Re: not appropriate, reg
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"Mine started nagging at the alter" -- AC.
Nice; I wish I had an alter for SWIMBO to nag.
BTW, wasn't it Benny Hill who said (maybe in a song, IIRC?) that the bride thinks "Aisle altar hymn"
"Bankers Rounding dictates that you round to the nearest even number" -- Ken Moorhouse
Pretty sure that's not quite right ... 2.9 does not get rounded to 2, surely? I think you only round to the nearest even when you are at exactly 0.5, i.e. 2.5 is 2 and so is 1.5. My maths is rusty but I think that means that you can never use the rule when rounding a irrational number.
Love the pie approximation idea, that is utterly brilliant (although the corollary is that the interval in which you can eat an actual pie is infinitesimally short).
The Yank-bashing in this thread is just a bit of light-hearted nerdy banter, which - in this case - is richly deserved. First line of www.piday.org says: "Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world"
Get them to change that to in the USA and Belize and you might have a point :-)
Seriously, tho[ugh], American nerds should campaign for that date format to be abolished, just as European nerds should for DD/MM/YYYY: these formats are effectively ambiguous for 36.2% of the time!
Bye Bye Miss American Pi,
We'll celebrate ours in the last half of July
22 over 7 is 3.1429
And we all know the slash as the division sign
So July 22nd is the new date and that's that
Because we all hate the dumb USA date format.
"you can't route a message if the address isn't in the clear"
but you can post it on a forum...
"a highly skilled medical Consultant is a "Mr" AC
Actually it's about surgery --- e.g. a senior psychiatric consultant is a Dr, a neurosurgeon a Mr, regardless of the other qualifications of each.
If you want to do something new, how about a completely water and dustproof device with no sockets at all? Massive bonus if you can autoclave it. Ok that's a bit of a challenge, but surely there's a a moderately big vertical market out there for sterilizable, hygenic computing devices?
And in design terms, sockets are ugly: almost as ugly as dust on the inside of the screen and the bill when you get your device a tiny bit damp. So, put the sockets and all the other cobblers on the wireless charging device, and it you get a full-fat docking station and a hermetically sealed device.
"...how does "false sense of security" sound to you?"
I know what one is, but
1) El Reg have never said that's their reason --- they've never given any good reason. It can't be cash: the commentards would buy them a decent cert and some more capable webservers if they created a fund.
2) If your benchmark for security is "impenetrable", apart from some esoteric quantum techniques you're probably out of luck. Any determined criminal can get into my house, but do I count locking my door as a 'false sense of security'?
"you just submitted this comment over unencrypted HTTP"
yep, and El Reg have never provided a satisfactory reason for never providing https:// --- looks deliberate to me.
The shipped credentials on mine were
Yeah, I'm speechless too
I've said it before so sorry if I'm boring people, and I haven't yet tested it myself, but I am pretty sure that, in the UK, SoGA (The Sale of Goods Act) should enable you to get your money back. It would be moderately easy to argue that a basic level of cybersecurity is a realistic expectation regarding being "fit for purpose" -- certainly the consumer would be entitled to compensation had they purchased a door lock with analogous defects.
Of course, the level of security one can reasonably expect depends on other factors ... nobody expects a cheap lock from a DIY store to be match expensive high security locks. But even very cheap items must be fit for purpose, and as many of these routers come with explicit claims about security or "firewall" functionality, I think they'd find it pretty hard to defend their case.
Who's going to try it?
beast666: "My Renault Scenic outputs 90Kw."
IANALE (I am not a laser expert) but I think you might need to put in a tad more than 90kW in order to get 30kW out :-)
You can definitely get a crema from an Aeropress. Use *plenty* of espresso ground high roast coffee (Lavazza will do), pour a little cold water on the grounds to make a paste, then fill. It's takes some bloody weight to press it, but you'll get a crema.
"French press is dumb; ruins perfectly good coffee. You have two choices - some sort of modern espresso machine or the proper Italian stove-top deals."
I agree --- well I did until I bought an Aeropress.
Somebody once told me, on a dark post pub evening, that they had led their local nimby-masts-cause-cancer campaign to successfully have a proposed discrete village mast banned.
I asked them if they could see the street light down the road. They said of course, and when they looked back at me I shone my torch in their face. They were pretty annoyed about that; but I've never bettered it as a practical demo of the inverse square rule.
I think he's getting his Dimms and Simms confused with his Dims and Sims.
