1351 posts • joined 14 Apr 2007
Re: Luxury item
Health claims have always been spurious, but I can see other valid reasons to choose organic food over agri-chemical food.
Principally - avoiding 'innocent bystander' insects from being killed with pesticides (the value of biodiversity is hard to argue against), avoiding sudden/high volume leeching of nitrates and ilk into the water supply, reliance on agri-chemical companies.
Some people try to push the boundaries of 'organic' by creating naturally-derived analogues of synthetic treatments - but they're more about the cash-in than the ethos behind organic farming.
Ultimately it comes down either feeding the plants, or feeding the soil which in turn feeds the plants (and other wildlife). I'm for feeding the soil.
Because he cares about the best interests of the Australians he'd represent
Oh wait, that must be someone else I'm thinking of...
Re: Unbelievably wonderfull
3.2 seconds to peel off all the labels and stick them back on is certainly impressive (that's how much patience I had with the cube...)
Credit to The Gates'
This kind of research isn't fashionable, but can make a huge difference. I like that they go for the unfashionable problems because they're 1) more likely to have more unexplored possibilities and 2) not going to get much private investment and 3) as an engineer I see that's better bang for buck and 4) as an engineer I scoff in the face of fashion...
Simple, cheap partial solution
Instead of using the moniker 'password' we start using 'pass phrase'. In this modern day there is no reason to not accept mixed case, punctuation and spaces, but the concept of 'passWORD' excludes these in favour of something...well...word length and weak.
Also, the three tries at entering the passphrase then steadily extending the retry time will soon thwart bots.
How awful for their families
They must be feeling dreadful, condolences to all.
On a more important note
Will our playmonoaut do some space demos for us like Chris Hadfield did - and maybe record his own version of 'Star Trekking' for us back on earth?
Re: Your numbers are gone
Currency 'value' is based in confidence. Most fiat currencies are backed by nations, backed by armies, backed by guns and fighter jets. It helps people feel confident in them.
Isn't this what TP-Link have been doing for a few years?
Out on an island building site in the Middle East just now, can't get a fibre or copper to the cabins so we use a load of 4G-Wifi wireless routers with ethernet connections, 802.11n, etc. Cost a fraction, so if anyone's looking for a home version, try TP-Link?
Re: Really bad idea actually...
Clearly some people suit different types of work better than others. No matter how much training you give me as a bricklayer you'll get a wonky wall. Train me as a chef and you'll get burnt water. Stick me in front of a big pile of data and I'll slap it into shape. Some people may be great on the phone and just not know it, so not even realise they have options in the legit world. Make them lay blocks and they'll go back to do something else - maybe back to crime. Offer them a route out, and some may take it.
Prisoners are not all murderers and con men. Even if they were, they're clearly not going to give people guilty of credit card fraud jobs handling credit cards. They may provide Tier 1 support from scripts and logging bugs/issues, they may generate sales leads for other centres, they may be getting feedback on marketing campaigns. I'm sure the jobs will be sensibly chosen and trainees the more suited to it.
Not all prisoners want to be lifetime criminals, not all will be suited to trench digging, why not play to their natural abilities?
Not a bad idea actually
You are sent to prison AS punishment, not FOR punishment. Prisons should attempt to rehabilitate and give people who went off the rails better options for when they're released. Will it work for all cons? Of course not. Will it work for some cons? Absolutely.
And call centre work is a realistic reflection of the kinds of jobs we have in Britain now. Give people the skills and opportunities and for some it will make the difference between going back to crime and getting back into society which is wins all round.
'Give me your wallet'
It's just coward-grade mugging. There's not even the skill, art or finesse of a good security breach, it's just thuggery.
To think, the internet used to be such a nice place before the public and ad men were allowed in.
Re: Were Apple available for comment?
As I recall Apple and The Reg had a bit of a falling out over something quite silly and a long time ago.
Re: So I'm not the only experiencing this?
Just don't forget this...
"...what they didn’t do was give the finance department a thing to play with whilst they got the project off the ground."
I'm not a beard fan. Neither were the ancient Romans. Fashions and preferences change over time.
To me, beards frequently look untidy and unclean.
Other sites race to be first with dry headlines
The Register is more analysis than dry headlines. Their value add is often filtering wheat from chaff and not just reprinting press releases and AP leaders.
