1402 posts • joined 14 Nov 2007
All that 3D stuff gives me a headache http://xkcd.com/880/
Re: Intentionally Weak passwords
Check out #4 in " 8 Websites You Need to Stop Building" http://theoatmeal.com/comics/websites_stop
Re: It's amazing
"We the voters must take responsibility of our part in this"
What - because we are too gutless to start an armed insurrection? Democracy - certainly as practiced in the UK - does not give you anything like the fine-grained control we need to prevent this sort of behaviour.
1) Politicians are not bound to stick to manifesto promises - in fact, they are almost bound not to.
2) Politicians are increasingly self (career) oriented, rather than state and/or society oriented.
3) The FPP system restricts the choice of government to two parties, both of which behave similarly in this respect.
I could go on. I believe in free-market capitalism, though I admit to being a bit of a small-L liberal. The problem we have had is that we will allow industry (e.g. 1970s British car industry) to go to well deserved oblivion, then we distort the market by preventing the banks from doing the same. This prevents them from doing proper risk analysis, because it us who bear all the risk, despite the fact we have no real means of relieving ourselves of the burden of doing so - nobody we can realistically elect will allow us to.
@A J Stiles. Cool - can you tell me what this means? WHOOOSH!
Officially a 'posthumous pardon' is not applicable - he was convicted under the (bad) laws of the time, and pardons are reserved for people whose convictions are found to have been wrong, rather than whose prosecution is.
But I can't see why they can't find some official form in which they could apologize for ruining his life, and prematurely depriving us of a genius who played no small part in ensuring the continuity of our own state.
Re: If God had wanted us all to be vegetarians...
... he wouldn't have made animals out of meat (by Jo Brand, IS2R)
Re: Or just use buses
Cheaper for whom? I live 4 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon on a main road. There is a bus stop outside my house. It is covenient, true, but It is cheaper for me to drive my daughter to town in 4.6 litre 4x4 than it is to buy one adult and one child ticket.
In other news ...
... Smalltalk has yet to be bettered ...
I'll tell you why - the very same reason that even the rubbish reg articles are worth a look - the comments are priceless.
Maverick - by CodeSector
isn't 111 a bit close to 112? Surely they wouldn't have chosen 998 as a good number?
... but I would say Julie Burchill is a clever person's idea of a stupid person.
Re: Fuel economy
Thanks for the admission - my comment that it was thirsty cost me a downvote - despite the fact that loads of people agreed with me! I feel better about it now :-)
My Audi A3 cab (140bhp 2.0TDi) has averaged over 50mpg in its first 15,000 miles, despite the fact that I sometimes enjoy driving it. It's fairly easy to get >60mpg even with the lid off on any trip over about 10 miles. I would have thought it would be reasonable to expect 80-90mpg out of a car like this?
Look here, you foreign chaps...
... that's just not the right way to go about things. BAE, Saudi Arabia and the Serious Fraud Office can advise you on how to do it properly.
Absolutely. Makes one wonder if its a short step from a society where there is a lack of social mobility to one that is effectively antimeritocratic.
As a someone familiar with testing, I can see how something like 'sometimes the wrong password is accepted' doesn't get tested - I don't think I've ever seen a security test plan that just keeps trying the wrong password in a functional security test! However, the weakness should have been discovered during non-functional security testing - an obvious way to attempt to DDoS a DB (or any other app) is with repeated bogus login attempts.
But what I'm really struggling with is how a function like memcmp can have (a) been screwed up and (b) have its screwup missed in regression testing. How can one have any confidence in a library where a function to compare two sequences of bytes does not work properly?
More fake choice ...
... just like with state schools, where the only availably strategy to exercise that choice involves moving house, this is about the illusion of choice. If the practice you'd like to join is full, or nearly full --- and there is a sensible prioritisation of places for those who live locally --- you'll have to go to the practice that is in your own town, whether you like it or not.
Game over ...
a) game fails to catch on, nobody gives a toss what's in the cube, no movement of news through social media to track.
b) game goes crazy, winner announces contents to media, everybody finds out at once, no movement of news through social media to track.
... what makes you think that any of this is for customers?
Re: Shit laws should be ignored
'These sorts of laws should be run by engineers first so that we can say "No, you dipshit, that is complete bonkers, this is how the problem can be solved simply and cheaply"'
Steady on, now, Tom38 - imagine if we took that approach to government IT projects?
