232 posts • joined 12 Jan 2009
Re: Don't often find myself praising the BBC
It's getting there. There was the case of a girl being abducted (not exactly against her will, to be fair, but she was under age and hence not officially able to provide consent) by her teacher. For about a week, her name was all across the news. Not very long after, it was considered contempt of court to mention her name, despite it being readily available on various new websites.
I put it down to problems getting a solid signal at speed and the fact you're in a big metal tube which isn't particularly condusive to good radio signals. Add in the fact that many rail lines are flanked by embankments and it's little wonder you struggle to get a decent reception. I know my recent train journeys were a nightmare for getting 3g on vodafone.
"We have more to learn"
Cynical translation: "Give us more funding!"
Re: Your shortcut gems?
Mr Dabbs gets an upvote for giving me a giggle :)
As for favourite shortcuts, I use a lot of the Windows ones:
Windows key+L - lock screen
Windows key+M - minimise all windows (aka show desktop)
Windows key+E - start explorer
Windows key+R - open "run command" box
For plain text, I still find my quickest editing is done with vi. My theory is that vi commands were designed to be brutally efficient over a slow link (RS232 or 400 baud modem) and as a side effect, you can do a LOT with minimal keypresses (e.g. 5dd to delete 5 lines - try doing that as quickly in Word or Notepad). It also helps that your fingers don't have to leave the keyboard, vs a GUI where you're constantly switching hands from keyboard to mouse. Of course, I learned touch typing on Amstrad 8256 & 9512 machines, which always helps typing. Very glad I did that all those years ago, even if I was very much in the minority in the class as a boy.
I don't think there's a significant "improvement" on the tech, just better marketing of it and, possibly more significantly, improved trust level. Regardless of your views on Google, the iPhone platform is more locked down and hence more likely to be trusted by banks & retailers.
For divers, there are already dive computers to control depth, air pressure and ascent rates, normally worn on the wrist.
That last part is the core; there is currently nothing to usurp PGP which is widespread in use already. Any replacement would have to offer something substantial over the current implementation and simply saying "more secure" isn't going to sway anyone other than the security paranoid. Any replacement has to be at least as simple to use as PGP, or users will simply not bother with it.
And finally, the kicker - until it gets sufficient momentum, people will stick to the incumbent (PGP). There's no point having an uber-secure way of sending mail if no-one you send mail to can read it...
Re: Giant Gofers
Sinkhole was my first thought, but that doesn't account for the debris round the hole. The idea of some trapped gas underground exploding makes more sense, it would explain the debris round the hole and its depth.
Certainly it doesn't look like a normal impact crater, it's too deep for that.
Re: Smells like copy-protections
Is paying per core really such a bad thing? It opens up a good capacity on demand model which will suit some customers down to the ground. If you want all the capacity, you just pay for it.
As for shutting off cores when behind on licensing, that would require them to have privileged access on the system in question. If you trust your vendors with that, you probably should keep up to date on your license fees/support costs!
Being less paranoid, it seems to be all about being able to squeeze higher clock speeds out of the chips dynamically for single threaded workloads. Given that clock speeds on Intel have stuck at about 2.5GHz-3.5GHz for several years, anything which can push that single threaded workload through faster has to be a good thing for end users.
Mine was the speccy version, with about 4 levels loaded before you had to load more from tape... Favourite for me was the wizard; top notch ranged combat, top notch magic and survivable if you played it smart and didn't let the bad guys get near.
Gauntlet Dark Legacy was also fun on the PS2 - played it a lot while laid up with a broken ankle :)
That should have been obvious to a smart coder - you never trust anything a client tells you, even if it's from an app you supply because someone may fiddle with it (either like this or as a MITM). This was obvious to me 15 years ago when the internet wasn't as scary a place as it is now; I remember a discussion about how client side checking on the WWW was great because it saved your web server CPU cycles before I pointed out the flaw. Quite how Paypal can let this slip through I can't fathom...
Re: It is what it is ...
@nematoad - yes, invitation to treat (or US equivalent) is one thing, but if you use that argument, it's a classic "bait & switch" trades description issue.
Re: Marketing bollocks
Yeah, quite - what's it doing new that Flickr doesn't? Note there may well be some fantastic features, but the marketing blurb doesn't tell me what they might be...
Re: Shark Jumped!
Seems to be actually mean child grooming for dummies
I'm not sure that banning them is right as it's verging on legislating "thought crimes", although I can see the reasoning for it. There's certainly a case for having some of that information to safeguard children ("Spotting child grooming for dummies?").
