2018 posts • joined 26 Jul 2008
Re: A question
Actually, I was more offended by the fact you had mismatched parentheses characters in your post. ;)
No worries! Have one more on me - it's the weekend. ;)
Lets test your counter-argument.
Proposal: "Secure Boot enables the verification of binaries prior to booting of the OS, thus protecting against scenarios where the OS or boot loader itself has been tampered with - of which real attacks exist in the wild today."
Counter-argument: "Saddam has potentially a specially crafted industrial infrastructure driving around in the desert at night, producing chemical weapons!"
Yeah, I'm not really seeing how you've shot down the value of Secure Boot, there. But for comedy value, please do post back here when (not if) GNU/Linux distros start taking real advantage of UEFI's (not MS') technology. I'll look forward to seeing you attack it as pointless a second time. Which of course you will, being a non-partisan type that you are. Right?
Re: So what's in it?
I wish MS had the courage of their convictions. I have never needed a minimize button on a Metro app and I can't see why I ever would. I have a keyboard, for Pity's sake. If I want to get back to the Start screen, it's approximately one centimetre away from my left hand at any moment (Windows key). No mouse, no touch screen needed. Just keyboard. Windows 8 works fine with mouse and keyboard. Just some people are very bad with change.
Re: A question
>>"Both of them then?"
See, moiety? This is what happens - you make an unprovoked dig at MS users. Someone then responds with a stupid (and tired) dig at GNU/Linux, and the whole community just gets that little bit less interested in the actual technology involved and more like a crowd of drunken football supporters. And the mostly neutral people who just want to discuss actual tech get sucked into a massive waste of time and get called shills for putting down flawed attacks.
So what's in it?
Surely El Reg. can ferret out someone who's installed them and report back?
Re: I don't have 8.1 desktop around here...
You obviously care to some degree because you clicked on article specifically about Windows 8.1 updates and then bothered to post.
Unreasoning hatred is still caring. ;)
Re: A question
>>"Its called a "Joke" this One being for the MicroSoft Shrills out there, that always feel the need to White Knight for their beloved Vendor."
I get accused of being a shill for MS here just for liking a lot of their products, but I've never received any remuneration from MS for my posts and never expect to. So which is worse - someone who genuinely likes technology and defends it where appropriate, or someone who just likes to throw out unprovoked character attacks at others because they like a product?
>>"Windows users - got to love 'em. Clicking "install" with no idea what the consequences will be since the early '90's. This is what you call "job security" if you work in the PC repair field."
The experimental spirit is not confined to GNU/Linux, you know. Back in my SuSE days (6.4), I'd be installing things from any number of websites if it sounded cool. Not to mention my attitude of "that compile flag sounds cool - lets add it!" The true neophile is not constrained by Operating System.
>"BitCoin *is* a fiat currency. A fiat currency is a currency backed by nothing other than faith in the currency itself."
No, a fiat currency isn't tied to a good (such as gold) and can be added to as needed. Bitcoin actually functions as a non-fiat currency. There is a finite number of them that can exist due to the algorithms it is based on. That makes it a de facto non-fiat currency even though its virtual. The US dollar is a fiat currency. At any moment the Federal Reserve can say: "let's make another billion dollars". No-one can do the equivalent with BitCoin.
That's one of the things that greatly amuses me about BitCoin. It's an entirely arbitrary and digital currency that acts as a non-fiat currency whilst all those actual physical bits of paper in your pocket are a fiat currency. People need to update their mental categories to no longer confuse medium of exchange with the thing itself. In all practical ways, BitCoin is a non-fiat currency. Yes, it is valued because of faith in the value of them, but that's not actually what makes a currency fiat. The same can be said of people's faith in gold retaining its value (gold is priced much higher than it would be for purely practical reasons). What makes a currency "fiat" is that you can just make more of it when you choose. That's where the term "fiat" comes from. Like the Latin "fiat lux" means "let there be light". No-one can say "let there be BitCoins". You have to do work to calculate them and when all of them are calculated - that's all folks.
Re: History is on Bitcoins side
>>Although a diamond does look prettier than a Bitcoin.
Not to a mathematician.
Re: I need to study it more
>>1. why should I value a currency which is not generated based on the market need of my nation?
