Re: Not an actual rebuttal?
It's the opposite of plea bargaining. You plead not guilty to a more serious charge that you make up.
4255 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
It's the opposite of plea bargaining. You plead not guilty to a more serious charge that you make up.
I'm glad you signed up to The Register to air your concerns about this obvious failing by NASA. You'll find a warm welcome and a home for calm and rational discussion here.
"... patients can edit their own records making the information untrustworthy from a clinical perspective."
Do you mean freely edit? No locked fields? If so, I'm amazed.
Maybe they make 'mistakes' deliberately so they achieve and maintain this. Just a sneaky suspicion.
.... to rat onna stick. Can we have named meat pies as the next article?
" Depending on the extent of trade policy isolation, the UK’s real gross domestic product (GDP) per capita would be between 0.6 and 3.0 percent lower in the year 2030 than if the country remained in the EU. "
When was the last time that an economist's predictions for fifteen years in the future were correct?
Why do you need HD video to see and identify who's at your door? Surely a medium resolution still picture (maybe updated every second) is all you need.
"... the halo appeared to be roughly 100 times the diameter of the moon."
On a galactic scale, that is incredibly thin, assuming that is an absolute size and assuming that it's 'our' moon they are referring to. Or, does that mean the observed area of our sky compared to our moon .....?
"Andromeda Galaxy's halo is the largest one ever to be eyeballed so near to Earth beyond the Milky Way."
Is there another, smaller halo, within the Milky Way?
.... for NSA staff who access people's private video chats and photo-collections for their own amusement or interest?
.... which senior officer was watching the video and said, "Hey, I recognise that ... er .... face."
Those behind the deal boasted it would lead to “projected savings in excess” of £20m against “standard” pricing.
Translation: "They tried to screw us massively, but we only let them screw us a little bit."
"The NSA doesn't sell data, your grocery store does," he said. "But I don't hear anyone complaining about the grocery store's discount card, because you get a discount."
I chose to join the 'grocery store' scheme and gave them a 'junk' e-mail address so I can ignore any spam. I never choose (and didn't even know until recently) that the NSA(/GCHQ/etc) were making notes of who I called and when, where I was and when and which website I looked at and when.
I have reasonable confidence that the grocery store will never try to blackmail me or embarass me in any way by revealing my purchases of tobacco/condoms/pile-ointment or try to spy on me while I use any or either of my purchases. I know that the NSA(etc) have already used their powers to spy on people's private web-cam chats for their own personal amusement and to spy on their own spouses to sniff out infidelity etc. For this, the individual operators get a 'stern talking to'.
So, why should I trust them in any way and why should I pay attention to this idiot's analogies?
.... they used to shout out loud that Bitcoin is mostly used by drug dealers/users and terrorist weapons dealers and to evade legitimate financial controls and taxation. Are all those activities 'ok' now?
You can order Demask products from Target.
Which number base are you using? I can't figure it out. (13 is still in its LTS period so I'll stay with it and it always takes a year to get most of the wrinkles ironed out.)
I'm happy to try new things and have a spare SSD to play with, but for the 'ordinary domestic user' I'm fairly sure there would be no advantage for me over using Linux Mint 13, as I have done for two years now (I accept all level 1,2 and 3 updates and make partition clones at regular intervals). Can anyone say if I'd see improvements or anything notably different?
Could you write a shutdown script that warns you if you have open files? (I know you shouldn't have to).
They would be ROFLing but the head bucket wearer would see them smiling and giving approving/admiring glances (until the bus ran over him).
"As a search term, Apple Inc. returns literally thousands of hits on the FTC site."
So do Microsoft Inc and Google Inc and also The Register. Is this guilt by association?
Some of us know how to have fun.
"... regulation is out-of-touch and can be better explained with printable image cards."
If a 'regulation' is written so badly that it can't be easily understood by a competent person who makes an effort to read it, then it needs some serious rewriting.
Wait a minute, black helicopters are landing in front of my house!
You seem to be missing cynicism, distrust and paranoia. Don't worry, they all arrive eventually.
Here, let me take a video of your watch face because it looks so cool and I admire it so much.
"... nervous fibres were wound tightly about a central core which itself unfolded as the cable stretched."
They invented the telephone cord :)
"How do they get the rats to read the alphabetical chart to test their eyes?"
They probably made a calculated assesment based on theory and definition:
(Until I just read that, I didn't know what "20/20 vision" actually meant.)
I hope they were selected because they're useful/sensible/logical?
If that plasma cannon it has mounted on top had been charged and enabled, those boffins would have been toast.
When their phone made burbling noises?
"The twice-breached company says security "remain our priority" ......"
Is this just a cosmetic PR statement? Lipstick on a pig, etc?
Yes, but newer, brighter, more relevant and more flexible; adaptable to your lifestyle and aspirations.
This is going to keep happening until companies and their directors are kicked hard in the wallet when it does happen.
"With Hollywood hard-balling (all the way up to wanting VPNs to be banned in Australia) ..."
That is amazing arrogance and sense of entitlement. If they don't like it, they should refuse to market their tat in Australia. I'm sure they'll be sadly missed.
