Re: Let your betters decide
I'm afraid that you sir, appear to be suffering from hysteria. Off to the clinic with you...
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I'm afraid that you sir, appear to be suffering from hysteria. Off to the clinic with you...
Margarine is generally very bad for you compared to butter. Margarine tends to be made from hydrogenated or trans-fats and these are rather dangerous compared to any other fat type. Great for the food industry as they are far cheaper and a preservative as well, but not good for the consumer unless your sole marker is price.
Butter also taste nicer.
There's an astounding amount of FUD around the entire diet industry... if you were the type to see conspiracy everywhere you'd almost think that dieticians were more interested in keeping themselves in a career than any long term sense.
Fat in your diet: Too much, obviously bad but largely because you're likely to be eating too much unbalanced food and likely to not be doing enough exercise... and as rightly pointed out in another article on El Reg, very little of your body's energy is needed to maintain body warmth compared to even 50-75 years ago, e.g. within a generation. Certain types of fats have been proven to be very bad for you, e.g. trans-fats / hydrogenated fats and while these are great for the bulk food industry as they are very cheap and double as a preservative they are very bad for your body. Luckily there is growing awareness of this and while most governments haven't mandated clear, honest, labelling of these or banning them, this situation is improving. One very inportant point about fats in your diet is that it is far from the case that fat goes straight from your food to your own fat cells, there's a huge number of steps that the intaken fat goes through and the more steps the better as this requires more energy to process and the energy from the result tends to be eventually used more evenly throughout your day which helps to keep your hunger at bay as well. This is one of the reasons a good solid fry up keeps hunger at bay much longer than a bowl of cereal, a yoghurt and a fruit smoothie.
Refined sugars: These are best avoided as much as possible however in order to substitute for the lack of food flavour from removing fats in food the food industry has added sugar instead and this sugar is far worse for you than the fat it replaces. Refined sugar requires very little energy to process / break down and as a result produces an instant energy hit but no lasting, or spread over time, benefits. The less refined the sugar the better it is for you and the longer the period over which the sugars will be released. This is why natural fruit sugars or honey is far better for you than refined (cane or beet) sugar.
Calories: While it's useful to have some form of indicator as the nutritional value of food, there is a world of difference between a boiler and a digestive system. As a result a 100 calorie chocolate bar and a 100 calorie oat bar while having similar calorific values, produce vastly different results. The chocolate bar will be loaded with instant energy refined sugars which if you need an instant energy hit isn't a bad thing but very poor for a longer term snack and won't satisfy hunger in nearly the same way. The oat bar requires much more energy to break down and while the nominal calorific value is the same, your body will use much more energy to break it down and the results are spread over a much longer time. There is a noticeable lag between eating and your body's signals telling you that you've eaten enough, which is one of the reasons that eating slower works, similar to not eating while distracted (working, driving, watching tv) as we tend to not pay attention to our body's signals at this time.
Detox diets: These work solely due to the fact that you're cutting out the crap from your diet and eating less for a bit. There are no "super foods" or other rubbish, our bodies have had millions of years perfecting amazing detox mechanisms, eating freshly-marinated-quid-puree (or whatever today's celebrity inflicted detox diet is), doesn't help any. The other risk of a heavily calorie restricted diet is that your body goes into "starvation mode" where it hangs onto food for longer to wring out as much as it can for it (constipation often results) and then has a digestive fun day when you stop the starvation and supply enough food where it will continue to wring out more of the food... which is why the weight piles back on and the cause of yoyo dieting. If you must starve yourself, do it for a couple of days time at the most and then eat normally for the rest of the week.
Typed up while eating a nice sugary snack because it's oh so tasty... mmm... dammit.
I wouldn't touch normal US bacon with a shitty stick and if I did the stick would likely grow into something else entirely given the amount of hormones and chemicals in the average US porker. US pork is one of the times when "free range" or "organic" is most definitely the only safe way to go.
a 90% market share is excessive by anyones standards
Not exactly. There are plenty of markets where one company has 90% or higher market share. It's what that company does when they have such a high market share is what's important.
If that company deliberately destroys and makes it hard for all other entrants into the market through lock-in policies, proprietry information / technology and just generally fleeces their customers that is bad. If, on the other hand, that company tries hard to stay at the top by providing better services and better prices (running at a loss is considerd unfair) than its competitors than that is good (it's also basically only of the noble aims of capitalism).
