2236 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007
Frank.N. Stein, the doctor just called. He says certain parts weren't sewn on correctly, please report to him for urgent replacements and refits
Re: Not surprising
Lamo? Seriously, the guy's name is Lamo? Did his parents give him that name? If so, did he sue them (the song "A boy named Sue" springs to mind)? If not, did he pick this as a pseudonym or nom de plume?
Anyhow, the name Lamo seems curiously appropriate to me, given that he first suggests the information will be treated confidentially by his words:
"I'm a journalist and a minister. You can pick either, and treat this as a confession or an interview (never to be published) & enjoy a modicum of legal protection."
And then he blabs. Lamo may have felt he was in a cleft stick, of course, but it was at least in part of his own cutting.
I am hoping for that too, but a very large waning gibbous moon may reduce the visibility
Re: All good points
Buy a computer?
The truly paranoid make their own silicon
Or the Silly Party. I voted Tarquin Fin-tim-lim-bim-whin-bim-lim-bus-stop-F'tang-F'tang-Olè-Biscuitbarrel, last time, although I did consider voting Kevin Phillips-Bong, the Slightly Silly candidate.
Re: brought to you by the same people who want a "porn filter"
"You just don't understand technology do you politicians ..."
As if they fully understand non-technical stuff,
Re: I think she looks nice.
You, sir, have a very sick mind. ;-)
Now I am infected as well! Cannot get that image out of my head. Imagining that the furniture collapses beneath Balmer's weight helps a bit, I find. Imagining he will throw it at somebody helps more.
Either aspirin or loads of beer might erase the image entirely
Guess what I will try ;-)
Daniel Jackson? Sounds more like like Jack Daniel's speaking
Ah, good old NT
I installed it at home essentially because it had a clear separation between administrator and regular users. This prevented the missus from removing clutter from the root directory (like command.com, config.sys, or autoexec.bat) as she had done under Windows 3.1 (seriously, she did ! (and she was upset at the fact that I was angry, obviously)).
I did take one look at Win 95 but didn't like it, so decided to go for NT instead. Worked quite solidly (although I would tend to boot to SUSE (6.X I think) at the time.
Re: You know what the data is don't you
And inside that image is one of a two-fingered salute
After that it's turtles all the way down
Re: Hello is that I.T.?
But surely they have backups of the backups of the backups?!
Re: No need for a third runway at Heathrow
"And exactly how are you going to get to Schipol from Blighty?"
Easy: swim the Channel
why would I be carrying sensitive data around on my electronic devices, knowing it could be confiscated, or at least searched? I could instead store the data using one-time-pad encryption, and hide it steganographically in a bunch of files containing photographs of various tourist attractions and send it to a computer back home (stuck in the back of a disused toilet with a sign on the door saying "Beware of the leopard") using scp or the like. You could even upload them onto the very cloud services PRISM scans, because even the NSA would have trouble with a one-time pad.
Appalling treatment of the guy. It does very much sound like bullying.
Great stuff by Curiosity
Haven't been able to spot Phobos or Deimos myself (despite observing Mars many times). I need a bigger telescope!
(that's called aperture fever)
Basic anatomy shows that the spine of a Hadrosaur runs all the way through its tail as well (in line with quite a majority of land-based vertebrates). As the article states the the tooth was lodged in the caudal section of the spine, the article is accurate
Re: I just got two nicely working Android tablets for less than that
I just got two nicely working Android tablets for less than that
One for the kids, one for the (alleged) grown-ups in the house ;-)
Both sport 1280x800 resolution, dual core processor with quad core graphics, so quite decent spec for (ultimately) fairly light use. OK, they have a "mere" 16GB storage (and micro-SD slot for expansion), but they run LOADS of useful apps, and I do not need MS-Office. Why should I go for WIN-RT (RT for runt of the pack?), if I can get two android tablets for less money?
But I thought
Owning a gun was legal in his neck of the wood
Re: Did I create an account just to call this guy a bellend of the highest order?
Rest assured, there are worse reasons for joining ;-)
Really, really, really, needs to get a life.
I thought the US ethos was all about citizens taking responsibility (not a bad thing) and small government (the jury is out on that one). This person seems to think responsibility ends when there is a rich company you might fleece. I am not a fan of Apple or its products, but in this case I have no choice but to side with Apple.
Re: In the process of this discussion
He who must not be named is back, hence the down votes
In the process of this discussion
some people are going to miss Eadon
Alternatively, it might be home
to super-intelligent shades of the colour blue
Mine is the one with the cassette tapes of the Hitchhiker's Guide in the pocket
And now, for a tilt-rotor version
Better landing than Topper Harley
Sorry, time for me coat
"Now if the UN decided to give the sites protected status, that is a different matter..."
