600 posts • joined 16 Mar 2008
Re: I like toys but...
"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.
Re: WRONG! (Was: I'm three terrorists at least!)
"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).
Re: Sounds like a job
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.
An example to follow
For having the courage to come out. I'm very supportive of the gay male community.
More women for me.
Re: Possible viral connection?
"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.
Re: "a statistically quite small group of people"
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.
Re: I just use Linux...
"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.
Re: Sort of defeats the object then
"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.
Re: Chinese manufacturing
"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.
Re: Bloody hell!
So, they'll be adding this function to systemd?
Re: "To reminder you"???????
Don't verb nouns. It weirds the language.
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)
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