Was probably put off by the earlier SDL which was a dog on many fronts. The v2 revision fixed so many annoyances that if anybody tried it before, it's worth having another look now.
Largely it's what a lot of people either don't understand or don't realise is that computer AV, much like biological immune systems, is retrospective in that it needs a sample to be able to spot it and deal with it in the future. The advantage of computer AV systems is that the initial detection can be in one location and detection patterns can be spread to others - doesn't help the first victim much but does help the rest. Of course, the longer something remains undetected, which is the aim of the game, the further the spread.
Unfortunately we're not helped when the prevalent computer system is one that was initially designed as a standalone system with a single fully trusted local user using it. However even with a fully application sand boxed operating system with a full and sensible application permission system, the weak point will be found between the chair and keyboard.
Those are some savage reviews... and not troll reviews in light of this recent national press notice.
What's even worse, is that many were threatening to contact Environmental Health, and at least one or two must have done this so what is Blackpool council's response to this?
You can put whatever you want into a contract (T's and C's) however there is a huge difference between a clause being listed and it being enforceable. The contract laws are surprisingly recognicient of the fact that most people won't understand or have the inclination to read small print on every occasion therefore unfair clauses are pretty easy to invalidate.
However this doesn't stop the scumbags trying it on with their next victim who might not complain, or complain loudly enough.
If they're really going to insist on 2FA why aren't they rolling out hardware tokens?
Don't... please don't... they'll start to insist that we use the stupid (calculator size) chip and pin devices for every purchase. Annoying enough to have to use one every damn time I go to the online banking for one of my accounts, would just give up if I had to use the thing for every purchase online.
I don't live in a village. But I can get a mobile network if I'm either:
a) standing, absolutely still, at the end of my garden with phone in the air.
b) standing by a window on the upstairs rear of the house. And feeling lucky.
Other than this, texts usually get through but can take up to three hours to arrive.
I really should change network, but I can't find one that does work here. AIUI there were some planning NIMBY issues a few years ago and as a result no signal. Which will be even more entertaining when they build another few hundred houses nearby as they'll have no signal either.
I don't think I've ever, once, entered my a password on the entirely pointless and annoying Verified by Visa "service". Every time, it's "forgotten password", followed by a few basic details that I can remember and yet another relatively random slew of numbers and letters for the new password.
Are there any details on how the delusional, control-freak muppets are planning the next ludicrous "security theatre" of authentication?
Nigel. Because Nigel is a ****ing Legend.
A maliciously placed uninsulated electric cable would do the job as well. I suspect a bucket of water or the British climate would ruin it's day as well.
The interface needs a bit of tweaking to allow the filtering of paid for content and just better management of paid for content or multiple user-roles (eg. kids vs adults access).
However the interface is a world apart and beatifully smooth and usable compared to the unmitigated trash disaster zone that is VM's Tivo interface - slow, ugly, unwieldy and inconsistent.
Amazon Instant Video (Prime Instant Video) works just fine on my Nexus 7 tablet.
They had been messing around for a while, only supporting Amazon's own devices but recently have seen the light.
I've been a fan of LED lights for a while, but this doesn't mean that I see them as a solution to every problem. Compared to CFL bulbs, they are rather more environmentally friendly: CFLs are rather poisonous if broken which is important to remember when one breaks on you.
Both suffer from being rather more precise on the colour gamut compared to incandescent bulbs (heaters) or halogen lamps (even hotter heaters). Both flicker, although usually impercerciptably. For CFLs this depends on the coating persistence time and for LEDs it's the circuit quality, both of which suffer when you buy budget models. Budget CFLs tend to have fairly random colour gamut unless you buy identical bulbs in a batch, have varying start up times and times to reach peak brightness. Budget LEDs tend to either have light "hot spots", more pronounced flickering or more likely are just not bright enough to be usable replacements for the bulbs they replaced, this last fact alone is why a lot of people don't like LED bulbs. Hint: don't buy your LEDs from supermarkets or DIY stores, buy them from specialists instead; This situation will likely improve at some point but not for a while. Similarly, generally, don't buy no-name (or own-brand) CFLs from supermarkets or DIY stores either; for CFLs there are brands that produce better ones than others.
