555 posts • joined 16 Mar 2008
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.
Re: [no payment was supplied]’
"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.
No XP Update?
I take it they haven't heard about the XP POS registry hack?
Yes, but ...
... does it run Linux?
"Sorry, officer. I didn't see the red light as I was busy recompiling my kernel at the moment. Must be a problem with a bad driver."
Re: @Justin... Flip the coin
I have a cardboard box full of VHS tapes, kept in a rented storage locker. Does the owner of that rental facility owe some studio for that storage service?
By the Martians.
They have injected code into all of our landers to return only images of cold, barren wastelands instead of seas, canals, lush gardens and incredibly hot Martian women.
Re: If we are going to build a wall
Who is going to do the work?
This sounds more like an extension to SQL. Something that a crafty devel might be able to do with the existing language today. But add it as a 'standard' way of doing array ops and make everyone's life easier than dealing with multiple custom approaches.
Could be a good thing. But I don't see where this obsoletes SQL.
Re: Brought to you by the US Travel Industry
"Europeans can file for redress in America."
I can't think of a quicker way to get yourself put on a no-fly list.
Noooo! Noooo! Run away! Save yourself!
We have no rights here in the USA. And the 'forum for addressing grievances' is a sock puppet for the intelligence services. At least (in theory) we can vote the bums out. I don't see Holder offering you a couple of seats in our Senate.
How about this: Give US citizens coverage under EU privacy laws and access to your courts.
Re: Very first world mindset...
"The fellow quoted is making this point: we are terrible at valuing things relative to their actual impact. We overvalue stupid, wasteful things - but undervalue the basics that we literally cannot live without."
The problem is assigning value to those things for the purpose of allocating resources. The western capitalist world uses price as a proxy for value. No one person or committee has the accumulated knowledge to do the allocation problem by themselves*. So we let the mechanism of the market take care of it. Its a rotten system, I know. But not as rotten as all the rest. But we don't want to go there. Because wealth disparities guarantee that the allocation for basic needs will not be viewed as being equitable across differing cultures. And the right to differ in beliefs is central to what most people regard as a human right.
*Examples of those that tried the central planning scheme appear to have failed miserably.
"With billions of tons of clouds in the sky"
Altitude may make a difference as to how a cloud contributes to warming/cooling.
Re: CO2 lasts decades?
"I don't know anything about "simple control systems theory" but your argument is just unsound from the point of view of logic. I can think of any number of examples where your argument would fail.
For example a bath of water in which water is being added so that it's water level slowly increases over time. Add waves that make the water level fluctuate at any given point. Now you would say that those rapid fluctuations in water level mean that if we stopped adding water to the bath the water level would rapidly fall! But in fact the rapid fluctuations in water level clearly tell us nothing about how fast the water level would fall if the water stops being added."
Well, there's an example of 'bad logic'. Waves in a bathtub aren't the same as the volume of the tub. But let's use the bathtub analogy: The volume of water in a tub depends on the difference between the inflow and outflow, integrated over time. Today, CO2 is being added at a slightly higher rate than it is being removed (seasonal variations aside for the moment). But the lifetime of the water in that tub could be relatively short, if the flow rates are high compared to the tub's volume. Reduce the inflow slightly or increase the outflow and the tun will drain quickly. And this is what we are seeing with the Keeling Curve. The atmosphere responds rapidly to seasonal changes in inflow/outflow rates.This is evident by the downward slope of the sesonal variation. So the lifetime of carbon in the atmosphere is low. The mechanisms that absorb CO2 (the outflow) don't differentiate between CO2 from a coal fired generator and a moose exhaling.
Plants won't have to go into 'hyper mode' to absorb the CO2. They are already doing a good job. All we need is for the inflow to drop below the outflow rate and the system will respond quickly. It is working that way today. I don't know whether that means we need to stop burning coal or shove giant corks in all the volcanoes. That's a different argument.
"I think the mistake you've made is you've coined an argument that assumes the cause of the short term cycle and the longterm increase are the same."
The causes of the inflow/outflow aren't what I'm questioning. Its the ability of the system to respond quickly to change in the net flow. And the evidence indicates that the atmosphere will respond quickly.
"Sure and the experts are utterly clueless."
No. The 'experts' have an agenda. Chemistry, physics and meteorology were not enough to study the problem. We had to go and invent 'atmospheric science'. Which evidently can't keep straight whether contrails have a net warming or cooling effect. Actually measured following 9/11, so trying to switch the models around have no credibility if they can't explain that data point. Or the at-sci people figure out how to ground all aircraft again for a week to gather new data. At any rate, atmospheric science lost its credibility when researchers were threatened with loss of tenure, funding and students' degrees would be in jeopardy for questioning the discipline's dogma.
The last time science challenged this kind of status quo, people were burned at the stake. If CO2 really does persist for such a long time in the atmosphere, we might still be inhaling the remains of people who told the Church that the Earth orbited the Sun.
CO2 lasts decades?
What does that actually mean?
