1331 posts • joined 14 Nov 2007
Wouldn't it be better if solar panels were ...
... less shiny?
That turned down $3bn ...
... is fading into the distance.
Honest answer ...
I don't know, because I don't know if you consider me one of the drooling masses :-)
I live four miles outside Stratford-upon-Avon. Driving into 'town' (and parking) costs more than having most items delivered to the house next day, even if I valued my time at 0/hr (which I don't). I work mainly from home so delivery is not a problem and even when I am out during working hours I have completely trustworthy neighbours (and live in a place where all but the highest value items can be safely left outside the house anyway).
Online retail in the UK often undercuts retail prices very significantly, which is another factor: I bought three 1m HDMI leads through Amazon for less than the price of a single one from our local consumer electronics outlet. Outside big cities, local retailers have limited stock - I can buy e-cigarette liquid locally, but not the brand my wife uses.
Being in the UK, I have a lot of additional rights when I buy online, the key one is the ability to return items uncontested if I change my mind for any reason. I don't worry too much about ID theft, having taken a few basic precautions, and if the worst came to the worst I'm not worth that much anyway.
I suspect a lot of people find themselves in the same circumstances; does that answer your question?
Edit: I do, however, support my local shop and non-chain and small-chain local businesses.
DAB vs 3G
I have tried DAB in the car, it's horrible. FM has become pretty bad too - I can't help feeling an earlier post suggesting they've powered down some FM stations must be correct.
The big surprise is that a phone on '3' on an all-you-can-eat data plan gives more continuous coverage than DAB - and sounds much better too, not to mention having almost infinitely more choice - even before you count the replay services such as iPlayer radio.
Re: Hard-learned lesson
I always install some kind of remote desktop on computers belonging to friends and family the very first time they ask for help. Principally because the 'non-technical' seem to think it's ok to revert to utterly helpless mode when they ask for assistance. People who correctly realise that phoning their garage to tell them "my car doesn't work" would be ridiculously vague still seem to think that's all they need to tell you about a PC, tablet, etc.
Re: Fuck Off!
Live DVD as an ISO image, VM with no disk device boots from that. Open the browser, snapshot the VM.
Everytime you want to browse, run the snapshot.
Re: 350 squid, lol
Not sure it would be that easy. From what I've heard of this screen you'd need to spend 150 to equal it, and 20 to get reasonable speakers. That leaves you 159 for your (presumably linux) PC.
Even if you could beat it, you'd end up with the standard ugly box, kb, mouse and screen. I think HP have hit a real sweet spot with this price.
Re: A fine line between Vision and Arrogance
" There are principles of User Interface discoverability which TIFKAM drives a horse & cart through."
Absolutely. I know fine that the charms menu slides in from the middle right when I go to the top right or bottom right corners, but i still find myself putting the mouse in the middle of the right hand edge momentarily, before remembering that its origin is not its trigger.
Doesn't using click-and-collect immediately divest one of ones rights under the Distance Selling Regulations?
If I buy something online I can return it if I don't like it. I cannot be charged a 're-stocking fee' regardless of the T&Cs of the seller. The return cannot be refused because it has been 'used' or 'is not in its original packaging', despite the efforts of many big corporates to hide these rights from their customers.
But I think actually going to collect it from the shop counts as buying in the shop, albeit with online 'reservation' and the DSRs no longer apply. Or do they only cease if you *pay* in the shop, whereas you are covered if you pay online and just collect the goods from the shop? Any lawyers able to comment?
Re: Not the same as the real thing
Actually there are cig-type e-cigs that *are* quite good, although they are more expensive. My wife is happy with V2s for smoking outdoors and a tank-type thing for smoking at home. She is a previously moderate-to-heavy smoker who hasn't smoked cigs since her brain told her to stop in Feb 2010 (by having a stroke).
Re: How long did he do it?
"... something like 20 minutes for lunch with 10 of them taken up by going through security to get to somewhere..."
This is probably the only really unfair thing here. Company security needs to be done on company time. But as for the walking - plenty of people do that - binmen for example. In fact, I'd love to have a non-sedentary job, but the pay tends to suck.
if i weren't broke...
I would register featheredbuttocks.com and put a link to this marvellous rant.
"Man, if I ever saw encrypted info leaving my network from one of my appliances, it would be hammer time for certain. And not just on the TV, if I ever found any of the devs..."
Make sure they give you the names of the managers and execs responsible first ...
Re: Opening attachments
Much better expressed than my earlier ramble. It is simply not acceptable to say to people that they should not open attachments. If it were, it would be perfectly acceptable to configure the destination mail server to reject any mail with attachments. The business would put up with that for exactly 1 second before screaming to IT to change it back.
Re: To be fair ...
