Another story that is appropriate for this article & is well worth a read, is 'The Voices of Time' by J.G. Ballard
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Hmmm, From what I can see, the entry for DSSD has been deleted from the WSGR webpage you link to, someone reading El Reg perhaps & isn't happy about the attention they're getting?
I can beat that.
The computer rooms, (each 40 foot square), in a brand new PFI school had their power sockets spaced round the walls, every two metres as per normal, but all the network sockets placed in the trunking run down from the ceiling. Problem was, all the backbone cable had been specified as cat 6, & the contractor thought he'd save a few pence on the quote.
Thing was, no one had spotted this, & it was only when yours truly was allowed to look round the school, & saw it was it deemed incorrect, even though other members of the party, had been round the school, & had been on the planning committee.
Another factor that magnified the ouch factor, was that the school was built as two wings of three floors, off a central hub. Originally the plans, negotiated by someone who was IT knowledgeable, had called for a network & power closet half way down each of the wings, however, the contractors had managed to get that overturned, & had had a single closet put on each floor of a the central hub, & don't get me started on the planet switches stacked 14 high!!
(Icon for what happened to the network, despite my warning, when everyone logged on at once.)
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Oh you mean the guy/company mentioned in this article
no wonder he's worried, all that potentially lost revenue
I've said it before, I would love the gTLD .estmerde
Re: Finding it difficult
I think I'd prefer .estmerde as a suitable TLD
Thing that got me with radio shack in the UK, was the pricing. A 741 op-amp was priced at 59p (one 32nd of my weekly wage at the time. However, because I read Popular Electronics, I knew that the Radio Shack US price was 59c.
With the exception of the TRS80 Model 1, this wasn't a problem (UK price £807, US price $807), as locally I had Waltons, Fenwicks & Lings for loads of interesting parts. Plus there was always Tottenham Court Road at the end of a train journey along with the catalogs for Henrys & Proops Brothers!
a 'righteous deed'
Surely a 'righteous hack' is the correct term to use?
Re: What about Public Libraries?
"...As for the 6% who have never used the internet. So What?
My 92yr old mother has never used it. I offered her a tablet but she really wasn't interested. There are others of her generation have the same attitude...."
I'm now a volunteer for AgeUK, & I teach computing to the older person, (my translation), & I have to say that there is a large waiting list for the course. In many cases, these are people who have never even used a keyboard before, never mind a computer. I will admit that for some, the motivation is for services like Skype, to allow them to keep in touch with their with extended families, for others it merely seems to be a way to keep the lump of grey matter on their shoulders exercised. the oldest person I've had on the course was slightly younger than your mother at 89 - 91, & they were using an iPad, (bought before they had attended the course, & I had advised them on what to purchase).
With regard to public libraries, The times, when out of work I used them to fill in on-line job applications, I was usually frustrated at some point, by incompatible browser software or connection problems. Not to mention access time restrictions.
Why don't they.....
Produce a game based on the Amtrak Wars? I mean that is American killing American. The aim of the game could be for the Federation to stop the Tallisman, & the mute side to produce the first green blade of grass.
Micrisift are trying to lure businesses to use Windows 8.1, which businesses seem to be resisting & staying with Windows 7. My thought for a long time has been, what will businesses do when the next version of Windows comes out, & Windows 7 gets eol.
Using a shotgun's more fun!
Boris: Look on 'London's digital tentacles', ye mighty, and despair!
& how does the poem you've paraphrased end? Oh yes;
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.'
Why has this popped into my head?
You're in a self driving car, & the display flashes up "we're going to be in a serious accident, the following link may be of future use", followed by a link to Jones & Sons, family undertakers.
Another one is you're sitting at your desktop & the display shows an advert saying "Your google toilet has detected that you haven't used it for two days, Can we suggest Fred's enema & colinic irrigation service?"
Must drink more coffee.
(There's no joke icon available)
Re: Business as usual
In my experience, those people who click on the "your pc is running slow"/"your
pc has a virus" type adverts do so because at the bottom it usually states "microsoft certified partner" & they've been 'conditoned' to trust it. As there are always patches & upgrades being downladed to their pc's
is E M Forster's story "The Machine Stops" popping into my mind every time I read an article like this, about an always connected system?
Hang on a minute....
The name of the company is iProvo, are Apple aware of this?
Re: How Victorian.
My version of the saying is
Those who can, do.
Those who can't, teach.
Those who can't teach, become Ofstead inspectors!
(After experience gained from going through several of them).
Re: We need a relay
I think you'll find it was called Venus Equalateral (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus_Equilateral) proposed in the early 1940s.
Pay? Pay? Oh I wish I had that much influance :)
The truth that NASA will reveal is......that a Mars a day helps you work,rest & play! Simples :)
Re: Bring back topless darts !
