Would it be OK to combine the hands-on bit with the Nigel Farage bit? With hands firmly clenched?
176 posts • joined 25 Apr 2008
Would it be OK to combine the hands-on bit with the Nigel Farage bit? With hands firmly clenched?
>>It's pretty much gone Pete Tong ever since,
Doesn't that rather depend whether you're in the arms business or not? Some would say it's getting better every day...
One thing which puzzles me about the ever-increasing military horrors being visited on almost everyone in the region, from Aleppo to Aden - who is making and selling all that ordnance?
I know who supplies Saudi, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar etc - that would be "us", the UK, US, France, Sweden and the rest of the "West". Given that all the regimes we're selling to are despotic, this is blatantly hypocritical in terms of anything we might call an "ethical foreign policy", but it's irresistably lucrative, because that's a LOT of hardware, with accompanying profits and jobs, and it's politically acceptable in the supplier counties because none of their folks are being shot at.
But who makes and sells the bullets that ISIS, the Houthis etc are firing back? What are the manufacturer's stamps on that ordnance? There seems to be no shortage of supplies, so if it's us selling to them too (albeit via circuitous and anonymised routes), how immoral is that?
And if it isn't "us", how rubbish are "our" arms salesmen?
Morality makes my brane hurt.
Likewise, my biggest speed problems are in areas which aren't really rural (like Cornwall or the Hebrides, where I understand connectivity is excellent) but are on the edges of urban areas - say places with a ~5Km copper run to the exchange. At one site I work with, BT have listed the cabinet down the road as "Imminent" for FFTC, which should make a world of difference - but this "Imminent" status has been in place for over a year, with no sign it actually happening. Grrrr...
"Osbo was tight-lipped about exactly how the government would bring in broadband download speeds of up to 100Mbps for most Brits if re-elected in May."
We already know - from what they did with rural broadband strategy. He'll throw taxpayer's meeellions at BT, who will say they'll use it for broadband rollout, but will actually spend it on shareholders dividends, executive bonuses, and foopball rights.
But at least that puts urban broadband strategy on an equal footing with rural broadband strategy - "we're all in it (=fucked) together".
..without a thingy for getting boy-scouts out of horses' hooves?
(Or should that be "horse's hoofs"..? You can never find a pedantic grammar nazi when you need one...)
...can't they just ask the lander to send them a GPS fix?
No, wait - erm...
The location itself would of course be the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard'.
I believe this is a legal requirement for such disclosures.
>> 67 moons – although not all are visible
Are you sure? If so, I believe you may have solved that ol' Dark Matter problem....
...between watercooled and hosed. Mixing electrickery and water can only end badly - that's why I don't keep my data in the cloud.
I'm confused - I use Firefox on my Android 4.4.4 phone, so am I using Google's flawed Webkit, or a different Webkit installed as part of Firefox (which I understand is a webkit browser)?
Boffinaceous expertise please!
>> In PCW, we boldly asserted that WiMax would start to be more widely available in 2008. Still waiting for that one.
Areas which get a really bum deal from ADSL include those on copper runs >3Km from the exchange, or indeed areas which HAVE FFTC but where the cabinet is > 1Km from site, so ADSL speeds are stuck around 2Mb/s. WIMAX really ought to be the best option for the last hop in areas like that. So what did happen to it?
...the assumption that just because the earth was "too hot for water to exist in a liquid state", that all the water would therefore disappear completely from the planetary aggregation, and need replacing from some other source like comets. Assuming that the original matter from which the earth accreted did contain water (would that be the case?), then as the planet was (or became) too hot for that water to be liquid, the water would vapourise - but if the earth's mass was roughly the same as it is now, surely the vapour would simply have hung around in an atmosphere within the planet's gravity well, rather than disappearing off into space - just as water vapour stays within the gravity well now, because only hydrogen and helium are light enough to disappear off into the great black yonder.
And then when the planet cooled down again, the water vapour in the extended atmosphere would have condensed into liquid on the surface, and formed the oceans.
Any astro-boffins out there care to explain why this shoudn't be the case? Genuinely interested...
Couple of years ago HSBC's online business banking service started nagging me to install their security software to make my online banking "safer". They offered installation options for Mac OS and Windows - but I use linux, not least because I'm concerned about online security. So after a few weeks of being nagged at every login to install software which doesn't exist, I phoned their Internet Banking tech support line and asked them if it was possible to stop the nagging.
When I'd explained the situation, their *Internet Banking tech support operative* replied "What's linux?".
>How can female ejaculation be "life threatening"?
Maybe something to do with proximity to an electrical socket?
In which case we should ensure that all electrical installations are clearly labelled with graphic illustrations of the potential hazards...
May I be the first to grass up El Reg for hosting a picture of me fisting my coat..?
>>We do multi-PC networked control systems. They can't be web (though they are networked). They don't make much sense mobile.
So you don't want to run your control apps on tablets which people can carry around the shop-floor with them? Mobility can be useful on a LAN too.