You can value it if other people value it, essentially. If many are buying and selling things in exchange for BitCoins, then you can see the merit in having some. At present, few are doing so, but this is the end goal of BitCoin proponents. (Well, other than those who are pure speculators).
>>If mining of a BitCoin is analogous to finding a gold rock, are we good paying in gold when buying a bread?
You are correct that a BitCoin is equivalent to finding a gold rock in many ways. BitCoin is interesting in that it is a non-Fiat currency which is entirely virtual. Very amusing. But like your gold rock, it remains non-Fiat. However, unlike the gold rock, it is easily divisible and transferable. With the divisible part being the most significant of those. This makes it more usable as a currency than handing lumps of gold to one another.
Of course there are ways of doing this with gold as well - just have them centrally stored and transfer shares in the gold. Some people do this. If that is your comparison to BitCoins, then it becomes a lot more like it. But if you're comparing to actual gold coins people hand to one another, then its the key differences of easy division and transfer that make BitCoin usable as a currency where gold is not.
Re: @ h4rm0ny
>>"he hasnt lost any money, he lost some data blocks"
BitCoin is money, used for buying and selling things. If you genuinely think that because something is represented as numbers on a computer system (such as your bank account) that it cannot be money, then you have a little catching up to do with how things have gone over the last few decades.
Really, there are plenty of valid (and interesting) questions about BitCoin to do with economic management, security and divisibility. Critics who resort to denial of reality just weaken their own position.
Re: @ h4rm0ny
>>"And there I was thinking you were correcting my spelling, maybe it's you that needs the English lesson."
Not really. The word was a correctly spelled word, but was the wrong word for what you meant. So it's fine to say I corrected your English, because I did. Besides which, correct spelling is an element of correct English so even if I had been correcting your spelling rather than your choice of words what I wrote would remain correct, Your attempt to try and turn things around and point out a flaw in my own post is pathetic. For someone who so revels in handing out criticism and mockery, the tiniest correction seems to send you into a tail-spin.
Re: @ h4rm0ny
>>"Yes, well you see I'm not LOSER enough to painstakingly run letter by letter through my posts because I'm scared some arsehole pedant will find a typo to pick up on."
Well I don't expect you to use the correct word out of fear, more because you have a passable grasp of English. Anyway, you were self-admittedly gloating over someone losing a very substantial amount of money due to software flaws - you really ought to be able to take it when people here correct your English.
Re: Nice to see the gloating
>>"Well, if he had been clever and made serious (real) money from bitcoins he wouldn't be sniveling about loosing them all due to his own stupidity now would he? therefore we wouldn't be gloating."
While the image of someone opening the back of their computer and sending hordes of scampering BitCoins out across the fields crying: "You're free now, little BitCoins, Free!", I believe the word you are looking for is "losing".
When mocking someone, particularly when they've just lost (not loost) a lot of money, try not to display a level of English below GCSE level.
Re: Asking the police to help for criminal currency...
>>"The whole Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are a huge fraud created by bankers"
Please tell me you're kidding? This requires the same degree of determination to scapegoat that believers in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion require. For one, "bankers" by which I assume you mean influential and rich people in the banking industry and not some conspiracy of branch managers, are not in some global conspiracy to hype and steal Bitcoins. How do I know this? Because even small players in that area are dealing in millions of pounds. Which rapidly becomes tens of millions as you go higher and then to sums that would make your eyes bleed trying to count all the digits. What's the sum value of all Bitcoins? It barely registers on the scale of "bankers".
As to it being some means for bankers to steal money quicker (you mean "more quickly, btw"), that's both ridiculous because of the aforementioned amounts, and because banks don't need to commit fraud to siphon money from you and me. It's called interest rates.
Seriously - it's staggering how little you have thought your conspiracy through.
Bitcoins are what they appear to be - a very clever set of algorithms implemented to create a novel currency which may or may not be able to establish itself long-term but is buoyed up by a combination of optimism and opportunistic speculation. We don't know where it will go, but we're pretty sure where it came from isn't a conspiracy of "bankers".
Re: 2014 DX110
>>"30 meter rock and we did not discover it until late February. Yikes."
These, are small. The ones out there, are far away
>>"What is this interesting thing called work that you speak of?"
Tell you what, why don't you prise yourself away from websites and go to something called a "Job Centre". If you have any talent at anything, you'll get to find out.
