I met Sir Terry way back at Warwick University on his Men-at-Arms book tour. He stayed so late signing books and chatting that he missed the last train, and crashed over in our student dorms. his reason? "Every time I sign my name I get a pound," he said. "How long would you sign your name for?" (He did have a little ice bucket thing for his wrist.) We miss you, Sir Terry.
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Re: Plugable UD-3900
that *was* the case.
If it matters, get a plugable ud-3900
Adds all the ports you'll need, and can swap with your Surface Pro.
My understanding on Net Neutrality was that all data packets are created equal. But I swear my data packets are not.
My understanding is that we currently do not have true net neutrality. Every ISP I've looked at has some form of traffic shaping. (Even if you find a consumer ISP without traffic shaping, it will have an edge to another upstream ISP that does.) If I want a 'road safety web service' that needs priority traffic, then its the architects job to make sure there's a VPN tunnel between endpoints that isn't traffic shaped. This is available today. Although god help me if they decide to run driverless cars on Google Maps API, or put the controller of my boiler into the cloud... (too late).
What would make more sense is a CDN that major ISPs subscribe to that lets you host localized endpoints using some form of international standard for DNS. This will at least level the playing field for international hosting. At the moment, CDNs are proprietary and hosting is generally tied to specific ISPs.
I'm not a Microsoft hater. I'm actually glad about Spartan; the idea that IE as we knew it is being held in stasis for intranets and freeing the rest of the web to go forwards as standards compliant without incessant IE checks.
However, I just wish they'd release Spartan as stand-alone, so that it can be installed on XP/Win7. I know there's no support for these operating systems, but as long as they're still around we still have to code web pages to cater for them, or risk losing part of our audience. That's a tough sell, a risk with no real reward in the business plan.
Because mega employs Convergent Encryption (Same as Bitcasa/Taho-LAFS). It means if you know the hash and locator, you can decrypt the data. Presumably Mega stores the file as a hash, so it can tell if the file already exists. Shared links, I presume, contain the locator. Due to a quirk of convergent encryption, if you have the unencrypted file and any file encrypted with the same hash, you can recreate the locator. So the file becomes verifiable at the point of encrypting another copy. (And de-duplicatable as it can dump the file you just supplied, and give you the derived locator for the original encrypted file to replace your own.) It does mean that if a company wants to take down a file from Mega, it needs to provide the original source *file*, or the file's hash, and ask for the copy to be removed. (Google: "Drew Perttula and Attacks on Convergent Encryption" for a better write-up.)
I'm enjoying the current outsourcing tide, and welcome a new flood of junior developers. When companies get sick of employees who are, patently, terrible and/or impossible to communicate with, I'm able to be a lot more picky in my future roles! Seriously though, I honestly believe I was chosen for my current senior dev role based firmly on my ability to communicate, rather than my technical expertise. (I base this on the complete lack of technical questions at the interview.)
Why do you need a visa to visit customer premises (for face-to-face)? If the engagement to business occurred outside the US, then visiting premises falls under Visa B1, and this is waived in the standard visa-waiver program?
I really don't think anyone cares about their privacy, except in very generalized terms. Only the tech-savvy seem to be bemoaning because we know there's more that can be done. Ask Jo Bloggs if he cares whether the government captures his communications for analysis and he will shrug, because its not as if he thinks anyone is actually reading it. (And he's probably right.) We already live in a CCTV nation and we have no idea who is actually watching those feeds, nor do we care so much. The real problem with advocating privacy is that the argument sounds lame compared with the opposite argument; people want to feel safe in their homes, and have an expectation that the reduction in privacy is implementing that and not leading to some kind of dystopia.
Re: The BBC science coverage is useless ...
I'm 100% sure Jesus did not ride a dinosaur.
But I'm less sure whether he had a mutant ass.
Re: Proof they don't get it
Sorry for the late reply... you are right in that percentage of *television* advertising revenue from product placement is small potatoes, but not global product placement advertising revenue in general. Once you look at other product placement streams (including things as disparate as HSBC advertising at airports, event advertising, etc.) product placement is a huge market segment dwarfing most other advertising revenue streams. Once you consider this in terms of advertising integration cross-platform (websites, OTT, the wall at the tube, etc.) then single digital campaigns become more cost effective and will probably head for the norm.
Re: Proof they don't get it
Well, considering most advertising is now Product Placement, I don't think how your content is delivered matters so much. So yes, flatten the 'channel' system and reduce to 'content' already, please.
I really need to know...
... What movie is that picture from?
EDIT: (Ah, The Brain That Wouldn't Die 1962)
You think the NORKS did this? I'm not sure yopmail is even available in NK, even to government hackers with approved access. :> I'd look a little closer to home.
Paid by the hour?
The Dish? (With Sam Neill?)
Re: Instead of video footage of Mr Jobs...
Or get Tom Hanks!
Re: I have the solution ...
Missed the point. Its about your stuff interacting with you as you move around. Your watch, your clothes, your biometrics... all as data moving amongst other data nodes everywhere you go. As you walk into the grocery store, your locational awareness checking in with the fridge and cupboards to let you know what you're short of. As you head home, your on-board pre-notifying when you're five minutes away to switch on the kettle, mood lighting and to get dinner started. A lot of this data is needed to shunt back and forth to enable 1950s home life in an internet age. They could save a lot of effort in modelling data flows by just doing some time/motion studies on CEO's personal assistants.
But against the backdrop of your British readership...
... who live in a controlled mostly gun-free society, how important is it then?
