I always thought that "optimising the idle loop" was a no-no
I learned something useful from the BOFH today.
1495 posts • joined 8 Nov 2007
I learned something useful from the BOFH today.
Despite a dreadful week in which his pet fish had died and a storm had ripped a large branch of his favourite tree, leaving it blocking the driveway, Cadbury the meerkat was not overly despondent. "I'll kill two birds with one stone," he thought. "Percy needs a proper burial", he reasoned, "and that large log will make a fitting monument to him---I can use it as his tombstone". He set to work and with a few hours of digging and then rolling the enormous log into position, he had completed his task.
Exhausted, a satisfied smile crossed his face as he surveyed his work. "Yes," he thought, "I'm really happy with what I've done with the plaice."
(with apologies to PKD and, well, everyone)
The torrents will take care of the rest
The barman turns and says "hey, is this some kind of joke or something?"
By the time the moderator has finally read my entry the prize will have been given away
You're supposed to enter this week's competition, not last week's one.
bricks n mortar outlets still struggling to compete with online cat à logs
The meerkats have them all.
I not silly accent. This Soviet Russia --- silly accent you!
But accidentally super-gluing ones hands to a log was among the most embarrassing.
We have winner meerkat caption contest.
No, wait. It's absolutely brilliant being a meerkat!
"how witty and urbane of you, Mr. Bond" but his hands were saying "now if I can just push this log down this hill and knock you into the shark-infested pond, I will be rid of you forever!"
which was hard for him as "looking surprised" was basically his entire repertoire.
I'm afraid we don't get much call for it around these parts.
Meerkat Jesus is coming!
Premier Mirkova poses for the cameras
with girlfriend Anastasia at Tatra National Park in Liberated Poland.
I'm a meerkat, not a beaver!
In fact, he started with a one-key xylophone.
With nearly a dozen entries, I was sure I'd win the prize. Or that at least one would get an honourable mention.
In fact, no pun in ten did :(
This new iLog thing is brilliant for resting my hands on. Now, where shall we have lunch?
So tell me why my Raspberry Pi's root filesystem needs to pay royalties again?
Because you made an inexplicable decision to format it as FAT with long filenames instead of ext?
You don't need to explain ... <snip>
In other words, "use junctions"
Couldn't they try taking a leaf ot of Phil Zimmermans book and just print the code on T-shirts? There's only a ban on softwear.
Why does hard-coding a DNS name prevent the TCP stack from using the hosts file entries as part of its name resolution process?
You need to stay in more often.
If all you have is an IP address, hosts is bypassed. If you have a fully-qualified (or partially qualified) domain name like microsoft.com or localhost, then hosts.txt or the DNS server is involved in the translation into an actual IP address.
Apparently what the quote in the OP above means is that the FQDN "settings-win.data.microsoft.com" bypasses both hosts and DNS-based name resolution.
That being the case, the only way to squelch the traffic is to add custom routing rules (probably at the router rather than the PC, just to be sure) for any/all IP addressed associated with that address. With the way things are going, we'll probably also find that there's a custom MS DNS server involved as well whose sole purpose is to resolve that address, so that will probably need to be blackholed too
How did things get to this stage so soon?
To quote TMBG, "you're older than you've ever been / and now your even older (x a bunch of times)"
So it's perfectly correct to claim that their members are growing (unless they're dead, but then ipso facto they're not members any more)
--- It's not just for paranoid freaks!
"and you want me to bare my shoulder?"
"and have a spider crawling on me?"
"and have me look really scared?"
"What kind of sicko would pay money for a photo like that!?"
"It's just ..." Janet began, then trailed off.
She knew what she had to do and yet Howard was just so sensitive. It was obvious that she would have to be delicate with him---there was no way of knowing how he would respond to the brush-off.
(the last two to be read as a diptych, natch)
Antsy Arthropod Attacks Advertising Actress
I can get this amazing 6Tb WD Black drive for free and all I have to do is put this spider on my shoulder? What's the catch?
in the first years of the 21st century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligence-
AGGHGHHH A SPIDER!
