919 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
Re: A *very* small step on a very long road.
^^^thank you for posting this.
9/11 did far less damage to the US than the legislative reaction to it did. In the aftermath of 9/11, the security and law enforcement agencies reacted quickly...to get everything they'd ever wished for enshrined in the USA PATRIOT Act. The great thing about the US, used to be that there were limits on police power. No more...the excuse for any overreaction is "It's all different after 9/11".
The 9/11 terrorists got exactly what they wanted...a US afraid of its own shadow, and seeing terrorists under every bed. The best way to fight these people is to refuse to be terrorized, while taking prudent measures to catch them.
Re: I am delighted to see this...
As am I.
Now, maybe we can get something done about the USA PATRIOT Act...like getting it repealed.
Re: Where's a WASP when you need one?
He said, the sheriff is NEAR!!!
Nice to see safety first
With the fire extinguisher guy.
Good luck...it would appear you're learning a lot in the process of getting LOHAN ready for her maiden voyage
// two words not normally seen together
Re: Non-Practising Entities: USE IT OR LOSE IT
...index the damages on the amount of income the patent-holder makes from selling objects that use said patent.
I like that. But average the income over the three (five, seven) years previous to the filing of the suit.
That way, they can't claim they were just about to make a profit...
Bletchley vs. NMC
As somebody once said: "why can't we all just get along?"
I realise there are tremendous egos involved at the management level, but wouldn't some kind of synergy be better than building walls? Can we, the nerds who support both institutions, work to cause a breakout of common sense?
Best history I can find...
Also of interest: the # symbol, above the "3" on my keyboard, is replaced by the "script-L pound" symbol on UK keyboards...
Not subject to copyright laws?
"Twitter is a social network platform which is available to most people who have a computer and therefore any content on it is not subject to the same copyright laws as it is already in the public domain."
So is Pirate Bay...
Re: Ballocket? Sounds familiar
Lester and the rest of SPB are on the payroll (and on site, of course) as technical consultants.
// no surf baggies icon???
Re: Holdy Ony! "Dr."?
It's an honorary PhD...you know, like they give to politicians (pardon my French), who do a heck of a lot less to "earn" them.
Re: My Message
to all my fellow road users would be "WAKE UP YOU DOZY B******S AND PUT THE BLOODY PHONE DOWN!!".
Sadly, they probably wouldn't see it
// unless you sent it by SMS...
The ones Massachusetts purchased rarely have all character positions operable (even when new!). The number of available characters is so low, that most messages require multiple screens. The time between screens has been set to 5 seconds or so, resulting in only being able to read half the message before passing the sign. They seem to have popped up everywhere, they all have defects and some company is congratulating themselves for having carted off a shedload of cash while unloading a bunch of obsolete and defective merchandise at full list price.
Thankfully, the signs very rarely display useful information, more often the message is something along the lines of:
SLOW DOWN OR MOVE OVER FOR STOPPED EMERG VEHICLES ITS THE LAW
(^^^ you see a random third of this message)
USE YAH BLINKAH!
DRIVE DRUNK GO TO JAIL
Why can't they just leave the damn things off, unless they have something important to say? Seriously, if they're always displaying unimportant messages (no, not driving drunk is very important, but by now, we should all know that) don't people tend to ignore them after a while?
How about a flying underwater car? And it must make that "Jetsons car" sound.
Musk is bright and has a track record of success. However, as they say in the stock market: "past performance does not guarantee future results."
Maybe he could take a short cut and team up with this guy, who has a lot of "valuable experience" in the field: http://moller.com/dev/ :-)
Expensive lesson for the dumbass...
hashad a girlfriend because his analogy is spot on.
Data General DG/ONE
I worked at DG, and there was a copy of the Spectrum Holobyte version floating around. If you put it on the right machine, you could get the music. Oh, for the good old days of VGA graphics and tinny Russian music! Sad about the authors having to fight so hard for a share of the profits, though. The two of them deserve to be wealthy men.
Great game, my wife is still addicted.
// where's the Tetris icon?
As I understand it, a TDR scan should identify the location of the tap. If I was the cable owner...
Ahhh! That's where the real magic takes place. The techniques for tapping the cables *without* making the tap visible to OTDR are the real classified secrets.
GCHQ, NSA...I'm torn between righteous outrage at their activities and an overwhelming desire to join their engineering team...
Do you seriously think that anyone at GCHQ has the time, or interest, to look into the average El Reg commentard's extra-martial philanderings?... I doubt if the message even got noticed.
Selfies of wife/GF in reply? Definitely.
You want to really blow lunch? Read "Blind Man's Bluff". Published ten or more years ago, it made very clear that the US had the ability to tap undersea cables.
Anyone who did not have a strong feeling this was going on is living in a fantasy world. Nobody learns anything new from this article, except a bunch of code names and some hypothetical locations. And the data is still being gathered.
If you want to get really ill, think of the amount of data being slurped, in Oman, where it arguably does some good, but also in the US and Great Britain. Yup, mate...that naughty email you sent to your wife or girlfriend, or both, is right now sitting on some GCHQ numpty's screen. That should loosen your lunch a bit.