"how to fix it will be very controversial: do you ban certain types of software, can you force a "data security" warning on certain software like the warnings on cigarettes?" -- Anonymous Blowhard
Not sure it will be that controversial; as I'm pretty sure that *certain* types of software are already doing something that is pretty much illegal. This is *exactly* what consumer protection legislation is for: you are assured a minimum standard of electrical safety when you buy your laptop and you should similarly be assured of a minimum standard of cybersecurity.
I wonder if you could actually use the UK Sale of Goods Act to claim that such a computer was not 'fit for purpose' given that the purposes the customer reasonably expected included being able to make secure online transactions?
"three patents related to iTunes, specifically regarding the accessing and storing downloaded songs, videos and games"
I'm guessing that's the patent on storing them somewhere and accessing them somehow?
I still can't understand why this isn't passing off. IANALBIPOOTI and I believe that Reckitt & Colman Products Ltd v Borden Inc established that there are three criteria: the trader enjoys some goodwill; there is some misrepresentation by a third party; and the trader suffers damage to the aforementioned goodwill.
OK, so HSBC has some goodwill. Yes they launder drug money; help people evade taxes and charge you a fortune for incurring a small overdraft. But nevertheless, you trust them not to hand over your account to a third party for them to do as they will.
When you https:// to hsbc.co.uk, you are using their goods and services, to wit, their online banking facility. Part of that service is your assurance that you are connected to HSBC before you start typing the sort of stuff you really want to remain private. When you see the padlock in the address bar, you believe that you have a connection to an entity whose identity is assured by another entity that can be trusted to assure that identity. Any software that presents you with an MITM certificate for hsbc.co.uk signed by one of these dodgy outfits who have installed a bogus (yes I really think that's the word) root cert is surely passing off their own certificate as the certificate which has been presented to you by the organisation you think you are connected to?
I've never understood why an author would need a word processor to write a book. The content producer should write it in plain text, and the publisher should mark it up. The only real reason to use Word is in the circumstances where you are responsible for the final presentation style yourself. I'm sure there are other functions on top of a plain text-editor that would be useful to an author (dictionary, change tracking) but I'm pretty sure that formatting and style is completely surplus to requirements.
The problem starts to become apparent in business when you are producing client-facing documents which have a strict style set by your marketing department. Theoretically, it is possible to take the style they have painstakingly (but often inexpertly) created, and fill it with content which will automatically take the corporate style. In practice, however, I have found this very hard to achieve.
"Unfortunately, in this situation a vulnerability was introduced unintentionally by a third party"
Errr ... no. That vulnerability is the entire purpose of the software produced by that third party ... and you were paid by that third party for including that software.
If you think upgrading software or hardware is expensive, wait till you try to upgrade your wife.
Indeed. Best case for decent eyesight is about 1 arcminute. At 3m from the screen (you won't be much nearer a TV, even in a cramped British living room) that is around 0.9mm per pixel, or a 1080 screen around a metre high. At an aspect ratio of 16:9, that is a diagonal of 1.9m.
So you need a TV with a minimum 75" screen to see pixels at 1080 / 16:9 / 3m viewing distance. In fact, I watch a 720 picture on a 100" diagonal on a projector that (2nd hand) cost less than 100 quid from eBay and I can't see the pixels when I'm watching my rPi playing TV (although I can make them out on the OpenElec screen when I'm choosing files).
Contrast ratio, colour gamut and frame rate are all far more important for image quality. The only reason to welcome 4K resolution is for computer displays.
"Reading DNA pair-for-pair quickly is pretty advanced stuff y'know.."
I do know (was a biologist before reincarnation as an IT guy) -- but surely any sufficiently advanced civilization will be able to read DNA. A couple of decades technology setback would stop you reading it, I agree --- but a couple more decades of technology advance will let you read it again.
The real challenge is self a self describing code. It's easy to store stuff in binary form that proves intelligence and knowledge - binary encodings of pi, e, the Fibonacci sequence etc would be recognised by any sufficiently advanced intelligence, however alien. But how do you (or even can you) embed some kind of Rosetta Stone that bridges the gap between this material and the advanced content?
"It could duplicate itself - that's kind of its raison d'etre..." -- Warm Braw
No, it really can't :-) and it really isn't.
.With appropriate checksumming / redundancy, you could always duplicate the DNA before sequencing it. The truly great thing about DNA though, is that we'll always know how to read it!