So you might want to look at Cordova, using JS sockets for the network comms. Such stuff can't work on t'internet, so doesn't fall into your definition of "mobile" - but it works nicely for control apps running on a LAN, and gives you the kind of socket-level comms you'll be used to.
And the same code will run (or only need minor tweaking) in a desktop PC browser.
Network sockets are an oft-overlooked feature in JS, because everyone thinks of it as an internet thing. Shame it's such a bastard to develop in. :)
If research into hydrogen-powered vehicles eventually results in a massive uplift and cost-drop in hydrogen storage and management tech, doesn't that have some potential to solve the storage problem which besets renewable leccy? So rather than building massive tidal lakes or pumping water up mountains with spare capacity when it's windy/sunny, you just electrolyse water and store the hydrogen locally, then fill your car up (or run your central heating) when you need to?
Just askin' ...
> The state exists at our pleasure.
This must be a usage of the word "pleasure" of which I was previously unaware...
> It has no legitimacy otherwise and should be opposed if it continues to exert authority beyond its mandate. This battle has already been fought and won and our rights were paid for with the blood of our forefathers.
No they weren't. As you say yourself, "At the end of the day, 'might makes right'" - power has accrued among the mightiest, or in more recent cultural parlance, the richest.
> The power of the state has a limit and that limit has long since been passed.
I wish I believed this.
>There *must* be some avenue whereby people who disagree with the government of the day can organize, protest and if need be make their wishes plain with civil disobedience.
Yes - but there are laws against engaging in any and all such activities. These are largely enforced at the discretion of the police, but given that for anyone to notice, such activities would have to happen in London, and therefore the police in question is the Met, it's bound to end badly.
> If no such avenues exist, then we exist in a tyranny which does not have legitimate authority over us.
Well spotted, full marks.
> The representatives of the state break the covenant whereby they gained their power in the first place.
As above - they gained their power in the first place by being bigger and badder (and more recently richer, and therefore able to subcontract bigness and badness out to lowlier grunts), so no convenant applies.
> A portion of our fundamental laws are designed precisely to ensure we are still able to regain control of our government.
No, a portion of our fundamental laws are designed precisely to prevent this (RIPA, Official Secrets, Terrorism legislation, and the tacit understanding that standing in the street holding a placard constitutes a breach of anti-terrorist legislation if the plod on the ground decides it does). There is a second portion of our laws which were designed precisely to make us *think* that we have rights, but these are always secondary to the first portion, and are meaningless in the absence of a proper constitution anyway.
>We still have the power, by virtue of our numbers, to enforce our will.
Depends on whom you mean by "we" - most people think and vote the way they do because the rich people control their world-view in a way which keeps them scared and stupid. So they vote for the lizards because they're afraid that the wrong lizards will get in (pace Douglas Adams).
I, of course, am not stupid - heaven forefend - but since being not-stupid makes me a member of a small political minority in the modern British world, I AM pretty fucking scared.
>> So in general, it's now a requirement that IE (all curent versions), Firefox, Chrome and Safari are fully supported by any public-facing website.
Damn. I was hoping that this announcement meant that my websites only had to pass the W3C validator, and as long as they pass, I can blame any browser-specific display issues on the browser developers, and walk away whistling a merry tune.
Isn't that the point of having standards - correct allocation of blame?
>Do you need it spelling out?
No. I just wanted to use the phrase "intergalactic mega-moles", because that's exactly the kind of thing the internet was invented for.
Very relieved that I don't have moles like that in my garden.
Unless El Reg is trying to tell us that all comets are really spaceships used by intergalactic mega-moles to travel around the multiverse..? I do hope so.
...who has never heard of any of these people?
Thank god someone is providing engaging entertainment to distract us from all the war, pestilence and grinding poverty that a lot of the world has to live with every day (some of it generously funded by my own tax-pounds).
This is encouraging - but can't boffins come up with some way of transporting BEER over an internet connection? Not only would this solve the inter-plant transport issue (using VPN) but it would also enable us to buy our own BEER directly from the brewery, by adding a sparkler tap adapter to a spare router ethernet port.
This new technology would dispense (sic) with transporting "packets" over the network layer, and transport "bottles" instead - and there might be problems with compatibility between European brewery BEER streams (in litres) and UK router output, which would have to be in pints.
But these are just engineering problems - surely if we can build a Large Hadron Collider, an internet-based Beer Transport Protocol shouldn't be beyond us? We could call it BTP/IP ...
(Mine's not the one I'm nicking the wallet from in the icon...)
sir/madam, for use of the excellent and under-used word "trub".
>a possible flaw in its mobile application
Really? A mobile card payment app with possible security flaws? Blimey guv, whodathortit?
....I'm feeling very depressed.
I wonder what sort of real people personalities (TM) would be appropriate for the botling hordes? Perhaps suitable neuro-patterns could be harvested from London commuters, or Glasto-goers..?
