2844 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
re. "...just look at the amount of money men now spend on hair gel."
Are you jealous because they still have hair to put gel on? I know I am. I used to be able to wear tight trousers and not look ridiculous - sighs.
Just wondering -
- are there any laws/regulations/limitation on 'hobbyist' release of payload carrying balloons? e.g. payload size/mass limit or prohibited places where you can't release?
I've said it before -
"Broadcaster Sky ... told the City this morning that it planned to buy 02 and BE's home broadband, phone and fixed-line rental customers for £180m."
- We are regarded as farm animals, to be bought, sold, milked and rendered.
Re: ... nervous system extended beyond the head.
If the 'body' is just a digestive tube with food processing and fat storage, then it doesn't need any kind of nervous system. Even a primitive heart could have evolved to beat at a constant rate. A chemical messaging and feedback-control system does a good job of controlling much of our 'modern' bodies with no awareness or nervous system control.
Re: Heh… Zopfli
It can't be called a .jar file (which is a shame), so I hope they call it a .zop file.
"...“huge amounts” of free cloud storage, which can be passed onto users;..."
Does this mean I could set up a Dropbox-like service with public key encryption so that users could send secure private messages to each other and also store their personal and confidential information in a hosted Chinese cloud?
Re: exuberant at recieving a lawyers bill
"... an exuberant amount of money ..."
It's the money that's exuberant. Money loves to be spent.
data rate explanation?
An 8-bit ADC performing a billion (10^9) conversions a second produces a data output stream of 8 Gb/s. How does this correspond to the claim that it would enable 100 Gb/s communications? Also, as mutatedwombat has said, 8-bit resolution is 'crap', for anything involving audio/video.
There may be some analogue processing on radio antennae signals that could be done in 8-bit digital, so can anyone comment on that?
I feel a bit more relaxed now
"Music fans shouldn't have to worry that sites distributing music online are illegal and unethical. "
I've been worrying about this for a long time. Now they've shut down these bad sites, I can relax and happily download stuff from my usual site.
Do your civic duty
" ...The cameras should bring in 100 million roubles ($3.2m) per month in speeding fines, ..."
Break the speed limit often, to assist the finances of your home town.
" ... 10 per cent of internet growth causes GDP to rise by 1.2 per cent ..."
Isn't this a case of confusing correlation with causality?
Being 'heavily intoxicated' may be a very good way of gaining an advantage over the machines. Their internal assessment and prediction algorithms wouldn't be able to cope well with a drunken adversary.
"Dad, the machines are coming." "Ok son, take the whiskey bottle to your mother and bring me the crystal meth."
You're all missing the point
A techno-plutocrat now has a private island. Be afraid, be very afraid.
Re: Sideshow Bob..
I remember that episode :)
Re: Well About Time
Some things, and some people, can't be improved no matter how hard anyone tries.
"... and the cost in terms of reputation that victims could face. "
Reputation is very important of course; especially for banks and major corporations who need our trust to operate. The reputations of banks and major corporations must be protected at all costs.
it all depends on which premium
Tabs down the side has the advantage that it doesn't reduce 'precious' vertical space for a web page. But, that means the tabs are more likely to accordion into one another, since vertical space is at a premium.
Re: Geothermal for cooling?
I was surprised to read about 'water-short Perth'. As you indicate, they have a vast and effectively unlimited supply of water nearby.
Re: First Direct
I remember when First Direct wrote to me telling me details of how to logon to their website to control and monitor my First Direct account. I immediately destroyed (by burning) all personal identity portions of those documents. Very soon after, the technical and national press carried stories about security breaches on a major banking website. Banking apps on an Android phone ........hmmmm.
re. " ... junky dory ..."
I'm sure this is the opposite of what you meant, and I can understand how it happened. Thank you for accidentally coining a new expression. You may be forgotten one day, but 'junky dory' will live on :)
re. " ... the dumb pipes they really are ..."
Yep. The Post Office don't take a percentage of the value of cheques I post in the mail. My cable internet ISP don't take a percentage of the credit card and Paypal payments I make using the internet. They just shovel my data, which is what I pay them for. Why do the mobile operators think they can interfere and dip their fingers into any data transactions between me and a vendor?
Is that a bonking wallet in your pocket?
... or are you just pleased to buy stuff from me?
Use 'Request Policy'
I recommend the use of the Request Policy plug-in for Firefox. It blocks all requests to third party websites and indicates that it is doing so. Then, you can temporarily or permanently lift the block for all requests to that site or only requests from the site you're using at that time. (It's easier to understand if you just use it and play with it.)
On many sites I use, there are an amazing number of third party sites that are blocked by Request Policy without my use of the originating site being affected at all. If an image is blocked, it shows the image box as greyed out with a little red flag in the middle that can be clicked to indicate the name of the site being blocked.
The first time you use it, there is the minor frustration of having to go through the list it presents and deciding which ones to allow, since many sites use third party sites to deliver required content. However, I feel it's worth it to avoid the shedload of crap and all the inevitable tracking stuff that will be there.
Re: Reg: May I propose....
You lose additional points for misspelling 'Treknobabble'.
Are those candle-holders for sale?
If so, you need to get them up to speed with data mining techniques, referencing all their previous sales and searching Google etc. for potential leads.
" ...brief sessions on Google to find out the latest butterfly facts or something similar."
Ahhh, Painted Ladies and Red Admirals, phwoooar.
'Ole Juul : Re: Not surprising, but nice to see some stats
Thank you for that well explained and thoughtful response.
Re: Not surprising, but nice to see some stats
"... disabled people are often hooked on drugs ...."
