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Re: Why can't they write some new programmes?
What about Mary, Mungo and Midge..
Re: Why can't they write some new programmes?
Agreed, the fact that they were made from odds and ends added to their credibility, their warmth. Unfortunately CGI has the tendancy to remove the cuddly effect and replace it with "clean and perfect".....
Bagpuss et al shared the same idea imperfection and it is was made them so real..
Re: Almost unsolvable problem.
I agree with Charles, the solution lies in the disassembly of the compiled code.
The algorithm for encryption is known, it should be possible to create a "theoretic "byte code projection of the few funcitons that exist, these in turn should be compared to the compiled byte code.
After disassembly of the public compiled code.
Each individual assembly function should be compared to the logic of the orginal assembler or C code. The logic must match, no extra routines or unnecessary comprisons shoud be seen.
The main elements :
How many decrypting functions exist, more than 1, Red Flag.
Which functions make calls to the decrypting function. Any more than 1 or two, start asking question.
Which functions handle the secret keycode - how does the function handle the keycode. Leading Space stripping, UCASING or lcasing, reversal, byte code comparissons, individual comparissons etc.... Red Flag.
What are the parameters types sent to the decryption function.
I would agree though that it would be painstaking work but definately possible especially when you have the original code.
I would also put a small mention out to +ORC's and his Martini-Wodkas...
Re: Is it just me?
It took me a little while to see that it could actually be a bare arse, of someone lying face down, about to have a suppository inserted.
Re: I DIS-agree....
>Your comment made me smile at least :)
Then at least I have done one good thing for the day.
Re: I DIS-agree....
Once a sheep .......always a sheep.... ( Hint : It's in their genes).
I wouldn't like to be in your shoes when your Boss, Wife, Local MP, etc does something wrong.
Re: I agree....
Oh yeah right, the Mongols should be collectively punished for rapes, murders, muggings, armed robberies and other viloent acts .
Should we also collectively punish all the Romans for putting Christ on a cross.
Should we collectively punish all the Australians for destroying the great barrier reef, for speaking with funny accents and drinking too much beer.
Should we collectively punish all of the Americans for being fat
Where and how do you define the limits of collective punishment.
The majority of people in groups are just sheep following wolfs. You don't punish the sheep in order to stop the wolf.
The Australian Police Minister has now "temporarilly" disbanded a group of "Mongols", slightly diminshing the groups drug and gun stockpile and having "successfully" claimed damages from Google.
Total loss for the Mongols, about nothing... It's merely a setback....
Total loss for the police... probably a few hundred thousand dollars, maybe even into the millions, plus the temporary lack of backhanders and all of this for a return sum of .........$1.89...... and that was only because Google placed an inappropriate ad......
The police minister must be proud of that ehhhh.
Everyone knows that the drug market is a lucrative business but no-one ever seem to tackle the root of the problem. You can't stop drugs being sold whilst the market is crying out for them.... It's all smoke and mirrors....
Milking the bunnies
The populations are using more and more energy for televisions, home cinemas, central heating, luxuries, iphone etc. etc...Surprisingly there are no viable energy solutions available for the ever increasing demand. So what do we do, nothing, we continue to consume as ever before..
OK, changing your boiler for a new energy efficient one will help, a little, but it will not remove the requirements for continually using energy. We have found ways to improve energy consumption but what we needs are solutions that STOP energy consumption.. But that would be detrimental to the economy......catch 22.
People want cake, no problem, but first learn they have to learn that cake is not going to be provided for free.... there is always a cost. Life is tough and I am convinced that it's going to get tougher for most but not all... just pray that you are in the latter..
Meanwhile prepared to be milked because it's all downhill from here on in.... until the populations are reduced by one means or another......it has to happen and everyone knows it but no-one wants to take a clear stance and offer "soft" solutions.......
A day to celebrate
Chavs of the world unite - soon to be faux tartan iPhones for the inclusion in ones collection of bling...
Re: "we need to be confident that we're making the best use of current legislation."
The dilemma here though is that the police commisioner needs "Crime to be happening", otherwise he can't justify his existance....
Re: Well yes
Agreed with everything you say BUT fibre requires the opening and closing of the roads and pavements - which is a long and costly process.. especially when it has to be repeated every 10 or 15 years..
Larry likes to lock his customers in, it now appears that he also wants to lock in the DOD.
If the DOD choose to go this route they will probably regret it in as little as 5 years time when they have to spend billions re-developing software in order to avoid Larry's clutches.
I presume that Larry is simply replying to an RFP but what scary is that these kinds of contracts ever go anywhere near the public sector. How will the DOD verify the "intentions" of the Chinese dev team, or the Iranian encryption genuis or the Israeli microchip expert that is working in one of the less obvious Oracle departments ?
If the staff aren't yours, you have no control over anything. Even when they are it is not an easy task.. ( Snowden ring any bells).