Beer, partly because it's Friday, but mostly because
a: if all goes according to plan, things like this will be doing my housework in a few years time;
b: if the plan goes horribly awry and the botlings take over, I'll need a feckin' beer.
We should get Benny Hill to break in to Bluffdale and replace one of the tapes, leading to a diversionary war which would neatly disguise a heist of Fort Knox.
It's a better plot than the 2003 remake...
...to build a Faraday cage around my house?
Or would that just get such enormous currents induced in it that I would be grilled alive from all directions?
>But only via the high speed lead projectile vector.
And don't forget the "failure to change the default admin password" vector.
>You'll get your computers, tablets, laptops etc back eventually....
And (depending on the nature of the investigation) your children.
But they won't pay for a new front door.
Yes! YES! I see the light!! Jesus H tapdancing Christ I have seeeeen the light!
(3 mins 15 secs)
Whose country exactly?
As a Brit I've long been resigned to the fact that anything is legal if the government (or a big enough business) does it, and anything is illegal if the government (or a big enough business) doesn't like me doing it - irrespective of what the actual law says. Democracy doesn't appear to have any real power to mitigate this reality, whatever the paperwork says. OK, you have a Bill of Rights and I don't, and you're a Citizen while I am only a Subject - but recent events indicate that the reality on the ground isn't that different.
And to anticipate the obvious brickbats - yes, I will very happily eat humble pie (and my hat) if I'm ever proved wrong by the successful prosecution of Tony Blair for war crimes, or Rupert Murdoch for anything at all.
Pint - partly because it's Friday, but mostly because as any fule kno, BEER is the only thing which makes the modern world bearable.
O noes - he said "banana"!! Now we're all f*cked...
I am vaguely aware that large numbers of upvotes can gain a commentard the coveted Silver Badge status. But does El Reg count downvotes towards removal of said status?
I'll pass on that particular pleasure, thankyou. There are some areas of personal safety that I won't risk even with double insulation. (Obvious icon)
> the main thing I can remember is the procedure for making a tasty dinner out of a live rabbit.
One hopes that this process began with putting the dear little bunny out of its misery? Or does this recipe come from the Ozzy Osbourne guide to bush tucker?
(OK, OK, I know he never really did the bat thing. Coat...)
It would be nice to think we'd all get a life.
IIRC they were the first subscription-funded network to avoid UK taxation by pretending they weren't doing business in the UK, when they clearly were. So in that sense, yes,
Pint - because my preferred social network is still the pub.
All this discourse on world history is most enlighening, but somewhat missing the worst offence committed in this troll-ful post. Which is, of course:
" to use an Americanism, stop looking a gift horse in the mouth"
The poster may care to note that this "Americanism" was used at least as early as circa 400AD by St. Jerome, in his Letter to the Ephesians.
Glad we've settled that one.
At last, a useful plan for all the XP machines which will shortly be toast. Upvote!
>The two things banks really hate are customers and cash.
So as well as being quicker and more convenient than cards, phone apps, or other high-tech payment mechanisms, using cash also has the added bonus of annoying the banks - result!
Fair comment - though intuitively I would expect the lateral velocity would make a safe re-entry rather unlikely, given the flammability of your average paper plane. Unless the very gradual transition from near-vacuum to full atmosphere would provide enough gentle drag for something as low-mass as a paper plane to re-enter without burning up..? Any spacey scientists out there with a good answer for this one?
>the reasoning goes something like "Amazon are about to create a thousand jobs somewhere in the UK.."
Yes, and the same reasoning goes "...and in the process they will send a few hundred small British businesses to the wall because, being unable to offshore their corporation tax liabilities, these businesses will be unable to compete with Amazon on price."
The price of buying from Amazon is that the government has less money to spend on schools, hospitals, police, defence etc. I hope you think that's worth the fiver you saved by buying your latest bit of iBollocks from Amazon instead of from your local (or web-based) independent British retailer. I agree that it's the government's job to make tax laws which work, but we have a role to play too, in choosing who we do business with.
In fact, our politics is now so fucked up that choosing where we spend our money is probably a more effective way of changing things that voting.
... by calling it "vinyl wrap" - it's obviously sticky-back plastic.
Mine's the one with the Blue Peter badge on the lapel...
>>All advantages and drawbacks of "the Cloud" can be concisely explained simply by replacing "the Cloud" with "someone else's computer".
That's the one going in my sig - upvote!
>>Brand's an idiot. A pseudo intellectual without a real understanding of how business works.
Maybe so - but many of us would argue that business is an idiot which has no interest in how people or society work. Which is why business should not be allowed to dominate people and society in the way that it currently does, any more than Brand should be allowed to chair a merchant bank.
...not getting manuals with your software. How do you think I feel - I used to earn a decent living writing the bloody things. I'm a relic of a bygone age.
No "The Doctor's Wife"???
Head and shoulders above the lot. No disrespect to Davies, Moffat et al, but Neil Gaiman is in a different league.
That is all.