Re: Has everyone forgotten everyting?
808 posts • joined 16 Mar 2008
It's Puppets all the way down.
Big deal. That sort of expenditure regularly falls behind the filing cabinets at some of the outfits (private business) that I've worked for. Call me when they buy $250 million of automated test gear, put it o a shelf somewhere and then sell it off for surplus, unopened.
"IoT manufacturers are probably just copying the sshd.conf file from the developer's desktop"
And copying the same private/public key pair from the install image as well. I doubt there are too many IoT vendors that have gone through the trouble to run ssh-keygen on each unit shipped.
"You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!"
... is going to sue over the misappropriation of their UI design methodology.
"Is El Reg considered Social Media?"
As opposed to antisocial media?
... don't leave it in your pocket when you toss your trousers in your Samsung washing machine.
I doubt anyone from ULA would risk it. There is too much instrumentation (audio, video, Doppler radar, etc.) on that site to assume one could get away with taking such a shot and not be noticed.
"I'd guess 10st (ish) wouldn't be light for a female pilot"
But who's going to tell her? That's worth combat pay right there.
"(2) After extinguishing the fire, douse the device with water or other non-alcoholic liquids"
Save the booze for the frayed nerves.
"in China. ...... Try squeezing a 6ft 6in bdy"
Yes. But keep in mind: How Long is a Chinaman.
(Answer: Yes, he is.)
Particularly in Florida. So charging a Li-ion battey in one is just asking for thermal runaway.
That sort of undermines the whole EU market idea. Break Europe up into a bunch of borders with their associated protectionist tariffs and the whole thing falls apart.
Some in the USA would love that. Reduce a potential competitor into a bunch of bickering foes and we are on top of the heap again.
The USA already has a very favorable corporate tax structure. In spite of that advertised 35% rate, there are enough deductions, credits and loopholes to easily cut that into the single digits. If your accountants can't figure out how to get tax down to a couple of percent, fire them.
Also, the USA is one of the biggest tax havens in the world. Want to shelter some assets, bring them over here, set up a corporation in Delaware or Texas and they will be hidden from the rest of the world.
I think what has the US Congress panties' in a bunch is the cash parked overseas. Bring it back under a tax amnesty and things can be arranged to pay little more than Ireland's take. But the fear was that this money would never come back. Instead, it would be used by Apple to finance ventures in the EU or other parts of the world. And that just won't do. The money is most probably going to be spent within the jurisdiction that it sat in. And politicians needed to get it back inside the USA.
Well then. I suppose I owe my wife a debt of gratitude.
Paris because was that a complement?
for two guys named Maverick and Goose.
Oh, the humanity!
Only members of the Inner Party can turn their telescreens off.
... us tea drinkers who don't like milk?
Brew the tea in a teapot with loose leaves in a tea ball. Leave the condiments on the side and let people add to taste. Or we'll throw your tea in Boston Harbor. Again.
Could someone please explain this "regular sex" thing?
"Yes you are subject to IR35. Arrange to pay all that money to us or go to jail."
And thank you for entering that identifying information. We'll be in touch*.
*Smart people will of course be using Starbucks' anonymous WiFi to access this site.
You lucky [expletive deleted]. On this side of the pond, there is no distance far enough to escape the reach of the IRS.
"better when routed and processed through a server"
Better for whom? Prying eyes will have an easier time obtaining a buffer copy from a server. And then strong-arm one or both end node users for the encryption key.
Even better(?), if the protocol has been designed to negotiate session keys between the server and each user, you have a single point where authorities can go to get those keys. Never mind that having a restricted set of mid-points to watch makes traffic analysis a cinch.
"Technologically inept twits"
Could we please have an acronym for that?
"will allow Microsoft to offer Skype in various jurisdictions"
And although our beloved NSA would never arm-twist Microsoft into back-dooring their products, now that these other countries have mandated it, our spies will just say, "May as well take a peek now that the door was left ajar."
"why men are so weak to not stand up to feminist hypocrisy"
I don't know. I'm not sure if it's true Puritanism* or emasculated men. I suspect it may be more of the latter. But I reserve my best humor for venues where guys (and women) are free to laugh at it. I suspect that most of the guys in my neighborhood fear the occasional boob joke because the wife and her friends will give them the icy stare if caught.
*Actually, the best example of true Puritains and humor I can think of comes from a movie, 'Witness' starring Harrison Ford. Where he has to hide out in an Amish community and he pitches in with the farm chores to help out. When he is given a cow to milk and he just stares at it, the old farmer says, "Never had your hands on a teat before?" Ford replies, "Not one this big" and the old guy really cracks up laughing. So I suspect that the 'no humor' Puritans are just the hen-pecked ones that don't dare getting caught laughing.
We had a bikini barista coffee stand open in my town a few years back. It was on a gas station lot, on an intersection that doesn't get much pedestrian traffic.
Suddenly, protests rose up about the children being exposed to scantily clad women. And local mothers made it a practice to walk their kids and strollers in front of the station as background for the inevitable news coverage. After some time, the political pressure resulted in the stand being closed and removed. And the daily pedestrian traffic promptly disappeared.
If I had been in a more mischievous mood, I would have written an editorial comment in the local paper pointing out to the correlation between increased pedestrian traffic and the presence of bikini barista stands. The obvious conclusion being that if one wants to promote walking, one should install more such businesses. But I don't think the Puritan mindset includes a sense of humor.
