610 posts • joined 16 Oct 2007
Re: Point of Order
The parent word terrestrial, and grandparent terra also refer to land generically as well as planet Earth.
So while you're right, I'd assert that "extraterrestrial" has come to mean specifically outside our planet only because the scope of human experience and by extension, thinking, is so narrow. If humans ever come to inhabit multiple planets I doubt we'd refer our Martian cousins as extraterrestrials. Extratellurians would be more appropriate.
I can't understand how this can even be legal. "You can't talk to the guy who'll try to refuse to end our business relationship, so we'll keep billing you and send the repo man for you." Fucking fucks.
This is how it works in northern European countries too. We have in common with Ireland the fact that we're pretty small, I guess that plays a part. The system has been set up to foster competition and protect the customer.
Re: Double standards
Manor of batshit craziness - is that where Hugh Hefner lives?
Re: Has to be said..
They lost the drugs because they didn't loose them from above.
Re: definition requested
Not to be confused with "Glocked".
Re: (Up to) 10 years...
Hence the US prison population crisis.
"While rates of violent crimes has fallen by 25 percent over the last 20 years, prison population has tripled. Overall, the U.S. imprisons more people than any other nation. Second is China, with 1.5 million people in behind bars.
While there appears a public need to make sure people are punished for crimes, the financial cost to incarcerate are staggering. Morenoff estimates that it costs $25,000-$30,000 per year (in public money) to incarcerate each prisoner. That cost increases significantly with older prisoners and those who need medical care.
Read more at: http://phys.org/news126279826.html#jCp"
Re: UKIP ranter I expect
You might have had a point, but it was lost somewhere in the midst of manic ranting and ugly ad hominems. Talk about pots and kettles. ^^
"incapable of finding the undisclosed bugs"
Auditing someone else's codebase might not be such a quick and easy task, perhaps?
Class of bugs
Codenomicon makes a fuzzing tool. It will find bugs human testers and reviewers won't often find. We hear about this bug because it's an open source library and Codenomicon test OSS and release the results, as a free service if you like.
Software companies who are Codenomicon clients (or use other similar tools) will find bugs and patch them up on the quiet. Companies that don't do such testing probably won't find them. In neither case will we read about it on The Reg.
Russia is an alien world that defies understanding.
Re: Things I would like to see
For me it was all in clicking a link with "Hemel Hempstead" and seeing "Leighton Buzzard" and "Crabtree". I love English place names.
Re: Mystic Meg
Mystic Meg clearly hasn't ever met Union Rep Ulrich.
I once worked for an international corp that was "rightsizing" its operations. Our German colleagues got handsome payoffs while everyone else got pretty much squat. Unions in Germany have clout. This will be interesting.
Re: This is very telling.
Do they hate the UI or piracy prevention mechanisms?
Black and White
The USSR kicked back the Germans, but that didn't make the USSR any less an evil empire than Nazi Germany was. Today's Russia is so close to fascism it makes me wonder if anyone in Russia sees the irony, or even thought about what a fascist is, other than a generic label for the evil enemy. Nationalism, militarism, corporatism, authoritarianism, nostalgic conservative social values, co-opting the church, cult of personality ... "we're just peacefully the rights of those speaking our language in neighbouring Sudentenl^H^H I mean Ukraine." Fucking idiots, it makes me wonder what Russians are taught for history in school.
The USA kicked back the Germans and helped rebuild parts of Europe (so they could keep selling US goods), but that doesn't make recent US policies any less questionabĺe. The US political system is a mockery of democracy, it's a country led by the nose by corporate interests with the sole intent to control and pillage not only the US but the rest of the world too. The best thing about the US is at least lip service is being paid to democracy and values, so it can be measured against that standard.
Now to the black and white part. Can you handle nuance? I don't hate Russians or Merkins, I just hate what their governments are doing in their name.
Re: American GPS stations
From the ria.ru article:
"The CIA and the Pentagon believe the stations would improve the accuracy of Russian ballistic missiles, the New York Times reported earlier this month."
I thought that would be a good thing, there's no MAD without the "MA" part.
Re: What's with all the Xen is obsolete talk I hear?
Xen is obsolete in the sense that KVM is replacing it pretty fast.
"There will be nothing worthwhile to sell from any climate research, ever."
"Three global initiatives between 1995 and 2009 have spurred 129 insurance firms from 29 countries to engage in activities ranging from supporting climate research to quantifying and disclosing climate risks. "
"All good ideas except we wont need then as Antarctic ice is actually INCREASING massively. Except for the one small part featured in the 'study'"
Get with the program
Their current MO is blanket surveillance. Every phone, every account, every cloud service, every device anywhere is a potential target, and they want to have access.
"DAMA/LIBRA's 25 scintillators are made from thallium-doped sodium iodide in a five-by-five matrix, with two photomultipliers coupled to each crystal."
At this point I was poised to read about how they set up phase shift generators and ion drives, but alas no. No danger of creating a core breach or a temporal anomaly then, which is a relief.