While I appreciate the potential risks & repercussions such actions invoke, there are probably people convicted of manslaughter with a shorter prison term. It does seem to be an excessive punishment for the actions...
Re: Platters as mug mats
I use a couple as mirrors for when I'm camping. They work very well for that.
Re: Head Scratcher, this one is...
"Are people really that stupid????"
Yes. Next question?
So how does this work on leap years? Does this give borrowers a way to get out of paying interest on leap years?
Re: I'd guess none
Not entirely - they're "shipping" GPL'd code which means a customer has the right to request the source code for everything. Now, it's entirely plausible the entire code stack is stock Ubuntu etc and they can just supply that, but they still have to pass it on if requested.
Re: mac book air screen
the extra weight of screws cant be that much, the extra size of the device (a mm or something?) wouldnt be such an issue would it?
It would be enough. See the Reg's Z1 review which states "it weighs 25g more and is 3mm taller, 6.5mm broader and 2mm thicker." If the iPhone used screws and wasn't glued together, it would probably take up a chunk of those size differences.
I have sympathy for the manufacturers - they're being challenged to make devices smaller, thinner, prettier, more resilient to dust etc and still being pushed to make them repairable. The goals are (mostly) mutually exclusive.
Deliberately making something unrepairable when there isn't a valid design reason is just being a jerk, though.
Re: What if it was ditched and sunk intact?
As has been pointed out, you can land on water, but the vast majority of water landings are catastrophic. The Hudson landing was on relatively flat river water, a sea based landing would be harder.
In any case, sinking an entire plane would be difficult. Many parts of the plane will float as they escape/break off and unless the passengers were restrained, you'd expect some of them to have remembered their life jackets.
Still, the Indian ocean is huge and finding debris would be difficult without some kind of way of narrowing down the search area.
My guess is someone knows something they're not telling - the Malaysian radar info was released very late after the event, I'm guessing something else will come out sometime.
I still have a guitar amp I bought from Maplins catalogue about 1990. Still works fine :)
"Only the true inventor of Bitcoin would deny his divinity!"
"Why not just use a Silent Circle app on our current, cheaper phones?"
Because all it takes is one rogue app installed on your current phone to bypass the security. Remember this is using a locked down Android OS, not your stock OS so it should be more secure than your current phone.
Re: does it matter?
"If we carry on burning hydrocarbons as we are we are going to run out before my Grandaughter retires."
This. Regardless of whether you believe the climate is changing or if any change is man made, making a scarce resource last a bit longer should be reason enough to minimise our usage of fossil fuels. When we add in the pollution & health impacts, it should make it a no-brainer.
From the Wikipedia article:
"Over-the-top messaging refers to a similar idea, where a third party provides instant messaging services as an alternative to text messaging services provided by a mobile network operator."
Sounds like an exact match for WhatsApp.
Search Google for OTT. First hit. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Over-the-top_content
Re: So performance mode is unreliable somehow...
Bit errors are presumably seen as not allowed, otherwise it's a pointless technology. What's more likely is that RAM transactions have unreliable timings; i.e. it might take longer one time than another which would be the bane of anything latency critical (high frequency trading was mentioned, anything realtime would likewise be affected).
Re: "what hope do the non-technical and the uninitiated have to find out the truth?"
"Shouldn't they be asking the technical and initiated as to which is the best solution to get?" - yes, but how many PHBs out there trust their techies over a shiny brochure and pushy sales droids who take them for a free lunch? There are too many non-techie managers who sign off on a purchase without checking with their IT department who are then expected to make whatever's been bought work.
No, for one very good reason...
We (the consumers) need to have some kind of competition in the phone operating systems. If Apple did the unthinkable and adopted Android, it would remove competition from the market and leave competition essentially between Google & MS with Blackberry a distant 3rd.
For reference, I prefer Android and use that, but I wouldn't want it to become too dominant in the market for the reasons above.
Re: Sorry... am I reading that right?
Quite, although it also reminded me of the joke (which is also somewhat appropriate, given the discussion material):
"In a survey on men's taste in womens' legs, 11% said they preferred skinny legs, 6% said they preferred fat legs and 83% said they preferred something in between."
Re: Promise the world
For £6k, you should have done a small claims court action.
Re: lack of evidence
There are various options here:
- prosecutors screwed up & didn't present the evidence
- It wasn't recorded correctly (e.g. the cop was only following and took speed from car speedo)
- defence found a technicality to render presented evidence invalid
Not quite, read the article: "deny allegations made in a Der Spiegel article published last month that the NSA had installed back doors in kit made by Huawei"
i.e. there are reports that the NSA had managed to backdoor Huawei kit which is fairly plausible, given what else they're purported to have done.
