Re: Dinner Plates
If it was round, then it wouldn't have corners. I don't know where I'm going with this ......
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If it was round, then it wouldn't have corners. I don't know where I'm going with this ......
Will The Register be hosting any of these brave pioneers, to show them what is possible? Imagine their reaction of seeing the consequences of letting a thousand commentards bloom.
So, tell us about the fanny.
I assume there is some kind of sensor to prevent it from retracting if a reasonably large/warm body is in there. Perhaps a small, well wrapped up person might be taken to a different world one winter's day?
For reference/research purposes.
The navigation system in my car is a large spiral bound GB road atlas. They are very cheap (about £2) and available at many shops and petrol stations. The disadvantages of my system are that it requires me to be able to think and remember stuff but I don't seem to have a problem with that.
It's at least 30 years since I called upon the 'services' of the police, unlike some people I read about or even some I know who've had cars vandalised or stolen or had their homes or businesses burgled. Yet, I still have to pay my general taxation and a distinctly annonated amount for police services in my councuil tax every year.
I'm far less of a drain on the police budget that these people, so why can't I get a rebate?
I immediately thought of war rocket Ajax. Can the asteroid be named Flash Gordon?
It's the colour of an unripe banana that's been stored badly in a supermarket warehouse.
.... being there when they boot it up and hearing it play its startup tune for the first time in decades. Awesome!
It looks like they need a syntax highlighting editor. ('mount', it's what jockeys do.)
You mean 'paywall', unless you really were making hacking attempts on the WSJ firewall.
" ... this won't be a quantum laptop but a scalable machine which will open a "pathway to quantum computers big enough to tackle any problem"."
After a short time, it will say, "The answer is forty two. I'll help you design the next one."
" ...the kind of firm that couldn't have existed in the 1930s."
Never underestimate the bandwidth of a packet steamer full of ribbon bound handwritten folio sheets.
Data latency would be a problem but that encourages a slower and more pleasant pace of life.
Why didn't you patent it or 'register' it? (Ask Apple for advice .... oh....)
Yes, this takes me back to the 70s when I was a student apprentice on a thin sandwich course. The entire system requires companies to have faith in their future, a 'vision' of long term stability in their operations and willingness to invest time and money in their staff.........
I remember a manager telling me that he wasn't happy that I and my fellow apprentices were given 'time off with pay' to attend a degree course, because we'd just leave for a better job when we'd finished. I said that we might do but the company could also recruit new staff who'd themselves had a degree education as well as experience in appropriate areas by similar methods, so everyone would benefit. He went quiet and scratched his head over that one.
questionable and quizzical?
I think that the Met gave a copy of what they had (been given) to Vodafone so that Vodafone themselves could figure out what they had done. The impression is that Vodafone just dug out a big lump of data without paying much attention to it.
However, the data was all about many journalists and staff at a particular news company. If the Met had asked for mobile phone data on one particular person who happened to work at a bank, would you expect the mobile phone company to give data about all employees of that bank? It may be that Vodafone had a contract to supply mobile services to the newspaper and made a mistake. It may be that the Met specifically asked about the newspaper and identified the original 'lone' journalist as a journalist working for that newspaper .... etc. I suspect we will never know, unless the Met tell the truth.
What is 'safe search' anyway?
Is that because the broken ends can stab into you then snap off and cause all sorts of problems?
Maybe they could rewrite it, slowly, with an average two year rewrite cycle? I don't think anyone would use this for long term archiving if no frequent access is needed. They could rewrite the entire drive, as a low priority task every two years ....etc.
Don't apologise to us, apologise to Académie française.
Isn't 'goodput' what you get when you've increased throughput?
"... an increased delay.", "... a moderate packet payload size ..."
I can't imagine that my fridge or central heating controller would be bothered or affected by an inreased delay or have anything more than a small packet payload size. Is this about the IoT things or the neighbourhood network data gathering process?
Alternatively, I can imagine the problems involved in controlling individual IoT enabled lightbulbs and kettles in a large office building; if you want to go down that route.
.... is to download a large and popular torrent, but not for a long time of course, just to test it you understand.
The mainstream press get their information from 'trusted sources', i.e. sources who they often have lunch and drinks with. The NSA and GCHQ are probably running a serious lunch and drinks operation on this one.
You make a good point actually. My first experience of Linux (Mint 13) was basically a good one but had at least a month of swearing, mostly because I was in a 'Windows' mindset after many years of using Windows. I've found that a quick Google search will point you to a variety of forums on which absolutely every aspect of Linux operation is discussed with forums specialising in particular distributions.
After a short time and a bit of refining searches, I found drivers and setup instructions for my old Dell network printer, my old Epson scanner and lots of well written advice on how to do many things. I've even set up a RAID-0 array, using mdadm, on my desktop PC after following the instructions and advice on the more technical forums.
The even more basic LXDE is great on my ten year old Acer Travelmate and my EEE netbook. All I want to do is run applications; eye candy holds no interest for me.
