217 posts • joined Tuesday 3rd February 2009 13:30 GMT
Re: dumbass k chickens coming home to roost
I think you mistyped some words, so I fixed up your post for you ...
"....Good work, Ed....." Oh, so you want hypocrite
jihadis western media outlets to carry on brainwashing the gullible into good little Muslim suicide-bombers minimum wage workers, or maybe you'd prefer that the influencers and their brainwashed followers were stopped by a drone strike? Would you prefer the jihadi western followers to give up their jihadi capitalistic ways when their leaders are exposed as hypocrites or when the followers get arrested and thrown in Gitmo for the rest of their lives? Maybe you'd prefer it if the NSA, CIA, GCHQ, MI6 et al all downed tools? Complete fail.
Re: Really ?
You can talk about translation all you like, but the original Italian phrase is Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch'entrate, and being latin derived, Italian is quite precise in meaning, which makes translation straightforward. The modifier "All" clearly applies to the word "Hope". English word choice is down to the translator, hence "Abandon all hope" instead of say "Leave behind every hope", but the context and grammar is clear.
Lasciate - second person plural of the verb to leave or deposit. "(You) Abandon"
Ogni - masculine plural adjective each or every. "All"
Speranza - noun. "Hope".
Voi - pronoun. "You"
Ch' - Che - pronoun - who or that. "that"
entrate - present impersonal. "is entering (this)"
Re: ...and I'm sure it will only need all of my available storage
Well, on IOS - both phone and tablet, GTA III is 688MB, Vice City 1.1GB, so I'd expect SA to weigh in at somewhere around 2-3GB - a standard pc deployment was around 4.5GB and they can probably do some funky optimisation to reduce that.
Re: Good God, that's depressing
Thats true - our old DR site had the best hot chocolate machine I've ever encountered - left our local cafes for dead, let alone the chains.
Re: Heroine's are bad?
I know if I woke up and the doctor said I'd become a heroine I'd be pretty distraught!
(After the mandatory chest examination, of course)
Re: blah blah blah Snowden blah blah blah.
Of course their finances use electronic bank transfers.
The difference is that the money tends to route via Governments which breaks the trail nicely.
Saudi Arabia for example, or in the case of the IRA towards the end of the war ... the UK government.
How else do you think they manage to pay for the arms they need? Suitcases full of cash are heavy and too easy to trace.
Re: Consent on both sides?
I sadly have to agree with you here - they need to clarify the laws related to "reasonable expectation of privacy"
After all, the red tops seldom get successfully sued for the pictures taken by paps, and most of those constitute fairly direct invasions of privacy as far as the individuals are concerned.
Today I get the feeling "in public" means "viewable from the neighboring hilltop with a small telescope for a lens and clearly reflected in a shiny metal object outside".
Upskirt photography is fairly offensive, but in many countries it isn't technically illegal.
Within the Schengen area, you won't need to show a passport at the border if travelling by land.
Switzerland you may do, depending on where and how you enter the country. Once you leave the Schengen area, you always hit a border post where they should check documents - that's part of the agreement for the free travel area.
Taking the eurotunnel, its a 50/50 on if you get checked at the border - we had a minivan full of people waved through on the way out as "too hard" but all were individually checked on the way back into the UK for example.
Flying you always do, as they don't have separate entry points for Schengen flights and other EU flights.
In terms of accommodation - every hotel,hostel, backpackers and even campsite I have stayed at in Europe has taken a record of my passport, whether in a heavy tourist area or rural. The only ones that didn't were when we rented accommodation, at which point only the lead name needed to provide ID.
You may find that when you made the booking for the hotel in advance, you provided ID. I know my details are saved with a range of websites so they automatically get sent through and I don't have to fill them out each time.
printui /s /t2 from an elevated command prompt is your friend on Windows 7 - lets you actually delete corrupted print drivers before reinstalling.
Re: What social sciences actually do
Oh, they'd flip your burger fine.
The only problem is it would end up really well cooked on one side, but only lightly heated on the other.