"Are you at least 18?" Lie. "In what year were you born?" So kids can't do math(s)?
This will end up with schemes that collect data that kiddies are not expected to have access to. Like a credit card number. I don't know how many web sites I've turned my back on that promised to use such data only for age/identity verification.
Submarine cables run through an environment where there is no clear regulatory jurisdiction. Dig up a terrestrial buried cable and the government entity that granted the original permit for it can track incidents. We have 'One Call' locating services that utilities support to mark their facilities and report compliance and damage. But under water, local and state governments' authority runs out just off shore. So someone needs to accumulate statistics to see if there are problems or not. If cables are being damaged, imposing more regulation on dredging operations or dropping anchors without checking the charts is going to need justification.
We never found out if the author's RevRDist fix actually eliminated MacWrite II, or if it just made the inevitable morning reload by the users invisible to himself?
The beginning of my career predates Macs. We had a dozen DOS PCs, shared by about 200 engineers. To be used for special analytical tasks. Memos were still written longhand and turned over to the typing pool (who used dedicated DEC document editing systems). A few of us got our hands on PC Write, which ran off the floppy disks. And we'd edit, spell check, cut and paste. And then hand the dot matrix output over to the stenos (who actually appreciated that as input over the chicken-scratch that passed for some engineers handwriting).
The complaint that we got, passed through the IT department, was that some of the engineers were upset that we were working faster than they could by hand. And that wasn't 'fair'.
It was fixed by systemd.
They say, "the level of turbulence required to bend a wing spar is something even most pilots will not experience in a lifetime of travelling". And then they go on to tell the story about the 707 tail that was torn off near Mt Fuji.
Well, at least the wings stayed on.
Oculus: "I have altered the deal. Pray I don't alter it further."
So your insurance company offers you a discount for installing one of these. Fine. But you don't want it messing with your vehicle's other functions. I predict that someone will cobble together an OBD-II/CAN 'condom'. An interfacing intelligent plug that sits between your vehicle's data bus and the insurance company dongle. And filters/blocks unwanted data from passing in either direction.
Some performance data can be derived from sensors internal to the dongle. Such as acceleration and braking from internal accelerators. There's not much one can do about that (other than stop driving like a jerk). But blocking the 'unlock the trunk' or 'shut down the engine' commands should be doable.
Don't invest your entire retirement plan in one technology company.
ALIS: "I've just picked up a fault in the AE-35 unit. It's going to go 100% failure within 72 hours."
You will have to build your own system. And name it Portia. So when you are speaking to your American counterparts, they will just mutter to themselves, "Porsche? What's he talking about?"
I wonder if they will still write up problems in this new system the way they did back in the 'old days':
Pilot's report: "Engine #3 is leaking oil."
Mechanic's response: "Oil leakage is normal."
Pilot's report: "Engines #1, 2 and 4 lack normal oil leakage."
"If you're equating the energy of a photon to an 'effective mass' via an e=mc^2 equivalence, then you'd have a situation in which X-ray photons have a larger effective mass than light photons and hence should be deflected more by gravity."
But the higher (effective) mass particle requires more force to accelerate (deflect) the same amount as a lighter particle. So the higher m (for either a real particle or photon) cancels out of the equation.
Same reason a feather and a hammer fall at the same rate (on the moon).
"actually, m!=0 for a photon"
Right. For a photon, momentum is equal to Planck's constant divided by the photon's wavelength.
Which gives rise to an interesting idea: If this microwave powered EM drive produces thrust based upon such a low momentum (long wavelength), what could be achieved with shorter wavelengths, i.e lasers? I'm sure the relative efficiencies between microwave production (magnetrons or traveling wave tubes) compared to light emitting devices is a factor. But we are getting much better at making efficient LEDs.
It's not Apple. It's Apple-UK. Or Apple-Belgium. And sure, we'll divulge exactly where OUR money is. But once we pay the parent company their dividends, franchise, licensing and management fees, we no longer know where that money sits.
... where the rubber meets the road.
Sorry about that. I'll just get my trench coat.
Just pining for the fjords.
The definition of DevOps that I've come to understand is nothing more than a close coordination between the operations people (the people responsible for getting things done) with the developers (the people responsible for building the tools to do what Ops needs).
Back in one of my past lives, I worked with a group responsible for controlling engineering documents and getting them to the shop floor. It didn't matter whether we ran around with clipboards and paper or used the latest buzzword technology. We went from the aforementioned paper distribution system to a web based one. Back when the web browser of choice was Mosaic. We controlled the process specifications and built our tools in house (on NCSA httpd and eventually Apache). Because as both the developer and the operator, if anything broke in the middle of the night, it was our process AND our tools that had to be kept running.
Sadly, this didn't fit with the philosophy of our IT department. Whose reputation rested on managing huge applications development contracts. This required that operations gave them a spec, waited patiently for a product to appear from the vendor and then ops just had to put up with whatever creaky crap IT had actually negotiated for.
I hope that the designers of high reliability, mission critical GPS receivers use more than the mathematical minimum number of sats (four, I believe) to establish position.
My little handheld unit can usually get eight or nine good GPS sats, plus half a dozen GLONASS on the average day.
So that's just the stuff with camels then.