Re: Dear Reg editors :-
Urban Legend Alert: 'still got bowfingers' is considered unlikely as the source of 'the Vs'
I see the future...
... twenty SIX databases.
Re: Happy with TV as it is - but want awesome Virtual Reality goggles
Sony already make some: http://www.reghardware.com/2011/10/21/sony_3d_goggles_get_priced_up_for_uk. Not really VR afaics tho, to me that implies movement of the picture correlating with movement of one's head.
Re: "As Joules are very small people..."
you aren't but maybe you're the only one who missed the earlier excellent sarcasm about commas :-)
Re: Dimensional analysis
Actually it's not quite meaningless. If you do the division the other way, you get an area. That area is the cross-sectional area of a 'solid tube of fuel' that a vehicle must 'nibble up' as it goes along in order to sustain its motion.
Re: Ace science...
I completely agree but that's my point. This is useful technology for genetics - just not informatics.
... but there is no usable *IT* technology here, probably never will be. In terms of genetic technology there is always potential anywhere you can control genetic material; but I really cannot see why "Programmable data storage within the DNA of living cells would seem an incredibly powerful tool for studying cancer, ageing, organismal development and even the natural environment." That just sounds like marketing, rather than science.
Re: Patent lawyers... IN SPAAACE!
Not at all. As long as they don't have ships, tethers or suits I'm happy.
Re: Is this why Bee's are on the decline...
Agreed but a more sensible evolution for the relatively recent invention of the apostrophe would be to dispense with it altogether, rather than treat it as part of the letter S and sprinkle it liberally all over the place.
Re: They have Software Tokens?
"Kind of" with RSA as well, for the reason you say.. But it is RSA who provide the S/W token; like a locksmith who sells you a lock and, when it's compromised, says "oh, everyone knows those aren't secure"
Re: Reader Question
Re: Can do / can't do
*moon* race. Fixed that for you.
I can beat this
I was once faxed a full transcript and evidence for an employee disciplinary hearing. Apparently this Orange store employee was considered to have violated some purchasers privacy. I nearly died of irony.
Re: I have a serious question:
Lots of love
Grandma has died. LOL.
"That said, Reaction Engines believes it will need a cool $12bn to make a Skylon fly: and it remains unclear that it can pay such an investment back on the time scales that money men demand. "
Weird isn't it? These 'money men' seem to thing that waiting over a century to get their money back from their Facebook shares is perfectly ok.
Re: Note to Home Secretary
IIRC the military passwords Gary McK guessed were, for the most part, blank. So even weaker than the average FB password!
Re: lol @ todays "hackers"
Yeah, did he mean gaol?
... were they waiting for someone to invent X-rays?
Re: Did you hear scientists are replacing lab rats with patent lawyers?
You forgot (3) only a finite number of rats in world :-)
Can't remember which sketch show it was, but a wonderful 10 second clip of the ITV2 logo with the voiceover "This is ITV2. Move along, nothing to see here" is very hard to forget.
Re: The standard by which all others are tested
My favourite is Phantom of the Floppera: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmoDLyiQYKw
Re: Unfortunately, the facts are otherwise
"No child benefit after second child - that way it's like a tax on children."
Errm, children are FUCKING expensive anyway, they do not need to be taxed. Couples who choose not to have children are rewarded not only 'in some way' but ENORMOUSLY due to - guess what - not having to pay for children (xkcd 946).
If you were correct in your cause and effect wealthier people would have more children than poorer people, and that isn't what happens. Making the poorest poorer will not stop them having more children. Looking after children properly, educating them properly and making them productive members of society is what we need to focus on.
Remember your 'reduction in class sizes', even if it were to happen, is a reduction in the number of people who will be able to pay for you - pension, healthcare etc - when you are older.
Re: Aussie sims.
It's a great story, and has some basis in fact, but the reality of it is apparently a little more mundane. The devs did it as a joke; it was something visible right away (not an embarrassing hiccough during demonstration or after deployment); and it was at an early stage of development (when the projectiles were still, IIRC, beachballs rather than missiles).
whilst I appreciate the sarcasm in your amusing post I feel compelled to opine thus:
The highly trained individuals to whom you refer would (rightly) have zero respect for us if we took them, or any other highly trained individuals, at their word. This is a logical fallacy called "accepting the argument from authority."
It has been my privilege to meet many top-flight scientists and my feeling is they would be more impressed with even our ill-informed attempts to debunk their approach than the unthinking 'scientists say...' acceptance of the other lay media where their results will be reported.
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