Re: Tragic News
What, you mean the first three things I uninstall on every new box from Insight - Evernote, Symantec trial and Verisign?
Sure. That's a definite improvement in their service.
The directors of the firm hired to continue the search after the other people had been sacked, wish it to be known that they have just been sacked.
Mr Ballmer's iReplacement Has iBeen iFound In An iEntirely iDifferent iCompany At Great iExpense And At The iLast iMinute.
Re: What a bunch...
Zone 1 is a ghetto for commercial fibre as well, and even having money to spend doesn't help - we've been waiting almost 14 months for a symmetric 100Mb fibre line to be run into Piccadilly thanks to an overstuffed pipe.
So far there is a 20m gap between our building and the street box that has taken 8 months to attempt to get a new pipe run through. A more useless pack of wallies I haven't met.
It also doesn't help that there are only two groups licenced to pull fibre in central London - Virgin and BT. Ours is a Colt circuit, but we still need Virgin to do the last mile, or 20m in this case.
Well, it could always be a normal microphone with a rubber-over and an elastic band, especially if tracking Yangtze river dolphins
Re: “talking through her hat”
To be fair to the environmentalists ... most of the wilderness areas in that part of NSW are now National Parks as they were the main forested areas left. Which means of course the red tape has expanded - unauthorised fires and habitat destruction are kind of frowned upon in National Parks.
The other main reason is that eucalypts tend to grow over winter, when water is plentiful, and dry out as summer comes on. In summer the fires race through the canopy and char out the understory, but the dry trees are generally unaffected because the fire doesn't stick around long enough to hurt the growing parts. End result, a short term clearance followed by an explosion of growth.
In winter, with damp trees, the fires tend to burn slower and stick around longer which damages the growth buds and boils the water in the trunks, which splits the trees open and makes them vulnerable to pests. End result, a lot more dead trees and poor regrowth.
Re: “talking through her hat”
Or more likely ... how about the locals try NOT building houses on ridges in heavily forested areas.
The Blue Mountains get bushfires. Every year. Everyone knows this. Most of the mountains between Cessnock & Sydney were left as wilderness because of the fire risk, not because the NSW government at the time had a particular mania for preservation.
This is nothing to do with environmentalism, or global warming, and all to do with urban sprawl and the encroachment of housing into many areas previously deemed too high risk to build houses in.
Actually if you look at the photo beneath, you can clearly see an Alt Gr key, and the Euro symbol is still the third symbol on the 4, same as a normal UK keyboard.
In other words, unless the author was talking about a built in soft keyboard and not the external keyboard ... I have no idea what he was on about..
If its anything like the Wincor Nixdorf machines we used to work on - once you have access to the top half of the machine, you have access to all the hardware.
The ATM controller is simply a little windows embedded PC, usually a Beetle, which you can swap components out in relatively easily (dead PSUs were not uncommon). Occasionaly we'd yank the whole PC and drop in a replacement. You can do anything via diagnostics once it is opened - change the value of cash bins, spit out notes, send test comms up the chain etc. It is all logged though, which uploads remotely, and you can't clear the logs easily.
However this is a complete fail from an operational point of view - the controller section is totally separate to the cash drawer below, requiring a different pair of keys to open - one we held and one the security guards who load the machine hold. Also, every time we did any work on the box, we had to have a security guard present - precisely because of the potential for cash to be dispensed.
(Or most often, we'd have to pull out the cash bins to extract the remains of several hundred dollars in bills chewed up in the mechanisms - that goes in a sealed back back to the bank)
If anything I think the above poster is correct - we're probably talking about the dodgy little third party machines that charge for transactions - they are built to a significantly lower standard than the top line bank models.
>> Parker sought to explain how individuals known to MI5 have gone on to plan, or in some cases execute terrorist plots
Name one. Go on, state When you learned they were plotting, What they were plotting, and How your evidence was what secured the country. You can avoid the exact specifics of the methods, but surely if these people were so bad, they were lawfully arrested for their crimes on our soil right?
