Re: An immutable record, you say...
1117 posts • joined 1 May 2008
A Honeywell appliance materialised on the wall of our Throne Room at the same time the gas boiler was replaced. I'm guessing it's a CO detector. It does give me a little frisson to see it, albeit that there's very little connection with the tech titan that was.
Part of me wants to pry the casing open in case there's an advanced supercomputer in there (hell, relative to Honeywell machines in their pomp that's probably a valid comparison) but another part of me thinks that if either my landlord, the boiler maker or the plumber felt the need to surreptitiously install such a thing in our bog, I probably don't want to know why.
I struggle to believe Nicola Sturgeon said anything so contrary to the narrative on which she's basing her current manoeuvring. Got a source?
I'm with you on the "negative bubbles", in fact I think they are the true phenomenon here. I say that because I don't think I'm anything special or magical, just someone who spent a good amount of spare time methodically learning how computers and things worked and how to use and troubleshoot them (for myself, at any rate). The result is I generally have a nice time on a computer, and when things go wrong I patiently set about putting them right. No hammers required (well, rarely).
My GF, on the other hand, exhibits very much your "negative bubble" concept (which I myself named "technopathy" - linguists present may freely comment on how cromulent this construction is). If something can go wrong with a computer while she is using it, it will, whatever the odds. I will watch her like a hawk and not be able to explain what I'm seeing, nor be able to replicate it. It apparently happens to her at work as well. She is no ninja but knows her way around a computer as well as most who've used one day-to-day for as long as she has; I swear the things just don't like her.
So, yeah. Not sure about the positive, but the negative? Yup.
I've never seen a PC or lappy that had "upside-down" USB ports - seems so counterintuitive it's hard to believe any mfr. would do it (oh, hello Dell).
I'd always proffer the plug with the side where the holes don't have the contact-plate right behind them, and the join in the metal isn't (where there is a join, which is pretty normal), as the top side. Never been an issue IME.
Apart from the rise of micro-micro-thumbdrives which only have the contact-plate and no housing. Made a litany of fumbles with those bleeders :(
And then there're the PCs that put the USB sockets sideways (oh, hello again, Dell, but plenty others too). I can't imagine there's any orthodoxy within that.
Still, you know, I guess it's better than what we had before. Mostly.
If you'd had one of those, I doubt you'd be sharing about it. Not on here, anyway.
Mm, your handle probably doesn't help matters in that regard ...
Heh, yeah I was incredulous at USB->Ethernet myself so likewise had to try it, and son of a gun...
Good job El Reg is responsible journalism and doesn't tell us to go jumping off cliffs ...
Pretty sure you can nobble the User-Agent: header sent by Konqueror, change it to something more mainstream and you'd probably be golden. (Konqueror is sadly now discontinued now though, so I hope your predicament was temporary.)
I've had to do this in my Raspberry Pi with Firefox on occasion: many sites don't compute when you've got a HD screen but appear, processor-wise, to be on a phone. Sigh...
Isn't it quite hard to play a piano that's only got one leg? A skill like that should command remuneration enough to put one well above the welfare bracket in any civilised society, surely?
^This, and not limited to Linux either. My mum and I had netbooks around the same time (got her the same model as mine to hopefully simplify long-distance support) and quite a few apps had dialogs (or in at least one instance, main window) too tall for 600px vertical. Thunderbird account settings stands out ... Turns out "Alt+drag" is a tricky concept to grok over the phone :(
>in the UK
In Scotland (80s-90s at least):
Primary school: "P1-7"
Secondary school: "S1-6"
Why must people so complicate matters? Keeps someone in a job, I suppose.
>can't count to 10 without taking his/her shoes off
Anyone with fewer than 10 fingers ain't welcome in my typing pool, I'll tell ya that much :p
Pfft. Pepperidge Farm must be going a bit Nana Moon.
There were rendering inconsistencies between all browsers. CSS positioning rules, box model, link pseudo-selectors (shudder) without even beginning to think about the JS incompatibilities (my nurse says I mustn't do that any more) ... OK, IE gave us a lot more work to do than the others, but don't claim the rest were all singing from the same hymn-sheet.
Ick. Thanks (not so much) for reminding me of that traumatic recollection of my last trip to The Smoke.
Looking back, I think that discovery of black snot after an afternoon's moderate tube travel was the pivotal moment at which I said to myself: I will NEVER live or work here.
"OMG I went into a public environment and some of the people therein are having the temerity to audibly communicate with each other!!!eleventyone"
It's not for me to comment on why the tube is so stressful in the first place, I'll have to take your word for that, but why does hearing other people conversing make it more so?
I ask as someone who strongly values a bit of contemplative solitude himself, but would never expect to achieve it on public transport.
According to the Standard the guy is an NHS worker hailing from Colorado (one of the more enlightened states of the Union I'd say, though others may not), from a small town where it's common to know and chat with pretty much everyone you meet in your day-to-day life (and because they weren't living in London, they were generally having a better day most of the time so the chat was more enjoyable). My background is similar and it's a facet of rural life that I do miss since becoming an urbanite.
