Re: Not an Internet story
Don't tell him, Pike.
461 posts • joined 25 Apr 2007
Don't tell him, Pike.
Going back a bit so the details are a bit (a lot, actually) hazy. You could put a non-printable character in the disc name, which had the effect of stopping a directory listing at that point. With the appropriate text before that character you could display all sorts of nasty/scary/downright annoying messages, and lock people out unless they knew what file they needed to run.
It became a bit of a manual virus, it quickly spread around the discs for my school's BBCs.
"Oh, what does this little button do?"
In Douglas Adams' house it would turn a light on that says 'Do not press that button again'
I use KeePass. v1.x doesn't need any extra libraries, runs straight off a USB drive, and doesn't need Admin or anything. That is my master list, DropBox handles syncing the database onto the iPad, phone etc.
The USB drive has a TrueCrypt volume on it, KeePass sits in the TC volume. The portable version of TrueCrypt also runs without needing Admin IIRC.
I'm toying with getting one of those numeric-pad-less mechanical keyboards to use with my work-supplied HP ProBook 430 when out of my home-office.
The iMac and ProBook are at the top of my list of worst keyboards, narrowly beaten by the HP Pavilion X2 only because it's also smaller than normal.
The Intel HSFs aren't *that* bad. The Pentium G2120 in my VMWare server has been going more-or-less non-stop for over 3 years on the stock Intel fan, it's already killed the fan in one PSU.
I'm still using the stock HSF on my i7-6700 too. I've got a Corsair H-90 ready to go in, I only put the Intel one on to check the rest of the kit was working. One day I'll get around to taking it to bits and putting the Corsair in, but the Intel is coping well so far.
My streaming box that does iPlayer is connected via Ethernet, it doesn't touch the wireless network.
Technically they could try and get into the (encrypted) powerline Ethernet connection between the rooms, I understand those things leak a bit, but I would think they'd just move on to a softer target who was using wireless.
Even if the Shield TV was on the wireless network, good luck telling the traffic from Twitch or my local Plex server from an iPlayer stream.
> If your rig draws 75W, and you use it 40 hours a day,
> 5 days a week for eleven months a year for five years, that us 165KWh
Yeah, but how much does the time machine to give you 40 hour days cost to run :)
> An analysis of who uses power-hungry pc's, and why,
I have an i7-6700, 65w TDP. Thing is, if you use the internal graphics the entire machine pulls about 40w, up to about 60w with the GTX-750, at idle (which it is for most of it's life). My intention is to keep it for several years, rather than replacing an entry-level low-power job in a year or so because it's not quick enough,
The other thing is that it may use more power when working hard, but it will be working hard for less time than a less powerful low-power CPU, so it evens out and may even come out ahead.
First time I went to the US, I had to get some tea bags out there. The only ones I could get was some Liptons stuff from CVS - just about drinkable, but expensive.
Since then I've taken my own with me.
but only if everyone likes the same amount of milk. In my experience, that never happens. I like tea you can basically stand the spoon up in, I have to double the amount of milk for some people.
There were some people in the last office that I could re-use my tea bag for and they'd still want more milk than normal.
> might as well just get their tea from a Klix machine
or 'a cup of a liquid that is almost, but not entirely, unlike tea', as Douglas Adams put it.
No-one's that sadistic are they? That counts as 'cruel and unusual punishment' as far as I'm concerned :)
You can count me as one of the weirdos that puts milk in Earl Grey though. I heard of Earl Grey from ST:TNG, and it was tea so put milk in it - never knew any different.
They do it all the time on TV, covering the Apple logo with a grey sticker. It just makes you go "Nice MacBook Pro, logo's covered so Apple must have said No'.
It would be obvious once MacOS fires up anyway.
What they should do is say 'You can use your own machine but we'd rather you carry a Dell, here's a healthy discount on an XPS or Precision'.
An MAD detects the effect the sub has on the Earth's mag field. If you can plot it accurately you can hide a sub in natural field disturbances, e.g. from big metal deposits in the crust.
Same with thermal detection and SONAR, both get affected by thermal layers in the water. If you can plot (or predict) that you can hide.
You can detect the sound the hull makes moving through the water, and the props. A diesel-electric can stop and turn everything off, and make like a hole in the water, a nuke needs to keep certain bits running or the reactor will go Chernobyl on you.
I was down to the backup, backup connection for a while - PlusNet dead, the 3G card in the laptop had no signal, so I was on the MiFi router.