Re: Of course...
Nokia no longer make phones. It's Microsoft.
Real effect of computer games
We've seen a decline in violent crime as computer games have become more common.
Got there before me
Are any and all domains ending with "f" banned? Can I haz lazysundaymorningf.uk plz?
Got to love these non-denial denials.
"Yes we gather information, but we don't use it for legitimate purposes."
"Why not use it to subsidies a really dead cheap Iphone/Galaxy killer"
Because Nokia is no longer in the phone business. If you now see a "Nokia" phone it's really Microsoft.
That coincidence has my bat-sense tingling as well. I'm not sure what you're implying with your last sentence, though.
"The OpenSSL development team was alerted by Google on 1 April, and separately a Finnish infosec biz discovered the same bug, but would not say if they tipped anyone off about the coding error."
Sigh of relief
This is great news for us Europeans who have had to suffer from nutty dictators' peen-extending excercises for ages. It has been looking like it might start again, as olympics and sports in general weren't doing it for the Russians. We now need to pretend to compete and lose, and make as if we are impressed while Putin engages in this latest sand castle building competition. Just drag it out as long as possible.
Might also pretend to start our own project that will surely catch their attention, one that Russians will win for sure, like building a long railway line or drinking the most vodka. Anything that they can feel good about that doesn't involve making like Attila the Hun on Europe.
On a tangent
One thing is true: Lego heroes (police etc) all have grim and sour expressions, the only ones with smiles seem to be crims. What does that teach my kids?
Repeat of 2012 judgement?
Or same case?
Re: @AC "two days ago, (whatever that means Elreg)" was: real sysadmins ...
If he thinks the same way as I, the word was sheeple. Not the last sentence but telling enough.
Honest question re. public Internet backbone
What is Andrew O. going on about with regard to the degredation of the public Internet backbone? Can someone explain with examples?
Please stop with the "unelected" stupidity.
Ministers are not elected. Neither are civil servants. They still run the show in every democracy. The legislators are elected.
This is how it's done, boys and gals
Successful marketing ploy is successful.
1) Attempt to publish book with nekkid lady cover on Apple Store
2) Go public feigning indignation, stir up some controversy
3) Change cover, perhaps to traffic sign style "The Censored Book"
Re: It was only a matter of time...
This is the one good thing that has come out of the crisis. Russia has shown itself for what it really is. The same kind of antics we hear about in their domestic sphere now extend to their international actions.
It almost makes me laugh (I'm too terrified) when the Russian nationalists in Krim excuse their actions by saying Kiev was taken over by ... wait for it ... nationalists. Their view of history is a tiny bit skewed, ignoring that many of the Russians now living as minorities in the ex-Soviet states are the result of Stalin's russification effort: sending entire populations to Siberia and transplanting Russians in their place. But history is history. I actually hope they get their way, provided the secession happens peacefully and isn't too much of a repeat of that one time someone decided all Germans must live in one country. It must be great to live in Russia, may their dreams come true.
If/when and however painfully the Russian minority issue is eventually resolved in Ukraine and a bunch of other places (it's not just Krim, see South Ossetia, Abhkazia and other Russian majority enclaves), the people there will have a much stronger sense of national identity, one largely defined by being non-Russian. Way to go, Putin.
"Target health improvement"
"identify trends and patterns in order to target health improvement more effectively"
What they mean is target their advertising. Another marketingspeak win.
Re: Isn't this what TP-Link have been doing for a few years?
As does Vyatta and pfsense, both are free and can be installed on a bunch of hardware platforms. How many machines would you put behind your Asus with Merlin firmware? 5, 50, 500?
It's horses for courses of courses. Some people find it comforting to pay for stuff, don't want to spend time on setting stuff up, or perhaps offload responsibility to a 3rd party. If your boss wants to pay for IBM and Oracle, you pretty much know what they'll choose for a firewall.
I personally wouldn't touch a firewall that is hooked to the "cloud" (i.e. US-based servers) with a bargepole.
Re: Isn't this what TP-Link have been doing for a few years?
The point is not the 4G connection. The point is it has both fixed and 4G connections, so the router fails over to 4G when the fixed line goes titsup (see article subheading).
Re: Growing like Topsy
They pronounce it "poned", sadly.
Re: Tired of self professed "security experts"
I hope you're kidding. This isn't about encryption that someone is trying to actively break by looking for a hash collision.
Advertising is a big security risk. Even responsible advertisers are known to leak exploity flash adverts for our consumption. Then there's Java, not to mention all the false virus blocker and download ads. Ad blockers increase security, full stop.
Played it this weekend
Spectacularly pretty. Character appearance customization was excellent. Exploring the world was the most fun part.
First 6 levels were mostly just running from A to B and talking to NPCs. Very little combat. Character customization and combat seemed quite limited compared to Dungeons and Dragons Online, which is the only MMO I have really played before. Yes it's "active" combat and you can block, but with just 5+1 possible moves it's quite simple. I guess the console market dictates this.
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