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Parallels with the misidentification of not-the Boston bomber?
...might be a cause for concern. But indeed, you would think a sharp talking to by the FBI with the logo jackets and shades and everything would do the trick. So yes, fear conspiracy by the local incompetent biased law-enforcement.
Risc PC Podules
IIRC it was Mike Muller who coined Podule for the expansion cards on the early ARM-based development machines. That would make it 1985 or 6, I think. Certainly it was after Rowan Atkinson's sketch at the time.
Just: love the extension to the ISO 7-layer model. For years in pub talk, we have used the extensions "Layer 8 - Political" and "Layer 9 - Financial" to explain otherwise incomprehensible phenomena, I mean when less-capable implementations win, when laws intended to do one thing rather outlaw everything else, and so on. Government and big business madness in general.....
has a nice aside...
Isn't that RedHat's business model?
Paid enterprise level support is exactly what RedHat does.
What's happening here? Do businesses say "they want us to pay how much for free software?", missing the point that they want you to pay that much for professional support with SLAs and all that sort of thing.
Or is this about the bits they don't cover - OpenOffice and all that?
Does this need a special transmitter?
The article doesn't make clear whether you need to build a special peripheral transmitter for your phone to be able to send the bogus messages. That's quite important don't we think? Looks like you do, from the (truly groovy) presentation - not clear if the software-controlled radios in your WiFi/BlueTooth/FM chip in the phone can be hacked to transmit the trick packets.
That there are code-injection flaws and no authentication for all this stuff is of course unsurprising, sadly.
Same's true of AIS whereby ships report their position, speed, cargo, size &c &c to ground stations. I don't think the coastguard (analog of ATC functions) can automagically redirect a ship, but fake AIS transmissions suggesting unauthorised tankers speeding up the Thames could be a cover for a more serious attack somehow, as well as just disruptive in itself.
Is the movie intended to be silent?
I hate questions like that...
...precisely because they never state whether each pick is replaced before the next one. But whatever the quizmaster was thinking is "right" even though a crucial fact was kept sekrit.
...the pager. How very motorola. How sad.
Still, the things people are working on for your phone, yes you, the customer, are much sillier...
Double space blanket?
Have you space for multiple layers of space blanket and heatshrink?
Can you crumple up the space blanket(s) so it's more likely to have small airspaces too? Assuming the heatshrink is strong enough to contain the overpressure air if it's completely trapped - it certainly looks strong enough...
Naturally the hospital prosthetics department will have expertise in making such things; taking a mould, making a cast and all that. I only mention it 'cos you'd think it'd be obvious to anyone putting such a system in a hospital, duh....
Yeah, but the main thing about Tandem/HP NonStop systems is every CPU is duplicated, all memory is duplicated, and for every operation if the two results don't match the (dual)CPU in question STOPS. It's very keen on stopping; it's only a huge mound of failover software and redundant power and duplication that makes a *system* very keen on continuing; individual parts stop quite readily.
Of course, the intended market is OLTP, so the goal is to make sure that the decrement to your bank balance is the right answer; if two paired hardware CPUs and their memory give different answers, that pair of CPUs stops and a whole 'nother hardware set attempts the same transaction.
Baseband code is old, but...
...that's mainly because if you change it at all, you have re-do all the certification.
So they're very very reluctant to change anything. At all. Ever.
Required to be neutral...
Naturally civil servants are required to politically neutral in what they do in the course of their job. That's totally reasonable and sane. In the same way all employees are required to drink the company kool-aid and do what the boss says. But outside of work.... you should be able to have whatever opinions you like, so long as they don't actually influence the execution of your job?
I can see that there's a problem if it's likely that a very senior civil servant has an opinion about a political issue that must be based on inside knowledge; in that case they mustn't publicly comment, that's totally reasonable. But some droid from the council? Nah.
The Beeb article said it tool a *lot* of training....
says: "[It] takes about 45 days of training an hour a day," said Prof Nicolelis.
"There is a moment in time when... it clicks. Suddenly the [decoder] animal realises: 'Oops! The solution is in my head. It's coming to me' and he gets it right."
...so who knows what kind of stimulus the decoder is experiencing; the smell of almonds? Nostalgia?
Re: Open source would be dangerous
Ah, but open source makes it safe because the management cover-up over the exposed exhaust pipe would not be possible, exactly because everyone would know about it. No security through obscurity with open source!
Lead seal, I guess; like on your utility meter.