For me I generally buy LED bulbs because good quality LEDs are brighter, use less power and are less environmentally damaging than CFL bulbs. Sometimes though, you just can't get an LED bulb in the required shape or light throw angle range but the winner is that LED bulbs can be dimmed but again there is a caveat in that you must use a quality dimmer control and these are somewhat more expensive than the dimmers that worked with incandescent / halogen bulbs.
PHP is not at fault here, this is the POS database abstraction layer in Drupal that is at fault here. It was designed by a technical advocate who AFAICT never had to use it in real situations and was (is) therefore utterly useless and unwieldly in many situations. It was a noble thought, but fatally flawed from the start.
The PHP MySQL libraries are actually quite clever when it comes to working with prepared statements and queries and optimising their use across multiple, often independent, connections.
Are you sure about their mail and weather services being of any use whatsoever?
I have a yahoo mail account and every time they update it they somehow manage to remove any remaining useful features and make it harder to use and just more stupid. It also tends to fail on more browsers and devices and they intentionally cripple the "old" version by making it as useless as possible while still nominally keeping it the same.
As for yahoo weather, I gave up looking at that even purely for laughs a long time ago. It seemed to have some form of time-displacement problem where the weather it forecast and reported often seemed to have no correlation to actual weather or what was being forecast by other services. Just to be fair and reasonable I have just checked the yahoo weather for where I am now. A mere difference of 3 degrees in the current temperature (vs met office / bbc weather) and the 5 day forecast bears little relation to the met office / bbc weather forecast. Also in typical dumb-US style (the US is one of the three remaining countries on the planet to not use metric measurements), the mouse over tips only give information in Fahrenheit and not the selected / default temperature units elsewhere on the page.
Why the love for the original twingo? I drove one, and it was a car that I'd hesitate to inflict on my most hated enemies, let alone anybody else.
The suspension was so bouncy that I suffered from travel sickness. While driving. I have never had anything like that before. Any of the smallest deviations from a perfect road surface set off a gut churning bounce.
The speedo was set so far to the left of the car that one had to take their eyes off the road, look to the left, refocus and then read the speed. Then look back to the road and refocus again. Luckily, at any speeds above 40-50 mpg the gut churning bounce came in therefore you barely needed to look at the speedo.
I give it that it had reasonable economy (but it wasn't as if you could thrash it or drive at any speed above 40-50 mph anyway), it was adequately comfortable in a spartan way buy that was the only plus point. My experience was soured even more by the fact that the stupid thing stopped working in the middle of a snow storm, as both the rev meter (placed exactly where you would expect a speedo to be placed) and the wipers were wired together with one fuse and they both gave up simultaneously when the wiper control stalk fell apart. Gah.
Not all versions (Twingo 1 is a very broad spread or models) were as bad as the one I had for a (very short) while but whoever was responsible for the model I had should have been shot. Repeatedly. Or just made to drive one, as that was possibly a worse punishment.
Thanks for the sane explanation and example.
You have the idea on it's head: The tablet does not control the boat - the boat's systems control the boat. The tablet is nothing more than an interface into the boat's systems. Of course, this doesn't justify a patent but this is the US PTO...
They are so screwed it's almost a joke. Yes, the price is good but that's their only positive factor.
16 or 32GB of storage? That has crippled them down to useless - want to install Office and maybe a windows update or two? Forget it, you'll have to uninstall everything else just to perform an OS update.
1GB of RAM? Win 8 is somewhat more efficient that its predecessors, but it's nowhere near that efficient. This is almost as useless as Microsoft's initial "minimum" requirements for Windows XP, except the truth was that if you want the OS (sans years of bloat updates) to load within the same hour and to load up another application you were fresh out of luck. These days a single application will lay claim to much of that RAM, which is a testament to how resource hungry modern applications are rather than any enhanced capabilities.
As for the display, x768 16:9 laptop displays are useless enough with many applications assuming x800 at the minimum.
Without experiencing them first hand, they sound like instant land fill.
We, as in most of the readers of el'Reg, probably won't however PHBs have a nasty habit of believing them.
Another top show from the resident LOHAN boffinette, sporting her pipe as she rightly should. Puts the rest of them to shame she does. Slackers.
or just the most common phone in current use among those who are more likely to be in thief-friendly locations.
Which means that the BLOODY BIG BUTTON phone that is used by the elderly who don't tend to go out on Friday nights or stumble around drunk on the streets will be the least likely phone to be stolen.