Indeed. Before anyone else leaps on that qualifier and decides it makes this attack a hypothetical, they should remind themselves that this is exactly what HTTPS is for -- cases where people have access to your traffic.
>>"Gold is real. It is rather difficult to mine, and somewhat dangerous to purify. Mining VirtCoin is just having the hardware and waiting for the ones and zeros to align properly.
There are a finite number of possible bitcoins and the difficulty of mining them (which translates into real costs of electricity and hardware that deprecates in value) increases with time.
Re: A war?
I'm not sure they'd need to be that accurate. If I'm throwing a ball I might miss the hoop. But if both ball and hoop are a hundred-thousand lightyears wide, I'm not sure I could miss if I tried.
>>"I'm sorry if I offended you with my (alleged) connection between the price rise and paedophilia. That's not what I intended to say at all, which is the problem with writing on a forum and not discussing face to face. On the contrary in my opinion the recent boom in Bitcoin value is solely down to the Cryptolocker ransomware that made it's first appearance September last year."
I think I picked up the wrong emphasis from your post. I hope you can see how I did that, but my apologies for having a go at you. Thanks for the level and interesting reply.
I find Bitcoin very interesting, but mainly from a technical and economic point of view. I've encountered some very aggressive proponents of Bitcoin recently and they may have primed me to expect it. I think it's very likely we will see something along the lines of Bitcoin long-term. I think on balance of probabilities it wont be Bitcoin but something that is along similar lines. It most likely will be a number of them. But I also expect a lot of those currently interested in it to go away when it loses its value as a speculative investment and also as governments put in place stricter measures to deal with it and regulate it. Which will be good for the currency, but bad for those that view it as sticking it to authority.
Thanks for the response. (And no thanks to the person who modded me down for asking a question).
It still seems precarious to me. Essentially it seems to depend on no person or point in the chain being compromised. If they link one wallet to dealing in child porn, presumably they can get a list of all the other wallets that have been linked to it by either giving or receiving money. At that point, they've got a whole web of wallets to investigate and not only could they shut these down, they can track down where one or more of those wallets have transferred Bitcoins to a service that exchanges them for money, they can find other dealers in child porn who consumers have paid for with the same wallet as they purchased elsewhere. And the moment someone is seized for child porn and the investigate the hard drive (or the USB stick), they'll find a matching wallet and that's another end point they can start investigating from.
Essentially, it appears to be a very public web of transfers with the key point of security being that you can't pin any of the nexi in that web to real world locations or people. But actually when you start from the other end (a few locations or people that you have found), that web presents you with a very clear view of how extensive a network is, how much trading and money is involved and helps you pin down where it's been changed to real money. It's valuable information nonetheless which helps any investigation.
All of which is great. I want people to track down child porn and eliminate it. I just don't see that this is a silver bullet to protect paedophiles as some seem to think. Cash would be far better in most ways so long as people trust each other to honour a deal after payment - which is presumably the same as with Bitcoins - you can't cancel a payment in Bitcoins like you can with a credit card.
>>"And now you should be realising why Bitcoin a) keeps increasing in value, b) will continue to increase in value and c) never die."
I really don't think most people involved in Bitcoin are paedophiles nor that the rise in Bitcoin purchase price is because of its use in trading child porn. Or even criminal goods of other kinds. You can buy drugs in any Western city fairly easily with traditional money. Most of the rise in purchase price of bitcoins is because people see it rising and think it will continue to rise and so speculate. I find your suggestions that the sudden rise in Bitcoins is because of people trading in child porn offensive to most people who use it / mine it. You also sound like a real zealot with things like "and that's why it will never die", to be honest. I think only a zealot would have started using child porn dealing as an argument for Bitcoins being valuable.
I'm confused about the use of BitCoin for this. I thought that BitCoin transactions were necessarily public and had an in-built chain. So unlike cash, you ought to be able to see exactly who paid who? Is this not the case?
Re: What's the cost benefit?
>>"And pedophiles et al wouldn't exist if our society was more open to sexually positive experiences."
Downvote for this piece of stupidity that you ended an otherwise okay post with. Attraction to pre-puberty children you think is a result of society being too sexual repressed? Or you think the perception of attraction to little kids as a problem is the result of society being closed minded? Either way, that's wrong and fucked up.