Anyone seeing flaky DNS for a while this morning too? It looked like external DNS servers were being being blocked, I could ping 184.108.40.206 but got no name resolution. I was about to ring them and have a rant and it started working again.
Or both at the same time, if Schrödinger caught it
> get the highest score on Galaxians?
Hey, at least that would show they have some real-life skills, unlike most politicians :)
I bet there's a Candy Crush ring in the House Of Commons.
Any relation to Ingrid Kavelaars? She's from London, Ontario.
If so, how about naming the planet after the planet Ethaniel was from in Codename: Eternity, Theran IIRC?
Me either. DIdn't work at all on a Galaxy S7, even sat at the voice command screen in the Google app. My voice will wake it up from the home screen.
Maybe desktop speakers or the audio encoding on YouTube mangles the sound too much?
My UK driving licence is good enough to get me a hire car in America, why would France be any different?
There is also the International Driving Permit, which all of Europe is signed up to or at least recognises. Good for a year, costs £5.50 at the Post Office.
I don't know, there are some good bits.
From personal experience, the Grand Canyon, the road through Lake Mead National Recreation Area that is the back way to the Hoover dam from Las Vegas, discovering a Lockheed Constellation parked by the side of the road (actually a small aircraft museum), finding out that you really can hear crickets chirping at night like on all the TV programs.
You mean Jack Northrop...
The B2 cracked it, but Jack Northrop died without seeing it fly.
If you think landing the Pogo was bad, try the Ryan VertiJet
It stood on it's tail on a stand, suspended from a hook under the cockpit. To land, you went vertical and backed it up to the stand and hooked the hook onto a cable. You couldn't see the wire or the hook from the cockpit.
No it isn't, the law is doing it's job. Stopping the government/law enforcement doing whatever it wants by making stuff up.
Would you feel the same way if the accused was a relative of yours, and you want information on how the FBI evidence was collected in order to prove their innocence?
You have to consider the wider implications. If law enforcement is allowed to say 'Trust us, the evidence is right' without proving it, the potential for abuse is massive.
It just means an offence you can be killed for if you're found guilty.
I would guess the word comes from chopping your head off as the method of execution.
> so why the plane behaved like it did with it's back up system assumed to be working?]
If I've read the article right, they noticed one of the airspeed sensors was wonky but the backup was fine, so continued the takeoff. After takeoff something else went wrong and the flaps came up but not the slats, which triggered the return to Brisbane. Makes sense, the slats are only for low-speed flight.
I was expecting a giant wasps nest behind the slats to be the problem, but it sounds like something was reliant on the wasp-infested airspeed sensor and gave up the ghost. There's probably a safety system that stops the slats retracting if the computer thinks you're going too slow.
The Air France incident (if it's the one I'm thinking of) was a frozen attitude sensor. They were trying to test the anti-stall and had deliberately stalled it, but the computer didn't know and did nothing about it.
Bake the ID Card logon into the (gov sanctified) OS, and do single sign-on to any and all websites.
You then tie the OS logon to your fingerprint, facial rec, ID card chip or NFC, depending on the technology the computer has.
Anyone not using GovOS is a terrorist, hack at will.
Most of this already exists, we do auto logon to ServiceNow using your Windows domain credentials now, all it needs is legislation and a bit of infrastructure to validate the ID and do the SSO.
A $286m orbiting telescope - that's got to be near the top of the list for things killed by a software bug. I'm guessing that doesn't include the cost of getting it into space either.
SOP - one of the snooping tricks is ruled illegal, so the law is changed to make it legal again.
Never mind that there were good reasons it was illegal in the first place...
Someone on TorrentFreak's comments posted this link: http://www.thelawpages.com/court-cases/maximums.php to a list of the current maximum sentences.
Walk into Piccadilly Circus with an AK-47 - 7 years.
Have sex with your 12-year-old daughter - 7 years.
Download some films off the internet - 10 years.
Yep, agreed. Most of the apps on my Sony TV and Blu-Ray are already abandoned.
What you really want to do is move the app to an external box that just pipes video and audio to the display and audio equipment :-)
To be fair, that external box could be a Roku or HTPC that also runs Plex, NetFlix, Amazon etc.
> Is it not possible to get a retrospective warrant by presenting the same evidence to a different
> judge and asking him to grant it?
No, that's the point of a search warrant. You have to have evidence beforehand to justify the search, otherwise the search is invalid and any evidence (including from warranted searches that came from stuff found in the warrantless search) is invalid.