I make coffee at home by grinding some beans (Talylors of Harrogate bought from Asda) then using a cafetiere (french press) for a three minute brew with very hot (not boiling) water. I put a small amount of Nescafe non-dairy whitener in it and I find it to be delicious and smooth tasting. People I've made coffee for in this way say it's a nice cup of coffee.
Whenever I buy a coffee (cappuchino or americano or whatever) in a cafe or restaurant, it almost always has a harsh taste and a bitter edge to it. This includes small high street cafes as well as the well known chain outlets. They use an espresso machine then add milk or hot water to the 'shot' to make the coffee.
Are they using cheap beans, is the water too hot, is there residue in the filter/pipes, .......?
Many people I've spoken to, who make 'proper' coffee at home, by whatever method, say that they have the same experience and do not buy coffee in cafes for this reason.
For the duration of the journey? Or maybe plastic as mentioned in the article, or lead .....
I've been away from Windows for two years having moved from Windows 7 to Linux Mint. I tried the Windows 10 Technical Preview and it was like an alien world. I tried to mount/map my network storage devices and it saw them but I couldn't access them. I never had any problem like that with Win XP or Win 7 or with Linux. I managed to install Firefox and I tried to make a 'shortcut' but it asked me if I was sure I wanted to run it every time I clicked the shortcut icon. I gave up at that point.
It couldn't get any worse in my experience. Maybe I was expecting too much. Bluestacks was much better but is Windows/Mac only. I haven't tried Bluestacks under Wine yet - any advice anyone?
I don't know how old the author is, but things have moved on quite a bit.
I was waiting for someone to notice and say it.
Did you accept and install all those updates to 'improve your experience'?
I'm only allowing scripts from theregister.co.uk and have full adblock running; I seemed to have no problem submitting my answer to the survey. Are you blocking third party content from regmedia.co.uk or theregister.com? Are you logged in?
If you have lots of fixed low power mains powered items, it's often worthwhile to fit IEC (kettle lead) mains plugs on them and get an IEC connector strip or two. These are readily available on ebay. This saves a lot of space and the leads come out vertically, which helps with space saving and lead stess.
I also use a TP-Link 5-port switch for any group of two or more items that need a network connection because the cost is less than that of a HomePlug adapter. I recently upgraded to Solwise AV500 and the major factor for speed seems to be my mains wiring (especially downstairs to upstairs, going through the fusebox, with old fashioned fuses) since the speed increase is not much over the old 84MB/s ones I had.
Many years ago, (the best parts of my life are way behind me) I made a quick visit to the toilet when I arrived at a 'hip' restaurant-bar for a meal with friends. On the wall was a framed photograph, of a close-up of a human eye and my immediate impression was of an old sun-weathered farmer staring at me. The skin was wrinkled and the eyebrows were ragged; he had a large tear duct and the eye itself was remarkably clear with healthy blue iris and no blood vessels in the white of the eye. A very 'arty' picture, quite nice.
I mentioned it to my friends as we had our meal. I was told to go and look at it again and turn my head ninety degrees to the left. It was an artificial eye in an unusual setting.
I come here for the occasional but regular gems. (I enjoy digging.)
"... shooting a router with an assault rifle. Free the packets."
Those routers constrain packets and force them to go to certain places. That's not freedom.
"This is pedantry!"
"THIS IS THE REGISTER!!"
I think 'productionated' has a more snappy feel to it.
Many years ago (about 1996), I would pass away rainy lunchbreaks by exploring the company network by doing directory traversals, up from where I was to where I probably wasn't supposed to go. (As someone who wasn't an 'IT person', even I was amazed at how lax that was.) One day I found a stash of soft-core porn (beach 'n' bikini and some lingerie stuff) in a mapped drive that seemed to be an IT function area. I quickly got out of there and made a mental note never to go there again.
A short time later, word went round that people were using too much space for personal files and it had to stop (e.g. personal letters, domestic spreadsheets, etc.) Individually they may not have been much "but it all adds up you know and it's really not what you're here for", as the local IT manager told us with a wagging finger.
I quietly told him, "I'll delete my spreadsheets and Visio drawings when the hundreds of Megabytes of soft-core porn is removed". He said "What?!", so I took him to my desk and showed him the collection. He made snorting noises and stormed away. The porn cache had gone by the next day and I was never asked to delete my 'personal' files.
"The BND helped the NSA with spying on European ministers and enterprises, without anyone in the German parliament being aware of this.
BND bosses didn't pass on their findings to the Chancellor's Office ... "
The security services of a country acted against the interests of that country and its close allies while keeping its activities a secret from its own government. How weird is that?
If somebody who worked for me did that to me, I'd drag their sorry arse over hot coals before booting it out of the door; unless of course they had some serious deep dirt on me. Hmm......
As well as sensible paranoia, I like to keep the battery charge up rather that drain it for no good reason. If I want to check e-mail, I'll turn mobile data on. The last time I tried to use free WiFi, I saw banner adverts for the WiFi provider across the top of the screen on every browser page.