2490 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007
For some reason
I am reminded of words I heard ever so often in my childhood:
"Steve Austin, a man barely alive..."
Am I the only one?
Hey, guys! There is this thing called TLS!
Let's not use it and develop our home-brew crypto. That's bound to be safer
Encryption 101: don't think your roll-you-own solution is going to be better than strong ones others have already thought about; 999 times out of 1000 you are dead wrong. Sure, there may be weaknesses in existing crypto, but who says there aren't worse weaknesses (not to mention gaping holes) in yours. When you develop something new, it is up to you to prove it is better.
Re: @jake @WhoaWhoa (was: One hopes ...)
Old git 1: What's all this talk about newfangled ideas such as programming languages?
Old git 2: When I was a lad, all we had was assembly
Old git 1: Luxury! All we had was machine code, and we loved it!
Old git 3: Machine code! We would have loved to have access to machine code! We had to wire up our computer correctly to get anything done!
Re: Thanks NSA, you're smashing
Doronron, that is brilliant! I raise my hat to you (the roo-leather Barmah today)
Re: @LDS (was: Yes, Word is the worst word processor....)
I was forced to use Word for a scientific conference recently. I sent two colleagues the last version I edited, and all equations are promptly scrambled (by saving from Office 2010 in .doc format as required by the conference). I then import the file in an old 2003 install, and save again, my colleagues now get the whole thing more-or-less right. I submit, and various bits get screwed up in the publishing process. AARGH!
I now bin any request to write a paper in Word instantly. With LaTeX, I can collaborate with people all over the world, and it just works! The typesetting is also WAY better. For version control (also for ASCII) use Subversion or any source-code version-control tools you like.
Re: "BANKRUPT zombie biz"
no, No, NO!!!
Zombies like people with BRAINS!!!!
Twitter likes people without
as do many salesmen
Re: I call hypegasm
Agreed, collecting pristine cometary material is far removed from stuff that entered our atmosphere and was subjected to a tremendous pummelling.
After all, scientists want to do the pummelling themselves. Much more fun (and you can control the pummelling).
No wonder the Dutch know how to make the most of sunlight
They have to make do with so little at home
Re: Getting rid of UTF????
Now that takes me back
Back to the days of our CDC computer with its 6-bit bytes organized into 60 bit words using A STUPID FORM OF ASCII MORE-OR-LESS BUT WITH ONLY CAPITALS
Bliss? no, not at all. At least we no longer had to work with punched cards
Icon? Closest thing to "old git in reverie mode" icon
Re: ... their half dozen terminal sessions.
HALF dozen? HALF dozen??
I trust you mean half dozen on each desktop!!!
summary execution as the preferred method of sorting out paper jams,
Ah, if only...
You mean, there is another way?
Darn, do I have keyboard insurance?
No 3D Gestures in Wayland?
Why is the first 3D gesture that springs to mind a two-fingered salute.
Maybe something to do with that short message from Intel to Canonical about Mir
Can you be voted "Best Bang since the Big one"
or does that title firmly belong to Zaphod Beeblebrox?
Icon, well, because I like things that go bang
Puts a whole new spin of the Trusted Computing Platform
The stable cloud patter might be due to some form of tidal locking of the planet, so the same side always faces the star, but maybe that does not work on "hot Jupiters" as they are known (I thought Jupiter was always hot (or should that be "had the hots", given his mythological exploits with the opposite sex).
Let the boss blow up his mobile phone by assuring him that the cattle prod (beefed up) is the latest charger. Ultra-fast on the go for busy executives who cannot afford to wait for their phone to charge
Darn, still no BOFH icon.
May be we should not blame CO2
Hot air emissions by politicians might be far more hazardous!!
Maybe the Eastern Mediterranean and European Lowlands have suffered from this type of emission for longer.
Re: Regarding the efficiency (or not) of the rough surface...
It turns out that what you really need is a tiny layer of turbulent flow, that more-or-less acts as a layer of ball bearings for the laminar flow layer above, to lower drag. Getting the layer thick enough to work, but thin enough not to cause severe turbulence which may lead to much worse resistance is indeed not trivial at all, and the correct roughness also depends on speed. You would probably need extensive (and expensive) wind-tunnel testing to get it right.
