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A stupid girl of my acquaintance switched the tag, but the store detective got her anyway.
A good thought, for those who have unlimited bandwidth and fast links all the time; there may be more subtle approaches which might be considered.
Nonetheless, I remain with adblock firmly on, along with noscript, and my browsing is a much happier (and not coincidentally faster) experience.
Dear websites: your job, on the whole, is to make money for your shareholders/owners. You have chosen, by and large, to make that money from advertising, on the assumption that your provided service is sufficiently enticing that I will watch the supplied advertising.
I will accept, from a retailer, internal advertising - but that's it. I don't want to see it if I am not on your site, and believe me I am not in a 'relationship' with you that gives you the right to bombard me with spam after the event.
I have never seen a site whose content will persuade me to suffer advertising, and I don't expect to. There are only one or two sites - this has been one of them - for which I would pay; and even then, please remember that the majority of the internet is nothing more than entertainment. The total costs I would be prepared to pay, for my *entire* internet use, should be on the order of the BBC licence fee; a few pence per day.
Exactly, Bob: I have lost count of the number of places that require an account to be set up before letting you see a pricelist, or something important like the delivery options and prices. The vast majority of those places never saw my money...
There is exactly *no* reason to require an account to purchase goods online, any more than there is to buy bananas at Tesco's. Sure, they need to know your delivery address, your name, and your bank details - but they *need* them only as long as it takes to process the order. What they *don't* need, and I don't want, is a 'relationship' which allows them to spam me forever and a day.
Each transaction is individual, and should remain so, the same as it is on the high street. And just like the high street, if I like the service, I'm inclined to come back; if I don't, I won't.
One might wonder, with all the wonderful things one hears about this interweb thingie, that major providers of email clients don't have a group policy which *forbids* CC? Or at a minimum, forbids CC with (as suggested elsewhere in the thread) more than some small minimum of entries.
I was there with Lester on the sad day that our brave Playmonaut sank to his watery doom, and I can confirm that (a) the English Channel can be a very uneasy body of water and (b) there was neither hide nor hair seen of the plucky chap.
But then, I would say that, wouldn't I?
The way I have thought of it: assume that the error is represented by a circle around the actual position (with the size of the circle being equivalent to the noise introduced by the error). Draw an arc centred on the previous location and passing through this circle's centre; that is, the radius of the arc is the true distance between the two points.
The area of the circle of confusion which is inside the arc, on the side of the previous point, is always going to be smaller than the other side; if the error is evenly distributed radially, then there is a small but significant chance of the error falling to the 'large' sector rather than the 'small' (and very little chance of it falling actually on the accurate arc itself).
Which suggests rather counter-intuitively that the best way to measure distance is to take distant samples rather than closer ones, though that would of course ignore any waypoints off the straight and narrow.
But... but... one in a million chances come up nine times out of ten!
I'd agree with that; while it is fairly easy to hit the wrong key on a moving keyboard, the lack of tactile feedback from a touch control is I think a major issue with them; there is no immediate cue that you have hit a 'key' at all.
Is there not a load sensor on each wheel support? Add them all together, and lo and behold, you have the weight.
Anyone aware of a possible plague of chip'n'pin debit card fraud?
In the last fortnight, I've had not one but two frauds on two different cards, one of which is *never* used on t'internet (and the other only rarely; I prefer to go through Paypal where possible). Some kind soul, or group of souls, is buying the oddest things with my cards: propane, video games, insurance, food... meh.
I am on the strong side of paranoid when it comes to using my cards, and from talking to the bank (who have now issued new cards twice in a month) it sounds like it may be a random number attack. At least they're not doing the 'our systems are secure, it must be you that's given all your numbers away' thing.
The bank have been extremely helpful and tell me I won't lose the cash (though it's in holding at the moment) but it's a but bloody annoying.
"First is the myth that the government wants to ban encryption," said the head of GCHQ. "We don’t. We advocate encryption."
Of *course* they encourage encryption: what better way to encourage a sense of security while they find their way in through social programming or physical access.
not to mention the most intrusive and datagrabbing, are building artificial intelligences?
What could possibly go wrong?
Does that include hurling a mobile through a plate glass window?