Maybe they could be voted UNESCO (Out of this) World Heritage Sites
That would make a lot of sense (and is not at odds with the National Park idea), as these sites are a monument to one of mankind's greatest achievements.
Re: @ Don Jefe - Eh??
Images have been made of the Apollo landing sites, not just by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO, from NASA, so "suspect"), but by the Chinese Chang'e-2 probe (1.3m resolution, so good enough). Some of the LRO images show the LEM base, its shadow, and tracks from astronauts and rovers.
"Someone saw a way to get all their ancient PCs replaced with brand new ones."
Someone who is called Simon, maybe
Pass me the sledgehammer and the cattle prod please
What, no BOFH icon? OK, off to the pub then
I think in the case of serious fast bowlers you would get some serious motion blur as well
Neat device, nonetheless
Eduroam is very nice indeed. It is very handy for me to have internet access in the universities I visit.
People bring their own devices because those provided are not up to scratch.
How dare they attack us with missiles without transponders! It's not fair!!!!
Uncertainty about quantum computing?
Well, it's quantum, innit?
Just got a message from Vodafone
saying how nice it was of them to decrease roaming charges.
I smiled and thought how nice it was that somebody (Steely Neelie, I think) in the EU is forcing to do so.
The thumbs up it to the EU (this time), not Vodaphone
Beware of Geeks bearing gifts
Sorry, couldn't resist
Is it just me
Or are these researchers just begging for an Ig Nobel Prize?
Absolutely! I grew up in the Apollo era, and as a seven-year-old nagged my parent's (successfully) to see the first moon landing in the middle of the night. Astronauts and cosmonauts were heroes that transcended national boundaries. They showed us we could reach beyond Earth. Almost every boy in my class wanted to follow Gagarin and Armstrong. I consider that a rather better aim in life than to become filthy rich in finance. If astronauts inspire a next generation of kids to reset their ambitions and aim for the stars (literally, not in the X-factor sense) it is money well spent.
Re: Re "Troll icon.....in remembrance."
Isn't getting thrown off the Register for making irrelevant remarks is a bit like being thrown out of the Pogues for excessive unruly behaviour
@Ugotta B. Kiddingme
You mean the Extremely Annoying Dude On Narcotics? That's news to me!
Search as primary means of navigation?
The primary gets up my nose quickly. I may be old-fashioned, but I prefer remembering where I left things, and simply moving directly to the right location (cd under linux, or multiple clicks in windows explorer). If I forget, I just use find/grep in linux, and search when on windows (after berating myself for forgetting ;-) ).
I find hiding the "complexity" of a file system from me just annoys me. Others may like it of course.
Please note that the opinion expressed above is solely the opinion of the author, and not necessarily the opinion of those with other opinions
I remember following its launch
and the trip past the planets. Wonderful spacecraft, still going strong after all these years.
I will raise a glass to all those who made this feat possible.
Re: Let me fix that for you...
Reminds me of a comment by Rich Hall:
"Good things come to those who wait, shit shows up instantly"
If we cannot find an ideal planet, maybe the Magratheans can build one to our spec?
Re: UTF-8 alternative
Just using a different fixed font encoding is identical to using using the oldest cypher in the book: simple substitution. You can easily simulate the enigma machine on your PC, and that is much better than the proposed solution. However, note that fairly old computer machinery could already crack that (with the help of some nifty linguistic trickery and a few coding blunders of the Germans)
One-time pads do a rather better job, and are easily accessible (though harder to distribute).
A Norwegian blue?
Sorry, couldn't resist
Re: scare tactic
If you can get your hands on a good one-time pad (least significant pits of camera noise will do) you have a provably safe encryption, because the (truly random) key is as long as the message. Quantum computing does not help one jot. Trying all keys gives you (apart from a load of rubbish) all possible plain-text messages of the given length, and all possible zip/rar/tgz/bz2/... files of the same length, exploding the possible space of intelligible solutions further. Somewhere in that humongous space of solutions is the right one, but you have no way of telling which one is correct.
The only problem is transmitting the key over a secure channel. That is not that difficult: store these random bits steganographically on a DVD or Blu-Ray disc containing footage of the kids playing, and take them personally to the intended person when visiting them on holidays.
Any image (large) might contain some subtly hidden message (just replace the least significant bits of the image with bits from a compressed, encrypted file). Even this crude method can be very hard to detect, as a compressed file is already close to noise in its bit patterns (high entropy signal). Any high entropy signal can be considered suspect for that reason (photon-noise-limited astronomical images spring to mind)
The NSA are of course aware of steganography, and could use this to suggest any media file is suspect. The only problem they then face is tracking all such data.
I still bear scars on my very soul from the pain of having to remove Symantec's crudware from my machine. I think nuking the disk from space did it
You cannot punish us, or everybody will suffer was a message the bankers used successfully.
Did not do much for their popularity, did it?
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