I may go against the grain here, but I think it's a tragedy how insular people in London seem to be, and I bet there are more people on those trains than you care to acknowledge whose misery is in no small part due to the crippling loneliness of their lives, for which this prevailing attitude is far from blameless.
I think it's a good idea. It doesn't compel anyone to be sociable if they don't want to, and it might just end up making the odd few people a bit happier. Where's the harm?
Hi PJD, sorry this is a bit late in the day but have you tried opening these old docs in OOo/LibO?
If they render satisfactorily, there are some format conversion options available under the hood, on the commandline - not sure if that includes batch conversion but even if it doesn't, you could likely use a smattering of shell-scripting (or possibly Python as that's what the internal scripting engine uses) to do batch conversion. Worth looking into.
There was growing dissent among the dev community for some time even under Sun's stewardship of OO. The pace at which changes were accepted was glacial, lots of (supposedly) critical improvements were sitting in bureaucratic limbo, and the devs were getting frustrated.
I think the Oracle takeover was just the excuse most of them were waiting for to make the fork they'd been itching to do, but hadn't out of conscientious reluctance to fracture one of FOSS's most prestigious brands.
Is the code (or other material) you contributed still present in LibreOffice? AIUI they ripped out a lot of stuff before even their first release.
If your contribution was in initial release(s) but has since been removed, would there still be an expectation to remain in the credits of future releases? Serious question as I don't have an inkling of the etiquette in such scenarios.
Eat some bread in the process. It helps, trust me.
Hangman, hangman, hold it a little while
I see a Zuckerbitch comin' riding many a mile.
...and we know how that worked out, don't we?
@phuzz: This. I use FB only via web, my missus had Whatsapp for a while before she joined FB (including an overlapping period after the buyout) and after the buyout, I started getting friend suggestions of her friends with whom I'd had no contact on FB. Can't see any other way that could have happened.
So a fat lot of good withholding my phone number from Zuckerbitch did me, in the end.
I feel your pain, Grunchy. I knew about I, Robot from the off, but I've just learnt that he's playing Deadshot in Suicide Squad. I wasn't much invested in that item to begin with, but now it's arrived at "Aw HELL no"sville.
(Okay, I'm still faintly intrigued to see Jared Leto Joker, because he has in my mind always been the-guy-you-call-when-Heath-Ledger's-not-available, so this casting was no great surprise. I expect I will forevermore watch his movies and ponder how Heath would have played it, but that's my psychosis. Oh, and a hot Asian chick with katanas is never a reason *not* to watch a movie in my book. But still, probably gonna pass on balance.)
Hancock was also a tragic waste of a good premise, but I only give him a small share of the blame for that trainwreck.
Thanks for the background, Ian. That pic of Kirk standing disconsolately in a veritable ball-pit of them would be rendered quite horrendous by the notion that they were all crapping all over him all the while.
(Horrendous but undeniably tittersome. I am a bad human being.)
Yes, and Pornhub have reported a massive spike (ooer) in searches for the said genre since the game's release. I'm now wondering if the two are connected ...
Oh wait, no. I just remembered what people are like. No further analysis necessary.
>he has been a Eurosceptic for years before Brexit made it fashionable
You mean he's a Euroskeptic AND a hipster?
Why just the role credits? Don't the crew and the catering truck deserve a mention too?
Or did you mean "Roll credits"?
(Agree with your thesis though.)
Isn't "the mid-term Brown appointment" one of Teresa's videos?
You latched onto this story as it gave you an excuse to make (and photograph) a double Decker fried egg and ketchup sarnie, didn't you? Or do you expect me to believe you had that on file waiting for the perfect story?
#Need a "chinny reckon" icon
I'm up for inventing a new language. How do we do it without falling into these traps of the mind, so we can flog it to all the lingo-stakeholders of the world? It would make life so much easier, and mean Google would've wasted quite a bit of cash.
Ursprech (or Oor sprech if you're Scots). Who's up for it?
What 6pm news are *you* watching? I've seen plenty of that on ours.
Get this: most people away from the battlezone don't *care*, or not enough anyway, until it's their town or someone they care for that gets bombed or shot. And when that happens, the response isn't all that constructive but is along the lines of "Let's fly over there and bomb them some more! BOMB ALL TEH BOMBZ!!!!!one" because they're angry.
Until then they're too busy getting angry about "tidal waves" of immigrants and how that's imagined to affect their own immediate environs, without sparing a thought for realistic resolution of the issues that are causing it. The culmination of this is that, as now starts to look worryingly likely (I've been trying to deny this until now), next Thursday we'll do the society-level equivalent of taking our ball home and saying "fuck all y'all". And it won't have the desired effect in the slightest. Bunker mentality and kicking the can down the road.
If I felt that our elected representatives were doing anything of greater merit to undermine Daesh and/or stop the same thing happening again a year or two later anyway, I might join you in slating Anon's campaign. But I really don't. Shame.
>I can't honestly see much advantage for things like Libreoffice.
