370 posts • joined 14 May 2008
Re: Nearly had me agreeing
It's not quite that simple.
Imagine Netflix content is delivered by the lorryload to your home from a Netflix factory on the other side of the country.
You pay your local council to maintain streets and local roads that connect your home to the motorway network.
Netflix pay their local council to maintain the streets and local roads that connect them to the motorway network.
The question here is about who pays to maintain the motorway network. It's full of lorries carrying Netflix content. Netflix are effectively arguing that your local council should pay to build a new motorway linking them to the Netflix factory, or at least to the motorway junction very near their factory; or alternatively your council should pay for the land and infrastructure and ongoing costs required to have Netflix build a new factory in your town. Your local council are unsurprisingly arguing that Netflix should pay to build and maintain the motorway as far as the motorway junction near your town, or at least pay the rent and infrastructure costs for Netflix to build that factory in your town.
In most similar disputes, traffic flows more or less equally in both directions, so the answer is normally for both parties to split the cost between them. However, as this particular motorway will need many more lanes heading from the Netflix factory to your town than in the other direction, the argument is not so clear cut.
Disputes like this are going to run and run...
Are the 2.5% of people
Over-keen SEO folks who are paid to make sure things are listed in Bing...?
Re: An excellent system
Did you actually read how this works? The cat is detected using a simple PIR sensor (as used for security lights, burglar alarms etc) not any fancy image processing. PIRs have the advantage of detecting only warm bodies (like cats and people) not trees moving etc.
The webcam is just for fun, and for calibrating the system.
Re: An excellent system
I assume Jess means using the same PIR and valve but with a simple timer to let the hose run for a short while after the PIR fires (similar to how a security light works).
That would be a fairly simple electronics project, and would work, but you wouldn't get the fun videos - which he mentions help to set up and calibrate the system as well as providing endless amusement.
You actually bought these things?
May I ask why?
Just because they're "cool" or do they actually do something useful that regular lightbulbs don't?
Indeed. Wireshark and tcpdump both use libpcap for the actual capture of traffic. tcpdump is a command line frontend, ideal if you want to run a packet capture for a period of time then analyze it later (perhaps with Wireshark). Wireshark allows real-time capture and analysis (using libpcap) but also offline analysis of saved captures.
libpcap allows highly configurable capture filters to reduce the size of the packet capture by discarding stuff you don't need (such as filter by protocols, hosts, only capture packet headers and discard the payload, etc).
To capture traffic from all the PCs though you either need to run a capture on each individual PC or on the switch/router/gateway. You can only intercept the traffic where it passes and ordinarily one PC won't see traffic destined for another PC.
Re: and so, ad infinitum
Did the email Peston received actually even come from Google?
mobile phone companies could buy vast numbers of large scale video screens and then sell advertising space on them. ...
Mobile operators who feel that they have lost what they regard as core revenue, from apps to new entrants, may well feel motivated to try the field of media sales but will find winning the hearts and minds of advertisers very much harder than they expect.
Why would this technology require the phone companies to buy the video screens?
There are already video screens that show advertising. They're operated by advertising companies who also run more traditional billboards too (JCDecaux, Clear Channel, Exterion etc). Presumably they get the content to them somehow already. Maybe LTE Broadcast will provide a better way of getting content to the billboards but why would the mobile phone companies want to start buying billboards themselves? Wouldn't they just offer LTE Broadcast as a service to the existing billboard companies (assuming they want it...?)
Stop calling it #@*$ing "coding"
"Coding" suggests a mechanical process of converting sense into almost-nonsense; encryption by hand if you will. No wonder people think it's boring.
Software engineering should be anything but mechanical. One of my favourite quotes about computing is from Turing: "Instruction tables will have to be made up by mathematicians with computing experience and perhaps a certain puzzle-solving ability. There need be no real danger of it ever becoming a drudge, for any processes that are quite mechanical may be turned over to the machine itself."