Actually, I don't care as long as it reduces the number of browsers and permutations we have to support in the ecosystem. Pick a damned standard and stick to it, not 95% of a standard and 5% of undocumented fluff!
> There aren't enough iPhone 6 articles.
Give it a few weeks and complain about Samsung.
I'm a home user. In the last few weeks I downloaded Diablo and Destiny to my Xbox One (along with some free Xbox Gold games), watched innumerable stuff on Youtube, Netflix, etc. (In 720p/HD) And I did it over a VPN to bypass Virgin's traffic management. I'm not a pirate, but my usage for the last month is over 200GB. And I'm not even in a shared household. I refuse to believe I'm that unusual.
Phone call on same frequency as a terrorism suspect ...
At least 8 calls a day...?
Of course, there's nothing stopping you using NTFS reparse points to effectively pretend to have unlimited numbers of copies of the same file, thus giving you unlimited money! (Especially if the 'machine' you connect to the bitcoin network is a virtual machine with an abstract hard drive... /sigh)
If you want to run multiple TVs off one media playing device, I found that:
Device/PC into Dr HDMI (Pretends to be a permanently switched on TV (copies an upstream EDID) so that the device doesn't get confused):
Dr HDMI (and also Sky, Xbox, etc.) into a 5 way switch:
Then the 5 way switch into a 4-way active splitter:
Feed from the 4-way into each TV.
Yes, a Harvard kid should know better. The use of PAYG GSM internet access and non-US VPN service, connected to a new-build Linux VM deleted after the task, would've been the way to go. Rookie mistake!
The company said the number of systems affected by the issue represented less than 0.4% of units shipped to date. (Source, BBC.)
1 million units shipped;
40,000 units faulty?!
Visual Studio 2012
Actually, Microsoft re-added the Visual Studio 2010 Blue Theme in VS2012 Update 2. Just saying.
Steals game credentials
Linux has no games worth playing other than XPilot. Linux Gaming Fail.
Re: Luxury product
It was this logic that led to the first Goblin War in Harry Potter.
Re: @M Gale
Good luck reselling your TV license.
Re: I might have thought this was a good review until I got to this bit:
Hey, don't knock the TNG movies. How can you be upset with such greatness as:
1. Beardy Riker flying the enterprise with a Gamesmaster Golden Joystick? (Electroplated Quickshot II)
2. "You precious little life forms! Where are you?" -- Lt. Cmdr. Data, singing.
Paris. For no obvious reason.
Re: research my arse
And when 'Uncle' Ben Verwaayen added the clause that every contractor must take a 10% pay cut on every renewal.
I miss working @Adastral
I used to work on the 'secret' floor in the 'iconic' tower - The one that had the police guard outside and had a special thin-doored lift. (So secret, that every contractor who ever worked for BT FastTrack visited to update the MI5 phone monitoring software.) The restaurants were superb.
Re: Why allow third party cookies at all?
Breaks 99% of lesser-known shopping carts if you don't. (e.g. RBS Worldpay gateway, et al) Also, any 3rd party proxying, such as subscription mechanisms that use jsession cookies, such as campus-based logins for journals/libraries, etc.
Yes, but if I legally license your 25-50mb file, crop it a little, remove the tags, drop it on a server, then *someone else* can *legally* use it because its now an orphaned work.
That's why this is a bag of fail.
This was a good article right until the final line; "That he ended up hanging from the ceiling in a Brooklyn apartment at the age of 26 is a damming indictment of the system as it stands, and proof of the need for change."
It won't earn me any friends, but the tenuous linkage is just that: tenuous. It falls into the same camp as pushing through UK legislation to monitor all internet usage because, you know, terrorism.
If individuals have harassed an individual to death through abuse of power, then by all means, take action against those individuals. I'll gladly stand on the soapbox beside you and deplore. I just don't see a systemic breakdown of command and control here; I hate people bandying hackneyed cliche and sensationalised rhetoric over something as senselessly tragic as this. You could've just ended the article one sentence earlier.
One reason to buy...
Fits in the car stereo on my ferrarri
Re: Well done!
"food first, rockets later" For the Chinese, or the NKs?
People need to see that there are things bigger than they are, that man's reach should exceed his grasp, so that you know that there's something damn well worth living for. Whether that's religion, collective achievement, or whatever floats your boat. We all desire something... numinous.
Re: Devil's Advocate
The linked article (interview with LionBridge user) states:
One thing I think the SEO community is missing is that this program has nothing to do with SEO or rankings. What this program does is help Google refine their algorithm. For example, the Side-by-Side tasks show the results as they are next to the results with the new algorithm change in them. Google doesn’t hire these raters to rate the web; they hire them to rate how they are doing in matching users queries with the best source of information.
Re: For trolls, Freedeom of Speech doesn't come into it.
How many countries did you have to fly to before posting that?
Erm, that's not the case. The Agency model is one where you sell the books at all sorts of prices set by the publisher, and the retailer takes a set percentage cut. As opposed to the one where the Publisher sets a recommended price, and retailers use their clout to buy at whopping discounts of up to 70%. There's nothing about setting all books to be the same price.
Already bought mine...
Thank you, Bundlebox
This wouldn't happen if the toads wore graphene hats.
There's nothing graphene can't do.
I think SOPA:
And the answer is:
Which takes you to:
for a crappy £25k job advert.
Steganography on the image led to a decription key for shell code in the hex bytes. This (compiled in the pastebins in the previous comment) returns the URL:
Which leads to part 2 of the challenge, which is to write a virtual machine compiler to run the next set of bytes to return the 3rd URL.
The Virtual machine is already written in python here:
Which leads to part 3 of the chalenge.
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