Oh, the crimes are international. Or they were. So what did you actually do that was useful?
Provide the mass public with a single tangible bit of evidence that ANY of this mass information gathering has been of specific benefit to the country. It can't be that hard to pull out one case that won't harm your sources.
Or are we still talking about environmental activists, journalists, or friends and family of the above, all of whom have been stitched up by the various forces that don't like their behaviour. Or the bugging of political conferences so you can get an understanding of opposition views?
Well, the bombs have to be used *somewhere* or our armaments industry will get unhappy.
So dropping em into a hole in the ground seems to be a viable workaround, and this way our Brave Lads (tm) don't get shot at.
*yes, I know they don't use bombs.
Re: two shoulder fired rockets !!
I have never forgotten seeing a LAW on the wall in the firearms section of the main Gart Bros store in Denver back in 91 or 92. Apparently it was considered a hunting weapon.
"Look ... a moose"
<holds up shreds>
As for the rest, I recall flying back from Japan in 94 or 96 with a carry on bag full of interesting items.
On being stopped by the scanner, he opens my bag, pulls out several throwing stars, a folding knife, a polycarbonate knife allegedly designed not to show up on xrays, a set of brass knuckles, several thousand BB rounds and a few other similar things my military obsessed homestay had given as mementos. He then pulls out my old all metal pentax SLR & lens boxes, looks them over, and puts everything back in and I board the flight.
Apparently all that simply indicated "teenage male" and was classed as harmless fun in the days of airport sanity. Still have most of them lying in drawers back at the family home I think.
Re: Association and retaliation
Much better to wait until its Olympics time again, and hold up all the UK & US political types.
"Oh I'm sorry sir, I know you had stadium tickets, but you see they appeared to be forgeries and we were worried about terrorists. You can go through now. Yes, yes I know the race has finished, but I'm sure you want people to be safe"
Re: Global Warming?
New Zealanders do. If not necessarily to Verbier.
Natwest two factor is worthy of Joseph Heller
I've had a lot of runins with Natwest Business banking lately.
They have a browser based malware scanner of some form that runs in the background when the user logs in. If this detects what it thinks is malware, it disables the users account, and then their system deletes the user.
We have to recreate the account from scratch from another admin account, and then wait a week for the pin code to be sent out by their central mail centre. There is no way to speed this up.
Upon receipt of which the user logs back in, triggers the system again, and the account is promptly redeleted.
We phone the helpline and they simply advise that Malware X was detected on IP Y for that user.
The IP is the public gateway for our network. The malware X isn't detected locally, nor on our virtual desktops. We ask for info on specifically what malware was detected. "I can't tell you that".
How was it detected? "I can't tell you." "You can't, or you won't?" "I can't tell you that either"
Is there a second line team I can speak to? No, it is based in India, and doesn't talk to end users.
Can you advise how to get around this? "Install Rapport. We provide it free and it will protect your pc" The user is in a Citrix desktop, via thin client, they don't have a pc. "Install Rapport. It will fix it"
We tried logging in via Chromebook and guest adsl link. Same result. "Install Rapport" "How?!!"
All they record for diagnostic purposes is User, Malware family, Public IP & DateTime. Really freaking useful, not even specific to strain of malware.
Eventually we replaced every item of hardware in the office, rebuilt every accounts user's Citrix profile, and reinstalled windows from scratch on their machines and a month later the system finally gave up deleting the accounts. Only took three months of new account every other week.
Actually, Google searching for those names and "The Treehouse Gang" gives me no useful results whatsoever.
So no, I have no idea what you are talking about.
Although being as ad hominem attacks are the most effective and honest form of persuasion, you have completely convinced me that you are right and these guys are certifiably kids in a tree.
Fool! Don't use your <faulty site>, you should use my <perfectly honest site> instead.
After all, <person who runs site> is a known (Skeptic/Apologist/Reliable Source - delete where inappropriate) and his opinion is far better than <your previous suggestion>
Why can't you use some critical thinking and look at <proper site> like all sensible people!
