Re: Pay no attention to the OS behind the lenses
But they do make my eyes a fetching shade of blue while I'm performing the obligtory reboot.
616 posts • joined 16 Mar 2008
But they do make my eyes a fetching shade of blue while I'm performing the obligtory reboot.
I thought it was almost lunchtime!
' "shield" sticking up there.'
That's the inlet for the VTOL lift fan. To be fair, no streamlining is required in that flight mode.
"Mongo says it is used by more than 2,000 customers, including 34 of the Fortune 100, with nine million downloads."
My Debian distro laptop ran mongodb. I don't know why. I discovered it one day when it seemed to be running a bit slow. So I ran a process list and found 'mongodb' to be hogging CPU cycles. I killed it and haven't noticed anything important not working.
So I'm not really sure what those 9 million downloads means other than it's a depenency of some little used utility tht people pull in when they run a package manager.
We may not understand the problem, but Bitcoin is the answer.
I think this is a good observation. The term 'scrum' appears to have been applied to s/w development by someone unfamiliar with software, rugby, or both.
Or perhaps it was coined by someone with a wicked sense of humor who was spot on with an analogy describing the butting of heads while the object (the ball, or the code) sits unmoved. And the term was sold to the PHBs with exactly this hidden meaning in mind. And management hasn't got the joke yet.
Use a TETRA or other trunked system similar to what is now in use for PTT, group broadcasts, etc. And then add 4G voice/data capability i a different frequency block. The (low) data rate in today's trunked radio should be sufficient to hand off the radio to a broadband connection when needed.
.... a version of this for the back bumper of a car?
File this one in with Iraq's WMD, I'm afraid.
We (USA) are going to start looking like a bunch of fools if we take the first piece of questionable evidence and run with it. Some analysts are beginning to think this might have been an inside (Sony) job. Maybe, or maybe its NORK misdirection. But we can always slap sanctions later on*, so why not take some time to do a proper investigation.
*Or perhaps not. Kim Jung Un has made an approch to negotiate with South Korea. So an overly quick response on our part could appear to be us trying to queer the deal. Our role should be to back up our ally militarily and ensure nothing is done by coercion. But if they can legitimately negotiate peace, our political goals should have no influence.
"As Russia is absolutely massive in the right direction."
I suspect that this is it. It's not so much a matter of hitting the USA. Every 90 minutes or so, the orbit olaces them on a path about 20 degrees longitude over from the last one. Eventually, that path will pass over a suitable (i.e. not private property, farmland or protected habitat) landing site. I can't be bothered to calculate 'eventually', but it could be dozens of orbits, given a small enough site.
With a ship, you just move the landing pad under the desired orbit and go.
I can just see the ISIS hackers geolocating 127.0.0.1 and mounting an attack.
It's Sony pictures. Everyone works under one of Georgette Spelvin, Walter Plinge or Alan Smithee.
.... New Horizons' disappointment* when it wakes up and finds out Pluto has been demoted.
*Yes. I know how much mechanical devices hate being anthropomorphised.
Let me take this opportunity to vote in favor of more Russ Meyer movie clips embedded in El Reg articles.
"The evolution shouldn’t come as a surprise: the IT department is increasingly being seen as a profit rather than a cost centre with IT budgets commonly split between keeping the lights on and spend on innovation and revenue-generating projects."
It's a profit center only if your company is in the business of producing IT products or services. Otherwise it's a tool your company uses to perform their revenue generating functions. Yes, your IT systems can provide the latter organizations with a strategic advantage over your competition. In much the same way as an auto repair shop can excell by having higher quality and/or more capable tools.
Not the most important job in the IT process. Unless IT products/services are yor companies line of business. Its the process owning manager that makes the cost/benefit decisions on which tools to invest in and when to upgrade or replace those tools. These decisions need to be made with the support and operating costs of the legacy systems in mind. Which is where contributions from the operations (admins) as well as development (project) sides of the house need to be balanced against the user's cost/benefits.
All too often, IT systems are seen as projects that, when done, provide the project manager their little gold star, promotion and material for their CV. And once the system is delivered, its cost to the company go largely unnoticed. Untion the users or admins scream about it being crap. The smart company has someone in charge of the work process that can call for a new system to be built, even if the old one is stil functional. If that new system can produce a savings/benefit to justify the work done. On the other hand, the process owner might reccommend sticking with a clipboard and pencil on the shop floor if the shiny tablet/IT tool doesn't add value to the bottom line. The latter decision doesn't look as good on an IT manager's CV, but its a valid choice.
"That said I've not seen any news stories involving one of these lasers being used on drivers."
Aircraft. Too many instances of redneck morons playing games with these and planes recently.
"You're reading El Reg and operating a computer"
Running Linux as well. That's another point or two right there.
I wonder if this has something to do with Brazil's restrictions on extradition. They don't extradite their own citizens, preferring to try them at home. And if their laws concerning cybercrime are a bit lax, that would be the better legal venue for a defendant.
... the backside of Kardashian's jeans wasn't available?
OK, I'll get my coat. The one with the corporate logo stitched on.
Nobody told me a RAZR V3 was vintage. I still use one.
A DynaTac is vintage. Which I still have in a vintage car (just as a conversation piece now that analog service is gone).
Sounds like a job for a Barrett M82A1. If the whale's belly is full of methane, a tracer round should be interesting. Just stand back a ways.
For having the courage to come out. I'm very supportive of the gay male community.
More women for me.
"The prostate has no idea who or what you're shagging, or if you're alone. If we ignore possible signaling hormones (possible, but no evidence), what could be causing this effect?"
It could be The Coolidge Effect at work and its effect on dopamine levels. So it is in fact beneficial to have a variety of partners as opposed to just one. Or the right hand.
At least this is what I'm going to explain to the wife.
In addition; this IS Canada we're talking about. There are only so many test subjects available.
OK, I'll get my coat.
"The astronauts aboard the space station won't be going hungry, however, since NASA has a policy of maintaining enough essentials on board to cover two resupply mission failures."
But how long can they hold out re-reading old copys of the Daily Mail?
"It goes without saying that airports are not the place for jokes ..."
And yet, Ryanair soldiers on.
"How do you know? Perhaps they're just not telling you."
Some laptops have a function key you've got to press. When you hear the voice come over your speaker telling you "Not that key. Second one to the left", you'll know you've got it.
"May as well wang a normal sim card in"
Can you? Or is this an Apple proprietary interface?
If its possible, the answer is to pop the Apple SIM out before walking into the AT&T store*. They'll give you their own SIM as a part of the account activation.
*That's the shop in the mall with the sign "Abandon hope all ye who enter here" over the door.
"It was a different work-alike design. Using a uC. A from-scratch design. No FTDI IP included, except perhaps the fake logo printed on the package."
And most probably the same vendor and device IDs as the FTDI chip. This is in (properly written drivers) what controls which driver gets loaded. I'm pretty sure that violates the USB Implementers Forum license. If you build your own gizmo, fine. But go get your own IDs and write (and test) your own drivers.
So, they'll be adding this function to systemd?
Don't verb nouns. It weirds the language.
I was thinking more along the lines of a Thelma and Louise ending.
If you love something
Set it free.
If it doesn't come back
hunt it down and kill it.
There is nothing that you have hypothesized that can't be done with conventional re-entry technology (i.e. re-purpose commercial/scientific launch technology).
The only think the X-37 provides, which current or proposed re-entry vehicles provide today is cross-range capability. And to date (unless we've missed something) the likely mission profile that would make use of this has not yet been seen. That is, a launch and single (or perhaps two) orbit trajectory with a return to ts origin. And this isn't a terribly important capability unless one must launch from the west coast (Vandenberg) and return to the same location. We could just as easily launch from Cape Canaveral and land in Texas using ground landing technology (like Soyuz).