That's a rule for any programmer to live by - if you find your work becoming a drudge, write a program to do it for you (see also: compiler, automated test harness, etc...)
To encourage people to become interested in computer science and software engineering, we need to really sell it on that "certain puzzle-solving" aspect, not on "coding"
Re: That old horse:
The ducting etc down which the fibre travels, and the copper from the cabinets to the homes, was there when BT was a state monopoly.
Re: When do they become available?
Basically, you have to wait 5 years for the owner of the .co.uk to decide they don't want the corresponding .uk. Unless you can persuade them to register it and sell it to you (good luck with that).
No, 3% is steep. Paypal's publicly-listed fee for the highest volume customers is 1.4%+20p. I expect that (1) you can get cheaper than Paypal and (2) even bigger customers can negotiate lower rates.
Re: Stop taking GCHQ money the first place Vodafone Executives!!!
If we all switched to Tesco, Three or O2 would we be any better off Folks?
No. This is about fibre networks. BT and Vodafone (the former Cable & Wireless business) are the UK's biggest operators of fibre networks so it's hardly surprising they get the most money for allowing their networks to be tapped.
Re: interesting variety of discourse????
Well that just perpetuates the myth that IT is run mainly by men that live with their mum and can't get a girlfriend.
Actually, it doesn't. The guy who wrote the slide has a girlfriend. If she's anything like my financee (yes, I work in IT too, and I don't live with my mum: take that, myth!) she'd probably laugh about it. Normal people in normal relationships can and do have a bit of a joke with each other, often at the other's expense.
Whilst we shouldn't hang him for the stupid slide we shouldn't applaud him either.
Exactly. We should ignore it. At the very most be British and tut to ourselves a bit.
My point was a wider one around freedom of speech and the effect of twitter/Daily Mail created false outrage. When talking to a restricted audience, it is good to be able to engage with your audience and share a joke on the understanding that everyone within the room knows it's a joke. The only people entitled to take offence are those in the room. But now speakers face the risk that it will be taken out of context by people who are not in the room and used to whip up a frenzy. Which is surely going to have the effect of making public talks much more bland.
Re: The "it's a joke" brigade have missed the point
we don't live in the old days...public speaking, by very nature is public
Indeed, but that doesn't mean we have to throw out all the interesting variety of discourse we used to have and replace it with bland drivel for fear of upsetting absolutely anyone on twitter. Yes, it's public speaking, but it shouldn't mean the speaker has to expect some twit to strip a snippet of the speech from all surrounding context and lay it before other twits to pass judgment.
Re: The "it's a joke" brigade have missed the point
when this went out into the twatosphere others other than tech heads will of been made aware of it
And that is what's wrong with twitter, and the Daily Mail. They seem to think it's acceptable to take something out of a closed context, wave it around in public, and shout "LOOK AT WHAT THESE PEOPLE ARE DOING! YOU SHOULD BE OUTRAGED AND JUDGE THEM". Even though you weren't there, and you weren't in the target audience.
In the old days this would never have left the conference room, and that would have been that.
A public speaker now has to consider not just his actual intended audience, but any little twit who knows nothing of the context but everything about being judgmental about things he has no right to judge. Which can only make public speaking worse.
Re: Atlassian just went down in my estimation
And El Reg reported it, rather than just ignoring it, and I responded to that article, rather than just ignoring it. Gah!
Atlassian just went down in my estimation
Not because of that guy's slides, but because of their response to it.
Someone makes a joke which rehashes an old stereotype but really, isn't offensive at all. It's mildly amusing but slightly tiresome at the same time. Other than that it's an irrelevance and it should have been immediately forgotten about.
Some twit with a cameraphone tweets the joke rather than just ignoring it as he should have done.
Other twits on Twitter respond to the first twit, in the way twits like to do, rather than just ignoring it as they should have done.
Finally, Atlassian make the mistake of feeding the twitty trolls rather than just ignoring it, as they should have done.