Re: Booking hotels and hostels in China, Japan, S Korea. etc
Most countries in Europe have laws requiring hotels and hostels to record the identity of their guests, using either a passport or internationally recognised ID document. The UK, Germany, Spain & France are definitely included, it may even be an EU wide law in exchange for the opening of borders.
At no stage do they actually hold on to the document though, it is simply handed over to the clerk who confirms your identity and records the number and type of document, then hands it back with the room key.
As I understand it, the records can be accessed by police or border control services when required, usually for the purposes of tracing missing persons.
Sure beats the biometric registration that the US insists on for foreigners, with all 10 fingers and photograph.
I'm sure that will *never* end up misused ...
Re: Ah yes, Hunting for Slags...
Oh aye, oop north has always been famous for its ores.
Nowadays of course it's mostly slags you're finding.
Re: Have a gorilla...
No thanks ... I'm trying to give them up!
Re: It's whether the degree is *hard* or *soft*
The point of my post was to explain the difference in approach between the rigorous logical heavy rote learning approach of the traditional CS teacher when I was at uni, with the practical approach adopted by the cross-discipline lecturers. In their experience, if you took too long making your systems talk together, your samples had a tendency to go wrong or die and you would have to start from scratch again - biology can be like that. So they taught how to quickly get a solid understanding of what one side emits and the other side expects, and the best way to interface between them. CS on the other hand taught a specific range of historical protocols as if they were handed down on the mount, and expected you to adapt your experiments to work around them. The rapidity in which almost all of them were replaced in the following years has answered that debate.
And what I found in my career is that their experiences are far more relevant when it comes to troubleshooting and implementation. For Development? Not so much, mostly because as a developer you generally have the time to do it right. When you put something live, or if the main app breaks, that free time goes out the window, and the focus is on effectively making it work.
That being said, there are three very different disciplines being discussed here - design, adaptation & development and implementation. A really good designer will almost always benefit from cross-discipline work - good design needs experience and the broader the background, the more likely the exposure to a similar problem in a different setting.
Adapting that design into a good bit of development is a different skillset, one which needs a detailed knowledge of platform and program. Here your CS rigor is probably more useful, as is knowing when *not* to reinvent the wheel.
Implementing though ... in every company I have worked with, there have only been a handful of really good implementation guys, because its a bloody hard job. They have to know their system well, and they have to know the quick and dirty workarounds for bending it to fit the environment. They also have to know when to kick the problem back upstairs for more work, which is a tricky balance to achieve.
And quite frankly, in my years I've only once had to remember any specifics of multiplexing as opposed to generalities - its something handled either by the dedicated networks team on big scales, or by the nice black box attached to the wall on small scales. But you're right - I hated most of the network papers. Which makes it all the more interesting that I got a heck of a lot out of the advanced one. Which was down to the lecturers. Which was my original point.
Re: It's whether the degree is *hard* or *soft*
My best set of lecturers when I did my Comp Sci degree had no formal training in IT at all - two were masters in botany and one was a biologist. They taught an advanced networking course.
What made them exceptional was the real world training they had in connecting disparate systems, and making them talk to each other. Which meant they were really good at explaining what you needed to do and why to adapt a protocol in a language that all of us could follow. Unlike all the formally trained lecturers who went into the minutiae of particular protocols, out of which the only thing I can recall from a year long paper is a Romanian accent saying 'Multiplexing!'.
Re: You'd be surprised
To be fair to the KGB, I suspect that the west did regularly plan unprovoked first strike tactics during the cold war.
And then filed them under the *completely insane* category, and put them to one side.
I mean, I would expect the US military to have plans to invade most of the countries of the world filed away somewhere. They are a military after all - it is their job to plan for this stuff, along with modern civil war scenarios, and what to do when Canada finally has enough and invades again.