Re: Next project...
Sounds like a job for dr. Bunsen Honeydew
They could use Lord Vetinari's argument
He stated that it makes more sense to spy on friends than on enemies, because you already know what your enemies think of you. By contrast, understanding your friends better by spying on them makes you even better friends.
So really, the NSA want to be your friend
We are only spying on you for the best reasons possible
Love these reports
Great stuff from the special projects bureau
I might consider going
If they find Martian beer (or vodka)
Diatoms, its full of diatoms!
That picture is definitely a diatom. We did a project on automatic identification of diatoms together with a number of diatomists, and I have seen loads of these creatures. The specimen is too damaged fr our software to handle, but I bet the people we worked with could tell you which species it is.
"Likely to be injured"????
Likely to be toast, with that amount of fire.
Poor fritter, I mean critter!
Re: They just don't build 'em like they used to.
I watched its launch on TV, followed its progress past the planets, had a whole set of NatGeo magazines devoted to Viking, Pioneer, and Voyager probes. Great days, and still these probes carry on. Hats off and raise our glasses to all those people who made this possible
Her actions so far have lowered my bill considerably, while using more data abroad. If she keeps up her track record, she gets my thumbs up!
Re: For All of your Secret Intelligence Service Security Needs and Feeds ......Ab Fab Fabless Seeds
I think you're hiding something
We have ways of making you speak Chinese
I bet you do
Don't let the tinfoil-hat brigade now say that the faint glow on the horizon spotted by astronauts can be seen on images and proves that the moon landings were faked.
I nagged my parents at age 7 to be allowed to stay up late to see the landing on the moon. They allowed me to see it, and it was awesome to see it. I positively loath the deniers, despite all the evidence from non-NASA sources (ask people at Jodrell Bank and others). It is so annoying to hear these narrow-minded idiots deny one of mankind's greatest achievements.
Methinks somebody forgot the tinfoil hat
Looking better and better.
No, a lot goes
According to Simon
And now for something completely different
Sorry, couldn't resist
Mine is the one with Monty's Encyclo Pythonia in the pocket
Sorry to hear of his death, but he has had a very good innings, and a "batting average" to be proud of. One of the greats indeed. I shall raise a glass of finest malt to his memory this evening
'Successful products are created by normal people who just follow their intuition'
Very true, but many a failure is created in the same way
On the other hand, failures may be produced much more efficiently by committee
And, yes, I too have many a fond memory of cassettes. One favourite one was when a friend and I, after crossing many borders in Europe, and never getting stopped (when they still had border control between France and Germany (yes I am that old)), we decided we wanted to get stopped at least once. We stuck an AC/DC tape into the portable player, and as we approached a particularly humourless-looking German border guard, we had "Highway to Hell" blaring out of our old VW Beetle (a 1300). It did not work, we were simply waved through imperiously. Our faces must have looked so honest.
So I will join in raising a pint to those brilliant people who made the cassette possible
Crypto key written down!!!!!!!
Crypto key written down!!!!!!!
ID 10T error code
Nah, clearly Atlantean architecture, or my name isn't Von Däniken
Great work. Looking forward to the rest of the saga
Re: In response
The NS did it lre dy to my workst tion
De ry me, time for me co t
Were are DOOOMED when they find
element 666 of course
Re: local media
That mantra should read:
The Cloud exists. We have need for working broadband
The Cloud exists. You have need for working broadband
The Cloud exists. They have need for working broadband
The Cloud exists. I have need for working broadband
Not so nice when the broadband connection has multi-hour outages as on my vacation in Italy. Long live my local media.
Known and used (differently) in Pioneering days
The Pioneer 10 and 11 space probes (1972 and 1973) each had a plaque indicating the position of earth relative to 14 pulsars, s the principle is well known
Re: Say what you like about Ballmer...
Say what you like about Ballmer...
<stands back with hands in ears for several minutes>
He will be missed for his bouts of .....