I found this on Street View the other day. This is outside Virgin Media's headend/depot in Leeds:
Re: Loyal Commenter
You don't have to have "signed the Official Secrets Act" for it to apply to you.
The bit of paper they make you sign before giving you access to protectively marked information is just a reminder of your responsibilities under the Act. The Act still applies to everyone.
Re: Perhaps it's time Amazon delivered a solution.
Do you not think someone like Amazon could make an agreement with the carriers to drive their trucks a few km over an EU border, without charging them full international postage rates?
There's a student pub in Leeds called The Library (I presume it used to be one).
But I imagine it makes for good cover-up stories (spent all afternoon in the library, etc...).
I'm lacking in context here, not knowing what Uber is. But round here (Leeds) and in fact in many non-London cities I've visited, private hire firms (minicabs) often have "meters" fitted and charge the fare based on the meter. Now these often have LCD screens and don't look exactly the same as meters in black cabs. Are they not classed as "taximeters" either, or is the whole thing about no taximeters in private hire cars some London-specific rule?
Re: Note to all C programmers
Braces around single lines make the code really ugly and sometimes less readable. In this particular case, they should be avoided.
No, no and a million times no. If you want to get rid of braces, go and write Python.
Re: @kraut, re: goto fail;
Agree completely about braces after every conditional, even if it's just a single line.
But I guess I'm just so used to looking for logical operators when looking at conditional statements in other people's code that I much prefer not to have to evaluate odd expressions like if(false == i), or even worse, if(true != i) in my head while I'm reading code. I'd rather the more straightforward if(!i). It's like reducing algebraic expressions into the simplest form back at school.
If you really want to throw someone, try using the spelled-out versions if(not i), if(false eq i) etc!
Re: re: goto fail;
I've seen code like this a few times:
and I just think "why?!"
I understand the logic behind putting the constant on the left, but why explicitly compare with true or false? What's wrong with if (!one.checkSomething())?
Just what am I supposed to be doing online?
"proportion of people who completed government processes online at least once every three months"
I don't submit a tax return, claim child benefit, or whatever.
The only government "process" I regularly do online is buying car tax and that only needs doing once a year.
What am I meant to be doing every 3 months? Surely checking the local council website for the opening hours for the tip or whatever hardly counts as a government process.
Re: so NOT putting lots of chemicals in your body is NOT ok then?
My homegrown organic veggies and fruit taste a lot better than what you can buy in the supermarkets. It is also fresher (in season). It can be picked and eaten in minutes not days. Sure sometimes there are a few insects picked along with the veggie but that really does not matter in the long run.
The same is true of my homegrown veggies, just remove the word "organic" from that paragraph.
Organic real ale tastes better than crap supermarket lager, but that's because it's real ale, not because it's organic.
Even if said sales channel is explicitly trying to poach your loyal customers for a competitor? It looks like if they stayed with T-M, they would have fewer customers, not more.
Especially if said sales channel is explicitly trying to poach your loyal customers for a competitor!
T-Mob: Hey, why don't you try an iPhone?
Cust: No thanks, I like Blackberries.
BB: Stuff you, T-Mob, we're not selling you any Blackberries.
T-Mob: No skin off our nose.
Cust: OK T-Mob, give me an iPhone.
What they could have done is pushed the reasons why the customer should stick with a Blackberry on T-Mob and not be tempted by the iPhone; instead they cut off their nose to spite their face.
Re: Doesn't mean Apple will use it
Samsung already make the Galaxy NX - an interchangable-lens camera that runs Android and has 4G connectivity. Or is that a phone that looks like an interchangable-lens camera?
Either way, interchangable lenses on a camera, or camera/phone, is hardly a novel idea.
Re: Weird cabling
Wonder if it supports Audio Return Channel over HDMI. The 10 year old Sony won't but my 3 year old Toshiba does, as does my Pioneer audio system/bluray player which cost I think about £250. It means you only need one cable between the TV and the audio system - for bluray playback it pushes the video over the cable to the telly, and for watching TV the TV pushes the audio the other way down the same cable to the audio system. Even better, when you press standby on the TV it switches the audio system on or off with the TV too!