If the President turns around and says "We need to invade Afghanistan", you need to be able to quickly say "sure, here's what needs to be done and who we need to talk to" while frantically cleaning off the dust.
The problem of course comes in when the policy making types start thinking that the existence of these plans mean that such a decision is likely to be successful, or if the plans are removed from context and handed to the Great Leader with a note saying "see what
wikileaks our great spies found ... we must strike first!"
Re: Why no mention of Sergei Korolev?
Knew I'd find a copy of it somewhere
Re: Why no mention of Sergei Korolev?
There was a fantastic Equinox documentary called "Russian Rockets, the Engines that came in from the Cold" back in 2001 on the NK-33 engine, which up until the fall of the Soviet Union was unknown in the west. And then the impoverished rocket scientists came knocking on various doors in the west to try and sell their engine, which was promising a seemingly impossible thrust-to-weight ratio of almost double anything the west could produce.
The best part of the documentary is the expressions of astonishment on the face of the western engineers when they saw one demonstrated, and the absolute disbelief when the scientists said they had over a hundred of them in a warehouse back home. It turned out that while the rocket the engine was originally for was cancelled by the Kremlin, and the program was supposedly shut down, Korolev and his team just carried on refining the techniques and produced what turns out to be the finest LOX/Kerosene engine ever made.
Re: With a little help from my freinds
Ahh, but Mr President, our Germans are better than their Germans
Re: I'm Aways Surprised...
But no doubt he ticked Yes, so he couldn't be deported for lying on his visa application.
Seriously, that part of the form is nothing to do with detecting unwanted people
(Oh ze clever Americanz ... ze complicated security qvestion getz me every time!)
and everything to do with providing a simple way of deporting people without having to go through the potential hassle of the courts. Proven to have lied on the form? Bang, entry visa revoked, you're on a plane.
An excerpt for those unfamiliar with John Clarke's turn of phrase ... I give you Chlorine trifluoride
It is, of course, extremely toxic, but that's the least of the problem. It is hypergolic with every known fuel, and so rapidly hypergolic that no ignition delay has ever been measured. It is also hypergolic with such things as cloth, wood, and test engineers, not to mention asbestos, sand, and water — with which it reacts explosively. It can be kept in some of the ordinary structural metals — steel, copper, aluminum, etc. — because of the formation of a thin film of insoluble metal fluoride which protects the bulk of the metal, just as the invisible coat of oxide on aluminum keeps it from burning up in the atmosphere. If, however, this coat is melted or scrubbed off, and has no chance to reform, the operator is confronted with the problem of coping with a metal-fluorine fire. For dealing with this situation, I have always recommended a good pair of running shoes.
Superfast Virgin fiber
Allegedly 100Mbit. On a Wednesday morning, sure, I get around 55-60Mbit.
11pm on a Sunday night? Consistently more like 5Mbit. And don't get me started on what happens if it rains, when the latency shoots up through the roof. Best speed measured during peak hours is 22MBit, worst just over 2Mbit. Methinks there might be some severe contention going on somewhere.
And that is in West Hampstead, a fairly affluent part of London.
Re: Cable location
That particular cable goes Alex > Cairo > Suez, presumably to avoid being run through the unstable parts of the Nile delta as much as possible, and to avoid the high traffic area near Port Fuad. The area just north of Alex is pretty quiet in terms of commercial shipping, as opposed to the other side of the delta which hosts the Suez Canal.
Re: "does my 2 yo really need to see my one shot sniper kill?"
Preschooler, not quite, but I recall a previous employer showing me a phone video of his 5yr old kicking ass and taking names in CS Source.
And trash talking. That was the hilarious bit, where he ran up and knifed someone sniping on the grounds that they were "dirty campers".
Re: Is the author a gas trader?
Agreed. I also liked the implication that the tanker arriving was some form of urgent relief, and not as in reality a regularly scheduled service planned (and paid for) several months ago.
Large LNG Tankers aren't exactly something for which you can phone up Crazy Ahmed's Gas Emporium down in Qatar and ask for another shipment for delivery on Friday.