To be fair they could have just infected the machines without asking and faked the source of the intelligence later, like they have with the Stingray phone trackers.
They asked for and got a warrant, so they were at least trying to comply with the law. They just screwed up and asked the wrong judge, if they had asked the right one they would have been fine.
It was a screw-up, not a deliberate attempt to circumvent warrants, IMO.
> Howver a Mirlees straight 8 will not fit any car
Don't say things like that, some nutter will take it as a challenge and build one :)
> "measure a vehicle's emissions whilst it achieves its stated 0-62 time for example"
In terms of the total emissions over the time it takes to get to 62, that could be an interesting test.
Does going full bore for 4 seconds with a giganto-engine produce more CO2 than full-bore for 15 seconds in an econo-box?
You could extend that to a set route that replicates a commute, or some other journey. With a bigger engine your acceleration phases will be done quicker, and you need a lighter throttle to maintain cruise speeds.
Agreed, you need to know what they were actually asked before drawing conclusions, You need to know whether the PINs/passwords were encrypted, or plain text backed up to iCloud.
> Acceleration requires capacitor charge generated by braking from a speed achieved by accelerating.
So if you pull away from lights at the bottom of a hill, you're buggered?
It would probably have to stop for a (overnight) breather half way up Birdlip hill.
All they had to do was say "We don't care about this any more. We're turning off our servers, here is the software you need to keep it going. BTW, you're on your own in terms of support".
Result would be a lot less pissed off people. Just turning the thing off permanently is not cool and Google ought to know better.
Or any of the small toy quadcopters like the Hubsan Q4 or Syma X5.
The registration only applies to bigger things like DJI Phantoms.
Having said that, if you're good with a soldering iron you can build an FPV racing beast and still keep it under 250g, Know How on TWiT is in the middle of that build at the moment.
That was my first thought when I saw that headline in the RSS reader - why does Vodafone have a rocket? I thought it was some advertising stunt or something.
> There's also a secret browsing mode that goes beyond “incognito” windows by requiring
> user authentication
So they are enabling anonymous communication by forcing you to identify yourself?
If you ask the correct questions, a survey can be made to produce whatever result you desire.
This is especially true when you ask people who don't have a clue about what you're asking them.
> If it was a support ship, then then "RSS RTFM"...
And it's sister ship RRS Did You Turn It Off And On Again :)
> William Selkirk
ITYM Alexander Selkirk, who would be one of my suggestions. He's already had a Virgin train named after him, I regularly used to get that one from Leeds to Chesterfield.
That must have been an awkward conversation, when Dampier turned up on the ship sent to pick him up.
The bit I don't get is why there hasn't been any research.
Buy a crap-load of toy drones, stick 'em in a wind tunnel and throw them at things, see what damage they (don't) do. Simples. My suspicion is they will disintegrate without even scratching the paint, but there little reason not to try it, apart from not being the poor sod who has to vacuum the bits up.
For extra credit give a few to people like Pratt And Whitney, GE and Rolls-Royce and ask them to fly them into running engines. Again, my suspicion is you'll get a lot of tiny, burnt bits of plastic out of the back, but they already destroy a bunch of engines testing bird strikes, lets try some quad-copters too.
The man that single-handedly killed Nokia, IMO.
The world and their cat could see that Windows Mobile was going nowhere, and he stopped development on *everything else*.
The N9 and N1 showed what they were capable of, but they weren't allowed to sell them, and the 2520 should have been Atom-based running full Windows.
1,500 gallons a second.
So, about the same fuel consumption as an Escalade V8 then, possibly *slightly* less :)
It does, but you can't download it, you have to stream it.
So you still have to rip the CD to MP3 to avoid chewing through mobile data to play it on your phone.
To be honest, 64Gb is enough for me. I bought a 64Gb USB drive for the car and put the kind of stuff I like to listen to in the car on it - it's still only just over half full.
Everything I've got is only about 200Gb.
The Pure Highway (add-on car DAB) can do recording. Comes in handy, you can pause the DAB when the FM radio has a traffic announcement. Big problem with it is limited memory - it can only do about 15 minutes. A Micro-SD slot would fix that, it could probably record days worth on one of the cards I have laying around.
There was a Blaupunkt or Siemens or something that would record traffic announcements while it was off and replay them when you turned it back on. I'm not sure that ever made it into production.