"It seems to me there's a secret, well-rehearsed magic script that security gnomes read to politicians (or more likely instruct them to follow) when they first get into government that scares the shit out of them and which simply puts the kibosh on any genuine well-intentioned plans." -- RobHib
"I've often wondered about that myself so you could well be onto something." -- AbelSoul
Isn't it quite simple? "We know everything you've ever said, done, seen, searched for on the Internet. Do what we say and we'll get along fine. Cross us, and we'll ruin you for ever"
"A public key is the product of two large primes" - Flocke Kroes.
It's not usually as simple as that; and if you are thinking of the RSA cryptosystem the public key is an exponent and a modulus, whilst the private key is another exponent (and the same modulus).
I may be missing something here but ... when you ssh to a router, you check the public key is the one that you expect, then you store it. So, the small problem is that, as they all have the same public key, you could mistakenly recognise another router for your own. But the big problem is that they all have the same private key, as you said. So if you go and buy a router at the shop, and extract its private key, you now have the private key for tens of thousands of routers, rather than just for the router you have purchased.
... that Lego is design anathema ... and all modular systems of any kind whatsoever?
Come on, we're nearly there ...
... (IS2R Kevlar would be strong enough to build one on Mars, but not quite good enough for Earth).
"And I still hear women discussing potential dates as a "good catch" listing good salary, own house, impressive car etc., as key points." --- Zog_but_not_the_first
Presumably you haven't heard what 'key points' men discuss about female potential dates?
I agree with everything you are all saying, but I was really contesting the perspective of the article which seemed to me to be epitomized by this:
"In fact, they are suggesting that the CF-54 is the first semi-rugged laptop you may just want to splash out for, even if you are just a regular consumer. Albeit one with deep pockets."
"Still, at least you’ll be getting a laptop that you can safely let the kids loose on from time to time and even pass it on to them when the time comes"
"Probably the most useful feature to the man in the street is the swappable DVD drive and battery"
So 'ouch' was a little dumb for a post title, because it looks like I'm saying there's no need for anyone to buy devices like this. But there's no way I'd buy something like this without having very specific requirements, and I didn't think that was really reflected in the write up. Possibly the reviewer was disadvantaged by the sales people being averse to allowing testing of many of the claims regarding impact, drop, and spillage - if Panasonic are as confident as they should be, this reluctance doesn't put the product in the best possible light.
That sort of money buys half a dozen refurb 16GB i7 Thinkpads T410/T420s with SSDs.
If you have to work in truly adverse conditions, something like this could well be worth it. But for nearly all other situations, having a more expendable device; a couple of spares; and keeping nearly a grand saved up in the bank would seem to be preferable.
"Most pathogens are species specific" -- Brewster's Angle Grinder
True, but some organisms can transfer genetic material even between kingdoms (e.g. Agrobacterium tumefaciens). And pathogen is as pathogen does: the symbionts or commensals you mention would, if they harmed us, also be pathogens :-)
Extrapolating from our own society (I realize it's a sample of one, but it is also currently the entire known population) any visitors would be, at least initially, wide-eyed enthusiastic researchers rather than a full-on military invasion force. They'll probably end up obliterating us by accident, by bringing native pathogens with them (a sort of reverse War of the Worlds).
"...even then your house might get hit by an airplane which drops out of the sky due to an autopilot software glitch" --- joeW
I always turn the landing light off, just to be sure.
"A driver faced with a child walking out from between two parked cars will subjectively "do their best" to avoid a collision. Whatever the outcome."
I think the computer will do the same, only better and faster. The passenger is in a metal box with a seat belt, and airbag and a crumple zone. The driverless car is also likely to be tootling through the town slower than the wetware. In the end, hitting a child who has stepped out between parked cars is always the drivers fault - you were going too fast for the conditions.
The instinctive response of a human is often to swerve into oncoming traffic --- the very worst avoidance strategy, whereas immediate maximum straight line braking is much easier for a robot.
"But seriously, driverless cars will allow people to be more sociable in more rural areas." --- Dave 126
Interesting, perhaps the highest tech we have will save our country pub?
African --- aren't we all?
Just reading your comment had me laughing as I remembered the incident of the comic song.
We could do with some words superimposed on our flag, even if it is just THIS WAY UP. Bloody annoys me when I see it upside down, not quite sure why (probably growing up in the bosom of the British Army of the Rhine). Or just stick that Welsh Dragon on it, that'd make it a bit more obvious, as well as giving them a proper place on the flag. But, for goodness sake, keep those responsible for the London 2012 logo WELL AWAY.
... these things will be shipped with data SIMs eventually, so even if you forbid WiFi they'll be looking for a way to get onto the network.
A double? I see yours is a LARGE ONE!