Actor Paul Hogan arrested at web conference. Guest speaker turns terrorist as audience member recounts memorable 80's catchphrase "one too many times"
Omnishambles "could have been prevented", admit organisers.
Warns visitors to remain alert to true menace even while being marauded by other deadly species.
After a series of frustrating encounters on dating websites (how could he forget his disappointment with the lady and her "chocolate lab"?), Roger decides to filter out all leggy brunettes as a preventive measure.
Press treated to sneak preview of her patented "over-the-shoulder comether" technique.
it began to dawn on fashion student Celeste that her chosen accessory was not quite the right shade of grey.
three essential human requirements are shelter, sex and food
I always thought it was "flax, fodder, fire and frigg" (4 requirements) but web searches turn up a load of Wicca sites (and others) talking about "flags" for some reason.
I wish my landline had a "fuck off I'm cooking/eating" setting.
Do they spell honour correctly when attempting to sell these things outside the US of A?
If your name happens to be "Honor Blackman", then yes.
Much evilness is in the URL-rewriting
Google search results also do the same thing. Check it out and see.
As a user of Google search, I've made the decision that letting them store (most of) my queries is an acceptable price to pay for the usefulness of the search results. I draw the line at them knowing which link(s) I've chosen from among the search results. To stop this URL-rewriting I use Greasemonkey and the "Google Link Cleanup" script.
URL-rewriting is evil, Google.
Ensure the code for the adverts is sent to the publisher to be published. They can then automate the screening of the code for re-directions (and embedded malware).
I was thinking of something like this myself. Recently I was bemoaning how Flash became such a cesspit because it allowed arbitrary code to be run, and how a more declarative programming language would have solved all the problems. That approach could still be the answer to the problem of "malvertisement". There would be sections for all the graphics "assets" and some basic scripting language that allowed for interactivity. In fact, SVG + this new scripting language would fit the bill nicely.
The language spec and interpreter would have to be designed so that it was impossible to, eg, smash the stack or call itself recursively. As for redirects to an external website, these would have to be declared in a static part of the SVG file, so there would be no chance to modify them or obfuscate them. No other external assets would be loadable from the ad itself.
Providing there's no underlying bug in the SVG or interpreter for the scripting language, then at least the ad itself would be easily vetted (both by the site that will embed the ad and the user who is being asked to view them). What happens after the redirect is, unfortunately, still beyond the control of the person showing the ad (if there is malware hosted there, it can be sensitive to context such as the HTTP referrer field or cookies stored on the viewer's machine) but at least the ad itself would be safe so long as nobody clicked through, and other means (such as black/whitelisting or some sort of trust rating) could be used to give some assurance that the target site won't be hosting malware.
No re-directions, no malware
That's a bit strong, innit? Did you try "ah gwannn, ah gwann, ... ?"
to ask again when we get an extra 's' in front of www.theregister.co.uk?
(he said, sneakily avoiding automatic keyword scanners)
I know this is slightly OT, but frankly, I find it embarrassing going into health food shops for much the same reason. Sure, I don't mind if they cater to whatever the latest nutritional fads might be. These "superfoods" might be useful if you balance them out with other required vitamins and amino acids and whatnot, but they're not going to harm anything except your wallet. The same goes for most of the tinctures or tonics that have some active ingredient (though just because it's "natural" or "organic" doesn't mean it can't have side-effects or be damaging if taken to excess). But fuck, a lot of the other shite they sell (and often the advice they give to punters) should have warning labels on them. A case in point: on one of my last visits I was given a handout for some "iridology" workshop at the checkout. Only politeness prevented me from pointing out that it's a steaming pile of crap.
We also have anti-vaxers who are really into getting measles and dying. It's nice.
That's fine (if we're both prepared to be flippant about kids dying) so long as not too many people believe the anti-vaccine FUD. Herd immunity and all that.
That's a bit of a departure for the Reg, isn't it? I mean usually (as far as I've noticed) you link to an archived copy of the defacement. What's different in this case?