Larry wants the bomb --------->
No it's not to reach your calorie limit, it's to reach the daily requirements that your body requires in order to have the correct balance of proteins, carbs, lipides etc. It's very easy to reach the calorie intake, it takes a little more effort inorder to reach the recommended requirements without exceeding calories intake.
In other words, you are forced to overeat in order to reach the level that the body requires.
Calories are in general the energy/fuel as a whole, they do not represent the quality of the fuel.
This is exactly the kind of bad eating habits that most doctors would like to see people avoid.
2 Big Macs and a Cheese = (2 * 510) + 255 = 1265 Kcal and thats before you add any soft drinks or a desert.....
The nutrional value adds up top about a 3rd of what you need for the day. ( There's little or no fibre though).
That means you would need to eat 3 of these, therefore 3795 kcal worth of MacDo to meet your daily needs.. A normal adult male requries about 2200-2500 Kcal, everything else turns to fat...... Unless of course you are very athletic person - in such a case you probably wouldn't be eating MacDos.
An occasional macDo is not a bad thing, a regular macDo is a killer
Re: As an educated Yank ...
"It's not fascist to not be rude to people. They "don't need to be fat", you "don't need to be a twat"."
You can replace the word "fat" with whatever you want, there will always be the same understanding behind the word and "the overweight" people will still be offended. It's a lose, lose situation.
Just out of interest what adjective would you use to describe people that eat to the point that their weight becomes an embarrasement ?
Being fat is not a disease it is a choice. ( There are exceptions but they are few and far between).
As the saying goes, you are what you eat..... If you eat a lot of fat , you become fat.... that's not being rude, it's being honest.
Hungry vulture hovers over the rotten fruit
Speculating about speculation....
Re: what's a sq acre?
It's like a rounded acre but with straight sides.
Re: I hope Snowden didn't eat anything they might have given him
It's probably more dangerous to kill him than it is to keep him alive.
Imagine that this is a webserver somewhere that he,or an acomlice, must log into every day otherwise it will spew out to all and sundry the important stuff that hasen't yet been leaked...
If the NSA still have an interest in Snowden it is because they believe that he stills holds something important. Otherwise they would simply have let him rot in Russia.
( Same is probably true for the Russians)... Hell, even Ian Fleming couldn't have written a better story...
Re: Concur with Stross. With a couple caveats.
One of you is speaking about *.doc or *.docx files ( ie MS Word Format) which can hold formatting etc, the other is speaking about *.txt files ( Ascii text files which does hold formatting etc).
Please do not compare appels to oranges, they are both fruits but they are nto the same fruit.
Re: How very ironic of him.
Well as it happens I might just have property that you might be interested in. Now if you will send me 7 million as a deposit I am sure that I can guarantee that you wont be living next door to El Zuck...
Definition of Google :
* An interactive means by which shallow minded souls can be revealed to ones similars.
* A dirty polluting engine fuelled by its own users.
* A milking machine drawing endlessly from humanities orifices in order to provide fodder for humanity .
Why does HTML have to contain DRM
Any and all of the major players could write real "applications" instead of web interfaces and solve the problem immediately.
This is only about the corporates wanting some cake, eating it and then shitting the remains all over the users....
HTML is not the only protocole that exists, use something else.
Re: Quote: This is a trader fail
Question : Was there actually any, living and breathing, skin and flesh trader involved or was this an example of an algorithm getting a little excited again ?
It goes to show just how fragile the whole stock market really is. Decisions are not being made on fact or anything tangible, they are simply being made on movements.....
The stock market is basically the biggest computer game in the world... and it's being run by computers.
Scary, it's very, very, scary......
One for the Snatch fans - Inside the Pawn Shop
Saul : "It's a Moissanite "
Bad Boy : "A whatanite"
Saul : "Moissanite is an artificial diamond, it's Micky Mouse mate, it's spurious, not genuine and it's worth .......... Fuck all"
What happened to the money
The perp went down but what happened to the money ? Do the NCA just split it between them ? It would be a novel way of funding their own department.
Re: No mention of big data
That's because the author didn't explain that TB actually means "tiny bits" - 4000 tiny bits.....
Thought for the day.
Which is lonelier, that little star or the earth....
Endless promises and hopes
Why is that todays business models seem to revolve around large companies providing platforms for which content will be made for "free" by external developers ?
If I have understood correctly, very few devs actually make anything at all , other than a few pennies, OK there are exceptions like Rovio but they are so rare that they exist only on the extreme far ends of the bell curve.
obviously it's the Amazons ( they are hoping) , Apples, Google, MS ( not quite) that make the real money.
Or is it just the idea of obtaining the famous "15 minutes" ?
Where are Anonymice when you need them
This would be one of the very singular occasions in which I would like to see the table being turned on the perps( the police). This must be completely illegal..