Seriously, an ex-colleague was mugged for her phone and the buggers handed it back and sent her on her way. Almost sporting if it wasn't for the rather unpleasant intent in the first place.
Nothing magical, just (ab)use of UTF-8 text. This page http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2995340/how-does-u%CA%8Dop-%C7%9Dp%E1%B4%89sdn-text-work explains it in a bit more detail. The encoding of the above URL gives a hint as to how this works.
Edit: Looks like you found an automatic online tool to do it for you...
Start with a password and as long as the user chooses an appropriate password this is relatively secure. Automated checks and constraints can be put in on this to help and rate-limiting for unsuccessful password attempts is a trivial implementation task.
Now add "security questions" from a narrow predefined list implying answers that are usually easily guessable or readily available elsewhere. Security? Fuckwits. Essentially there is no security left now. And still we have these dumb "security" questions on all these so-called secure services.
Try using many apps when you've spent years as a UI (UX) specialist... it's hard to not apply work to usage.
Very similar to how after a few years of assessing lip-sync in video playback on custom hardware and encoding schemes has left me unable to cringe when I spot lip-sync issues in broadcast media. Gits.
Can't agree more - I'd love to be able to filter and search, intentionally excluding particular criteria or "required" permissions.
Pretty ridiculous when the vendor is the leading search engine, but even with that, excluding matching entries isn't always easy.
It's definitely not an insurmountable problem. When it comes to spotting overhead wires a human helicopter pilot, with good eyesight, is likely to have a lot of other things to be looking at instead such as instrumentation, distance, other craft and so on that spotting something thin and very close to their flight path isn't likely to be easy and human eyesight really isn't really suited for flight at even 50mph. However for a drone system a near space high resolution sensor of some form (optical, radar, etc) shouldn't have a problem spotting them and it then becomes a task of whether or not the drone is able to avoid them.
I wouldn't really consider that such drone delivery systems are useful for urban environments, but where there is a lot of unpopulated space with sparse settlements, a drone delivery system could be useful.
I would have had to google most of them on the list as similarly I had never heard of most of them.
Topically I had heard of Jennifer Lawrence but would never have been able to state what work she hard done, Kate Upton seems to be yet another model where her most notable assets are cleavage (so complaining about flesh shots seems to be pushing it a bit, but there are expectations of some privacy) and while Ariana Grande initially looked like yet another dead eyed model it turns out that she has starred in some kids program for a bit and, err, that seems to be it.
What they old saying about publicity? :) These "stars" and their websites are probably getting more attention than they ever have had before.
It does. However what the hell MS think they are doing by once again putting in vendor specific application (filetype) hacks into their remote file synchronisation service, who knows? However this is Microsoft and they have form for putting in place incredibly stupid and narrow hacks for their own applications rather than actually fixing anything or doing anything sensibly in the first place.
My guess is that it's most likely to do with ghastly hack workarounds on excel partial file locks that don't play nicely with the synchronisation code that went into W8 to underpin encrypted transmission of data to Microsoft's cloud servers. AFAIK Windows 8 has this feature built in at a lower level and Windows 7 doesn't - or at the very least, it is implemented at a non-cloud specific file system level on Win 7.
Lens tech can do that but it's far from simple. While the basic trapezoid mathematics are relatively easy to grasp the practicalities of projection onto a surface for reflective viewing at vastly different angles and maintaining similar brightness throughout start adding to the chore, and then you have to take into account multiple colours and even pixel shaping. Short throw projectors typically work better with very specific surface types therefore projecting onto your own wall with your own choice of paint tends to complicate things further.
Casa de los Tarantulas e Crocodylos
I think I've just found a name for my holiday home. Now to deal with the small matter of not owning a holiday home...
Sorry, but singling out "C" as the "biggest mistake in the history of computers" comes across as nothing more than fanatacism. Dumb, dangerous code can be written in all usable computer languages. Newer languages may have more built in range checks at the language level but these most definitely do not prevent stupid and there is no single programming paradigm that is more correct or more universal than others. "C", being a defined standard, was probably the best thing that happened to computers as it facilitated code and skill re-use rather than the previous situation of vendor and system specific languages and code. Copying code has its drawbacks of course, but it is generally considered better to re-use code than rely on individuals recreating the same things time and time again.
