156 posts • joined 23 Aug 2008
> It is not snobbish to say that computer programming is a University level subject.
You could say the same about maths.
Re: History often comes with rose-tinted specs
My Grandad gave my family a CPC6128. The manual was amazing. A big chapter on BASIC, which is what I used to teach myself to program. A big chapter on Logo, although aged 7 I didn't appreciate the purpose of all the functions for operating on lists, and only used it for the turtle graphics. Appendices with programs which you could type in (and then debug your copying errors!)
I'm struggling to reconcile two of the paragraphs in this article.
"Just under one-third (31 per cent) of surveyed European businesses met 80 per cent or more of the PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) requirements, compared with 75 per cent of those in the Asia-Pacific region and 56 per cent in the United States."
"Overall, global compliance with the PCI standard has improved over the past 12 months. More than 82 per cent of organisations were compliant with at least 80 per cent of the PCI standard at the time of their annual baseline assessment in 2013, compared to just 32 per cent in 2012 – a major improvement."
Is the second paragraph talking about all submissions to the PCI registry, vs the first paragraph talking solely about a small sample of them? If so, why is the sample so unrepresentative?
In the Southern Cone, torito appears to mean a rhinoceros beetle, but apart from the geographical separation it's not clear how that could be confused with a fly. In Mexico, according to both the DRAE and the Diccionario breve de mexicanismos, it means both a question which is hard to answer without appearing to be in favour of whatever the person asking it wants you to appear to be in favour of, or a certain alcoholic drink. The latter seems quite plausible as the name for a drunk tank.
Re: One Parakeet Fajita coming up
Curiously, neither the DRAE nor the Diccionario breve de mexicanismos has a definition of fajita.
Ryanair have been sued in Spain more than once in the past couple of years for refusing to allow people on internal flights with just their national ID card. Spanish law says that for internal flights, airlines must accept ID cards. Not sure about international ones.
Re: "Only" 8.5% attended a bullfight....
The level of support is higher: about 20% of Spaniards are in favour of bullfighting, 20% against, and the rest indifferent.
Re: Two stools
256MB of RAM seems to be wishful misreading. It seems to actually give you less than 9MB.
More to the point: someone actually got a 10% cut for helping a friendly Nigerian move some money around without attracting attention. I should revisit my spam box...
A decent command line? Where? IMAO PowerShell makes it across the threshold for half-decent, but no further. The object piping is interesting, but it falls down on basics like sane escaping and it doesn't even seem to have an equivalent of echo -n.
"today a few hours of web-searching could probably produce a collection twice its size"
To save anyone who's curious the few hours of web searching, just go straight to kissthisguy.com (on the front page of Google results for «mondegreen database»).
If my memory serves me correctly, the last time I was in a Starbucks (several years ago) it was possible to ask for a "house coffee". It wasn't on the big board, but they did have English-style coffee at something like 75p.
If you can't taste the bacon as well as the HP then you haven't got the Maillard reaction going properly.
Re: Is there any other kind
I've heard of mushroom ketchup. As I'm not a fan of mushrooms, I've never tried it.
Re: That isn't proper bacon
No, that's not jamón ibérico. It's what they sell as "beicon" in Spain, and the closest available equivalent to real bacon.
They used to...
Back in the day, Swing's JEditorPane's HTML support was about on a par with the browsers. The problem is that it hasn't been updated. But I'm not sure how sensible it is to compare Java with Android or iOS in this regard, since its cross-platform nature means that it can't rely on external components and would have to bundle the entire browser. (Also note that .Net doesn't have a very good equivalent either - the best it has is a slightly flaky COM wrapper around IE).
Re: Yum Yum
I saw you list fresh coriander and I wondered where in Spain you found it. I live in a major city and I can't recall the last time I saw it for sale, either in a supermarket or in a greengrocer's. I suppose following the comment about its use in Mexican food I could try the Mexican stall in the central market.
In support of your point, I've been in Gatwick airport when a fire alarm went off accompanied by a recorded voice instructing people to follow the fire exit signs. I was in a bit of a quandary because I've been trained never to gather your possessions together in a fire evacuation and never to abandon anything in an airport; but after thinking about it briefly I picked up my bag and jacket and headed for a fire exit. None of the couple of hundred other people I could see did anything other than stand still and look at each other blankly.
Of course, when I followed the fire exit sign down to a gate, the person on the gate didn't know anything about a fire alarm going off. It was probably just a system malfunction, although I never found out for sure.
Re: too much of a salesman
Who buys a netbook to run 1080p video?
Re: Mexican deathmatch
Unfortunately, if the guinea pigs are Spanish, you'll have to leave out most of the chilli.