Sorry Keith, you're right - for Cryptolocker the documented cases are executables. It should certainly not be possible to one-click an executable from an email and have it run. In this case it is not a helper application but the email client itself which is at fault. However, I think my point - in general - still holds. One SHOULD be able to open non-executable attachments in emails, that really are PDFs, JPEGs etc, with no other risk than the content not displaying, or the user not really liking the content that is displayed - and absolutely without the risk that one's machine will be compromised.
The advice that attachments should never be opened unless you know what they contain is logically meaningless as I have already said; the advice that you should not open them unless you are expecting them gives a false sense of security when you *are* expecting an attachment; and the advice that you check the identity of the sender is (in the absence of a digital signature) is meaningless. And even if one were sure about the originator, who is to say the originator is not compromised?
So I'm sticking to my guns about helper applications, but accept that in this case I'm off topic. However, Many thanks for the heads-up about mapped drives - that is an important point.
To be fair ...
... the advice about not opening attachments is not helpful. Sometimes there's nothing in the email but the attachment and sender addresses can be spoofed, so unless you have a policy that all incoming email has to be digitally signed (in which case no unsigned mail should never be delivered to the user, so they can't open it anyway) you are, at some stage, going to have to open attachments. I mean, honestly, who can say with a straight face that you shouldn't open attachments unless you are sure of their contents? If you are sure of their contents you don't need to open them at all!
The problem is in the helper applications. Adobe's PDF Reader is a particular culprit. There is no way that viewing any kind of document should EVER allow any executable code to run without further explicit confirmation from the user. We are far too lenient about applications that allow remote execution exploits.
Like Tie Rack ...
... I thought it had gone away years ago.
Re: @John H Woods - economics in two pages never really works
Dear AC 04:21,
It is impossible to answer your question, if indeed you really seek an answer, without understanding the distinction you intend to convey by quoting "education" in that manner.
I am naturally aware, as are many people, that there is a risk that at least some medical journals may effectively operate as the part of the marketing departments of Big Pharma (Smith, 2005; Spurling et al., 2011; Handel et al., 2012).
Presumably we could agree that the ability to read and understand cogent arguments (i.e. that some journal articles should be taken with varying sizes of pinches of salt) and come to our own conclusions about them is a product of (perhaps a certain kind of) education. As, I would suggest, is the ability to go beyond feelings such as "there's no smoke without fire; it's obviously a conspiracy" and consider the evidence directly -- in this case that the benefits of MMR massively outweigh its risk.
A recent example: there was outrage a few weeks ago from some politicians that approximately £700 of the cost of an NHS childbirth was insurance premium. This was repeated ad nauseam by the journalists, and many people relayed this "news" to me (I have worked on projects for Insurance Companies, and the NHS) as if it were shocking. When I asked them what was shocking, that the risk of an accident necessitating life-long support of the child might be "as high" as a few cases in 100,000 or that the cost of that life-long support might be "as much" as a few £million, these people looked at me as if I were a special kind of idiot - of course those figures are perfectly reasonable. But, nevertheless, wasn't it shocking that insuring against this risk cost several hundred pounds?
This is what I mean by lack of education being the opposite of a public good. The politicians expressing the outrage are either uneducated themselves, or are exploiting a lack of public education to promote a political agenda. The journalists repeating it are either uneducated themselves, or are exploiting a lack of public education to report a good story. The people repeating it to me as if it were amazing are mostly intelligent people who have unfortunately missed that part of their education that would have empowered them to think critically about what is presented to them and to realize that it is not really all that amazing. In fact, I think it is mainly lack of empowerment (i.e. self confidence to apply their own intelligence and reach their own conclusions) rather than ability. Nevertheless, I did not see a single politician or pundit on the TV, Radio or in print putting forward the point of view that the insurance premium is pretty much the right order of magnitude for the insured risk. I'm sure some did, but it would certainly not have attracted the same attention.
Now that little storm in a teacup subsided without apparent harm, apart from wasting everybody's time. But it is the same sort of thing preventing us from using more nuclear power, even though the radiological risks are lower than those of fossil fuels; causing children to die of preventable illnesses, even though the risks of preventative vaccination are tiny in comparison; and numerous other public policy problems.
Handel et al., 2012 BMJ 2012;344:e4212
Smith R., 2005 Medical Journals Are an Extension of the Marketing Arm of Pharmaceutical Companies. PLoS Med 2(5)
Spurling et al., 2011, The Lancet, 378
Re: economics in two pages never really works
"The whole sorry tale of MMR and the triple vaccine is an example of what happens ... WHEN MEDICAL FRAUDS SUCH AS ANDREW WAKEFIELD PUBLISH BOLLOCKS." The very fact MMR take-up is still depressed actually supports the inverse of the hypothesis that education is a public good; i.e. that lack of education negatively impacts a society.
Re: Can we stop ...