3 months ago on another form they had a really busy get-rich-quick bitcoin forum. Seeing how very few people are capable of understanding the intricacies of the protocol, there were a lot of very noisy people pumping BTC with exactly the kind of 'reasons' they did for gold 2 years ago. They have all fine somewhat quieter recently.
Funnily enough I see BTC fills a certain space in the market, and follow its progress, but the ffact is that you cannot any longer mine them without dedicated and expensive hardware meaning any rate changes are down to speculators, resulting in hype and instability. That isn't good for a currency. Maybe after the frenzied hype settles there will be something worthwhile left over, but right now there's too much noise to signal.
Re: This doesn't make sense
Presumably the cat had already escaped the bag, so there was nothing to be gained by keeping a secret from those at risk that those attacking already knew?
Amstrad's approach to products
As I recall they've generally been pretty shit (tatty stereos, killed off Sinclair, 3" drives when the world used 3.5" on their word processor, email phones, etc), so it would not surprise me if this was a crock of crap under the covers.
I wonder what the SMS message format is, be a chuckle if they just contain a URL and the SIM number is visible.
Re: Oh great
Another app I'll just have to live without. Like Instagram and (nearly) SnapChat.
Sadly I fear this will be the core business model of some Hoxton startup already.
Re: Rise of the idiots
Sounds like a Sugar Ape leader.
Someone got out of bed the wrong side today...
I take it another waste of time press release email landed in your inbox before the third coffee?? ;-)
In my job...
I often work in foreign countries with a large transient team who need to communicate cheaply. We have a stack of 60 Nokia 100's and 101's we use. When we land in a country we buy (assuming local laws and companies allow - irritating how often they don't) a stack of PAYG SIM cards, and program each one up with the numbers of all the other SIM cards and names for who we give that phone to.
It's an elegant solution because...
1) The phones are small, the battery lasts forever (unlike those who try to use the SIM in a smartphone and find come 8pm showtime that they're out of battery - just when they need to be on the phone!)
2) They are rugged enough for carpenters, roadies, site etc
3) They are fugly, don't tempt thieves
4) No internet, so no stupid data charges when some drum tech installs some 1.5GB phone game (EA, I'm looking at you!)
5) Truly irritating to text on, so fewer SMS to worry about
6) Retro Gaming!!
They are ideal phones for this kind of thing. But it does mean everyone travels with 2 phones, one we pay for and one that's entirely their own unsupported problem.
Variant of features on a photo
A couple of years back The Reg had an article about passwords where the user would draw over some notable features in a photo, sounds like the same thing.
Problem is for my password for say the Royal Albert Hall Ticket Office, aren't I going to trace the RAH? Along with everyone else...
Is this what's left after the administrators got paid, or do their fees come out of that £2k??
Re: Rule zero of movies - Get the rights *first*
>>>It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission. Doesn't make it right.<<<
Not in the movie world. You can sink as much money as you like, but if the IP holder says 'no', it's dead money. More likely the IP holder takes the opportunity to scalp you at the same time. Nobody will touch it without full chain of title (and that's a helluvalotta paperwork right there)
Re: Bad answers.
Clothes shopping. My wife is pragmatic now and we don't go together. Asking me about which of the x items is best is similar to me asking her which network topology we should use for the car. No idea, not in the least interested, and my opinion is of no constructive/considered value anyway. I once got busted for giving rote answers without even looking. There was pain, it was worth it, no longer get caught up in shopping for clothes together 'because it's what couples do'.
Clothes are foremost about utility of course, but then I like some flourishes (although not the same ones she does). Her selection of cardigans involves ones without sleeves, buttons and I kid you not there's one without a back FFS. We live in different worlds.
You need a playmobil dog too.
Autopilots etc - old aviation gag...
Can be flown by a pilot and a dog. The dog's job is to stop anyone touching the controls, the pilot's job is to feed the dog.
You need a playmobil dog.
Can Dylan Crush Apples Again?
You can have that one for free. Make that game!
I read these without really being sure if it's complete bollocks or absolutely true. And which bits are which. And I have no idea. And that scares me.