Article typo - 12-18 *inches*
"chunk of foam [...] 21-27in long and 12-18ft wide" ITYM 12-18 inches wide; "suitcase sized" is a common description.
That aside, good article, I wept too at the time, because of what it meant for spaceflight. ;-(
Spooooooky. The average temperature of the whole universe is (to 3 S.F..) exactly one percent of the freezing point of water. More proof that we're in a big simulation with a lazy sysadmin? I'll get me tinfoil hat....
OK, you(r family member) tested often the "pass" case of the fingerprint scanner, and got few false negatives.
But how often did anyone test the "fail" case?
If I've misunderstood and (for example) it logs in either you or dad or sis or uncle depending on fingerprint, then that's great and I'm impressed. But if it's always the same user, who owns the laptop, who is supposed to pass the login test, then it's not a test of security.
Everyone tried to copy it
Certainly "troubled Cambridge micro-maker" Acorn tried in the early '80s. The first ARM powered machine was supposed to be Lisa-like, but the researchers in the USA treated it like ongoing research rather than a product to be finished (obviously my bit was finished in time :-> ), that it more-or-less caused the "troubled" epithet and the development of Arthur and RISCOS in a hurry and instead.
Cell ID locations
So, er, why doesn't this happen more often? All cellphone positioning systems, if they can't do a trilateration/OTD/timing/E911 type position and fall back to a CellID position, will be positioned at one common location for the cell they were most recently using, the so-called "centroid" of the cell tower transmitter's coverage area (most cell towers have 3 or 4 transmitters pointing away from the tower, these have distinct IDs, so the centroid is not right at the tower).
Might it be that this particular cell is faulty or unreliable at making the data connection or timing observations that are needed for the more accurate methods? So anyone on that cell always get a crappy CellID position in that poor dude's house? This, they should investigate and fix.
You can always record the Special Information Tone for Intercept as the opening stanza of your comedic answering machine message... many automatic diallers will then flag your number as disconnected.
(Yes, the story is duplicated)
Um, so they mean that silent packets are 70 bytes of control/timing/keep-alive data, and packets-with-content are 130 bytes, being that same metadata plus 60 bytes of audio data. So a naughty intermediary can substitute long packets for short silent ones, with Steganographic almost-silence in the 60 byte payload.
The listener won't notice. The sekrit receiver software might even undo the change at the far end. The real point is that it gets through firewalls and filters and snoops just like the legit skype data does, surely?
Does that make sense? (No, can't be arsed to go read.....)
If we have a voting 1471-type report system, companies who have a genuine business relationship will soon learn not to use the same number for their legit calls as they do for spamming.
And other organisations will learn to present *something* valid eg. the global NHS helpline number, or bank contact number, or supermarket helpdesk, or... rather than anonymous if they want to get through.
Re: Fine BT for calls
1471: "to call back, press 3; if the previous call was a nuisance call, press 9"
together with a simple voting system, like "click to label this email as spam".
You're so right about charities; I always say to friends "here's a tenner, you're welcome" - no way am I giving my email address to a charity; they used to be the worst offenders for unaddressed junk (dead-tree) mail.
But for real places that were one-offs, can you go into your account and change the email address? I know it takes time, but I do that occasionally - for those places that have no "close account completely" button. Actually, I change the email address first, then close the account - so that if they still want to email, they can't.
....and let's not forget Lt.Ellis played by the lovely Gabrielle Drake.
Re: So, presumably
...especially if the decoy also attracts a mate somehow; either by direct "ooo there's a big strong mate" means, or by sexual selection, which as we know causes runaways in all kinds of arbitrary directions, if the *preference* as well as the attribute is heritable.
I think it's both: if the speed of sound/signal in the spring were infinite, you would still see the bottom of the suspended spring remain apparently still for a bit, but the coils would collapse absolutely uniformly. We don't see that.
The finite speed of (different kinds of) signal in the spring means the coils near the bottom don't collapse much at all until the wavefront of "going slack" approaches. But twist in the coil can get there much earlier because its signal speed is greater being through the stiff solid not via the spring property.
It's amusing but obvious that the top of the spring initially accelerates way harder than gravity since it's under tension <=> holding up the weight of the whole spring. That acceleration is because the tension is still there; you can view that as the weight still being there even though the whole is in freefall, because the rest of the spring doesn't yet know it's in freefall. Actually it's due to the mass/intertia of the spring which makes it unable to instantly collapse once the tension is removed, which itself is exactly what causes the speed of a signal to be finite.
Like a fortune cookie...