Do you mean 'dependent on strong prescription medication', or do you mean 'addicted to illegal drugs'? If the latter then that is very worrying. If your 'local' experience is in fact common, then this is a tragedy.
Familiarity -> Contempt -> Amusement
I've stopped being surprised by this sort of thing and the armchair indignation faded after a while. Now, I just smile and shake my head. Why, oh why ...... awwww, forget it, lol.
@Efros Re: Cut my ties
"Moved to a PAYG outfit who offer unlimited voice/text/data for $45 a month, you just have to pay full price for the phones. "
That isn't what I'd call Pay As You Go, here in the UK. That's what we call a SIM only contract. PAYG is when you buy and load credit onto your phone account which then gets reduced when you consume minutes/texts/data. I wonder why the difference in terminology?
Re: In Redmond Microsoft fire the photo copiers up.
I started reading without even looking at who wrote it. By the time I got to the end of the first short paragraph, I knew it was you. You have a certain style.
A sleeping giant awakes
"These acts also diminish US export prospects around the globe and put American jobs at risk."
So, they're going to do something about that unpatriotic group of American companies that have their manufacturing done in China? I skim read it; have I understood this correctly?
Between the lines
"Due to an unprecedented rate of return of employees following the Chinese New Year holiday compared to years past, ...."
Translation: We were amazed when so many came back to us after we allowed them to leave the factory. The economy must be bad out there.
Dante was an amateur
"Since streams of information have become the paradigm of choice on the web, we’re introducing a newsfeed with infinite scroll, letting you experience a virtually endless feed of news articles."
It's the Yahoo! circle of hell!
Further, the hands, feet and head are generally not closely covered by material that makes a good wick.
A good question would be: have there been cases of apparent SHC where the victim had well defined, uncovered areas of their body that did not suffer serious burning, or had a different kind of burn pattern to covered areas? e.g. bare forearms or bare lower legs?
All your data monetised for us
It's not just the NHS. When my mother died, after winding up her affairs I had her mail redirected to my address for six months. Soon after, I got a letter addressed to her at my address, from SpecSavers (high street optician). Note: this was not redirected mail from the Post Office - SpecSavers had her name with my address.
I phoned SpecSavers and got put through to their IT deartment (eventually) and was told that the Post Office redirection database was available to 'selected companies'. The IT man told me he would remove her details from the SpecSavers database.
So, if you have an abusive spouse or a stalker and they work for SpecSavers (and other companies who've paid the Post Office I assume), there's no point in moving to try to get away from them - unless you're careful not to use the Post Office redirection service.
Can you set up a VM, with virtualised hardware that has _all_ characteristics under your control - i.e. hard disk ID number etc.?
If so, you can effectively carry the same 'PC' around with you for many years, running on different host systems. There is a 'soft' ID number on a hard drive that is created when it is formatted, which is a 'random' number based on the date and time during the formatting process. There is a small utility that will change this for you, which can be useful for some types of activity. As I understand it, there is an internal ID number of a HD that cannot be changed. So, can VMs deal with this situation?
I'm always interested in 5GB of free cloud storage, but it seems this is only for people who buy a Drobo 5N box, which is understandable.
Also, there is another cloud storage business called Copycloud which had me on the wrong track initially. I suppose there's a small limit on the number of obvious names for cloud/storage/file-copy companies.
If you do a Google search on Barracuda Networks, there are some interesting things that other people say about them.
I remember fitting many triax connectors to triax cables for a 1553B test rig in the late '80s. Ahhh, those were the days. I wouldn't want to do it again, that's for sure.
Re: Help a fella out
I am nothing if not helpful.
@ukgnome Re: 70's Maths question of the day
We're all wondering: How do you know how many beans there are in a can? Furthermore, what size of can and what brand?
2G for me
I've set my phone to use 2G networks only, with a noticeable improvement in battery life. Try it, live slowly.
re. " ...mythical string physics,..."
String theorists, the Microsoft of the physics world. They're holding us back!
Does your iPad boot instantly, or does it return from sleep instantly? There is a difference.
re. Tesco passwords
When I renewed my contract with TescoMobile (a simple matter), they sent me an email thanking me for renewing and 'helpfully' telling me what my e-mail address and TescoMobile user password were. As you say, stored in plain text on their servers.
However, the one capitalised letter in my password was shown as lower case. This might have been security by obscurity or it may be that they do case stripping when they accept the password.
Re: When bubbles collide!
"Let's talk about angles on pins instead."
How many angles can subtend on the head of a pin? That would be a trigonometrical matter.
Wheel - turn - full circle
Does this mean that to save budgets, people will be organising work into overnight batch jobs?
Re. interior minister Ögmundur Jónasson,
I hope his nickname is Oggy. I'd love to hear people shouting for him across a crowded room.
Re: Parental Responsibility
I tend to agree with you in principle Mike, however ...... Consider if 'legal' pornography was in plain simply labelled packages at about two feet off the floor on newsagent's shelves. It's legal, it's not 'on show' to affect innocent minds. You need to pay for it so it can't be casually browsed. So, what's the harm? After all, it's up to parents to stop their children being exposed to this.
@h3 Re: Airdroid.
On second thoughts, it was probably 72Mb/s .... I just remember the 72M part.
I was using my Asus Transformer tablet as a WiFi hotspot with my Nexus 4 WiFi connected to it. I used Airdroid on the Nexus 4 and the browser on the Asus tablet (easier than using a browser on a phone). The phone and tablet were a few inches away from each other. The 72M[B-b]/s figure was the one that caught my eye and it was wobbling around a bit but stayed there for a while. I transferred an 80MB file. It was very fast compared to FTP transfer via the domestic router.
This was direct WiFi between two adjacent devices. No router and no internet based host to slow things down.
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