3541 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
A good result
I think every country should ban Twitter (and/or Facebook) at least once a year. That way, the people will learn how fragile their 'essential service' is and will also learn how to use VPNs, TOR, etc. One way to 'sell' this to government would be to explain that it would increase 'national resilience' (a good thing) in case the country comes under cyber attack (a bad thing).
@Lord Tennant Re: And this is whats missing today
It's 'Sir Jonathon (call me Jony)'.
"This legislation is designed ..."
This is not legislation. It's recommendations for possible future action by a recognised set of professional bodies. You may have been influenced by the use of the words, "... sanctions that are proportionate to the nature of the offence ..."; which seems to be about an offence to professional standards, not an offence in law.
Sadly, the law lags behind the development of techniques in many areas of scientific development, especially information technology and data processing. Also, the companies that stand to make lots of money from this have access to politicians and senior civil servants; hence they can influence the law, or lack of it.
Re: Getting through Airport Security
It would be even worse than my bi-weekly shopping experience.
Re: Three not that good
I think the 'All You Can Eat' specifically does not allow tethering, but the 'One Plan' does allow tethering.
Maybe the astronauts will use strips of coloured insulation tape to customise them? That's what I'd do :)
Re: Now I'm looking forward to VR even more
Don't forget to buy some virtual slug pellets to deal with the razor-toothed slugs or a virtual shotgun for the flocks of pesky birds, or a virtual assault rifle to take care of the ravaging zombie hordes that will stumble towards you muttering, "Straaaaawberries".
@AC Re: ..a multimillionaire already ..... can afford to walk away
A Psychopath doesn't WANT to kill everyone, it's just that if they do kill anyone then they have no bad feelings about it. Hence, they find it easy to kill if it makes 'logical' sense to them. On a more everyday level, they treat people very badly and have no qualms about it.
" ... the fashionable bokeh that keeps the subject of the picture in focus and blurs the background, or vice versa."
There's more to bokeh than that: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bokeh
It's a multi-tabbing text editor with many features and facilities and much better that Notepad. I used it under Windows for a long time before I switched to Linux last year and it's free for non-commercial use.
I assume that you'll have at least a couple of networked colour printers taken care of? For kids especially, it's exciting to see their work on-screen become printed out onto paper they can take home and keep and show to people.
Are there any professional organisations, or even informal forums that are discussing and dealing with these situations? Unless your computers are connected to the internet, simple and sensible internal security practices shoud keep them safe, I'd have thought.
Re: How much of a challenge is re-installing XP?
I have an 8 year old retail XP-SP2 install disk that's never been activated, that I could sell to you if you want to have a 'retro' experience ....?
re. Hefty external power source
Has anybody tried using hydraulic motors and fitting the robot with an IC engine/compressor and fluid reservoir, etc? This is totally not my area but I understand that hydraulic motors have a greater power density that electric motors and they are tough and reliable.
Re: So what is the correct unit in the Register's System
Thank you for writing 'nanoWales' and not 'NanoWales'.
Will GCHQ/NSA have backdoor access so they can keep our herds safe from terrorists?
I gave up after the first two questions and 'answers'
Did I misread the article or did the first two questions not actually get answered?
Re: theoretical non-event
Over the past three years, I've had Android updates to an HTC phone and to a Nexus 4. I've never had to reinstall any of my many apps, though a few have insisted on being updated after the update. Is that what you mean by 'reinstall'?
re. Living Chairs
It's been done many times. e.g:
@LaeMing Re: Might want to re-think the name
Is it a www-arse nowadays?
I had to use Wikipedia to learn that HHVM stands for Hip Hop Virtual Machine. Even the HHVM.com site doesn't tell you what it means.
According to Wikipedia, it was open-sourced in 2010.
Governing party interests are an entirely different thing, added to the mix.
So is it ok to chew coca leaves now?
I get confused by all these scientific words.
Is that horizontal x vertical? For each eye or shared between left and right?
@AC Re: The devil's in the detail @Daniel B.
I see your humour and raise you an upvote.
Take a deep breath ....
""The government must never make a similar mistake. Public access to public sector data must never be sold or given away again."
Start laughing (in a cynical and weary manner).
re. "... jubular cover"
It's lack of jubular cover that's the problem. I wonder when 'jubular' will make it into the Oxford English Dictionary?