Do you see much of the internet? This is a spoof of those linkbait sites that aggregate or simply screen scrape a bunch of images, surrounds them with adverts, forces you to click through one at a time, with titles that consistently involved hyperbole and a number '5 incredible photos of blah', 'your eyes won't believe x can be so exciting', '12 wired cancer treatments that really work!!'.
It's a pastiche of buzzfeed and ilk if it needs spelling out.
Re: Yeah, cool...
This belongs in the 'You won't believe the Top 10 Linkbait pseudo articles you'll see this year' pseudo article I'll get some bot and intern to knock up for ad-rev clickbait.
Basically what Cray says. Our panels would stop a 9mm rifle bullet at 1m, the first save was guaranteed, tested, all ISO9000-ed etc. Second round stood a chance at getting through, but by that point you've had the warning and taken some action.
At our factory we also used to do Concorde and jumbo jet windscreens, popemobile, specialist helicopter shaped panels etc. Lots of very skilled hand-work, some panels were worth tens of thousands of pounds with vapour deposited gold UV protection and embedded heating elements etc. We also did the windows for the intercity HST sets, all tested and demonstrably significantly more resistant to high-speed projectiles than the train body surrounding it.
Bird tests for jet canopies were real, the frozen chicken myth was just that, it was alive until about 5 minutes before it was atomised all over the high intensity lamps for the high speed filming.
I used to work in a bullet-proof glass factory. The secret (apart from being quite thick) was that we laminated in lots of thin soft vinyl layers under vacuum, they would stop the crack propagation whilst the glass itself provided the resistance to projectiles. Doing this across the whole structure in 3D, not just 2D lamination sounds like genius. I'd buy one.
(Sent from my £600 phone with a starfish crack in the bottom right hand corner which I've had to protect with clear epoxy resin)
Re: Just a thought
Mosaic? You graphical Johnny-come-lately!
Lynx gets you a whole village!
Rare pragmatic response
How refreshing that someone costed both sides of the equation, worked out what was cheaper, worked out it came with free PR, and took it. I've been caught up in idiotic infrastructure systems with massive security black holes and staggering running costs just so we could deliver payslips electronically instead of on paper. I costed it, it was a saving of nearly 70% to revert to the paper system (more when you consider that people would then print their own payslips on company printers anyway), but it wasn't considered a viable option.
People are funny, if you employ an engineer to optimise a problem why not listen?
Re: for those who said buying Motorola was all about the patents...
Indeed. All the 'Made in America' bollocks was always bollocks anyway.
Re: Obscure and underexposed....
Oh bless! You must find The Register so hard to read and so confusing as it is always chock-full of micro-jibes and understatements like this.
@N has an efficiency to it
If you only have 140 characters.
Sorry to hear the poor chap's plight at the hands of extortion though, and even sorrier that someone wanted a (clearly not anonymous) twitter username enough to resort to it.
What's wrong with slate?
Used to do exactly this job in the early 20th.
Quite. Have a +1.
Fucking racket, end-to-end
This is what happens when marketeers get their fingers into what was previously a workable decent system. Viz patents.
Re: Awful to type on
Using cursor keys 5-8, IIRC
>>... almost all are now made in China or Thailand. Apparently some are still made int he UK but are difficult to find.<<
Economics - people buying cheaper from the Far East, you either join in or die.
That said, if you go to the DM website you can get the British made lines from them direct, there are several, and they are every bit as good as they used to be. I still wear them for daily comfort boots, but for fancywear have migrated to Ducker & Sons (still UK made)
Re: So why is it smaller?
Re: Seriously though, nice tech but what is this obsession with Moore's "Law"?
Moore's Law was poorly drafted but incorporated into statute in the 70's, before they realised things would have to get really teensy to fit a logarithmic progression. Originally Moore decreed that in year 1 there would be 100 transistors/square inch, year 2, 200 *and so forth*. He meant it as a linear progression so year 10 would have 1000 per square inch but some lawyer extrapolated exponentially.
Moore's second law was to always use three data points when defining a curve.
Remedy at law
>>>substantial, immediate and irreparable injury ... for which there is no adequate remedy at law<<<
So I'll use the law to sue you for money you doubtless won't have.
The game currently retails for...
>>>The game currently retails for $4.67 (US) and £2.99 (UK) - less than a large Starbucks Latte<<<
That's more of an indictment of overpriced coffee drinks than anything else!
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