I suppose some journo must have seen C2012/S1 (ISON) written down and thought the contents of the brackets was the unofficial name rather than the source of the designation.
Can we stop ...
... calling it Comet ISON? It's a bit like calling something Comet NASA. I'm pretty sure the International Scientific Optical Network is going to spot another one one day. Let's have a new media-friendly name for C2012/S1 or Nevski–Novichonok please --- I suggest maybe "Nev-Nov", which is even more appropriate given the month of its perihelion.
Re: Shows how stupid it is having one indicator that covers all possible failures
Agreed, power-on BIOS beeps can be surprisingly informative
0.4%, not 4%. so 4000 units.
MattEvansC3: "Also that 0.4% failure rate could be higher as there will be a significant number of PS4s that won't be opened until Christmas day."
You might want to refresh that bit about sample sizes from Statistics 101. Even if 90% of those million PS4s are under the tree, the sample size tested would be 100k units, with 400 failures. Even that that gives you high confidence that the failure rate of the full 1M units will be 0.4% to 1 significant figure. (My maths is a bit rusty but I make the 99% confidence interval 0.351 to 0.449).
Natural language ...
Person: Go to the shops, get me a carton of milk. And if there are any avocados, get me five.
Robot: They did have avocados. Here are your six cartons of milk.
re: bum him
I'm sure I'm not the only person who suspects the homophobia stems from the usual place -- repressed homosexuality.
Ob. Chuck Norris Joke:
The FORCE feels Chuck Norris
Re: It might be classic lit, but....
Northanger Abbey should be the one to start the kids on. Short, sarcastic and funny, with a little bit of suspense for good measure. I can't resist quoting, so apologies, but on discussing how a young lady might bashfully put aside a novel they had been reading ...
Now, had the same young lady been engaged with a volume of the Spectator . . . how proudly would she have produced the book, and told its name; though the chances must be against her being occupied by any part of that voluminous publication, of which either the matter or the manner would not disgust a young person of taste: the substance of its papers so often consisting in the statement of improbable circumstances, unnatural characters, and topics of conversation, which no longer concern any one living; and their language, too, frequently so coarse as to give no very favourable idea of the age that could endure it.
Click the padlock icon to see the certificate, there's normally an 'advanced' or 'more information' button that will show you additional details - these should include the encryption mechanism. My https to Google yields:
TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_SHA, 128 bit keys
Re: Rebuild times
Aaron Miller: "All RAID is not RAID-5"
Agreed -- and RAID-5 has been silly for a decade. eg http://www.baarf.com/
... nobody needs this technology any more. Just take as many overlapping pictures as you can with a high quality camera and let something like Hugin do the rest.
Just showing my wife ...
... because my company car is up for renewal soon. But she just says it looks too much like the taxi in Total Recall ...
Might this approach give one more confidence there aren't backdoors in one's network kit?
Re: Decisions decisions.
Wouldn't shorting them create a fire risk?
Rob, do you have supplier and instruction recommendations? Just about to start on the same job myself.
Twitter - a news feed for people who can't grok RSS
Re: Ditch the aluminium
I think "frank ly" might have been referring to Star Trek IV.
Do you remember ...
... when PlayStation Home first launched? It had weird censorship - "Hello" became "****o" and "Indian" was not allowed at all!
I am delighted.
I am a 'green' - not a tree hugging, knit-your-own-yoghurt, anti-progress green - but I think we should take a science-based, damage-limiting approach to our sustainability challenges.
The Fukushima Nuclear Success shows that even old technology, subject to horrendous environmental challenges, is safer than burning fossil fuels. We need a lot more nukes. Just a shame that we in the UK seem to have to borrow money from the Chinese to pay the French to build (just) one new plant.
Of course we should continue to research renewables. But if we're all going to be driving electric vehicles soon, we are going to need a lot more capacity. Maybe start now, instead of a power policy based almost 100% on nimbyism, whose medium term consequences will be loss of power and whose long term consequences will be the hurried last-minute assembly of suboptimal, and almost certainly less-sustainable, generation capacity.
... and the other reason shipping containers are such a useful architectural resource in the states is that the USA doesn't manufacture enough stuff to return the containers that arrive - and it isn't economical to ship them back empty.
"A good Smalltalk method probably only has one comment, which describes what the method does. Everything else should be pretty understandable from reading the code. If it isn't, that's usually the fault of the coders (the reader, the writer or both) rather than the language. Any method big enough to need inline comments is usually too big to be a single method, and should be a considered a candidate for refactoring."
Re: And some sour grapes too.
... as these incidents were caught on CCTV, the perps have already been apprehended?
Outgoing mail filter idea...
... how about diverting all outbound mail that contains, either directly or in an attachment, more than N historical dates, postcodes or NI numbers to another department for checking before sending.
It would be a start. I'm sure we can come up with a regex ...
- 'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*
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- Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia