583 posts • joined 16 Mar 2008
Re: Good god...
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.
Re: x-37's mess things up...
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.
On the other hand ...
... 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.
Its been tried before
"Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer"
All this fuss
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?
"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.
Re: In order to stand a chance at winning
What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?
Re: In order to stand a chance at winning
"Do we have to get the questions right?"
Who approacheth the Bridge of Death
Must answer me
These questions three!
Ere the other side he see!
Save whatever is left if the dignity of my people.
I've had some nice pens with rubber sleeves go this route. Solution: A lathe and some hardwood pen blanks.
I've been education myself on the issues of this campaign in the manner that any good American does.
I threw my Braveheart DVD in the player.
"The police don't give a f**k,"
They do. They are just too busy playing with their 2-way radios, console mounted PC, personal cell phone and radar gun to notice.
Re: Big data's being held back by...
... the rational actor problem. There is no algorithm in the world that can generate "People who viewed this product also bought X" and get me to buy X when I don't really need X.
It's marketing snake oil. There is some magic out there that can push more product that the customer doesn't want.
So this is what has become of RickRolling.
My preference: Գաղտնաբառ
Re: "We've all done these things"
When my naughty bits were worth photographing, the selfies would have been daguerreotypes.
Sadly, it seems it's too late.
Re: A fair cop
"Bitcoin payments are assessed as a fringe benefit."
I don't get this part. Employees would presumably elect to receive wages in Bitcoin in lieu of AU$ at some exchange rate. Its not like a company car, which is wages plus this extra perk. I can understand the capital gains angle if one's Bitcoin appreciates subsequent to their reciept as wages.
But if the gov't is saying that payment in Bitcoin carries some inherent advantage over that of the national currency, then that's the same as saying the national currency has some disadvantage compared to other payment methods. That's not the position central banks usually take when stabilizing their curencies value in the world markets.
The other way to look at this: By receiving Bitcoins, an employee is electing not to receive wages (in AU$). So could one deduct their uncompensated contribution of labor as a loss?
"Never trust a 'Merkin to build a roundabout."
Well now the gauntlet has been thrown down! I've never seen anyone back up to reach a missed turn in a roundabout until I was in France a few weeks ago.
I have seen a few Americans do a couple of extra turns until they figured out which lane to be in. But that's the advantage of a roundabout in dealing with such screw-ups.
Clear the intersection! An El Reg reader is coming through.
Switch off your targeting computer and use the force, Luke.
Re: New browser names:
"Please not the Bing Browser, I'm begging you."
MS Bob (Browser of Bing)
Re: New browser names:
10) "Firefox installer".
One more thing that is going to generate error messages if I handle it the wrong way.
I knew it all along!
Keith Richards is an alien.
"I think we also need to take on board that creating and sending viruses is every bit as antisocial and criminal as going around assaulting people and smashing up their property."
Right. Like that's going to stop the problem. Try putting up a sign: "Please do not mark this property with grafitti" and see what that gets you.
"We have licence plates on cars so that bad drivers can be identified."
And they just don't care. Sloppy driving is rarely the target for a citation. And people (particularly in the USA) take crappy driving as some sort of God-given right. Watch how many people camp in the left (fast) lane on the highway.
And Pol Pot is cleaning latrines at orphanages.
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"Have you any idea how much it costs to clean up and convert to digital 'a vintage Dr Who adventure'? Do you expect them to do it for free?"
The baseline is some pirate smuggling a camcorder into a theater or setting it in front of a television set. People are willing to download and buy that stuff for a small enough price. Everything else is an issue of more money for a higher quality product.
At any rate, every rerun of vintage Dr Who on television these days is essentially a digital conversion. So its just a matter of the studio plugging a hard drive into the broadcast stream and then sending that off to the DVD pressing facility (or server farm).
"All rights holders need to do is make their products available everywhere, to everyone,"
I assume this means in whatever format the customer desires as well.
Rights holders have made a mess out of re-releasing their material in new formats as they emerge. Programs that were released on celluloid (Get off my lawn, kid!) had to jump through more contractual hoops when VHS tape came out. And then Laserdiscs, DVDs, BluRay, streaming, etc., etc.
Get artists to authorize a fee for each copy produced/sold on whatever media and let the market select the means to distribute them (plastic, raw bits, whatever).
Netflix is having trouble moving people from postal delivery/return of DVDs to streaming because so much older (good) material is not and may never be released for streaming (ignoring the crap state of broadband in the USA as a factor for the moment).
Re: Linux and FreeBSD malware spreading?
"If it works, it uses RFI to insert a PHP plugin, which then gets added to the web server and given the server's permissions"
Which means smeone has configured their web service to run scripts as a user with administrative permissions (of at least the web server and its components).
Isn't that a failure of Administration 101?
So is Mullaly going to be Charlie or Augustus Gloop?
I recall one lady using this as an explaination for why she had 18 cats.
Of course, if you just name them Fluffy1, Fluffy2, .....
That's not Lindsay Lohan. She is getting to look more like her mug shots as time goes by.
Standard Apple response: You're holding it wrong.
What's the idea here? To put the pint on sale (suitably marked up) at the local pub after re-entry, certified as having being in space? I can see a sideline for Virgin Galactic here. Or even LOHAN, if you can figure a way for her to return something more than the empty.
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