Re: Not sure a small Wordpress blog
I'm now not sure whether you meant 500 MB of RAM or storage. I has assumed RAM - in which case that's not too bad (though overkill for a small blog) but if storage then you can definitely get a VPS cheaper, and probably easier to set up.
Not sure a small Wordpress blog
is really the target market for this service...
I rebooted my phone and it came back to life; writing this over 4G.
It's 7:15am so your 7:45am update apparently hasn't been written yet though...
Re: A little thing that bugs me...
Retail Enablement Consultants.
Re: Data Security??
Nowhere in the article did it mention hackers. Articles from other sources suggest Morrisons believe it was not the work of outside hackers - so presumably an inside job.
Re: Minor correction
Target isn't really a supermarket in any dialect, but it's also not really a department store, at least in British English. Department stores like John Lewis and Debenhams are relatively classy places. Target is a big shopping shed with a product range something like a combination of Tesco, Currys, Argos and Primark.
Re: Are you sure it's the wrong conclusion ?
"Over-the-top content (OTT) refers to delivery of video, audio and other media over the Internet without a multiple system operator being involved in the control or distribution of the content."
OTT refers to something like Netflix or Youtube (which is video sold and distributed over the top of your broadband network, not via the phone companies or cable companies themselves), as opposed for instance to Virgin Media or BT Vision's own video on demand services.
It's not much of a stretch to extend this to messaging services. SMS messaging is a service provided by your mobile phone company. WhatsApp or Facebook messenger is provided "over the top" of the services provided by your mobile phone company (i.e, data connectivity).
Yes, the HSCIC is at pains to point out that they won't make any profit selling our data.
Which seems to be missing a trick. If you are going to collect our data and pimp it out to private companies, at least sell it at market rate and put the profit back towards the health services you stole the data from.
Re: NHS blocking the NHS
The care-data.info website is an unofficial website and is nothing to do with the NHS. It was written by a GP in Hampshire. The opt-out form he provides is an example only. You can opt opt by writing to your GP.
Will Ford replace my other half's 1999 Fiesta with a 2012 model?
Re: Another possibility
Could be the NSA... ;-)
Re: why distruction
Or just take the drone hostage. Wait for it to land to drop off your Three Wolf Moon t-shirt or whatever, then throw a big tarp over it.
Re: Do you need a degree to...
The CompSci graduate specifies what is to be programmed, how he intends to test the programs, and then makes sure the results are delivered on-time/within-budget/to-quality.
The actual programming gets done by the equivalent of a team of brickies with appropriate NVQs.
Not in the real world. Code written by "brickies" is invariably crap and requires real engineers with CS degrees to unpick and debug. Better for it to be written by someone who knows what they are doing in the first place.
If there is such a thing as "grunt work" programming, you're doing it wrong - as Turing himself realized:
Instruction tables will have to be made up by mathematicians with computing experience and perhaps a certain puzzle-solving ability. There need be no real danger of it ever becoming a drudge, for any processes that are quite mechanical may be turned over to the machine itself.
Re: There's your problem right there.
And being able to sit on a conference call with your customers and explain clearly why you're designing the code the way you are, or why it will take X days to add a new feature, or why test Y failed and what you are going to do about it, etc.
IMHO, recruiting people that know their stuff technically AND can communicate it clearly with other human beings is quite difficult.
Re: Massive Graduate Unemployement
No - as has been discussed in El Reg and elsewhere, UK industry struggles to recruit suitably qualified computer scientists and software engineers.
Part of the problem is an unwillingness of businesses to recruit all these graduates. Maybe the businesses need to be willing to put more effort into training these graduates themselves in the more practical aspecs of the job. Or maybe the graduates are crap - either because they are the wrong sort of person for the job or because they were badly taught by their uni.
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