what Disney might bring for the Ep7+ sequels. But then I remember...
I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
Re: Shai Hulud
THE SLEEPER HAS AWAKENED!
I'm guessing the BTC wallet has been confiscated. Maybe. But yes, there's a good chance that those 700k BTC are never, ever going to see daylight ever again. The real problem here is that BTC depends on the private key to "release" the goods ... so if the scammer doesn't give 'em up, those 700k are as good as gone.
Now, I wonder who would be so stupid to fall upon a scam like this. 7% per week return? That screams Ponzi anywhere, BTC or not!
If I were doing HFT systems, I'd be better off using FPGA/ASIC systems or even GPUs. x86 is garbage for heavy loads (or anything else, we should be using RISC) and in fact most HFTs are now doing FPGA these days. Indeed, overclocking an x86 craptel is kinda like putting aviation fuel in a VW Beetle. Sure it might reach 200 km/h in 3 seconds, but the engine's going to blow up in 15 seconds!
So, it seems that SIM cards in some places are using DES (oh please, who the hell uses DES for important stuff these days?) and whoever's stuck with those is going to get 0wned pretty soon now. Is there a way to know if one's own SIM is one of these?
Some of Lewis Page's articles are fun and interesting to read. Others are indeed a bit anti-MMCC tilted; I still remember the ones where some green-energy initiative set up a power plant (hydro) to power up X houses, then Page counters that it could only power Y houses (which is about X/100) ... but he's fudging the numbers by jacking up per-house kWh usage as he includes heating requirements ... which is currently done with natural gas or propane. Sure, you might make a case if the question is going fully "green", but that wasn't the purpose for that power plant!
I am kind of skeptic on renewables and indeed, nukes seem to be a better option for our power-hungry needs but Page does seem to take 'em over the top.
Re: Your theory is correct.. but not sure about slow
hehe. The badge-awarding system does seem to be running on a schedule; it took something like 2 or 4 days between me hitting the magic 2000 upvote number and actually getting awarded Silver. It's fun!
Hey, I actually like what El Reg uses for forum/commenting software. Definitely cleaner than the wretched hive that many "forums" use (I'm looking at you, CommunityServer!) and it has a unique feel to it. Maybe some linkage from related articles to related threads might help the forum usage? And probably adding some kind of tracking on "someone replied/commented on a thread I'm following"? I haven't used the forums much (besides article comments, that is) so I haven't really seen if these are actually implemented and I just haven't checked them out, though.
Re: Oh look...
Fun fact: the comments section in the articles are already a thread in the forums, according to how the system treats comments.
Nah, I guess it is just Lewis going through an Orlowski phase. I do like some of his articles, though...
You need to roll a D20 first to make sure you hit, then roll D12 for the damage from the alchemist's fire flask.
I rolled two 20s! Critical Hit!
Re: EFF built "deep crack" hardware DES cracker for $250k in 1998.
Indeed, anyone using DES after Deep Crack is an idiot. I also agree that 3DES is probably broken as well, after all it is only 3 chained DES engines, and there is probably a shortcut to cracking that by our favourite 3-letter agencies...
Oh please tell me those are 20th-century SIMs. Most people know DES is insecure, and the crypto community already suspected it since long before Deep Crack. Who would be so stupid to use that for anything sensitive?!?!
I think we call it PAM and has been available for quite some time.
It may hasten the switch over from carrier supplied phones with subsidy to people buying their phones outright and not paying for it through the nose forever more in the form of a hiked up monthly charge.
That has always been the case in my country (Mexico), but mostly because most people here are on PAYG schemes. Probably the same reason why the iPhone isn't as hot as well; it's competing on full price, which it seems is the same as in Russia ($800+).
Few of us are on contracts, I am mostly because I actually use my phone to make calls and it is cheaper that way.
Re: MSFT down 6% after hours
Now this is one company I'd like to see Icahn bring his claws into...
Re: Has Redmond lost touch with consumers? YES!
Dear Mrs B, Can RICHTO/Vogon come out to play today? He's missing all the fun.
Oh, you had to chant the satanic spells and solve the Lament configuration, didn't you? He's come...
Oh no, please no purism on the prefixes. Even my college math teacher has conceded that computer stuff will always be base-1024 because that's how computers count. Base-10 (and base 1000) are useful to us fleshy humans as it is what we're used to; base-1024 is useful for computery stuff as it is what computers are used to. 2^10, 2^20, 2^30 ... it is even metric even if it isn't base 10.
The ugly fallout on the KiB, MiB, GiB stuff is that now OSX is saddled with the base-1000 units and thus is lying to me whenever I ask how big a file is. At least the underlying OS does still count real bytes, albeit with the -iB suffix.
Looks like it was a typo, they turned it back into MB.
Good thing, I suspect the -bibyte stuff is being pushed by HDD manufacturers as that way they can keep on lying about HDD capacities. Sadly, OS X now uses funnybyte units, so I have to resort to df -h to know the true capacity of filesystems these days...
Re: Corporate Land Grab anyone?
Unfortunately, we have our own governments to blame on this. Stupid import restrictions are the ones that impose said restrictions against Amazon, not the other way round.
I used to be able to buy US games via Amazon (thus avoiding the horrible Spaniard-dubbed abominations they sell here) but the Mexican Government made it so that all packages with said games were blocked at the border, or have to pay a stupid amount of taxes. Thus Amazon called it quits and no longer sells US games outside the US.
If it wasn't for Steam and other game distributors that do allow me to buy the English versions of games online, I would've given up on PC/Mac games at all by now!
yeah except its called "amazonas" in those countries. sounds more like an extortion racket by a corrupt third world government
Yes, it's called Amazonas in both Spanish and Portuguese, but that doesn't mean you don't have a right to the English name, especially as it is the most used language on the 'net. Should the Russian Federation give up their right to .ru and be left only with the Cyrillic alphabet version of their ccTLD? Is Wales less entitled to .wales than .cymru? Should Mexico City have no rights to "Mexico City" because it's called "Ciudad de México" in Spanish?
... they're disabling an emergency beacon? Really?
Given its function, it seems to be the kind of stuff you really want to have if the airplane ever crashes! Wouldn't it be better to fit a non-flamey version of the beacon instead of leaving the airplane beaconless?!?!
I think it's already true
Isn't that what those HFT trading bots basically do? They game the market to both give them more profit *and* screw over the other trading bots. And they're prone to being 0wned by fake news, as seen with the fake news about Obama being shot at.
It's kinda like BattleBots, but instead of bots trying to trash each other, these ones are trying to bankrupt each other.
Re: The plot of this sounds suspiciously like that of 'Lifeforce'.
That particular movie was based on a novel called 'The Space Vampires'. But then the novel itself could be someone doing a Dracula and Quartermass crossover...
Anyone remember the talk back in 2000-2001 about how the backbone networks & stuff had overbuilt and that we couldn't possibly use up all that bandwidth? All that dark fiber from telcos because it didn't have any use? I remember mentioning that the only reason they didn't really get used was because most of us were still stuck with dialup. And it seems I was proven right; as soon as broadband went ubiquitous, now all those "overcapacity" broadband stuff went saturated. And even now, I'm not sure if that dark fiber has been lit up, or if it remains dead in the water.
With these upgrades, we should be able to crank up backbone bandwidth worldwide, and telcos should stop trying to ram data caps against us...
Re: Oh No!
With those phat pipes, practically all Asians are going to be LPBs!
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