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Re: Eric Raymond's (in)famous quote
But you didn't, you called his idea stupid, which isn't the same thing.
You'd be amazed at how many people can't see that distinction...
you can't access the site for the purpose of giving your customers something they aren't entitled to themselves:
However, in the case of GPL code, those customers *are* entitled to the updates, and it would void Oracle's right to distribute the software if they try to prevent anyone from getting them...
 I'm ignoring the possibility of a Section 3(a) distribution, because I'm pretty sure Oracle doesn't do that. Not every single time, at least...
Nope. Heart rate detection works on delta detection of the red channel, no need for *infra* red
It's also notoriously sensitive to things like skin temperature (i.e. blood perfusion). So you won't get into the phone at all if you're out in the cold. And $deity only knows what it will do with someone who's a bit flushed after running for the bus...
newer iPhones have IR filtered out as it apparently can mess up pictures.
ISTR a bit of a scandal a few years back, where camcorders were showing people in their underwear on account of being overly-sensitive to IR. AIUI, that has led to IR filters being fitted on most cameras these days.
Re: Sorry, no.
And my fridge would then interface with that app to answer the much more limited question, "How much beer, and of what type(s), is in it right now? Assuming the bottles all contain what they say they do."
So - that would be the fridge not dealing with multiple users, then?
That's where we came in...
Given that our governments seem to think that combating copyright violations is second only to combating 'terrorism'
I think you misjudge the situation, sir...
Re: Sorry, no.
Hardware markers don't get software.
The PHBs that run the department, however, ...
Re: Sorry, no.
Why wouldn't the fridge be able to cope with multiple users?
I take three beers out of the fridge.
How does it know I'm not going to drink all three? All it knows is that three beers are gone; there is no understanding of the purpose of them going.
 I might be having a binge. I might have friends over. I might have only been storing these beers whilst my neighbour's fridge was broken. I might have decided that this beer is awful and I want to throw it away. There are many ways in which data without a realistic model is simply misleading...
Re: rant-like journalism
ADHD isn't something that you "might have, but we can't prove". We absolutely can prove whether or not you have it.
My missus was a teacher in an inner-city school until she retired. A significant proportion of her pupils were diagnoses ADHD.
From this, we can determine at least one of two things :-
- ADHD is a normal part of the human condition
- ADHD is dramatically over-diagnosed.
We should probably ignore the first of these, as it boils down to "ignore it - it doesn't matter". But the latter means either that ADHD isn't easy to diagnose, or that doctors are negligently dismissive about the condition.
I'm hoping that it's not that easy to diagnose...
on a wired LAN usually a multicast is still broadcast over the LAN
That depends on your switch; many modern switches run IGMP snooping, meaning that the switch itself joins the upstream multicast, and transmits it to those downstream ports that have attempted to join.
Re: Follow the money
Digital broadcasting, on the other hand, requires access to proprietary technology. And while the receiving chips may be given away to encourage manufacturers to make (a\nd, therefore, consumers to buy) receivers, you can bet your arse that Fred in the Shed won't be allowed anywhere near the parts required to build a transmitter.
Opendigitalradio seems to have most of the info you'd need...
Re: Broadcast vs. Mobile network.
IP multicast doesn't work in the real life
It could do. But the reach of multicast is actually reducing - e.g. the shutdown of MBone.
And all we're doing about it is to snaffle bandwidth (from TV and radio services) to enable yet more unicast traffic.
Multicast won't work over the open Internet again - not for techincal reasons, but for marketing ones.
I pay £15 a month for unlimited data
How do you rate the chances of that tarriff staying the same if people start using it to stream radio?
Re: Gender parity == hogwash.
An equal opportunity hire, IMO, is an Orwellian term for "incompetent, but we hired her because it looks nice"
I once worked with a girl who had been hired to increase the number of women in the team - and she had been told so.
It left her completely undermined - if ever she tried to advance a point, she was largely ignored, on account of it being common knowledge that she was only there to make up the numbers. And that was dreadful - she was actually a pretty good engineer, and her ideas were often bang on the money.
But her career was blighted by people who thought they needed to fudge the numbers.
 Strictly speaking, it is the knowledge of the reason, rather than the reason itself. But these things leak out...
Re: Rose tinting?
I think you may also be missing another reason Google provides them: it gives them another big juicy titty of free data on which to slurp and gorge themselves.