The seasonal variation in atmospheric CO2 is clearly visible as a sawtooth pattern superimposed on the long term trend. This is caused by the difference in plant respiration as the seasonal growth patterns affect northern and southern growth cycles differently. Also this can be affected by differences in man made fuel consumption for heating purposes, differing between the hemispheres.
Typically, process parameters that follow driving inputs this closely (there appears to be about a three month lag), will respond just as quickly to a change in the long term inputs. That means if we can turn the slope of the long term CO2 production downwards, the atmospheric concentration will follow with a time constant of months, not decades.
Simple control systems theory. The model makers need to go back to the drawing board to find where that 'decades' aphorism came from.
App evidently written ...
... by a bunch of yo-yos.
Re: Agile is just another meaningless buzzword
Sometimes it pays to go to suppliers and ask them what they've got that comes close to your requirements. You can talk to happy customers (if any) and ask them how well it works or where it doesn't. You are also leveraging the lessons learned of multiple existing users as they were incorporated into an off the shelf app.
Not all customer requirements are carved in stone. Sometimes it's cheaper to change a business process to fit a stable software package than it is to tweak the application. And many vendors will consider adding in functions you want in a future release.
"The milk. That carton you bought 8 weeks ago. It really needs to be thrown out. Now."
Re: I'm surprised this works, and wonder if it works when it matters
I imagine that every use of obfuscating procedues exposes them to discovery. And so they are used only when necessary so as to prolong their lifetime.
I don't think this flight qualifies as a 'black op'. The World knew Snowden was a target of US law enforcement and intelligence agencies. So having people see the plane coming for him was not really a surprise. On the other hand, if this knowledge would have resulted in a flash mob showing up to block the runway (had ES been apprehended and loaded onboard), the DoJ might start cloaking their ops. Then, we might see some interesting cat and mouse games involving amateur tracking.
Re: On the other hand... regarding CO2
"Why are the environmental types screaming about uncontrolled fires?"
Because forest fires are a natural process (human caused fires aside). Forests are in the long term carbon neutral. They grow, absorbing carbon and then die and rot, releasing carbon. Or they burn. In either case (rot or burn), the carbon gets released back to the atmosphere (and soil).
The only plant life that should get 'carbon credits' are those that store or remove carbon from the environment in a permnent form. Plant life feeding peat bogs is one example of this. Otherwise, the only credits most fir, pine and other such trees should get is for each pound of carbon removed by logging trucks. In this case, its better for the environment if the trees are not burned, but removed from the carbon cycle long term as lumber.
Pay more? Pay whom?
Great poll. What are the details of this payment scheme? Is this a cap and trade scheme? Will we be handing negotiable carbon permits out to industries who might have switched to cleaner sources anyway? Like coal, which is being replaced by natural gas. No thanks to climate policies but to fracking technologies and the new supplies of gas.
Or will payment be steered toward politically correct recipients? No credits for carbon sequestering GMO super trees. But payments to third world tribes not to cut their jungles.
If we really understood the causes and effects of AGW (or whatever its called today) to the poin where we could make useful predictions and not have to fiddle with the computer models every time weather starts diverging from climate, we might be able to make some economically sound decisions. But as the science stands righ now, we may need to do several course corrections as new science is made in this area. But once we start paying someone, tey become an entranched interest in their subsidy and we will have a damned tough time cutting the money flow off if we discover that we have been paying for the wrong behaviour.
Throw in a few of those back tattoos for some asymmetry and things start to look interesting.
Hey! Its vacuuming the floor!
Possible airspace conflict? At about 3:50, the shadow of a small aircraft comes in the lower left. And then the video quickly fades to the baseball stadium.
Oh yeah. The music selection. If you are flying choppers over something, can't we at least have Ride of the Valkyries?
Re: A solution is at hand.
Pilots could also affix a strip of retro-reflective material in an unobtrusive location inside the cockpit window. Give the b*stards a taste of their own medicine.
I'm amazed by the number of people arguing against such regulations. Like somehow the evil government is depriving them of some inalienable right to point laser pointers wherever they please.
All rights are tradeoffs between their value to an individual* vs their cost to society. As far as I can see, illuminating aircraft with lasers has zero value. And while the cost of the resulting damage times its probability isn't high, comparing that to zero still gives a pretty easily computed result.
*Using the 'reasonable person' doctrine. Sure, you might think its a good idea. But consensus says no and that's what we base our laws on.
Re: 14 years?
"prison terms like this mean a large slave workforce."
So I'd deprive the exploitative bastards of a cheap source of labor by not shining lasers at aircraft. That ought to tech them a lesson.
Re: Wow, indeed !
"I am sure it looks like there is the roof of a house on the very top ?!?!?!?"
Its a Starbucks.
“the oldest potentially habitable planet known to date”
So what we are looking at is a bunch of grouchy old codger aliens yelling at us to get off their lawn.
"Isn't not agreeing with the decision actually contempt of court?"
IANAL, but I believe that would be not complying with the decision. I may be wrong, but I don't think courts have the authority to tell me how to think.
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