It's something weird that has happened to Firefox and Linux and video; youtube things that worked mid-week have stopped working. The only way I have found to get *some* things working is to uninstall the Adobe package and force youtube to deliver in HTML5.
So now the BBC is dead instead.
What's an Error 2035 when it's at home? It's all I see when I try and play them.
That would be an English system like PAL.
And (as an aside) because of the continuous FM colour subcarrier that SECAM uses, it's impossible to mix two SECAM images together. So every French TV studio had to decode video and work in the RGB domain, or (quelle horreur!) do the much cheaper approach of transcoding to PAL, use PAL internally, and transcode to SECAM as the signal left the building...
To keep a name and address and in particular payment details once the transaction is completed? In the vast majority of cases, things I buy online are one-off events and I'm unlikely ever to use the store again; or if I do, it is of no consequence to type in my details again. Certainly I don't want so see advertising, and I don't want a 'relationship' with a retailer...
Made a point of seeing it years ago. Touched a moonrock, too. Cried a little.
But it doesn't really reassure me - all the usual platitudes: metadata not data, children/terrorists/criminals, and no mention of website observation or security. Hmm.
I used to lust after an AIM 65.
My first was a Sinclair MK14 (still here, but the PROMs have bitrot now) which had a no-longer-extant homebrew video display: took me a week to design and three months to debug a stupid level converter error.
Then came the wonderful Tangerine 65... things in plastic cases were for wimps. This came on 160*100 Eurocards, with a proper backplane, and fitted in a 3U 19" rack with space for heaps of expansion cards. All of which you could make yourself! Whee!
Nah... they just could push the launch button with those silly little arms.
>Storrs Hill - That hill was a bugger at the end of the cross-country.
Aye, and climbing it every day didn't make it any flatter.
@Mike - My father went to QEGS and ended up a lorry driver; my grandfather went to QEGS and ended up a coal miner. Ossett Comp was on the whole I think an improvement; although I didn't attend university straight after school (to the headmaster's annoyance) I was the first in my family to have a Bachelor's or Master's degree.
Where us poor sods that were considered too bright to go to Horbury Secondary Modern got to walk up Storrs Hill and go to Ossett Comp instead.
(If I'm so smart, why aren't I rich?)
There probably isn't room to take sufficient Marmite for the duration.
To those of us who care.
But so many billions don't...
To be honest, I never understood the purpose of the telephone book: if someone knows me, they can ask for the number; if they don't, do I want to talk to them? (I except commercial listings).
I have been moved to write to my MP.
Usually I restrict myself to haranguing him on the doorstep once every five years.
Count the whales!
Now stop integrating Pocket and Reader, and any other crap I might not have noticed yet.
While I ended up with a 'smart' TV recently, as the only thing that was both in the price range and had a decent picture in the size I wanted, the network attachment has never been connected.
The PVR to which it is attached has a similar network attachment, but at least that one lasted long enough to see whether iPlayer worked before it was removed.
Annoyingly both the screen and the PVR seem to think that there is no-one in the world who might watch a single channel for over three hours without using the remote. I have turned it off on the screen but haven't yet found the equivalent setting for the PVR - a task for when I am bored sometime.
That's my approach. Got seabios onto this Tosh CB2, with the latest Ubuntu Mate appearing to work properly; still investigating Mint. 17.2 loads and runs but has issues which I hope will be resolved with a kernel upgrade to 4.2 as used by Ubuntu Wily.
My post upthread triggered me to do another websearch - and woohoo, someone's worked out how to get seabios onto the Toshiba CB2, so now I have an almost working Mint running natively on it.
Instructions from the Captain at www.fascinatingcaptain.com/howto/install-ubuntu-on-the-toshiba-chromebook-2-in-5-steps - still need to find a solution though for no sound, no touchpad, and no suspend - of which only the last is for me a real annoyance since I don't do a lot with the audio on this machine.
Kudos to John Lewis for sorting the seabios scripts.
Linux has been on mine for a while, but I still haven't figured out how to get it as a native install and not through crouton, so I can use the linux I want.
^%$ Baytrail processors and fake boot sequences...
(though it does look as if someone has managed to get seabios onto the Tosh II so there is hope.)
Lester, you carelessly forgot to slap some butter on that bread.
C'mon, man! You want to live forever?
