111 posts • joined 14 Feb 2008
Not everything is back
I make it about 45m downtime for the web, api was still down a few minutes ago...
That said, the posts on Google+ about it have been hillarious.
I wonder how people are coping without it?
Been & done already
My second AIBO (yes I had two of them) always looked more like a robotic cat than a dog
Ah the FX-1000G
The FX-1000G got me through my A-Levels during the late 80's. I can't remember what happened to it after that but it was a good calculator.
Re: I hate
I had a surprise yesterday when I installed a Unicode Map app on my android phone...
When it prompted the app permissions it said the app required no special permissions.
Now that's one developer who's got the concept of what permissions are!
Also it's been the only one that's actually asked for none.
You have DAB working in London?
Try using DAB in SoHo - about as central London as you can possibly get.
You guessed it, there's nothing. Nada. If you are lucky there's a brief second of garbled noise but thats it.
FM on the other hand works perfectly fine.
Guess which one I use when I'm at my desk?
Re: Will it go to the .co.uk holder? Or .org.uk? Or...
I was thinking the same, I have an .org.uk but not the .co.uk version.
The only possible way out is that mine was registered 2 years before theirs (1998 vs 2000) but who knows.
Re: The first hurdle....
There's a surprisingly large number of us without degrees who are in our mid 40's.
Re: Meh, the app isn't needed
Exactly. When I first heard of the app I thought what does it do? If it can overwrite the is then what other apps could, but then we'd have heard of those before.
Unless you have a device that's been built to prevent rooting it's pretty straight forward & if you can't handle something like adb & custom boot loaders etc then is probably best you don't try unless you are willing to take the risk.
Ah the Tonto
I acquired one of these about 20 years ago. Never got it to work but it's lying around somewhere.
That's the one.
The oatmeal put up a good description on him which also dispels that myth:
Says it all really
This used to be just sloppy configuration but not these days
In the past this sort of thing would be down to sloppy configuration by a sysadmin, ie leaving the management interfaces exposed to the world as there's no reason why everyone & his dog needs access to them, but then I've seen so many so called cloud providers doing this without the option to lock it down it's surprising these don't happen more often.
That said I've known one person over the years who wanted to expose MS sql server to the world because 'it was easier'
The problem is that RFC1149 was replaced by RFC2549 a few years later but only specifies unintentional encapsulation with Hawks - Vultures being scavengers shouldn't be an issue
Re: Long Lived TV progs...
I was about to say the same thing, especially as the Sky at Night's had a reprieve in the last couple of days as well.
Coverage is still way too poor
I do have 2 DAB radios but don't use them as the signal strength is way too poor.
Yesterday I had BBC Radio Kent on to keep up with the storm travel disruption. I had it on FM for just that reason.
So if he proposes ditching FM then what happens the next time we have such an event?
Re: Maybe they could learn something from the Raspberry Pi back-to-basics approach
380Z? what was wrong with the 380? (if you're wondering it was White & Blue rather than the Black case of the 380Z. That and it was cassette only.)
I've not powered up my old 380 in years, think it just needed a couple of wires resoldering but a good machine
Seeing that only a couple of days ago both RS & Element14are now doing bundles of the Model A with a camera for about 26 quid - add VAT it's about 31 :-(
I think I might still have an ADM-3A in storage... not seen it in 20 odd years though, remember getting it from a bootsale back in the 80's.
Re: I wonder how long it takes to fully charge?
True plain USB power is just 500mA but later specifications allows the device to negotiate with the controller what power it really requires, so if your latest tablet/phone needs 1A or more then the host can tell it what it week provide safely. If in doubt then it stays at 500mA.
Remember the 'USB condom' article the other week? It works by having a small device sit between the host & device which then passes the power negotiation through but nothing else, allowing higher power charging but no data. A cable with just the power lines won't do as the device will just stick at 500mA.
Sadly I've got to disagree with you here, although as a 40 something I do remember those years well.
Yes agreed many couldn't afford a BBC micro back then, but a lot of us ended up with the Electron instead & other than a few features missing it was just as good (although a touch slower).
Re: Waking Shark 2
I'm so glad I'm not the only one to read it with an extra n inserted :-)
Re: FIVE years?
Why've what I was thinking, if 5 years makes you elite wtf does that make me?
Next year will be my 20th with this new thing called the web. Hell I had already had email in one form or another for 10 years by that point!
Anyone remember Prestel or FidoNet?
