2869 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
Re: Is that fudge I smell cooking?
Reminds me of the military programme that "taught" a computer to recognise a tank, but trained it by showing it pictures with tanks in it, and pictures without tanks. Unfortunately all the pictures with tanks in them were taken on a cloudy day and all the pics without tanks were taken on a sunny day - so the system learnt to recognise clouds...
Similarly to this, they've put a load of conversations of bad guys and a known outcome, and lo, the system recognises they're bad guys.
Next they'll be finding ley lines on Woolworths sites..
Re: Big Deal
"Why single out Apple for selling computers with DVD drives that fail? Of course Apple doesn't make their own optical drives--they use the same drives as any PC manufacturer. Typically the DVD drive is the first thing to fail in my PCs too."
True, the main reason being is the stress they can be subjected to. IIRC optical drives can spin at up to 10,000 RPM, more than a consumer hard disk and without the guarantee of a balanced disc that's rigidly bolted to the axle. Plus the laser is guided on a screw that can wear over time and the "laser" itself is nothing more than a cheap diode behind a piece of moulded plastic.
There's some days I'm amazed they work at all!
It's also the case that (net connection aside) the only way to even purchase Lion or Mountain Lion is on a USB key...
Re: Clearly Fake
@JDX - indeed, our planet feels less and less special with every scientific discovery.
Where's your messiah now, Flanders?
Re: Transmission data rate
Less than 1Mb/s I believe, or "up to 24Mb" in BT parlance
@Vince - fairly sure it only took 8 or 9 months to get there, but the point is still valid
Re: Durango Durango
Was disappointed they didn't hand over the torch to Rio last night with that performance...
Software houses not in a cosy relationship with MS - doesn't take much of an imagination stretch.
Given Sony have such an architecture difference and know what specs are achievable, I doubt they give much of a f...
Depends I guess - some dev companies won't have the opportunity to start exploring the early dev-kit and would value that opportunity at £20K
Re: Head above parapet
"2 Vege Sausages (meat sausages if you swing that way)"
See, I've never got that. If you're vegetarian, why eat something masquerading as meat? If you want sausages, eat sausages.
Re: Make do with what one has...
Baguette changes everything. As soon as you move into baguette territory you have truly strayed from the bacon sarnie herd and have wandered into brie territory.
In this instance, you much immediately layer the bottom of the baguette with bacon, add slices of brie and a healthy dose of relish. Warming the baguette first allows for gooey brie goodness.
Not quite accurate
For that entire situation to be accurate, the Excel charts would have had to be copied and pasted into a Powerpoint slide for boss-level-consumption. They're an easily startled creature and raw Excel sheets can send them into a blind panic.
Now, if I could build a macro that takes an MS Project file and translates it into a tarted up Gantt chart in a Poweroint slide, my working day would be reduced to about 40 minutes.
Indeed, the ability to boot from a USB flash drive doesn't preclude an optical drive from co-existing from such a system. I reckon all my PCs for the past 5+ years have supported booting from USB, so this seems like a slow news day...
Re: Oh great...
Yes. We should have stuck with the 1FF version of the SIM card, the one the size of a credit card.
Who are you angry with here? Apple? Nokia? Or the ETSI who standardised it?
Re: I do like Three.
"Yes I do want the tethering that I paid for when I bought the phone"
And you're getting it. New/non-existing customers aren't getting it, but they have the square root of fuck all reason to complain about - it's a service not being sold anymore, but existing customers are more than free to carry on using it.
If they were removing it from existing customers while still in the contract period, I could understand the steam coming from people's ears, but they're not. And if they did then you'll be more than able to exit the contract.
Re: Sensible decision
"Bittorrent is so much quicker and faster for the user than the usual solution"
Quicker *and* faster? Impressive ;-)
"<sob> my phone's been stolen" is quite a common place to start...
Light (visible) and radio waves are all electromagnetic radiation, and all travel at the same speed (max 3x10^8m/s)
@MarsCuriosity tweeted about 30 mins ago, it's deployed its mast now!
" The Mars-trekking Curiosity rover has beamed back the first 3D image of the dusty terrain it's trundling across"
Is it trundling yet?
I wondered that - pretty sure that the FBI would be rather far from their jurisdiction in New Zealand. Also thought their mandate was for "crimes against the US", not "infringements against copyright of US companies"
If my job were working on space programmes, I think I'd be motivated to 80 hour weeks too :-)
"At a press conference today, NASA suggested the latter is about to get a workout, with panellists saying the Rover's flight computer needs an upgrade before it can start to perform sophisticated experiments."
Is it still a flight computer? Or is that the point of the upgrade, they're changing it from a flight computer to a drive/rover computer?
Re: Baa humbug...
If you'd seen the women in Cardiff, you'd understand the ovine preference... fnaar, fnaar...
On a serious note though, SMS isn't really the main part of the story, the system could use any communication medium.
Spot on. Plus they won't be considering any potential lost synergy benefits on the overall budget of the NHS.
" This not only foiled keyloggers but I discovered that the characters get "converted""
"Head of Security" discovers that Wingdings is just a bloody font... In other news, he flies to the moon powered only by his own sense of illusion.
Strictly speaking, you give a guy a torch and a nice blue uniform and have him guard a small lock-up in Norwich, he's "head of security"...