"... a 'naive' user ..."
Did you offer to sell them an installation DVD for £20?
Do you want to see pictures of my wife riding the pink pony? [We used an approved vegetable based dye, of course.]
By strange coincidence, The Independent has just published an article about how Theresa May only sleeps for 5-6 hours a night. She seems to be positioning herself as Thatcher's heiress, projecting a strong-woman image. I assume that her PR team advised against being pictured with a hunting rifle while bare chested on horseback, since two of those activities would be illegal in this country.
I'm wondering what the effects of long term sleep deprivation are on someone's physcial and mental health.
I'm with Virgin Media in the UK and my IP address is 'static' in that it always stays the same. (Until they have a network 'upgrade', then my modem locks up and I have to phone them and they 'reboot' it and I get a new IP address). The longest time I went with the same IP address was five years. Also, if I check with whatsmyip.com and similar services, they tell me that the host name is cpc3-(redacted)-2-0-cust(redacted).cable.virginm.net, which suggests to me that I can easily be traced by anyone who contacts VM and asks them nicely where I live.
Because of this, I have no problem directing my No-IP services to my home, until the next VM network 'upgrade' when I need to update the IP pointers.
I'm sure we can all remember what number to call.
re. flat bed scanner: I was annoyed when I found that Windows 7 wouldn't talk to my Epson Perfection 1650 scanner. I had to keep my old XP laptop going to use it. However, the drivers are available for Linux and that was only one of the many reasons I swtiched to Linux about 18 months ago.
zz.com - a double blade cutting edge website! What could be better than that?
About 15 minutes ago, I was looking for a Windows desktop background, (don't ask me why). This made me smile:
... there is some strange matter under the cushions on my sofa.
I'd have thought that journalists/activists would want to use mostly a browser, email client and document writing software - not a big load. Why not spin up a virtual machine copied from a 'gold image' and do all your work in that, then delete it? Using external USB storage for the data obviously.
I wonder why not?
Do you spend too much time at work checking that your dog isn't peeing on the sofa? Are you worried that your babysitter might be getting stoned/jiggy with her boyfriend? Do you suspect that your neighbour has been letting your car tyres down a little bit every evening? Can't you sleep at night for fear that your corner shop is being ransacked?
Then worry no more! For only £10 a month, our trained operatives across seven different time zones will watch your webcams for you and send tailored 'scenario alerts' (see previous paragraph) according to your requirements.
In this modern interconnected world, someone is watching you all the time but it makes sense to have it done properly, by professionals who are working for you.
Are these some kind of intermediary in subatomic interactions, thus explaining any of various forces and fields? Are they just something that can exist, for a short time, if you smash protons together hard and fast enough? Do they actually exist all the time and the LHC 'saw' them in the same way that it saw the Higgs boson, by kicking them out of their subatomic quantum bed with an almighty burst of energy?
... I'm glad they chose iPads. If they had access to the Google Play store, they'd binge on free apps like the attractive analogue clock that wants access to your contacts list and the ability to send SMS messages - etc. You just know their Android device would be pwned within a day.
A nice idea but Apple, etc. probably have T&Cs which block that, or soon will do. As has been suggested, just pass on the account details in your will, or even before you die if you want to make sure your favourite heir gets access to your digital remains.
" ...a wholly Irish company (Microsoft Ireland Operations Ltd) must hand over data to the US Government simply because it has a shareholder (Microsoft Corp) based in the USA."
Does anyone believe that Microsoft Corp is 'merely' a shareholder? Did they look at Microsoft Ireland Operations one day and say, "Hey, that small startup company in Ireland would be a good investment. Let's buy a big chunk of shares in it, maybe enough to get a seat on the board." ?
If I set up an email service and put my servers in Cambodia (as an example), housed and cared for by FrankLy Cambodian Operations, am I immune to UK court action to get access to data on those servers?
... always use a disposable email address and never give them your mobile phone number.
I first read that as "... the blank screen erection." then tried to visualise it. A wasted two seconds.
Note: They were not "having sex". It was assisted personal grooming. It makes you wonder about the people at the ASA.
Some ournalists have a living nightmare. It's too funny to fix, so please don't.
... what it is about the US District Court of Eastern Texas that makes them a favourite jurisdiction for these types of cases? Is it local laws, local culture, local cuisine, .....?
"But our long-standing goal has been to let people search through every Tweet ever published."
Did the tweety people know that?
It sounds like a job for a blind watchmaker or some kind of intelligent designer.
I use Insync with my two Google accounts. It costs $10 per account for a perpetual license on as many machines as you like. It works nicely and you can have selective syncing of folders. I also have my 5GB Dropbox folder tucked inside one of my Google Drive synced folders, hence giving dual redundancy for cloud storage of 'important' documents (note: only do this on your 'main' computer because I think there's a possibility of sync oscillation. On your other machines, have Dropbox in an isolated folder.)