Re: Shocking! and stealing/pirating
The analogy has a built in assumption that I (as someone looking to get from A to B) am the property of a particular group of taxi drivers and that my money rightfully should be used to buy the services of particular taxi drivers. That is an attitude I strongly disgaree with.
I thought this was an observation of distant possible effects that very closely match theoretical predictions - not a true "detection" as such. The detection would be made (if ever) by those very long interferometers with laser beams at right angles to each other, where the compression of space by a passing gravitational wave would be 'detected'?
All my spreadsheets were fully available to me. They are stored on my domestic local network and automatically backed up twice a day with a 10 day rolling record (on a separate device). I also have a separate copy on an ftp server in a geographically remote location (which I try to remember to update regularly). What is this cloud thing they keep talking about?
I have an 8 year old XP-SP2 retail disk - never been activated
I wonder what I'd get for it on e-bay?
Re: I am sure...
"We told the new guy that the next iPhone will have a moisture sensor. Now it's all over that Chinese tech-news blog. Shall we fire him?"
"No, tell him we're developing a Bitcoin wallet. We can have fun for ages."
Since when ...
.. has 'demobilise' been a new word and since when has it been spelled with a '-ize' ending?
How about ....
... "support us and give us a good deal on Win8, or we'll switch to Linux." ?
" ...a single pin sufficing for charging over USB ..."
I'm sure than two pins are required for charging.
" ... the robots could be embedded with schools of fish ..."
Wouldn't the other fish think it was a bit .... fishy?
re. "Maybe this happens in the UK."
No. A senior government minister asks the head of GCHQ (or similar), "Have you been breaking the law?". He answers, "No, of course not.". This is then converted into officialese and stated by the minister in parliament. It's a much better system than in the USA because there's not as much fuss and shouting. We hate fuss and shouting.
Re: Are these actions commutative?
Apart from the word 'commutative' not really being applicable to copying and deleting data, the answer is "it depends". The simplest answer is that you change a pointer entry in a directory structure, if you're moving a file to be on the same logical hard drive on your home PC. After that, it can get quite complicated.
I prefer to celebrate Pie day.
I decide when Pie day is. (As often as possible.)
(beer: goes well with Pie, or pasties.)
... did Kristina Libby have to register this domain herself, at GoDaddy? Why didn't the mighty Microsoft corporate machine take care of that for her? Is it also hosted by GoDaddy?
Re: Am I getting tired?
" After all, government already does spy in the real world: That's what the police is for, traditionally."
No. Traditionally and currently, the police are for upholding the law and protecting citizens from criminals. (The cynical among you might start laughing at this point.) Government spying is a totaly different function and a different organisation.
If the ultracapacitor has enough energy storage capability and can respond well to transient charge/discharge, this could also be useful for storing large charging surges that the Li-ion would be incapable of accepting efficiently. (e.g regenerative braking surges, etc?). Despite this apparent advanatge, it doesn't seem to make sense to integrate the ultracapacitor, with monitoring and control electronics, as part of the battery housing, unless you're very sure you have a mass-market application which is well understood and for which the control electronics, ultracapacitor size and battery capacity have been 'tuned'.
Re: No Tommy...
But I thought you said DIAMORPHINE power rangers
"... freezing or slowing down of your web browsing, video via the web ..."
What is your reaction to our employees/servants browsing the web and watching videos in their place of work?
So, on the balance of trust ....
,,,, do you entrust a mobile phone company with your money, or do you entrust a bank with your mobile phone number (which they'll probably pass on to their offshored reconciliation and telesales division)?
But, but ....
Who will look after the ADC to make sure it isn't getting old and cranky and taking bad measurements and making bad decisions?
Re: security education
My password used to be "password", but after the security awareness campaigns I've changed it to "1StrongPassword".
Are Facebook and Twitter 'serious' channels?
Isn't this like making a FOI request by sticking a PostIt note onto the notices board outside the town hall? (Choose your own equivalent analogy.)
It was all good fun but ....
... the project needs a theme song or 'anthem'. Can aynone compose/sing one and record it on You Tube (or similar)? I suggest the El Reg board set up a competition and publish the links to competing entries in about a month's time, then we can vote on them.
" ... that is a beard and an a mouth ..."
Thank you for saying that.
They have over a hundred years of freely available Western industrial and economic history to study, to see what can go wrong - but they do exactly the same thing, even worse than we did.