Not during a DNS amplification attack, it doesn't; the whole point of that is that the addresses are forged...
 There's quite a bit of that going on at the moment - my server was attacked just the other day. It wouldn't surprise me in the slightest to find out that this is what took Google's DNS server down.
Re: prior art?
I have an eVic
Should I be concerned?
Re: It's gotten better.
Eventually I got a Linux-owning friend to explain to me that you fix problems like this by logging in from a remote computer, su root and issuing the command e3fsck -f -b 8193 /dev/hda1. How's that for intuitive?
Just because you got some advice that, at best, is only appropriate for a paricularly unlikely type of breakage, and at worst, is plain wrong, that doesn't mean the whole community is at fault...
If Nokia wanted to make phones they wouldn't have sold the phone business
AIUI, "Jolla" means "lifeboat"...
Re: What's the problem with this?
I've tried making fancy layered drinks a few times. They're darned hard to make without a heck of a lot of practice. And their viscosities are a heck of a lot different than sea water and fresh water.
Whatever else might be said here, the existence of haloclines is not in doubt. They exist - I've swum through them (which was decidedly odd).
Re: @Vic Olivetti and Time Travel
OP was referring to Poettering
My aplogies - I got the wrong end of the stick.
Re: Olivetti and Time Travel
No, unless something has changed recently, he's paid by Red Hat.
I don't think he's ever been on Red Hat's payroll.
He made a load of money by selling the RH shares he was given.
Re: Just Don't
BE PURE, BE VIGILANT, BEHAVE.
I guess not everyone read 2000AD...
the physics of LEDs is well known already
So why had no-one produced a blue one beforehand, then? There's very clearly a market for them...
white LEDs, which are essentially filtered blue LEDs
Well, they're not going to be *filtered* blue LEDs, as the white-spectrum requirement just isn't there.
According to the interview on the news this morning, white LEDs are actually a blue LED inside a white phosphor. I suspect, therefore, that other colours of LEDs could also be used to make white LEDs, albeit not necessarily with the same efficiency.
 The interview was on the BBC, and it was with one of the Japanese guys who won the prize, so I reckon he was probably telling the truth.
imagine the Shard lit by gas.
Tempting ... tempting ...
Re: This is different how?
So instead, they go to their ally country 'C' and ask them to break into those servers in country 'B' for them.
If any of us did that, it would be the basis for a "conspiracy" charge...
Re: DRM-Free Library
Books in my house are analog-only!
Books on my devices have been through Calibre...
Re: Maybe incorrect assumption on my part..
to randomly send millions of books read
Hush now. There's noi need for that sort of thing.
I intend to tell them all about my recent history of reading the book "Adobe are a bunch of fuckwits" many hundreds of times. And I turn the pages a lot...
Re: Public confidence?
Time off from GCHQ to troll El-Reg ?
They've been recruiting lately. Probably for this.
we should create a defense of necessity to protect life or national security
Nope. We should create a responsibility to handle these issues appropriately.
The ancient Romans had the right idea - in the event of a crisis, they would choose a Dictator. This Dictator had absolute power - including life and death.
The Dictatorship would last for six months, at which time the (now former) Dictator would be taken away and tried for all his actions during his period in power. Bad Things(tm) would happen to those who treated their position without sufficient gravitas...
I'm not sure how you'd adapt this to the current power grab; something along the lines of allowing the Police to do their snoopong, but whenever that snooping does not produce the evidence they declared it would, then the entire file is passed unredacted to the subject of that snooping with no secrecy requirements. A "do as you would be done by" situation.
It needs work, but I'm sure you get my drift.
Re: Truth hurts
Well, if you'd accessed and used the data in an appropriate and proportionate way in the first place, then no rogue sysadmin's (or anyone else's) revelations could have damaged public confidence in your ability.
He's wrong, too - no-one has any doubt about their ability to use data in an appropriate and proprtionate way.
Their desire to do so, however, ...
Re: It worked for Red Dwarf
They didn't make a series 9 and the result was series 10 was better than series 8.
They didn't make any series between 6 and 10. Nope, not a one.
Re: cynical remark
Since it's only ever the odd-numbered releases that are any good?
Have you not seen Spinal Tap?
Re: Possible Solution
each of the member email service providers charge some very minor fee per email sent
Micropayments have no effect on spam.
Think of it like this: there are three ways to set up this payment system :-
- payment at the time
- paying after the mails hae been sent.