Where the X-37 capability might come in handy is if there is a need to locate several launch and recovery sites around the globe. Where there isn't a suitable recovery site a thousand miles to the west (in friendly hands) useable for a conventional capsule recovery. The mission would be something like: launch, do something within one orbit, and return. And with sites around the globe, the point in orbit being accessed could be reached within 90 minutes.
Spying on or messing with other people's stuff in orbit, or launching space weapons don't seem to need these sorts of mission profiles. The one missions that does make sense is some sort of space rescue. Anything going wrong with a conventional manned capsule or space station and the astronauts hop into suits and bail out. An X-37 somewhere on earth can get there and return them within the lif support capabilities of a suit.
No landing slots available at O'Hare?
Need security holes built in to gadgets? Buy Chinese stuff. I hear they have been more than willing to comply.
American here. Is there a license fee on British DAB (or analog) receivers?
In the USA, we have a tradition of supporting broadcasts available to the general public free of all fees. This includes gov't taxes as well as a requirement for listeners to pay some private entity for a 3G/4G/broadband connection.
"Perhaps the shuttle has a multi-role mission."
And we may not see the role for which its peculiar capabilities were intended until some emergency arises. Because once people realize what it can do (outside of traditional spy sat capabilities) the cat will be out of the bag so to speak.
There have been some theories floating around about single orbit missions with cross range capability for quick recovery. And some of the performance characteristics required to support this have undoubtedly been tested during its longer stays in space. But to date, nothing has been done that could not have been accomplished by a typical 'one shot' craft so as not to give away the DoD's intentions.
PROTIP: Check her carefully for planted listening devices.
It's what I always do.
Paris because "Who put that there?"
"Linux: Too hard for Windows users."
Don't worry. We're dumbing it down for the riff-raff. Wayland. Systemd.
... encryption makes life more difficult for identity thieves and other scammers.
And as identity thefts are usually counted in the hundreds of thousands or even millions of victims, I'm going to worry more about that issue.
"But there isn't any actual requirement for background checks or waiting periods or any other hurdle to stop you buying a gun in the USA! Gun control people in America (and indeed gun advocates, a lot of the time) usually prefer to talk of some other USA where these things are required, but it doesn't exist and there seems to be no realistic prospect that it ever will."
We don't know how this will be decided. But ts one of those issue that, for the majority of the population, has no significant impact. So why not vote in favor? Even quite a few gun owners don't see a major problem with this. One major issue that gun rights advocates have is: In order to enforce such a law, the state would need to keep a registry of gun sales transactions. It's the only reasonable way to link the current posession of a firearm to a properly conducted background check at soe previous time. And now you are building a gun registry.
My primary reason for posting this is that I don't buy arguments like "there seems to be no realistic prospect that it ever will." Yeah, right. Put that in writing someplace and I'll believe it. History is full of majorities making decisions when they don't affect themselves. Never mind what happens to the minority that has to live with the decision.
"Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer"
because some guy with an Apple bent the rules a bit.
In addition to all of the (justified) outrage that Ms Watson has produced, I don't think I've seen any advice given to the effect that one should be careful what one does with one's private photos, either on line or on hackable devices. Yes, there are creeps out there who will take advantage of some carelessly stored photography. Please make their job as tough as possible by securing this stuff.
"a rich nob with an iPhone,"
Not really. A friend of mine is lamenting the fact that his poor, part time employed, minimum wage kids just spent the last few days waiting in iPhone lines for the latest shiny. And now he is going to have to make Top Ramen deliveries for the next few months because the toys came out of their meager food budgets.
Having the latest iThing is becoming a statement of "I have enough free time to sleep on the sidewalk for this". Not a stereotype that the upper levels of society wish to adopt.
What's that? I Googled it and nothing came up.