But realistically I think we're being trolled good and proper
Re: "The length of a password is less important than its strength"
And you've posted an extreme example. "D£1A$?" would generally be seen as stronger than "twowords" despite the latter being longer.
Re: "The length of a password is less important than its strength"
All of the above is true, if and only if the attacker was using a brute force using all ASCII characters, instead of a dictionary attack (with some combinations in your case) or rainbow tables which are much more common attacks.
Plus you've also selectively picked your quote and ignored where the article points out that length is a factor of strength anyway.
"What do you mean password strength does not rely on length?"
Who said that? The article says password strength is more important than length alone, but also acknowledges that length is a factor in working out strength.
But no, 1234567890 isn't many many many more times secure than, say D¬s£_"
Re: At this point..
Liquid fuel would need an oxygen supply, which isn't available at the launch altitude. Unless you can think of a simple way of storing and carrying LOX with the payload?
Just wondered (once a PM, always a PM...) what the timeline of events was for LOHAN? Is there any form of indication of the launch date yet, or at least a sequence of events to see what problems or stages are next?
If only because you surely want to utter the words "I love it when a plan comes together" at some point?
Re: refunding late charges?
Couple of things, it will relate to charges from other companies (RBS errors will have prevented payments to pay third party loans, council tax, rent, etc which will/can all incur charges that RBS will be obliged to pay) but also some of the charges would have normally been (morals aside) legitimately received by RBS in that period that the outages could be held responsible for, even if they would have happened anyway.
Re: "an actual digital autopilot with real computers"
" The 9000 series is the most reliable computer ever made. No 9000 computer has ever made a mistake or distorted information. We are all, by any practical definition of the words, foolproof and incapable of error."
Re: Premium rate numbers
@jonathanb - 0845 are charged as local by BT and as such count as your "free" local calls. The mobile telco's deliberately exclude them from your free minutes, and charge you more than a local call for it.
Similarly with 0800 calls. I understand why mobile telco's can't really give them for free, but to not loop them into inclusive minutes is crazier still.
Re: Premium rate numbers
I agree with you on 087 numbers, but 084 are generally "local" numbers that the mobile companies decide not to treat as such and thus screw you over. 084x aren't kick-back numbers, in fact some cost the company who use them.
Or to clarify my error further, I thought the passwords for the email addresses lifted from the staffer's account were lifted too.
My bad - on first reading it looked like Dropbox were helping users secure their mailbox after they'd used a staffers details to steal others.
"Web attic Dropbox has admitted spammers got hold of its users' email addresses after an employee reused their work password on a website that was subsequently hacked."
Simply put, an employee had a list of email addresses in his dropbox account which got leaked. How does this relate to the corresponding passwords getting lifted??
"I've got win 3.11, 95 and 98 running for some mission critical (ie too expensive to replace while they are still working) systems."
That's not what "mission critical" means. And if you've got truly mission critical stuff running Win 3.11 on bare metal then you'll be in for a treat at some point in the future. Consider at least virtualising it?
"And the teen didn't know about Tom's dad's death. I mean, I didn't know his dad had died either. Not everyone reads the news from cover to cover and remembers it for months afterwards."
And if he was arrested for that particular tweet, then that would be silly. But to then go on to threaten to drown him and shoot someone else, as well as his historical tweets of threatening to stab Muslims, then I can see them having a word around that.
Great picture captioning
That is all
Re: What about the Crown Court judge?
I'm not a window cleaner!!
"If the track and field tape measure was 5% out then the 100m would be only 95m and not 99.5m surely?"
"what would the repercussions be if it transpired that the 100m had in fact been the 99.5m? Can you imagine what would happen if, for some unimaginable reason, all the measuring tapes used for field events were found to be five per cent out?"
Nice try, but it was two separate examples - the clue is in the separate sentences, but also in the phrase "field events", as the 100m is a track event.
Re: F1 boring?
Pasta Carbonara is good fun, but I preferred Montoya who was a great driver to boot.
"Is it just me..."
Probably not, but I suspect that whichever hobby or sport you enjoy I'll be sure not to read articles about it and whinge in the comments sections of it.
Not entirely sure how you plan to "fix" 100m sprints for example, other than potentially introducing pursuit cheetahs, or a custard track. Good luck with those proposals, the rest of us will just enjoy the next few weeks of the elite athletes in the world, who unsurprisingly are within a very tight margin given the constraints of the human body.
Re: takes a bath?
"any kind of financial loss" - including a non-existant loss? Apple didn't make a loss, they just didn't make as big a profit as last quarter. That's not a loss.
Of course it was misleading, Usain Bolt claimed he was Richard Branson, but he really wasn't. I spotted that one a mile away.
Let's look through the round window
"Optical drives are used to read and write CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray discs in laptops, desktops and servers. Reducing competition in the supply chain can drive up end prices for customers."
Have I accidentally landed on the Newsround website?...
Re: "The new system is an upgraded version of the existing Kurs automated docking system"
"It's not an advantage if it doesn't work."
"there has been a time in the evolution of everything that works when it didn't work."
- Twitter: La la la, we have not heard of any NUDE JLaw, Upton SELFIES
- China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain
- Apple to devs: NO slurping users' HEALTH for sale to Dark Powers
- Is that a 64-bit ARM Warrior in your pocket? No, it's MIPS64
- Apple 'fesses up: Rejected from the App Store, dev? THIS is why