This is a different allegation to previously which is that Huawei kit wasn't safe in the US because it had Chinese state sponsored backdoors installed. The irony of USA complaining of state-sponsored backdoors in light of the Snowden revelations isn't missed, though.
"it looks like you're trying to setup inter site replication"
Just what we need - Clippy on steroids....
Re: Feminists are irritating
In a similar vein (including Sarcasm):
"Women can be sexist too. It's just that men, as in most cases, are better at it."
Re: It's only a matter of time.
"If only email addresses were portable in the same way mobile phone numbers are. Something to do with DNS queries?"
Your own domain name fixes that problem. Get domain name, cheap mail hosting and use GMail's ability to slurp mail via POP3 to get it into GMail. I can now access my mail from mobile, web browser and even IMAP on my desktop.
I used to run my own mail server on a home server, but after issues getting that working on my Qnap NAS, I moved to Gmail, haven't regretted it since. If Gmail started being an issue (e.g. privacy concerns), I can move to another provider quickly without changing email address.
Re: Not too bright ?
Simple - people usually carry a phone on them, but rarely a torch. If you need a torch at short notice, it's usually easier to grab the phone and use it vs finding a real torch.
Re: What's good for the goose....
You're right about the copyright. There is a lot of copyright held in RHEL and Linux. Thing is, the license to use said copyrighted code allow Oracle to do what it's doing, that's the cost/benefit of the GPL.
Re: Message to mobile operators
Can't see it working for various reasons. The cult of Apple means that people will move to another provider if it means they get the latest shiny. Secondly, the negotiations with Apple are almost certainly tied up in reams of NDA so the most you'd be allowed to say is that you didn't have a deal with Apple to sell their products.
It would take a majority of carriers to do this for it to have any effect and even then, I'm not convinced. O2 had a monopoly on the original iPhone in the UK and people still bought them. Heck, I considered going back to O2 on that basis at the time, even though I'd found reception to be crap.
Re: The "Cloud"
Because, of course, internal systems never, ever fail, do they? Provided your cloud solution is as reliable as an internal system, there's no issues. Just because all companies now have their outages at the same time, it becomes public knowledge and more widespread.
Nice sales pitch at the end...
"Everyone on the internet ... should now be monitoring the global routing of their advertised IP prefixes"
With the subtext of "which we'll be happy to provide. For a fee, of course..."
Re: @ Rampant Spaniel (was: I use VI! ;-))
Technically, ed is the default Unix text editor (try unset EDITOR; crontab -e), but all major Unix distros have vi installed by default. As a result, most Unix admins default to using vi as the text editor because no matter how bad you might think it is, it's many times better than ed.... Sure, you can install emacs, nano, pico or whatever onto AIX/Solaris/HP-UX, but you'll be SOL when you have to recover a system from CD.
Added to that, for a lot of work, I find vi far more powerful than a standard text editor, mainly due to being able to repeat commands (.) and searches (n/N).
Yup, he's perfectly described my complaints about Windows installers - let's ask questions at 5 points during the install process instead of once at the start and once at the end. For all that people complain about Linux not being user friendly, the majority of Linux installations have been easier than Windows IME...
Quite. If we don't try games like this, we'll just have yet another Gran Turismo or Call of Duty game coming along. Given the cost of making a computer game these days, companies don't generally take risks.
The issue is that trying to make a "movie game" with freedom to mess it up is vastly more complex than railroading the player/viewer, but with practice the games industry might just get there eventually.
Possibility of different buying habits?
If you absolutely have to be seen to have the latest & best gadget, you will rush out and buy the top model. If you're less concerned about that sort of thing, you may be inclined to wait longer and might just pick up the 5C when you get round to it.
That kind of scenario would lead to the 5S selling like mad in the first month or two with a ramp down, but the 5C might just keep ticking along and eventually becoming more popular than the 5S. Of course, the lack in price differential might have had a factor as well, since Apple don't really do "budget phone"...
I'm not convinced. Spun down disks can be pretty bad at not coming back online, simply due to the standard issue of moving parts breaking. You can probably design a more reliable drive with a design aim of stopping/starting many times, but that would probably increase cost and make it less attractive than tape.
RAID or equivalent could make the drive failures less of an issue, but if this is your only copy of the data, you'd want to be very sure you can cope with multiple drives not coming back after being spun down.
It'll likely take someone doing full testing on it and likely some real-world experience of such a solution, but the question is who is willing to trust their data to such a solution?
I'm assuming this is a troll. The top results for searching for "1337" explain the reference perfectly adequately.
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