Don't forget the weather forecast in Norwegian/Swedish :)
Wil the fathfull gather & using pure mind power, levitate the structure to a better place? :)
How about that mainstay of engineers over the years, the slide rule?
Given the Bonid articles on El Reg, perhaps the best way to deal with the American plane would be to launch LOHAN into orbit & arrange for the front to open & swallow it. - just a thought
Do you think Apple are ready for the rsi & tennis elbow law suits this might generate?
Re: Missed opportunity
You beat me to it. As I started reading the article I thought about putting a TV B Gone in one, it would be perfect1
Re: Sunk cost
I seem to recall seeing an RAF year book, just after Concorde had started flying, showing a drawing of a Concorde with RAF roundels carrying three nuclear bombs, with a caption pointing out that it could be our next bomber
Re: "I remember the first transmission." Me too.
I'm another one who remembers the first episode, though at the time, I couldn't understand why the BBC were talking about postponing Dr Who, to show a programme about some guy who had been shot in America the previous day, then again, I was only 12.
(I've told this tale to younger people, & watched them fail to understand just how big & remote the world seemed back then.)
Re: School I work at took another approach.
Funny, all the schools & colleges I worked at used a fixed size for user directories, & it took a very persuasive arguement on the part of the user, plus an examination of the current contents of thier user area befor the size ws increased. This was usually only done for year 11 & the sixth form. Worked a treat.
Should he really be extradited? I say no.
I've always been slightly confused. As I recall the timeline, (from memory, & without consulting a pile of saved web pages), went something like this.
2000 - 2001 Gary McKinnon carries out the hacking.
2002 He's caught & confesses. The US government is asked if they want him prosecuted under UK law, (2 years inside and/or £5000 fine IIRC), they decline.
2004 - 2005 The treaty is signed by David Blunkit, to allow the extradition of terrorists to the US. The US immediately apply for the extradition of Gary McKinnon, amongst others, using this treaty. None of them terrorists, at least as I understand the term.
This is why I say he shouldn't be extradited, tried yes, but extradited for trial in the US, no.
My other "moan" over all this, is that according to what I remember, most of the breaking into the computers happened using the systems default passwords This is despite Clifford Stoll writing the Cuckoo's Egg, 10 years previously, in which he details how the break-in's occurred - using defaut passwords! Was nothing learnt in the intervening years? (Other than by me? :) )
Re: Here's hoping for your sake
I was under the impression that the first person to suggest a "United States of Europe", was Napoleon Bonaparte while exiled to St Helina
Re: Typical Apple
Hang on, who said anything about rectangular shaped desks? surely all apple employees need is a chair & a space for their iPads.
From what I can recall, a large amount of the original cabling, was done by Southwestern Bell
Of course, taking photos, & having a newspaper to publish them in might help :)
(Someone who will be checking if he's being followed by a white van tonight!)
Re: Black rubber tubes
Was I the only child who used to jump on the strips to try & get the lights to change? (Traffic was MUCH lighter in those days! :)
In the late1970s, I worked for the third biggest producer of ice cream in the UK. At the time Walls & Loyns Maid had around 80% of the market. Based on this, Walls tried to start a campaign to get people to start referring to ice cream as walls' , in the way that they referred to a vacuum cleaner as a Hoover, or a ballpoint pen as a Biro.
I know, where are the Mythbusters when you need them?
The first pic,
On seeing the first picture, my inital thought was, that someone had scattered giant licorice allsorts on the floor.
I admit that gas is better. However, from what I've read in the past, We only have enough storage to last about two weeks with current usage. It would have been nice to seen some indication of forethought on this in the inital stages. Instead of what seems like undue haste in rushing things through.
Re: Spider resistance
Doh!! twings == twinges.
(blame it on my laptop keyboard!)
Re: Re: Spider resistance
Regarding book plots, I thought the book "Web" by the same author, far more frightening with regard to spiders. I admit I'm not an arachanphobe, but I had one or two twings after reading it.
A Funny thing
In Wolverhampton there is a lampost I pass everyday, with an A4 piece of card fastened around it, which has a QR code on it & nothing else. I've often wondered just where it leads, (I don't have a phone capable of utilising it), & how many people have accessed it. Has anyone tried something like this? Thing is, it's scary just how gullable some people are.
Re: Burn in Hell
No way, Satan wouldn't want the competition!
> Not to mention, there are millions of geeks out there for whom $35 is small change and they will want one even if it ends up in a drawer, having been hardly used.
I thought RS & Farnell were trade only organisations?
The most obvious problem I can see is that your average user might think it's a pop-up screen from a piece of malware & do what they've been told to do so many times, & ignore it
Simon Round and The Fuzzy Whatnot.
Hmm sounds like a good name for a pop group!
I prefer Phase IV