We appear to be seeing more and more examples of how the "police state" has become a reality. Funny though, it doesn't seem to matter which party is elected , the police issues always remain inthe background. Politicians seem to be very wary of touching this holy ground.
I can easilly imagine that the Police High Commisioner, or whatever he is called, is a 33 degree macon... could there be a connection.....
It's a good start.
There are far many more things than just the Boy Scouts that need to get rid of the Sky Fairy idealogy but this is a good start.
Anyone that swears to a "deity" begins his career with a lie, why would we ever expect them to be honest from that point in.
All we need know is for the Americans to learn that creatonism is myth not fact. In parallel can we please offer the Pope a new job outside of the theater playing role that he currently has. ( The man himself, the Pope that is, is probably a fine human-being but please stop all of this funny hat and dress wearing nonsense - The 1600s are over).
Re: Nice read
I'd go as far as saying it probably represents 95% of the population.
Irony for the twunts.
Owning an iSomething whilst doing a Google search using IE9.....
From what can be gleaned from the interwebs and various other accounts, it would appear that not liking Steve was not a good career move if you were one of his subordinates.
Did you personally meet him ? Are all those accounts in the web wrong ? Was Steve Jobs really a philanthropist in disguise ?
That's a worrying thought........
Better the Devil you know
"He left behind a company that only he could have built and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We will continue to honour his memory by dedicating ourselves to the work he loved so much. There is no higher tribute to his memory. I know that he would be proud of all of you."
It sounds very much like Mr Cook is trying to keep his staff motivated and he is using "compassion" as the fuel. Pretty poor plot ......
"dedicating ourselves to the work he loved so much"
People go to work to earn money, not to idiolise or dedicate their lives others. ( Although that might actually be a requriement in NK) . Cook sounds like one of those crazy evangelists with very little, if anything, to offer, he must be in a permanent struggle to try and appear to be usefull.
El Reg Elite Minority
I have been signed up to El Reg for just a little more than 5 years... Does that make me an Elite Vulture ?
I have also been using the web for almost 20 years...... Does that make me an Elite Web Vulture ?
Some of these studies/reports make me weep. What's next, you have been driving for 5 years, you are the equivalant of Formula One pilot and you deserve medals....
I would hate to imagine the pyschological effect that such a watch might have. It is just as likely to start instilling nihilistic thoughts in peoples heads. When they have eventually reasoned deeply enough that life really does not have any purpose and all that remains left is too die they might just start behaving a little "crazilly"....
Surprised that the article didn't speak about IPV4 address space....3 Billion people, that only leaves 1 Billion address for industry...
And yet IPV6 still seems like it will be an eternity before it will become defacto for the unwashed masses.
Re: @Khaptain @Trevor_Pott RE: "I hope they all get cholera."
Re: Digital signature conundrum
If they are truly random pixels, they will be randomly scattered, but in known positions ( held within a secret database, woooooh), removing a few frames would then change the exact location of each pixel, the signatures pixels would then no longer exist at the known position.
Re: @Trevor_Pott RE: "I hope they all get cholera."
Alternatively they could be made to sit in the same room as Trevor for a few days and made to discuss the varying potential of improving IO on eSata interfaces.
Digital signature conundrum
Rather than removing the offending pixels, would it not be more advantageous to just add some extra pixels, thereby modifiying the signature. It would then become an unknown signature and not verifiable against one that already exists.
In a court I would imagine that something is either an exact match or it is not...
Re: Amazing. Not.
"Still, it took up space in the the newspaper that would, otherwise, have been filled with bile against immigrants, benefits scroungers, gays, politicians, unions, corporations or 'celebrity gossip'."
Since when did the public at large require anything more ? The "Illiterati " are not allowed to rise above a level which would allow them to remain autonomous...
"There was a time when people used to talk about newspapers like this as only fit to wipe your bum. But I wouldn't want to risk it."
Rupert Murdoch made his fortune from selling toilet paper....
Think about the copyright
Don't Playmobil have a copyright against this blatent copy of their character set.
It seems like one of the multiple "copyright defense" lawyers might actualy have a case here, now that would be interesting to follow.....
Re: Automated till hell ...
" C'mon, somebody round here is responsible for this! Own up, and accept the good kicking you deserve."
Have you considered the idea that it might have been the BOFH.
Heartwarming article !!!
Yet another manifestation of mankind's capacity for destruction.
How to make a grey day even greyer by leading the unwashed masses even further down the path of fear.......
Re: @Geoff Campbell (was: Computer games & drugs? Seriously?)
"My reality is my day-to-day life. And I'm pretty happy with it.
YMMV. Think about it."
Judging by the negative overtones that surface in most of your comments, that it quite difficult to believe.
Re: @Geoff Campbell (was: Computer games & drugs? Seriously?)
I very much doubt that Jake's reality encompasses anything other than Jake.
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