Nb: 2nd attempt to post due to a common first world problem of losing 3g on the train, something these youngsters wouldn't know, a time before mobiles.
Re: GitHub & businesses
Agreed. Use it for public code but use internal repos for the day to day stuff.
The beauty of modern repositories like git & mercurial is that you're not limited to a single central repository as they are distributed. This make it pretty simple to keep both internal and external repostories in sync
A bit late & expensive
I'ts a bit expensive compared to Maplin who's had one available for a while now at 699 quid - but even then that's still a bit extreme:
At least they have the supplies though, 39 quid for 1kg
ipv6 & nat
Ipv6 doors solve the nat problem when possible.
When I need to access an ipv6 only resource when I'm out & about then I set up a tunnel on the laptop & of I go. Works nicely on both 3g & 4g & you can then access inbound back to your local device as if there's no nat in place.
Something like XMPP then?
Re: Oh bum...
Same here... I've got a lot of coding to do this afternoon but I'll try to do that whilst watching ;-)
Re: What's that you say?
Until recently I've not touched xorg.conf in years... & no it's not empty, it's not there at all.
Last month I had to edit xorg.conf when I added a couple of USB monitors to my setup - so now I've got 4 monitors running.
I wonder how these x alternatives will handle this sort of setup?
Re: Tablet and/or ereader
That's why I use an eInk kindle for reading & a tablet for browsing, I find it way easier to read.
Going to look at the kindle dx as it's back as reading technical docs on a 6" is a bit small, the only downside.
Did my O level on one in 1986 & by 87 had a second one with 64K of ram (Slogger Master Ram board) which replaced the CPU with a daughter board, a faster CPU & 32K of shadow ram.
That machine had a 3 way toggle switch added which provided 3 modes:
* Normal - where it ran as a standard electron
* Turbo - where the new cpu ran at top speed (can't remember the speed off hand)
* 64k - where the video remained on the original ram but the OS ran on the shadow ram - so BBC Basic had more ram available than the BBC B had.
Then there were the floppy drive (+3) added to it.
Ah takes me back.
Oxford St the highest density of non-working wifi
As I'm litterally 5mins walk from Oxford St (just of Regent St) WiFi is totally unusable. There's way too many hotspots around here for it to work.
It's made worse because the only config anyone's done is to setup the SID & a password - everything's on either channel 1 or 6 so it's just way too congested for it to be of any use.
Before you asks, it's all on 2.5GHz, there's sod all on 5GHz around here.
I've had the same problem
When I setup a forum I started almost immediately getting spam, so I briefly added a captcha. I then got some of my users complaining that they couldn't use them for these reasons, so I removed it.
In the end the spam outweighed the number of comments so as it's UK based I ended up using GeoIP restricting it to UK only IP's.
Although the free GeoIP database is not accurate it's cut the spam down to 0 (every spammer's IP I had traced to India, South Korea or China).
One way PM's anti pron law could fail...
It's not just Cockerels which could fall foul like in this instance but our dearly beloved pubs!
I know of one local to home which is actually called "The Cock" and if that pub's website got blocked because of the name (it dates from the 17th century) then it could go the way that the Australian's equivalent did initially... when they blocked a dentist's website :-S
As for Scunthorpe, I remember when url blockers first appeared in the 90's (was working in local government at the time). Anyhow Scunthorpe's own council blocked their own website from their employees - for obvious reasons.
Beer icon for the danger to certain pubs...
Exactly. Ssd's are fine for reads but I wouldn't trust them for storing data. Caches maybe but the database?
The closest I have for a ssd is where my homemade nas boots from a USB flash drive. It works & I can restore quickly if it fails. Main storage still traditional disk's & raid 5.
There was once a vulcan before
It was a mythical planet that was once thought to orbit the sun closer than Mercury...
Which is why some people thought it was a bad idea for Pluto (ignoring the theme the IAU correctly went for).
In Star Trek Vulcan was a hot desert planet, so having a real Vulcan out in the outer part of the solar system doesn't tend to go with that theme either.
Amateur footage shows it better
This footage taken from a few miles away shows it failed shortly after it left the ground - something you can't tell from the official footage.
Don't exactly blame them from ducking when it hit the ground.
Mint 15 is pretty stable so far
I've been running Mint for years on the desktop - ever since Ubuntu started having issues with wifi from v10 & then Unity & haven't had any major issues with it. Thinks like WiFi just work (almost).