Most dumb code is produced either by poor quality or inexperienced developers (usually operating in a poor or non-existent review framework), developers who do not use how to use profiling and checking tools or chose not to use them, or developers working in a financially constrained environment where there is pressure to release code whatever the state in as short a time period as possible. On a lesser pool, the "I'm really clever I write minimalistic code" developers cause a lot of issues as well, but these are usually swamped by the quantity of code produced by others.
I've had to beat so many developers who turn off compiler warnings and hints because "there are so many"... FFS... they are there for a reason. Look at them, learn from them, fix them. There are (rare) occasions when compiler warnings and hints are genuinely false, but on these rare occasions such checks can be turned off and re-enabled and clearly documented as to why this is happening.
In the past I've also had the joyless task of having to to unpick "exceedingly clever" code that featured convoluted 40 operator logic statements and to instead separate them into useful code blocks that was both maintainable and allowed problems to be accurately logged with appropriate error handling rather than anonymous failures.
As previously noted here... Input validation: it's not optional. Validate for expected, unexpected and total nonsense values and handle them appropriately. Trust nothing, especially when it has an external origin and write code that propagates failure cleanly.
Wow, talk about a relatively simple external bit of kit (that needs to be exactly the right size and tension) drastically improving a child's quality of life!
You have missed the point of Pi.
It's an educational device, not a device that allows you to pirate movies and stream them around your home.
Aha! So that is why my encoding of bluray discs to MP4 was taking so long - I was using my Pi.
Military-ish tech research tends to pay off in the long term, and the long term is something the Chinese (government) tends to look at rather than four year cyclic self-destructive short term goals. It'a also important that the Chinese maintain enough military capability to ensure that they have an adequate military presence, but as noted about their main advantages are financial and production capabilities.
While this application has obvious potential for warhead delivery the spin offs are likely to benefit all manner of technology fields where fluids are involved - including pipes, gas/liquid delivery systems, more efficient boats and so on.
I love the entire concept of Cohen, being that his, and his silver horde's, most notable skill is staying alive. The description of the fight and aftermath between them and ninjas was a very memorable read.
... out of Ninjas, Pirates, Jedi, Robots, Vampires, Elves, Dwarves, Dragons, Toadstools, Godzilla, Zombies, Englishmen wielding branches at cars, Aliens, Predators, Robots and so on...
Nice article(s) - always interesting to learn about the backend and everything that goes into these services. Does explain some of the directions that VM are taking and how the industry is moving.
Now if they could just provide a tivo box that wasn't a piece of shite I'd greatly appreciate it... a user interface that feels carefully designed to be as unintuitive as possible that is randomly unresponsive or fast so double button presses followed by loading up of an idiotic amount of resources for a service that you didn't mean to enter. To cap it all, no effing RGB / Component video output. I don't watch (broadcast) TV very often at all and tivo is putting me off watching even the little amount that I do watch. I really don't know how I haven't ripped the thing out and thrown it out of a window yet. Some people love it of course, but not me or my family.
Completely agree. However the software industry has grown up with a licence that effectively reads "We, the company providing this software, generously, out of the bottom of our bank account, are lending you a copy of this software exclusively on our terms. It may not do what you want it to do, it may not do what we say it does, it may not work very well at all, in fact it probably doesn't work at all but this is your problem and not ours. Now pay up bitches.".
Ah, but did he pay peanuts? In which case a contract could have been said to have been established.
Nothing created by animals? That's humans out then
This is the US Copyright Office - of course they deny that humans are animals. Excluding religious influences, in their defence it may be that as many of the members of the US Copyright Office (and US Patent Office) tend more towards plant or mineral state this is a reasonable assumption to make.
So if an infinite number of monkeys did manage to type out a brand new Shakespeare play, Shakespeare would lose out on all the royalties? How fair is that?
That is perfectly fair, particularly if you are the agent representing said infinite number of monkeys. Any royalty fee divided by infinity would result in a payout of zero to each monkey with the remainder being retained by the agent naturally. Not sure how music publishers or royalty collection and distribution agencies equate their number of represented artists to infinity but it seems that some clever accountants have worked out how to do it.
I guess you don't play any games that use Google play games services then? All of them require it.
Quite possibly. Is there a way to tell if an application is using these permissions as part of the google play games services or not? No... therefore no install.
There are a lot of apps I don't install... :)
Too right! The terrorists could use that in some double dastardly attack on neighbourhood recycling centres. One cannot be too careful. Please think of the children.