Re: Black helicopters galore
Heh. Old news in the US:
Re: Flip It
From the US Copyright Office website:
Copyright law does not protect recipes that are mere listings of ingredients. Nor does it protect other mere listings of ingredients such as those found in formulas, compounds, or prescriptions. Copyright protection may, however, extend to substantial literary expression—a description, explanation, or illustration, for example—that accompanies a recipe or formula or to a combination of recipes, as in a cookbook.
Re: Should have used Duracells ...
Yeah, that was my first thought: dodgy Chinese off-brand batteries.
Seriously, though, a good first effort! Full marks for just getting there, extra credit for being able to drive around for this long.
Re: Nothing to do with Windows Support
Peoples' Republic Software Factory Number 36 offers continuing support for WinXP...
SPB's hoping for a buyout.
Or, worse, the tailback you went out of your way to avoid, has already cleared.
(the police car that was sitting by the side of the road, moved on)
I'll just leave this secret video of Nork weapon testing here, shall i?
Re: It's not just the oldies who like this sort of thing.
And Real Buttons(tm) allow you to operate your phone by feel, instead of by having to look at the screen.
Handy in all kinds of situations, when your (visual) attention should be elsewhere.
Could somebody get Dr Shukla a Red Sox t-shirt, please?
Re: I heard it too! Have an upvote.
1% problems :-)
Re: how do you fence that stuff?
The bad guys already have their money by the time the customer attempts to activate a stolen iDevice. Since they purchased it from a friend of a friend in a darkened parking lot, I doubt the cops will get much of a lead on the original thief. Still, I suppose there's a chance. Better luck with fingerprints or DNA on the crashed car, I would think.
Re: "I say, would you stop doing that, please?"
So...about as effective as the UN, then?
Re: "I say, would you stop doing that, please?"
So...it will be about as effective as the UN, then?
Re: I dont agree with piracy
Nor do I, but Pirate Bay offers what I want, when I want it.
I would happily pay a $20/month "all you can download" membership fee, if that would make the media companies happy. The big attraction of Pirate Bay, is that it has *everything* in one place, and it's pain-free to get and watch or listen to anything, from any media company.
Hey, media companies: just make some kind of deal with Pirate Bay...I'll pay the fee, just make it reasonable: $20, $30 or whatever. $1 or $2 to Pirate Bay, to keep them on the air, $1 or $2 to the media moguls, cause that's all the f*ckers deserve, the rest to the artists and techies (grips, best boys, whatever) who actually create the stuff.
Pair of twits?
They may be very nice people, but their actions to date indicate to me that they are clueless and so detached from the real world as to have not a clue what to do with themselves. Fortunately, they have loads of cash, so getting a real job isn't necessary.
Oh, and "F" the manual -- nobody ever reads it anyways. The UI is almost intuitive. Suggest you get the intern to distill the multipage multilanguage manual that comes with the camera to a single cheat-sheet.
Powershot S90 here. Love it, but question its "beer-proof-ness".
I'd suggest one of the Panasonic "splashproof" P&S cameras. Got one for my wife and she takes it snorkeling.
Easy! Just get the SPB LOHAN project adopted as an official arm of the Spanish Space Agency. What? They don't have one? Well, now they can!
// helicopter 'cause no drone icon
Re: Roof antennas are a laugh
I'd go for the "no preblem with the antenna as long as I get free service" approach.
May as well get something for the inconvenience. Of course if my proposal is denied, my attitude would rapidly switch to "nice antenna you have there...be a shame if something was to happen to it"
"Be sure to drink your Ovaltine."
(* Seriously. Been there, done that. 6809 circa 1980.)
Oh, yeah, you and your fancy-pants index register with the arithmetic operations. When I was a lad, we had INX and DEX and were glad of it!
(6802, and we built the Data General Dasher D200 around it in 1978).
// Good times.
// We would have built a Pac-Man game into it if we had had enough spare RAM...one of my regrets.
I believe C is best described thusly:
"It combines the power and flexibility of assembly with the readability and ease-of-use of assembly."
Re: Not be a monopoly?
In my Massachusetts town, we have a choice between Comcast and FIOS. Same price (within a couple of bucks), for similar data rates.
So...not really much of a choice at all.
I'm thinking of telling Verizon to wire me up for FIOS, then playing Comcast and Verizon off againste each other every time the "introductory" rate expires.
"Science ignorance is pervasive in our society,"
I don't think it's limited to any one particular field.
The sad thing is, we *have* the technology...in spades (broadcast, printed and internet), but it's the content that's nissing, plus the motivation of the idiots who'd rather watch "reality TV" than learn something.
// thanks for letting me vent
Check McMaster or Grainger. Carbon brushes are often a standard size and can be ordered as generic replacements.
Re: Testicul par canem
Romanes eunt domum!
All hat and no cattle?
THIS is why I read El Reg!
Furthering my linguistic skills is a far better use of my time than anything my silly employer wants me to work on.
// My hovercraft...eels!
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