Well for starters it'll mean I can actually install the bastard on my unstable Gentoo lappy - more than I've been able to do for a loooong time because I don't have two days spare to compile it and the prebuilt binary version is perennially ruled-out by DLL-hell (OK, SO-hell but you get me).
I'm not sure who I blame more for this: LO devs for linking to flaky bleeding-edge libraries, or the devs of those libs (icu, poppler and harfbuzz seem to be prime offenders, whatever the hell they are for anyway) for breaking their ABIs with every fscking point-release (grr).
DLL hell can be a real PITA for some packages on Gentoo, so I'm not surprised their devs have been all over this.
However, why do I get the feeling that
(a) he'll only serve a fraction of that time; and
(b) he'll find a way to get around the probation restrictions?
That was a popcorn-tastic read!
So is the typist his next wife, or do they all play as well as work together?
I HAVE TO KNOW!
Funny you should mention Tizen as this timely burp from Samsung makes me think they have an opinion on this...
I'm not sure how much it'll appeal to other OEMs though, unless they can ensure Sammy won't be in a position to wield just as much influence with it in underhand ways as Google can/are with Android.
Do you have a newsletter?
It's not news TO YOU. The thread immediately following yours shows that it was of interest to someone and the insight gained may just have made the net a better place.
So, y'know, how about you just shut the fuck up if this is all you have to say, huh? Sooo bored of reading this post over and over.
My thoughts exactly, AC. It's just a bit too bloody convenient otherwise, especially on the same day FB announce they're nobbling mobile-browser access to FB messaging and expecting everybody to use the app instead...
They already have my number thanks to my nearest'n'dearest using FB/WhatsApp on *their* phones (cheers, y'all) but damned if I'm handing it over directly.
>Password re-use is worse than weak passwords.
Weeeeel, it *shouldn't* be, ideally salts and other techniques discussed above should be used so the stored hashes would never be the same from one site to the next. But if they all just blindly do sha1($pw) then of course it's a problem.
Waitaminute, surely it's cheaper than a pint to test your hypothesis...
...Ooh, you crafty bugger. You've cracked it, changed the password, and are going to change it back to "dadadada" just in time for whoever's adjudicating to check it. Veeeery clever. You can have this one on the house.
Shitballs. Is that concrete that Vista is in the firing line? I have a manager's BYOD lappy that's on it (yeah, I know, don't start) and I don't have ready access to it to do preventative measures. I'll have to -- oh gods -- talk them through it on the phone! /dies a little inside
Is this authoritatively factual?
The flaw in the existing "tree of trust" model is underlined once again. The root CAs prove once again to be unworthy of that trust.
What's needed is a way of democratising the level of trust in a CA or lower-level cert holder. Look at BitTorrent and how its model all but eradicated malicious payloads which had become the bane of earlier p2p networks: admittedly there had to be an initial "sacrificial lamb" to download the malicious payload and identify it as such, but from that point onwards the torrent would never gain traction.
I'd like to see CRLs being used to spank CAs for malfeasance based on user reporting. You signed a cert that got misused? Poof, there goes your own cert. Now enjoy explaining to all your legit customers why their websites are throwing a dirty big warning sign instead of that nice padlock they paid for.
Who would (everyone trust to) manage this process, and how would they guard against malicious false reporting, are the tricky bits. Maybe there's a decentralised, p2p method of going about this part too?
This is a step further than that, because they don't need to install the certificate on your machine: it's signed by a root CA that all browsers already trust by default.
200 lb is very weedy for a gorilla. And 5 stone is a child, or maybe a midget.
Just sayin'. I'd still pay good money for ringside seats.
While I don't disagree, I think that's pretty unlikely in Thiel's case. Unless he was kicking about in Uganda without his minders or wallet the day the story broke.
Come off it. Did you ever actually *see* a 1st-gen Windows tablet? They were about as portable as a breezeblock, and about as useful unless you took the power brick everywhere with you. The touchscreens were desperately unresponsive as well. Yuk. There's good reason they were a rarity.
Apple won out because they timed it right; the hardware capability was finally there to make a non-dire product. With convertibles, that ship has largely already sailed. Not that they couldn't leverage a good chunk of the market on the strength of their brand alone, but because they're not first to market this time, there'll be a lot tougher scrutiny from the criticsphere, so they had better not mis-step on the hardware or they'll have their very own Zune experience (which would give me a chuckle).
While preparing to answer this I realised I wasn't sure either, but I think it goes like this:
Browser generates a random temporary (symmetric) encryption key, encrypts it using the server's certificate (which is its public key) and sends this as part of its request to the server.
Server decrypts the browser's key with private key that only it has, and uses it to encrypt and decrypt everything from there on.
MitM can't communicate back to the browser because they can't decrypt and use the key that the browser is expecting them to use.
(Well they could try, but you'll know they're at it if there's an unusually large fruit-machine in the corner with "D-Wave" written on the side lol).
That was sort of an exercise to self, in case you couldn't guess ;)
If you can just get one more upvote you'll be almost bang-on in your percentage :)
10 / (10 + 2) = 0.833(repeating)