This very subject was discussed on something on Radio 4 a couple of weeks ago (sadly I don't recall the programme). Their conclusion was exactly as discussed above - save that the amount of energy involved was miniscule and significantly below the level at which it would be possible to measure any temperature changes.
That energy is stored in a spring is easy to demonstrate with an elastic band: stretch it and it will get hot - energy has been added to it. Let it cool to ambient and then relax it; it will cool further.
All it takes is a few cyanobacteria... oh, wait...
Instead of spending money on getting us *off* the planet, the DoD would prefer to spend it on making the place potentially uninhabitable?
Didn't early 68000 Macs have an issue with people storing metadata in the top bits of memory pointers - casing much brokenness when larger memory models came along?
Yes, I know a 64 bit address is a *big* chunk of memory, but sooner or later...
I can't come in today; I've got a bad attack of Space Cheeses.
If it's any consolation, Nick, I have both an apple and a plum tree in my garden, both of which produce buckets of fruit, and yet I still gather blackberries and rip my hands to shreds.
My friends get to enjoy jams and jellies, and I even buy the jars myself and rarely get them returned.
I'm not sure whether I'm a pluted bloatocrat or a peasant...
Indeed; let my add my voice to those calling for your return.
I have not always (often?) agreed with your views but I have always enjoyed reading both your articles and the commentary afterwards.
"in the time it takes"
And there's the rub. I've lived in this house for years; I can find my way around it blindfold and often move around in the dark. Notwithstanding that, I can put my hand on every lightswitch in the dark, should I need to see.
These are *interesting* technology, but they're in the same class as the smart thermostats: they're a solution for problem that doesn't exist. As others have mentioned, there is no function provided by this system that either isn't already available or would be better provided in the switch itself. In other words, Toys.
Giles was happy with the new toaster. But he wondered whether it really needed the iPhone app to control it.
Why do EU citizens think that mass-surveillance is already applied by the US-gov on data stored in the EU?
Why would we not?
World over we have examples of governments sucking as much data as they can, on grounds of 'piracy', 'terrorism', and 'will nobody think of the children', and yet while all claim great strides are made in safety, extreme plots brought to the ground, and the like, somehow no-one (except an occasional token appearance) appears in court, and the piracy, terrorism, and child abuse goes on.
There is absolutely no evidence available to the average citizen that these processes work, or indeed what it is that they are supposed to achieve.
Once again: dear government, mind your own bloody business. When you have at least sufficient other evidence to believe I have committed an offence, then you may try and convince a judge that access to any data I may have left scattered around the place is to be made available to you. Requiring companies to store my data and metadata on the offchance that one day you may want to see it is neither efficient nor productive.
So I don't care whether you're my government, or you're an overseas government which is publicly demonstrating an appetite for grabbing all you can: no.
A poisonous asp? I wouldn't have said so...
To be honest, I'm less worried about three-letter-agencies having accessto my DNA profiling than I am about the insurance companies. They seem to have forgotten that their purpose is to agregate risk and provide cover for the unfortunate *irrespective of their risk*, rather than attempting to provide cover only for those fortunate enough to be unlikely ever to need it.
Which is not to say, for example, that some forms of insurance are suited to examining individual risk; someone with an expensive car and a long history of accidents and expensive claims might reasonable be thought to be putting an unreasonable claim on the insurance company and either charged at a higher rate to reflect those claims, or simply refused insurance. However, there is a difference between that and medical claims: in the majority of cases, it's hard to see how an individual has any control over his genome.
Currywurst 36, just round the corner in Mehringdamm.
@moeity - I can speak from the experience of both myself and other paragliders I know: we are all perfectly happy bimbling around the sky at five or ten thousand feet with nothing but fresh air between our feet and the ground, but we still get that sinking-pit-of-the-stomach sensible cautiousness when approaching a vertical drop: say the edge of a dam or a high bridge. Curious.
and lived to tell the tale, though with a fine selection of internal and external injuries including broken ribs, broken vertebrae, punctured lungs, demolished spleen and the like, I can truthfully attest that it didn't hurt at all - I never felt a thing.
I am told that I bounced six feet in the air after I hit the deck, but the last thing I remember is feeling the wing start to collapse and starting the correction for it; had I had another hundred feet of altitude I wouldn't have hit the ground at all.
Hurt like buggery for months afterwards, mind.