They did say that the shipping was based on routes favoured by the Romans. Maybe the database doesn't have a sea link from Colchester?
Re: A lot of people have short memories
I think it's quite clear that most of the people who voted aren't familiar with MST3k.
Tyrannosaurs with self-destruct devices. And they make more sense than most of the rest of the film.
There was a pretty good one only this month: ask CNN where London is.
With the exception of all the countries that were in the UN before 1971. Oh, wait, that does include the US after all...
Are you sure you aren't mixing up Jesus and Voltaire?
He does have a reputation for running over people's toes with his wheelchair when he's annoyed with them.
My translation from the Diccionario de la Real Academia Española:
tornillo. Masculine noun. 1. Cylindrical or conical item, generally of metal, with a helical extrusion and a head suitable for screwing it in*. || 2. (Central America) A bush of the Sterculia family, which has red flowers and a capsule fruit which is twisted in the form of a helix, and is used in medicine.
Then follow a few compound phrases, none of which are sexual.
* This isn't circular, because the verb is enroscar, which certainly doesn't seem to be a cognate.
Why the asterisk after the first mention of Granma? Is there supposed to be a footnote explaining that it's named after the boat Fidel used to invade in '59 rather than someone's female ancestor?
You can already buy cheap wine in 1-litre Tetrapak containers where I live. This "new" technology seems like a step backwards.
Anything is better than Tenacious D, and Wayne's World is actually good so it's far better than Tenacious D.
It's called Muphry's Law.
I still can't hear Scotland the Brave or the can-can without imagining little falsetto voices saying "Oh no!" and "Yippee!"
I think it was done better in Wayne's World.
Isn't the point that the halon floods out the oxygen in the room? You don't need to poison someone if you stop them respiring.
BA doesn't necessarily mean what you think
There are a substantial number of highly intelligent people with BAs in science subjects. Many of them also have MAs. Oxbridge isn't rushing to rename its degrees in line with those other upstarts.
Re: title schmitle
There is actually a case where identifying the purchaser of a phone helped to solve a crime: the Madrid 11-M bombings. That was what motivated the Spanish government to require registration of all prepaid phones.
"The logs don't say but we guess the attacks are a response to proposed legislation to make filesharing illegal in Spain."
If you asked your Iberian branch then you might get a better guess. Alternatively you could look at that screenshot you linked to. The first massive red arrow points to the text "TARGET www.juntaelectoralcentral.es || WHY http://goo.gl/f8XGp", and that goo.gl address redirects to an article about the Junta Electoral banning the M-15 camp in the Puerta del Sol.
Bill of Rights
@Colin Millar, the Bill of Rights 1689 is the basis for the privilege discussed in the article, as well as the basis from which the US Bill of Rights was derived.
Elsewhere includes international competitions, so if you're really good then you'd better pay attention to changes to SOWPODS.
What are they eating?
I just didn't get it at all. Do motorheads typically vomit solid, crunchy, triangles?
Romanian and Spanish are more closely related than you might suspect. And there are quite a few Romanians living in Spain, so if they couldn't communicate clearly the Spanish police may well have been able to get a translator in sharpish.
Surely the BDA does some regulation? Otherwise how do you explain Lemming of the BDA?
I just had a look through COCA, and most of the references specifically say "Apple's app store" or "the iTunes app store" - which seems to me to imply that it's sufficiently generic to need qualification. Possible own goal there.
Languages of Spain
@Gall, I suspect there's an implicit "official". (And please don't start an argument about whether valencià is a different language to català).
@Jose Bernardo, I think Gall is using "of" in the sense of "spoken in" rather than "belonging to". And I wouldn't be surprised if there are villages in Extremadura with lots of Portuguese-speakers.
There was a ring of moles recruited from Oxford too. It's just that they didn't have as much impact as the Cambridge one.
You got one of the gender mistakes
In addition to this gender reassignment, the saint after whom the convent is named has been feminised. He should be Santo Domingo el Real.
By a factor of 3.2
The idea isn't to use SHA-512/256 instead of SHA-512: it's to use it instead of SHA-256. So it's replacing one 256-bit hash with another 256-bit hash. Completely different scenario to replacing a 128-bit cipher with a 40-bit one.
Badly designed payment systems
If you *really* want to see "a good example of how badly a payment system can be designed if one puts one's mind to it" then check out http://www.payoffshore.com/techdocs/send-a-paym-requ-to-payl.html#base64xordataencoding
This is a card processing company which admits to their merchants that one of the options they support "is not secure". How insecure is it? It leaks the private key which is used to "sign" the response to the merchant - so a customer who knows how to break Vigenère can get stuff at the merchant's expense.