On a desktop running Mint 14 it had intermittent graphics issues causing the machine to hang but so far since 15 was released thats been stable (touch virtual wood).
Might get round to upgrading the lappy to it when I get chance (running M14 at the mo)
Never an option
Even if we still had the shuttle that wouldn't be an option.
Kepler is in a Earth-trailing heliocentric orbit - as such it's not even in orbit around this lump of rock. It's orbit around the sun is slightly longer than the earths so that it slowly falls away from earth as time goes on.
The shuttle never left low earth orbit - in fact it couldn't go any higher than it did. IIRC the highest it got was the Hubble maintenance missions.
Re: £1580 ?!?!
Agreed. I'm actually working on a NAS for home right now & I'm also going down the HP Microserver route - already have one running a db & it's just ideal, & quiet!
It's working out at about £800 like you say, eg £150 for good 4TB drives - no Green ones - they are evil.
RIP Flash you won't be missed
The day when flash is no more is eagerly awaited. It's a cpu hog more so when some moron thinks having 20 swf's on a single page is a good idea because it's 'cool' but you can't do anything because you're standard spec machine cannot do anything else.
Ah the A930
I think I still have one in a drawer somewhere. The only phone I've ever had that actually had 2 batteries in the box (& chargers). Battery life was really bad.
Anyhow with 4G the costs are far too much & so little actually has 4G coverage. For me why pay 4G prices when I'm mostly going to get 3G?
I was a T-Mobile customer since before they were T-Mobile but since the merger the service just dropped so I'm in that list of people who have left
Apparently the CPU used in the PI has a hardware RNG. Back in February they added kernel support for it:
it sounds like it uses a thermal entropy source.
Was it HMV's fault?
When there was a tweet just over an hour ago stating:
'Just overheard our Managing Director ask "How do i shut down Twitter?"'
Was it a coincidence? ;-)
Teletext on the BBC Micro
Anyone remember the teletext modem the old BBC had which downloaded software broadcast over Ceefax?
Or the bulletin boards of the mid eighties which used teletext (Mode 7 on the Beeb) ?
Ah they were the days. Still miss them occasionally
it depends on what youre running the SD card on
Do you really think the Raspberry PI (which uses SD cards) use FAT?
The last time I played around with the partition table on one it was using ext4 - yes they can have partition tables as well.
When I wrote http://blog.retep.org/2012/06/19/using-the-full-space-on-your-sd-card/ I actually add an ext4 partition to an SD card.
Re: Canonical should have a care....
I'll probably be joining you soon. I've already swiched to Mint for the desktop - except it's using ubuntu as the base & sometimes these things do get through - whoopsie crash reporting on by default is one.
For server side well I'm already using debian on the raspberries so I'm probably going to look at debian on the next round of servers rather than ubuntu.
I'm just about having enough of canonical with this sort of thing & basically just want something that works without any baggage associated with it.
Maidstone didn't have queues
Carphone warehouse was open early this morning & had a few inside as I walked past to get the train - but no one queueing.
The funny thing was getting stopped outside & being asked why they were open - so Apples PR machine hasn't brainwashed everyone ;-)
Its not what it used to be
Things have changed since the early days on Slashdot, the quality of posts have changed for the worse IMHO. Originally they were more for the geek part of the spectrum but these days they seem to be more aimed at getting more eyes than quality.
Saying that, ads can't be the main reason, I do see the option to opt out of ads appear every so often even though I use Adblock when I can (can't on the tablet for example).
Still, Im puzzled on why a recruiter wants this type of site though.
#5613 & wondering how many on here have 4 or less digits in their uids - uid envy being one of the /. contributions people will remember ;)
Yet another Mapping service
I gave up trying to keep up with the various API's - especially when Google started charging so I've gone the other more extreme route, OpenStreetMap data on my own tile server & OpenLayers as the front end.
I don't need the whole world but the UK still needs 7Gb of disk space just for the PostgreSQL database - but it works & I can customise it to how I want not to how some advert farm wants it.
Similar to if the balloon bursts prematurely, when she lands (or just before as might not have clear view of the sky) sends the gps coordinates so she can be found easily.
Although the existing tracking is there, nothing like a backup
Orkney Dark Island + Bread
OK as Orkney Dark Island was mentioned in the article, years ago when I then had a bread machine I actually tried using beer as part of the recipe & Orkney Dark Island came up tops.
Simply use white bread mix but replace 1/2 the water with Dark Island.
It comes out brown but tasty. Could be a good one to try again with some decent bacon
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