Re: @Steve Todd - - Whenever politicians want to do something to infringe your liberties
>>"You're right, and it ought to be transparent to everyone but it won't be"
It is pretty transparent, but few politicians have found a good way of replying "but I don't agree" without sounding weak or tolerant of Evil(tm) when their opponent plays the terrorist-paedophile card.
"You think computers in the NHS are anything new?"
To quote a hero of mine: "Did IQ's just drop sharply while I was away?"
I worked in the NHS for years so yes, I am aware there have been computers for a long time. The point is about the way New Labour started pulling data out of the surgeries and flinging it around in every direction without regard for privacy. CfH and the Spine aren't just computers in surgeries. They're programs of data extraction and circulation. Moron.
Re: Where are the American commentards?
You're both looking for the word 'accusatory'.
Well New Labour led the way on demolishing privacy in the NHS. The "Spine", "Connecting for Health" and the rest was all their baby. So there's that whole area. Honestly, I thought I could smell hypocrisy when I opened the browser, and then I saw the headline.
Seriously, there are few good reasons to vote Tory, but the Labour party is right there at the top of the list.
Re: Question to someone sciencey.
>>"That container would be heavier than the envelope used to contain the gas at atmospheric pressure."
Like I wrote: if you install a pump to compress the helium, it will reduce lift. What part of what I posted was confusing? ;)
But seriously, it depends on how light you can make the equipment and how big a volume it is offset against and how fast you need it to work. 80kg of equipment on a little balloon means it may never get off the ground. The same equipment on a massive airship might be fine. Similarly if you want pumps that can compress it in ten minutes, that might take a lot of equipment. If it starts on approach an hour before landing, that might take much less. Keep in mind an airship doesn't need to descend like a plane. Furthermore, keep in mind that the times you may want to descend fastest are when you're dropping off a load. In my example, passengers. That means less compression needed because you're already weighed down. It's when you're not loaded, i.e. you're picking up, that it will take longer to compress enough that you sink. At which point hopefully, due to the lack of impatient passengers, you can simply start earlier.
Re: Not interested unless....
You are... hard to please.
Re: Question to someone sciencey.
>>"If you put a compressor in helium airship and compress some of the helium into a tank, will that drop the amount of lift generated?"
Yes. Try this experiment - pick up a tank of liquid oxygen or helium. Is it heavy (more specifically is it heavier than an empty tank)? The answer is yes. Compress a gas and it reduces the lift, you would get.
If you could fit a pump inside the air ship which compressed the helium, it would reduce lift.
Re: Bruce Bruce
He also wrote the absolutely bonkers film Chemical Wedding. In which Simon Callow plays a re-incarnated Aleister Crowley teaching at Oxford, messing around with quantum physics and urinating on the front row of the students in his lecture theatre.
Re: They almost laughed him out of the boardroom...
Furthermore, I think there could be a market for transporting people with these things. Whilst obviously slower than a plane, they're much cheaper to run and provide a lot more comfortable space. As fuel costs rise, people look at cheaper options and if that cheaper option is more like a ship (walk around an open space, some tables to sit at, a bar, even a personal cabin) than like a plane (cramped little seat and tiny little aisle you're contorted into for seven hours), then there're plenty of people who'd prefer to take the "cruise" approach to getting there. Especially in an age where if it had decent Internet access, you could still work.
I've been in love with these things ever since Indiana Jones threw someone off one ("No ticket!"). Planes have had decades of refinement and advancement. I'd love to see what we could do with airships.
Some days I wonder if we're sandboxed and just trying to hack our way out of the most sophisticated hypervisor ever created.
Re: This is rather sad
"Even Antares was known by the Persians, so it seems to be more of a case of both camps observing stars."
Persians =/= Arabs. Seeing as the argument was Arab vs. Greek. And for what it's worth, pre-Islam Persians as well, I believe. Zorastrian, I think?
Re: @ jake
"There are dozens, if not hundreds of disorganised religions out there- but nobody knows where they meet, or when..."
Re: Well... So do some christians, hindus and even buddists (on a bad day)
"I would suggest that they have a lot of catching up to do with the millions of people "exterminated" on the original journey to the promised land."