Re: Why not tether to the truck?
Because the balloon is providing the affected area with a cell site, while the base station truck is connected to surviving infrastructure and can talk to multiple balloon sites. These two locations are able to be up to 5km apart, and the microwave system means not having to run 5km of ethernet cable over badly disrupted ground. The power to the balloon comes from a small generator or battery bank which the balloon tether plugs into.
Seriously, did you consider actually reading the article?
May have required the next version of the game
But I still remember the astonishment when this little feat came out for SimCity 3000.
Especially the horrific underlying nature of life in such a city.
Re: Time for the military to stop using Windows.
> apt-get install Nuclear_Launch_Codes
>sudo apt-get install Nuclear_Launch_Codes
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
B17 B29 B36 B52 B70 FB111 B1B
Couldn't find package Nuclear_Launch_Codes
google : Nuclear Launch Repository Location
Re: Indeed, it's a great idea
Well to be fair it is increasingly common for large industrial projects (and datacentres are just one of them) to replace explicit outdoor radiation with a more indirect route, generally involving free heating of the swimming facility next door. If they need greater radiation, they make it an outdoor pool.
Likewise there are many places that dump waste heat into centrally heating adjacent buildings - one small datacentre I know of heats the school next door.
You often may not be able to divert more than 2/3 of the energy this way, but it tends to be a mutually beneficial system - one side gets cheap heating, the other a tax writeoff.
Re: previous ice age?
We are currently in an interglacial period of the *current* ice age, i.e. an age during which part of the planet is covered in ice. When the planet emerges from it, there will be no permanent polar icecaps and sea levels will be many tens of metres higher than they are currently. Since we are adapted to the current climate and sea levels, in terms of agriculture and settlement patterns, this will mean considerable disruption for any Earth-based human civilizations which might have made it that far.
Erm, interglacial means the period between two glacial events. When it is warmer. Inter meaning between, Glacial meaning ... cold. So when we emerge from the interglacial period, we will by definition be in a *glacial* period. Which is highly unlikely to involve higher sea levels and a lack of permanent ice caps.
You are dead right on the whole disruption to civilization though, as the equatorial regions will get hotter, the poles colder, and the temperate belts will narrow reducing the amount of prime arable land.
Re: Geothermal for cooling?
Well, the Pawsey setup is in Bentley, which is a good 15km from the coast and up what passes locally for a hill. Not exactly a cheap location to pipe salt water back and forth to, especially when you have an aquifer 100m away.
Perth also has the advantage that it is convenient to the main Telstra PITC site up at Lansdale, so they have decent cable & satellite links. Manapouri may have power, but the South Island of NZ is rather a backwater in terms of comms links. Also, the output from Manapouri is dedicated to the aluminium smelter in Bluff, and I think you'd find getting more hydro generation approved would be ... challenging.
The problem with Heuristics analysis
is that if you get it really right ... you don't get to sell regular updates to the software.
I know of several different AV providers who went out of business for that reason back in the day. The technology was quietly bought up by Symantec and allegedly merged in with Nortons.
To be fair, the change to 64bit windows would have killed their product anyway without some significant rewrites, but it worked brilliantly for 7-8 years without an update.
Re: "impartial and accurate information to audiences around the world"
BBC, CNN have been eliminated from 'free view' on cable although Deutsch Wella, Australian Broadcasting and a French news channel continue. I guess they are 'politically reliable'.
Well, I don't know about "Politically Reliable", but certainly Deutsche Welle provided a much better news service than the BBC or CNN when I regularly followed it back in NZ. Since moving to the UK I tend to use Al-Jazeera a lot more as well - it may have an obvious pro-Qatar slant, but it tends to be pretty unbiased about everything else. The BBC world service used to be much better than the UK BBC but since they merged the news desks it tends to be a bit more lightweight on world affairs.
Hmm, in fact I'd have thought that CNN at least would be the very definition of "Politically Reliable", assuming your politics are those of the US government.
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