...all these terms work best followed by the words "in bed".
Re: Tiny correction
But isn't the density difference due to one has salt in it, the other doesn't, and salt in solution doesn't add anything to the space taken up. So when fresh and salt mix, it all cancels out. Even if the fresh was originally added as ice?
Could be there is a small increase in volume of liquid as you add more salt, but it's nothing like as large as proportional to the mass of salt because the dissolved salt "fits in the gaps" somehow. That's what ISTR as the point of an experiment when ah were a lad.
Does this mean it's Windoze only?
Re: Freeview radio - whats the point?
...and there are yet more radio stations again on the internet.
I prefer Polish ones, there's a set of genre-oriented stations with no talk and very very occasional adverts. But because they're in Polish, I can't understand a word so they don't intrude on my train of thought. (yes, I'm one of those people who hate it when a radio person says anything more than "That was Band B with track T, next group G with song S...")
Returning the STBs
I too remember ITV Digital's receivers demanding £150 or similar to keep the old Pace set top box, a letter at which we laughed then ignored. If they wanted it back they were welcome to collect or provide return postage, whereupon they would end up with a warehouse full of industrial waste that would cost them much much more to dispose of legally. How we laughed.... I do hope not-too-many gullible grannies fell for it.
Re: Freeview radio - whats the point?
We no longer own a radio (in the house) because of Freeview Radio in the lounge and bedroom; not gullible enough to get anything DAB. Other rooms, computers play internet radio mostly, and occasionally in the lounge.
"Who wants to listen to radio through the TV?" - who listens to TV sound other than through the hifi?
They're consistent liars
They continually leaflet our house and the 20 others in the close, saying it can be installed in X days. Except their cables don't come down our street. We requested phone and TV from Cambridge Cable 15 years ago when we moved in and they lied and lied and lied and eventually gave up. Cambridge Unable => NTL => Virgin by acquisition and they're still consistently lying; they certainly haven't been round to dig up the street.
If I had the energy I would invite them in for phone and broadband and telly again, adding "time is of the essence" and have fun suing...
What are those things?
I see 6 anonymous black things in there. Are they all cells of the battery?
Front page link to here seems bad
It goes to reghardware where the rest of the link 2012/10/18/apple_loses_uk_appeal_ipad/
Accountants taken over the asylum
This problem occurs over and over because society/guvmint has decided that regulatory bodies work by fining organisations for breaches. Everything is reduced to the financial. So you get schools fined money for failing to do something that the guvmint demanded because the guvmint didn't give them the money to do that thing; hospitals fined ...ditto... Utility companies fined, does it come out of the Board's bonuses? No, it goes on our bills. Train companies fined for lack of punctuality.... Your local Council fined for not cleaning up some fly-tipping soon enough, or failing to recycle >50% of waste...
Where do the fines go? To fund the regulator? Thus giving the regulator a perverse incentive to find fault. They get their own metrics to get so many convictions... like the Police's perverse incentives, and Environmental Health, and Trading Standards, to get so many convictions - their goal should be no crime, so no need for convictions; similarly the regulators' goals should be no breaches, so no fines.
Maybe a solution might be to give the executives of non-company bodies (schools, hospitals, council) similar status to those of companies; at least some personal responsibility, with the possibility of the regulator sacking them, banning them from holding such office in future, or a pay-cut and no bonus... (which then sadly leads to the tribunal about their contract - need law that says the regulator overrides and that's that....)
desktop - amazing?
Who is it that wants the desktop to be amazing? I just want it to do what I expect, it's a tool not a hobby.
(Staying with 10.4LTS for now, heard too much horror about 12)
She does know it's not quite a starship?
Fabulous. Where are my silver space trousers? Are they with my flying car?
Correlation =/=> Causality
As others say, maybe the peak economic well-being of those ancient cultures was caused by good weather, and when it suddenly went colder, food and materiel shortages caused the empires to collapse.
Well I for one...
...welcome our Nazi Buddha overlords from Spaaaaaacccce!
Well no-one else had said it...
Mass-market double glazing sealed units aren't filled with anything exotic, just dry air. The silver metal strips around the edge which separate the two panes have many fine perforations, and are packed with silica desiccant. They unwrap the strips from their sealed packaging, cut to length, assemble the pane and seal the whole thing with tape, the air in the gap soon enough becomes dry enough to make condensation impossible, and that's all there is to it.
Anything more exotic and it would be impossible to assemble arbitrary sizes in a plain light industrial shed.