Not to detract from your general point (which is that the Old Testament is filled with horrendous crimes and glorification of the invasion of other people's lands), but the evidence that modern Jewish people are any more descended from the ancient Israelites than most non-Jewish people is mixed. There was a large wave of conversions to Judaism prior to the Fourth Century. So some groups of Jewish people are barely related to other groups at all -- at least no more so statistically than any other group -- and evidence that the main body of Jewish people trace their ancestory back to exiles from Egypt is pretty much non-existent. Or rather they just as much can as any non-Jewish group in Europe (and several other parts). That area of the world churned out wave after wave of settlers to other parts in ancient days.
Not that it really matters. Race is pretty much irrelevant in intrinsic terms. Barring the odd thing more prevalent in one ethnic group than another such as diabetes or sickle cell anaemia, we're pretty much identical. It's culture that matters. But the racial connection (or rather lack of) is important to building a narrative about a "diaspora," of being driven out of Israel. A narrative which is very important to many Zionists who want to justify ownership of the area along ethnic lines. (N.b. to the simple minded, Zionist =/= Jewish. There are a very large number of Christian Zionists in the United States and a massive number of non-Zionist Jews all over the place).
Queue incoming protests about Y chromasomes on people called Cohen in 3..2..1...
>>"All big corporations - and most small ones - are evil. The question is "does their evil benefit me?" The answer to that became "no" about 5 years and change ago."
If a company provided no benefit to anyone, it would go out of business rapidly.
Logic > Argument by Assertion.
Re: Open Source Means Choice
A lot of flawed attacks here. Microsoft's OOXML is also open to anyone to implement and in addition to copy right restrictions, MS have committed to not asserting any patent rights on parties for implementation of it. A lot of people are still repeating things that were true of the first rushed attempt at OOXML which contained binary blobs and was poorly documented. The current OOXML is free to use, free to implement and protected against lawsuits.
Certainly governments should use a standard implementable by anyone and MS are not stupid and didn't know things were moving that way. That's why MS created a format that fulfils those criteria. The debate between using ODF and OOXML should be based on technical merits and expectations of the format's long-term development, not hate.
Re: Difficult to take this serious
>>"I think what the author is pointing to is that the richer, better equipped, minority are likely to fair better when things start getting really tough and the growing number of disenfranchised, less well of folk, will be fighting tooth and nail, *between themselves*, "
That's not at all what the author of the paper is "pointing to". Just read the actual abstract linked in the very article you are replying to. In the entire time it took you to write what you imagined the author was saying, you could have checked. They basically studied crime statistics and correlated them with changes in temperature and found that more of these crimes happen in hot weather than cold. They then concluded that if average temperature rises, so will such crimes.
They included more numbers and statistics in their paper, but that's the basic principle. When did reading go out of fashion and become replaced with trying to sound authoritative?
Don't you love how you get down-voted just for a one line factual correction?
>>"Good point. It is hard to see why anyone would pay for Office Online instead of using Libreoffice."
Office Online is an online, web-based office program. LibreOffice is installable. If you want to do comparisons, you compare LibreOffice to MS's installable MS Office products. LibreOffice doesn't have a web-based version equivalent to Office Online.
Re: A dog turd
That's it. Let the hate flow through you.
>>"Nice try, but downvotes for Eadon are the definition of perfect compressibility."
That is compressed. It's a 5GB number. ;)
Re: Yes indeedy
>>Neither of the definitions provide any limits on the type of infinite +1/-1 sequence, which would make the problem trivially false: with a sequence of all -1s, it would never be possible to create a positive discrepancy at all."
That's not an arbitrary pattern. That's a case of looking at the data first and then constructing a pattern to fit. The pattern must be independent of the random sequence. So you choose, e.g. every third number, and then apply it to a random string. Not study the string and construct a pattern.
>>"For comparison, what is the size of the El Reg commentard archive?"
It is also 10GB. But in this case, 5GB of that are the collected downvotes for Eadon.
Thanks. I'll check that out. I really enjoyed Sapphire and Steel, loved the old Quatermass films. Where are the stories these days with a brave scientist in the lead? :(
(n.b. by scientist, I mean one who actually uses science to solve a problem, not someone who is called a scientist and then punches their way to victory).
Actually, not sure I want to remember that last episode - still gives me nightmares!
(loved it really)
Thanks for that. I've often wondered what happened to that. Shame - maybe someone will revisit it someday and solve the problems with access time. A terabyte of RAM would be a delightful thing.
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