The second of these can be trivially ignored - if you have to get out your credit card for evey email you send, email ceases to be any use at all. The card charges alone would make this unworkable.
So we're left with two methods which involve the computer having credit to send email - possibly limited, possibly not. Doesn't make any difference.
If your computer has that credit, the spamming malware will steal that credit. So the spam flows anyway. Additionally, you can't send any email when you want to, because there is no credit.
Micropayments don't help.
I didn't really like the idea of paying for emails, but if they were 0.001c
...You'd get just as much spam as you do now.
Micropayments don't work. Spammers steal bandwidth - if you insist on payment to send email, they'll just steal that as well.
There's a generator here:
Sadly, if you follow its recommended selections, you get the usual "a mx ptr" bollocks that so many domains (ab)use.
At least it doesn't give you the "+all" default that I see so often at the moment.
 If I ever find out who is advising that, there will be much regeneration...
Re: Block port 25 by default
p.s. also make all HTML email completely illegal
My mail client is set to display text email by default (with an option to display as HTML if I explicitly choose to do so). It makes spotting anything that does get through my filters *painfully* easy.
I'm not sure this would persist if text-mode were the norm...
The sun is just falling apart to form two separate stars
Nah. It's hatching to release a space dragon or something.
A new one of the same size will be shat out before anyone misses it...
Re: Bend the rules, don't break them
if a seed - very small - was planted eons ago and then triggered to "sprout" so to speak the resulting mass might appear to come from nothing
Cresating new mass of any appreciable quantity requires a metric fuckton of energy. See the calculation earlier in the thread.
But if this were some sort of "seed" growing in the way we've seen seeds grow before, then there is no increase in mass whatsoever - the mass is transformed in state, not in quantity.
Re: One of the points
Talk about sawing your leg off at the knee to solve an ingrowing toenail.
ITYM "Talk about sawing your leg off at the knee to cure a toothache". The major desireable feature of any solution is that it be effective...
Re: The worst thing
"Is the Moon the Creation of Alien Intelligence?"
Such questions always remind me of the Not The Nine O'Clock News book. On the front cover was the tabloid-esque box containing the question "The Shah - Is He Really Dead? Turn to p.42".
On page 42 was the answer "yes" :-)
 For our Younger Viewers, the Shah was a guy who is now dead.
Re: What's happened?
I can't decide if it's crap scripts, or Capaldi's portrayal of the Doctor
It's the scripts.
Peter Capaldi is a superb actor. The writers are trying to use his demeanour to create an edgier, more combative Doctor.
But what they've actually written is a grumpy, bitter old man. His actions are contrary to everything that has gone before. This isn't something that Capaldi can act around - this is the story line they're writing for him.
IMO, that's why it's not working - the writers have turned him into an old curmudgeon, rather than the (somewhat shabby) guardian of all timespace.
Re: Positive negativity
we never should have come down from the trees.
The trees were a bad move. No-one should ever have left the oceans.
Re: don't like windows NFS
e.g. no snapshots - no not going to use btrfs or zfs in production
I use LWM for snapshots - that way, it's fs-agnostic. Works wonderfully...
It is more about surprise, technique and one of the creatures being out of its comfort zone
Not ruthless efficiency? Almost-fanatical devotion to the Pope?
Re: Crap Ts & Cs
UK legislation is (for the most part) incompetently drafted in wilfully arcane and confusing language
I disagree. For the most part, legislation is *very* competently drafted.
The trouble is, it usually isn't doing what it claims to be doing. So the Emergency Anti-Terror Legislation gets thrown through parliament (because it's important, right?), only for the rest of us to find out after the fact that it's just about increasing snooping powers for petty bureaucrats.
To claim this is incompetent assumes that the end result wasn't the goal all the time...
Re: Anyone else having problems with the "Response Needed" email?
We're still working through the first replies. Bear with us...
Re: Anyone else having problems with the "Response Needed" email?
We've had a rack of replies this morning to the "surveys" as they call them.
OK, I've got one done by logging in to the website & doing it through there. That's the account that got the email.
The other account hasn't received an email, nor is it flagged as needing to fill in a survey on the site - have you sent them all out yet?
just about to take out £3000 finance on a TV at 29.9%APR
That's nothing. Look at the 4-figure APRs quoted on loans advertised on the telly.
*Someone* must be taking them out, just to afford all that advertising...
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